Shane McMahon’s Cheap Pop Missing, Undisputed Era Call-Up, Lars Sullivan Storyline Dropped, Storm Vs. Lynch?

Shane McMahon’s Cheap Pop Missing This Week

SmackDown Live on Christmas night took place in Fresno, California just like last week. The show was pre-taped at the same location previous week and Shane McMahon didn’t mention the name of the city on the show (this week’s episode).

During the PW Torch SmackDown Live recap, Wade Keller discussed Miz TV to reveal that since WWE was in Fresno last week, it was decided that McMahon shouldn’t mention the name of the same city again during the taping of the Christmas episode. This cost Shane his typical cheap babyface pop that he usually receives upon mentioning the name of the location on the show.

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Undisputed Era Not Moving To Main Roster

The WWE Live Event at Madison Square Garden on December 26 featured an NXT 10-Man Tag Team Match where Matt Riddle, Velveteen Dream, Ricochet, Pete Dunne and Aleister Black defeated Tommaso Ciampa, Johnny Gargano, and The Undisputed Era (Roderick Strong, Kyle O’Reilly, and Adam Cole).

Prior to the event, it was speculated that the ERA could be making the main roster jump given their match at a grand ground like MSG. However, Dave Metlzer confirmed that the faction isn’t moving to the main roster anytime soon.

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WWE Apparently Drops Lars Sullivan Storyline

WWE had planned an angle where RAW and SmackDown Live would potentially bargain for Lars Sullivan to try and win him over – a storyline quite identical to Eric Bischoff and Stephanie McMahon‘s bargaining for Scott Steiner.

It appears that WWE may have dropped that “free agent Lars” storyline as Sullivan was simply included in the promo package of all upcoming NXT call-ups. It’s interesting how the big man went from a standout call-up to just one of the 6 NXT stars headed to the main roster.

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Toni Storm Wants To Battle Becky Lynch

Winner of the 2018 Mae Young Classic Tournament, Toni Storm was recently interviewed by Express during which she expressed her desire to go 1-on-1 with Becky Lynch. Storm also acknowledged that Lynch and Charlotte Flair are on a totally different level and she would like to join them up there.

“I hope to eventually step into the ring with her because I feel the biggest competition at the moment is Becky Lynch.”

“They’re both kind of level right now but in the last few weeks especially Becky Lynch has made waves all over the world.”

“I definitely want to be in the ring with her.”