So with the roster split done and the draft all gone, I think it’s impervious that we look at how it will impact the landscape in WWE. I’ve been sitting here writing and deleting over and over because I was trying to recap and explain what all has happened in the last 2 weeks and break down the matches, but man, I am as indecisive as a fat guy trying to order at McDonalds. So now here we are, breaking down the differences that the draft has made and how it will impact everything. Leggo!
It’s been made clear that Raw will be more of a story line based show and Smackdown will be focused more on wrestling. That being said though, Raw had the better draft last week. Even if they decided to focus more on the wrestling later on, they have guys (and gals) like Seth Rollins, Charlotte, Finn Balor, Roman Reigns, Brock Lesnar, Sami Zayn, Sasha Banks,
Chris Jericho, Kevin Owens, Neville, and Cesaro. As much as I hate Roman Reigns, he’s done a pretty good job of proving the fans wrong with his ability to have good matches. My favorite pick of the whole draft for Raw is Finn Balor. It was due time for him to be called up from NXT and in his first week on Raw he ended up having an amazing fatal four way match and an above average match with Reigns for a shot at the new Universal title against Seth Rollins, which will be an amazing match up. Other picks i’m excited for? Sasha Banks, Kevin Owens and Cesaro simply because they can put on a great match no matter what. Jericho is always gold on the Mic and Brock Lesnar is a beast.
Smackdown however is the land of opportunity. I feel like the wrestlers over there will be able to shine and make people fall in love with them before being sent over to the flag-ship program. As far as big names to be drafted to Smackdown we only have The World Heavyweight Champion Dean Ambrose, John Cena, A.J. Styles, Randy Orton and Bray Wyatt. Those are all wrestlers that we know can deleiver A+ matches. But what really intreiges me about Smackdown is the opportunities that are there for these other wrestlers. Such as Dolph Ziggler. Good ol’ Dolph. A former champion who had to give up the title as soon as he won it because of injury and just hasn’t been able to get back up to the top since. Everyone knows he should be in the main event, we all know that he can do it, but yet none of us actually think he will ever get there again. But now he came out of no where and is going to fight Dean for the Title at Summerslam. Not my choice, but we will get to that.
Raw is pretty set and things aren’t going to change all that much other then a new championship and probably will have a few months of awesome matches just because they are trying to prove they are the better show but then they will fall back into the pattern of opening up with a 15 minute segment that no one cares about because, Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins like their T.V. time. After watching this week though and seeing the absolutely amazing match between Sasha Banks and Charlotte for the Women’s Championship and the Fatal Four Way matches I realized that while they are going to still focus on the story, now that the roster has thinned out, they can give more time to actual good matches. And I’m excited about it.
As I said though, Smackdown is the land of opportunity and they have the roster to shine. John Cena earned the name “Big Match John” for a reason. I have come to respect the fuck out of him with his run as U.S. Champion and I know that he and AJ Styles will have no problem making sure the lesser known wrestlers get over. I have a feeling that the Tuesday show will be over run with the guys I mentioned before for a while though simply because they kind of have a weak roster. When people get called up from NXT, Smackdown should be where they go.
One thing I really want to touch on though is the tag team division. In my opinion this is where the biggest hit came. Before the draft, we had some great tag team wrestling. We had Enzo and Cass, The Vaudvillians, Breezango, The Golden Truth, so on and so on but the top of the mountain, we had The New Day and The Wyatt Family. We still have The New Day, praise the lord. And the Wyatt Family has split up, clearly to give Braun Strowman and Bray Wyatt the singles push they need. Hopefully when Luke Gallows comes back he and Eric Rowan can form a team again because they are DYNOMIIITTEEE! The New Day though is sticking together and is going to continue to give us the best rerun comic relief we are going to get on a WWE program.
Yes, I said that. I love The New Day but, they are a three man team who only lets two wrestle. Xavier Woods, or as he was known when I fell in love with him “Consequence Creed”, is a stellar performer and he is always stuck as the third wheel it seems. We always get The New Day in a match but it’s Kofi and Big E with Xavier as the cheerleader or the matches that he gets to be in the tag team, he is hardly ever able to wrestle. That’s why I fell in love with this Wyatt vs. TND feud. Xavier actually took point and wrestled. At Battleground he stole the match when he was tagged in, showing that he is indeed more then just a mouth. I’m overjoyed that TND just passed the record for longest Tag Team Champion (not taking into account Demolition for some reason.) But what they need to do is give Xavier a chance at the United States title. With the numbers game in his favor, there is perfect storyline opportunity for it to happen. That way we don’t have to see Woods be wasted in the wayside.
So as we finish up the week and go in to week two of the draft with big eyes and excited hearts, we can only hope that it keeps the thrills of last week going. What’s going to happen now is I’m going to watch all of the WWE wrestling for the week and then sum it all up in either a recap or a review, I’m still trying to figure that out. That will be posted up on Thursday (Oliver providing) and I promise it will be better, shorter and make more sense. So thank you for letting me waste your time this week, I’m looking forward to wasting it every week.