WWE recently sent out a survey detailing possibilities for the WWE Network. After taking a look at the survey I realized they are on a full out quest for content domination.
Which makes perfect sense. If they are able to add more exclusive content then they might be able to add in tiers for pricing. The survey included special live events, original scripted dramas, TNA, Ring of Honor, and house shows.
So let's review the survey's first options. Special live events make sense. Give us shows from unique locations. I am all for that! Like how WWE was planning a live version of Bash at the Beach. Having a WWE event on a beach would be insane to watch. That's what made events like Tribute to the Troops cool. Seeing WWE in a different setting.
Original scripted dramas is the section I'm going to dive right into. This is what it says from the survey.
Wrestling-themed series inspired by wrestling's colorful and rich history such as a WWE's version of Game of Thrones.
How much cocaine do you have to do to pitch a WWE version of Game of Thrones? Maybe WWE got the wording wrong on the survey. They could of meant they wanted to do a prestige television series similar to Thrones, Walking Dead, or Breaking Bad. Wouldn't that essentially be GLOW from Netflix. Most likely, and I don't think that will be a selling point for the network. If WWE thinks of a scripted drama they could pull from their own history. Have a biographical series on Eddie Guerrero, a show about the Wyatt family mythology, or even adopt the BROKEN Hardy Universe. A live-action, drama series about the Monday Night War would sell. Anything mentioning the Monday Night War sells.
Ring of Honor and TNA programming could be fascinating for some viewers. I laugh that WWE worded TNA with a bunch of slashes. TNA/Global Force Wrestling/ IMPACT even WWE doesn't know what's going on. Ring of Honor has always been WWE's secret developmental territory. We could call it NXT Jr. at this right.
TV-14 in-ring show. WWE is sending out floaters about possibly resurrecting ECW. Possibly, a new edgier promotion that would have a weekly show. This is WWE just teasing us at this rate. Many fans have argued that WWE is at its very best when they are allowed to push the envelope. The PG rating limits the ability to tell stories and push exciting promos. No way does squeaky clean WWE do a TV-14 show in 2017. We live in a different world now. ECW would get hammered by critics. We have politically correct WWE fans that would hate the direction of the show.
WWE Director's Cut was another suggestion on the long list of programming ideas. Basically where wrestlers, commentators, referees, and those who were there give their commentary and analysis. So for example Hulk Hogan narrating WrestleMania III.
WWE then once again goes on to suggest "Other Promotions" this time including ICW, PROGRESS, and New Japan Pro Wrestling. There is no way NJPW would sell out to WWE. Not now with NJPW World, the streaming service taking full force. I could see ICW and PROGRESS going on the network but that kind of move really benefits the little guy involved. It won't move the subscriber's needle when it comes down to it. Very few would pay more than $9.99 just to get PROGRESS and ICW.
The Audio Channel section of the WWE Network cracks me up. It's a streaming network and you want to add audio? WWE just go out and create your own podcasting network. I'm sure hardcore fans would pay for it. In my personal opinion I rather watch a Edge and Christian TV show instead of listening to one of their podcasts. Although I do enjoy their podcasts. Plus I'm sure WWE could snag the podcasting rights to Steve Austin, Jim Ross, and other important wrestling figures. Although I think the audio channel section is mostly unnecessary but some aspects gained my interest. Like play by play of pay-per-views this could be good for someone who is driving somewhere and can't stream or watch the pay-per-view. The music playlist is eh. Sports radio show is another boring option. I really dig the play by play option though. It would be interesting to see how WWE implements this in the network if this option tallies enough support.
Original scripted comedies.... ah yes probably the same executive and or writer who suggested the WWE version of Game of Thrones. This time saying a WWE version of The Office. The format for that show would be extremely interesting due to the amount of breaking kayfabe the crew would have to do. A mockumentary inside the already zany world of WWE may be enticing for some fans. For others it doesn't push the needle that much.
WWE Superstar Roasts hosted by The New Day. Now that is a scripted comedy worth tuning into.
