Vancouver Canucks, College Football and WWE With Ryan Biech of Sportsnet, Not That Ryan Adams and William R. Washington of RBR Wrestling (Ep. 232)

Chase Thomas is joined by Sportsnet and Canucks Army's Ryan Biech to talk about the Vancouver Canucks odd start to the 2018-19 NHL season, their negative-13 point differential, Elias Pettersson's ROTY chances, the Quinn Hughes hype, what happened with Petrus Palmu, the departure of the Sedin brothers, and Seattle vs. Vancouver going forward (1:00).

Then, Chase's longtime friend Not That Ryan Adams joins the podcast to talk about the disappointing Detroit Lions, Auburn's hiring of former Memphis OC Kenny Dillingham, the future of Gus Malzahn at Auburn, Miami losing Manny Diaz to Temple, Mel Tucker taking the Colorado job, and their College Football Playoff predictions (26:00).

To wrap up, RBR Wrestling's William R. Washington joins the podcast to talk about the sad state of Monday Night Raw, where Drew McIntyre can go without Roman Reigns, a potential Undisputed Era debut, the New Daniel Bryan, and why Asuka has to win the Smackdown Women's title at TLC against Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair (70:00).

NBA With Michael Pina of VICE Sports (Ep. 231)

Chase Thomas is joined by VICE Sports' NBA writer Michael Pina to talk about his new piece on Kawhi Leonard getting better as a ballhandler in Toronto, the future of the Raptors with Leonard, OG Anunoby and Pascal Siakam, the odd season Frank Ntilikina is having with the Knicks in 2018-19, the upside of Mitchell Robinson, the Lakers potentially acquiring Trevor Ariza from the Phoenix Suns, and if the Houston Rockets can fix their bench by moving Eric Gordon.

WWE With Mike Piellucci of The Ringer and The Outline and NFL Hot Takes With Chris Brockman of The Rich Eisen Show (Ep. 230)

Chase Thomas is joined by sports writer Mike Piellucci to talk about the current state of the WWE product, what makes NXT or Smackdown Live the best program, the issues with Drew McIntyre as the top heel on RAW, the New Daniel Bryan as WWE World Champion, Becky Lynch vs. Asuka vs. Charlotte Flair at TLC, and what makes Johnny Gargano so good as a pro wrestler (1:00).

Then, The Rich Eisen Show's Chris Brockman returns to talk about their love for Chilis, the Patriots coming out of the AFC this season, what is so scary about the Chargers, Kyle Shanahan for COTY, the issues with the Steelers, what makes the Broncos and Ravens fun down the stretch, Russell Wilson's MVP case, Aaron Rodgers' future in Green Bay and much more (60:00).

Former St. Louis Rams QB Marc Bulger, NFL With Austin Gayle of PFF and College Football With Connor O'Gara of Saturday Down South (Ep. 229)

Chase Thomas is joined by former St. Louis Rams quarterback Marc Bulger to talk about his career, the change in today's NFL offenses, Trent Green and Kurt Warner, his new passion for curling, Will Grier and West Virginia, whether or not he misses football, and much more (1:00).

Then, Pro Football Focus' Austin Gayle returns to talk about the fall of the Carolina Panthers, Cam Newton's injury, the status of Ron Rivera, the Vikings' offense issues, Kirk Cousins behind a bad offensive line, the Steelers losing James Conner, the team's persistent issues on defense, and the rise of Lamar Jackson and the Ravens (18:00).

Lastly, Saturday Down South's Connor O'Gara joins Chase to talk about the epic Georgia vs. Alabama SEC Championship game, Jake Fromm's future at UGA, Justin Fields and his options, Kentucky missing their moment, Kelly Bryant choosing Mizzou over Auburn, Hugh Freeze at Tennessee or Auburn, Heisman Finalists, and CFB Playoff predictions (41:00).

NBA With Sean Highkin of Bleacher Report and DIME Magazine (Ep. 228)

Chase Thomas is joined by veteran NBA writer Sean Highkin to talk about the Anthony Davis vs. Joel Embiid debate, the Bulls firing Fred Hoiberg, what Chicago can be in the future, whether or not the Wizards should trade Bradley Beal or John Wall, the Sixers' roster after the Jimmy Butler trade, and what the Victor Oladipo injury issues mean for the Pacers.

