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4 Musts for WWE at Survivor Series 2017

Survivor Series 2017: What Must Happen?

The last dual brand PPV of the year is upon us with WWE Survivor Series 2017. The traditional Survivor Series experience is back with teams battling it out for supremacy, but this year it’s been spiced up with Interbrand champion matches. We’ll get to see each Brand’s champion go against the equivalent belt holder on the opposing brand. Brock Lesnar vs. Jinder Mahal, Miz vs. Baron Corbin, and Alexa Bliss vs. Natalya are just some of the action we have to look forward to in November.

But so far in this latter half of the year, WWE hasn’t performed up to greatness. What can WWE do to assure the fans are satisfied walking out of Survivor Series this year?

1. The USOs beat The Shield

Jimmy and Jey Uso are your Smacdown Tag Champs heading into Survivor Series

The Usoooooooos!

Jimmy and Jey Uso are likely the performers of the year in WWE. Ever since their heel turn, their stock has risen and risen. Already known as great in-ring workers, the duo finally was given characters that match their appeal. Throughout the year the two showed there were shoulders above the rest of the tag team division on Smackdown. So much so that The New Day was brought over from Raw to face the pair with legendary promos and PPV matches coming out of the feud.

So for the USOs to becoming the top team in the company, they need to beat The Shield. The Shield have been the favorites of the WWE for quite some time. The reunion already happened at TLC so the hype for that shouldn’t cloud the outcome of this match. With the potential of this bout being through the roof, we could have something magical if WWE doesn’t screw up this booking. Give the USOs the much-needed victory over Raw’s top tag team to show the appreciation for them carrying the Blue Brand through much of the year.

2. Asuka is the Last Woman Standing

Asuka prior to Survivor Series

The Empress of Tomorrow needs her big showing here.

WWE has dropped the ball on giving NXT superstars great runs out of the gate in WWE. Asuka so far is looking to be heading in the same direction. I know it’s early with only two matches under her belt, but those two matches have The Empress looking pedestrian, not dominant.

It needs to be made abundantly clear that Asuka is going to be gunning for the Women’s title come to the Road to Wrestlemania time and it’s time to set her up here with a big moment. Because both champions are outside of the match, Asuka should look extremely strong in the match as well. Picking up at least two eliminations and being the final Raw Woman standing would pique Asuka for her run coming up.

3. Team Daniel Bryan screws Smackdown

Will Daniel Bryan make a turn at Survivor Series?

Daniel Bryan watches Shane and KO argue

There have been seeds of dissension put into Smackdown over the last year. Kevin Owens is just the tip of the glacier that’s plowing towards a breakdown of the blue brand. WWE needs to cash in on this movement fully and put Daniel Bryan on the same side with KO and Sami Zayn.

It’s simple just to have KO and Zayn screw over Team Smackdown and have Team Raw escape with a cheap victory that way. It would be an excellent direction to go in and a safe one to continue with down the line and to be honest it will probably be a great story. However by adding the approval of Daniel Bryan to ruining Shane’s tyranny over the blue brand, management vs. management, would be amazing. With more up and coming RoH stars coming through the ranks, if this concept is kept going long enough Bryan could have enough people in his corner to take over Smackdown. All because Zayn pulled KO off that table.

4. Jinder Mahal beats Brock Lesnar in a Dirty Finish

Champion vs. Champion at Survivor Series

Jinder Mahal vs. Brock Lesnar

The only way this match can be entertaining is either A) Brock Lesnar destroys Jinder or B) Brock loses to Jinder in the dirtiest match ever. I think plan B would be more fun. There’s already going to be an inclusion of a special guest referee, so why not go full blown ridiculous? Have Brock destroy Jinder and then have the match collapse from there until Jinder ultimately comes out the victor.

Having Jinder win would also give him something to brag about heading into his main-eventing tour in India in December. I’m sure the Modern Day Maharaja will love to tell his people how he slew the beast.

Conclusion

This year’s Survivor Series ultimately feels like an exhibition match card, so WWE has a lot of room to set up the remainder of the year nicely from here. There are inklings of great potential storylines heading into the PPV and WWE need to only capitalize on them moving forward. Finish off the year with a good one WWE. The fans will love you for it.

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Markus X. Murden, Esq.

Senior Editor/Heels of Wrestling

@MXMurden on Twitter and Instagram

Heels of Wrestling Episode 14: WWE TLC 2017 Review and Survivor Series Intro

Episode 14: WWE TLC 2017 and Survivor Series Intro

WWE TLC 2017 has now come and gone. It was a night that had drastic changes due to superstars Roman Reigns and Bray Wyatt being out for the night due to medical reasons. We were gifted with last-minute substitutes in AJ Styles to step in for the latter and WWE Raw GM Kurt Angle to step in for the former.

Tables, Ladders, and Chairs 2017 also had the debut of Asuka to the main roster. Did her debut go well? Were Styles and Balor match too sweet? Was Angle able to survive the carnage of a TLC match after all those years gone from the ring? Find out on our weekly show.

 

Highlights from WWE Raw TLC 2017

The Shield at TLC 2017

The Shield is victorious at TLC 2017

Finn and AJ at TLC 2017

Too Sweet!

