With Raw's Elimination Chamber and SmackDown's Fastlane both less than a month away, Monday and Tuesday nights have an even more of a reason to up the stakes, especially with WrestleMania now less than 60 days away. And things are looking pretty solid for the most part so far. But with the good, usually comes some bad.
Here are five things WWE got right this week and five things they got wrong.
Sure, it's cool to see The Balor Club pick up some victories, but does it have to be at the expense of The Revival every week? Keep in mind, The Revival are known to be one of the greatest tag teams in NXT's history, and should be treated like a big deal. If they're going to lose, have it be in quality matches and not a 8 minute throwaway matches. Or fewer.
Alexa Bliss never fails to entertain. After finding out she would have to defend her Raw Women's Championship in the Elimination Chamber while Brock Lesnar gets to sit at home and watch the men fight for a Number One Contender spot, Bliss would call Kurt Angle out for being a sexist. Despite her best efforts, her argument didn't work.
Later that night, Bliss would come to the rescue of her old rival Mickie James. Why would she be doing this? So she can have someone on her side for the Chamber perhaps?
Sly, Alexa. Sly.
If WWE wants Nia Jax out there kicking ass, then WWE Creative should be thinking of something substantial for her to do. Why is she still facing jobbers? Good for Vanessa Floyd for getting a match on Monday Night Raw at the tender age of 17 (whoa), but local talent should be reserved for fresh talent who have yet to prove themselves.
Rusev wrestled his best match in quite some time competing for the United States Championship against Bobby Roode this week on SmackDown. The fans simply can't get enough of "Rusev Day", even screaming it at the top of their lungs to make sure Shane McMahon would have no choice but to address it. Even though Rusev lost, the company has to be listening to the WWE Universe. We want more and we better get it.
To determine which six Superstars will be competing in the Men's Elimination Chamber match, Kurt Angle would have six qualifying matches on Raw, but they all became a bit too predictable, didn't they? Especially this week. Did anybody really think Bray Wyatt would defeat Roman Reigns or Apollo Crews would defeat The Miz?
Asuka continued to look strong in her dominance over the Women's Division, but Bayley looked strong too, even in defeat. Ever since the disaster that was that Kendo Stick On A Pole Match in the summer of 2017, Bayley has been struggling to regain her footing. But a strong performance like this is the proper step in the right direction for her.
So Daniel Bryan has devised a list where the SmackDown Superstars vote for a wrestler who they think is most deserving of future opportunities. What we are not sure of yet, is if it's a scripted vote or a real vote. At the moment, it's raising more questions than it should.
If the locker room is voting for someone deserving of opportunities, why is WWE Champion AJ Styles #1 and Women's Champion Charlotte #2? They already are at the top of their game, why would people vote for them? What more opportunities can they get?
Except for the screwy finish at the end, which we will get to in our next point, it was great to see former foes turned besties Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn forced to wrestle one another in order to determine who would face AJ Styles at Fastlane next month. Whether these two are wrecking havoc together or ripping each other's throats out, Zayn and Owens work together so fantastically and it would be best if these two keep going a while longer. Maybe have them go after the Tag Team titles at WrestleMania.
So AJ Styles is sick of Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn, yet he has himself to blame now, punching Zayn in the face to end the match prematurely in disqualification, merely due to the fact Zayn decided to talk some smack. Now, instead of having to face only one of these men, AJ Styles will have to clash against both men in a Triple Threat Match.
Why didn't he just stay in the back like he told Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan to do? Sometimes, WWE's creative decisions lack logic and make characters appear silly.
This wasn't a must-see match by any means, but if you were watching Monday Night Raw anyway, there were worse ways you could spend your evening. In a Triple Threat match featuring John Cena, Elias, and Braun Strowman, Cena and Elias had no choice but to work together to try and put Strowman away. But it didn't really work, at least for Cena. In the end, Elias would outsmart both men by capitalizing on Strowman's handy work, knocking Strowman out of the ring and pinning Cena. This win gives Elias the sixth spot in the Elimination Chamber, enhancing his chances at winning tenfold.
Until next week!
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