Not so fast my botch man. Earlier this week on Monday Night Raw, Brie Bella accidentally kicked Liv Morgan in the face during a six woman tag, knocking Morgan silly for a few seconds and giving her a concussion in the process. The moment has been discussed for the last five days by just about everyone in the wrestling business and now another name is throwing his thoughts into the mix.
First of all, the clip.
On The Accident Itself
“Liv got caught on what you call the ‘button’ — on a part of her chin, and that’s basically what ended up knocking her out. It was scary seeing that happen to her. I have to say, I do think that WWE, I think that their intentions — I always talk about that they’re big into safety. I think that this was a bang-bang situation, and I think that things could’ve been handled a little bit better, in my professional opinion. Just as an observer watching it, and someone who has been knocked out in the ring, someone who’s knocked people out in the ring — I just have to be honest in these comments.”
On What WWE Should Have Done
“You might not hear [this from] a lot people who work for WWE, or looking to go back to WWE, but I’m just going to say it. That match has to stop, and that girl needs to be taken out of that match ASAP. Once she’s knocked out, she should not have tried to get up, no one should have touched her neck. Brie Bella was concerned about her, so she was checking on her — everything needs to stop. She should not be involved in a spot later on, she should not have to lock up and push — you can see she’s falling down … once Brie kicks her with that button-shot on the jaw and goes for a cover, you could see Brie is concerned.”
And On Who Was At Fault
“First off, Bella didn’t– this is not intentional. I watched it many times from a couple of different angles. It’s not intentional what happened here. It happens. Their timing — both girls, their timing was off, it’s really that simple. It happens … it’s not ballet. It’s that simple. So, it’s not Liv’s fault, it’s not Bella’s fault, it just happens.”
Opinion: It’s kind of hard to argue with a lot of what Taz is saying here. When someone in the match is completely knocked out, it’s ok and likely the right idea to just stop the match then and there. Whatever ending was planned for the match can be done later and everything will be fine. There are some things more important than a six person tag and this was certainly one of them.
What did you think of the botch? Should the match have been stopped? Let us know in the comments below.
Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at kbwrestlingreviews.com, or check out his Amazon author page with 28 wrestling books. His latest book is the the Complete 2003 Smackdown Reviews.
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