WWE TLC: WWE Raw Women's Championship - Alexa Bliss (c) VS Mickie James
After her DQ win against Nia Jax on Raw last night, Kurt Angle made Alexa vs. Mickie the first officially announced match for Tables, Ladders & Chairs with the title on the line.
I enjoyed their interaction last week and I like the potential for this feud overall. Personally, I did the whole veteran vs. upstart scenario and I also like that they're using Mickie's age as a part of it. Mickie recently turned 38 and looks better than ever, in my opinion, and I've read some dirt sheet writers are criticizing WWE for making her age part of this since they don't use with male stars. In all of history, there's been more of a stigma attached to women getting older than men, it's always been a societal thing and I think WWE is clever to use it as a means of putting heat on Alexa during the feud. WWE's a pro wrestling company, they're not out to rearrange society so that everyone from all walks of life sit in a circle singing Take Me Home, Country Roads and I see it as another example of dirt sheet writers nitpicking to such a degree that it's little wonder it's getting harder and harder to put heat on a heel; they freak out and start condemning WWE whenever heels behave like heels instead of acting like babyfaces in order to get the crowd to chant for them, like the Young Bucks or Kenny Omega or half the wrestlers on the indie scene, yet label themselves as heels. Don't get me wrong, kayfabe is dead and the distinction between heels and faces is largely irrelevant in the eyes of many fans, but I personally dig the effort when any company tries to go the traditional route and actually try to make the concept of good vs. bad mean something and that means the bad guys have to act nasty.
Okay, rant over.
Of course, this program could still go off the rails in the next few weeks. I see Alexa retaining here and I'm wondering if this is where Asuka makes her debut. Does she pop up during the match, before it, after it or will she pop up just in her own segment?
"What Do I Know Of Cultured Ways, The Gilt, The Craft And The Lie?
I, Who Was Born In A Naked Land And Bred In The Open Sky.
The Subtle Tongue, The Sophist Guile, They Fail When The Broadswords Sing.
Rush In And Die Dogs - I Was A Man Before I Was King."
Conan Of Cimmeria