It’s easy to be an armchair booker for the WWE this time of year. There are so many ways one can write angles for wrestling with the 25th Anniversary of Raw around the corner and the Royal Rumble – traditionally one of the most shocking times of the year – coming quicker to pay-per-view. So, with so much that could happen, is what’s actually happening living up to the hype?
This week we saw the WWE promote the crap out of the Mixed Match Challenge, appearances by WWE Legends, the first induction into the 2018 WWE Hall of Fame and more. Braun Strowman was fired and rehired, an Uso was arrested for a DUI and Roman Reigns’ name was thrown out there in a scandal involving steroids.
How much of this is actually on the WWE? Here are five ways the WWE screwed up this week.
5. Mixed Match Challenge
The WWE was putting a lot of weight into the importance of the Mixed Max Challenge on Facebook Watch. That said, the show itself wasn’t available to most viewers outside of the U.S. and it consisted of one match. This can’t be what fans were expecting when they tried to log in and watch.
4. Royal Rumble Promos
— WWE (@WWE) January 16, 2018
In some of the lamest attempts to promote the involvement of competitors in the Royal Rumble match, WWE let the Superstars use their cell phones to shoot their own mini promos for the match. In almost all cases, it was terrible.
Only one or two competitors got it right and the rest was pure garbage that didn’t serve any real purpose other than to waste precious time on a SmackDown Live broadcast that was already lacking in real content.
3. The U.S. Title Tournament
— WWE (@WWE) January 17, 2018
The U.S. Title tournament wasn’t all bad, but to use the most recent edition of SmackDown Live as a nearly two-hour showcase of that tournament and to finish off the finals on the same night as the semi-finals screamed last-minute change of plans. It is likely the WWE didn’t want to have the finals overshadowed by the Raw 25th Anniversary show or the Royal Rumble, but it was anyway and because of that, a number of SmackDown Live roster members never made it onto the show.
Bobby Roode was the obvious winner and most fans could have seen that coming from a mile away. That alone made the tournament a bit pointless.
2. Uso Trouble
Story updated with additional details on why Jey Uso was taken into custody this weekend for DWI.
— Ryan Satin (@ryansatin) January 17, 2018
If Jey Uso is caught for a DUI and charges prove him to be guilty, it doesn’t bode well that WWE let him off with no real punishment and had him on the episode of SmackDown Live one day following his arrest.
WWE needs to set firm examples that this type of behavior won’t be tolerated regardless of who and where the Superstar sits on the roster. If he’s not actually guilty then the WWE made the right call but it looks like Uso did, in fact, get caught doing something wrong here. It might have just been safer to leave him off of TV until this story blew over (no pun intended).
1. Left Off The List
The names being advertised for Raw 25 are staggering. An argument can be made that there are so many talents coming there is no way to fit them all in but some of the names not being advertised are a mystery.
Bret Hart, Edge, Hulk Hogan, Batista and others are not on the card and while it is possible some are left as surprises, it appears they won’t be in attendance. Considering how big a role these names played in the show, it’s sad that they’re not part of the special occasion.
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