With WrestleMania weekend inching ever closer, there were several facets of programming that made it's way onto this week's episode of WWE Backstage. The Super Showdown event was briefly analyzed and the Bellas joined the show after they were announced as 2020 inductees into the WWE Hall of Fame.
The Street Profits went to therapy with Rachel Bonetta and were "ordered" to have appointments for therapy every week for a year. Since the rematch between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder took place over the weekend, it was also briefly analyzed after Booker T predicted a win via knockout for Wilder.
Christian and Booker fantasy booked Fury's next opponent in WWE with Booker picking Baron Corbin because he's "the guy who knows a whole lot about the art of pugilism." The group also wished Ric Flair a happy birthday and each panelist offered up a story about the Nature Boy.
Mark Henry also joined the show and discussed what it meant to be a black athlete in the WWE and how things have changed over the years. The show ended in a funny segment as the Bellas, who are both currently pregnant, coached both Henry and Christian in a showdown to correctly put diapers and clothes on a baby.
With a huge week ahead, here are five takeaways from the February 25th edition of WWE Backstage.
#5 New wrinkles in ongoing stories
Instead of merely running out the same match-ups week after week, a new layer was added to the ongoing feud between Seth Rollins and Kevin Owens. Since Owens is a Canadian and a huge fan of wrestling, he came out to confront Orton this week regarding the attack on Edge.
Christian loved the choice, saying that he loved "the reason why Kevin Owens went out there, looking for answers. He said that "he's 'coming out here not as a WWE Superstar, but as a fan'." The potential of facing Edge in a contest was "taken away" due to Orton's brazen attack on the Hall of Famer. Captain Charisma added that "this could be the best possible version of Randy Orton that I've ever seen."
Booker T added that "we as performers get to the point where we say why couldn't I have figured this out 10 years ago" regarding Orton's character work. The two-time Hall of Famer added that the Viper's "painting his best Picasso" at the moment.
Naomi's victory over Carmella on SmackDown last week was also addressed. The former two-time SmackDown Women's Champ appears rejuvenated after a lengthy hiatus and the panelists agreed. Mark Henry felt that "Naomi is doing anything she can to bring prominence back to the women's division."
Booker added that "Naomi is definitely worthy" of challenging and potentially winning the title once more. Christian added that he thinks "Naomi's time is coming again, but I just don't think it's right now." He stated that he'd "like to see Bayley carry her momentum into WrestleMania" because "if there's a big title change to happen, WrestleMania is the time to do it."