After a questionably boring Battleground Pay-Per-View that nobody will be rewatching anytime soon, the following RAW and SmackDown fortunately managed to pick up enough steam for us to hope that things may get a whole lot more interesting on the road to SummerSlam. Major emphasis here on the words “hope” and “may.” This is WWE after all. It’s hit and miss.
Here are 5 things WWE got right this week and 5 they got wrong.
10. WRONG – A Successful Debut?
So now that we know Jason Jordan is Kurt Angle’s son (without the charisma), Jordan was given his debut match on RAW in what Michael Cole would describe as “a successful debut.” But can you really classify defeating Curt Hawkins as “successful”? Hawkins hasn’t won a match in, I don’t know, forever? Predictability is never fun.
9. RIGHT – The Great Khali. I Guess.
Yeah, we know. The Great Khali was never an interesting wrestler. However, if WWE is going to keep up the momentum with Jinder Mahal (hopefully not for too much longer…), then it makes sense to have The Great Khali join in on the shenanigans. In a Pay-Per-View full of bad choices, at least noone saw this coming.
8. WRONG – Bray Wyatt
After Bray Wyatt cheated twice to defeat Seth Rollins, he’s now chosen Finn Balor as his next target and we’re not sure why. What is this man’s motivations? If Bray Wyatt is going to be annoying, shouldn’t he instead annoy people who are Champions? Why doesn’t he target the Intercontinental Champion? What’s bugging Balor going to accomplish, except make us wish Balor had something better to do?
7. RIGHT – Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose
This past Monday night on RAW, 2/3rds of The Shield reunited in the main event in a pretty exciting match which saw Ambrose finally get a little redemption against The Miz. Even though we’re all tired of seeing these two wrestle one another, there’s at least enough new blood with Seth Rollins to make this a bit more interesting.
6. WRONG – The Power Of Love
Does anybody know what WWE is doing with Mike and Maria Kanellis? These two were the s*** at one point, gaining themselves considerable success outside the big leagues in both ROH and TNA. It was only natural WWE would strike when the iron is hot only to destroy their credibility right off the bat by plaguing them with one of the worst gimmicks we’ve ever seen in the WWE. Their future doesn’t look bright.
5. RIGHT – The New Day Win Big
The best match of the week hands down was for the SmackDown Tag Team Championship, which saw The New Day defeat those damn Usos at the Battleground Pay-Per-View on Sunday. These four (five?) Superstars had the crowd on their feet for the entirety of the contest, and as much as we’ve grown to love The Usos, The New Day will bring a much needed jolt of excitement back to those Championships.
4. WRONG – Goodbye, Rusev
Rusev returns after a long absence away due to an injury.
John Cena returns because he decides to and buries poor Rusev back into oblivion.
Cena didn’t need the victory in the “Flag Match” at Battleground (which was probably one of the saddest excuses for a match by the way), but Cena won anyway. Now, Cena is probably going to defeat Jinder Mahal at SummerSlam and go on to beat Ric Flair’s record just because he’s Super Cena. Does he really need that accolade?
Side note: Kudos to John for finally calling himself Super Cena. It was very meta of him. Even John knows he’s kind of a jackass.
3. RIGHT – Sasha Banks Vs. Bayley
We question why this match wasn’t the main event, as Sasha Banks vs. Bayley is 100% guaranteed to be good. Either way, we still got the match and we’re thankful. Bayley made herself relevant again by defeating Banks this week on RAW and will now go on to face Alexa Bliss at SummerSlam for that RAW Women’s Championship.
The decision is a little questionable, yes, seeing how Sasha Banks and Alexa Bliss had a much better match than Alexa Bliss and Bayley did, but hopefully WWE corrects their wrongs and does right with Bayley this time around. And hopefully, this also leads to a Sasha heel-turn so we can see what we truly want to see next year – Sasha Banks vs. Bayley for the RAW Women’s Championship at Wrestlemania.
2. WRONG – Having SmackDown Be Better Than Battleground
So Battleground pretty much only had one good match, and it was the very first match of the night. Everything after it was relatively tame and poorly booked and you could hear the crickets in the audience. Now having said that, after such a poor Pay-Per-View, there’s really nowhere to go but up. And that’s exactly what SmackDown did. It went SmackUp. But is this how to sell the Network to people when its becoming abundantly clear that WWE’s televised shows are better than the Pay-Per-Views?
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1. RIGHT – The United States Championship
The United States Championship has become a big ol’ game of Hot Potato but we’re enjoying every minute of it. If anything, it’s adding strength to the belt by having two of the best wrestlers on SmackDown fight for it as if it was their own child. Lets have Owens and Styles settle it in a 2 Out Of 3 Falls match, please? SummerSlam perhaps?
Oh, and Chris Jericho shocked the entire world by returning and injecting himself back into the picture as well. It’s all just very good stuff.
Until next week!
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