As the survey continues it gives the option for more reality TV shows. Something that I'm sure is already planned for the WWE Network. I mean within the survey they gave a working title for Legends House- Season 2 The Attitude Era. I bet the show has already started pre-production. WWE Cribs has potential to be a watchable entry. WWE-style Apprentice is a hard pass. (Unless Vince convinces his buddy The President to do it. Then it becomes a must watch for the American public and Twitter.)
WWE in the survey introduced the premium priced features. Here are some examples. Social viewing would be watching WWE Network and having a social experience with friends. Next option is the download to go option which has already started to appear on Netflix. This option would definitely add value to a higher price network. Having the ability to watch the content offline would truly be worth the upgraded price. WWE's next option was social sharing which would allow users to share playlists, and clips from there favorite shows on the network.
Alternate audio was another option that was discussed for the new premium network. Which as a example would allow Jerry "The King" Lawler and "Stone Cold" Steve Austin would call a pay-per-view. This leads to a interesting development. The alternate commentators would need to be briefed about the past events to coherently commentate a past pay-per-view. This feature isn't the most exciting but it shows how hard WWE is trying to diverse the network.
Speaking of making the network more diverse. WWE listed a option for Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality for the WWE Network. This will give viewers the ability to view content like you are sitting at ringside for historic and current WWE events. This feature would use a headset and would also feature computer-generated graphics.
WWE is continuing to push the premium pricing for the network. These next set of options continue the trend for a more expensive yet personalized network. Which the first option is ironically personalization. This feature would allow you to change the overall look of your network and how you assemble your playlists. Also designs could be based off of your favorite superstars and eras of wrestling.
WWE may introduce a rating system for the network. That would grade matches and events out of five stars. So basically the future of the network someone may click WrestleMania and they will see WrestleMania III with a five star rating, WrestleMania 32 with a one star rating, and WrestleMania 33 with a four and half star rating. Those could be examples for this rating system. WWE could also do a Rotten Tomatoes style interface but I doubt WWE would want fans dissing the product.
WWE continues with the alternate theme. Alternate viewing may become available on the premium network. Alternate viewing options would allow viewers to watch WWE in-ring shows using different camera options (gorilla cam, drone cam, Go-Pro cam.). The feature will also allow viewers to view in 360. Very similar to the earlier virtual reality feature that I discussed.
The last section of the survey discusses details on non-watchable ideas that my eventually get integrated into the WWE Network or the future WWE Premium Network. Preferred pricing that would include deals on WWE VIP deals and offers from WWE sponsors. The ability to listen to WWE's monthly conference calls. WWE executives Stephanie McMahon and Triple H would be on the call talking about WWE's operations and business. The ability for "Sweepstakes Entries" that would allow fans the ability to win unique experiences from WWE.
These features also include early access on merchandise and free shipping from WWEshop.com. Early access to tickets, fan voting on match participants, Hall of Fame inductees, and Slammy winners. Loyalty program that would give back to the loyal consumer of the product. The final option is get "Breaking News First" that could be interesting but the people who receive it would just leak it and hype it up. I mean you think Sports Illustrated, Pro Wrestling Sheets, Cageside Seats, and my good friends over at Daily DDT wouldn't break the news before WWE sends out that alert? I mean all of these websites have sources and they can break stories probably faster than WWE wants them released.
Also why use that WWE breaking news feature when ZWrestleTalk has accurately reported many WWE happenings. I didn't nickname my Twitter the "Woj of Wrestling" for nothing. I will continue to due my very best to cover WWE for the loyal followers of ZWrestleTalk.
The WWE Network is on a quest for complete content domination. To paraphrase a quote from one of the founders of the sports website The Athletic. "WWE sees Ring of Honor, IMPACT (TNA), ICW, and PROGRESS all as empty calories." WWE is truly trying to enhance user experience on the network. The company according to this survey is looking for innovative and also wild solutions to keep the WWE Network fresh. The company obviously has a goal to do a premium version of the network. WWE is just taking their sweet time to make that $11.99 or $14.99 a month worthwhile for the average wrestling fan. I'm still betting that most will stick with the cozy $9.99 package unless WWE starts to screw with the lower priced tier.
