On Monday I was speaking with a friend of mine that also follows the WWE product, and of course our conversation shifted to what programs may be in place going into Summerslam. This got me to think about how many solid performers are actually on the current roster. With today’s current product being as polarizing as it is, many fans believe the roster truly lacks depth when compared to days of the past. If you don’t believe me, just try fantasy booking Summerslam and the months after in your mind. The possibilities aren’t endless, but they are many.
My initial conversation with my friend began with who would come out as the victor between Seth Rollins and Brock Lesnar at Battlegroud. I said Rollins would leave the July PPV as champion, while he said the opposite. This is because there are many options for both men heading into August. He believed that Hunter would somehow cost Seth the match, igniting a feud between them. I personally don’t believe that’ll happen, but it’s highly possible. Rollins can also retain his title and go on to face Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose in the highly anticipated Shield triple threat. Like most people, I’ve been waiting for them to book that program since the day they split up. Other than that, it might be more difficult to book Seth since he’s feuded with every top talent in a short amount of time. Although a babyface turn could fix all of that .Even if the WWE doesn’t go in either of those directions, they can book the Lesnar-Rollins rematch, which will probably be just as entertaining. Brock can always go on to wrestle Roman Reigns or even Randy Orton. A feud with the viper would garner a lot of attention.
After we discussed that, our focus went shifted back to Reigns and Ambrose. Reigns is currently involved with Wyatt, which can spill over into Summerslam, but he still has options. If Brock wins or loses, the WWE can easily give the fans a Wrestlemania rematch. If they decide not to, they can setup a program with him and Ambrose. By putting a number one contender stipulation on this program, they’re given more to work with. I doubt Dean will be kept in a small time feud with Kane for Summerslam, so I feel confident he’ll be involved in a high stakes program. A program such as this could open either to a heel turn, which gives them more options when booking feuds in the fall.
Now that only covered 4 main stars on the roster, and we went on to discuss John Cena and Kevin Owens. Obviously these two men won’t be feuding forever and will need some new challenges. I believe whatever Kevin Owens will get involved with will instantly turn into gold, because he’s proven to carry that ability in NXT and the main roster. With the way they’ve presented Cena, I’m highly excited to see who he’s paired with next. This leaves room for him to continue with younger and less established wrestlers, or even make his way back to the top. John could be placed with someone such as Sheamus, King Barrett (if they decide to rehab his character), Ambrose, or even Reigns.
Lastly, but certainly not least, we spoke about Bray Wyatt. Assuming he doesn’t continue his program with Reigns after Battleground, there’s quite a few opponents he can chase, first one for me that comes to mind if Ryback. I felt the two never had proper closure to their feud from Payback. If Ryback doesn’t work out, why not Randy Orton? I saw them square off at a house show in Toronto back in February and they had amazing in ring chemistry.
Just based off the superstars I listed, the WWE surely can’t be hurting for roster depth. Keep in mind, you can also have conversations about Randy Orton, Neville, Sheamus, Ryback, and Dolph Ziggler. I highly believe the WWE can give us different programs as the months go on. There’s no excuse for them to not give us fresh feuds. By October we might have even more, with the possibility of Samoa Joe and Finn Balor making their way to the main roster.
Why does it feel like the lack depth?
This is simple, we’re overexposed to the product. In one week of WWE programming, we’re given multiple segments, matches, and recaps for any given feud. Gone are the days where we only had 4 hours of WWE programming. I’m not saying the WWE should stop, because this works out to be a double edged sword. Why would they stop promoting their product even less? That would be counterproductive, especially the emergence of the WWE Network. Also, this company enjoys milking every feud (in terms of length) until it’s dried up, which doesn’t exactly help with character development. It’s not also the exposure, but the constant reliance on 6-7 top end guys, this make any show feel repetitive. If they made the audience care more about the lower card guys once in a while, the top 6-7 wrestlers would be more over .This shouldn’t worry fans of the current product though, I believe the WWE is currently in an awkward stage of making things accessible, but not annoying for the hardcore fan.
I’m glad I was able to use a personal story to create this week’s edition of the Wednesday Wrap Around. It truly helped the words come out easier. To those that say WWE has no roster depth, I challenge you to fantasy book all programs up to Hell in a Cell or Survivor Series. Then you’ll realize that the talent and depth is there, it’s just a matter of how it’s utilized.
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