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Topic: Ruby Riot & Liv Morgan & Sarah Logan On Smackdown
Posted By: admin
Subject: Ruby Riot & Liv Morgan & Sarah Logan On Smackdown
Date Posted: 22/November/2017 at 14:07
Quote Naomi is backstage getting her makeup done when Ruby Riot from NXT interrupts. She says she wants to introduce Naomi to two of her fiends - Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan. They all gang up on Naomi and beat her down. Becky Lynch tries to make the save, but they beat her down too. Refs call for a doctor to help Becky.
 
It would have been better if their booking didn't copy Raw by doing a three on one backstage beatdown to introduce them to the main roster.
 
To me they are just three random women, so it's interesting to see how they get built up for me to start caring about them.
 
That said Sarah Logan is hot and been trained by Taka Michinoku so I have high hopes LOL


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Posted By: ihatethatmonkee
Date Posted: 25/November/2017 at 16:29
Becky must need time off for another "procedure"

to be fair, it was presented differently to Raw, as Raw had Paige distract and then a sneak attack before she joined in. I've seen some of Ruby and Liv's work, and I've liked what I've seen, and both shows have needed deeper female rosters for some time, Raw suffering more since the removal of Emma.

I can see several exciting programmes if this is all handled right.


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Posted By: admin
Date Posted: 29/November/2017 at 13:12
Originally posted by ihatethatmonkee ihatethatmonkee wrote:

I can see several exciting programmes if this is all handled right.
 
Agreed. Within the same one big storyline, they could easily create three fresh one on one fueds.
 
Quote We go to a backstage interview with Ruby Riott, Liv Morgan, and Sarah Logan. They say their group is called the Riot Squad. Ruby says they're there to turn the SmackDown women's division upside down.

- The New Day cuts a pre-taped promo for some deals on WWEShop.com.

- Natalya, Charlotte & Naomi vs. Liv Morgan, Sarah Logan & Ruby Riott: Natalya and Ruby start this one off and Ruby takes control early on with strikes. She boots Natalya in the head, then Charlotte and Sarah tag in. Natalya leaves the ring and says she doesn't want anything to do with any of them, she's outta here. Charlotte and Liv now go at it and Charlotte tees off with a series of chops to the chest. The Riot Squad turns it around off a cheap shot, and Ruby now works on keeping Charlotte grounded. Naomi now starts going at it at ringside with Liv and Sarah, and they double team her and beat her down. They slingshot Naomi into the steel steps at ringside as Ruby keeps Charlotte grounded in the ring. The ref calls for help for Naomi at ringside. Back in the ring, all three women take turns continuing the beat down on Charlotte. Charlotte finally starts firing up and she sends Ruby face-first into the middle turnbuckle. She hits a shot on Liv, but Sarah hits a cheap shot on Charlotte over the ropes to kill her momentum. Ruby capitalizes on the cheap shot and rolls up Charlotte for the three count.

Winners: Liv Morgan, Sarah Logan & Ruby Riott

- As the Riot Squad celebrates their win, we see Naomi getting put on a stretcher at ringside.

 
We have our latest E group that has "the" at the front of their group name.
 
I hate the name they have been given and don't get why they have added a T to Riott so her name now looks like a spelling mistake.


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Posted By: #Heel
Date Posted: 29/November/2017 at 18:25
I liked the way this was booked

Natalya pissed off so that Charlotte and Naomi had a numerical disadvantage which gives them an out for losing.

The Riott squad looked dominant especially when they destroyed Naomi and then were left 3 v 1 against charlotte

This was the highlight of a very poor smackdown for me


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Posted By: Rico Len
Date Posted: 29/November/2017 at 20:57
I'll give credit where credit is due. I've been very hard on Liv Morgan. I've never seen anything in her ever since it was made clear she was going to be one of the women pushed on the NXT roster following the bland split. 

Since getting on the main roster as a part of the Riot act, or whatever, she's shown a lot of personality in her facial expressions. She seems to make an even better looking Harley Quinn knockoff than Alexa Bliss. I still question her ability in the ring, but her personality has taken a number of big steps forward.

However, unless something is done ASAP to address the obvious copy & paste booking, and make it seems sensible and interesting rather than lazy and boring, it's really gonna have a hard time going anywhere.


