Anyone that has been watching the WWE over the last year can see that they really dare I say have an idea of how to handle the Main Event, but nothing else. Also to anyone that knows anything about WWE programming it's that at this time of years things typically hit a lull until around January. However, it seems as though the WWE is really trying to change this time of year into a more must see time period with the build to No Mercy & now TLC.
I will say that the build to TLC has been very good especially seeing the slow burn to the Shield return and uniting against a common enemy. Not to be the bearer of bad news though, but with TLC almost upon us the question becomes wondering what WWE will do next month. This is also one of the many reasons that booking by the month doesn't work and usually leads to burn out after a certain amount of time or running out of ideas. The WWE at this point seem to be burning through every possible rating booster month by month. Now I realize that Cena likely had to take time off but was a Shield reunion really needed for the PPV following No Mercy with Survivor Series in November.
For this reason I feel like the title I chose works because I think next month we will be talking about a new "flavor of the month." Now I am not saying that The Shield won't stay together for a long period of time as I do think they should and could stay together, but may not. The one thing I do know is that The Shield doesn't cover up the problems that the WWE are having with booking and look no further than the Wyatt vs Balor feud to show what I am talking about.
Over the years the concept of a championship has gone through a period of "dark times." However, it has slowly started to comeback and maybe not where it once was but most championships have been rebuilt at this point. Looking at the shape of the Intercontinental & Tag titles now and where they were a few years ago those titles are so much better off now. Unfortunately the I don't feel like the World titles are in a better place then they were a few years ago.
Last year, at Summerslam the WWE debuted the Universal title and I will say that they have done a good of building up the title from the ground up, but its still not where it could be. The reason I do say it isn't where it could is that it takes more then a year to build up a title to the point of where it should be looked at as a World Title.
This is the reason why people are so dare I say "bitter" about Jinder being World Champion and even though it seems like they are building him up with the title rather than the other way. The reason that doesn't work is that the guy should be on the level of the title or it risks bringing down the title. I have said this multiple times that I think that if the WWE wanted to give the title Jinder they could've spent the summer building him up to the level of where he could be a believable champion. The one thing that people don't realize is that Jinder is the only champion featured on the show weekly with Brock holding the other title but they aren't treating him like a World Champion. The champion should be special and look at as the best the company has to offer and not just another guy like they have booked Jinder.
Can his run be saved absolutely and this could also be the start of the WWE having a new star following the time that Jinder doesn't hold the title anymore. The one plus is that the Jinder is helping the Singh Brothers get over and I hope that the Singh's could end up in the Cruiserweight division.
This past weekend we saw the first Smackdown PPV since Summerslam which was the Hell in a Cell event. With my opinion of this PPV concept aside this event was actually really good. Though there was a time when I would do this consistently however, this PPV was good enough to deserve it. At this point I can say that I will look back at three moments from the show which includes the best, middle, and the worst moments from the event.
To start we look at the worst moment from the PPV event which was the WWE Championship match between Shinsuke Nakamura and Jinder Mahal. Now I know that some of you may agree and others may not agree due to the two people involved. But to be clear the booking of Jinder hasn't been good at all since he moved over to Smackdown as they seemingly rushed into him being champion. Considering the India tour isn't set on the calendar until December so I don't know why they decided to give him the title so quick and without any build. My negative opinion of this match has nothing to do with Nakamura losing as it has nothing to with Jinder. My issue is with the booking of Jinder over the last few months.
The moment from the show that left me undecided due to the ending of the match is the United States title match. The sole reason that I am unsure of how I feel about this math is because I called the ending of the match due to the addition of Tye Dillenger. Even though I am happy that they are finally giving something to Baron after so many weeks of making him look bad. However, this comes with a predictable outcome and unfortunately that effected my would've been positive opinion of the match.
With the ending of the main event there is no way I could pick any other moment as the top moment from Hell in a Cell. For the last four months or so we have seen a long term build to Shane McMahon and Kevin Owens. The real highlight of the build was when Kevin attacked Vince on a recent episode of Smackdown. But I have to say that when they went on top of the Cell and fought around I was holding my breath as I remembered King of the Ring 98 when the Cell was giving way. There two moments that made this match incredible and one of them was when Kevin almost throw Shane from the Hell in Cell but luckily it was blocked. However, obviously the highlight of the match was when Shane leaped from the roof of the Cell and we saw Kevin get pulled out of the way by. Instead of continuing to guess what might happen all I will suggest is tune into Smackdown later tonight.
Hell in a Cell 2017
Hype Bros vs Gable & Benjamin
Randy Orton vs Rusev
For months I have heard from Simon Miller how good Rusev is and I am finally starting to come around to the idea that maybe Rusev could be returned to his former glory as the "Bulgarian Brute." A few months ago the idea of both Lana & Rusev heading for the door like a close reality but things seem to have cooled down recently. However, I think Rusev needs the win here to really start helping him move forward and come close to his potential.
