A New Monday Night Raw and Smackdown Live Have Forever Changed WWE!
We are one week removed from the WWE draft. Since then, we’ve seen a massive PPV and some dramatic changes to their weekly programing Monday Night Raw and Smackdown Live. New wrestlers have debut and new titles have been created; the landscape of WWE has shifted dramatically.
But where do we go from here?
The company has been needing a shake-up for the past few years. The same faces were running the main event scene while the mid-card and women’s division was thrown to the back burner. Now it seems things are finally switching around; NXT star Finn Balor has a main event title match and people like Dolph Ziggler are getting pushed again. Can’t forget to mention how powerful the women’s division has grown with an influx of new talent and a brand new Women’s Champion named Sasha Banks. These are drastic changes from a company many thought would be forever behind the times.
With SummerSlam and NXT Takeover: Back To Brooklyn around the corner, WWE still has time to keep pushing this new era they love to mention. Both cards are filled with new faces and new opportunities for stars to shine. The real challenge is how long can they keep this up? I remember the first WWE Draft starting out as this epic moment in wrestling history and it quickly fizzled out so how do we keep this fresh?
First, we keep pushing talent from NXT and under-used wrestlers as a way to keep things from getting stale. Long gone are the days when John Cena, Big Show, and Randy Orton can dominate the main events; we need new people to take their place and push the brands further into the future. With companies like Lucha Underground, NJPW, and PWG giving quality events…this is the first time in a long time that WWE actually has competition. But knowing the McMahon’s, all they will do is just keep buying talent from other brands in an attempt to make them fail.
Second, we have to give better matches. Sometimes these WWE matches are paint-by-numbers. The spots are easy to call and there is no real tension. If we start allowing some minor changes to how we pace and execute matches, I believe fans will be kept entertained after weeks and weeks. Wrestlemania seems like the time where they switch match structures; it gives things a big fight feel and engages viewers. If we add more matches like this to the monthly PPVs or even some RAW/Smackdown main events, we could be looking at a wrestling renaissance.
There is also a Cruiserweight tournament happening weekly on the WWE Network. The best talent from around the globe compete to win a chance to apart of wrestling’s future. Never has something this global happened within the company, another sign at their want to change.
Do you think WWE can keep this up or will they let us down within a few months?
Let me know in the comments below!