MLB With Rany Jazayerli of The Ringer and The Athletic and WWE With Nick Piccone of Philly Influencer (Ep. 227)

Chase Thomas is joined by longtime MLB writer Rany Jazayerli to talk about the state of the Kansas City Royals, the upcoming Winter Meetings, Dayton Moore leading the rebuild in Kansas City, the Braves vs. Phillies, the sad state of the AL Central, and much more (1:00).

Then, Philly Influencer's Nick Piccone returns to talk about that terrible episode of Monday Night Raw, why you can't fix the Braun Strowman and Roman Reigns problem, what makes Smackdown Live great, the Lars Sullivan video packages, a potential John Cena return on Raw, and much more (35:00).

Golden State Warriors With Andy Liu of Light Years and NFL Week 12 Analysis With Austin Gayle of PFF (Ep. 226)

Chase Thomas is joined by Warriors World's Andy Liu to talk about the Golden State Warriors' early-season struggles, Steph Curry and his injury, the Kevin Durant and Draymond Green feud, potential trades for Green, Curry for MVP, which team poses the biggest threat to Golden State, and much more (1:00).

Then, ProFootballFocus' Austin Gayle jumps on the pod to talk about the problems with the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Blake Bortles dilemma, if the team should trade Jalen Ramsey, the return of Josh Allen for the Buffalo Bills, the issues with the Bills' offense, the awful Alex Smith injury, the Steelers coming together around Big Ben, the AFC contenders, and the debut of Lamar Jackson for the Baltimore Ravens (38:00).

That Just Happened College Football Week 12 With Jordan DeArmon (Ep. 225)

Chase Thomas is joined by longtime friend Jordan DeArmon to talk about Ohio State's future with Urban Meyer and Ryan Day, where Oklahoma belongs in the College Football Playoff, Kyler Murray vs. Tua Tagovailoa, West Virginia dropping a heartbreaker to the Oklahoma State Cowboys, Andy Isabella's big day against the Georgia Bulldogs, how Pittsburgh won the ACC Coastal Division, Utah getting through November in the Pac-12, who could be the next coach at Colorado and preview the biggest games in Week 13 of the college football season. 

NFL Week 10 With Austin Gayle of PFF and Atlanta Falcons With Matt Chambers of The Falcoholic (Ep. 223)

Chase Thomas is joined by The Falcoholic's Matt Chambers to talk about Steve Sarkisian vs. Kyle Shanahan, the Dan Quinn defense, the absence of Deion Jones, the greatness of Damontae Kazee, the future of the Falcons, and much more. 

Then, Pro Football Focus' Austin Gayle returns to talk about potential Derek Carr trades out of Oakland, the issues with Philadelphia Eagles secondary, Carson Wentz' play since his return, the New Orleans Saints' awful secondary, issues with Marcus Lattimore, the brilliance of Michael Thomas, a New Orleans Super Bowl in Atlanta, the next head coach of the New York Jets, Lincoln Riley vs. Ryan Day, Bruce Arians, Lane Kiffin and much more.

NBA With Jeff Siegel of Early Bird Rights and Peachtree Hoops (Ep. 222)

Chase Thomas is joined by Early Bird Rights' proprietor Jeff Siegel to talk about the Atlanta Hawks' early season nuggets, the Kevin Huerter offensive upside, Trae Young vs. Luka Doncic, what to make of Omari Spellman and John Collins, the ceiling for Taurean Waller-Prince, the Wizards' issues with talent and chemistry, John Wall on the Knicks, Bradley Beal's trade value, the Pacers big rotation of Domantas Sabonis and Myles Turner, Jimmy Butler next to Victor Oladipo, and where the Pacers could go with their cap space.

Howard Beck of Bleacher Report on Early Lakers Returns, Kawhi and the Raptors, and the Nets Making the Leap (Ep. 221)

Chase Thomas is joined by Bleacher Report's senior NBA writer Howard Beck to talk about the Sacramento Kings surprising start behind De'Aaron Fox, the Lakers issues early on, potential Lonzo Ball trades, the patience of LeBron James, the Raptors rolling with Kawhi Leonard, the Bucks with Coach Budenholzer, Dwane Casey unleashing Blake Griffin in Detroit, the Brooklyn Nets finding their rhythm, and whether or not Caris LeVert is for real.

