Thoughts on Belt Swap
Recent news has been around that a tense situation arose to end the most recent edition of Smackdown this week when Becky Lynch and Charlotte swapped titles. There are a number of reports both about the segment and the after effect of the events. After he actions now it seems like very few women's wrestlers want anything to do with Charlotte after how she acted on Friday night. All that aside this belt swap thing is a joke and a waist of time. It's more lazy booking from a company that has become more known for lazy booking recently then anything else.
A championship is meant to be won not awarded or swapped won! It defeats the purpose of the championship if you just move it between two people as a result of the draft. Why not vacate the gold then instead of having the champions swapped. Oh wait if the "Queen's Crown" tournament is any indication then maybe a tournament isn't the best idea, they'd treat it as a joke again. There is no doubt that switching allows for various new matches from both top women swapping brands, but the titles shouldn't have changed with them.
Flair name has a legacy of being a champion and her father would've never treated the World Title the she treated the title that is suppose to be considered the top title of her division. Frustration is one thing, but there is a professional way to handle business and an unprofessional way and this was extremely unprofessional. You wanna shoot? Clue in the other people in the ring before you do it and don't go into business for yourself because your not the only one in the company that's angry with WWE about the current booking of the women's division. Grow up!! It's insane looking all over to ROH to Impact and especially that company down Florida they prove Women's wrestling can sell.
AEW built the division from the ground up and continue to pave the way everyday building a little further. When the women of the past retired they needed someone to pave the way, but they only wanted part of the road paved. They cut off the cement before the whole road was even dry! WWE has done a wonderful job elevating certain stars in the last year and found ways to properly use part time stars like Edge. However, the shortcomings are still extremely present and some discipline needs to past down as nobody should be bullet proof anymore.
Karrion in the Crosshairs
Since he left the "black and gold" brand there has been nothing but negativity given toward the former NXT World Champion Karrion Kross. Kross has been repackaged more then once since his arrival on Raw and given a new attire various times. From the start it seems like WWE has no idea what direction to send the former two time NXT champion. Kross was presented as the most dangerous man in NXT and a very violent individual. Initially it seemed like they had a good idea for Kross having him struggle for a time before Scarlett would join him and refocus him like he had been in NXT. However, it's been long enough that you wonder where Scarlett is and when she'll be appearing on the main roster.
Comparable in my opinion to Samoa Joe when the "Samoan Submission Machine" first appeared in TNA back in the day or Taz in ECW anyone with a dangerous submission has no reason not to be treated as a madman. Look at Kross's expression anytime the Kross Jacket is locked in on his opponent and tell me he doesn't look like someone who enjoys inflicting pain on his opponent. WWE made it happen years ago with Chris Masters and his "Master Lock Challenge" they put over a submission as unbreakable.
Kross might be on the wrong side of thirty, but so is most of the WWE roster at this point and reality is take a chance and run with him while he has something to give the company. Investing in one wrestler and not in the roster as a whole prevents the company from having depth or the ability to move roster members in and out of spots. Kross proved that when healthy he can be a top star and an asset to the company or give him a run.
Fans were excited to see Kross's arrival on the main roster, but disappointed to see the changes that were made by management on the main roster. Imagine if upon his arrival the main focus was placed on him and not his appearance. Think about if the importance was placed on his unbreakable submission hold rather then wearing some sort of BDSM outfit. The "Kross Jacket" could be an unbreakable submission hold with one question being brought up every match wondering when or if the submission would ever be broken. Placing the importance on the move instead of the person improves the presentation of the star and allows the fans to invest in the move and prompts depth in the character. Depth in the character or allowance for emotional investment is something that WWE has been lacking for many years.
Queen of the Ring
Simple titles seem to work well and keep the focus on the main idea of the articles. The announcement of both the King of the Ring and Queen of the Ring brought a feeling of new possibilities for a product that has been lacking in recent months. I will leave this right here, because there are words needed:
For years the WWE treated the Women's division like a joke and then the Women's revolution began to take shape. NXT kicked off the change in perception and allowed the fans to start being able to believe in the idea that women could be a star in WWE. Impact Wrestling took the lead on changing the perception of women in wrestling on a national level something that WWE never cared to do. Now it's well hovering around where it had been years ago with nothing getting the respect it deserves. Fact is why giving the division a tournament if you weren't going to treat the tournament with any respect. It's a joke that the matches have lasted for such a short period of time, because why bother with the tournament if you weren't planning of giving the matches any time.
Setting aside those who lost in tournament and just focusing on the tournament in general if those in power can't see the problem then they are more delusional then I thought. Toni Storm was one of the top women in NXT and is one of the reasons Zoey Stark has gotten over to the degree she has within the ranks of the black and gold brand. Zelina Vega was brought back and I'm sure she wasn't brought back with this type of booking being the main focus on the sales pitch. This doesn't revolve around my normal criticism of WWE this focuses on LAZY BOOKING!!
Look back years ago one of the only women still with the company from the previous era is Nattie and she survived. Tamina debuted near the end of "divas" era and was also a manager for the better half of his early days in WWE, but she was in that era as well. Charlotte, Becky, Sasha, Bianca, and Bayley are the only members of the women's division to have broken through. The All Elite problem was a lack of development, but that didn't mean they treated the division as a joke. Britt Baker is one of the top wrestlers today, because she has carried that division on her back and sold more tickets then any women in American wrestling in the last twenty years.
Women's wrestling can sell tickets!! Women's wrestling and treating with the respect it deserves allows for fans to idolize wrestlers that would make them want to strive to become a pro-wrestler. Vince McMahon and Kevin Dunn may look at women's wrestling in the same light as tag team wrestling, but their delusions do not echo the opinion of pro-wrestling. Fox and USA Network want to know a major issue for WWE and why the ratings are slacking it's shortsighted decision making.
