There’s 99 percent of my being that loves pro wrestling. That other one percent, however, hates it with such a passion that it must be overcompensating for something. Maybe it is a Napoleon Complex of sorts, but whenever that one percent rears its ugly head, it is demanding me to yell at the picture-box in a fit of anger.
As a fan, that’s where I’ve found myself recently.
After a good start to a brand-split world, a few weeks ago we hit peak “standing firm” season of WWE programming. Thanks to Survivor Series being a mega-show, all linear angles have been put on the back burner in favor of trying to make this former Big Four PPV return to form as being an important spectacle.
Enough whining from me. Let’s take a look at a few things we hope the WWE answers for us this week.
What is going on with The Club?
Gallows and Anderson went over Enzo and Cass at the last Network Special (Hell in a Cell), but the very next night the WWE decided it would be fun to have The Club get pies thrown in their faces, and to have a pumpkin shoved on top of Gallows’ giant cranium.
It was worse than 50-50 booking.
The problem here is that The Club has fallen off a bit of a cliff as of late, and very little of it is their fault.
Instead of allowing the duo (mostly Anderson) cut promos in the ring with a microphone, and the pairing to go over other tag teams, we find ourselves in a place in space and time when the former New Japan champs are treading water.
Unfortunately for them, whenever any act is doing such a thing, it usually means the WWE doesn’t know what to do with them, or is down on them, or worse — doesn’t care enough to invest meaningful segments for them.
It would be nice to know how the company views The Club. With Survivor Series looming, and only being a week removed from their Halloween gimmick match, it will be interesting to see what is next for a team that should be having far more impact in the WWE than they are.
Is Goldberg really that out of shape?
For those who have invested time into the two segments in which Goldberg has appeared in since his return, something has stuck out like a sore thumb — Bill Goldberg appears in good shape, but when he trots about the ring those surface-level appearances give way to a sweaty, heavy breathing, older man.
That’s not a knock on him. He’s 49 years old and hasn’t competed inside the squared-circle for over a decade.
A built-in excuse for sure, but it remains troublesome that he had trouble lifting his son over his head during his return, then sweated profusely after performing two moves during his last appearance.
While this isn’t the WWE’s fault, considering how much effort is going into the build of Lesnar vs. Goldberg, it would be nice to get some reassurances that the former WCW star is going to be able to perform more than two moves during a bout.
How can the WWE do this? I have no idea. But if he comes on TV again, then sweats like a person going through withdrawals after just entering the ring, it might be time to completely checkout of this already iffy-feud.
What’s next for the new variation of The Wyatt Family?
Like many other people, I simply don’t buy Randy Orton as a member of The Wyatt Family. There’s just an agreed upon assumption by most fans that the Viper will at some point reveal some master plan that involved him infiltrating the cult in an effort to take it down…or something like that.
Because so many people are already so firmly embedded in that belief, and with the WWE knowing this, it will be interesting to see if the company doubles-down on the angle or expedites its endgame.
Again, because Survivor Series is so close, we can remain in a holding pattern of sorts. For all we know, Tuesday will come and go, with the only thing different in this angle being even fancier Microsoft Paint graphic flashing around Orton’s mouth-hole.
Is Survivor Series meant to turn Braun Strowman into a star?
It wasn’t long ago when we all scoffed at the idea of Strowman facing The Undertaker at a Wrestlemania, but, man, has the former Wyatt Family member exceeded all expectations since the brand-split.
What started out as him just hurling random jobbers into outer-space has turned out to be the early portion of what may be a mega-push.
With Strowman being added to Raw’s five-man Survivor Series team by way of dominating a Battle Royal, coupled with his gimmick being an unstoppable monster, we might witness this giant humanoid being the lone survivor to close the show.
Otherwise, the only other logical move would be for him to get disqualified or turn on his team. Anything else, such as him getting eliminated cleanly, would make no sense.
After the next edition of Monday Night Raw, we should get a better feel if Survivor Series is the vehicle the WWE is going to use to put the monster on that next-level.
Why is the WWE teasing a Daniel Bryan in-ring return?
Between Talking Smack, and the latest promo segment with The Miz and Bryan, it appears as though the WWE is done subtly hinting at a Daniel Bryan in-ring return. After all, what is the point of all these segments if not to bring him back to work a match?
This is seriously the reverse of Steve Austin vs. Vince McMahon from the Attitude Era. The switch here is that the boss, Bryan, is the sympathetic figure trying to overcome unrealistic odds, and the heel is the wrestler who has no actual power behind the scenes (in the script).
If it is not for him to return to the ring, what is the entire point of these multiple segments involving Bryan calling The Miz a coward, with the latter calling out the former’s inability to wrestle anymore?
I need answers, WWE. I need them now!
Well, uh, I can wait until Tuesday, too.