For better or worse, the landscape of WWE is changing. While the Women's Division on Raw is showing no signs of slowing down, the Women of SmackDown have already lost steam. And while some Superstars are being given chances to shine, others are barely being given any chances at all. With Raw being three hours, there should be no excuse as to why everyone can't have a pivotal role - *cough* Finn Balor *cough*.
Here are five things WWE got right this week and five things they got wrong.
5. WRONG - Dolph Ziggler's Orange Skin
Seriously, Dolph, you look like you fell into a pool of Doritos. All jokes aside, good for Dolph Ziggler for returning to television. We kind of missed him.
5. RIGHT - Roman Reigns vs. Jason Jordan
WWE would be smart to keep this Jason Jordan experiment going a while longer, as an eventual heel turn could do wonders for Raw. This guy can wrestle, and his match with Roman Reigns this week was another fine performance by both men.
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4. WRONG - Samoa Joe
A match between Samoa Joe and Roman Reigns was announced at the start of Raw, but we're not quite sure why it never happened. Samoa Joe was pretty much handed an Intercontinental Championship match by Roman Reigns himself but failed to jump on the opportunity, instead choosing to choke Reigns out before a match could begin.
4. RIGHT - Cruiserweights
When the bell rang for the Cruiserweight Match, the audience in attendance for Raw could care less, and understandably so; WWE has given us no reason to get excited about a Cruiserweight match. However, the match went on for longer than the usual five minutes—over 12 to be exact—and the Cruiserweights wound up turning the audience on its head. By the end of the exciting contest, they were screaming "This Is Awesome".
3. WRONG - Opening Segments Are Dragging
While Raw didn't drag too long, the same can't be said for SmackDown. Every episode seems to start the same and it's all become repetitive, always involving Shane McMahon and/or Owens and Zayn. What they say in 15, they can say in 5. Less is more.
Start the show off with a match once in a while. It does wonders.
3. RIGHT - Main Event Matches
While Raw's main event fell flat last week, they corrected things this week by giving us an exciting Tag Team Championship match which saw Cesaro and Sheamus retain, hopefully bringing an end to their feud with 2/3rds of The Sheild, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose. Though these teams can't have a bad match if they tried, there's only so many times we can see these four wrestle one another. Let's not beat a dead horse any longer.
On SmackDown, Sami Zayn took on Randy Orton, and to make sure Kevin Owens wouldn't get involved, Owens was handcuffed to the ring rope during (most of) the entirety of the match. An arrival by Shinsuke Nakamura at the end of the show popped the crowd hard, and these four should have a great match next Sunday at Clash of Champions.
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2. WRONG - Finn Balor Wanders Aimlessly
If Samoa Joe is so gung-ho about becoming Intercontinental Champion, why isn't Finn Balor? Just because he's a "good guy", doesn't mean he should be okay with watching General Manager Kurt Angle play favoritism each and every week by giving his son Jason Jordan all of the opportunities while Balor drifts week to week doing nothing of merit.
2. RIGHT - Absolution
Raw has been smart to keep Paige at the forefront, leaving Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville in the background while Paige does all the talking. It's working wonders so far, and other than Asuka, the trio has laid waste to the entire Women's Division and are showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Perhaps until WrestleMania?
1. WRONG - SmackDown Women's Division
There are so many problems with the introduction of the Riott Squad.
1) As we've come to realize, they're a rehash of Raw's Absolution.
2a) Sarah Logan is currently the worst talker in the business and Liv Morgan isn't much better. 2b) So shouldn't WWE stop scripting them to talk so much?
3) There is NO reason for the remainder of the Women's Division to be intimidated. Sure, the Riott Squad took out Becky Lynch and Naomi, but that was because they had the numbers when they did it. This week, they didn't. Charlotte, Tamina, Lana, Carmella, and Natalya are five, and Ruby Riot, Liv Morgan, and Sarah Logan are three. Seeing that Liv Morgan didn't win many matches during her stay with NXT, and seeing how Sarah Logan won ZERO matches and seeing how Ruby Riott didn't amount to much either (and she's the leader!), the division should have just ganged up and embarrassed the sh*t out of them.
1. RIGHT - Matt Hardy Has "Woken"
Even if you aren't too familiar with TNA's history, you're at least in the minority if you have no idea who Matt Hardy's infamous "Broken" character was, the role which skyrocketed him to the top of the company when he was present.
Ever since his return to WWE, fans have been clamoring to see that character return, and were disappointed to see Hardy relive the old Hardy Boy shtick that did wonders for him during the Attitude Era, but seemed a little outdated in the New Era. But finally, WWE has pulled the trigger to give the audience what they want. Due to some legal issues perhaps, is no longer "broken" as we remember him, but "woken." It may seem a bit over the top for some, but watch the segment if you haven't already. Hilarity ensues.
Until next week!