With WWE now referring to Divas as Superstars and the emphasis on treating the men and women as equals, do you think we will see intergender matches return? I think women like Charlotte, Sasha, and Becky could put on some memorable matches with the guys.
I wouldn’t hold your breath on WWE doing intergender matches again. I was shocked to see Stephanie McMahon eat a spear at WrestleMania from Roman Reigns. WWE does their best to stay within politically correct boundaries so they don’t get negative press. While the idea of men and women fighting in a match would definitely make them equals in some people’s eyes, other people would claim WWE is encouraging violence against women. It’s a complicated issue for sure, and I think WWE would rather not risk it.
I've always previously enjoyed watching AJ Styles, but now he's in WWE, I find him, well, boring. Is that a further testament to WWE developing 'character' in their superstars?
It certainly could be. WWE is playing it safe with AJ, but also, remember that since his second day in the company he’s been in a rivalry with Chris Jericho. Obviously, Jericho is one of the best veteran workers they have, but at the same time a rivalry that spans the course of 3-4 months is hard to keep fresh. WWE definitely has a big problem on their hands with the way they are writing wrestlers. Gone are the days where for the most part guys write their own promos with the exception of Dean Ambrose, Paul Heyman, John Cena, and New Day, who all have a lot of control over their own characters. It’s pretty easy to pick out the wrestlers who have more control over what they say because they stand out. Most everyone else seems to have the same tone. Scott Steiner said it in an interview recently when he said, “You’ve got 4 or 5 guys writing promos for 30 wrestlers, it all starts to sound the same.” This could be what you’re feeling from AJ. Luckily with him heading into WWE Championship match, it seems like he’s going to the top and is going to be staying there, so hopefully he’ll get more freedom with his character.
Why is WWE pretending like there was never a Women’s title before the Diva’s title? We all know there was one!
This is a really good question that I honestly don’t have an answer to. WWE likes to use selective memory with their past, but this is a bit of a stretch. The Divas title was only introduced 8 years ago and to have Lita, one of the greatest Women’s Champions of all time, have to announce that this was the first Women’s Championship was a bit heartbreaking.
I'm sure I'm not the only one that wonders this: Did WWE put the Intercontinental Championship on Zack Ryder just so they could do the Snickers commercial with Ric Flair?
I really hope not. The thought did cross my mind, though. I was so excited to see Zack Ryder pull out the dark horse victory at WrestleMania and so happy for him. Ryder is a guy who has fought tooth and nail to make it in the WWE and they just wouldn’t budge on him. I’ve said it countless times and I’ll say it again, not everyone can be a World Champion, but that doesn’t mean we don’t deserve solid mid-card talent and Ryder should be in that role no question. The problem right now is that WWE isn’t building up any main eventers other than Roman Reigns, so as a result everyone else is shoved into the mid-card. Guys like Dean Ambrose, Bray Wyatt, Kevin Owens, and many other should be considered main eventers and they’re being forced into the mid-card. This forces guys like Ryder, Stardust, Sin Cara out of the mid-card because it’s now overcrowded. I was so angry that they took the title of Zack nearly 24 hours after winning it at WrestleMania. It makes Zack look bad, it makes the Intercontinental Championship look bad, and it makes WWE booking look bad. Even if Ryder wins it back soon, he should have held it AT LEAST until Payback. I’m proud of Zack for staying humble, grateful, and appreciative throughout everything.
Raw this week lacked some of their bigger star power. Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns was on for 5 minutes, John Cena, Triple H.... Do you think this was the roster needing a break or did Vince listen and actually give this very special audience the show they wanted and would pop for?
I was shocked at the lack of “mega stars” this week. On top of those you listed, no Stephanie McMahon, Undertaker, Brock Lesnar, Paul Heyman, and Shane McMahon was used VERY briefly. In fact, Shane McMahon’s Raw felt a lot like Vince McMahon’s Raw and The Authority’s Raw. Regardless, I don’t think it was necessarily a break for those guys. They could have easily brought Cena out to cut a promo and give him a show bonus, or had Paul Heyman appear on behalf of Lesnar. In fact, Kevin Owens wrestled on Raw after a brutal ladder match. I honestly haven’t heard why Raw was booked the way it was. It could have been avoiding the crazy post-WrestleMania crowd, but I don’t think that’s it, as Ambrose would have gotten a hero’s reception from the crowd. It will be interesting to see how next week’s Raw is booked, if they return to “normal” or if they continue with this new trend.
After Raw and Wrestlemania and the negative crowd reactions to Roman Reigns not going away anytime soon could you see them turning Roman heel and somehow teaming with The Authority and giving him a mouthpiece (Paul Heyman). This could set up an interesting program once Seth Rollins is back.
I have given up on WWE taking a more creative path with Roman Reigns. I’ve hope for YEARS that WWE would take the same creative path with John Cena and they never did. I have no reason, at this point, to have hope WWE will make the smarter move with Roman. As long as Vince McMahon has the final decision on the booking in WWE, I will not believe it until I see it when it comes to a Roman heel turn. Every time I get my hopes up WWE will do ANYTHING other than a cookie-cutter, paint-by-numbers booking decision with Roman, I’m let down. I’ve decided to lower the bar to their standards to I’m not as disappointed when it’s the same ABC booking.
Did you happen to notice the look on both Jericho & AJ Styles after the match at WrestleMania? Do you have any inside scoop as to there being any changes to the outcome of the match or so? It certainly looks like WWE has buried AJ Styles.
I actually posted this question not to answer it, but to make a point. This question was submitted between WrestleMania and Raw. I don’t think there was any change or screw job to the outcome of the match at WrestleMania, both men were just selling the ending of the match. However, people are so quick to call someone buried that the term is possibly one of the most overused phrases by the fans today. Even before Raw, I wouldn’t have called AJ buried. If AJ would have come to WWE and immediately started losing matches that lasted less than 2 minutes to mid-carders like Stardust or R-Truth. THAT is being buried. Having a 17-minute long match at WrestleMania with Chris Jericho is NOT being buried, even if you do lose. Then, the next night on Raw AJ Styles won the main event and became the #1 Contender for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. AJ Styles is NOT being buried in WWE and, in fact, is being treated better than most guys who come from a heavy TNA background.
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