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WWE Elimination Chamber: Sami Zayn Falls Short of Winning Title from Roman Reigns in Front of Hometown Crowd

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It was an emotional night of action during WWE’s Elimination Chamber PPV on Peacock, and the key storyline reached a fever pitch.

The set-up was executed perfectly by the performers and the creatives for it to culminate in front of Sami Zayn’s hometown crowd in Montreal, Canada.

We have stated previously, the best soap opera storyline going is the ‘Bloodline’ and the inter family drama between its members, and the outsider, Sami Zayn.

As Paul “Triple H” Levesque stated during the post-Elimination Chamber press conference (also streaming on Peacock), the stars of the show were the crowd in attendance.  From beginning to end, they were ‘in’ it, and when their hometown hero emerged in the main event the sound was deafening making for an emotional high-stakes Universal title match between Zayn and champion Roman Reigns.

So, how was the match?  One of the most memorable in the history of the WWE, with so many spots that were jaw-dropping, but laid out so well that the action and the reactions of the WWE Superstars was milked to perfection.

With Sami’s wife seated at ringside, when Zayn’s music hit, it was the biggest pop we have heard for a WWE Superstar in we don’t know how long.  Reign’s, who is just excellent at revving up a crown and just letting them hate on him without doing too much, allowed the crowd to adore Sami for some extra time before the match even started.

Once the bell rang, Roman waisted no time in dragging Zayn over to his wife and saying, “I just wanted us to work together,” them adding, how he wanted to provide for Sami and his family.

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The match was the classic David vs. Goliath and so many times Zayn came a millisecond from pinning Reigns and becoming the new champ. We were also so impressed by Reigns timing, especially when Sami gave the champ a taste of his own medicine.

Zayn delivered a Superman Punch of his own and followed with a massive Helluva kick and it was there Reign’s did a masterful kickout to save himself and the match continued.

You didn’t think this was going to be a ‘clean’ bout now, did you? Without any interference? Twice, two different referees got knocked out, once allowing Zayn to get the pin but there was no ref, so it didn’t count, and the match went on.  Next, Jimmy Uso showed up and helped Roman try to put down Zayn, but that backfired.

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Later, Jey Uso showed up with Reigns demanding that he hit Zayn with a chair shot.  However, Jey refused.  Unfortunately, Roman stepped out of the way, and Jey got a kick in the face for his trouble by Zayn, by accident.  Next, Roman speared Zayn and the referee was back in action and delivered the three-count and Reigns retained the title.

The fans’ in attendance were mostly silent following the match which illustrated just much they wanted their hometown hero to emerge with the title.

All of a sudden from the back came another WWE superstar from Quebec, Kevin Owens, to stop a post-match onslaught from Reigns and Jimmy Uso.  When Owens came to the ring he helped give Sami an opportunity for one last kick to Reigns in the turnbuckle, when he stepped aside, while Kevin laid out Uso.  While the underdog and ‘everyman’ in Zayn did not wind up with the belt, the story will continue on according to Sami in the post-match press conference.

Other highlights from the PPV included: Asuka winning the women’s elimination chamber match meaning … she will wrestle Bianca Belair for the WWE Raw Women’s Championship in April at Wrestlemania, and in the men’s elimination chamber match, Austin Theory retained the United States Championship after interference from Logan Paul on Seth Rollins. Clearly the WWE is setting up a Logan vs. Seth match/feud at Wrestlemania.  However, the breakout star, to us, in the match was Montez Ford.  Give this man his due!

So, what did you think of the outcome and the match between Zayn and Reigns? What did you think of the 2023 WWE Elimination Chamber PPV? Comment below, but first check out some highlights of the main event and its aftermath.

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THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL: Lauren Gives Deacon an Earful About Sugar

On Friday’s April 19th episode of The Bold and the Beautiful, Lauren (Tracey E. Bregman) and Deacon (Sean Kanan) make a stunning realization, and viewers of the CBS soap opera can also give themselves a round of applause for figuring out the mystery surrounding (Kimberlin Brown) Sheila’s ‘death’, or at least a part of it.

At Il Giardino, Lauren and Deacon are getting into a heated exchange over Sheila. Going over the events that transpired with Lauren, Deacon tells her what he saw in the crematorium when the sheet lifted up revealing that the deceased person had ten toes, not nine as Sheila had.

Then, Deacon asks a freaked out Lauren, what she knows about Sugar? He reveals, “Sheila was texting with her before she went to Steffy’s.” Deacon begs Lauren to tell him. Lauren says the Sugar she knows couldn’t possibly be texting Sheila or anyone else for that matter because she’s in jail.

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A reluctant Lauren finally tells Deacon what she knows about the sordid backstory of Sheila and Sugar. Lauren begins, “Sheila met her in prison. She was her warden.” She then goes into how they resurfaced in Genoa City and how Sheila was locked up in a mental ward. Confused and trying to follow along, Deacon looks shocked.  That’s when Lauren says he will be blown away by the rest of the story.

As they sit, Lauren explains that all that time she thought it was Sheila who was locked up, she learned that it wasn’t her in the mental institution. That is when we are treated to a flashback. It was there that Sheila admits to Lauren that when she and Sugar escaped the prison, they fled to South America, where Sugar sacrificed her face. Sugar thought she was going in for a facelift, but Sheila was able to buy off corrupt doctors to have Sugar’s face altered to look exactly like Sheila.

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Deacon gulps, “What are you telling me, Lauren?” Lauren says, “That there’s someone out there who looks exactly like Sheila. Someone with ten toes.” Vindicated, Deacon shouts, “I was right. It wasn’t Sheila who got cremated. She’s alive! My, God! Sheila’s alive!”