WWE Evolution, San Jose Sharks, and MLB With Kevin Kurz of The Athletic, Nick Stellini of Baseball Prospectus and Danielle Matheson (Ep. 220)

Chase Thomas is joined by The Athletic's San Jose Sharks beat writer Kevin Kurz to talk about the team's hot start, the Evander Kane lawsuit, the mixture of young and old talent on the roster, Erik Karlsson's future with the team and much more (1:00).

Then, The Athletic and Baseball Prospectus MLB writer Nick Stellini returns to talk about the Yankees and Manny Machado, potential JT Realmuto trade options for the Marlins, the World Series ratings dip, and the Mets bizarre GM hire in Brodie Van Wagenen (20:00).

To wrap up today's episode, pro wrestling writer Danielle Matheson returns to talk WWE Evolution, the future of women's wrestling, Ronda Rousey vs. Nikki Bella along with Charlotte Flair vs. Becky Lynch, and much more (55:00).

That Just Happened Week 9 College Football With Jordan DeArmon (Ep. 218)

Chase Thomas is joined by longtime friend Jordan DeArmon to talk about Georgia's big win over the Florida Gators, the fall of the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors and Cole McDonald, Clemson demolishing Florida State, Georgia Southern returning to prominence, Georgia Tech stunning Virginia Tech, the problem with Mark Richt and the Miami Hurricane offense, and preview the Week 10 games in college football.

That Just Happened College Football Week 8 With Jordan DeArmon (Ep. 217)

Chase Thomas is joined by longtime friend Jordan DeArmon to talk about Purdue upsetting Ohio State at home, the continued improvement of Michigan, the great story that is the 2018 UAB Blazers, Virginia and Virginia Tech sitting atop the leaderboard in the ACC Coastal division, the SEC East battle between Florida and Georgia and Kentucky, whether or not Washington State can keep it going on the road at Stanford and preview the Week 9 games in college football.

MLB Playoffs With Jon Tayler of Sports Illustrated, NBA Season Kickoff With Jovan Buha of The Athletic and WWE With Derek Montilla of The Steel Cage (Ep. 216)

Chase Thomas is joined by SI's Jon Tayler to talk about the controversial home run call in Game 4 of the ALCS between the Red Sox and the Astros, the injury issues with Houston in 2018, what to make of the Manny Machado mess in the NLCS against the Brewers, the future of the Philadelphia Phillies and much more (1:00).

Then, The Athletic's Jovan Buha returns to the pod to talk about the new Woj bomb that the Clippers have a good chance at nabbing Kawhi Leonard next summer, the Jimmy Butler aspect to Los Angeles, the problems with Miami, the G-League salary and rule changes, more (35:00).

Lastly, The Steel Cage's Derek Montilla jumps on the pod to talk about the debut of WWE UK, the problems with the Crown Jewel event, the future of the Women's division in the WWE, the Batista vs. Triple H feud that started on Smackdown 1000 and what to make of Impact Wrestling's future (70:00).

Texas Is Back With Bryan Curtis of The Ringer and That Just Happened College Football Week 7 With Jordan DeArmon (Ep. 215)

Chase Thomas is joined by The Ringer's Bryan Curtis to talk about the Texas Longhorns returning to the top of the Big 12 standings, the return of Shane Buechele under center, what makes Sam Ehlinger great, the differences between the Charlie Strong and Tom Herman era, what makes Texas so fascinating in college football (1:00).

Then, Chase's longtime friend Jordan DeArmon returns to talk about Georgia getting upset by LSU, the Jake Fromm conundrum, Auburn imploding at home against Tennessee, the future of Gus Malzahn, believing in Michigan, the Darrelle Henderson show continuing against UCF, the crazy Vanderbilt and Florida fight, and preview Week 8 in college football (35:00).

Atlanta Sports Update, Jimmy Butler Hysteria and the Return of Shawn Michaels With Nick Cellini of 680 The Fan, James Holas of BBALLBREAKDOWN and William R. Washington of RBR Wrestling (Ep. 214)

Chase Thomas is joined by 680 The Fan's Nick Cellini to talk about the state of the Falcons, how the Braves should approach the Winter Meetings, if they should go after Bryce Harper, if the Hawks could be fun this fall, and more. (1:00).

