Before we begin the opinion piece, Cage Warriors has postponed the scheduled cards in Cardiff (originally slated for June 13) and London (originally scheduled for June 20) for Aug. 8 and Nov. 27, respectively, due to the ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Cage Warriors will also aim to reschedule its Manchester card to the weekend of Dec. 11-12.
Onward to today’s topic:
Flashback to last week:
Colby Covington, who has not made an appearance in mixed martial arts since last Dec. 14 in the main event of UFC 245 against Kamaru Usman, losing by fifth-round TKO, sustaining a broken jaw in the fight, was a guest on SB Nation’s What the Heck show, hosted by Mike Heck.
In the interview, Covington revealed his intentions to transition from an MMA ring to the squared circle of World Wrestling Entertainment, a few years removed from his appearances in Impact Wrestling and WrestlePro.
Covington says in the episode:
“I would say probably 2021. Not this summer, but next summer. I’ve been practicing moves and really working on my promo and mic skills and just control and slowing things down and understanding the art of wrestling.”
He continues with:
“I want to make sure when I go there, I want to make the biggest splash possible because I’m not there for a long time, I’m there for a good time, and I’m not here to make friends, I’m here to make money. When I go over there, I want to make Brink’s truckloads full of money.”
You can watch Covington’s full interview with Mike Heck at:
Given Covington’s aggressive demeanor in his walkouts prior to fights and his interviews after the fights, I believe that not only will Covington succeed in WWE, he will also do so as a heel.
For the uninitiated, in pro wrestling parlance, the term “heel” is used to describe a villain in a wrestling storyline. Heels play the adversary to babyfaces, or simply “faces”, the hero in a storyline.
Think of all the famous heels in pro wrestling in recent years:
Former UFC Women’s Bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey moved to WWE in 2018 after making a guest appearance at WrestleMania a few years earlier.
Her heel turn occurred during the run-up to last year’s WrestleMania, when she cut a scathing promo about the WWE Universe (its fanbase), saying in part:
“Damn your fantasies, damn ‘The Man,’ screw the Woo, and no more Mrs. Nice Bitch!”
Rousey’s adversary during her heel turn, Becky Lynch, started out 2019 as a heel, but her character proved to be rather popular with the WWE Universe.
As a result, WWE Creative (the writers) retconned Lynch’s character into a babyface, remaining as such to this day.
Roman Reigns has long been pushed by WWE as a babyface, but after defeating The Undertaker during the main event of WrestleMania 33 in 2017 in the latter’s retirement match, he drew the ire of the WWE Universe while still a face.
Reigns (real name Joe Anoa`i) cut a promo the next night on Monday Night RAW simply saying:
“This is my yard now.”
When Colby Covington joins WWE next year, the writers could start his character out as a heel almost immediately and it would be a success.
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