Over the course of the last year or two no company has been more frustrating then the WWE. Now all of us are aware just average to bad things are after WrestleMania season ends, but things have never been as bad as they are now. Many fans have their opinions on how to fix things and even those within the business have expressed their opinions on how to fix things. But I have my own thoughts:
Money isn't always the most Important Thing: Think about it as it wasn't to long ago when the WWE was losing money and on the cusp of going out of business. Hard to believe I know, but in the mid-1990's the WWE was on the brink of bankruptcy on more then one occasion. But everything changed in the year 1996, because that truly when the WWE started investing in the future. With debuts of Mick Foley, The Rock, Steve Austin, and Triple H all coming within a year of each other it was clear that the future was coming. But other three of those four guys wouldn't reach the Main Event for almost 2 years, looking at nowadays when was the last time you heard that. The lack of depth has seen talent jump right from the edge of obscurity to the main event, because their is nobody else. After years of struggling Vince finally cashed in after investing in new stars and yeah losing money, but he cash the bigger checks in the end. NXT should be allowing the WWE to save money by developing new stars on the Network, but that doesn't seem to be working when you waste the talent on the Main Roster.
Questions in Identity: Back in the Summer of the WWE ended the brand split after 9 years of both shows having their own identity and being two separate brands. Since then the idea of Smackdown being even somewhat relevant is laughable. When the WWE changed up the announce teams earlier this year and took Michael Cole off Smackdown it allowed the show to at least not sound the same as Raw with the same lead announcer. However, Smackdown was always the show that focused more on the Wrestling and less on the segments while Raw was segment centered and less on the matches. Now Smackdown is just a shorter version of Raw that very few people watch. At little known fact is that when Daniel Bryan won the IC Title he wanted to only defend the title on Smackdown, because he felt could have good matches on the show due to creative caring less about the show. This idea never came to the forefront due to Daniel's injury, but this would have given Smackdown back at least some of the identity it once had. I think the WWE needs to not pull all their attention on Raw as they are overbooking and they need to split their attention to focus on Smackdown also as they are under booking that show.
Probably the most shocking news of the last few months was when the news about Seth Rollins and the injury that shook the WWE right to it's core. Seth Rollins had been the WWE World Champion since WrestleMania 31 back in April and was closing in on a very lengthy and uneventful run with the title. Lackluster booking curtailed his run with the title and the ratings, but that's not what this is about.
Seth was overused, overexposed, and not given a fair shot to be used fairly as a champion. Though I may have an old school perspective when it comes to booking the world champion the idea of overusing the World Champion is farfetched. This talent is suppose to be the major star of the company and yet you have him go out and do the same promo every week not the best way to keep a talent from getting stale.
At this point the WWE's roster has been destroyed to the point of zero depth and absolutely no heels on the Main Event level. Though more depth on the good side might help that is not what is needed right now. The Rollins injury came at a horrible time for the company as they are desperately in need of some new stars and when Rollins dropped the title they could have set him up in a new feud with other talents to maybe elevate someone else. Like Cena did dropping the title to Del Rio as he gave Del Rio a ton of momentum losing clean to him in his first match back with the company.
Though most injuries come at a terrible time this is injury hasn't just done that, but has also proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that WWE's roster is in ruins right now, and they need to do something to fix things or the problems will persist for the company. I would like to wish Seth a speedy recovery and though the WWE needs him back he also needs to take the right amount of time to recover and not rush back.
Though many have thought that Nikki just disappeared off TV to spend sometime with Cena who is also on vacation currently that is not the case. Nikki is actually healing up from some serious injuries which is includes a pretty serious neck injury which has gotten to the point that if she continued to work she could have become paralyzed. Currently Nikki is out with no timetable for a return while she is rehabbing the injury and is trying to avoid having surgery. At this moment I am unsure if having the surgery would cause Nikki to miss as much time as neck surgery normally does, but either way it's a big deal.
I know that The Bella twins catch a lot of negative comments from fans due to well their lack of talent and that fact that most believe they have no passion for the business, and I know this because I am one of these people. However, hearing this about Nikki and seeing that she worked to the point of waiting any longer she could been paralyzed really shows the heart and dedication that Nikki has to the wrestling profession. Though they do catch a lot of deserved hate you have to give credit where it's due I have respect for Nikki doing what she did and staying with it if in the face of such possibilities.
