State of the WWE – Post WM30

It’s been a hellacious of a couple weeks in the WWE. Now that we are two weeks removed from Wrestlemania (in the Silverdome, brother! lol), enough time has passed to gather my thoughts and see what the programming may/may not have in store for us. Here are some key thoughts I had:

First, let us reflect on the passing of the Ultmate Warrior. He is perhaps the most enigmatic superstar of all time. Just as it seems he buried the hatchet with Vince McMahon… His chilling RAW speech the Monday after which was most intriguing. Warrior almost certainly foretold the end of his own legend and told the fans how to maintain his legacy. My heart goes out to his family, especially his young daughters. He is an icon for all the ages. We’ll always have your cryptic promos.

Was there ever any doubt about Daniel Bryan? No. That’s all. He’s a great worker and they built up to this so well (and almost for too long). Evolution is back and they will have their hands full against The Shield. All that left is to turn Hulk Hogan “Hollywood” again and bring back the nWo to partake in this stable feud.

21-1: The Streak is over. Oh yeah, spoiler alert. Brock Lesnar beat the Undertaker into a severe concussion on the greatest stage of them all. If there is anyone worthy of it, it is the former NCAA and UFC champ Lesnar. What interests me most is how the WWE capitalizes on it. Who will Lesnar face next? Batista has already become a victim of bad booking. Maybe Lesnar takes a break until next Wrestlemania because Cesaro is also a Paul Heyman guy and may finally receive his more than well-deserved push (eh negatron3000?).

Let’s face it, with the world watching, CM Punk was (and still is) a no-show. Maybe we have seen the last of Phil Brooks. It would have been the perfect time for him to surface, even for an instant. Alas, Stone Cold mentioned on his podcast that he’d regret not being there and time will tell if that’s true. However, Rob Van Dam is back and stars from NXT like Paige, EmmaRusev, Adam Rose and Bo Dallas have bigger parts on the main roster. Triple H, you did well by revamping the developmental system. Now if only they’d let Big E Langston do the five count… The world keeps turning and the WWE doesn’t seem to be slowing down.

P.S. Bray Wyatt and John Cena. Best promos ever.

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FACT:
Daniel Bryan was glaringly omitted from the WWE Royal Rumble this passed Sunday. CM Punk lasted over 50 minutes in the Rumble but did not play any significant elimination role.

Daniel Bryan was recently in a short-lived (and somewhat strange) feud with the Wyatt Family. Had the story drawn out longer, the WWE creative team may have looked like geniuses. Unless WWE creative is deaf and can’t hear the YES! chants, the fans want a relevant Daniel Bryan storyline. Fans know crap when they see it and Batista was infuriated with the reaction to his Royal Rumble victory. Bryan dropped the belt to Randy Orton and his career has not been the same. His gets a title shot at Elimination Chamber but I doubt it’s gonna matter. An Orton/Batista story leading up to Wrestlemania may be the obvious path and may involve WWE legend Ric Flair.

The path is not looking as good for CM Punk. This above apology from Kane pretty much sums up the company’s attitude. His recent lackluster feud creating cracks in The Shield (pun intended) left him practically beaten into a vacation. After an amazing 434-day title run, during which he was the most hated person in the company, outsold everyone but John Cena in merchandise and helped put The Shield over, Punk dropped the belt to The Rock without proper build up. Ever since then, his bright star has been all but put out. Instead of working toward a CM Punk vs. The Authority angle and bringing in anti-establishment legends like Stone Cold Steve Austin and Rowdy Roddy Piper, breaking news this morning says CM Punk was sent home and pulled from future WWE promotions. No one knows if this  means he’s released or if he’s going on hiatus. Sure, he’s obnoxious but a guy like Punk can create great storylines and build other guys.

In other news, Batista and Brock Lesnar are back! However, with the long list of greats returning part-time for diminished roles, the lack of push for the WWE current roster is disturbing. Where are guys like Antonio Cesaro, Fandango and Dolph Ziggler with real in-ring skills? I mean, God bless Big Show, Rey Mysterio, Alberto Del Rio and Sheamus but build up other dudes instead of having them job for bigger names…

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THE VERDICT: WWE Creative… what are you thinking? Give the people a little more of what they want… If you’re concerned about selling merchandise, give guys in the locker room some proper gimmicks and story lines. You wasted the indestructable Ryback and a handful of other great talents just to unify both belts and put it on Randy Orton without anyone on the current roster worth facing. Hell, they can’t even find anyone worthy to push against AJ Lee (yeah, I said it).

I know we’re still going to watch Wrestlemania but let’s hope the WWE is saving something better for us because I feel like I’m watching Total Divas.
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