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Posted By: Tom Colohue
Date Posted: 29/November/2017 at 21:05
Becky Lynch is off filming Marine 6 with The Miz. The rumoured abortion also has never been proven to have happened and all signs suggest that Wrestletalk.TV completely made it up to gain views.

I think they did enough this week to deviate the two groups somewhat. There are obviously still plenty of differences, and the promos were very similar, but Riott Squad have now shown that they're cohesive and can handle themselves in the ring. Sarah Logan's size advantage also lends Riott Squad more of a Shield dynamic. 

If not for having Paige as the leader I doubt Absolution would get over quickly, whereas Riott Squad is actively backing up what they're saying. Good sign moving forwards.


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Posted By: admin
Date Posted: 01/December/2017 at 10:46
Originally posted by #Heel #Heel wrote:

The Riott squad looked dominant especially when they destroyed Naomi and then were left 3 v 1 against charlotte

Questions would have to be asked if in week two, already 3 can't beat up one person.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h9jcimYGPSo

The backstage interview was OK at introducing the group a bit more, but could have been much more heelish.

I don't expect them to beat up the interviewer, but they could have put the frighteners on her so she thought they could turn on her like they have others.


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Posted By: ihatethatmonkee
Date Posted: 05/December/2017 at 04:35
it failed slightly for me, mainly because once Nattie pissed off, this should have been a Shield like beatdown. it sounds weird to complain a match was too competitive, but this early in the groups life, they should have just killed in the ring and looked like they barely broke a sweat.

not to say they didn't look good, but there were also obvious signs that they were nervous of being on such a big stage so soon.

enjoyable, but they need to dominate for a bit first before the inevitable implosion over the Smackdown Women's title.


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Posted By: admin
Date Posted: 13/December/2017 at 11:43
Quote

The Riott Squad is shown backstage as Ruby Riott warms up for her match against Charlotte.

- Charlotte Flair vs. Ruby Riott: This one is a non-title match, and Natalya is on commentary. We see a recap of The Riott Swad's activity in their first weeks on the roster. The opening bell sounds and they go back and forth until Liv and Logan provide a distraction and Ruby rolls up Charlotte for an early pin attempt. Flair comes right back with a fall-away slam. Another distraction by Logan leads to Ruby hitting an STO on Flair. Ruby is now working on keeping Charlotte grounded, and the fight spills out to ringside. Natalya gets involved and Charlotte drops her. Natalya comes back and hits Charlotte, and the ref calls for the DQ.

Winner via DQ: Charlotte Flair

- After the match, The Riott Squad beats down Charlotte as Natalya watches. They continue to triple team Charlotte around ringside until Naomi comes out for the save. Naomi drops Logan and Liv first, then hits the Rear View on Ruby. Live and Logan pull Ruby to safety and they run up the ramp. Lana, Tamina and Carmella appear on the ramp to block the Riott Squad, and they start brawling. The Riott squad retreats again as the other women stare them down.

So pretty much a carbon copy of the Raw booking, with the roster coming out to confront the new female faction.
 
I need a reason to care about Morgan and Logan because at the moment it looks like heavily tattooed woman and her two bitches.
 
All three need to be given a chance to create their own identities.


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Posted By: ACMWrestling
Date Posted: 30/December/2017 at 05:48
It is beyond my level of comprehension why they let Naomi get the first pin on Riott Squad  AND that it was on the leader Ruby. I can not even begin to understand, it defies all logic and reasoning. Especially when Charlotte is her tag partner...I just can't understand how that happened. Even two weeks later, it is still baffling to me.

That's all.

 


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Posted By: admin
Date Posted: 03/January/2018 at 14:03
Quote The Riott Squad vs. Natalya, Tamina, & Carmella: Liv and Natalya start off and trade holds until Natalya hits the discus clothesline for a two count. Natalya goes for a Sharpshooter but Liv escapes and rolls outside. Ruby and Logan check on her at ringside as Liv takes a breather. Logan and Carmella tag in and Logan takes control. Logan knocks Natalya off the apron, but Carmella is able to tag in Tamina who comes in and cleans house. Ruby runs in but Tamina superkicks her down. Tamina hits a Samoan drop on Logan next. Tamina goes up top, but Liv pushes her off while Ruby distracts the ref. Logan hits a running knee to the head on Tamina for the three count.