The last time someone in wrestling directed something toward a network he chose to shoot from the hip. USA Network has been a major supporter to pro-wrestling for over thirty years dating back to Southwest Championship Wrestling in the 1980's which predates WWE starting on the network. Fox is new to wrestling and hasn't really had a piece of the pie since FSN One hosted TNA's weekly PPV's in 2004.
Sit down and ask WWE about plans, long term plans! ask them why bother debuting a women's tournament to treat it like a joke. Ask them why it matters if Tubi TV carries another wrestling company on the streaming service if WWE/Fox don't have an exclusive contract. Ask them about fresh ideas to correct the current issues and when they explain why a legend returning will fix the problem kick back and explain why that will only put a band aid on it and not fix it.
I could keep going and keep talking, but I've made my point. One last thing, WWE why should we care about who you march out the ring if you don't. You barely give them time on television and you sometimes don't even give them time. Why bother having a division or titles for the division if you clearly don't care about the division. Prove me wrong!!
It seems like we will be seeing Toxic Attraction leader Mandy Rose as the next challenger for Raquel Gonzalez. Gonzalez has been one of the most dominate champions in WWE and continues to prove why she belongs as champion. At some point it will be time for Raquel to make the move to the main roster, and I think allowing Mandy Rose to continue develop in her role would only help her. It would also be interesting seeing Raquel go on the chase for a few months instead of keeping her as champion. Momentum is key in any wrestling promotion and it helps believe that certain stars are the real deal and Many needs that momentum not just for her sake but for the sake of her group and her new role in NXT 2.0.
Recently, I wrote about my thoughts on NXT's hottest up and comer Bron Breaker. It seems as though the future is just as bright as we thought it would be for the fresh faced star. Confusion filled the air when the word came down that Samoa Joe would be vacating the NXT World Title having just won the gold. However, we saw something good come out of the deal Tomasso Ciampa regaining the NXT title again. Breaker is absolutely an interesting choice for Ciampa's first challenger and an fair first test not just for the champion but for the youngster to show how far he still has to come before hitting that level. I have been a fan of Bron Breaker thus far and would love to see what he can do against the current World Champion, but nobody is taking "Goldie" from him this soon. The upcoming Halloween Havoc event needs to reflect the new era of NXT and with promotion of current North American Champion Isaiah Scott we will be seeing a new champion crowned likely in the weeks to come.
In my opinion, WWE has a major issue with splitting up tag team especially within the ranks of the Women's tag team division which doesn't have many to speak of to begin with and now has one less after the draft. It was interesting seeing Shotzi Blackhart on the main roster a few months ago to begin with considering her former partner Ember Moon was still in NXT, but she had found a new partner in Tegan Nox. Now with this years draft in the rear view though we have lost another tag team with Tegan Nox moving to Raw and Shotzi staying on Smackdown. The Women's Tag division has been weak for a while and this just another nail in an already weak division.
Speaking of a weak division the company have also decided to split Mace and T-Bar which is interesting as it'll be interesting to see what the two accomplish alone. However, much like Tegan Nox and Shotzi being split up it's just another sign that WWE doesn't care for the tag team division. Hopefully, though this could lead to both men or at least one of them being renamed as the names are lame even though we are use to the names that doesn't mean they are good. In my opinion, though there isn't enough depth within the division to take away another team from the again already weak division.
Based on recent events though it seems that Angel Garza and Humberto Carrillo are working as a tag team which will cover an open spot. They need to prove themselves as a team though considering they are new at this point, but it would help both men a bunch finally being able to find a spot to show off instead of having to rely on being a singles talent. Not all the moves were bad or questionable though with Gable Stevenson being brought right to the main roster which is intriguing. Seeing Hit Row being brought up as well shows how well the group has been received since they debuted earlier this year.
Recently, NXT went through a rebranding after upper management in WWE decided that they had a problem with the idea of NXT moving off Wednesday leaving the Wednesday night war. Last month, WWE released a number of NXT talent leaving a number of wholes on the roster. However, the amount of wrestlers the company had on the side that hadn't been assigned just yet, but a number of previously unassigned now is getting television time.
One of the stars that have been sticking out since the start of NXT 2.0 has been Bron Breaker who is clearly got someone in management behind him. Breaker has a background in amateur wrestling like his father and uncle winning a state championship and had a short lived career within the NFL signing with the Baltimore Ravens in April 2020 and would be let go in August 2020. Breaker would sign with WWE in early 2021 and would start at the Performance Center, and must've impressed someone to be on television and in line for a push this quickly.
In my opinion, listen to him speak and you can hear from the sound of his voice who exactly he's related to and it is understandable why they don't want people making the connection. Sometimes it's easier to make a new legacy for second generation stars when they don't have the shadow of famous relatives. Breaker seems to be a promising young star with a tremendous amount of potential and someone that WWE wants to strap a rocket to for the future. At 23 years old though, I don't think that WWE needs to rush to put him in the Main Event picture and they especially shouldn't rush him to the main roster. Allow him time to develop and get himself an identity then it would be time to move him forward.
By this time next year we will be talking about when Bron Breaker will be NXT World Champion, but right now I believe his eyes should be on the North American championship instead as WWE should bring him along slowly. WWE is in position where they don't need to rush someone up the card especially someone who may still be inexperienced and some time to gain more experience and seasoning within the squared circle. Bron Breaker will be a star in a couple of years though and headline Wrestlemania as long as they stick with the long term planning and don't rush forward before they should.
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