Listen, I have been a wrestling fan since I was 6 years old. I’m 25 now and I don’t anticipate my fandom changing anytime soon. Sometimes though, WWE aggravates the living hell out of me. Specifically, the recent booking has been mediocre, with two things really burning me up.
While fast-forwarding through Smackdown’s commercials, I noticed Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose. It piqued my interest, so I stopped to watch a little vignette seemingly promoting a Shield reunion next Monday. As we all know, Roman Reigns has been out of action the last few weeks with meningitis. His status for Survivor Series seemed bleak – Jason Jordan had laughably been named the fifth member of Team Raw, so it seemed all but certain Reigns would not be ready to go.
So what was this commercial about?
When Jordan was named the final member, it should have been the end of any discussion of Reigns coming back before Survivor Series. Picture this: Team Smackdown is on the verge of beating Raw for the second year in a row. Kurt Angle is the only member left standing, and he’s staring across the ring at Shinsuke Nakamura, Bobby Roode and Randy Orton. As they’re about to dismantle him, you hear Sierra, Hotel, India, Echo, Lima, Delta…SHIELD.
Reigns, Ambrose and Rollins come down and run roughshod on the remainder of Team Smackdown, helping their Raw GM emerge victorious. The crowd would have gone bananas!
However, that’s not what we’re getting. Instead, we’re on track for a Shield vs. New Day match. Now I am taking nothing away from New Day – I’m a giant fan. But is this best for The Shield’s momentum? Absolutely not, they should cause as much damage as possible the first time they are back on screen together. Sure, they could still help Team Raw, but now the luster is off because we know they are around. WWE should have saved them for the surprise pop.
Speaking of which, the final member of Team Smackdown was still a mystery as of Tuesday night. I was hoping we’d get the surprise we were robbed of with The Shield.
Wait…what’s that? Oh that’s right, Shane McMahon tweeted Wednesday morning that the final member of the blue brand will be…John Cena.
Great work, no one would have like to be surprised by that at all! It’s a really smart move to get Cena as the fifth member, but for crying out loud, keep it to yourself. Why did WWE need to reveal that via Twitter on a Wednesday?!?! Even if you didn’t want to wait until Survivor Series, couldn’t you have just waited until Tuesday?
One of the main reasons people get tired of WWE is due to the predictability. Wrestling fans want to be surprised. We get excited for twists and turns and changes that we’d never see coming. Well, WWE had not one, but two golden opportunities to give the fans a surprise for one of the big four pay-per-views. Instead, management just spat in our faces.
Honestly, Vince still has something up his sleeve and Survivor Series goes off beautifully. I just don’t see it after this bungled booking.