Winners: The Riott Squad

- After the match, The Riott Squad stands tall in the ring and Ruby cuts a promo. She bashes the Orlando fans and bets they "believe in Magic." She says The Riott Squad is a strong dose of reality for everyone. Ruby announces that the three of them will all be in the women's Royal Rumble match. SmackDown Women's Champion Charlotte comes out to the stage to interrupt. Charlotte says she believes in magic and dreams, but also has a dose of reality for Ruby - actions have consequences. Charlotte introduces Naomi, and then introduces Becky Lynch. They charge the ring and brawl with The Riott Squad at ringside. Charlotte brings Logan in the ring and hits a big boot on her that sends Logan back outside. Naomi takes out Liv, then Becky takes Ruby in the ring for a Bexploder. Becky hits one Liv next. Charlotte, Becky and Naomi stare down The Riott Squad as they retreat back up the ramp.

I found it funny the massive WHAT? chants Ruby got when coming across as a whiny little girl.
 
Why did Ruby say that Liv and Sarah are in the Royal Rumble match? That they were stood next to her but still didn't speak for themselves made the group look poor.
 
If 'the other two' can't speak for themselves by now with a couple of lines without botching, then after the Rumble is out of the way I wouldn't be shocked to see them demoted back to NXT.


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Posted By: #Heel
Date Posted: 03/January/2018 at 18:26
Starting to think The Riott Squad are a really really poor version of Absolution and will probably find themselves low down the card very soon and eventually forgotten about and released

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Posted By: admin
Date Posted: 10/January/2018 at 16:18
Quote Ruby Riott vs. Becky Lynch: Women's Champion Charlotte and Naomi are at ringside watching this one. Ruby Riott is accompanied by Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan. Becky starts off strong from the opening bell. Logan tries to grab at Becky's leg under the ropes, and Ruby tries to capitalize on the distraction, but it backfires and Becky drops her. Becky throws Ruby out to ringside ontop of Liv and Sarah. Back in the ring, Ruby drops Becky and works on keeping her grounded. Becky breaks free, but Ruby slams her down again. Ruby hits some knee strikes and applies an abdominal stretch. Becky breaks free and rolls up Ruby for a two count. Becky fires up and lays into Ruby with strikes, and drops her with an uppercut. Becky follows up with some suplexes. She goes for a running kick, but Ruby dodges it and connects with a kick of her own. Ruby goes for another kick, but Becky blocks this one and latches on to her with the Disarm Her for the win via submission.

Winner: Becky Lynch

Having the leader lose so convincingly makes it appear that management know themselves that they aren't good enough to continue their earlier push.
 
If all three were released by the time the year is over, it wouldn't be a shock.
 
I don't think a reboot in NXT would help or a switch to face or Raw. They just aren't that good and there are far more deserving talents on the indie circuit.


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Posted By: #Heel
Date Posted: 10/January/2018 at 19:30
Originally posted by #Heel #Heel wrote:

Starting to think The Riott Squad are a really really poor version of Absolution and will probably find themselves low down the card very soon and eventually forgotten about and released

Pretty much this again

Riott squad are done after The Rumble IMO


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Posted By: Rico Len
Date Posted: 10/January/2018 at 19:41
I think it's best they are in singles competition, except for the fact that Sarah Logan and Liv Morgan IMO need more seasoning before being fed to the wolves. Ruby Riot is read to hang with the big dogs, and could easily be Smackdown Women's Champion before 2018 is over, but the other two need a good bit more work.


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Posted By: L-shizzel
Date Posted: 12/January/2018 at 10:54
Definitely one of the weakest factions to come up from NXT, they don't have anything going for them. 


Ruby might be a good ring worker but she cannot carry her faction its just not going well at all none of them could actually carry a promo and the other two are just poor workers I don't get why they were put in the main roster there are plenty of other women who could've been brought up instead. 


If they had to bring a group of then it should've been Billie Kay and Peyton Royce (yes a little bias there they come from Sydney after all) those two can carry a promo and both are great wrestlers.

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Posted By: MUSA
Date Posted: 12/January/2018 at 17:14
 

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Posted By: Tom Colohue
Date Posted: 12/January/2018 at 19:55
For me the problem isn't necessarily the people, it's the lack of stakes. We know there'll be no title matches at The Rumble. We know there can only be one Rumble winner over two brands. Why exactly is anybody fighting at all?