Then, BBallbreakdown's James Holas jumps on the pod to talk about the Jimmy Butler craziness in Minnesota, Kyrie planning to re-sign with the Celtics, and the Spurs' playoff chances without Dejounte Murray (30:00).

To wrap up, RBR Wrestling's William R. Washington comes on the pod to talk about that Triple H vs. Undertaker match at WWE Super Show-Down, Shawn Michaels dream opponents, the Dean Ambrose storyline, and where the Miz vs. Daniel Bryan vs. AJ Styles feud is going (55:00).

NFL Week 6 Analysis and College Football Week 7 Storylines With Austin Gayle of PFF and Sean Sullivan of Move The Sticks (Ep. 213)

Chase Thomas is joined by Pro Football Focus' NFL Editor Austin Gayle to talk about the disappointing Philadelphia Eagles, what Carson Wentz is struggling with, the Cowboys' hidden stars on defense, how the Carolina Panthers stack up against the New Orleans Saints, the future of Andrew Luck in Indianapolis and much more. Then, NFL Media and Move The Sticks' With Daniel Jeremiah and Bucky Brooks' podcast producer Sean Sullivan jumps on the pod to talk about the upcoming Auburn vs. Tennessee game, why nobody should sleep on Michigan at this point in the season, and the great story behind Smokey X and the history behind it all in Knoxville.

WWE Smackdown Live: The Miz as the Middle Man

I wanted to lead this piece with the Smackdown Women’s championship match between Becky Lynch (c.) vs. Charlotte Flair, but what more is there to say about this feud right now? Lynch and Charlotte kicked off this week’s episode with a twenty-minute gauntlet, featured multiple heelish stunts from Lynch, and ended with a brutal spear from Charlotte that pushed both her and her former best friend through the LED wall. It was all well done, it was a very fun match, this feud still has some sizzle, but we’re at the point in this story where a definitive conclusion should take place sooner rather than later. After WWE Evolution, there will be more to say, like, you know, why it was always inevitable that this was ending with Charlotte as 46-time champion.

Instead, I’m leading with The Miz, more specifically, his Miz TV segment that featured the WWE champion AJ Styles and the No. 1 contender Daniel Bryan. This was everything it needed to be, and on a two-hour show where it felt like only two things happened, it shined. Yes, Charlotte taking out Lynch in frustration post-match was cool, but Styles telling Bryan that he isn’t moving was awesome.

After the personal, highly contentious feuds that Styles and Bryan have worked through over the last few months, it was refreshing to have a back-and-forth like the one Bryan and Styles had. Still, as Miz rightly pointed out, there is nothing inherently interesting about Styles and Bryan respecting each other as two of the best professional wrestlers in the world -- except in this case. Sometimes you just want to have a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Sometimes you just want to see two of the best professional wrestlers in the world have a five-star match on a WWE Network special. When you throw the Miz into the mix, which, I guess makes him the chocolate syrup in this never-ending metaphor -- it makes everything sweeter. Daniel Bryan, the astute man that he is, even admitted on commentary that the Miz is better than everybody at talking. Bryan isn’t wrong here, as there may not be anyone better in the company right now at working a microphone than Mr. Professional.

But he still the biggest match of his career against Bryan in embarrassing fashion. A few days removed from the Australian event, that looks to have been the right call by the WWE brass. An embarrassed and enraged Miz is the best version of the Miz. Whenever the Miz finds himself in a situation where he isn’t being taken seriously, that’s when he hits the hardest. There may be no better example than towards the end of this segment the Miz roared at both Bryan and Styles that he’s got next.

Here are my two other takeaways from the two-hour program.

  1. What makes this a World Cup? Are we sure Vince McMahon has ever watched the FIFA World Cup? Are we sure if we were to ask him to explain what exactly the WWE’s version of the World Cup was, would Vince be able to piece together a coherent explanation? I have my doubts, as this week’s episode of Smackdown Live featured two more qualifying matches that featured four wrestlers from the United States. After this week’s episode, the four wrestlers who have qualified for the tournament are from the United States. Yes, Rey Mysterio vs. Shinsuke Nakamura is happening next week, but I’m fairly confident the WWE has no idea what the World Cup actually is. (Also, could they really have not given the winner a WWE or Universal title shot on an episode of Raw or Smackdown?)

