The WWE is enjoying another great year in terms of ratings, revenue, attendance, merchandise sales, and Pay-Per-View buys. We’re entering one of the golden years of the PG Era (who could have thought we’d actually say that?) thanks to the Brand Split which brought back Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan. The WWE also has one of the most talent-stacked rosters in years. It’s not far off from what we had 10 years ago.
The fans also get to dictate face and heel turns; at least they’ll officially get there when Roman Reigns becomes heel and Seth Rollins becomes a babyface. The WWE is listening to its fans more and more. There is so much going right that we can feel as though it’ll come back to the epic level of the Attitude Era.
Oh, but it’s not perfect. Like anything else in life, there’s the good, the bad, and the ugly. Let’s look at the five best, five worst, and five ugliest things in WWE right now.
5. Good: Raw Women’s Division
Listen, there’s no sugarcoating that the current WWE Women’s Division will never be as cool as the ones from the Attitude Era. You think it’s easy to replace Chyna, Lita or Trish Stratus? Not quite.
But we will say that the Women on Raw are absolutely crushing it and giving fans hope that the Women’s Revolution will actually be a revolution. Sasha Banks has been huge since being called up and cut one heck of a promo on recently on Raw. WWE finally has a new insanely cool and sweet Woman to follow for a babyface.
What’s a babyface without a good heel and rival to work with? Charlotte, the Women’s Champion, is definitely working well as a top heel. Given how she’s The Dirtest Player in the Game like her father, it’s helped build her up as someone the crowd loves to hate. Plus, that was pure mean when she told her father to leave and he cried and walked away.
5. Bad: Tag Teams
Sheesh, where is the tag team division going these days? Anywhere?
The New Day is just beyond bland at this point. They haven’t really made a name for themselves with such weak competition. I’m baffled that WWE didn’t even let them take down The Wyatt Family to get over. That’s the type of momentum they needed. So let’s accept the fact that New Day will not be anything that big. Only the kids love them because of their cheesy entrance and one-liners.
The Wyatt Family never received their push, and The Dudley Boyz return was a huge, huge bust. Absolute disappointment from the get-go. WWE hasn’t given us a tag team that’s worth cheering for. Okay, there is one we will bring up later. But really, where are the good tag team matches we once saw?
5. Ugly: Braun Strowman
Please, don’t let him read this.
Braun Strowman is an absolute towering menace. But the man is simply not somebody you would want your daughter to date when it comes to looks. Now this may come off as mean and a bit of an insult, but his character is based on him looking like an absolute ruthless, soulless monster. So let’s get this out of the way, shall we?
Strowman’s greasy long hair and nerve-wracking smile…terrifies me. This is why I loved the whole Wyatt Family gimmick; with Strowman part of them. They look heartless and careless for humanity. That’s what you want from these types of wrestlers. Throw in Strowman getting “pushed,” by destroying weaker competition, and you can see why he terrifies me.
4. Good: AJ Styles
I was very skeptical about AJ Styles being pushed to main-event status right after his feud ended with Chris Jericho. But the way he was able to be a temporary top face against Roman Reigns went to show how important he really is. Styles has killed it on the mic and is easily one of WWE’s top wrestlers. Styles has already feuded with John Cena, Reigns, and Chris Jericho.
He’s already shown his ability to go face-to-face with the top stars, and the matches have been absolute clinics. The SummerSlam showdown against John Cena should be the favourite for Match of the Year. Styles finally came over from TNA and the crowd loved him immediately; even turning on Cena over Styles during their rivalry.
4. Bad: SmackDown Women’s Division
The WWE Diva’s Revolution was a monumental failure; but at least Vince McMahon saw this and didn’t try to drag it on and on until people bought it. They introduced a new title, called up Women from NXT and had Hall of Famer Lita come out and try to promote it more. But it’s still a work in progress. The Raw brand is building up a solid Women’s Division, but what in the world is going on with SmackDown?
Natalya is a talented member of The Hart Family, but hasn’t gotten the long-overdue push she should have gotten from beating Charlotte. She’s losing relevance. Becky Lynch appeals to the crowd as a fan favourite, but has also not been put in the right situations to get over even though she was recently crowned SmackDown Women’s Champion. Perhaps Carmella or Alexa Bliss can come and save the day before people turn off the channel when the Women put on their matches.
4. Ugly: SmackDown Tag Team Titles
There’s the legend of Bigfoot, sharks, and then there are the WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship. All of them are well-known by now for not being good looking in any way, shape or form. But the difference between Bigfoot and sharks? They can’t control their looks. The creators of the SmackDown Tag Team titles could.
Listen, I like the look of having the Roman gladiators on the belts, but just how hard is it to notice them? What happened to the old SmackDown titles that had the distinctive blue trim instead of leather. The WWE had beautiful and new tag team titles waiting in their laps. But they had to go with a design that was just awful and has received very little fan support.
3. Good: Enzo and Cass
If you thought the Women’s Division was bad, well the tag team is much worse. Over the past decade, fans have seen D-Generation X, The Brothers of Destruction, Evolution, and The Dudley Boyz carry tag team titles. Now, we’re having The New Day (yes, they’re awesome and I know to not be sour) but their title reign has dragged on for far too long and the entire act is starting to get competitive.
Oh, but there is one tag team that’s starting to change that. Enzo Amore and Big Cass have come in and absolutely made every other tag team of the past five years look plain silly. They have the excellent charisma of getting the crowd pumped, no matter how cheesy their chants and “SAWFT,” lines are.
3. Bad: Dean Ambrose
Dean Ambrose, despite not being a great all-around wrestler and having very few, if any mic skills, has appealed to the crowd greatly and has relished as their top babyface. Compare him to the likes of John Cena, Edge, Triple H, Shawn Michaels, The Undertaker, and Stone Cold Steve Austin. Why is the guy so popular?
