Becky Lynch is out of her Survivor Series match with Ronda Rousey and Daniel Bryan is heel WWE champion.
A lot can happen in the span of 10 or so hours. And that’s part of what makes wrestling so intriguing as a fan. It’s also what can make it so frustrating — at least in the case of Lynch.
Nia Jax absolutely destroyed Lynch’s face with a punch, something that should not happen under any circumstance. Not hitting someone with a big ol’ potato is almost day one stuff when you’re learning to wrestle and Jax really let that punch fly.
Well, there you go. That was not an inadvertent elbow. She punched her right in the face. I don't want anyone to lose their job, but at the very least Nia needs to be sent back to developmental for awhile. This isn't the first, second or even third time this has happened. https://t.co/ZoVhC4buSL— Bryan Alvarez (@bryanalvarez) November 13, 2018
Going back to late September, we saw Brie Bella knock out Liv Morgan with a kick to the face, but at least there was a lot of movement happening on the part of both women in that moment (Morgan leaned forward after the first Yes Kick and Brie threw the second slightly higher while she was still bent). With Jax and Lynch, Nia blasted a target standing in front of her who had already thrown a few worked punches.
Still, accidents do happen in wrestling and I’m not one to call for anyone’s head in those moments, even if it cost us a match we were all anticipating.
Going back to the Brie situation, it’s worth remembering the tweets Daniel Bryan sent in the aftermath.
I am proud of how strong my wife is. After accidentally injuring Liv Morgan last week, the first time Bri’s ever hurt another performer, she’s been subject to a constant barrage of social media attacks. Almost every wrestler has accidentally hurt someone...— Daniel Bryan (@WWEDanielBryan) October 1, 2018
but rarely do you see this kind of hate when it happens. For example,— Daniel Bryan (@WWEDanielBryan) October 1, 2018
I concussed Randy Orton in 2012 after hitting him with what was supposed to be a chair to the back. Unfortunately part of the side hit him in the back of the head, and he was forced to miss a PPV...
In 2009 in our last match against each other, I concussed Nigel McGuinness after doing a dive into him in the crowd, where his head hit the floor. And there are others...— Daniel Bryan (@WWEDanielBryan) October 1, 2018
As for the Yes kicks, two weeks ago I accidentally kicked Andrade directly in the head due to a miscommunication on my part. I feel fortunate that he was ok, because there are few feelings worse than hurting someone...— Daniel Bryan (@WWEDanielBryan) October 1, 2018
So, yes, injuries happen from moves of all sorts, even the most routine parts of a wrestler’s “moveset.” And knowing that means taking a breath, moving away from overreactions and letting things work out.
Nia is building a bit of a resume of these sorts of things though. And WWE must review her work and take appropriate action to improve her work and protect the women she’ll be in the ring with.
- Check out our SmackDown Live recap and reactions as well as the video highlights from the event where Daniel Bryan turned heel and won the WWE Championship.
- We also have your preview for tonight’s edition of NXT.
- Lana isn’t hearing your criticism of her holding back on Dana Brooke on Raw.
- Raw viewership is holding tight as Survivor Series approaches.
- WWE has a lot of great tag team matches these days, but the lack of a compelling tag scene below the absolute top is taking some fun out of the Survivor Series tag match.
- Geno is a little more upset with Nia Jax than I am, if you need to go get fired up.
Here we go with another long November day.