WWE trying to think of innovative ways to watch the product is brilliant. The possibility of watching matches in virtual reality is a exciting development. New ways to experience WWE will keep fans curious about watching the network.
The more wild approach from WWE is trying to create TV series similar to The Office or Game of Thrones but themed to WWE. I just don't see that working out for them. Just bring back Breaking Ground, the show that captivated audiences with NXT superstar who were hungry to make it into a very hard business. That show was so fascinating due to the fact it was real. The people that were introduced on the show made you enjoy their characters on NXT more. You also got to witness the harsh realities of the business. So WWE Network needs to bring Breaking Ground back as part of getting more content for the network.
WWE's quest to have endless content is now very noticeable. Will WWE figure out how to make a pricier network? Will they lose subscribers if they remove content from the lower tier network? So many questions that should be answered as WWE continues to dominate their own content model. On their quest to dominate content and the entire wrestling atmosphere.
Despite low attendances and low ratings, the WWE is in a very good position right now.
The only problem on Raw is its almost non-existing mid-card division. Filled with over twelve legit main event wrestlers including Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns, Braun Strowman, Samoa Joe, Brock Lesnar, The Miz, Cesaro and Sheamus, Finn Balor, Bray Wyatt, and The Hardys. The only mid carders are Jason Jordan and Elias. The tag team division is also non existent besides the two top teams and Gallows and Anderson. Heath Slater, Rhyno, Apollo Crews, Curt Hawkins fill up the lower mid card. This is where Smackdown has the big advantage. The writing team is stuck on neutral with the same guys facing over and over again. Filling three hours of TV should be easy with the depth of the whole WWE, but they seem to write on the fly which is inexcusable, and is the reason why a lot of wrestlers want out, like Neville. The Cruiserweight division should only be on their own show, which would avoid the overexposure of Enzo and Kalisto. The writimg team seem to be handcuffed by Vince and that's why SDLive is way more organic and fluid, because Vince is not such a control freak on that show which leaves Road Dogg and his team more creative freedom and it shows.
I feel Smackdown has the perfect roster. AJ Styles, Shinsuke Nakamura, Jinder Mahal, Randy Orton, The Uso's, and The New Day fill up a wonderful main event pool. The mid card is filled with guys ready to step up to main event status at a moment's notice. Bobby Roode, Dolph Ziggler, Rusev, Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin , Tyler Breeze and Fandango, Tye Dillinger, and Baron Corbin is a wonderful combination of all around top notch talent. Even the lower mid-card is good with guys like Ascension, Colons, Harper and Rowan. The creative is absolutely top notch and that is why it is by far the best show. Like Road Dogg said, "Give me fifteen more minutes and that would be all I need to feature everyone."
Neville left a big hole in the division. He was the best wrestler by a mile. Kalisto is a gifted high flyer but he is unreliable in big matches. Too many botches come from him. Enzo is a travesty in the ring but a great talker. Cedric Alexander, Rich Swann, TJP, Tony Nese, Mustafa Ali are unbelievable performers. Drew Gulak is awful. Lince Dorado, Arya Davairi, and Gran Metalik have a lot of potential. What they need is few guys like Hideo Itami and Roderick Strong.
The best WWE show. Filled with some of the best athletes in the world. DrewMcIntyre, Aleister Black, Adam Cole, Andrade "Cien" Almas, Johnny Gargano, Tommaso Ciampa, Bobby Fish, Kyle O'Reily, Kassius Ohno, Hideo Itami, and The Authors of Pain are amazing. Not to mention Sanity is also terrific. They have many prospects like Velveteen Dream, Lars Sullivan, and TM 61. It is a great time to be a wrestling fan. Lio Rush is another kid with so much potential. The only problem is one hour of TV is not enough to feature everyone.
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The usually bland, storyline stalling event looks exciting this year.
The epic event will see Brock Lesnar defend his WWE Universal Championship against Braun Strowman. Also on the card is a match that is worthy of WrestleMania. John Cena will be taking on Roman Reigns. Two matches that are considered dream matches for WWE fans have been made on the No Mercy card. The rest of the event could be trash yet these two matches could save it. That's how powerful these two matches are.
