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WWE – Lecture Notes from the Professor June 29

Last week, we visited the Office Hours mail bag, and answered your burning questions about WWE. However, office hours are optional. As anyone who’s gone to college can tell you, all of the most important information comes from the lectures.

I’m not going to lecture you. I’ll go you one better. Every professor worth their salt has their own set of lecture notes. Imagine how you’d do on exams if you had a copy of those notes. I know some college students who’ve paid good money to a teaching assistant for them. I’m going to give you my notes on this week’s WWE action for free.

WWE Lecture Notes

WWE has a tag team problem on Raw – There is currently an abundance of tag team action on SmackDown Live. The Usos hold the title and are locked in a feud with the New Day. Breezango has the Fashion Police vignettes, the Hype Bros are seeing significant TV time, and the Colons are making a solid showing as a heel team. Even the Ascension was featured in vignettes over the past couple of weeks. The tag scene is so crowded on Tuesday nights that American Alpha, possibly the best team on the brand, can’t get on TV. This isn’t the case on Raw. Viewers of the Monday night flagship might think there are only two tag teams on the brand. The Hardys and Sheamus and Cesaro have been feuding over the Raw titles for what seems like months now. With the recent breakup of Enzo and Cass, the Club is the only other tag team that gets TV time. Hopefully, this will change with the return of the Revival. It might be a good idea to send a team or two from SmackDown to Raw.

Big Cass has a shot to be a star. Enzo probably doesn’t – Since Enzo and Cass have broken up each of the last two weeks on Raw, one has to assume that there are plans in the works for one or both of the boys. Cass has everything Vince McMahon loves. He’s huge and he’s muscular. (That’s all Vince asks for in most cases.) Enzo has less going for him. He’s small, has an odd look, and isn’t overly gifted in the ring. While it’s relatively easy to picture Cass as a midcard to upper midcard star, it’s more difficult to see where Enzo fits in. Perhaps Skywalker Smacktalker is destined for another tag team. He could also find a fit as a manager. Some have mentioned that he’d fit the weight requirement for 205 Live. That’s true, but the Cruiserweights make their living off of ring expertise. Enzo wouldn’t look good against that level of competition.

Tye Dillinger is being victimized by a crowded card on SmackDown – WWE did a pretty good job of balancing the talent on their two main rosters during the most recent brand split. That’s fine if you happen to be on Raw, which runs for more than three hours every Monday night. It’s less appealing if you’re on SmackDown, the two-hour Tuesday show. SmackDown has such an overflow of top talent that AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura, two of the most popular stars on the brand, were limited to backstage segments on this week’s episode. (That’s without John Cena in the building.) A guy like Dillinger, who is over with the crowd, but not yet a huge name, is getting lost in the shuffle. The same thing is happening to American Alpha. While the main event scene on Raw is at capacity right now, there’s plenty of room in the midcard and tag division. WWE may want to consider making some people not named Cena into free agents. (I’m looking at you, Luke Harper and Erick Rowan.)

As of this time, Finn Balor doesn’t have a match for GBOF – Samoa Joe is facing Brock Lesnar, Seth Rollins will likely square off with Bray Wyatt, and Roman Reigns is headed for an ambulance match with Braun Strowman at Great Balls of Fire (shudder). Balor is the most notable name on the Raw roster without a scheduled match. His latest feud has been with Elias Samson. While Samson is doing well with his Drifter gimmick, he’s not on Balor’s level, and WWE shouldn’t make the mistake of putting Balor in a midcard match at GBOF. It would be better to save Balor for a bigger match at SummerSlam, unless they can find something more high-profile for him to do.

Daniel Bryan threatened to fire James Ellsworth – On this week’s SmackDown, Daniel Bryan told James Ellsworth that he should just fire him. This is true. Instead, Bryan banned him from the building for the night. Predictably, that didn’t work, as Ellsworth still managed to insert himself into the women’s MiTB match. If Bryan isn’t going to fire Ellsworth, especially now that the Man With No Chin has openly defied the GM’s directives, there’s another answer. Put Ellsworth in a match. Tell Randy Orton that he can’t have a title shot unless he first beats Ellsworth. Tell Lana that she’ll never get another match unless she gets Rusev to come to SmackDown and destroy Ellsworth. Hell, lock him in a cage with Luke Harper or Erick Rowan, or both. Just get him off my TV unless someone’s kicking his butt.

Carmella was the right choice for the women’s MiTB briefcase – I never had a problem with Carmella winning the MiTB briefcase. My problem was with Ellsworth being the reason. Don’t undo two years’ worth of Women’s Evolution by making the least over superstar in the company the star of a match that didn’t even include him. Carmella’s personality is perfect for MiTB. She’s a sneaky, opportunistic heel. Charlotte doesn’t need the boost, she should be getting title matches regularly anyway. Natalya and Tamina are good workers, but are better served as bitter veterans who have to fight and claw for every opportunity. Becky Lynch is like Charlotte, she’s over enough to not need the briefcase. This was a good booking decision, and could launch Carmella into the upper echelon of the women’s division permanently.

The Women’s Evolution is real, it’s damn real – The main event on Raw was a gauntlet match to determine the No. 1 contender for Alexa Bliss’ Raw Women’s Championship. There was a SmackDown Women’s Championship match on Tuesday, and the women’s MiTB match was the main event on Tuesday. The best part about this is that nobody even blinked. WWE often pays lip service to things like “The New Era,” then fills the cards with part-time stars from the past. The company has done it right with the women’s divisions. The women are considered the equal of the men to such an extent that none of the announcers even hyped the fact that their main event was a women’s match. That’s an evolution to be proud of.

That’s all for this week. Stay hydrated and study hard. These summer courses can be tough.

 

 

 

 

Last week, we visited the Office Hours mail bag, and answered your burning questions about WWE. However, office hours are optional. As anyone who’s gone to college can tell you, all of the most important information comes from the lectures.

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Bob Garman

Bob is a Writing professor in California and for a major online university. He’s been a wrestling fan since the early 80s, when he used to watch the AWA on Sunday mornings in Minnesota, where he grew up. Bob has written for AOL, Bleacher Report, and other online sports sites. Currently, Bob enjoys watching all the WWE product with his son, Jake. Bob has a BA in English from Ellis College, and an MA in English from National University.

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