So, the search will be for Sheila starting with next week’s episodes of B&B. Do you think somehow Sheila will wind up in the orbit of Lauren if she has been in hiding since Steffy ‘killed” her in self-defense?  Is Sheila kidnapped somewhere? Share your thoughts via the comment section, but first, look at the set-up of Deacon learning about Sheila and Sugar’s past from Lauren.

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Y&R’s Eileen Davidson Delivers the ‘Power Performance of the Week’

Taking on a DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder) storyline on the soaps can be extraordinarily challenging for the performer who is tasked with making a clear distinction and delineation between the various alters of their character.

However, the other trick to playing this kind of story, is often having the various alters trying to hide the fact from those they know and love of what is truly going on with them, so as not to tip them off, as to what is happening to them as they battle for control of a person’s psyche.

The gold standard is One Life to Live icon Erika Slezak’s (ex-Viki) Emmy-winning and gut-wrenching and riveting DID storyline where we met Tori, Niki (although we met her earlier in the life of the show), Tommy, Princess, Jean and even her father, Victor.

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Now in 2024, The Young and the Restless’ Eileen Davidson is playing out a new DID storyline for the first time as Ashley Abbott. We knew decades ago that Ashley had a breakdown and has suffered psychological issues, but this has taken it to a new level. And, let’s be real, if you are going to give someone currently on a soap a DID story, who better than Davidson, who is used to playing multiple characters at one time as she did on Days of our Lives. Although on DAYS, each of the characters were their own distinct person, while now on Y&R, Ashley’s alters are fighting for control of her being,

Last week, on the Thursday, April 12th episode of the CBS soap opera, Davidson truly got to shine, as in front of the Abbott family and through what was supposed to be an intervention (they hadn’t figure out what the hell was happening to her), Ashley was flipping from alter to alter. We know there is Ms. Abbott, and Ash thus far, but there is said to be one more alter a-coming.

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In the key scenes, Davidson’s internal struggle was played pretty masterfully in a scene where she literally is in a tug of war with her alters and flings herself on the couch, while Jack (Peter Bergman), Diane (Susan Walters), Billy (Jason Thompson) and Traci (Beth Maitland) look on. Of course, there are the soap trope scenes of alters in handcuffs while the other is on the loose. And leave it to Billy to figure out Ashley is suffering from DID from his past experience.

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While this all seemed to spring from Ashley’s messy relationship with Tucker (Trevor St. John) and a throw back to an old car accident where she lost her unborn baby, is there some other underlying issue in Ashley’s past that was even more traumatizing that will be revealed as another trigger for this massive personality split? We shall see.

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In the meantime, Michael Fairman TV names Eileen Davidson’s work the Power Performance of the Week, and rest assured, come 2025, Davidson will find herself going for the third Daytime Emmy win as Lead Actress for this storyline.

So, let us know, what did you think of Eileen’s performance? Are you enjoying Ashley’s DID storyline? What do you think will happen to her next? Comment below.

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THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL: “Sugar Sugar! Oh, Honey Honey”

The Bold and the Beautiful revealed at the end of the Friday April 13th episode what many viewers had guessed, that it wasn’t Sheila (Kimberlin Brown) who died when Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) stabbed her, but it had to her doppelgänger, Sugar, or at least it seems that way.

Deacon (Sean Kanan) has been beside himself since seeing what was supposed to be Sheila’s body being cremated, but revealing the body had ten toes and not nine, and we all know Sheila had cut off her toe, so she only had nine.

While explaining his thoughts that she is alive to Finn (Tanner Novlan) and then trying later to explain to Ridge (Thorsten Kaye), Deacon is more convinced that something is wrong here. Meanwhile, Finn went to talk to Steffy about Deacon’s theory, which stuns her, as she believed she killed Sheila in self-defense.

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At Il Giardino, Deacon looks at his phone then slams it down. He flashes back to the body going into the crematorium oven saying to himself, “Maybe I’m not going crazy. Maybe that wasn’t you. And if that wasn’t you, maybe you’re out there. Maybe you need my help.”

Deacon gets on Sheila’s laptop and tries to find something that might help him figure out where Sheila has gone. He looks at her text message communications and sees a section from an unknown number. He opens the messages, and Deacon reads that they’re from someone named “Sugar.”  That person said she was going to find Sheila. In the messages, Sheila made it clear she wanted no part of her. But it could be that Sheila met up with Sugar, or was forced too?

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In a quick history lesson about the character of Sugar: she was originally played by Robin Mattson on B&B, and was a former prison warden who helped Sheila escape and then joined her in kidnapping Ridge Forrester to hold him for ransom. A twisted plot ensued, where flames engulfed the foundry they were at and Ridge was presumed dead. Meanwhile, Sheila and Sugar disappeared with Massimo and Sheila’s baby, Diana.

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Fast forward to 2006, Sheila returned to Genoa City to go after Lauren Fenmore (Tracey E. Bregman) again and was arrested for attacking Scott Grainger (Peter Barton). In a shocker, when Lauren went to visit Sheila in the slammer, she learned that the woman behind bars was actually Sugar, who had been given plastic surgery and now looks exactly like Sheila.

Now the questions become, did Sheila know that Sugar was going to attack Steffy? Did they have a plan and it went awry, or was Sheila hoping she could get rid of both Sugar and Steffy, by having her daughter-in-law sent to prison for her “murder”? Or, is Sheila out there somewhere in trouble?

Share your theories via the comment section below, and if you knew all along that it would be revealed that Sugar is the person who actually died and not Sheila. But first, check out next week on B&B where Deacon gets a visit from Lauren.

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