After Monday's vicious promo battle between John Cena and Roman Reigns it's safe to say this feud could be long term or even over arcing. Similar to when The Rock was a part timer in a feud with John Cena. They still were in a feud even though The Rock wasn't there. I feel like this is going to happen with Cena and Reigns. I'm all for it. When two performer blur the lines of what is real and what is fake. It makes for entertaining television. We have seen this in recent weeks with The Miz cutting a heartfelt promo on RAW. The product is so much better when they blur the lines. It becomes fascinating to watch.
Other developments on RAW include Alexa Bliss feuding with former friend Nia Jax. The purple division is once again a must watch due to the antics of Enzo Amore. Will he be getting a shot at Neville? The booking of the battle royal was smart.
Jason Jordan not winning protects him in the long run. If he gets rushed to the top without a pop then he will fail. There is no need to have him fail. The Miz will now get to defend his title against a worthy opponent in Jeff Hardy. See all these recent development are from RAW. Some of these might not even last until September 24th when No Mercy takes place.
I just think the card looks promising with the two matches already booked. What is usually a "whatever" event has become a must watch event. WWE needs to utilize this surprise more often. Like fans complained when WWE gave away Nakamura VS Cena on free TV. The move was smart because I'm not a typical viewer of SmackDown and I watched SmackDown. Same thing may happen with No Mercy. Usually I wouldn't care if I missed a minor event like No Mercy but now I'm making sure I watch it.
Not every match needs to be saved for WrestleMania. As long as it's a exciting match we will tune in and watch. WWE needs to keep up the surprises and storytelling. There is too much talent on the roster to be screwed up.
Will see what happens in the following weeks of RAW but No Mercy looks promising.
ZWrestleTalk's Triple Z and Dom Bouchard give their State of the WWE for the month of July.
Triple Z: The month of July has been a crazy month for WWE. Currently we are in a big transition month before SummerSlam. We had two PPV's this month. We had the surprisingly good WWE Great Balls of Fire and a solid WWE Battleground. Are the fortunes changing? Is RAW becoming superior to the SmackDown brand? SmackDown has been the more creative brand since the split. For example, Jinder Mahal as a main eventer. That would never of happened on RAW. It's SmackDown's creativity that makes it more watchable than RAW. Especially now that SmackDown's roster is loaded.
I'm bringing back my classic bullet point style of writing for this article.
That's my State of the WWE.
Dom Bouchard: State of the WWE July 2017
The flagship show is loaded up with talent and the main event players are on a roll. The problem lies with the totally awfully booked mid carders.
Solutions: Let's start off with Apollo Crews. The poor guy is a truly amazing athlete but he lacks the charisma to engage the crowd. His association with the Titus Brand makes the situation even worse. With the recent news that WWE is about to send main roster wrestlers to NXT, it would really help Apollo ,Darren Young, Goldust, and Kalisto.
Tag Team division: With the return of The Revival, the addition of Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose, Sheamus and Cesaro ,The Hardy Boyz, Heath Slater and Rhyno, and The Club. We are looking at a pretty solid group. A few more mid- card teams would help. TM61 could be a nice addition.
Main Event Guys: This is where Raw's strength lies. Roman Reigns ,The Miz, Braun Strowman ,Finn Balor, Samoa Joe. Just to name a few. With Brock Lesnar holding the Universal title and Miz as The IC champ. It doesn't get much better than this. Maybe adding Cass and Bo Dallas to the mix could make things even more interesting.
Loaded main event scene and a very solid mid-card division. The Tag Team division is now decimated. Especially with American Alpha and The Colons gone. There is only Breezango, The Usos, The New Day, The Ascension, and the Hype Bros.
Erick Rowan and Luke Harper could be reunited ,and bringing Heavy Machinery could boost the division. Sending a few guys to NXT like The Ascension, Tye Dillinger, and Dolph Ziggler would rejuvenate their careers. Mike Kanellis should be able to find his niche. Shinsuke Namamura could very well be on the verge of winning the world title. Baron Corbin still has the Money in the Bank. John Cena is back and might face Jinder Mahal and Nakamura at SummerSlam. Kevin Owens ,Chris Jericho, AJ Styles are the real stars of SDLive. Sami Zayn is getting there too and hopefully Randy Orton will take time off.
