WWE's Bad Habit

WWE has made a valiant effort to keep us entertained throughout the self-isolation and social-distancing period. Wrestlemania 36 in particular, was evidence that they can adapt to the most unpredictable circumstances. For that, I commend them, and further, thank them for efforts.

The Boneyard Match, a Hollywood-style production featuring Undertaker and AJ Styles, is a great example of how WWE can change their product to suit any environment. There is, however, a habit, that WWE needs to break.

While there were many positives with Wrestlemania, the main event(s), were lacklustre. This is both in terms of the entertainment value they provided, as well as the superstar choice. If we go back to February 27th, WWE Super Showdown took place at the Mohammed Abdu Arena On The Boulevard in Saudi Arabia.

Just like an RKO, Goldberg emerges out of nowhere, as the WWE Universal Championship title contender against Bray Wyatt as The Fiend. Goldberg defies all speculation and not only defeats The Fiend but gets it done in less than four minutes. How this was incredibly inconsistent with the way WWE has portrayed The Fiend until that point, is another point of discussion, but nonetheless, Goldberg emerges as the Universal Champion, going into Wrestlemania 36.

This obsession with bringing Hall of Famers and Legends to main events at pay-per-views where there is a concern. It not only shows a lack of confidence in the current roster to generate ticket sales and fill arenas. It seems very short-sighted by WWE Creatives to write this content, where the storyline will almost always be short-lived and the outcome almost always predictable. I am not saying that these older superstars don't have a place in the event, but as the main event, and for the title, absolutely not.

There are a few reasons for this:

  • Feuds cannot be properly built up because the older superstars do not appear regularly on Raw or Smackdown.

  • Matches are short.

  • Very limited move variation.

  • More mistiming and unconvincing move execution.

  • Anti-climactic (promo videos and entrances are longer than a match)

Sports Bible recently published an article by WWE, showcasing the top 100 matches that every WWE fan must watch. The entertainment value of the current matches wouldn't get close to featuring in it. There is evidence to support this, with the most recent match that is in the top 100, being in 2017. This match being AJ Styles vs. John Cena for the WWE Championship at Royal Rumble 2017. That is three years without a 'classic'. Arguably, the closest nominee would be the Boneyard Match featured at Wrestlemania 36. It goes without saying that the Undertaker is an exception to this article.

Individuals such as Goldberg and Brock Lesnar certainly had their time in the sun, but it is time to allow the new roster to be in the spotlight. Wrestlemania 36's two main events were prime examples of this. Braun Strowman's bout again Goldberg consisted of four spears and four powerslams - hardly a match that we will be remembered for years to come. The same applies to Drew McIntyre challenging Brock Lesnar for the WWE Championship. Not as repetitive, but hardly riveting. Three German Suplexes, Three F5s, Four Claymores. A match circling a measly five minute duration.

Drew McIntyre and Braun Strowman both deserve better. These are two competent superstars who are building a legacy; but their 'Wrestlemania Moments' were hardly a highlight, and more like just another title change. Money in the Bank is next on the WWE Pay-Per-View list, and once again, it looks as if Vince McMahon is finding new ways on innovation to continue entertainment in a crowd-less environment. This concept of 'climbing the corporate ladder' as well as it taking place at the WWE Headquarters is mouthwatering stuff. Drew McIntyre vs. Seth Rollins is certainly an exciting prospect, as is Braun Strowman vs. Bray Wyatt. Let's hope that this is the beginning of a new era for WWE. Sit back and relax Brock and Bill, it's their turn now.