This was an insanely busy week for the WWE who offered up a number of title changes, sent wrestlers home early from the UK tour and may have soured a relationship with one of their top wrestling talents of all time.
Every week there is good and bad that comes out of the WWE. This week, while things weren't perfect, it was mostly good and fans left Raw and SmackDown Live quite happy. Behind the scenes, things may have dramatically changed for a few people.
Here are 5 Ways WWE Dropped The Ball This Week.
When Chris Jericho wanted to get NXT involved in his self-created wrestling cruise, it was an opportunity for WWE to do an outside project with a veteran who often does them a solid and promote their brand in a unique way. They declined. As a result, Jericho ran to ROH and they jumped on board and then feeling slighted, Jericho joined up with NJPW to wrestle with their version of WrestleMania, Wrestle Kingdom 12.
WWE has potentially soured a relationship with Jericho, who always looked at himself as a WWE guy. He wanted to keep his options open with no contractual obligation but he likely wouldn't have gone to NJPW if WWE had simply tried to find a way to work with his project.
If you look at every team involved in the traditional Survivor Series matches, the only person who doesn't seem to fit is Jason Jordan. After getting the mandate from Stephanie McMahon to ensure a Raw victory, why would Angle choose his son? The storyline makes no sense.
That said, perhaps this is a way for WWE to have Jordan turn on Angle, cause his team a loss, and start a feud between the two. If that's the case, it's an interesting direction to go. If not, this looks like lazy booking that doesn't match a general manager trying to save his job.
Rusev could have been a central part of the SmackDown Live Survivor Series team. Instead, he lost to Randy Orton again and is being left off the pay-per-view. The WWE had Rusev almost leading the charge when they invaded Raw, and it made him look strong and important. He's now right back to looking like a guy the WWE could care less about.
WWE is clearly not behind him. Every time he gets a chance, he does something entertaining. Then they take it away.
John Cena was pegged to be the guest referee in a match that would pit Jinder Mahal against Brock Lesnar. Mahal lost his WWE Championship to AJ Styles, and now that it's Styles vs Lesnar, Cena has been pulled.
Vince McMahon decided to add Cena to the SmackDown Live team and with no promotion, at the expense of other WWE Superstars and in a match that will likely make Cena look like a star, WWE didn't need to do this.
If it is true that Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn went "into business for themselves" and simply didn't follow instructions written into the show, that's a huge mistake on their part, and a bad way to handle whatever they have a gripe about. It seems strange though that two professionals would do so, and while they might not be happy backstage, WWE has to have known they were upset about something.
If WWE is punishing them for whatever issues they have by making them look weak in matches or take meaningless beatings when they are supposed to be the focal point of SmackDown Live, it's old school punishment that has no place in wrestling today. Something is wrong with the relationship here and it's up to WWE to fix the issue. These two wouldn't just not work because they had a point to prove.
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