Smackdown have been coasting on a Riott/Charlotte rivalry that lacked heat but now they've thrown the Becky Lynch return into the mix and that's just confusing things. Meanwhile over on Raw Paige can no longer get in the ring and nobody else is doing anything meaningful. There's no secondary titles, no number one contenders. What's the point of the women's matches at all right now? What we need are stakes.

Allow me to fantasy book a moment. Riott Squad vs RoyalFireGlow (seriously these names are all bloody awful) will be a match on Smackdown. Let The Welcoming Committee (eurgh) get involved and literally screw with both sides, causing continual interference and eventually resulting in Lynch getting distracted on the outside. She can beat up Carmella; that'll be important to start a rivalry for later.

Meanwhile, Naomi miscues a kick on Liv Morgan and manages to hit Charlotte. Charlotte doesn't go down but instead reacts to Naomi negatively. Naomi gets tackled by Logan. Charlotte gets hit by Ruby Riott and pinned by Liv Morgan.

Yes, the quote unquote weakest member of Riott Squad; it's important.

Riott Squad bugger off up the ramp celebrating their victory, their job done. Riott and Logan lift Morgan up on their shoulders or something. Meanwhile, Lynch tries to keep the peace between Charlotte and Naomi. They all back off, Charlotte turns her back and Naomi says something quietly that makes Charlotte snap and boot her in the face.

Charlotte starts to leave, Welcoming Committee (sans Carmella) jump in the ring, beat down Becky and, when Charlotte comes back to help, beat her down too.

Now, we have some tension, finally. 

Later in the night, we show an arguing Welcoming Committee over Carmella being abandoned to fight with Lynch. Carmella eventually tells them all to go to hell, says she'll win the Rumble, the title and keep her Money in the Bank and then she'll be champion forever, stomps off.

And then we at least have something interesting. Potential Charlotte heel turn. Liv Morgan gloating over pinning the champion. Problems between the faces leading into the Rumble. Carmella leaving the heel group. Heat with Becky and Carmella for mania.

Right now nothing means anything on either brand when it comes to women's wrestling. 


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Posted By: admin
Date Posted: 17/January/2018 at 13:12
Originally posted by L-shizzel L-shizzel wrote:

Ruby might be a good ring worker but she cannot carry her faction its just not going well at all none of them could actually carry a promo and the other two are just poor workers I don't get why they were put in the main roster there are plenty of other women who could've been brought up instead.
 
I don't think Ruby is that much better than the other two. I think because of her different look, she's made out to be more talented because fans like to get behind someone who stands out. If she had the same in ring ability but looked like Liv Morgan I don't think her work would be as praised.
 
Quote Charlotte, Becky Lynch, & Naomi vs. The Riott Squad: Charlotte and Liv start off, and Charlotte takes control early on. Ruby tags in and Charlotte drops her, then does the headscissor slam. Becky tags in and continues the offense on Ruby. Ruby turns it around against Becky, then Liv tags back in and hits a bulldog on Becky. Liv pulls the hair and the ref warns her. Sarah tags in now and continues beating on Lynch. Becky takes down Sarah, and Naomi gets the hot tag. Liv tags in too, and Naomi cleans house. Naomi drops Liv with a kick, then hits a series of kicks. Naomi misses a splash in the corner, but follows up with a kick to the face. Naomi hits a springboard cross body and pins, but Sarah breaks it up. Charlotte spears Sarah outside. Ruby hits a cheap shot kick to Naomi's face when the ref isn't looking, and Liv follows up with another shot to Naomi for the three count.

Winners: The Riott Squad

Same as Absolution on Raw by having one of the lackeys get a bit of a push by picking up a victory.
 
They still need to work harder on their selling. When Logan ended up out of the ring she seemed confused about how to sell it.


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Posted By: Kondor
Date Posted: 24/February/2018 at 18:37
Originally posted by #Heel #Heel wrote:

Originally posted by #Heel #Heel wrote:

Starting to think The Riott Squad are a really really poor version of Absolution and will probably find themselves low down the card very soon and eventually forgotten about and released

Pretty much this again

Riott squad are done after The Rumble IMO

I one billion % disagree with you (both times). Sarah Logan and Ruby Riot are both technically skilled and can look dangerous. They are awesome and entertaining to watch, as part of the group or in singles. 

You like a pile of crap like Elias but don't see talent in the Riot Squad. Such vastly different tastes in wrestling we have.  


