It felt more exciting and fresh, this week in WWE was better than the average week…
Many things are getting better in the WWE. Vince McMahon’s blockbuster announcement at Payback that both Shane and Stephanie McMahon would co-run RAW felt like it was wiping the slate clean of the Authority’s mess while still giving the fans a fresher dynamic to be excited about for the future. It seemed like there would be an all-out war between siblings right from the start, but it appeared that Shane and Stephanie would try to make things work for the betterment of the company. It’s obvious that there is no way that they can be cordial and co-exist for any lengthy period of time, much less run a weekly show together without chaos ensuing. The slow build to an inevitable explosion between the siblings is something that I personally find very intriguing and I like the mystery of what will transpire that will put their feud over the top. Triple H will surely play some sort of role in the future as the WWE will likely build to a Shane McMahon and Triple H showdown at this year’s SummerSlam. I have to be honest, if this is one of the big attractions that we can look forward to for this summer than I’m not upset about it at all because it can be epic. One can only theorize that this power struggle between the McMahons will only intensify as the weeks roll on and we can only hope that the WWE will realize how to keep the angle over, as it will clearly act as the backdrop that sets the tone for the coming months.
When the bulk of the roster is healthy again I believe that we all have so much to look forward to. I personally would love to see Seth Rollins lock up with AJ Styles after he returns and I think a John Cena–Baron Corbin confrontation would be great as well. The recent influx of NXT talent and the signing of free agents to the main roster has been pretty awesome in my opinion. With the addition of Enzo & Cass, The Vaudevillains, and Gallows & Anderson the Tag Team division hasn’t looked this good in a very long time and guys like AJ Styles, Baron Corbin and Sami Zayn are poised for true greatness as singles competitors. This trend will likely continue as newly signed talents such as Shinsuke Nakamura and Eric Young will inevitably also make their way to the main roster in the near future. Granted the WWE doesn’t do everything right but they are certainly making some strides in the right direction by attempting to create a “New Era” for fans around the world.
In my mind they began to turn a corner after WrestleMania 32. It has been a slow steady process of fixing many problems and inconsistencies since the beginning of April but things are now taking a better shape. The painful Goldust and R-Truth saga that we’ve all had to sit through for the last 3 months is now actually taking some sort of shape with the additions of Fandango and Tyler Breeze, which is fine because it is very funny at times and is also giving Breeze and Fandango a chance to raise their stock a bit and hopefully get over. I don’t think it’s a bad thing to try utilizing older talent in the twilight of their careers to help elevate younger talent, it’s always worked that way because it can be extremely effective when done correctly. I feel like Baron Corbin is in a very similar spot with Dolph Ziggler and it seems to be working it that case as well. This could help build Corbin’s persona as a true badass and serious heel if they will do enough to get the fans to really buy into the rivalry just long enough for Baron to obliterate Ziggler. It’s also surprising to see how over “Big Cass” still is with Enzo Amore temporarily out of action. The arenas are going crazy for him when he comes out and the WWE is doing the perfect thing by having him get some quality time with the microphone and also relentlessly seeking revenge for his fallen brother. Love them or hate them, they are one of the best tag teams we’ve seen in a long time in a WWE ring because they bring such a vibrant and palpable energy into the show and it’s so clear to see just from watching it on the television. If these two can stay healthy they will be so great, mark my words!
Tonight’s RAW has so much potential to keep driving the machine in the right direction and so many chances to get it right. Can we perhaps see some substance in the Jericho–Ambrose saga start to come together? Could we see the Reigns and AJ conflict actually get insanely out of control and make us feel like we really want to see this rematch? Will Rusev continue on his path back to relevance? There are so many questions in my mind and I’m sure in the minds of everyone else too. The WWE always sets the tone right from the beginning so let’s please not see Stephanie start this show like last week’s show, boring. Let’s also not see Shane McMahon come out and start talking which inevitably leads to a painfully predictable match, again very boring. Maybe we could see Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens stand-off and fight on their own because that would be more exciting. We need to see some real excitement and unpredictable twists and turns because that is what we crave as wrestling fans, and this is exactly what I think we will get this week. Last week was better than the average but this week will be even better, this is my BOLD prediction.