With the 25th Anniversary of Raw and The Royal Rumble just a couple weeks away, WWE seems to be on autopilot for now. That's not to say absolutely nothing of interest is happening, but nothing super exciting is happening either. And we expect the same next week too.
Here are five things WWE got right this week and five they got wrong.
5. WRONG - Opening Segments
Raw and SmackDown began in boring fashion. Featuring a dragged out segment to start the show instead of actual wrestling is usually never the right idea. Unless there's a major announcement to be made, just start the show with some grappling. Fans appreciate it.
5. RIGHT - Benjamin & Gable
For months, Shelton Benjamin and Chad Gable have been able to prove that they're a terrific tag team within the squared circle, but they hadn't been able to prove their acting chops. Up until now, that is, and they're doing great since being given the mic! Gable may even have more charisma than his former tag partner Jason Jordan.
4. WRONG - SmackDown Main Event
The Shane McMahon drama with Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn has grown more stale the BBQ potato chip under my couch. It's a story we're not even sure we care to see what the payoff is. If it all just leads to another Shane McMahon high profile match, do we actually care? And also, shouldn't Randy Orton and Shinsuke Nakamura be doing something more, like being involved in the United States Championship Tournament perhaps?
4. RIGHT - The Balor Club
Finn Balor has been directionless for far too long, but now with Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows back by his side, "The Balor Club" could be on to bigger and better things, their solid win against Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, and Jason Jordan proving that.
3. WRONG - Gallows & Anderson Though
The problem with this sudden reuniting of The Balor Club, is Gallows and Anderson have been made to look like total jokes for the latter part of 2017, and now that they've sided with Balor once again, are we supposed to believe they serve as actual threats to the likes of Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins?
3. RIGHT - Strowman Destroys
As cheesy as it usually always is, Braun Strowman nearly murdering is still very entertaining. This week, he found a grappling hook backstage—yes, a grappling hook, like Batman would use—latched it onto some sound equipment and yanked it down on top of Kane and the Universal Champion Brock Lesnar, all the while Paul Heyman screamed and cried mercy, nearly getting himself nominated for a Golden Globe Award.
2. WRONG - WWE Not Capitalizing On Rusev's Popularity
Rusev has never been more popular with the WWE Universe then he is now. With the help of Aiden English, the fans can't get enough of "Rusev Day!" But for some reason or another, WWE doesn't seem to want to capitalize on his popularity. At first, we were confused as to how Rusev wasn't included in the US Championship Tournament, and now this week, Rusev is losing to Fandango and Tyler Breeze, which wouldn't have been such a slap in the face had those two weren't jobbing for Harper and Rowen for the past month.
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2. RIGHT - Crews & O'Neil Defeat The Bar
Titus Worldwide has been on a losing streak as of late. But no more!
This week, the team of Apollo Crews and Titus O'Neil picked up the surprise upset against The Bar Cesaro and Sheamus and a win like this is just what the tag team division on Raw needs. It's time Raw builds up the division's credibility and this is the way to do it.
1. WRONG - Matt Hardy
This is the problem with WWE. Just because the audience reacted positively to Hardy's wacky and silly drawn out laugh from a month ago, doesn't mean we're going to keep reacting positively to it if that's all Matt Hardy keeps doing. We're bored already. We're ready for this woken incarnation of Matt Hardy to be "deleted" off our television.
1. RIGHT - The Miz Back With Purpose
The Miz made his return this week and made it known that he will stop at nothing to regain his Intercontinental Championship from Roman Reigns. His sneak attack after the main event proved Miz is back with purpose and, hopefully, WWE stops treating him as the coward and more of a real threat. And let's be real. The Intercontinental title is his belt.