JC’s Top Rope Report: Is The WWE On The Right Track This Summer?
The early summer season in the WWE tends to be a down time for the company. With summer finally here, most people take the time to go outside and enjoy the outdoors. For some reason the WWE writers usually tend to do the same thing and barely pay attention or give a good amount effort in their storyline writing.
Maybe it is just me, but I feel like something is different this year with the WWE. Over the last few weeks both RAW and Smackdown Live have been entertaining TV. Smackdown is coming off Money in the Bank. While the show itself wasn’t the best it did get people talking in the end. They followed up the controversial women’s Money in the Bank story with a better rematch on Smackdown. And they did the right thing by having Carmella win again.
I still don’t like Jinder Mahal as WWE Champion. But people are actually booing him and aren’t indifferent to him. The big question will be how Jinder does in a likely program with John Cena leading into SummerSlam. And I still haven’t talked about the likes of AJ Styles, Shinsuke Nakamura and Kevin Owens. Those three are Smackdown’s best wrestlers and weren’t on TV for more than 2 minutes total this past week on Smackdown! That just goes to show you how well Smackdown can write a show.
There is so much talent on the Smackdown roster that it almost makes you wish it was the three hour show compared to RAW. Mike and Maria Kanellis weren’t on TV after Money in the Bank and were on this past week’s Smackdown for all of one minute. Luke Harper and American Alpha just got on TV after an extended hiatus. Oh and where has Tye Dillinger been since he came up to the main roster? While Smackdown is entertaining, just think about all the talent they aren’t using on the main show.
On the RAW side of things, Great Balls of Fire is actually turning out to be a good show. I would have never thought that going into the show. I just thought it would end up being a throwaway show leading into SummerSlam. But that is not the case one bit. The Universal Title Match between Brock Lesnar and Samoa Joe has been built tremendously. Samoa Joe now looks like a legit threat to Lesnar and will come off looking like a huge star win or lose. So even though Brock Lesnar is currently predicted to win at Great Balls of Fire, Samoa Joe will still come out of the match better than before. And that will do wonders for Joe’s WWE career.
And how about the best thing going in the WWE today, BRAUN Strowman. BRAUN came back with a vengeance a couple of weeks ago and the crowd loves him. BRAUN needs to be Universal Champion in the near future. I know that there are rumors that plans have changed and SummerSlam will now be Brock Lesnar vs Roman Reigns. I think that is a bad idea. BRAUN is great and deserves a Title shot. Hell, make it a Triple Threat match. Put BRAUN in the main event and watch the crowd flock to him. BRAUN is the best built big man in the WWE in ages. Hell, he might be the best built wrestler we’ve seen in the WWE in the last five years. And he deserves the top payoff.
One of my favorite things about RAW over the last couple weeks is their way to find a use for people who haven’t been prominent lately. Curtis Axel and Bo Dallas are now part of the Miz’s entourage. The Drifter is getting a feud with Finn Balor. Titus O’Neil and Apollo Crews are now relevant again as Titus plays a proper LaVar Ball gimmick, unlike the train wreck that is the real Lavar Ball. And of course, the break up of Enzo and Cass was surprisingly well done. I still think it was a bit too early to do it, but so far so good. Outside of the booking of Bayley and the same shit from Bray Wyatt, RAW has been enjoyable the last few weeks.
The WWE has a plethora of talent currently on their roster. It might be the most stacked roster they have had in some time. And maybe they are finally finding ways to use all of that talent to their fullest potential. SummerSlam could be a truly great show if the WWE continues to keep all of these stories moving smoothly from one point to the next. As wrestling fans, especially WWE fans, we often prepare ourselves for the worst. But could that be changing in the near future? Only time will tell.
Until Next Time,
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