It looks like Austin Aries is finally returning to action.
After an injury sidelined the cruiserweight, Aries made a statement on Monday night by decking Neville to set up a Cruiserweight Title match at WrestleMania 33. The segment might have been the best of the evening from Chicago as Monday Night Raw did its best to recover from a dismal Fastlane pay-per-view. The addition of the former TNA World Champion to the card in Orlando may be just what this division needs to gain some traction in what seems to be a sinking proposition.
The cruiserweights haven’t been the same since the Cruiserweight Classic. Aries is a breath of fresh air, a mouthpiece fans like and a wrestler who can give Neville a five-star match as well.
WWE, try as it might, could not erase the stench from the epic failure of Sunday evening. There was still plenty of predictability and confrontations which could have saved the show in Milwaukee happened a day late.
Now, the clock is ticking as the Red Team must regain momentum in the few short weeks before the company’s biggest event of the year.
Women’s Merry-Go-Round – Could Sasha Banks finally turn heel so we can see her and Bayley fight one more time? The Women’s Division was a strength of Raw and now has become nothing more than a speed bump in programming. Maybe the Blue Team should show the girls how it’s done.
While Charlotte is still the best of any of the women on either roster, the hot potato effect of her, Bayley and Banks is getting old. Nia Jax is good, but she isn’t ready to lead yet. Dana Brooke is there for window dressing, nothing else.
The Banks heel turn would have made Orlando a lot more interesting. The matches with Bayley in NXT were much more compelling and a lot better booked. Bayley’s character doesn’t work on the main roster.
Forgetting Finn – Now that Seth Rollins won’t be in a match at WrestleMania 33 what happens to Triple H and a potential match? Rumors are swirling that Finn Balor is the next man up, which makes no sense and would hurt the former Universal Heavyweight Champion’s return rather than help it.
There is no storyline in this kind of match. While there is history with Samoa Joe, there is little dialogue with Triple H, which makes it a hard sell for WWE fans. There has to be a way to book the Demon King’s return and make it worthy of a WrestleMania 33 event.
The Loss of Strowman – The biggest loser of Monday night was Braun Strowman. When he called Roman Reigns out to the ring, he was summarily thrown to the side when The Undertaker appeared in the ring. That is two nights in a row Strowman has been cast aside.
How will WWE use Strowman at WrestleMania and how will he be booked from now on? The Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal is one way to go. But this heel is white hot right now and should be in a program that plays to his strengths, but at the same time he should compete with a worthy opponent.
Just a thought here, but would WWE plan to use him after WM 33 in a program with the winner of the Brock Lesnar-Goldberg match? Does the future for Strowman mean WWE gold? And would the company revisit the feud with Roman Reigns once he secures the title?
Another possibility is a match with Big Show in Orlando. The two worked well together in the ring last Monday night. Could this be a future feud WWE could wrap its mind around?