Instead of taking the same route I normally do I have chosen to take this recap in a different way and talking about just one aspect of the show. The aspect of the show that I want to focus on is the main event which was to crown a new WWE World Champion. The rumors had been buzzing for months that Sheamus is set for a big push in 2016. Think about this the WWE's heel roster is the weaker right now then it has been in years. So right I will look at some prospective opponents and feud ideas for a Sheamus title run:
Roman Reigns: For obvious reasons I picked Roman first there is no doubt in my mind that Roman will be the first challenger for Sheamus, but I don't know how smart that is especially if you plan on giving Sheamus a decent run with the gold. Roman will one day get his moment in the sun, well we thought that was tonight but Sheamus and Triple H seemingly robbed him of that. Vengeance will be on the mind of Reigns and not just for Sheamus to get his belt back, but with Hunter as well.
King Barrett: Over the last few months Barrett and Sheamus had seemingly formed a pretty good team and had been holding their own in the tag team division. Now with Sheamus holding the World Title it would be a perfect opportunity to give Barrett his chance to reclaim his destiny against his former friend. Though a feud between these doesn't seem likely it does seem logical, but then again we are talking about the WWE remember.
Daniel Bryan: For almost a full year rumors of Bryan vs Sheamus have been clouding the dirt-sheets and nothing has ever come together for one reason or another. Now would be the perfect time for this feud to once again take hold and would once again give Bryan a feel good moment/Cinderella story.
Three possibilities for possible Sheamus feuds with him as World Champion. I know not many people like Sheamus, but the WWE needs a heel right now and Sheamus is the guy then again they really don't have many other heels to chose from. Though many think they know where WWE is going have a sneaking feeling that things aren't going to go like we think they will, but we'll have to wait and see.
WWE Survivor Series 2015
WWE Divas Championship Match:
(c) Charlotte vs Paige
Until they give absolute proof that management on the Main Roster's opinion of the divas in WWE has changed I wont buy into any freaking "Revolution." Last Monday night was a step in the right direction, but that needs to be the start of the momentum building and not just blimp on the radar. After what happen on the go-home episode of Raw Charlotte needs the win tonight.
Brothers of Destruction vs Wyatt Family
One of the most highly anticipated match-ups in recent memory for a Survivor Series and it has nothing to do with some promotional tool for an anniversary. It has to with the Past meeting the Present and four monsters showing what they have in that ring. Yes this is the first time in X amount of years that Undertaker has competed at the Survivor Series, but truth be told Bray needs it more. Bray has lost so many big matches that if his future in the WWE still has any chance of working out well he needs to win tonight.
Roman Reigns vs Alberto Del Rio w/ Zeb Coulter
I don't have much to say about this match other then the idea of a tournament is to have the surprise factor present at all times, but that's not the case here and that factor has been factored out for most of the tournament. The only thing present in this tournament is the idea that WWE had a plan and is just sticking to the plan. Therefore, Reigns wins this match.
Dean Ambrose vs Kevin Owens
This match will be a downright brawl between two of the toughest combatants in the WWE. I will say that the tournament has done a good job of elevating the other titles considering the champions have made it to the finals. Now just imagine Owens winning and facing Reigns in the finals and losing, people would hate that. Which is why Ambrose wins and not just because Owens is IC champion.
WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match:
Roman Reigns vs Dean Ambrose
Former Shield mates and still best friends colliding for the first time ever one on one for the WWE Title quite a main event now if only you couldn't see the winner coming a mile away with a 10 foot pole. Reigns and Ambrose have the chemistry for a great match, and I have nothing against Roman I just don't like the way they are giving him the title as it's a little too well obvious. One of them will turn heel tonight and only one will walk out, which one I will not say. But what I will say is that Roman walks out the WWE Champion tonight.
Apparently the WWE has expressed big interest bringing in two thirds of the top ROH stable known as The Kingdom. Though Adam Cole has been on the WWE's radar for the longest time there is no word of if Adam would be coming with them, but right now it seems as though just Matt Taven and Mike Bennett are on the radar. Also no word on if Maria would joining her husband and Taven in WWE, but this is also in the earliest of stages.
In an interview a few months ago Maria noted that her and Mike's contract with Ring of Honor is expiring at the end of the year which means that they will be free to chose. As of this writing I have no knowledge of Matt Taven's contract with the company other then the idea that it is likely to expire around when Bennett's does. The Kingdom in the WWE could be interesting addition to the Tag Team division as well as a good way for the WWE to add depth to a division that sorely lacking at the point. However, the only thing we can do now wait and see what happens.
