We’re not on The Road To WrestleMania just yet, but the WWE is still doing their near best to keep things interesting until then. For the women of wrestling, things got a whole lot more exciting when WWE announced what is sure to be another pivotal moment in the Women’s Evolution. And with the final pay-per-view event of 2017 now behind us, SmackDown wrapped things up quite nicely, bringing what hopefully was the end to the Modern Day Majaraja while also pushing other stories further into the new year.
Here are 5 things WWE got right this week and five things they got wrong.
5. WRONG – Where’s Alexa Bliss?
Alexa Bliss is the Raw Women’s Champion, but since Absolution has taken over the show, the Champ’s barely been featured on Monday nights. Why can’t she be competing side-by-side with Bayley and Sasha Banks against their common enemy in Paige and her goonies?
5. RIGHT – Fresh Faces
Raw brought in three fresh faces this week. The Revival returned from injury and Hideo Itami became an official member of the Cruiserweight Division, and seeing how he partnered with Finn Balor this week to take on Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel, it seems as if WWE may be giving the division more leeway to wrestle other Superstars.
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4. WRONG – Breezango Squashed
We weren’t expecting Fandango and Tyler Breeze to put up that much of a fight against Rowen and Harper, but they should at least got some offense in. To see them lose in two minutes does no favors for The Fashion Police moving forward and it’s a crying shame.
4. RIGHT – Dolph Ziggler
Dolph Ziggler caught the whole world by surprise when he won the United States Championship at Clash Of Champions. And because the whole world was caught by surprise, Ziggler yelled at everyone two nights later on SmackDown, telling us we “don’t deserve [him]”, because how dare we be surprised Ziggler can win Championships. After he was done throwing his hissy fit, he left the belt in the middle of the ring and walked off.
Does this mean Dolph Ziggler is retiring? Did he vacate the belt? What is going on? Is it all part of the story? We don’t know, but we’re intrigued.
3. WRONG – The Bar vs. Rollins and Ambrose
WWE keeps pitting Cesaro and Sheamus against Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins and we don’t want anymore. Hopefully, with the arrival of The Revival, Raw’s Tag Team Division picks up steam pronto. It really needs to.
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3. RIGHT – AJ Styles Retains
After losing his rematch against AJ Styles, Jinder Mahal is officially out of the WWE title picture. It was an interesting run for Mahal, but we’re glad it’s over. Unless plans change, it appears now that AJ Styles will go into Wrestlemania as the Champion. Who he will face is yet to be seen.
2. WRONG – Why Is Kane Getting A Title Shot?
We all have mad respect for Kane no doubt, but in 2018, is anybody clamoring to see Kane compete for WWE’s top title? The Triple Threat match announced to take place at The Royal Rumble with Kane taking on Braun Strowman and Universal Champion Brock Lesnar could be fun, but when talents like Finn Balor are left with nothing exciting to do, it makes us wish WWE stopped relying so heavily on old stars to push the product.
2. RIGHT – An All-Woman Royal Rumble Match Announced
It’s an exciting time to be a woman in wrestling. History will be made next month at The Royal Rumble when 30 women compete in the first All-Woman Royal Rumble match which is sure to be must-see. We can’t wait to see what surprise cameos WWE has in store.
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1. WRONG – The Women’s Evolution Angle Though
Good for WWE for finally realizing that women in wrestling have more value than sex appeal. Long gone are the days of the Divas Division, where hiring women more suited for Bikini Contests than actually wrestling was the norm. But here’s the thing. We don’t need Stephanie McMahon to come out and tell the audience to cheer and clap every time an announcement is made for the women to compete in something for the “first time ever”. We get it. WWE takes its women seriously now. As they should.
The major problem with it this week was seeing Absolution stand side by side with the women they were just brutally attacking seemed very out of place.
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1. RIGHT – SmackDown Tag Team Division
The SmackDown Tag Team Division is miles ahead in quality compared to Raw’s. Where Raw only has two teams competing against each other over and over, SmackDown keeps switching things up and a plethora of teams at their disposal.
The Fatal-Four-Way Tag Team Championship match at Clash Of Champions may have been a bit of a jumbled mess, but it was a fun jumbled mess. Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin were the breakout stars of the week, earning themselves a Number One Contenders Spot two nights after on SmackDown. And can we just say how happy we are to see the audience reacting so positively to Rusev and Aiden English. Rusev Day has become a hit, and Rusev is destined for greatness once again in 2018.
Until next week!
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