With the addition of Kyle O'Reilly and Bobby Fish and the amazing crop of talent already there. NXT is the real wrestling fan's dream place. Aleister Black is the future of the WWE along with Drew McIntyre. Bobby Roode is a world class athlete and perfect as the face of NXT. Roderick Strong is a guy that will someday replace guys like Ziggler on the main roster to be a consistent pro. The only problem in NXT right now is the inexistent tag team division besides the Authors of Pain. Johnny Gargano could be the guy that will eventually beat Bobby Roode.
205LIVE: Well there is Neville.The best wrestler in the WWE by far and after that it's pretty hard to distinguish another potential breakout star besides TJP and Cedric Alexander.
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Dom Bouchard gives his five superstars he would push and the five he would fire. Once again, Dom creates a controversial list!
Push: Tye Dillinger
The Perfect 10 is extremely over and is a really likable character. He can get down and wrestle too. He has the potential to be a mid card champion.
Fire: Randy Orton
Most overrated wrestler in history. Extremely lazy, slow, and boring. Not to mention he is bad at promos. I don't understand why he beat Bray Wyatt at Mania.
Push: American Alpha
Most athletic Tag Team on the roster and I would turn them heel. I would have them wreak havoc on the SmackDown Live teams. Gable is just pure awesomeness and Jason Jordan is a terrific athlete.
Fire: Dolph Ziggler
Hard worker but he has always had a bad attitude. He also complains a lot. He is talented enough that he can get a fresh start in Japan.
Push: Bo Dallas
Bo Dallas has it all. He has size, speed, and promo skills. I think it's time he goes after his brother.
Fire: Brock Lesnar
I'm tired of Brock Lesnar. I know this decision won't be popular for most people. He does the same old stuff every time. It's starting to get boring. He's lazy and just does the same thing. Honestly should just lose to Finn Balor and retire.
Push: Dean Ambrose
It's time to turn Dean Ambrose loose. Let him be the crazy character we have always wanted him to be. Everyone says he can be the second coming of Roddy Piper. There will never be another Roddy Piper. Good life advice is try to be YOU don't try to imitate someone. I want to see Ambrose like a "Joker" type character.
It's time to let the new generation take over. He can be a trainer in NXT.
Push: The Revival
Top guys and the best team in the world.They should dominate the Tag Team division for years. Old school rules!
For his own sake, this guy should be a top player yet he will always be the guy they use to get others over. He deserves a good run in New Japan and come back in a few years.
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ZWrestleTalk's new series "If I Was Running WWE" continues with Triple Z giving his thoughts on what he would do if he was in charge of the company.
This is my part one to the series. So I'm going to keep it short and simple. I will hit my first three key points and I will continue this concept later on.
Make PPV Matter Again, Add WWE Network Exclusives
WWE has the big four PPV's. They have Royal Rumble, WrestleMania, SummerSlam, and Survivor Series. All these events are now four hour events. Sometimes they go longer than the four hours. Yet outside these four WWE lacks quality pay-per-view's in the brand split era. It feels with both shows having their own pay-per-views the build to them have become lazy. I would shorten the schedule. Although I would add more "WWE Network Exclusive" events. Similar to Beast in the East and WWE at MSG. WWE has been doing so many pay-per-views that they are naming them different things. Like "Great Balls of Fire" and I don't think any competing wrestling companies were going to steal that name. I would revolve the story lines around the big four PPV's. Yet have smaller PPV's gain importance. Money in the Bank would become a RAW and SmackDown PPV. So that we can have two Money in the Bank briefcases come into play. This would set WWE Creative for more options down the road.