Dolph Ziggler vs Bobby Roode
This one is going to be short and I don't mean the match, but I just don't have much to say as I do think Ziggler has gotten to fans interest in recent months with his new gimmick but it hasn't been enough. I also think that this match can only go one way without certain fans calling a burial due to how one of the challengers have been booked. With that being said Roode gets the win sadly even though Ziggler deserves it more.
Women's Championship Match:
(c) Natalya vs Charlotte
These two have fought a number of times in the past and have very rarely disappointed with their chemistry and in ring ability. Tonight will be no different as they will put on a display unlike something we have seen from the Smackdown division in a while. However, I do believe that Nattie will loose her reign as champion as the WWE could be trying to shake things up. Charlotte gets the win tonight to start leading the Smackdown Live division.
WWE Tag Team Championship Match: Hell in a Cell
(c) New Day vs The Usos
This feud has been dare I say incredible as both teams have been on the ball for the last few months and doing their best work. This feud alone is enough to show the exact reason that moving The New Day to Smackdown was a great idea. However, this feud is wearing thin and it might be time to move forward with someone new. The only question is well who wins the feud? I think that New Day gets the W tonight in Hell in a Cell.
WWE United States Championship Match:
(c) AJ Styles vs Baron Corbin vs Tye Dillenger
The late addition of Tye makes it clear that they are doing it as a way to protect the loser due to how poorly Baron has been booked recently. Comparing Baron to say Rusev makes Rusev look like Braun. However, I think that this is also a perfect way to get the belt off of AJ without much distress and move AJ up the card to the World title. With that being said I think Corbin's time in the dog house is done and he will get the win.
WWE Championship Match:
(c) Jinder Mahal vs Shinsuke Nakamura
I wrote when they first fought at Summerslam that I never thought I would see Nakamura challenging for the WWE title let alone against Jinder, Though I think Jinder has done alright as champion I still can't get off the idea that the build could've been 100x's better then it was. I don't mean just to his title win either as the build to the match tonight has absolutely sucked. Keeping in mind about the India tour I don't think the WWE can keep the belt on Jinder too much longer. With that being said Nakamura will become WWE Champion tonight.
Hell in a Cell Match
Shane McMahon vs Kevin Owens
This has been 5 months in the making and has been built up amazingly especially with Kevin's interaction with Vince. Though I am one for the WWE title always main eventing this is one of the special circumstances that it doesn't need to be the headline. Shane and Kevin have alright chemistry and even though I hate the concept of this PPV I think it does fit this match to a tee. Also this is one of the few matches I actually want to see tonight and will love to see Kevin Owens get the win tonight.
There is no doubt that in recent years the popularity of and respect for Women's Wrestling has reached an all time high especially in the WWE. From the Women's Revolution a few years ago to the first female main event at Hell in a Cell between Charlotte and Sasha Banks. A lot has changed in women's wrestling over the last few years and in my book all it has been for the better. Now we have more importance on the show and it isn't just placed on men and we aren't subtly being told to not care about the women anymore which is fantastic.
However, when WWE legend Lita brings up the idea of a Women's Tag titles and says that the only thing the WWE would need to do is expand the depth of the division and then it'd work. But for me there is one other thing and that is the idea that a women's tag title is a good concept but always has had a short shelf life in companies including WWE. For the fans that may not be aware the WWE at one point had tag titles for the women back in the 1980's. To those fans I say in the end look at how well the Knockouts Tag Titles worked out in TNA and how they were just asking to be retired at the end when Eric Young held the title.
The other argument I would have is look at how the WWE currently books the Tag Team division. I will agree that the booking has improved in recent years but is nowhere near where it could be but it is better than it was. Imagine how poorly the Women's Tag division would be booked with how little faith Vince has in tag teams to be money producers. With that being said and even though it would be really crazy to see a Women's tag title I think at this point it would be cool to start but it would get to the point of okay when will they retire it.
No Mercy 2017
Apollo Crews vs Elias
WWE Cruiserweight Champion match:
(c) Neville vs Enzo Amore
The cruiserweight division has been poorly booked since the start other than really Neville and his booking. Neville has been the only bright spot of the division and though Enzo has arrived he has been "buried" since around June. This has lead to Enzo look very weak and I think that there is no way Neville should loose this match so this one is no doubter in my opinion.
Finn Balor vs Bray Wyatt
Even though the build for this one is 100x's better then the one at Summerslam I still have written off this feud as a poor excuse of what could've been a great feud. With that being said I hope it ends tonight with Bray getting the win but I think we all that's not how it will happen and Finn will get the win tonight.
