I watched the RAW segment between John Cena and Cesaro from Monday night and got the impression the WWE is really on to something. Kevin Owens has become the centerpiece of everything that is good about this promotion – of late.
I also got the impression that the match between Cesaro and Cena was again a great spot and the company has worked hard to make sure not only is Cena showcased as the best champion the WWE can offer right now – which is the best thing for the United States Championship.
Here are a few thoughts on what I have witnessed so far.
DANIEL BRYAN’S INJURY IS STILL DEVASTATING
The news about the leader of the “Yes!” movement still continues to have a ripple effect on the roster. Whether or not Bryan, who was and still is the greatest underdog story to come out of the business in decades, can make it back to the ring and wrestle is now irrelevant. Fans are happy seeing the bearded wonder in any capacity and the ability to yell, “Yes! Yes! Yes!” motivates the WWE to have hope that one day Bryan will return.
THE YEAR OF SETH ROLLINS
Honestly, when Rollins dismantled The Shield and joined the Authority, I thought it was one of the worst moves the company could have made.
I was wrong. Rollins is everything CM Punk and Edge are rolled into one character and is the best villain the company has had since the Year of Punk. Frankly, the WWE would be doing itself a huge disservice if it decides to take the WWE World Title away from him and hand it to Brock Lesnar before SummerSlam.
Rollins is gritty, talks well in promos and can give you a five-star match any night of the week. He is charismatic and brash and spot on his delivery.
His matches with John Cena and Brock Lesnar, then stealing the title at WrestleMania, followed by his returning feud with Dean Ambrose have been nothing short of brilliant.
Rollins is an A-list player who will remain in the main event for as long as he can continue to rile the fans. That shouldn’t be hard to do since the WWE seems hell bent on making Brock Lesnar the newest babyface, which should go over like a lead balloon once the fans see how poor a decision it is.
THE RETURN OF THE TAG TEAM DIVISION
All hail The New Day and the Usos and Cesaro and Tyson Kidd. The tag team division is alive and well. Regardless of the latest rash of injuries fans have finally gotten a taste of what a real tag team division looks like.
This isn’t the late 1980s, but Cesaro and Kidd plus the reformation of the Prime Time Players has made us enjoy watching the division again.
WE HAVE LOST OUR BEST FRIENDS
The news of losing some of wrestling’s royalty has been heavy on my mind of late. With the passing of Dusty Rhodes, we all lost the one wrestler above everyone else we can identify with. The loss of Vern Gagne, Tommy Rogers and last week, Buddy Landel reminded us of how our heroes of the past are growing older and their time here is precious.
Wrestling isn’t what it used to be. The birth of the modern era in the 1980s and the current stage that performers act out on are totally different. But the one common thread is the fans continue to come out in droves to see the newest stunts and the newest heroes like they are rock stars.
None of the greats we have lost can be replaced by today’s wrestlers, but they can carry on the idea that while it is fake, it is still the best soap opera on television today.
THE FUTURE LOOKS BRIGHT
Like I referred to in the beginning, Kevin Owens and Cesaro are two wrestlers we should all keep an eye on. Owens is getting a huge push and rightfully so. Cesaro deserves a push and may not get one. The WWE and business itself works in mysterious ways.
I used to worry wrestling would fade away. Now, I cannot wait to see what the next six months and 2016 has to offer all of us as fans.
It should be exciting.