This week in WWE, both Raw and SmackDown offered some excellent segments. That said, neither show was completely free of strange booking decisions.
Raw gave fans an open forum segment that bombed worse than any segment in recent memory, continued on the trend of giving favorable treatment to a team that's done nothing to deserve it and given the world far more of Baron Corbin than most people can handle. Meanwhile, SmackDown Live has made matches for TLC that don't make a lot of sense in the grande scheme of where the writers look to be going.
Here are the strangest booking decisions in WWE for the week of December 2, 2018.
Asuka Joins Lynch and Flair
The second WWE added Asuka to the TLC between Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch, the outcome became fairly obvious. Only there to ensure Lynch and Flair both look strong coming out of that match, Asuka is sure to take the loss. The real question is, how does she lose?
Adding Asuka and making this match a Triple Threat diminishes what Lynch and Flair have going and knowing the outcome of the match (I suppose it's not a certainty, but it almost feels like it) takes away from the contest itself. The match didn't need Asuka, it's not good for Asuka long-term and there were other ways to bring Flair and Lynch together.
The Open Forum
As The Rock would say, what in the blue hell was WWE thinking when they constructed the segment that was the "Open Forum" on Raw this past week. Hosted by Alexa Bliss and featuring Bayley and Sasha Banks, the segment also included Mandy Rose, Sonya Deville, Alicia Fox and Mickie James who made cameo appearances. The entire thing was a trainwreck.
From the awkward hosting jokes to the strangely delivered answers, asking only one question of one audience member, only to set up a sneak attack similar to a million other sneak attacks that came before it, it felt like WWE was going for something unique but simply couldn't find a way to pull it off.
The Glorious Pee
Oh, Drake Maverick... what has WWE got you doing now? This stuff where you pee your pants and then urinate on Bobby Roode's robe is beyond embarrassing. Granted, Maverick doesn't have the clout to say no to the idea and Roode is probably doing his best to try and make a garbage idea work, but this storyline right out of the Attitude Era but without the actual edginess.
These ideas are killing the credibility of the Authors of Pain, making Drake Maverick the most undeserving general manager of a brand in WWE and making Roode and Chad Gable collateral damage in the wake of this foolishness. Everyone here loses and it's difficult to understand why WWE would have chosen to move forward on this.
Lucha House Rules
For the second week in a row, WWE has invented a new rule that's only available to one team. While the matches are faster paced, Lucha House Rules — a rule that allows any or all three members of the Lucha House Party to wrestle in tag match with no tag required and no five-count to remove multiple members of the team — completely tilts the results of any match in their favor and makes absolutely no sense. Somehow, no one but Corey Graves and The Revival seem to care.
How did WWE decide this rule? What did they expect would happen? Why is it permitted and why is no one causing a stink about it? This isn't even the Freebird rule where any two of the three men could compete. This is letting all three members of the Lucha House Party do whatever they want with no rules to really stop them.