NXT's Quest to TakeOver Would Continue
NXT has been cleaning out both Ring of Honor and Impact Wrestling's rosters. Some could say they are going to go after PROGRESS and NJPW Wrestling also. If I was in charge of WWE I would continue this same pattern. I would make sure NXT's roster was so deep. If I had to specifically target people. I would go after Adam Cole, I would go after a veteran like James Storm. I think NXT still needs to stay true to its developmental purpose but I believe it could use WWE ready talent to keep interest high. It seems like WWE is following this idea still. At the most recent NXT taping Bobby Fish and Kyle O'Reilly are now apart of NXT. These two were mainstays in Ring of Honor.
Fix the Cruiserweight's
It's a very differing complication the purple division is facing. The division has two struggles.
If I had to rework this division here would be the immediate changes.
These would be my first three minor decisions if I ran WWE. More to come in later posts. Thanks for reading and comment below.
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Dom Bouchard gives 21 reasons on how he would change the WWE if he was running the famous wrestling company. This is the first part in a ZWrestleTalk Series.
1. Commentary Change
I would change the commentating team on Raw and SmackDown. On Raw I would have Corey Graves and Michael Cole with total free reign. No yelling in the headset. On Smackdown I would have Mauro Ranallo and Booker T. On 205 I would have Byron Saxton and Mauro. So If I was running WWE keeping a refreshing voice like Mauro Ranallo would be a top priority. Also shrinking the commentary table would allow fluid and better commentary.
2. Fix 205 Live
I would change 205 Live and have it taped in Orlando in front of pro wrestling fans. Not WWE Entertainment fans. These talented competitors would no longer compete on Monday Night RAW instead they would be joining the NXT brand until a call up. The title could be defended at NXT TakeOver's.
3. Neville Escapes Cruiserweights
I would immediately send Neville to SmackDown. This would allow him to dominate the show. Similar to how guys like Owens, Dillinger, and Nakamura are taking over the show.
4. Out With The Old
I would never ever put a world title on part timers. I also wouldn't put the title on tired acts such as John Cena and Randy Orton. They no longer need the world title. This is a new era.
5. Road Agents
I would retire Goldust, R-Truth, Mark Henry, and Big Show and keep them as road agents.
6. Matt Bloom Gets Help
Curtis Axel would become Matt Bloom's (known to fans as A-Train, Albert, or Lord Tensai) right hand man on NXT. Axel has helped guys like Goldberg and The Rock get back into in-ring shape. His experiences of feeling highs and lows could help out the hungry NXT recruiting class.
7. Bo Wyatt
Bo Dallas would leave his stale gimmick and join his brother Bray Wyatt. This would eventually lead to Bo feuding with Bray.
8. Long Reigns for Strong Style
I would give Shinsuke Nakamura a two-year run with the WWE World Championship. Nakamura has been one of the most refreshing acts since arriving in NXT. His unique persona mixed with his strong style has given him fan support. In this new era of WWE it would be cool to see Nakamura be the top guy. Holding the title for two years is also very rare and it could legitimize a career.
I would allow the guys to have a little more freedom on their characters and promos.
10. A Return
I would only bring back Cody Rhodes. No more bringing back nostalgia acts.
11. The Chosen One
Drew McIntyre would be WWE Universal Champion at one point in 2018.
12. Heel Roman Continues
I would not do anything different with Roman Reigns. He is already the biggest heel in the company.
13. Let Dean Be Dean
I would let Dean Ambrose do whatever he wants. His character can sometimes be wasted.
14. Heel Turn
I would turn Seth Rollins heel again.
15. HHH Done
I wouldn't let Triple H wrestle again. The last couple times he wrestled he has put the audience to sleep.
16. No More Steph
I wouldn't let Stephanie McMahon in the ring again. This makes sense because if I did run the WWE. The McMahon's wouldn't be in control anymore. So why would they show up?
17. One Exception
I would only allow one McMahon to come back and do whatever he wants. That would be Shane O' Mac. I would let him be a General Manager or he could even compete. Whatever he wanted to do. He entertains the audience.
18. Risk or Reward
I would let Daniel Bryan wrestle.
Even though I love CM Punk. I would never make it a priority to get him back into a WWE ring. In my opinion he disrespected the WWE too much.