WWE Intercontinental Title Match:
(c) The Miz vs Jason Jordan
Last week this is in my opinion the first time Jason had gotten a good reaction since the begining of the storyline with Angle. I do think that Jason is a very talent performer, but for him to beat The Miz it is far too soon for him to be winning the title. Also there is no doubt that this period of time has been the best run of Miz's career and shouldn't drop the title just yet. With that being said Miz will win this match.
WWE Tag Team Title Match:
(c) Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose vs The Bar
These two teams tore the house down at Summerslam and had one of the best finishes in a while for a tag match. But things have been booked pretty poorly in the build to the event and with that being said I think this should see the end of the feud. Rollins and Ambrose will keep the Tag Team titles and maintain The Shield reunion at least for now.
WWE Women's Championship Match:
(c) Alex Bliss vs Sasha Banks vs Bayley vs Nia Jax vs Emma
The build for this match has been nothing more than a cluster-fuck and it was pretty clear that the WWE has no idea what to do with a lot of these women and that's why they were placed in this match. I do think that this match will be the end of Alexa's run with the title will end tonight but not sure who will get the belt. If I had to pick I think it's time for Nia to get her run with the belt.
John Cena vs Roman Reigns
Fact is there is nobody that doesn't think this match shouldn't be happening at Wrestlemania instead of tonight, but either way Cena will be facing Roman tonight. These two have been one of the many dream matches that people have been wanting to see Cena became a "free agent" once his return. The build for this match has been the best and worst of Roman Reigns as for once this feud has allowed Roman to show some weakness and not be unstoppable. Roman may have been booked as a star but this build made it clear that he doesn't hold a candle to Cena on the microphone. I have been going back and forth with this match and I think I am going to go with Cena getting the win.
WWE Universal Title Match:
(c) Brock Lesnar w/ Paul Heyman vs Braun Strowman
This match has been built up superbly and is just another indication as to how well Braun has been booked since the Brand Split last year and why it was such a great decision to split him from the Wyatt's. However, this feud has been built to look like the Joe vs Brock build from Great Balls of Fire and with that being the case I think I am going to go with Brock holding on the title tonight against Braun.
Now the WWE Hall of Fame has always been quite a conversation starter and something that sparks debate. Numerous fan always claim that the Hall of Fame will not be a real Hall of Fame without insert any name here. Over the years we have seen a number of extremely deserving names finally take their rightful place inside the hallowed halls of the Hall of Fame. One other thing that is normally talked about is who would or should be the headliner for the year.
For once the rumors have already begun as to who could be headlining next years class and that is Dave Batista. Though we haven't seen Dave inside a WWE ring since 2014 when he walked away from the company following a feud between Evolution and The Shield. Most people remember Dave's last night with the company because it was the same night that The Shield broke up and Seth Rollins turned heel. Once Dave left the WWE the last time his acting career actually began to take off and is slowly becoming one of the top up and comers in Hollywood with his part in the Guardians of the Galaxy series.
For those who may not be aware Dave began in the WWE with John Cena & Orton in 2002 as a deacon. By 2006, Dave would be one of the top names in the WWE and basically Smackdown's answer to John Cena. Even though he may not be on The Rock's level he would follow his lead in 2010 when he walked away from the WWE and would end up in Hollywood. With his developing name in the big city it would give the WWE a big name to build the 2018 class around. Now things can change between now and the ceremony but I do think it's pretty possible that Dave Batista will be the headliner for the WWE 2018 Hall of Fame class.
Trying something new again because as a few weeks ago I wrote a letter on the site directed at the WWE, but I never wrote a follow up for it. Over the last few years the WWE has seemed to hit a rough patch for the company with ratings dipping and creative being stuck in a rut. In this series I'll be looking at what I believe is wrong with the WWE and how to fix it.
Though things have gotten better in the company since the brand split but they have fallen into some bad habits which makes us wonder if things are better. For example, since the brand split the WWE has really been grabbing at straws when it comes to the booking of the Women's division for both brands. Now I didn't mind the feuds that happened last year with Sasha Banks & Charlotte, but I do have some problems with the Banks/Alexa feud that's happening now. This most recent feud for the Raw Women's title has felt like to similar to the one that from last year.
The biggest thing that this wrong with WWE is that they seem to lack the willingness to seemingly book with a long term plan in place for stories and feuds. Things were always better back in the day when they knew what was going to happen before it did especially when it came to the champions. There was a time when the wrestlers would know that they'd be taking home a championship at least 6 months in advance. Nowadays they barley know what they are going to do a few days in advance which is nuts in my book.
In recent years the WWE has been keeping the Summerslam PPV in the same location for years at a time with Summerslam 2009-2014 was held in LA & 2015-2018 will be in Brooklyn. Now don't get me wrong I do love having the option to attend a WWE every especially different choices from Summerslam to Raw to NXT. Using the same arena for events on a yearly basis is something that goes hand and hand with wrestling and has for years.
