Over the last few weeks fans have been given reports that a various talents have been stricken with untimely sicknesses due to illnesses coming down right before the PPV. Numerous talent including Bray Wyatt, Bo Dallas, JoJo, and Roman Reigns have all been stricken with a somewhat undisclosed illness that has kept them off TV for weeks. Though the WWE TV program has been somewhat lackluster recently the most interesting part of the company has been the roster turnover.
I do think that sometime away from TV would be the best thing for both Roman Reigns & Bray Wyatt. Since the start of the year Bray Wyatt has suffered from being the victim of some very bad booking from his feud with Randy Orton to Finn Balor just everything about this year for Bray has been terrible. Roman on the other hand has had a pretty good year feuding with Braun Strowman in one of the top feuds of the year in my opinion.
However, I do think some time off would do both men very well as it would give fans sometime to miss them and also give us sometime away from seeing them every week. I feel like the old saying "How can I miss you if you don't go away" has been used a lot in recent years with top WWE stars, but that is because of overuse and bad booking. Even though it might be just be me trying to make the best of bad situation, but that is best way to look at this situation due to it hurting the company not looking at it in good way.
Basically WWE could build up the returns of Bray and Roman once they are healthy to return as a way to boost ratings and in my opinion they should give Bray a few weeks to build his return. In my book they shouldn't be in a rush to get Bray back & should take the time to build it up, but with Roman he could go back to The Shield.
In recent years talent have become a lot more vocal with their displeasure of the WWE and their booking team and character development. Names like Jack Swagger, Ryback, Alberto Del Rio, Cody Rhodes, and other have chosen to leave the company as oppose to putting up with the company. This year has just been more of the same with Austin Aries joining that list and now questions are being asked if both Nia Jax & Neville will join that list of talent.
Since the cruiserweight division made it's return to the WWE one of the few bright spots have been Neville and the WWE have made him look like a million bucks. Finally we were able to see how good Neville could be but recently they have slacked off in the booking of their hottest heel in the division and now the whole division will suffer. Now I don't mean to make you think that Neville not being the champion is the only reason I think the division will suffer as I don't think he needs to be champion. However, he then should've been moved out of the title picture and into a new feud to try and elevate a new start to then have them face the champion. Rumors have been abound of what Neville's future will be in the company. I for one hope that Neville and WWE can sort out the issues and fix things as I do firmly believe Neville leaving would be a major loss for the company.
Speaking of a loss for the company and someone that had been booked well until recently that is Nia Jax. Argumentatively I will say that I am not sure that Nia has come along as quick as she could've like I feel like she is still quite green in the ring. Nia has been having problems with the WWE booking team for months, but the company never tried to do anything with it. Now a little different to Neville we have heard that Nia decided to take a leave of absence from the company which could mean anything but I don't think she is gone just yet. However, either way due to the lacking depth in the woman's division it would really hurt the WWE to loose a woman from the weak division.
Sasha Banks vs Alicia Fox
Cedric Alexander & Rich Swann vs Jack Gallagher & Brian Kendrick
For the first time that I can remember a Raw PPV will feature two cruiserweight matches which is great in my opinion especially if both matches are deserving of it. However, my one problem with this match is that they fought on Raw a few weeks ago & only went a few minutes so it's kinda tough to get excited about this match. But I will say that Kendrick & Gallagher should win to get the heels some momentum.
Asuka vs Emma
We have been waiting for this for a long time and I am very excited to see Asuka arrive on the main roster. Emma won the right to face her after winning a fatal five way match and I think this gives Emma a boost going into the match. However, there is no doubt in mind that Asuka will win and I chose not to spend to much time on this one.
AJ Styles vs Finn Balor
Let me just say this that as far as Bray vs Finn there feud should be done with and the WWE needs to move on from them no matter what happened with Bray to cause the match to be canceled. To this point I wasn't at all looking forward to Balor vs Wyatt as I was more dreading the match due to the idea of them fighting again. With AJ now moved into the spot I do like the match a lot more, but I don't know if I like it as much as I could had it been built up more. I know there is no way it could've been but it's just now this match will give us a taste of what the future could hold. I could see Jinder getting involved in some way and costing AJ the match to allow Finn to win.
WWE Woman's Championship:
(c) Alexa Bliss vs Mickie James
Last month following the PPV I though Alexa had nobody left to beat and that she had defeated all the possible challengers. I was very surprised when Mickie made her intentions clear that she would be challenging for the title. Once the feud started building I got a little disappointed due to the build and the direction they chose to go, but I still really like the fact that Mickie is in the title picture. I do think there is a few ways they can go in this match, but I think Bliss winning clean maybe the best way.
WWE Cruiserweight Champion:
(c) Kalisto vs Enzo
My interest in Enzo over the last few months has gone from rock bottom to almost where it was before he and Cass broke up. I think the decision to put Enzo in the Cruiserweight division was a great idea and the best way to use Enzo also turning him heel was a good idea too based on how he was being booked. The one thing I don't get is his pose that was with him on Raw, don't get me wrong I like it but I don't get why they are with him. Either way though we will find out I hope and I think Kalisto wins tonight via DQ after said pose interferes.
TLC Five on Three Handicap Match:
Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, & Kurt Angle vs The Miz, The Bar, Kane & Braun Strowman
To get something out of the way I will start by saying I don't understand the point of this match and why they let it go so far. What I mean is that having The Shield against Miz & The Bar would've been better then a handicap match, because in my book there is no way The Shield could win without making someone look bad. However, in a six man nobody looks bad when the pinfall happens. But now with Roman out and Angle in the question comes up can Angle take the fall and not be damaged if he did. I know some might be thinking Kurt shouldn't take the fall in his first match back, but if his future isn't clear then why shouldn't he because protecting the tag champions should be more important. As for what I think will happen I have a bad feeling that the good guys will win even though I think the heels should & let the good guys win at Survivor Series. However, we are talking about the WWE and they have a bad habit of letting good guys win when they shouldn't & this means that Angle, & The Shield get the win even though they shouldn't.
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.
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