20. Final Bow
Kurt Angle would wrestle a retirement match at WrestleMania against John Cena. Talk about coming full circle!
21. Main Event Guys
My main event guys would be Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, Kevin Owens ,Sami Zayn, Shinsuke Nakamura, Bobby Roode, Bray Wyatt, Finn Balor, Dean Ambrose, Cesaro, Tye Dillinger, American Alpha, The Revival, DIY and Drew McIntyre.
More to come...
Well this was Dom's first part in "If I Was Running WWE' similar to his controversial and exciting greatest ever lists. Dom takes a "NXT" approach to running WWE. He embraces the new era. I will be chipping in on this series myself. You can look forward to seeing my piece on this soon. Many other guests will be writing pieces too!
Dom Bouchard gives his top 15 current WWE Superstars.
15. Luke Harper
A big man with a unique look and impressive agility and strength. He can have good match against anybody. A littlle tweak lately has him looking rejuvenated and younger looking. He has the ability to hold the US title or reform a team with another talented big dude.
14. The New Day
Still extremely over with the crowd this team has it all. A big strong man, a high flyer, and a charismatic mouthpiece. They can return to the top on SmackDown Live. Still a lot of mileage in those guys. I don't think Big E on his own could reach a high level.
13. Mojo Rawley
This big and impressive athlete has everything you want in a Superstar. Very charismatic and I could see him reaching solid mid-card status soon. He's truly a diamond in the rough.
12. Sami Zayn
The underdog is about to become a major player on SmackDown Live. He may be the most energetic and innovative wrestler on the roster besides Neville. A WWE Championship reign is definitely in his future.
11. American Alpha
These guys are so talented it's scary. Is it possible they got a little too arrogant and their recent derail is to put them in their place? I hope they keep having the opportunity to put on amazing matches but the short slots Tag Team wrestling gets on the main roster. I am scared it won't happen. Hope WWE realizes that Tag Team wrestling is the best in the world and is entertaining for the audience.
10. The Revival
Old school is new school again. Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder are the best tag team in the world. I'm excited to see The Revival dominate the RAW Tag Team division. It's unfortunate that Dash Wilder got a broken jaw so early on.
9. Kevin Owens
Best heel in the world. Kevin Owens is a trash talking master. Solid mid carder is his ceiling now unfortunately. I hope that I'm wrong about that. Owens is an amazing wrestler and he's also very old school.
8. Chris Jericho
My all time favorite WWE superstar is on his last legs in a storied career. He is the most unselfish wrestler of all time. Jericho is a class guy and a promo god. Please never retire.
7. Roman Reigns
The big dog can do it all. He could incorporate a few new moves to his arsenal though. I think he will remain a main event player for a long time whether we like it or not.
6. AJ Styles
Best wrestler in the world right now. He can make anyone look good. Such a master ring psychologist. He can talk and walk the walk. Still a few world titles left for the phenomenal one.
5. Shinsuke Nakamura
A potential face of the company, this guy screams superstar. From his theme music to his mannerisms he is absolutely amazing. Strong Style wrestling and can sell like a champ.The language barrier won't be a problem.Future face of the WWE.
4. Finn Balor
The demon is back and he will soon be back in the main event scene. A great all around performer. Extremely charismatic and cool. A potential multi time world champion.
The King of the Cruiserweights.In my opinion is the most exciting wrestler in the world. He will be back on the main roster soon and challenge for one of the World titles. Could you imagine the possibilities of Rollins VS Neville or Neville VS Balor?
The Swiss Superman is sensational and if he captured the WWE Championship it would be like when Eddie Guerrero won it years ago. He is the strongest guy on the roster, and can wrestle anyone and have a five star match.
1. Seth Rollins
The myth, the legend. Rollins is the complete package. Rollins is a stellar athlete. He can fly, ground and pound, and fight anyone. The future is now with Seth .He will be a five or six time world champ by the time his career ends.
Close to Top 15
Fun Fact: 12 of Dom's Top 15 come from NXT. It's interesting to think about where WWE would be without NXT. FCW never produced talent like this.
