As we fans of professional wrestling know, we’re quick to judge what we watch on WWE programming from week to week. Many of us out there in the WWE Universe believe we can write better material, make better matches and create better ideas than the company itself does, so we’re the first to be critical when WWE does something we don’t immediately fall in love with.
This week, while the WWE did some amazingly cool things, they also gave fans plenty to moan and complain about. What was with the almost identical “Woken” Matt Hardy video from the week before? Why are Kane and Strowman fighting for the right to face Brock Lesnar all of a sudden? Why is WWE repeating an almost identical storyline with the women of NXT on each respective show? Do they not think fans watch both programs?
These topics and others make the list this week as the top five ways WWE dropped the ball.
Kane and Strowman To Face Lesnar?
Why the WWE decided to remove Finn Balor from the main event of the Royal Rumble is still a mystery to many fans. That Brock Lesnar was then potentially going to miss the Rumble because he didn’t have a worthy opponent was disappointing, but it made sense not to use him in a match that meant nothing. Suddenly, the Braun Strowman vs Kane main event of Raw was for a chance to face Lesnar.
Thus, if it wasn’t bad enough that the WWE was appearing to simply throw together a last-minute main event for the Rumble, they used the Kane vs Strowman match to set the stage and failed to deliver by having the match end in a no contest. Now, it seems clear that there will be a Triple Threat match and Kane will take the pin.
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Woken Matt Hardy Like Ground Hog Day
When “Woken” Matt Hardy appeared on television the first week, it was a revelation. The following week, WWE offered up an exact duplicate of the week prior and used the valuable time they could have spent building his character to post videos of him laughing too feverishly that nothing actually got accomplished.
In a matter of two weeks, the fans are already questioning WWE’s choices when it comes to this character. That’s not good. This could be a home run for the WWE if done right. If not, it becomes another example of the WWE ruining a good thing.
Mixed Match Challenge
Including the Mixed Match Challenge on this list is not to rag on WWE”s relationship with Facebook Watch. In fact, the partnership has the potential to be huge for the WWE who is looking to reach a more international audience and grow interest from cable networks when their deal with NBC expires in 2019. But, the format of this show is questionable.
Why WWE would put together a tournament that offers mixed matches between the male and female stars is interesting. It’s not a realistic representation of what the company offers on a regular basis.
Copying The Female Invasion
When the NXT female call-ups first showed up on Raw and SmackDown Live it appeared the two stories were connected. They were so similar in the way they took place only one evening apart from each other they had to be linked, no?
Well, they weren’t and WWE is offering almost identical stories week after week as if to suggest fans don’t watch both shows. Each segment has been almost a spitting image of the other and it’s baffling, to say the least. It actually appears as though the writers wrote one story and told two directors to deliver it on each respective show.
Not Taking Advantage Of The Balor Buzz
Finn Balor has been all over the Internet. After rumors circulated that he wasn’t “over” with the WWE audience and more importantly Vince McMahon, Balor has been using social media and engaging his followers to poke fun at the use of the word “over”. He’s generated quite the buzz.
Despite it being something fans are talking about and wrestling sites are keeping a close eye on, Balor hasn’t received a single lick of extra airtime or a push on television. His cause it catching fire and the WWE seems oblivious.
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