Because of the brand split of RAW and Smackdown, there has been a draft. Sorry, not a draft, a, “superstar shakeup”. Basically it was a draft. But the main question for me is not who went where, but what will it do for the industry as a whole? So this article will serve as a list of the storylines that are now ongoing because of the draft, and if they’re actually any good.
Well, by that I mean I’m going to mention a few storylines that may or may not happen. Who knows what will really happen. Nobody. Well, the WWE knows what will happen, but other than that nobody does. So all we can do is speculate and be very concerned with the state that wrestling is in right now. But don’t worry, it’s sort of a good state. A very weird, good state.
Chris Jericho vs. Kevin Owens
Out of all of the storylines on current WWE air, this is the most interesting and exciting of them all. Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho are two very talented individuals both in and out of the ring. It was rumoured that Jericho would be leaving once more to tour with his band, but it doesn’t look that way right now. A Payback match is rumoured between the two for the title.
Kevin Owens will win that match, Jericho can leave for his band. Everything works out peachy and everyone is happy with the end to one of the best wrestling feuds of 2016. It’s not as if they can have Jericho win any other way in the first place. With Kevin Owens on Smackdown, Jericho is on Raw, which now has the Intercontinental Championship. Sidestepping this rule, the winner of the match at Payback will also be given a permanent place on the roster. I suppose that’ll have to do.
Randy Orton vs. ???
Randy Orton beat Bray Wyatt at Wrestlemania in a reign that should’ve lasted a hell of a lot longer. Still, no matter, now that the draft has finished, everything will stay the same. By this I mean they’re still the main two contenders for Smackdown, and because of this I can’t help but think it feels lacking. You’ve got incredible talents on Smackdown, don’t get me wrong, Orton and Wyatt are two of those. But, there are others that could be a fresh new face for the main event spotlight.
Actually, wait, no, I was wrong. Bray Wyatt is on RAW now along with Luke Harper which will basically be a Wyatt Family reunion. So who could go up against Randy Orton? Sami Zayn maybe? If he was pushed correctly it could work. If it’s Mojo Rawley then God help us all, apparently he’s getting a title push.
The Hardy Boys vs. Cesaro and Sheamus
No. I’m not calling them “The Hardy Men”. I don’t care what they’re known as in the WWE, it’s just one step closer to calling them the Y.M.C.A. or the Village People. Anyways, The Hardy Boys made their shocking return at Wrestlemania and have reigned as tag team champions ever since. So for about ten or so days basically. Anyways, I can’t see them losing the tag team belts for a good few months. But why?
Well, they’re the hottest tag team in the company right now. They’ve somehow managed to revamp a boring tag division. It gives it a certain upper tier feel to it which was severely lacking. I’m not judging the talent, but flashback to 2010 and you had Triple H and Shawn Michaels alongside Chris Jericho and Big Show in tag team matches.
Return of the Wyatt Family?
I can see The Wyatt Family coming back together. But is that really for the best? The way I see it is like this. If The Wyatt Family get back together then the material will get old and tiring. However on the flipside, if they don’t get back together then the fans will be questioning why this is. There is no way of making this successful, and I’m sure the WWE are going to attempt it anyway.
Bray Wyatt is now out of the spotlight. Braun Strowman will be off doing his own thing with Roman Reigns. Erick Rowan will probably be released. And of course, Luke Harper, my personal favourite, will hopefully get a decent push out of all of this. I’m pretty sure Harper and Wyatt are rivals, so that might be an interesting feud.
Brock Lesnar dissapears
Boom, a temporary champion loses at Wrestlemania to a temporary wrestler. Part timers are a growing, not problem, but, thing, in the WWE. Brock Lesnar, Goldberg, hell, even John Cena now. Part timers can work. Brock Lesnar is working, but he hasn’t been seen enough as a champion. He should be performing weekly, not just monthly or every now and then when he feels like it.
What would be a dreamful scenario right now is if CM Punk came back as a part timer. Between Brock Lesnar, CM Punk and Paul Heyman, you’ve got talent and charisma. It’d be perfect, we’ve seen it before, and we want more. Well, I do anyways, not sure about you. It’d be ideal, gets one of the greatest wrestlers back into the company working with people he apparently likes, and above all it’d create an amazing dynamic.
Come on, people would pay to see CM Punk return to the WWE. But would the WWE pay to see CM Punk return? Not a chance I’m afraid.