Again, the time between SummerSlam and the New Year (which I’m sure I am not the first to refer to this period as WWE’s offseason) has assuredly disappointed the WWE Universe. Yes we could blame injuries to some rising stars on their roster but its still not a plausible excuse.
First of all, no one is really talking about the number one big problem. If Brock Lesnar was going to win the WWE World Heavyweight Title, it did not mean that WWE should have let him disappear from television and PPV for several months without even a mention or a video package or even any significant promo time from his advocate, Paul Heyman.
On my Wrestling is Real podcast, I said multiple times if WWE was going to keep the belt on Lesnar, knowing that only John Cena would be his only credible opponent, the time without the Heavyweight Champion in the picture should have been used to elevate the prestige of the Intercontinental and Tag Team belts. Safe to say, all of the midcard belts still mean next to nothing.
Even if Roman Reigns and Daniel Bryan are on the shelf, that does not explain why characters like the Wyatt Family were split up (without any explanation) only that the company felt the need to make Rowan and Harper singles competitors. Bray Wyatt is wandering aimlessly without any progression to his character and being placed in feuds fueled with little to no storyline. Rowan is now a simpleton face and Harper is a champion without any rhyme or reason why he inherited the belt. Rusev, Rollins and Ambrose I think are the only superstars that have not lost their push or momentum this offseason.
Finally, WWE cannot continue to rely on creating one-shot appearances at us like The Rock, Mick Foley, Hulk Hogan and Sting (or the pitiful celebrity one-offs like Kathie Lee and Hoda, Nene Leakes and Grumpy Cat) to stimulate the interest of the WWE Universe.
We now roll into December with the hopefully short return of the Anonymous RAW General Manager for CyberMonday, followed the Slammys, a lackluster TLC PPV card, Tribute to the Troops and a silly Christmas episode, hosted no doubt by a gaggle of unmemorable D-list celebrity general mangers.
On this Thanksgiving weekend, I am especially thankful for ROH Final Battle, WWE NXT Takeover R: Revolution and Lucha Underground to keep me from doing the casual WWE fan thing to do… fantasy booking Wrestlemania XXXI-KOP