The prospect of having a true No. 2 company that could legitimately make inroads on WWE’s market share is certainly interesting and exciting. We may not be there yet. How can AEW avoid being the “next” TNA, XWF, or MLW v 1.0?
Tag Team Match
Alexa Bliss & Lacey Evans (w/Nikki Cross) defeat Bayley & Becky Lynch (10:45)
WWE RAW Women’s Champion- the hottest thing in wrestling going into 2019- and WWE Smackdown Women’s Champion- who only recently overcame years of bad presentation in one genius PPV segment and is the hottest she’s ever been since getting the call up- were both wrestling as a tag team on Monday Night RAW where half of the competitors were on the wrong show. You mean to tell me that the SMACKDOWN CHAMPION gets pinned by the Raw (or Smackdown? I’m not even sure anymore.) roster lady that was just beaten by the Charlotte a few days ago on National TV and lost to the RAW Champion cleanly at the last (real) PPV event?!… Oh my god… my f—ing head.
So both the Champions of these shows are losers who lose to the losers that lose to them? They don’t make my Zoloft strong enough… These are bad matchups. This is bad storytelling. This is BAD TV!!!
Last week, NXT Takeover was almost unanimously praised on the blog and the internet at large. For me, I enjoyed the wrestling just fine. It was fine. With the roster and talent that is typically booked on these NXT shows, it’s hard to put together a show that DOESN’T have very good wrestling. As a snarky internet fan, why DIDN’T I like NXT Takeover XXV as much as everyone else?… The creative was terrible.
Smackdown is the B show and that is OK. How does FOX feel about that? Does that even matter? No. It doesn’t. Certainly, having a TV partner that feels good about what content being provided to them is worth the value they are paying you for it, but does that mean that Smackdown needs to be the WWE’s #1 show from now on?