This week's programming saw fantastic matches, brand new champions, an Inaugural May Young Classic Winner, but everybody's talking about a headbutt. You know what headbutt we're talking about. So let's not waste any time. Here are five things WWE got right this week and five things they got wrong— kind of, but only because we have no choice but to nitpick.
The Street Fight on SmackDown Live was great. Really great, even. But why is WWE so obsessed with switching titles back and forth so much lately?
The Usos won the Tag Team Championships back from The New Day At SummerSlam, only to lose it back to them this week on SmackDown. Does this mean we're getting ANOTHER match with these two teams down the line? Even though their matches have been nothing short of stellar, let's not beat a dead horse. It's time to move on. Let's have the rematch for the Tag Championship next week and let's be done with it.
Move The Usos to Raw.
John Cena vs. Braun Strowman. Roman Reigns vs. Jason Jordan. Goldust vs. Bray Wyatt. Emma vs. Sasha Banks. These were only some of the matches we had never seen before (or at least this writer hasn't), and it helped keep interest throughout the week, especially Raw.
Dolph Ziggler decided to switch up his gimmick by stealing other people's gimmicks, but we think the major problem with it is he's been doing this already as a hybrid of Shawn Michaels and Billy Gunn?
We may wind up eating our words here, but does anybody else think The Miz and Maryse aren't actually expecting a baby? Let's think about it for a second. If Maryse was actually pregnant, wouldn't being at ringside prove too much of a liability? We've seen Total Divas. When Rosa Mendes was pregnant, they wouldn't even let her do backstage interviews because of the possible dangers the role would come with. So, either WWE flat out lied to Mendes so they wouldn't have to use her (which we wouldn't blame them), or Maryse isn't actually pregnant and it's all a big work. You know, kind of like when Lita was pregnant with Kane's baby or that time Terri Runnels had a miscarriage. Either way, lie or not, it's good news.
Goldust lost to Bray Wyatt in a few minutes, and we're kind of bummed about it. Good for Wyatt for finally picking up a solid win, but remember when Goldust was supposed to be amazing? Were all those backstage vignettes for nothing? He turned heel, defeated R-Truth and promised us something big was in store, but where is the payoff? It's a shame because Goldust can still wrestle better than just about anyone.
Jason Jordan has had two awesome matches in a period of a week, the first against John Cena and the second this week against Roman Reigns. With some fine tuning, who knows? Jason Jordan could possibly be the next Kurt Angle.We mean, he can sure as hell wrestles like him.
So, John Cena has been expertly ripping into Roman Reigns this month and pretty much everything he's saying holds true. Roman Reigns sucks, he can't talk, yada yada yada. Roman Reigns, on the other hand, can't do anything but call Cena a "b*tch" and the only reason Cena's still in the WWE is because he can't make it in Hollywood. But, seeing how Cena has been cast in a pivotal role in the new Transformers, this obviously isn't true.
So, how come Roman Reigns gets stuck with the worst comebacks? Probably because John Cena gets a little more control in the writing room?
WWE had its final match in the Inaugural Mae Young Classic live in Las Vegas following SmackDown Live with Kairi Sane defeating MMA fighter Shayna Baszler in an exciting back and forth contest. With the Four Horsewoman, former Hall Of Famers Alundra Blayze, Beth Phoenix, and Ronda Rousey at ringside, the finale was treated as the big deal it truly was. Women's Wrestling is just getting started, and it'll be interesting to see which women from the 32-Woman Tournament WWE signs full-time.
Raw had two must-see matches with John Cena vs. Braun Strowman and Jason Jordan vs. Roman Reigns. But some reason or another, WWE had a by-the-numbers-aka-boring Eight Man Tag Team match featuring the Raw Tag Team Division.
We're serious though, is anyone legitimately into the Hardy Boyz anymore?
We didn't know what to expect from an appearance from Vince McMahon, but bah gawd. Always expect nothing but the best from the Chairman. At 72 years old, Vince McMahon is still willing to take a beating if it means strengthening the product.
It's also fitting how this week marked the finale of the Mae Young Classic, a tournament honouring the late great Mae Young, because if McMahon could have Mae Young get beaten up senseless at 80+ years old back in the Attitude Era, Vince should surely take it too. And by doing so, he without a doubt has made Kevin Owens a bonafide Superstar for years to come.
UNTIL NEXT WEEK!
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