  2. Speaking of the World Cup qualifying matches, why did Randy Orton not viciously assault the Big Show after his victory? Are we done with Crazy Randy Orton, or was this just a one-week blip for the Viper on his quest to destroy fan-favorites? It just felt...odd. I found myself just waiting to write down “Orton punts the Big Show into retirement” on my Legal Pad, but that moment never came. Instead, Orton hit the fan-favorite RKO, his first use of the finisher since the heel turn, and that was that. I’d also like to mention that the fans chanting “You still got it” at the Big Show was one of the most baffling things I’ve seen in professional wrestling this year. If we are subjected to more Big Show matches in 2018 or 2019, I am blaming the city of Indianapolis.

Lifted from the Legal Pad:

  • Did anyone else laugh at the barrage of chops from Charlotte to Becky? Seemed very cartoony.

  • Becky rolling out immediately after the Natural Selection was just great in-ring psychology.

  • Last time we see Samoa Joe on television in 2018? Maybe he and Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn can start their own YouTube show or something.

  • “How’s the family?” - The Miz

  • “If he goes to you house, he’s going to tend to your garden.” - The Miz, with the line of the night.

  • Shelton Benjamin Is Back Alert. That high knee of the ropes was tremendous. More Shelton, please.

  • Rusev and Aiden should get more time to see this feud through, but I suspect a WWE Network match isn’t in the cards and this feud is done.

  • “Cause you got hacked!” - Rusev, always funny.

WWE Raw: D-Generation X Is Back For The Last Time Ever?

If you smartly elected to enjoy a bit more shuteye Saturday morning and skipped WWE Super Show-Down, skimmed the results later on in the afternoon only to then tune into this week’s episode of Monday Night Raw, you might be under the impression that Triple H and The Undertaker’s “Seriously, this is the last time we’re doing this, we promise” match on the WWE Network special delivered in historic fashion. While it is very easy to pile on the WWE for their decision-making -- still waiting on my pyro or television-show intros to return -- it is also very to praise the company for their video packages. No matter how poorly a feud unfolded or how underwhelming a big-time match turned out, the WWE has always excelled at creating a video package that never fails to give the impression that this particular story they’re pushing is the hottest thing in the professional wrestling world. The video package that aired in the middle of Triple H and Shawn Michaels’ opening promo was all of that and more.

Mission accomplished?

Not quite. Yes, the Chicago crowd was hot for this opening segment, they rejoiced when it became crystal clear that the Heartbreak Kid was coming out of retirement, and, you know, it was just kind of nice to open an episode of Raw that did not include the likes of Baron Corbin, an in-over-his-head Kurt Angle, Michael Cole obnoxiously shouting about the “Big Dog”, and the list goes on and on. Most weeks, it feels like the red brand is dead-set on not giving the paying customers what they want, but, on Monday evening, Vince McMahon threw the rowdy crowd a bone and gave thousands of people the opportunity to scream “Suck it!” at the top of their longs as the member berries the WWE fed each fan on their way into the arena had finally taken effect.

But should Triple H and Shawn Michaels and the Undertaker and Kane be the main program on the biggest show in the promotion in 2018? If the choice is simply: DX or more Roman Reigns’ solo work, you always go with the latter. The fans in attendance and the fans at home still love HBK and the fans at home still love to see the legends they grew up with pop up on their television screens from time to time. However, it seems highly unlikely that those same fans are also pumped about the Crown Jewel co-main event of DX vs. Brothers of Destruction in 2018. After watching that painful match in Australia -- or just the Undertaker’s last two WrestleMania appearances -- why would anyone *really* want to see Kane and the Undertaker wrestle anymore? They were really good and really fun for 67 years, but it is time to turn the page. If you are going to bring Michaels out of retirement, great, but it should be to elevate somebody like Adam Cole or Aleister Black or Seth Rollins or Tommaso Ciampa or even Daniel Bryan.


Here are three other takeaways I had from this week’s episode of Monday Night Raw.

