Several significant changes have affected the landscape of World Wrestling Entertainment throughout the spring and summer months of 2016. Wrestlers who never before were featured on major WWE shows are now some of the biggest stars in the promotion. The WWE kicked off the latest edition of the brand split that dominated the organization during the first decade of the 2000s. Dean Ambrose won and successfully defended the WWE Championship. While we cannot say, for sure, that the WWE has learned from previous mistakes and turned a corner as it pertains to the talent pushed, there is some hope that the company is going in the right direction and that the future may be bright for the WWE and for pro wrestling in North America.
Nothing is perfect, of course, and that holds true with the WWE. As much as there are WWE wrestlers we want to see more of in 2016 and down the road, there also exists a handful of talent we are sick of and we don’t want shoved down our throats. Then, there are the cases of wrestlers we are unsure of as of the summer of 2016. One individual who falls into that specific category is a wrestler who has been booed by in-house audiences time and time again, a wrestler who is not having the best year of his career in and outside of the ring. Don’t look now, but the WWE may finally have realized what to do with the Roman Reigns character. That would be quite the victory for the WWE before fall arrives.
15 15. Roman Reigns: Unsure
In a way, you have to feel sorry for Roman Reigns. Reigns did not choose to be the hand-picked wrestler of those running the WWE, nor did he select the character who has been rejected by pockets of WWE fans.
14 14. Eva Marie: Sick Of
There is good heat that a wrestler can have in the eyes of fans and then there is bad heat. Eva Marie is easy on the eyes and can play the role of a hated heel, but she nevertheless possesses bad heat among WWE fans.
13 13. A.J. Styles: Want More Of
There cannot possibly be any fan out there who is sick of watching A.J. Styles perform underneath the WWE umbrella in 2016. Styles has, in his first six months of working in the WWE, left no doubt that he can work as both a babyface and a heel. The sky is the limit for the Styles character after the company wraps up his feud with John Cena.
12 12. The Club: Unsure Of
We want to have hope that the WWE is going to do right by The Club even though the promotion decided to split Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson away from A.J. Styles. We are simply unsure about it during the early days of the second half of 2016.
11 11. Dudley Boyz: Sick Of
We have to be honest and say that we really don’t get why the WWE brought The Dudley Boyz back to the promotion in 2016, other than for a one-time pop they received upon their first night back in the company.
10 10. Enzo and Cass: Want More Of
We do realize that the time is going to come when the WWE ends the team of Enzo Amore and Big Cass, likely so that Cass can receive a push as a singles star. We simply want to see a lot more of Enzo and Cass before that day arrives.
9 9. The Revival: Unsure Of
Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder, currently known as The Revival, are tremendous while working with fellow tag teams in NXT. The Revival currently reign as the NXT Tag Team Champions and they could continue carrying the flag for the tag team portion of that brand for the foreseeable future.
8 8. The New Day: Sick Of
The trio of Kofi Kingston, Xavier Woods and Big E deserve a ton of credit for taking what was originally a horrible idea and turning into one of the top acts in all of the WWE. Revisionist history has allowed some to forget just how awful New Day was during the early days of that group.
7 7. Samoa Joe: Want More Of
Yes, we realize that Samoa Joe should have been part of the main WWE roster sooner, probably even a decade ago if we are really being honest about the matter. What’s done is done, though, and Joe is currently signed to the WWE and serving as the champion of NXT.
6 6. Nix Jax: Unsure Of
The biggest concern with Nia Jax at this portion of her career is that she remains very green as an in-ring worker. Other than that, Jax has all of the tools to become one of the top stars of the women’s division of the WWE.
5 5. The Miz: Sick Of
There was a time when it was fun to boo and jeer The Miz. Miz’s run as WWE Champion has become somewhat underrated in the eyes of some fans, as Miz was unquestionably better than some of the individuals who have been given runs with that title over the years.
4 4. Shinsuke Nakamura: More Of
It is almost hard to believe that, as of the posting of this piece, Shinsuke Nakamura has been a member of the WWE only for several months. Nakamura was arguably the best worker in all of the WWE beginning with his first night in NXT earlier this year, and he is clearly ready to receive chances to work with those who are on the main WWE roster.
3 3. Darren Young: Unsure Of
We have to be honest and say that we do not know what to think about the “Make Darren Young Great Again” storyline that is currently being portrayed on WWE television. What is the end result of all of this? Who came up with the idea of linking Bob Backlund with Darren Young all so that the WWE could go with a play on the slogan used by the campaign to elect Donald Trump?
2 2. Brock Lesnar: Sick Of
We have yet to encounter a single WWE fan who was thinking to himself or herself “gee, Brock Lesnar could receive a big bump by feuding with Randy Orton leading up to a match at SummerSlam!” There are several things that make Lesnar a special and unique member of the WWE Universe. For starters, Lesnar is seen as a legitimate competitor because of his experience in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Lesnar’s matches occur at major shows such as SummerSlam and WrestleMania. Less is more in certain situations and that is the case with Lesnar.
1 1. Finn Balor: More Of
There is a lot of excitement among WWE fans regarding what the company is going to do with the Finn Balor character now that Balor has been called up to the main roster and will be part of the Raw brand. Will we finally see the formation of the “Balor Club” that has been teased on social media websites and in merchandise that is sold by the WWE? Will Balor work as a babyface or will he finally make the switch to heel?
Either way, Balor is going to have chances to take part in multiple entertaining matches at major WWE shows. We hope that those in charge of these types of decisions are already planning for Balor’s WrestleMania entrance that could be a show-stealer on its own. The WWE needs to be smart with Balor, as he can get over with fans of all ages if allowed to do so.
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