Typically, the autumn has all the time been the downtime on the WWE calendar. Earlier than SmackDown on Friday nights turned the A-show, WWE was glad to cede the ground to Monday Night time Soccer and let its reserving from September by the tip of the 12 months get even lazier and extra banal than it usually is, which is saying one thing.
The anchor of this season of “meh” was, and nonetheless is, the Survivor Sequence PPV, which takes place Sunday. I wrote final 12 months about how the construct to the present and the present itself had been borderline nonsensical and positively a waste of time. Ever because the firm cut up its roster into two, it has positioned Survivor Sequence as a battle for “model supremacy” between Uncooked and SmackDown, which nobody on Earth can determine why they need to give a flying fuck about, nor has WWE ever tried to supply why that issues. It’s not like WWE markets Uncooked vs. Smackdown at every other time, or tries to get followers to declare loyalty to both or to whip up any kind of pleasure or rivalry. They need you to observe each exhibits. There may be merely nothing at stake, and wrestling with out stakes is a drag brunch with no drag and no brunch.
It seems that even the wrestlers themselves have gotten so bored and/or confused by this entire factor that they haven’t hesitated to say so.
Right here’s Becky Lynch in an interview with Vicente Beltran concerning the lack of any payoff or purpose for any of this occurring:
“Yeah, I imply, that will be useful. The entire model supremacy is somewhat outdated. However on the similar time, we’re all rivals, and also you all the time need to be the perfect, and no matter it’s, no matter carrot they dangle, you all the time need to be the perfect. Whether or not it’s, ‘right here, the winner will get a freakin banana.’ Like, ‘nicely, I would like that freakin’ banana. I need to show that I deserve that banana.’ So that you all the time need to be the perfect, so I believe regardless of the logic is, you can also make it work while you’re a aggressive human, which all of us are. You don’t get to WWE in case you’re not aggressive.”
She’s proper, and even this “banana” Lynch mentions is one thing that WWE hasn’t been even capable of produce. Simply give them one thing, even a silly trophy that they may use sooner or later so as to add to different tales can be useful. Survivor Sequence can create some good matches, and Becky vs. Charlotte will likely be that simply because each are so good, however nothing will come from it. It’ll simply be over.
Xavier Woods even had an concept to repair it:
“The dropping workforce, Uncooked, clearly, ought to have a five-way elimination match preventing for spots one by 5 in subsequent 12 months’s Royal Rumble,” is the thought Woods put ahead. In flip, the successful workforce, who he believes will likely be Staff SmackDown, would have a five-way elimination match sooner or later after the present to find out spots 26 by 30 within the 2022 Royal Rumble.”
Now right here we go. This offers the Survivor Sequence matches — the five-on-five elimination contests — precise stakes and a purpose that anybody within the match would truly care. It provides every present one thing to advertise within the lifeless area between Survivor Sequence in November and Royal Rumble in January. It ties into the following huge PPV (although WWE is operating one on January 1st now). The “model supremacy” truly issues on this state of affairs, as a result of one model is getting the lover Rumble spots whereas the opposite is getting absolutely the worst. Even when storylines have teammates on all sides hating one another’s guts main into Survivor Sequence, right here’s a fairly large goddamn carrot for them to place that apart for one match. It makes all of the sense on this planet… which is why WWE won’t ever do it.
Survivor Sequence suffers from the identical subject that a lot of WWE reserving does, which is that if they present no inclination to care about it, why ought to we care to observe it? This 12 months’s construct has been notably insipid. First, they simply introduced the groups on Twitter a few weeks in the past, after which exhibits within the interim have modified these groups for causes nobody can determine. Why did they hassle asserting them then? Dominik Mysterio was introduced initially for the Uncooked workforce, after which GM Adam Pearce changed him along with his father, Rey, claiming that the remainder of the workforce members had been former world champions and Dominik wasn’t. Then on Monday, Rey was changed by Austin Principle, who shouldn’t be a former world champion. Simply what the fuck? (Despite the fact that I’m all the time for eradicating Dominik from my tv, as he has all of the character and magnetism of asbestos).
Pearce himself has aligned with Uncooked, once more for causes that had been by no means said. He simply is, regardless that each he and Sonya Deville have been working because the co-GMs throughout each exhibits for months now. Followers would ask what’s even happening, besides they gave up caring and aren’t even curious about discovering out the reply.
I’m positive each Woods and Lynch have given up hope that their options and frustrations will result in any change, however it’s uncommon for expertise to overtly converse up concerning the inanity of the corporate’s reserving. Lynch and Woods actually are two of essentially the most “made” wrestlers within the firm, and have the platform to make their ideas recognized, however not often accomplish that. Which must be a sign of how bewildered and disillusioned the locker room is about no matter it’s WWE does for this time of 12 months.
That is the place I might attempt to join WWE’s wrestlers seeing the full of life, authentic, and galvanizing reserving that goes on with AEW, and that added dissatisfaction with not attending to do stuff like that has compelled them into the uncommon air of talking publicly, however let’s go away that for one more day.
The solutions are easy, and all Vince McMahon has to do is hearken to a few of his greatest stars who need nothing greater than the product to be good and be concerned in matches and tales that folks get pleasure from. But it surely’s all the time been that straightforward, and but nothing ever adjustments.