  1. According to my calculations, after tonight’s episode of Raw every single member of the Raw roster is now a heel. No, there is still Finn Balor, Seth Rollins, ugh, well, there have to be more, right? But the post-match beatdowns from Bobby Lashley on Kevin Owens and the Bella Twins on Ronda Rousey clicked. If there was ever a night to try turn heel, last night in front of this Chicago crowd was the night to do it. Lashley obviously wasn’t working as a babyface, and if you’re going to pair him with somebody like Lio Rush, who was jawing throughout an awkwardly long Lashley vs. Owens match, you had to turn him heel. Rush, through no fault of his own, has a voice that only works as a heel. The Bellas’ turn, however, was more interesting as Nikki has always seemed more naturally suited as a heel, while Brie will now have to navigate awkward waters with this character development as she is married to the biggest babyface in the company. (Granted, her botched kicks to Liv Morgan on a previous Raw made this heel transformation less awkward and far more realistic.)

  2. Trish Stratus and Alexa Bliss must be protected at all costs. When it first became clear this match was happening at WWE Evolution, it felt more thrown together, less thought out. For as great as Miss Bliss is, she has never felt like this generation’s Trish Stratus. There was always something naturally likable about Trish Stratus, while there is always something naturally hatable -- shoutout to Sasha Banks -- about Alexa Bliss. But maybe that’s why this feud has clicked, as Stratus has been turned out to be a better foil to Bliss than Rousey or even Nia Jax ever were. Now you throw Lita into the mix and this tag-team match -- Mickie James included -- has all the ingredients for an enjoyable match.

  3. So we’re doing this with Dean Ambrose, huh? Are we really doing this? At one point in the main event, the crowd was beside themselves calling for the Lunatic Fringe to get inserted into the match. Outside of Rollins, who was just as universally over, Ambrose was the biggest ticket item in Chicago Monday night. So why is the WWE teasing an Ambrose heel turn or at the very least a split from The Shield? Is it really a good idea to turn one of the few over babyfaces in the company that isn’t 58-years-old? We have seen the Wrestler Gets Fed Up With Losing And Turns movie countless times before, but with Ambrose it seems riskier. There is a difference between Alleged Babyface Bobby Roode turning on Chad Gable after losing to the Ascension every week on Raw for a decade-plus than Ambrose walking out on his brothers and going into the Me-First Business. Sure, it could work out as well as has for Becky Lynch on Smackdown Live -- the two do have a lot in common after all -- but the biggest reason Lynch is better off for her pseudo-turn is the person she walked out on has never clicked as a babyface -- Charlotte Flair -- while an Ambrose vs. Rollins feud, at this point in 2018, won’t have the same effect because people actually like the Burn It Down Guy. Now, if this leads to an Ambrose vs. Reigns feud for the Universal title, that is something that could work because Ambrose would thrive as the anti-hero in that scenario. Really, that’s where this story should go, with Ambrose going after the biggest prize in the company and setting his sights on the guy in the group that isn’t universally beloved by the WWE Universe. Unfortunately, we know this is leading to Ambrose vs. Rollins and that doesn’t do anybody any good.

Lifted from the Legal Pad:

  • Triple H just tossed his water bottle early on in his ramp-walking endeavor to kick off Monday Night Raw.

  • Speaking of Hunter, the man was dead-set on telling the longest mountain-climbing metaphor ever recorded. Mission accomplished.

  • “More of the same,” Corey Graves said, unironically on this episode of Raw.

  • Owens took flight again and got the crowd completely in his corner. His place on this show is an atrocity.

  • Week 93 of me complaining that Elias needs something else to do. ANYTHING.

  • That Liv vs. Brie opener to start the six-woman tag was super smart. It felt genuine and came across super well.

  • Michael Cole saying that Brie’s kick “sent Liv flying” was very strange and just a bold-face lie.

  • Is Natalya the worst best friend of all-time?

  • “You suck” chants for the Bellas after their beatdown of Rousey. This worked.

  • Hard to believe B ‘N B vs. Jinder Mahal and Alicia Fox happened on television, but it did.

  • Are we getting Babyface Drew McIntyre soon?

  • “You’re just not any good.” - Baron Corbin with the line of the night on Heath Slater.

  • I wonder if the WWE thought out this World Cup thing. (I kid, of course they haven’t.)

  • That Kurt Angle moment was delightful and Corbin makes the best faces.

  • Who even are Nia Jax and Ember Moon as a television characters?

  • Shield vs. Evil Guys definitely had a big-fight feel to start the match. This was fun.

  • Roman Reigns flying outside the ring may be the best thing he does.