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Is The WWE Main Roster Too Crowded?

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The Raw after WrestleMania had many surprise returns and developmental debuts. Ember Moon, Authors of Pain, No Way Jose, Jeff Hardy and Bobby Lashley all came into the foray to kick off the new year in WWE programming. Although these debuts and returns are extremely exciting, is WWE equipped to give everyone TV time accordingly? I don’t think so. Let’s take a look at who this is currently affecting and the implications for the new crop of stars.

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Although they’ve sustained injuries that plagued their first few main roster outings, The Revival and their booking have been quite inconsistent since the duo returned full time. Even though Raw spans three hours, there is clearly not enough time on the show to attach a meaningful storyline to them as they’ve been fodder for Braun Strowman, DX and The Club (at Raw 25) since their return.

The Club also fell into a similar trajectory. Though most of the issue can be attributed to shoddy booking and misuse, the Raw program clearly just does not have the time to give this team the proper air time they deserve. The only times that The Club has been in the spotlight is with AJ Styles or Finn Balor who were themselves immersed in proper storylines. Since their debut, the Club only got a brief feud with New Day, which clearly did not convince management of their exceptional abilities. Without air time, there is no way for fans to get invested. And if fans don’t get invested then the signing of Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson was for naught.

Even stars on SmackDown are not getting proper exposure as Tye Dillinger has yet to be given much at all in the way of a feud or TV time beyond a losing effort now and then. Plainly, WWE may just be too talent-saturated on both their live TV broadcasts.

The New and Returning Recruits

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Since WWE is already strapped for time on both shows, they clearly need to move some stars around and stop featuring a collection of talent. With the superstar shakeup looming, one can imagine that WWE would try to spread the top talents across to SmackDown, the show that got rather short sided in last year’s shakeup.

Moving over stars like Finn Balor, Jeff Hardy, Asuka and The Bar could open up Raw for the likes of AOP, Lashley, etc. to make an impression. SmackDown will then need to stifle some other stars though in the wake of this influx of talent.

SmackDown talents such as Mojo Rawley, Zack Ryder, Tye Dillinger, Primo & Epico, Baron Corbin and more may have to be lost in the shuffle and wait their turn for a chance to shine. Sadly, not everyone can get their moment on the main roster.

The Verdict

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From the whole influx of talent and returns, many talents will continue to wait in the wings. With an over-saturated mid-card on both shows, expect either releases to be granted or a whole lot of battle royals and multi man matches. WWE is not able to push everyone at the same time, and therefore should try to only bring up talent from NXT when there is truly a need.

The WWE machine may have a tough time over the rest of 2018 with juggling talent, but we will have to wait and see both the results of the impending superstar shakeup, and if they can plain pull off having too many wrestlers and not enough time.

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Can a Queen of the Ring Event Work in Today’s WWE?

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Rumors are swirling about WWE bringing back a throwback event for the next all-women’s PPV.  A Queen of the Ring tournament sounds like a good idea as a focal point for the PPV considering the ever-evolving Women’s Evolution.

Many fans remember the King of the Ring, which was considered one of the big five PPVs for WWE back in the 1990s.  King of the Ring had its ups and downs, but it was mostly known for the birth of Austin 3:16.  The iconic moment still stands the test of time twenty two years later, however others such as Owen Hart, Triple H, and Edge certainly benefited from the once-prestigious tournament.

After Brock Lesnar’s win in 2002, King of the Ring slowly began to fade out.  The last tournament was in 2015,where Bad News Barrett would later become King Barrett to celebrate the win.  Before that was the infamous King Sheamus, who won the one prior back in 2010.

The allure and beneficial factor of King of the Ring definitely dissipated by the time it was brought back.  King of the Ring used to be a big deal, meaning that the winner was definitely en route to a huge push or a WWE Championship opportunity down the road.  The accolade was something that a few men could add to their list of accomplishments.

So let’s fast forward to now with these Queen of the Ring ideas.  Could this really work in today’s WWE that is struggling to create lasting moments and new stars?

It depends on the commitment factor for the company; and that lies on the success and reception of the event if it did happen.  There is certainly use for it, as the tournament can be used to elevate talent such as Ruby Riott, Peyton Royce, or Sasha Banks.  On the flip side, it wouldn’t be no surprise if someone such as Alexa Bliss or Mandy Rose could take the win to garner extra heat for their respective character.  That would certainly work, as Bliss is an example of someone who is very much over and the company seems to be completely behind her.

Consistency also matters, in which it is crucial to make the Queen of the Ring idea work.  That goes hand in hand with the storytelling aspect that the company has been struggling with for some time now.  Gaps in logic with missed opportunities have done more harm than good, and with Evolution’s success, it wouldn’t be fair to the women if Queen of the Ring was one and done thanks to those poor factors.

Queen of the Ring is a great idea that could certainly help the Women’s Division.  Having the tournament at the Women’s PPV would create interest for fans that want something to look forward to.  There is no doubt that the talent would shine during the Queen of the Ring – even the potential for possible Match of the Year candidates is high at an event such as this. 

WWE has all of the tools to make this a success if at all possible this is true.  Overall, it would be beneficial for the Women’s Division, and it will help the Evolution become full circle –something that the Division is meant to be.


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SmackDown Live: Should The Miz Become A Babyface?

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The Miz is a natural-born heel. the kind of performer who is so over the top, you cannot help but love him and hate him at the same time. David Levin asks if he should turn face.

I have always subscribed to a theory in professional wrestling that if one superstar becomes a heel, one must become a babyface. Unless the two characters are able to perform the very difficult “double turn” then which wrestlers draw the short straw becomes a decision for the creative team and the people that truly matter – the McMahon clan.

I am not a fan of Daniel Bryan’s most recent heel turn, but understand how his character was a bit stale. Having him beat A.J. Styles for the WWE title was the right move, but might have been at the wrong time. The feud between two of the best in-ring performers in WWE is a dream matchup that was waiting to happen. The residual effect, however, has made things a bit cramped for some performers, most notably The Miz.

It’s hard to see both Bryan and The Miz, two of the best who feed off each other, on the same side of the fence. It also begs the question – should WWE, in turn, make The Miz a babyface and create an arc that finds these two face-to-face at WrestleMania 35 with the company title on the line?

The Miz is a natural-born heel. the kind of performer who is so over the top, you cannot help but love him and hate him at the same time. He is  a combination of Chris Jericho, Ric Flair and Gino Hernandez wrapped tightly into an explosive character who gets over with the fans and draws heat when he needs to.

Heels were supposed to control matches in years gone by and knew when to sell for an opponent and let a match speak for itself. With Maryse by his side, he is every bit Tully Blanchard with Baby Doll, and when given a microphone to accentuate his persona he is WWE gold.

Why he does not have a title around his waist right now is a mystery yet to be solved. A confrontation with Bryan, who is the top heel by far on the blue brand, with the WWE fanbase squarely in his corner is another angle the creative team should look long and hard at pulling off.

The reality star turned professional wrestler turned movie star should still be considered an underrated commodity for what he does on screen and how he is a money maker off camera. But in honesty, taking his current character and changing his position from heel to babyface might be his biggest challenge in WWE to date.


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