It’s Saturday and today we have ’This Week in Wrestling’, the 24th of 2019. Today, Brian discusses WWE’s best booked gimmicks and angles during this dark period and shares all the best wrestling content from this week.
The Best of WWE Right Now
It seems to be the in thing lately to put down WWE’s product. It reminds me of the last days of WCW when fans continually (and justifiably) put down the company at every turn. The same happened with TNA/Impact wrestling when it had all those bad years. I’m not criticizing any fan for complaining about WWE..it is their right as a fan. Heck, we here have even been critical of a lot of what WWE has done in recent weeks and months.
Today’s piece, isn’t about “piling on” on Vince McMahon and his creative team, but rather take a long look at what WWE has been doing correctly as of late. While praising promotions like New Japan and All Elite appears to be the in thing lately, WWE should get some credit for putting out some gems as well. Ratings may be down, as is live attendance…but it isn’t all bad for a company who’s slogan is “Then…Now…And Forever.” Let’s take a look at what WWE has going for them at the present time.
1. Bray Wyatt and the Firefly Fun house segments
I’ve previously talked about the initial segment and how good I thought it was. Since then, the segments have gotten better and better and have me looking forward to when Bray actually re-debuts under this new gimmick. WWE have done a masterful job of reintroducing Bray Wyatt and putting a brand new spin on the character.
2. R-Truth and the 24/7 Title
I know my fellow blog mate Craig Wilson is no fan of the 24/7 title and we even had a friendly debate over that title’s worth in the company. I, like Craig initially disliked the title. I felt it was useless and the WWE shouldn’t try to recapture the Attitude Era’s success with the old Hardcore championship. In my opinion, I was completely wrong. R-Truth has done a sensational job as the comedic foil to the 24/7 championship.
3. Kofi Kingston as WWE Champion
As great as it was to award a hard working and loyal employee with his very first WWE world title, it is quite another thing to be booked properly as champion. WWE have done Kofi right, by not booking him as some flash in the pan, fluke champion. Instead, they have booked him strong with victories over several top wrestlers including Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, AJ Styles and Dolph Ziggler. Kofi Kingston has been a well booked, strong champion.
4. 205 Live
This show has been one of the most under the radar good shows the WWE has right now on the network. The cruiser weights don’t get much love on the pay per views, as they are usually relegated to pre show purgatory. Make no mistake though, 205 Live puts out a consistently great product with matches worth viewing each week. The roster lost a lot with the departures of Ali, Cedric Alexander and Buddy Murphy…but haven’t lost a single step in match quality.
If there was a template for the main roster to follow and copy, it would be Triple H’s vision of the NXT brands. Whether it is NXT or NXT UK, the shows have been tremendously well booked. Wrestlers are used to their utmost strengths and the match quality is top notch. Wins and losses actually mean a great deal in NXT and all of the titles have significant value.
6. Samoa Joe
The thing I love most about Samoa Joe in the WWE, is they simply allow Joe to be Joe. No goofy gimmicks or stupid storylines, just a wrestler who shreds through the competition and he doesn’t care if they are a face or a heel. I have really enjoyed this latest run by Samoa Joe as the United States champion.
These are my choices for what WWE has really gotten right these last few months. It really isn’t all doom and gloom when it pertains to Vince McMahon’s company. Do they still have things to work on? Absolutely! A lot actually…but at least they have a few things that they can build around. Is there anything you think I missed?
Austin Aries new look.
Speaking of new looks, Sheamus is looking shredded these days.
The Finn Balor ‘Demon’ Halloween costume is pretty creepy.
Bret Hart celebrating the Toronto Raptors winning the 2019 NBA championship.
Maryse looking healthy.
A cool Father’s day picture with Bray Wyatt with Jo Jo and his newborn Knash.
Congratulations to Matt Hardy and Reby who are expecting their third child.
New Jack’s eldest daughter
I’m not the biggest fan of wrestling tattoos, but this sleeve is bad ass!
Braun Strowman, Drake Maverick and EC3 strike a pose.
Cody going after Triple H’s “crown jewels”
Shawn Michaels Wrestlemania 9 backstage pass.
Two of Impact wrestling’s finest ‘Knockouts’…Tessa Blanchard and Jordynne Grace.
Davey Boy Smith’s daughter…Georgia
Rob Van Dam’s girlfriend, fellow pro wrestler Katie Forbes.
Lanny Poffo is a Genius
The great team of Bobby Heenan and Gorilla Monsoon
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