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10. The Hardy Boyz return at WrestleMania and win the RAW Tag Titles. Unexpected and very cool since they can still perform.
9. AJ Styles and Shane McMahon steal the show at WrestleMania. It was truly an awesome match.
8. Neville and Aries perform at a high level and don't complain about being on the pre show.
7. Tye Dillinger makes a "Perfect 10" debut on SmackDown.
6. The Revival destroy The New Day on their Raw debut.
5. Dean Ambrose and Baron Corbin have a great match on SmackDown after a boring one at WrestleMania.
4. Goldberg and Brock have a wonderful five minute match at WrestleMania. It was absolutely brutal.
3. Finn Balor is back better than ever.
2. Shinsuke Nakamura makes a memorable debut without saying a word.
1. That crowd and then Roman coming back with five words. "This is my yard now."
WrestleMania week is my favorite week of the year. From the Raw and Smackdown "go home" shows, to the Hall of Fame ceremony, to the NXT Takeover, to WrestleMania, to both Raw and Smackdown after Mania. It's a rollercoaster and a thrillride that is absolutely amazing. The Hall of Fame ceremony was my favorite one ever. I was so proud of DDP is a mentor and a wonderful man. He shined bright and was absolutely incredible recounting his amazing journey to the top of WCW. Rick Rude's son was really cool. Teddy Long was funny. The Olympic gold medalist Kurt Angle was the star of the show. He was as great as he ever was. Funny, engaging, genuine, and unique would be the words to describe Angle.
Then Saturday night we had the wrestling part of the weekend, NXT Takeover. I can't explain how or why but NXT Takeover makes me feel so good and so happy, it is an indescribable feeling. From the awesome opening match with Tye Dillinger and Sanity that really got the crowd going. Moving on to Andrade "Cien" Almas squaring off against the very unique Aleister Black. This was a very good fast paced match. The women's match was good too. Then the Tag Team match pitting the champs The Authors of Pain with DIY and The Revival. It was an absolutely memorable 5 star classic. The Revival is without a shadow of a doubt the best tag team in the world. Then Shinsuke Nakamura and Bobby Roode had a very good solid main event. Overall this was a five star show for me.
WrestleMania was grandiose and the rampway was absolutely stunning. Neville and Austin Aries had a very good preshow match. The Andre the Giant Battle Royal match was very forgettable except for the upset winner Mojo Rawley. Dean Ambrose and Baron Corbin move to the preshow seemed to demoralize both guys.That was a one star match. Then we had one of the best opening contests at Mania in years with AJ and Shane O Mac. Shane can go and AJ is one of the best in the world, it was very entertaining. Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho delivered a very good match. My favorite part was the finger of doom by Owens. KO needed the win. The women's match was as boring and predictable as I said before. Bayley winning here is okay. The tag team match turned into a 4 way with the addition of the Hardy Boyz. Enzo and Cass are over, as Cesaro and Sheamus. Gallows and Anderson did a good job as the only heels in that match. The Hardy Boyz winning was the nostalgia moment casual fans long for at WrestleMania. Bray Wyatt and Randy Orton put us all to sleep. I don't know what the point was to make the most boring character on the show beat a guy who was finally getting a lot of steam. Brock and Goldberg was that best five minute match I have ever seen. What a great hard-hitting contest that had me on the edge of my seat. Brock winning was the right move. The Miz and Maryse vs John Cena and Nikki Bella was okay. The Undertaker vs Roman Reigns was like watching an NFL team facing a CFL team. I said it earlier and in my podcast Taker should have retired after his last match against HHH. It was sad to see him looking like a 70 year old man ,and sad to see Roman having to try to make sure he would not break him in half.
Then Monday we had an amazing Raw. The debut of The Revival was awesome. As was the return of Finn Balor and Kurt Angle as the new general manager. He is already golden and his interaction with Enzo and Cass was pure gold. Seth and Finn teaming against Kevin Owens and Samoa Joe was a great main event.
SmackDown also was absolutely incredible. The debut of Tye Dillinger was a perfect 10, as was the debut of Shinsuke Nakamura. I believe that Nakamura will be the new face of SmackDown.
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