Ambrose deserved a main event push, but WWE tried to speed it up way too quickly when he cashed in his Money in the Bank on the night he won the Ladder match. WWE has rushed him into bring feuds with Dolph Ziggler and now AJ Styles. The crowd isn’t giving Ambrose very warm receptions during segments, promos or matches. This could have contributed to his recent title loss at Backlash. He’s not fit to be the champion of SmackDown right now.
3. Ugly: Bray Wyatt
Again, Bray Wyatt’s character kind of calls upon him to not be great looking. A fresh haircut, beard shave, and well-tailored suit would make him look like Leo DiCaprio any time he wanted it.
But still, Wyatt’s gimmick as this cult leader isn’t exactly…dashing. His crab walk just makes him appear more as a spider, a creature that makes us all cringe and made me feel very eerie as I wrote this. Wyatt can’t be good looking; it’s just part of his gimmick. Come on, can you really find a girl who would want to marry Sting with him wearing the face paint 24/7? Let’s just be honest in that part.
2. Good: Seth Rollins’ Return
Seth Rollins was already the top face of the WWE when he tore his ACL in a house show match. He still had some work to do and had to get over by facing more fierce competition. Sting and Kane were shells of their former selves, so his victories over them didn’t make him appeal much as a champion.
Ever since his return, Rollins has done everything right in WWE. He rejuvenated fan interest by saving the day after a painful Reigns’ championship run. The storylines were dull and Rollins’ return finally brought an entertaining rivalry between the three former Shield members. Rollins has cut it as a heel but can also be an excellent face, thanks to his incredible trash-talking skills.
Rollins is working out as the super arrogant wrestler, and he’s finally gotten over after beating some elite competition (Reigns, Chris Jericho, others.) It doesn’t matter if he’s a good guy or a bad guy, he is THE GUY.
2. Bad: Pay-Per-View Main Events
How many more times will the WWE let us down in hyped-up main events? When’s the last time the crowd was thrilled with a Royal Rumble? Triple H winning it this year made no sense, but it was probably done because he and Vince McMahon have the power to do whatever they want. Nobody understands why Triple H vs. Roman Reigns headlined WrestleMania, given how the crowd ruthlessly turned their back on the latter and booed him heavily. Also, everyone knew who was going to win that match. Why didn’t Shane McMahon and The Undertaker go in the main event?
Money in the Bank was a disappointment to many, because Ambrose cashed-in too soon. The year-long buildup and suspense will not be there this year. Also, that EXTREMELY hyped up Brock Lesnar vs. Randy Orton may have had a worse finish than The Montreal Screwjob. So yeah.
2. Ugly: Brock Lesnar’s Style
Brock Lesnar may be the biggest athletic freak on earth, and he sure is a pleasure to watch. We’ve seen how much he dominates in the UFC, but even his matches in the WWE are, in a word, ugly. In a good way, that is.
The ruthless beatdowns of The Undertaker, Dean Ambrose, and of course Randy Orton at SummerSlam make him appear as the absolute merciless and soulless beast that Paul Heyman makes him out to be. Having Lesnar do this I-don’t-give-a-crap attitude makes his character all that much better. He really is the unstoppable beast. But let’s pretend WWE fighting really is real: How savage to beat down Orton over and over again until he bleeds and is knocked out?
1. Good: Kevin Owens as Champion
Kevin Owens has been the champion for a few weeks now, so how can we figure that he’s going to be a great WWE Universal Champion? Well, let me explain a little bit here.
First off, it’s about time that Vince McMahon and co. decided to finally give someone other than The Shield a run with the title. Rollins and Reigns has unlimited time to form more into a top-notch rivalry, but Reigns can’t be considered on his level right now. Bringing in Owens as champion gives the WWE plenty of more opportunities and ideas to find rivalries. It doesn’t have to be Rollins vs. Reigns for once. That’s been ongoing for nearly two years.
Owens is arguably the best wrestler WWE has when it comes to the combination of cutting great promos and actual in-ring ability. Owens’ title win could set up a partnership with Triple H, which would be awesome. He and Chris Jericho together are already making life way better for all of us. Now, he can fight with Finn Balor when he returns, Rollins, Reigns or continue his old rivalry with Sami Zayn. Owens as champion means many great matches on the way. Brace yourselves.
1.Bad: Roman Reigns
I try to think of all the “why questions” in sports.
Why didn’t the Seattle Seahawks run the ball? Why did the Canucks ever hire Mike Gillis? Why didn’t the Toronto Blue Jays just make that simple catch against the Kansas City Royals in the seventh inning of Game 2 of the 2015 ALCS?
But the biggest “why,” of them all has to be why Vince McMahon and Triple H are still sold on Roman Reigns. What matters most is the audience and their opinions. The crowd is sick of Reigns being pushed to main-event status. He’s a great fighter, but it’s useless because of his inability to cut one decent promo. Reigns should not have headlined WrestleMania and should not have been THE GUY while Seth Rollins was sidelined with a torn ACL. Some things just don’t make sense.
1. Ugly: WWE Universal Championship
As a man who legitimately jumped up and down screaming when Kevin Owens won the WWE Universal Championship, I look back now and ask myself if it was truly that special. Owens, who is an awesome wrestler and dons great suits and nice hair gel, has to wear that butt-ugly WWE Universal Championship. Doesn’t he deserve something better looking?
The red background makes it look more like some dessert that your mom made for Thanksgiving. It’s just pure ugly and is not appealing to the least. The old World Heavyweight Championship had an epic design that should have been mimicked in bringing the Universal Championship to life. Hopefully the fans find a way to boo the title itself and get McMahon to change it.
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