By: Troy Boesen
Raw this week proved that WWE still has a lot of work to do. Not so much with the on screen work, but with the schedules that they are putting their talent through. We already know that John Cena will miss the first Smackdown exclusive special event so that he can go wrestle in China the day before, but what we got on RAW last night was the writers frantically scrambling to fill three hours of time while some of the talent was overseas doing a tour.
How much money does the WWE really make from house shows and tours? Why would they waste the time and potential injury to do an overseas tour while still filming at American shows? Why doesn’t the WWE simply work overseas for a month solid a year rather than split their talent? They also have two rosters now, so they can do an American tour with RAW while Smackdown is touring England.
It really makes no sense. There was no talk at all about the absence of stars like Sami Zayn. Doing tours like this causes these guys to be taken out of feuds or to not be in a feud at all. Zayn just won the biggest feud of his WWE career, and this week he is nowhere to be found. In his place, we got Neville and Sin Cara working against the Dudley Boys as time filler.
Here’s something else that grinds my gears. It’s a known fact that not everyone is a good talker. Everyone seems to know this aside from the WWE. Why do they feel that everyone needs to talk? A guy like Enzo Amore is a generational talent on the mic. He should talk. Kevin Owens? Go for it. Finn Balor? Not so much.
Balor is an amazing wrestler. Balor is a great talker if he is himself, using his own material. The problem, of course, is that when he is in the ring talking to Seth, he has a script. A small bit of evidence that he was scripted last week was the lack of the word “Arse” in his promo. Then there’s a guy like Seth, who can talk, and talk and talk and talk, but he doesn’t always say much.
Smackdown has been beating Raw in promos for the past two weeks, and mainly it is because they do not have as much time to fill, but also, it seems like the talent on Smackdown are being given more leeway to be themselves.
Daniel Bryan also completely killed it tonight. We finally got Smackdown to push back on the bullying that Raw has been doing. They keep calling Smackdown the “B” show and generally making fun of Smackdown, while Smackdown has been largely just going about their business. So it was great to see Bryan making fun of the Universal title as well as saying things like, “I think you are being underutilized here Cesaro”. It makes for an interesting story.
Could Smackdown start poaching RAW talent? I would love to see what Cesaro and Kevin Owens could do on Smackdown. I will be tuning in again tonight to see Smackdown, which will be the first time in years that I have watched Smackdown three weeks in a row.
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