The final week of 2017 for the WWE was actually a strong week. Two very well done shows in SmackDown Live and Raw sent fans into 2018 with the hope that things will improve in a number of areas.
But, as usual, it wasn’t perfect. Questions surround the decision to put Jason Jordan with Seth Rollins and give the duo the Raw Tag Team Championships, one of the most popular females in the WWE might have been seriously injured, Finn Balor continues to get no help from the writers, the WWE has chosen an interesting talent to potentially turn heel and WWE and Neville are still ways apart.
How will these decisions affect the storylines, matches, feuds and pay-per-views heading into 2018? Here are five ways the WWE screwed up this week.
5. Jason Jordan A New Tag Champ
Why? Yes, Dean Ambrose is out of commission for a while and, yes, Seth Rollins may have needed a tag partner if he was going to be going after the Raw Tag Team titles, but where does Jason Jordan fit into all of this?
First, Jordan didn’t exactly warm himself up to Roman Reigns, so his all-of-a-sudden aligning with The Shield feels forced. Second, the fans aren’t buying the story with him. Placing him with The Shield might actually hurt their potential and not elevate Jordan like the WWE must be hoping. Giving him the title and placing him with the WWE’s most popular faction doesn’t mean Jordan is all of a sudden popular.
4. A Little Less Competition For Finn Balor
Nothing like taking a hugely popular WWE Superstar and making him less popular by fighting in useless matches against Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel. Then, to add insult to injury, WWE forced Balor into a match with Curt Hawkins. Balor might not care but the WWE Universe does.
What the WWE is doing with Finn Balor is such a waste of his talent. Don’t stick him in the main event of the Royal Rumble if you don’t want but he deserves better than the treatment he’s been getting.
3. Talks With Neville Fell Apart
There was some promising news that Neville and the WWE might be back on track. Neville, having walked due to creative and financial differences, should be wrestling and it looked like that might actually happen.
Then, the less popular Hideo Itami started using some of Neville’s moves and that was a good indication talks had fallen apart. It’s not doing anyone any good to have Neville wasting away on the sidelines. He and the WWE need to figure things out.
2. Paige Injury
Perhaps it’s nobody’s fault, but Sasha Banks is catching a lot of heat for hurting Paige during their match at a WWE Live Event. She kicked Paige in the back while perched on the second turnbuckle and it appeared to give Paige a stinger, perhaps injuring her neck which was not far removed from surgery.
If Paige was still in rough shape when it came to the status of her neck, this is a big blunder by WWE for letting her compete. If this was Banks not being careful with an opponent, it means Sasha should take some heat. If it was a total fluke (which it appears to be), at the very least, it likely means that WWE will throw up an extra wall of awareness when it comes to guys like Daniel Bryan. One simple accident is all it could take to reinjure something.
1. Tye Dillinger
The WWE screwed up twice with Tye Dillinger this week. First, they brought him back after a few weeks of doing nothing of note on SmackDown Live and had him lose in a match to Jinder Mahal for a U.S. Title Tournament spot. How did he qualify? Why was he brought back just to lose?
Then, at a WWE Live Event, the company teased Dillinger going heel by cheap-shotting Sin Cara in a match. This is where WWE typically tests out ideas and if the idea is to have Dillinger go heel, you can pretty much kiss the “Perfect 10” moniker goodbye. WWE would never let him run with a gesture that would get the fans to cheer him if he were a bad guy.
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