With a live crowd returning to WWE arenas, the first couple of shows have been electric as fans have shown their appreciation and the Superstars have upped their efforts.
Still, the WWE hasn’t been able to fully shake off the poor booking that saw WWE Raw and WWE Smackdown reach record lows in ratings over the last year.
The production was top notch and everyone gave top efforts, but the storylines were inconsistent at best, disastrous at worst.
So, it makes sense it’ll take some time to right the ship now that a live crowd is back. If we ignore this wasn’t a problem before the pandemic.
Booking is off
One thing that’s infuriated fans is the inconsistent booking for some Superstars, and we saw some of that on Monday as Karrion Kross made his main roster debut without Scarlett at his side.
The results are after being built up as a virtually unbeatable champion in NXT, Kross lost to Jeff Hardy in roughly three minutes with a roll up and Jeff’s feet on the ropes to snap Kross’ 379 days streak.
In short, it was the worst possible way for a debut of a dominant champion to go and everyone seems to know it.
Word has spread that the NXT crew were frustrated and disappointed in the way his debut was handled and they tried to shrug it off on their weekly show.
One possible reason for his loss is the rumors that there’s some internal strife over NXT being considered the best of the three brands despite it being a developmental brand.
It’s reminiscent to when the WWE purchases WCW and the WCW and ECW wrestlers were beaten cleanly and if they won they did so by underhanded means to demonstrate the top flight talent of the WWE.
This may not be the case with Kross as it’s simply a rumor, but it does fall into the same type of mindset depending what’s going on behind the scenes.
There’s no way to know for sure as we don’t have the access others have, so we have to remember these are nothing more than speculation.
Flair’s a transitional champion
Charlotte Flair is a tremendous talent and the best on the roster, in our opinion. And while she gets a lot of grief from fans of getting where she is because she’s Ric Flair’s daughter, we don’t see that.
Far from it, though it does appear she’s set to match or break her father’s championship record by the end of the year.
Having neglected to use the bulk of their women’s roster in general as helped those numbers.
A couple of years ago she lost the Smackdown Women’s Championship shortly after winning it to Bayley when Bayley cashed in her MITB contract, and Nikki A.S.H. did the same on Raw.
In the process, it appears as though Flair is a transitional champion now to help the others get over, and in doing so she recorded the shorted Raw Women’s Championship reign in history.
At least Flair’s short reign makes sense as it kept Rhea Ripley looking strong while giving Nikki a chance, but we’re still stuck on the reasoning behind Kross’ quick loss.
What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments below.
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