0 out of 5
With the WWE Draft 2020 officially in the books, it’s time for fans to look to what could be an exciting future for Raw and SmackDown.
The two brands have chosen notable names with Seth Rollins, Rey Mysterio, Bray Wyatt and AJ Styles all switching shows among others. Despite questionable execution here and there, this year’s installment of the Draft has been pretty hectic overall and left Raw and SmackDown with stacked rosters.
There may be more changes to come to the WWE landscape with Wrestling Observer Newsletter’s Dave Meltzer confirming rumors last week that Eva Marie has re-signed the company. Despite being absent for over four years, she is not needed in the women’s divisions of Raw or SmackDown at this time.
Marie joins the many Superstars who will return soon or are already back, including Daniel Bryan. The multiple WWE World Champion resurfaced on SmackDown on Friday and teased the feud with Seth Rollins, and formidable as it may be, all roads must lead him to re-enter the Universal Championship and rekindle his rivalry with Roman Reigns .
On top of all that, Matt Hardy and Sammy Guevara appear to be taking their heated feud to the next level at AEW while Lana is the new number one contender for the Raw Women’s Championship. This week’s Quick Takes will explore each of these topics and attempt to predict what might be next for them.
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All things considered, the WWE Draft 2020 did an effective job shaking up the SmackDown and Raw rosters and giving fans plenty of new feuds and showdowns to look forward to in the weeks and months to come.
The first major move of the Draft saw Seth Rollins move to SmackDown. Joining him at the top of the map will be Rey Mysterio, Daniel Bryan, King Corbin, Kevin Owens, Aleister Black, Sami Zayn, Lars Sullivan, Universal Champion Roman Reigns and for now Jey Uso.
Raw has also done very well taking on some of the biggest names in the blue brand such as Bray Wyatt, Braun Strowman, AJ Styles, Matt Riddle, Sheamus, Jeff Hardy and The New Day. They are joined by Raw staples Drew McIntyre, Randy Orton, Keith Lee and The Hurt Business.
Best of all, for the first time in many years, neither brand was overwhelmingly dominated in the draft. WWE tends to stack one show with star power and exhaust the other more often than not, but it’s safe to say that wasn’t the case this year.
Of the two shows, the slight edge has to be given to Raw due to the depth they have in pretty much every division, especially women. Raw kept Charlotte Flair, Shayna Baszler and Asuka while adding Naomi, Alexa Bliss, Nikki Cross, and Lacey Evans to their ranks.
The women’s division of SmackDown is highlighted by Sasha Banks, Bayley and Bianca Belair, but no one else is close to their level. Then again, like in 2016, SmackDown could benefit from having fewer women so each of them has more time on TV and their character development.
A deal can be made for either brand to get the most out of WWE Draft 2020, but the only way to know which show is better is to see how they make the most of what they have. from now on.
2 of 5
Despite the Draft sending Superstars to separate shows, WWE staged a double-scored Battle Royal in the Monday’s Raw main event anyway to determine a new number one contender for Asuka’s Raw Women’s Championship.
Of all the women who could have reigned supreme and actually benefited from it, Lana was set to be the surprise winner after not winning anything of any kind since January. Worse yet, she had wrestled weekly on Raw since August 31st and lost each time before the Battle Royal.
In other words, fans have no reason to believe that Lana has any chance of beating Asuka for the title next week on Raw, which begs the question of why WWE is making the match in the first place.
Lana has shown minimal improvement in the ring over the years and is expected to be far from in the championship contention. Asuka might manage to get a passable game from her on Monday night, but that doesn’t excuse the months of poor booking Lana endured prior to this stage, including the many times she was unnecessarily put at the table at the edge. of the ring.
Much like with SmackDown’s “first season” on Friday, WWE is looking to load as much of Monday’s Raw as possible. While a Raw Women’s Championship defense is undoubtedly an attraction, Lana was the wrong choice for the place, even if it turns out to be unique.
Between Zelina Vega and now Lana, it’s time for Asuka to face more credible competition like Shayna Baszler, Alexa Bliss, and Naomi.
3 out of 5
Matt Hardy and Sammy Guevara have had a fight every now and then since Hardy’s arrival at AEW in March. Their heated rivalry seemed to culminate in this unfortunate mess of a Last Man Standing match at All Out in August when Hardy was legitimately injured but found a way to win anyway.
However, it’s possible the promotion might not want to end the story on such a bitter note, or the plan has always been to continue beyond pay-per-view. Either way, all signs are that they have one more match at Full Gear, this time at the Hardy Compound.
Shortly after Hardy made his highly anticipated debut at AEW Dynamite, promos he was cutting from home indicated that a cinematic match at the Hardy Compound between him and Chris Jericho or Guevara was in the works. It never materialized because they went in a different direction with the program.
Hardy is credited with hosting some of the very first cinematic IMPACT Wrestling and WWE matches. His return to Hardy Compound is long overdue and Guevara is the perfect person to wage war with.
Given that Hardy has never lost on his own turf, it will be interesting to see who emerges as the winner. Guevara needs an important win after months of defeat whenever it matters most and it could be.
4 out of 5
After making an abrupt exit from WWE in 2017, Eva Marie is finally on her back, by a report from Cultaholic which was later confirmed by Dave Metlzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. And that’s even though none of WWE’s women’s divisions on Raw or SmackDown need her right now.
To her credit, Marie has shown signs of improvement from her debut in 2013 until her NXT run in 2015. She returned to the main roster at the end of 2016 with a ton of heat but never had the chance to make his ring debut before taking the time to shoot a movie, then leaving the company together the following summer.
Maybe she could pick up where she left off, but the biggest difference between now and her departure in 2017 is that WWE’s female divisions have grown exponentially. Raw has a ton of female power from the Draft, and while SmackDown is a better landing point for her, there are other women to focus on before her.
Even in NXT, where she already contested for the league title at the end of 2015, is excited for the time being and so that wouldn’t be the best fit for her either. Her role might become clearer once she returns as it might very well not involve a struggle and instead see her serving as a manager, authority figure or whatever.
That said, the timing is certainly questionable, especially since she has been largely removed from the wrestling world in recent years.
5 out of 5
From the early days of The Shield to their scuffles last year at SmackDown, Daniel Bryan and Roman Reigns have found themselves on opposite sides of the ring on several occasions during their WWE careers.
Their chemistry as opponents has never been more than stellar, although their next game is bound to be even more special given Reigns’ recent turnover. Now that Bryan is back from his break, it’s only a matter of time before they go to war again.
Bryan didn’t make any mention of The Big Dog in his comeback promo Friday night, but that should be the direction he’s ultimately headed. It has been almost a year since he was last shortlisted for the coveted award and the story he has with Reigns speaks for itself.
In the meantime, he can settle his score with Sami Zayn on the Intercontinental Championship of the WrestleMania season or start a new feud with Seth Rollins, who was teased on SmackDown.
The fans’ contempt for Reigns can be traced back to his victory at the 2015 Royal Rumble, a match many in the WWE Universe wanted Bryan to win. The self-proclaimed tribal leader can blame the boos he has endured over the years and become an even more hated heel than he already is.
From Jey Uso to Rey Mysterio to Big E, there’s a plethora of opponents that Reigns has to work with between now and WrestleMania 37. Assuming The Rock won’t be available for the event, Reigns vs. Bryan could be next year’s flagship attraction for the Universal title on The Grandest Stage of Them All if they tell the story correctly and the two continue to gradually gain momentum until then.
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