My Two Centsss - 27 Things I Think I Think About Today's WWE
By Super Chrisss
Nov 2, 2016 - 12:17:43 PM
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Writer’s Note: (Those of you who have me on Facebook (so 0.001% of you) might know that yesterday was my 27th birthday. In honour of being officially 1/3 of old man Mr. Tito’s age, I thought I would rip off a couple of famous LOP columnists by sharing 27 thoughts on the state of today’s WWE (‘sup Al & XanMan). These thoughts aren’t in any particular order. I’m just shooting from the hip today to remind you guys that I’m still alive and (somehow) still write for this website.)
1. I caught Hell in a Cell last Sunday and enjoyed everything I expected to enjoy. The match spacing was near-perfect; a far cry from the questionable match order of No Mercy last month. Reigns vs. Rusev opening the show made the most sense, as a lot of fans would have been PISSED if either Owens vs. Rollins or the women were out first. Fortunately, WWE nailed the match placement but I just wish Raw Pay-Per-Views would stop running over-time. It’s a school/work night, damn it! Cut back on the useless Stephanie and KFC segments and maybe the show will finish on time for a change.
2. Speaking of over-time, did Raw really have to adopt their version of ‘Talking Smack’? I haven’t caught ‘Raw Talk’ – or whatever their post-show is called – but those who did have called it a much inferior version of SmackDown’s. You’re telling me Roman Reigns can’t deliver a less-scripted promo and show some passion? Shocking, I tell you. Shocking.
3. Putting the Cruiserweights on Raw was a bad idea. I know WWE has three hours to fill and they were counting on the Cruiserweights to help kill time, but I doubt I’m the only one who feels that the division is on life support. Putting the CW title on (The) Brian Kendrick was the right move as TJ Perkins was getting next to no reaction as champion (despite his awesome entrance theme). At least with Kendrick you have a veteran who casual fans might remember. Unfortunately, WWE still has a lot of work to do to make the division matter. Booking six-man tag matches which last less than ten minutes certainly isn’t the answer. If that formula didn’t wok for the women pre divas revolution, why the hell would it work for guys who 80% of the audience don’t know?
4. I watched an hour of Raw on Halloween night (Gotham had finished and I was killing time before Halloween (1978) on AMC started) and it just depressed me. Jeri-KO are awesome, but the fact that the writers seem hell-bent on pushing Braun Strowman and Nia Jax over Sami Zayn and Bayley speaks volumes. Fuck that brand, seriously.
5. Speaking of which, here’s a list of Raw superstars who are being completely wasted on Raw: Zayn, Bayley, Neville, Cesaro, Rusev, Enzo & Cass, Anderson & Gallows, among others.
6. Meanwhile, here’s a list of SmackDown superstars who are being wasted:…………
7. I’m quite impressed with how WWE has established a “SmackDown Six’ of female superstars. With the exception of Alexa Bliss, I’m not a huge fan of Naomi, Natalya, Carmella, Nikki Bella or Becky Lynch. That being said, SmackDown has made me at least care about each one of those ladies. Their matches actually get time and they all have their own feuds, unlike Raw, where the sole focus has been on Charlotte and Sasha on the list. Not bad, considering SmackDown’s women division consists mainly of NXT call-ups, over-looked veterans, the red-headed sheep of The Four Horsewomen (in some fans’ eyes) and Eva Marie. I honestly feel bad for every female Raw superstar not named Charlotte or Nia Jax.
8. SmackDown’s tag team division is leaps and bounds more credible than Raw, which is hilarious when you remember that the champions are Heath Slater & Rhyno and the division consists of teams like The Hype Bros, The Ascension and The Spirit Squad. It just goes to show SmackDown has been able to make the most out of what the draft gave them.
9. That being said, I wish WWE would give teams like Breezango and The Vaudevillains more of an opportunity. As I mentioned in my last column, Tyler Breeze is too talented to be stuck in a jobber tag team. Split up Breezango and give Tyler a midcard push, WWE. He can and will surprise you.
10. I’ve seen a lot of people laughing and/or complaining about SmackDown bringing in past talent or jobbers and giving them TV time on SmackDown, such as James Ellsworth, Curt Hawkins, The Headbangerz and The Spirit Squad. I for one have no problem with it. Would you rather watch three pointless squash matches where Braun Strowman, Nia Jax and Bo Dallas perform the same moves on nobodies? Or would you rather see build up their current and future stars like Ziggler, Ambrose, The Usos and others at the expense of guys who the audience knows? I’ll take the latter any day of the week, thank you very much.
11. Out of curiosity, has anyone reading this bought a James Ellsworth t-shirt from WWE Shop? If you have, that’s awesome.
