SmackDown has clearly been the B show since the 2017 draft. Despite keeping AJ Styles, the brand lost The Miz, Bray Wyatt and Dean Ambrose and received Charlotte Flair, The New Day and Kevin Owens in exchange. While this may seem even, it doesn’t take into account the fact that SmackDown hasn’t had John Cena for most of the year and that the company sacrificed their WWE Championship to stupidly try and break into a third world country, by giving the belt to Jinder Mahal, a jobber for approximately 95% of his WWE career. To make matters even worse, SmackDown decided to stop doing storylines (unless they involved Shane McMahon) and just fill the show with meaningless matches, whilst poorly booking Randy Orton, Nakamura, Sami Zayn, Bobby Roode, Baron Corbin, Tye Dillinger, Mike Bennett and their entire Women’s division. It’s evidently clear that head-writer, Brian James, doesn’t have a clue how to book a wrestling show. And now, after all of that, it’s going to get worse!
This week, there were preliminary discussions about who Roman Reigns could face as WWE Universal Champion, after he beats Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 34. This is seen as the company’s absolute No.1 priority. Therefore, this means that the main guys that will be on SmackDown next year, are likely to be guys who have already lost meaningful programs with Roman Reigns. Those that hold wins over Reigns, like Samoa Joe, are likely to stay put. This is why the Reigns-Joe mini-feud was quickly killed off on a episode of Raw- so that it’s quickly forgotten and feels fresh when they do it again.
The WWE isn’t going to be able to replace Brock Lesnar, but they are going pull out every possible stop to try make their PPVs seem relevant, despite Lesnar not being on them. This will mean finding the best possible of opponents for Roman Reigns. This plan is ultimately a recipe for disaster. A long Roman Reigns title reign certainly isn’t going to make the fans happy- so in turn, people are going hate Raw and tune out. Over on SmackDown, the show is going to continue to be awful, except after Mania, the only people on the show, would have all lost significant feuds to Roman Reigns.
It certainly seems like dark dark days are ahead. We can only hope that the latest drug allegations against Reigns carry some weight. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t hate Reigns, but I hate sacrificing the entire company for the sake of one guy- year after year, after year!