The one thing that did come to mind after me having some issues with the crowds the last few nights. I think that with fans these days it might be hard for the WWE to run the same arena for consecutive days yearly. Now the reason for the title is because there are a number of different arenas within a small radius. With the Prudential Center in Jersey, the XL Center in Connecticut and many different arenas in New York.
So at this point the question is where does my title fit into this article. Well in my opinion I think people could just be getting tired of seeing the same thing on consecutive days and I understand that WWE will be back in Barclays next year. However, why couldn't they take over more of the Tri-State then just Brooklyn. Why couldn't they bring NXT to Jersey or the Coliseum next year then have Summerslam in Brooklyn and then running Raw & Smackdown in other arenas in either New York or Connecticut. I think moving things around next year would help change things up and maybe it could limit the negative fan reactions that have plague things the last two nights. I do hope that Smackdown tonight goes off without a hitch and the fans leave the beach balls at home like they should no need for beach balls at wrestling shows.
Miztourage vs Jason Jordan, & Hardy Boys
(c) New Day vs The Usos
(c) Tozawa vs Neville
Big Show vs Big Cass
I really hope this feud is ending soon as it is wearing thin on my patience and if the company still believes in Cass as much as they did at first they need to move him forward. With that being said Cass will get the win tonight.
Randy Orton vs Rusev
It seems like both brands have matches nobody care about and this match is Smackdown's Cass vs Show. At this point Rusev is beyond repair and will need at this 6 months of good booking to undo how poor he's been booked. However, the booking of Randy this year hasn't been much better than Rusev's so this is a tough match all around. I would like to see Rusev get the win here instead of Orton.
Smackdown Women's Championship:
(c) Naomi vs Natalya
Back at Battleground I said that I thought that Nattie would win the #1 Contender match then low and behold she did. I agree with the idea that having a bigger match take place at the event would have been a better way to go, but I don't think that this match is that bad. At this point Naomi has had a rough run with the title and she needs someone to help her to a good match and I think this is the logic with having her face Nattie. I do think that we will see Naomi keep her title tonight.
Finn Balor vs Bray Wyatt
This feud has been terrible and illogical and doesn't have a clear cut direction for it. So if the WWE aren't going to waste their time and come up with a reason for the feud then I am not going to waste my time on it either. Finn gets the win here even though I'd like to see Bray do it.
Raw Tag Team Championship:
(c) Sheamus & Cesaro vs Rollins & Ambrose
The build for this feud has been very well done and the over arching story between Rollins and Ambrose has been some of the interesting stuff either of them have done in months. I hope that they keep going on the path they are as I am very interested and you have my attention. I pick Rollins & Ambrose to get the win tonight.
Raw Women's Championship:
(c) Alexa Bliss vs Sasha Banks
Weakness in the division has been a problem for the Raw roster since the brand split last July, but thus far they have always seemed to find a way. However, due to some lackluster booking it might be getting to a point where creative is putting themselves in a corner. Though I have enjoyed Alexa with the gold I think it might time for something new and give someone else the title crown. Sasha Banks will get the win and start what will promise to be her best run yet.
John Cena vs Baron Corbin
This match was done as a way to get both men on the show and even if it has been a lackluster feud so far it is still early enough where things could get better. Even though at this point I am not sure where Corbin's push is going and it might be time to reset and change things around. With that being said I believe that John Cena will be gaining another big win.
WWE United States Championship:
(c) AJ Styles vs Kevin Owens
These two have good chemistry with one with one match between these two seemingly in the cards as the feud slowly comes to a close. The question is have we seen all we can from this feud and if we have is this blow off for the feud. In the past I have mentioned that hot shotting a title is okay if it works for the feud and it has worked for this one, but the real question is who will end up with the title. At this point I would like to see Owens move onto something more so I would prefer it if AJ Styles wins this match.
WWE Championship Match:
(c) Jinder Mahal vs Shinsuke Nakamura
The build for this feud has been very bad and it's almost like the WWE doesn't care about Jinder's run anymore and focused more attention on Orton/Cena against Jinder over Shinsuke. Now I do think it's possible this is the start of a feud between these men, but we can only hope at this point. I would like to see Nakamura win this one, but I am not confident and think that Jinder keeps the belt.
WWE Universal Championship:
(c) Brock Lesnar w/ Paul Heyman vs Samoa Joe vs Braun Strowman vs Roman Reigns
The build for this match has been amazing and it by far one of the few matches on this show that I am indeed looking forward to. In recent months the segments involving the Universal champion have always been a highlight of the show and this time around has been no different. A few weeks ago I made the prediction of Joe getting the win due to taking the loss in the Triple Threat on Raw and I am sticking to it. With that being said I do believe that Samoa Joe will be leaving Brooklyn as Universal Champion.
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