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Posted By: 205 Clive
Date Posted: 01/March/2018 at 16:50
I wouldn't say Elias is a piece of crap. He needs to work on his wrestling psychology, sure, but his character is nailed down. 

I have no issues at all with Ruby Riott as I think she is awesome, but Sarah Logan does nothing for me. Tough, maybe, but a complete non-entity on my eyes. 


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Posted By: admin
Date Posted: 12/March/2018 at 15:43
Quote Women’s Championship: Charlotte (c) vs. Ruby Riott: Sarah Logan and Liv Morgan are both at ringside for this one. Charlotte and Ruby go back and forth early on, with Charlotte looking for the Figure Four early on. They briefly fight at ringside, where Charlotte briefly gets distracted by Sarah and Liv, before going back in the ring. Ruby fires up and knocks Charlotte outside. Sarah and Liv stalk Charlotte at ringside, so Naomi and Becky run down to even the odds. Back in the ring, Ruby continues to control the match after slamming Charlotte’s face into the middle turnbuckle. Ruby follows up with a flying senton for a two count. Ruby continues with a choke on Charlotte

Charlotte fights up, but then misses a shot in the corner. They fight up to the top turnbuckle, and Ruby hits a Frankensteiner off the top for a two count. Charlotte gets to her feet and starts fighting back with slaps and chops. There’s a botched spot that sees Ruby get dropped on the middle rope. Sarah and Liv get on the apron, and Naomi and Becky run in. The ref stops Naomi and Becky and gets them out of the ring, while behind his back Sarah and Liv beat down Charlotte. The ref orders Sarah an Liv away from ringside, while Ruby protests with the ref. Chrlotte gets up and starts laying into Ruby with chops. They fight into the corner, and Charlotte slams the challenger into the middle turnbuckle. Charlotte follows up with a spear, then goes for the Figure Four. She locks it in and does the Figure Eight, and Ruby taps out.

Winner & still Women’s Champion: Charlotte

Not sure where Ruby goes now. This short term fued hasn't cemented her position as one of the lead ladies of Smackdown.
 
Liv and Sarah need a chance to step up. No group keeps people interested long enough when it's clear one person is above the others.
 
It makes an heel group look shit when their antics get them thrown from ringside.


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Posted By: Tom Colohue
Date Posted: 15/March/2018 at 07:56
I think until mania they don't really do much of anything to be honest. Afterwards Riott has the chance to be the top actual heel and undertake secondary storylines with Asuka and whoever is challenging her as the primary storyline.

Morgan and Logan shouldn't break off yet, in my opinion. As the rosters grow on both sides you need to have little pairings and factions present and Riott Squad vs Bayley should be a very fun feud for all parties.


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Posted By: #Heel
Date Posted: 21/March/2018 at 19:09
When these 3 first showed up i thought they were a poor version of Absolution - although they both seemed to show up at the same time, these 3 just always seemed like the weaker team.

Lately my opinion on them has changed quite alot and maybe part of that is because Absolution have had to change things a bit given Paige cant wrestle anymore.

The Riott squad get alot of TV time and they are all decent in the ring.

Rubys title match at Fastlane against Charlotte was really good and she gave a very good account of her self.

I'm not sure where they are going with them at the minute though


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Posted By: canadianglen
Date Posted: 21/March/2018 at 19:14
Have you heard any rumours about a womens tag division being set up? I have and I'm not really buying in, but the number of women piling up backstage, plus the Mae Young tournament, plus the Mixed tournament is a telegraphed tril balloon to me


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Posted By: #Heel
Date Posted: 21/March/2018 at 19:18
Originally posted by canadianglen canadianglen wrote:

Have you heard any rumours about a womens tag division being set up? I have and I'm not really buying in, but the number of women piling up backstage, plus the Mae Young tournament, plus the Mixed tournament is a telegraphed tril balloon to me

I have heard some rumours but at the minute i think its not the best move.

Currently the Womens Revolution has gained alot of momentum and the achievements are racking up and i think doing everything at once sort of makes it look like they are putting all of their focus on the women and less so on the men (so kind of flipping it from where it was not so long ago)

There is alot of talent in the division and i think they could easily create enough stuff to have a decent division but then it will seem like they are doing it for the sake of it to get them all on TV because lets face it, whilst there are alot of superstars - not alot of them have been utilised.


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Posted By: canadianglen
Date Posted: 21/March/2018 at 19:35
Agree.

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