Ever since Wrestlemania, something has changed in the WWE. Wrestlemania 32 left a bad taste in a lot of our mouths. There was almost no hope left for the majority of WWE fans. Roman Reigns was WWE Champion. Dean Ambrose looked weak against Brock Lesnar. Almost every match outcome left fans scratching their heads.
But ever since the RAW after Wrestlemania, the WWE product has become the most enjoyable that it has been in recent memory. The only thing that gets me angry is Shane McMahon continuing to run RAW. It throws everything about the build to Wrestlemania out the window. It also makes the outcome of the second biggest built match on the show irrelevant. And if the WWE cared about their social media reactions so much, then Roman Reigns would be heel right now.
Now that I got that rant out of the way, it is time to appreciate everything else that the WWE has going for it right now. It starts right at the top with the WWE Title picture. Roman Reigns vs AJ Styles should be a good match. Styles is capable of having a good match with pretty much anyone. And now the WWE has added the intrigue of the roles of Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows to the mix. Are they working for Styles? Is their someone else they are working for like Finn Balor, or heaven forbid, Triple H? Reigns has an added bit of cockiness in his character now too which is working. It’s a good first feud for Reigns as WWE Champion.
Then when you get into the midcard and you have to like that their are actual stories playing out. First there is the Sami Zayn/Kevin Owens story. Those two have feuded all the way back to their independent days. I do wish both men had a little bit more time to talk and I hope they get some mic time this coming Monday on RAW to exchange some words. As I said in my Wrestlemania 33 predictions, I would love for these two to constantly feud throughout the year, leading up to a WWE Title match between the two at next year’s Wrestlemania.
The Chris Jericho/Dean Ambrose feud is also one that has come about naturally. And I’m actually surprised their angle ended the show on RAW this past Monday. The Highlight Reel/Ambrose Asylum segment was well done. Jericho and Ambrose is a good second from the top feud if Jericho puts full effort into it. His win at Wrestlemania will actually help this feud as long as Ambrose ends up coming out on top. You have to wonder if the WWE should have gone through with this feud at Wrestlemania and not Ambrose/Lesnar, which ended up being a dud.
Can we take a second to talk about the Miz? He has become an enjoyable mid-card heel in the last few weeks. And now that Maryse is with him, the duo has added a few laughs to TV. And so far Miz’s feud with Cesaro has been a hit. Really, Miz probably should have won the IC Title ladder match at Mania. Zack Ryder is back to doing absolutely nothing. So what was the point of that? And Cesaro’s new James Bond suit is a nice character addition and I hope that Vince won’t think he is too Swiss anymore.
There is just so much to like about the overall picture of the rest of the WWE as well. The tag team tournament is a great way to give the division the badly needed kick it needed. There was no one left for New Day to fight and now it feels like the division has new life. The women’s division actually has multiple feuds going on in it: Charlotte/Natalya, Becky Lynch/Emma, and now it seems like even Sasha Banks/Summer Rae have a mini feud. And even Baron Corbin and Dolph Ziggler are having a decent feud.
I know the ratings haven’t been great, but those won’t change overnight. Everyone knows people leave after Wrestlemania. It is the WWE’s job to try and win them back. They are doing a good job satisfying a lot of their main audience right now. And if their word of mouth can spread, maybe they can finally attract some more viewers to their product. And just think, all of this good is going on right now without Randy Orton, Seth Rollins and John Cena. If this writing keeps up with a full and healthy roster, who knows what the future can bring for the WWE.
Until Next Time,
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