Tables will be broken. Ladders will be climbed. And chairs will be smashed. All this and more is slated for this Sunday, while Raw's Universal Champion will be sitting at home because that's mostly what Brock Lesnar does. With no title defense, Raw instead built up the pay-per-view event around The Shield reunion and the debut of Asuka. Are we excited?
Here are five things WWE got right this week and five things they got wrong.
Brock Lesnar apparently doesn't have to defend the Universal Championship every 30 days like every other Champion does, and this is a major discrepancy. If this has to do with Lesnar's contract, why can't WWE schedule him differently so he at least has to appear every 30 days to defend the title? Hopefully come Wrestlemania, WWE takes the belt off him so the brand can have its own fighting Champion week in and week out.
Even though the secondary feud isn't all that thrilling, the Cruiserweights are at least being given more time and attention on Raw and that is a good thing. This Sunday, the Cruiserweights will have two matches on the card, which goes to show that WWE is at least trying to get people to care more. Hopefully, they're able to succeed.
The Universal title might not be getting defended every 30 days, but the WWE Championship isn't any better. While Jinder Mahal will be busy with Brock Lesnar this next month, top stars like Randy Orton and Shinsuke Nakamura will have nothing to do.
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This Sunday, of all the title matches, we would love to see Mickie James win her seventh Women's title and tie Trish Stratus for most Championships held by a woman in WWE. It took them long enough, but WWE has finally convinced the Universe that James is once again a credible challenger. A Women's title win for Mickie this Sunday would show women around the world that just because you're a mother, it doesn't mean you can't continue accomplishing your dreams within the squared circle.
Bobby Roode lost to Dolph Ziggler this week in under two minutes due to a roll up. We wanted to like this match, but another cheap victory made this an eye roll. Now we guess we will be seeing these two wrestle a third time even though nobody cares to see it.
A Sami Zayn heel-turn was so out of left field, we weren't sure how we felt about it. But after hearing him berate and insult General Manager Daniel Bryan this week, we believe Zayn has it in him to be one of the best just like Kevin Owens.
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We want to take Gallows and Anderson seriously, but hearing them sing on Raw was hard to watch. These two have never been funny, yet WWE continuously tries to make them the comic relief, but really we think it's because WWE just likes to embarrass them.
Also. Gallows. You wear a trench coat. You have no right to call people nerds.
None of us were expecting Kane to burst out of the ring to cost Roman Reigns his match against Braun Strowman. Strowman's victory allows Miz to add a fifth member to his team against The Shield this Sunday and it will be the returning Kane.
Since Bray Wyatt will go full-on RuPaul to unleash his inner drag persona, Sister Abigail, Fin Balor will combat this by becoming an orange demon in a match that will probably be so bad, WWE will lose 19 percent of its network subscribers immediately following.
WWE has done well to hype us up for The Shield's return to the ring this Sunday, and with the odds now stacked against them, what we once thought would lead to a predictable win has now become unpredictable and the victory could really go either way.
Until next week!
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