Though they have pretty much gone under the radar there have been a lot of Legends contracts recently to I would say lesser known legends. Recently Billy Graham, Tatanka, and The Boogeyman have gotten Legends deal recently from the company. With how random these signings were I really can't pick who they could sign next out of all the legends they have at their disposal.
Looking at who they signed allows them to open themselves up to a more wide variety of legends for special appearances when they need someone to make a cameo. The idea that they always use the same legends when they need people to make special appearances. Having the ability to mix up legends who make special appearance would provide a tremendous benefit to WWE as it would make the "normal" legends appearances all the more special.
I am beginning a series to highlight the best matches of the week and trying to pin-point those matches that were out of the eye of the public and shed more light on the "hidden gold." Why this match was actually on Main Event and not actually featured on TV is beyond me. These two girls have such an amazing chemistry together that they can make any match they have together a solid to really good match. I just don't understand why they can't at least get this time on Smackdown (I mean nobody watches that).
Just listen to the crowd during this match they loved both women and were big fans of everything they did during this match. For good reason I mean to me their is no better way to kick off this series then with Sasha Banks vs Becky Lynch.
Thus far I have expressed my opinion on GFW and TNA but things are just getting started as I will be covering all the bases when it comes to talking about other companies too. As a way to show that I am in fact not just a WWE fan boy this is when I will be expressing my thoughts in a two part post on the WWE.
The fact is that by far out of all the companies I think WWE has the most people who are so consumed with knowing what will happen before it does that they forget what it is like to be fans and not "insiders." This is the reason why WWE is unlike any other the company in the US because no other company has it where their fans are so wrapped in being "insiders" and not focused on the TV programing. Sadly this distorts the opinions of many fans who are able to accept the fact that they aren't on the creative team even if in their delusional minds they could do a better job. Don't get me wrong the influence of the marks aren't the only thing wrong with the WWE there is a lot wrong with the company I don't have enough time to write it all down.
Lack of Roster Depth: for years the company always had the deepest roster in the wrestling world, but then everything changed when their roster got older and nobody was their to refill the roster. So when RVD, Benjamin, Carlito, Morrison, Hardy's, and others left their was nobody around to replace them and though at first the effect weren't felt they are most certainly having a terrible effect now. If the WWE was going to do anything the WCW did then having an extremely large roster is something they should copy. There is no reason why both Raw and Smackdown should feature or start with the same talent on a weekly basis as the WWE has enough talent to fill both shows. In what realm is this actually a true statement and not just the delusional ramblings of a cool aid drinking employee. With 8 hours of TV to book on a weekly basis they need fresh faces on each set of programs or at least on the two shows actually still on TV. An old-school mentality of booking job guys or using the idea they have in NXT of allowing guys to start as job guys and work their way up is a great idea to improve depth.
Not so Creative: How long have the fans been complaining about the WWE creative team? Well for far to long in my opinion. The WWE creative team is probably one of if not the most heavily criticized teams of people in the world television writing. I do believe that most of the negative reception to them is accurate and well deserved, but think about how you would feel if the roles were reversed and your job was to come up with weekly TV for a demanding boss like Vince and fans like the WWE's. Very likely you'd go crazy, but also think about this what if I told you that you had an out clause after 6 months were you could go on vacation for 6 months then come back would you take advantage of it. Back in the days of Smackdown and Raw the WWE had two separate teams for each show which I think kept both teams fresher and each member more relaxed. For the WWE's sake limiting the amount of time that the team works or specific members work even is the best way to protect against burn out and also protect the brand names of the show. Just imagine if every 6 months WWE gave the writing staff a vacation and brought in a new team for 6 months. Would the show be better with fresh ideas and a relaxed team coming up with the idea rather then an overused team like they have right now.
Now you know why this had to be more then one part!!
It wasn't less then two weeks following his return to TV that Randy Orton was once again gone. The TV reason for Randy's sudden disappearance on the road to face The Wyatt's in the past. Now we didn't his appearance as a major issue until after Randy's disappearance is felt a little bit harder. Which after the week WWE has had thus far finding out Randy is out an extend period of time is probably one of the worst things that they could hear.
I will be honest that when I heard Randy went down I thought that Randy really couldn't catch a break and that WWE is barely even going to miss Randy Orton due to the lack of a presence Randy has had in the company since the spring basically. However, Orton picked the worst time to get injured for a long time with Cena and now Rollins off TV thing can only get worse for WWE. Also with the return being possibly more then 6 months or 6 at a max their is a possibility that Randy much like Rollins will have to miss WrestleMania. Things just keep getting worse for the WWE at a time when they really need for things to started getting better.