My Thoughts: WWE Smackdown Live 7.19.16 w/Cameron Dougharty

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Heading into Smackdown live and the WWE Draft/ brand extension everyone and I MEAN EVERYONE that was a fan of the WWE welcomed the continued change to the WWE landscape. Ten minutes in and I knew the WWE had fooled us all over again. I wasn’t upset at the NXT choices Triple H and Vince McMahon made, hell I’ll even let the Big Show being drafted, on television, go but someone has to draw the line at some of the choices the WWE made last night.


  1. I will give the WWE a tiny amount of credit for at least pushing Roman Regins back in the draft as he went sixth overall behind Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose, Charlotte, AJ Styles and Finn Balor. Had he not failed the test my money would have been on him going number one overall. Reigns going before the likes of Brock Lesnar, John Cena and Kevin Owens leads me to believe Roman’s push at the top isn’t quite dead yet.
  2. When the Big Show, Miz, Chris Jericho (who is leaving soon), Dolph Ziggler and Baron Cobrin are drafted before Cesaro we all know the ramblings of Cesaro breaking that brass ceiling or whatever can’t be true. Cesasro is easily a top ten talent that the WWE has under contract, it’s just going to be a big miss for the WWE years from now.
  3. When oh when is the WWE going to get their mind(s) together and come up with a real, long term plan for Bray Wyatt and his Family. Once again the WWE has split the group up and it’s sink or swim time for Braun Strowman. Good god I dont hope the ramblings of him getting a singles match with Brock Lesnar never come true. It is the WWE afterall, so hopes aren’t high.
  4. When the WWE announced six Superstars from NXT would be getting the call to the main roster the assumed call ups were Finn Balor and Bayley. Finn came up, Bayley didn’t. I still can’t think of a great reason why she wasn’t other than the Woman’s Division would be almost depleted had Bayley and even Asuka been called up. Bayley is great for NXT, she is young enough where the main roster eternal clock hasn’t started ticking just yet. American Alpha was a great choice but as they head to Smackdown they have no tag team titles to fight for. The other four picks, Mojo Rawley, Carmella, Alexa Bliss and Nia Jax are simply, roster fillers; stay hyped!
  5. Raw has the better overall roster and a new cruiserweight division. Smackdown’s top stars, Ambrose, Cena and Styles are a good draw, they threw in Daniel Bryan has the GM but did the WWE do any service to his secondary show? Moving it to live on Tuesdays will help, at first, but after six months of a mediocre product will any want to watch five hours of WWE television on back to back nights? Only time will tell.


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