After this Saturday, the WWE will have completed it’s third official network special. As a fan, I’ve tuned into every single one that’s been produced. Up to this point, the most memorable one has definitely been the Beast in the East. That’s probably because I woke up at 5 AM just to review it. Assuming nothing significant happens on this show, I’m willing to state that these shows don’t amount to anything. Of course fans that have the network will tune in, but the WWE shouldn’t be so lazy with these events. While they’re technically glorified house shows, the company promotes them as mini PPVs. It’s time they start treating them as such.
I can understand them booking throwaway matches on these card, as long as there’s something of importance. Since the WWE has held these events on the Network, we’ve only witnessed one important contest, and that was Kevin Owens vs Finn Balor. In fact, that match made Beast in the East feel more special than it truly was. That title change was a pivotal moment in their feud, as it would lead to another match at Takeover. When I look back to the Madison Square Garden special, there was nothing unique about it. It was actually similar to the house show that occurred in Toronto back in September (excluding Lesnar vs Big Show). What’s the point of even broadcasting these events if they don’t carry any essential story progression? With WWE Roadblock only three days away, they have a chance to seriously make an impact with two feuds. If done properly, the average fan can view these network specials as something more attractive than an average show.
Dash & Dawson vs Enzo Amore & Big Cass
If you’re a big fan of NXT and hate spoilers, I recommend you stop reading this right now.
Some of us already know that Enzo and Cass will not be involved in the tag team title match for Takeover:Dallas. This can be disputed as terrible booking, or hesitance from the NXT booking staff. With Enzo and Cass being so popular amongst the average NXT fan, why even hold this contest? They had already lost their match at Takeover:London, so it doesn’t make sense to see them lose here. It would do nothing but ruin the teams image .With that being said, I haven’t actually seen any of the upcoming tapings for future NXT episodes. If the company is smart, they would kept the tag team title program vague. If they did anything remotely close to this, they should most definitely welcome a title change. Enzo and Cass have spent a long time getting themselves over with the crowd, and it would be a complete shame if they never held the NXT tag team titles. At least that could create a three way tag team match at Takeover. The only way I could justify a loss for them is if this match was their informal debut to the main roster. They may not carry the in ring skill, but they have nothing left to do in NXT if they lose.
Triple H vs Dean Ambrose
Since last week, many people have been asking me if the title will change hands. My honest is that I don’t know. Hunter seems like the logical choice, however my inner mark is hoping Dean can pull off the upset victory. Would a title change make sense at this point? Maybe not, but it would make this bland road to Mania much more interesting. At this point, the WWE has lost so many performers to injury, that they must purely focus on the story to sell Mania. They’ve done that perfectly with Shane McMahon vs Undertaker and Dean Ambrose vs Brock Lesnar, although they haven’t done it for the main title feud. While I enjoy Roman Reigns, his build towards the Mania main event is looking weaker than last year’s. Throwing a wrench into the current plans may not be the worst thing to happen. If anything, they’d see a serious increase in ratings come next Monday. If Ambrose were to capture the title, they could easily reformat the main event into a fatal four way. That option would also take out a match, so they can also work a tournament style, similar to Vengeance 2001.
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