What a crazy week in the wacky world of World Wrestling Entertainment. With Roman Reigns and Bray Wyatt having to take a leave of absence due to illness, the creative team was forced to rearrange some stories for the Tables Ladders And Chairs pay-per-view last Sunday. Nobody expected it to happen so soon, but Kurt Angle made his grand return to the squared circle, and a surprise invasion shocked the entire WWE Universe.
Here are five things WWE got right this week and five things they got wrong.
5. RIGHT – Raw Women’s Division
While the rivalry between Alexa Bliss and Mickie James is just getting started, every other woman on the roster is getting something fun to do, except for Dana Brooke of course. Alicia Fox of all people is being utilized like never before, and her surprise victory over Bayley and Sasha Banks allows us to take the crazy Fox a bit more seriously while also planting seeds for a Sasha Banks vs. Bayley feud down the line.
5. WRONG – Enzo Amore vs. Kalisto
This feud is falling flat on so many levels, and the Cruiserweight Championship switching from waist to waist isn’t benefiting the division at all. After a stellar match on Raw between these Kalisto and Enzo Amore a couple weeks ago, it’s a shame their match at TLC derailed the momentum it once had.
In one of the better matches of the week, Randy Orton battled Sami Zayn in the main event of SmackDown to determine who would be the Captain of Team SmackDown at Survivor Series. Not only was this a fun match with a distraction from Kevin Owens (which backfired), this match also showed us how good Zayn can be as a heel.
4. WRONG – MURDER
We know wrestling is “fake”, but come on.
“THAT WAS MURDER” the audience chanted after Kane, Miz, Cesaro, and Sheamus crushed Strowman with the compactor while trapped in the back of a garbage truck. It was cheesy and ridiculous, and there’s no way anybody could survive something like that.
3. RIGHT – Styles vs. Balor
We don’t wish sickness on anybody, but Wyatt being replaced with AJ Styles was what was best for business last Sunday night. AJ Styles vs. Fin Balor was a dream match we all wanted to see, and these two delivered. Balor’s impressive defeat over AJ Styles does wonders for the future of Balor’s career and this just further proved that Balor needs to move on from his wacky feud with Wyatt because he can be doing so much more.
3. WRONG – Balor Loses The Next Night
After Balor’s fantastic performance with AJ Styles, he went head to head with the returning Kane and lost for no reason other than for WWE to try and convince the fans that Kane is a formidable challenger to Braun Strowman. Even though in the end, we all know Strowman will win.
Why did Balor have to be the guinea pig? Why is Balor, who is in the best shape of his life, losing to a 50-year-old star from the 90s?
2. RIGHT – Asuka’s Debut
Asuka won her debut match at TLC and critics are complaining. Why? Because Emma put up a good fight. It seemed as if everybody expected Asuka to annihilate and bury Emma, but what good would that have done Emma? Emma stepping up to the plate and delivering a strong outing is better for both ladies as well as the division going forward.
2. WRONG – A Waste For Kurt Angle’s Return
Kurt Angle made his triumphant return this past Sunday in a match that wasn’t very triumphant. We get WWE needed a worthy replacement for Roman Reigns, but was Kurt Angle the right choice? Sure, it created intrigue, but why waste it on a throwaway pay-per-view and not save it for WrestleMania? Why couldn’t Brock Lesnar, or anybody, replace Reigns?
1. RIGHT – SmackDown Annihilates Raw
So our feelings about this whole #UnderSiege thing are mixed. On one hand, the SmackDown Live locker room invading the arena and beating their competition senseless was something we didn’t see coming and actually made for shocking television.
1. WRONG – Raw VS. SmackDown
WWE hasn’t given us a reason to believe the attack.
What’s in it for the SmackDown Superstars to destroy the Raw Superstars? Why are Baron Corbin and Sami Zayn so eager to help Shane McMahon now? Why would Becky Lynch attack her best friends Sasha and Bayley? Why would Chad Gable brutally attack his former partner Jason Jordan? Why would The New Day be such jerks even though they’ve spent a huge chunk of their career on the red brand? Why is SmackDown so fixated on defeating Raw? They’re under the same corporation so it doesn’t make much sense.
If McMahon said something, like “I promised my Superstars a pay raise if we reign supreme” or anything, then we could believe it more. But without any real explanation, the SmackDown locker room just looks like a bunch of a**holes.
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