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At this point Sasha Banks has a reputation of walking out when the company and the "Boss" have disagreements creatively. Sasha is by far one of the most gifted female performers in the Women's division and a gift for WWE. However, Sasha hasn't actually been handle properly creatively in recent years being thrusted into the women's tag team division instead of being a top singles star. Other then her main event program with Bianca Belair at Wrestlemania last year she hasn't been a featured performer.
In defense of Banks the Women's Tag titles aren't exactly one of the championships that the company care much about booking wise. The champions haven't had a clear direction or have been looked at as having much meaning to them which in my opinion they shouldn't exist. If the company perceives the women's tag titles as unimportant then the fans will do the same thing. Every championship should have meaning or be perceived as important otherwise the title shouldn't exist. For example, even if the point of the title was to keep the champions on television and busy as oppose to forcing the same talent to be featured in the women's championship picture.
If WWE would put together a long term plan there is no reason why they wouldn't have a plan in place for one of the companies champions. The fact that there were no plans in place for the women's tag team champions for two months is questionable in my opinion. I don't agree with the decision that Naomi and Sasha made, but at the same time I understand the months of frustration mounting and them making the decision to force the companies hand. Creatively WWE does seem a bit lost at the moment, but the idea that you would be willing to sacrifice the Women's tag champions to get the Women's champions over is a joke and proves another reason why the titles are unneeded. Again the point of this article isn't to defend the actions of Banks or Naomi or being critical of their choices it's more to point out how unimportant the championships are perceived to be based on WWE's booking of the champions.
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I saw this questioned posed on Twitter if you had complete control of WWE what would yo do first? Well that isn't as simple of question as some might think because it should require at least some thought and understanding. In my opinion, the biggest thing missing from WWE nowadays is the lazy booking strategy that the company has in place now. Flashback to previous eras of WWE where they would inform some wrestlers months or a year in advance that they will become champion and not just World Title changes but plans for the Tag Team or Intercontinental as well.
One of the many stories I've heard about Vince McMahon is that at one point when discussing Wrestlemania, Vince would think about plans for the following years Wrestlemania. Specifically after the success of Hogan vs Andre that was something that Vince always wanted to duplicate the success of that match. However, it's clear in recent years that Vince does think about Wrestlemania a year ahead of time like he did at one point.
The biggest thing missing from WWE nowadays is that they don't plan ahead or if they do they are to scared to stick with the plan. For whatever reason Vince seems to prefer to book programs week to week instead of planning things out months in advance. Long term booking helps keep talent on the fans minds, allows for emotional investment in the stars, and keeps wrestlers out of catering. This philosophy has been something I've been saying needs to change for a long time and I doubt it will anytime soon. Wrestling is better when you keep it simple the more complicated it gets the harder it is to follow and suspend your disbelief.
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It doesn't always happen that WWE keep track on an actual year to year basis, but it is also a rare sight to see someone hit twenty years within WWE. On April 25, 2002 we saw the debut of Randy Orton against Hardcore Holly which he scored a surprise victory. Orton was the second third generation wrestler under the WWE banner and is still one of only a handful of third generation stars. It took a few years for Randy to live up to his potential, but Evolution gave him a foundation and though the end was a little bumpy once he found his footing he hit the ground running.
Orton really found his footing as a top star in the 2008-2010 range when he had that feud with Triple H and spent a few months taking out each McMahon family member. Though it didn't take the entire time it in my opinion, was the highlight of the time period for the "Viper." It was until a few years later when Orton would become a given good match and a stable presence on the card. There is a reason that Drew McIntyre was given a longer feud with Orton during his title reign then he had with anyone else he had feuded with at the time.
At one point, I wasn't a fan of Orton and preferred just about anyone else on the card and was pretty well just tired of Orton. It would become obvious though that Randy would always find a moment to catch our interest again it didn't matter if it is was the memes, a feud with Brock, or RK-Bro. Since his team with Riddle started taking off Orton has seemed fresh for the first time in a long time as he has never been in the tag team division for this long. I would like to offer congratulations to Randy Orton on a very rare accomplishment something that nobody normally gets nowadays twenty years in WWE.