12. On the topic of WWE merch, I’m considering buying the latest t-shirts for The Miz, Seth Rollins and Chris Jericho. Those three may not be my favourite three wrestlers at the moment, but I only buy t-shirts that I would actually wear in public, and all of those qualify.
13. For those wondering, my current favourite wrestlers include Dean Ambrose, Aj Styles, Bray Wyatt, Zack Ryder, and non-wrestling Chris Jericho. As you can see, not too much incentive for me to watch Raw, is there?
14. Another guy I’ve seen people complain about not being used nearly enough is Apollo Crews, who was expected to get a push post-draft. Personally, I’m not too bothered with Crews’ absence on TV as of late since I’d rather they invest in him when he’s ready. He got called up from NXT WAY too soon, and that was evident during his brief feud with The Miz last summer. Let the guy keep improving and adapting to the WWE style on house shows before giving him another push in the midcard.
15. Speaking of NXT, I’ve found myself watching the weekly episodes less and less in recent months. While some of the blame can be put on the major roster shake-up created from the draft, I think the main reason why is because the split created way too much wrestling to keep up with. In early September, we had two Pay-Per-Views a month, Raw on Monday, SmackDown on Tuesday, NXT AND the Cruiserweight Classic both on Wednesday. Combine that with being a full-time University student, and you feel exasperated. As a result, I’ve cut wrestling out of my Wednesday-Thursday schedule for the time being.
16. Nevertheless, I have been keeping up with the results via JCool’s awesome recap right here on LOP and YouTube. Excuse the teenage expression, but TakeOver: Toronto should be LIT!
17. How much of a coincidence is it that a potential dream match in Hideo Itami vs. Austin Aries – which I bet was previously pencilled in for TakeOver – because both guys got injured at house shows around the same time and aren’t expected back until the same time period. It would be awesome if they resume their rivalry right from the get-go and we see them go at it at the TakeOver on WrestleMania weekend? Hell, WWE could even film a segment where both guys took each other out in a parking lot or something, thus explaining their absence and need for the feud to continue.
18. I’m very much stoked to see Mickie James return to WWE and take on Asuka at TakeOver. I haven’t seen Mrs. Magnus compete since her TNA days and we’ll see if she’s still got it. If she does, I’d love for her to appear on Raw the following Monday. Lord knows the Raw brand could benefit from having a veteran like Mickie around, especially if she’s still over (and I’m sure she will be).
19. Speaking of female NXT talents, I quite like the pairing of “The Iconic Ones” Billie Kay and Peyton Royce. Kay impressed me at TakeOver last summer, and if you follow Royce on Instagram like I do, you know she’s smokin’ hot! Individually, I don’t see either being a threat to Asuka, but as a unit, they could be the ultimate foil for The Empress of Tomorrow. I’m intrigued.
20. Despite what I said earlier about skipping NXT-Wednesday, I just peeped the non-spoiler preview for tonight’s episode and I think I’ll have to make an exception to catch this week’s show. I don’t read spoilers, so I honestly have no idea who will prevail in either DIY vs. The Revival or Perkins/Ibushi vs. Sanity. Plus, Elias Sampson is supposed to be returning tonight! Sampson still needs to work on his in-ring skills, but he’s such a heat magnet (I love those “Drift Away” chants).
21. Prediction time: if Samoa Joe loses to Shinsuke Nakamura at TakeOver: Toronto, and doesn’t join the main roster by the time the Royal Rumble happens, Joe is going to be a NXT-er for life, like it or not.
22. Something I proposed prior to the draft and I strongly feel should be done at the next draft is NXT getting more involved in the selection process. It wasn’t fair that NXT lost 3/4s of their womens division, ½ of their tag team division and their top guy (Finn Balor) and got nothing in return. NXT is more than just developmental; they’ve become a touring, separate brand. You’re telling me there are guys on Raw and SmackDown who wouldn’t benefit from a re-start in NXT? It worked wonders for Tyson Kidd, after all (no sarcasm).
23. Some people I’d like to see ‘drafted’ to NXT (in no particular order): Neville, Curtis Axel, Jack Swagger, Summer Rae, Fandango.
24. On a side note, I can’t wait to see Tye Dillinger either become NXT Champion or join the main roster. He’s a talented guy who’s popular enough to either carry the brand or get over quickly on Raw or SmackDown.
25. I’m all out of thoughts but I promised you 27. Damn it.
26. As much as I love Miz TV, I wish WWE would do more talk-show segments. I liked The Ambrose Asylum; why can’t they bring that back? And why doesn’t Chris Jericho host The Highlight Reel anymore?
27. There. I made it. Thanks for reading, y’all!
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