Well, I didn't expect WWE to exactly retaliate against AEW. I mean the latter just started. Certainly, WWE was going to try right?
Nope, I was wrong. What a shame. The show is in a sad state. Yeah, Ricochet/Cesaro was okay but not memorable. Rollins/Zayn are an okay main event but the show as a whole seems bored. The "wild card" rule blurs the lines in a horrible way. "The Firefly Funhouse" is an attempt at doing something different. I personally think it's pretty bad but I know others admire it. The 24/7 Championship has massive potential but the lack of hardcore aspects and the same locations being used is disappointing.
Sami Zayn directly mentioned AEW tonight. Something that we didn't think was going to happen at all on WWE television. That was a shocking highlight. Yet that is a bad sign. When your competitor is mentioned it shouldn't be the most groundbreaking part of the show.
My writer Dom Bouchard has been tweeting up a storm. He's obviously disappointed in the state of the WWE. Here are two of his tweets that got some attention.
Both were liked by who Dom tagged. Dom brought up the point that Kalisto is no longer used as a wrestler and that the luchadors in general are used as cheap jokes. Dom's second tweet basically confirms Road Dogg is going to work in NXT. Which is fantastic news for Road Dogg, as he will be a valuable addition to NXT's creative and development team. If you look at these two tweets it is hard to ignore WWE has morale issues. More for Kalisto than Road Dogg. The locker room isn't feeling appreciated. That's not good especially with the looming threat of AEW.
Overall, RAW's Memorial Day episode was brutally boring. Hey at least we get Brock Lesnar jamming out pretending his briefcase is a boombox? I'm sure SmackDown tomorrow will just be more of the same. The "wild card" rule sucks out all the fun. It really does. I use to get excited to watch SmackDown to see The New Day, Daniel Bryan, Andrade, and others. Now that feeling is gone when you realize RAW stars along with Roman Reigns/Shane McMahon will take up majority of that screen time.
WWE has a lot of time to turn it around though. The FOX deal doesn't kick in until this fall. AEW doesn't start weekly TV until the fall. Will AEW affect WWE's viewership? Unlikely but still a new wrestling product could attract fans of old and new.
As I end this depressing RAW review blog. One question remains for WWE.
How can you make the product exciting and fun again?
It will be fascinating to see how this plays out.
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Dom Bouchard gives his top 25 tag teams of all time.
25. Killer Bees
A very underrated team and they were part of the golden era of tag teams.
24. Kendrick and London
The best team in the worst period for tag team wrestling in the WWE. They were fast and very good at double team moves. Lack of charisma killed their push.
23. Wild Samoans
The best heel team of the early years.Wild and aggressive and a very good gimmick.
22. Strike Force
Tito Santana and Rick Martel were a very underrated team. They were fast and coordinated even though they had limited offense. They were pure white meat babyfaces.
21. The Revival
No worries they will keep climbing, they are the absolutely a throwback to a bygone era of old school. They are better athletes than you imagine and they are very good heels.
20. The Bar
Same here, this team is only hitting its prime. Sheamus and Cesaro are also throwbacks and extremely strong and athletic. They are absolutely cool to boo.
19. Brain Busters
Arn and Tully had a very short run in the WWE but they are one of the best teams ever. Double teaming masters and good offense. Great heels all around.
18. Natural Disasters
Earthquake and Typhoon were the biggest team and they were extremely effective heels. Earthquake was a great wrestler.
17. Iron Sheik and Volkoff
Truer heels never existed. They were terrible in the ring but their gimmick back then was captivating enough to keep fans entertained for stories.
16. Tony Atlas and Ricky Johnson
Strong guys and good wrestlers they were very good together. They played their roles perfectly
15. Nasty Boys
Sags and Knobbs were brawlers with a great gimmick and they had a good run, and were really entertaining.
14. Money Inc.
The Million Dollar Man and IRS were very good mat wrestlers and meshed well together. They had a great run and were good heels.
13. Steiner Brothers
Even though they had a short WWE run this is one of the most athletic tag team ever. Scott was a beast, and he went on to have an impressive singles career which spanned from WCW, WWE, and TNA.
12. Dudley Boyz
The ECW team wasn't loaded with talent but they had a good badass look and cool personalities. Their hardcore style and usage of tables lead them to become one of the best tag teams. The Dudley Boyz also have one of the best tag team finishers in the game.
11. Legion of Doom
Sadly they were past their primes. The limited but legendary Road Warriors were not as dominant and intimidating as they were in smaller men territories.
10. The New Day
The most entertaining team of all time and all underrated wrestlers especially Xavier Woods, and they will go down as an all time elite team.
9. British Bulldogs
They came to the WWE and Dynamite Kid was already not as great as before. He was injury prone and the team suffered because of it. They had a good feud with the Hart Foundation then faded a little. They were innovative and exciting. The British Bulldogs were still able to be a top team.
8. Benjamin and Haas
Very good tag team, extremely athletic, and were not used to their full potential. That's why they are eighth on my list.
7. New Age Outlaws
As Brian James said on my podcast. "We never used tag team moves, we didn't dress the same, but still people loved us." They were successful with doing little but achieving a lot. The New Age Outlaws even proved their ageless abilities when they came back for another tag team run.
A badass team with more talent than being given credit for, and a very intimidating look and music.
5. The Hardy Boyz
Jeff at his peak was a wonderful athlete and could do amazing things in the ring. Matt was a solid mat wrestler and they were the best for a long time. Putting on countless classics.
4. Aleister Black and Ricochet
Even in their short period of time I'm convinced if they ever reunite these two singles stars could dominate the tag team division for years to come. They are already one of the best teams to ever do it. They are already on the list because talent wise they have more athleticism than everyone else on the list combined.
3. Hart Foundation
Legendary team and both guys brought something different to the table. They were great at double team moves.
2. Edge and Christian
Hey they could have been my number one but they were my all time favorite heel asshole tag team. Very talented and innovative and that's why they are number two on my list.
1. The Uso's
Jimmy and Jey are now the greatest tag team ever, and they earned it through hard work and flashy moves along with great character development. Since Day One-ish the twins have been awesome.
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