A lot of the time, when people or podcasts or reviews reflect on what has recently gone on in professional wrestling it can be something of a negative experience. Jaded fans and ex-Superstars unimpressed with the direction that the business has gone and citing that it's not as good as it used to be 15 or more years ago. In all fairness, a lot of the time they're making good points that most would agree with. Surely, there's a better way go about it though? How about summing up what has gone on in WWE this week through the artistry of memes? That way you can still be negative about the product if need be but you can have a good laugh about it in the process. That's what we've tried to accomplish and here are five memes that sum up this week in WWE.
5. Fight Forever!
Since it's the tail end of the year, many fans are looking back in an attempt to decide what was the best match of the year. Well, Pete Dunne versus Tyler Bate for the United Kingdom Championship at NXT Takeover: Chicago may very well be it. Lucky for us, the main event of this week's NXT was a rematch of that epic bout. It may not have been quite as incredible as the first one, but it certainly came close. It's difficult to describe how good these two Superstars are in the ring, especially when you take into account how young they both are. They might not be able to literally fight forever but they may very well battle for another 20 years yet.
4. Gimmick Matches Are Breezango's Thing
The holidays are coming and you know what that means in WWE? Some sort of awful gimmick match. Gallows and Anderson took on Heath Slater and Rhyno in a Trick or Street Fight at Halloween this year, and on SmackDown Live it was Christmas that was being celebrated. You'd have thought with the gimmick that Breezango is currently playing —and doing a damn fine job with—it would have been them that dressed up and took to the ring for a festive tag match. The Fashion Police were nowhere to be seen though, and instead, it was The New Day going up against Aiden English and Rusev. While New Day is no stranger to donning costumes, Breezango would have been more fitting opponents for them than Rusev Clause and Aiden Snowman.
3. Who's The General Manager Again?
Daniel Bryan is still the manager of SmackDown Live right? Well, he was the last time we checked. If he and Shane McMahon didn't open the show on Tuesday night, then judging by the card, you'd have thought that Bryan had been sacked and ex-GM Teddy Long was brought in to replace him. You may not have noticed this, but every single match on SmackDown Live this past week was a tag team match. No one loves a tag match more than Teddy, and there was even his personal favorite— a six-man tag—to close out proceedings. Maybe the WWE Hall of Famer still has a lot of sway backstage. Holla Holla!
2. Matt Hardy Plays Chess Against Napoleon
There have been wrestlers in the past who were known for living and protecting their gimmicks. Perhaps none of them have done that quite as much as Matt Hardy does with his Broken Brilliance. Apparently, when he first introduced us to it back in TNA, X-Pac texted him to make sure he was okay and that he wasn't using again. Sometimes, it really does feel like Hardy is on something when he enters the Broken Universe, and WWE fans are getting their first taste of that. This week on Raw, Woken Matt claimed to be playing chess against the soul of Napoleon Bonaparte whose current vessel is apparently a goldfish. Keep being you Matt because it is extremely entertaining.
1. Stephanie McMahon: The Nicest Heel On The Roster
The announcement that there will be a women's Royal Rumble match for the first time ever next month is huge news. Yet, another landmark for women's wrestling. How Stephanie McMahon went about announcing the news, however, leaves a lot to be desired. First of all, is she a face or a heel? Last time we saw McMahon she was demeaning Kurt Angle. Now she's apparently a sweetheart and is handing out hugs to every woman on Raw. Secondly, why are all the women on Raw friends all of a sudden? Surely the announcement that they're all going to be in the same match together with only one of them able to win and go on to WrestleMania would split them further, not bring them together. We know WWE is all about "moments" but please just put a grain of thought into how you go about booking these things.