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3 Big Concerns for WWE Raw TLC 2017

WWE Raw Presents Tables, Ladders, and Chairs 2017

WWE Raw's TLC 2017 Main Event. 5-3 Handicap TLC Match.

The Shield vs.Braun Strowman, The Miz, Kane, and The Bar

On October 22, 2017, WWE Raw will present the 2017 TLC PPV show. The main event for the evening is a three on 5 TLC Handicap match between the Shield and Raw’s top Heels, all in one match. However, this has honestly let the rest of the card feeling a bit shallow. The rest of the card is mostly women’s matches and cruiserweight bouts. Another highlight of the show is the debut of The Empress Asuka to the main roster, facing Emma in a rematch of their NXT classic. What concerns for the PPV and the Raw brand does this leave us?

What does the Shield do after this?

The Miz, Braun Strowman, and The Bar have been the top Heels on Raw for the entirety of the year. The only Heel missing from the match is Samoa Joe, and it only feels like his absence is just because of Injury. If he was healthy, I don’t think they bring Kane back to fill in that spot, but instead, have Joe be the fall guy. The problem with this is, who do The Shield go from here?

It’s seemingly obvious that The Shield is going to win their big debut match back together. I can’t see WWE going any other way with the booking. So now every Heel built up over the last year is going to be dealt with in one fell swoop. Braun and Miz are just the newest sacrifices on the pyre that is Roman Reigns on his way to Brock. The irony being they were the two hottest superstars this year, not Roman. This match could have easily been broken up into two separate matches, and give this card depth. Instead, we get to watch all the villains fall to The Shield.

Braun and Miz are just the newest sacrifices on the pyre that is Roman Reigns on his way to Brock. The irony being they were the two hottest superstars this year, not Roman. This match could have easily been broken up into two separate matches, and give this card depth. Instead, we get to watch all the villains fall to The Shield.

The only other 3-man stable WWE has is The New Day, and they’re on Smackdown. It can’t be the Wyatt family because Luke and Erik are now on Smackdown as The Bludgeon Brothers. The only other

The only other possibility would be a reunion of The Club. Finn Balor is on Raw, and so are the Good Brothers, Gallows and Anderson. Bringing The Club back may also steal some thunder from the Bullet Club coming at WWE’s neck right now.

What Impact will Asuka have on the WWE Raw Women’s Division?

WWE Raw's newest call-up, Asuka

Asuka’s TLC Promotion

As I’ve talked about before, WWE doesn’t do the best job with their new arrivals. The trend of bucking NXT stars hold especially true for the call-ups as of late. These talents usually receive huge pushes, only to be stopped dead cold by an already established superstar on the roster.

That better not happen to Asuka. Asuka, The Empress, the most prestigious champion in NXT history, better not sniff a clean loss on the roster until next Summer at a minimum. In NXT Asuka ran through the competition at first, but then started to use Heel tactics to get over Ember Moon. It’s hard to keep up ways for someone to be undefeated and not make the rest of the division look weak.

With Raw’s women division hosting some of the most over women in wrestling, I find it hard to believe Vince will let Asuka run through everyone. Especially with the current champion being Alexa Bliss and WWE’s love of 50/50 booking. A robust program with Alexa Bliss out the gate can solidify Asuka, but putting too many road bumps between her and the title will just make her look like every other NXT call up. Keep her dominance going and WWE will only strengthen the diviso, not make it worse.

Another 3 Months without a Universal Title match

WWE Raw Universlal Champion vs. Smackdown WWE Champion

Brock Lesnar vs. Jinder Mahal

There isn’t going to be a Universal Title defense at WWE Raw’s TLC this year.

On Smackdown, Jinder Mahal called out Brock for a match at Survivor Series. With WWE earmarking everything in advance, there’s no way this match doesn’t happen, and again it’s not a title defense. The Beast Incarnate probably won’t be defending the Universal Title until the Royal Rumble in January.

WWE’s live event numbers have been dwindling, and the lackluster showing of their two champions doesn’t help that stat. Raw is the “bigger” brand of the company, and without it’s most prominent draw showing up every week, it diminishes the brand. It’s clear that Brock is just patiently waiting on the Roman Reign’s feud, and it leaves a massive gap in the Raw landscape. When no one’s fighting for the ultimate prize of the brand, what are they fighting for?

Conclusion

WWE Raw is going to have some hard choices to make as they start gearing up for the road to Wrestlemania. There’s going to have to be massive shakeups at the main event level for interest to pique again before the Rumble. We all know Lesnar and Reigns are on a collision course, but it’s up to WWE to keep it interesting in the meantime. Asuka will provide a shot in the arm to the women’s division, but the mishandling of other former NXT Champions makes me worry for Asuka. Hopefully she translates well in a division that has turned stale in the latter half of the year.

Asuka will be a shot in the arm to the women’s division, but the mishandling of prior stars make me worry for Asuka. Hopefully she translates well in a division that has turned stale in the latter half of the year. Forever may the Empress reign.

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Markus X. Murden, Esq.

Senior Editor/Heels of Wrestling

@MXMurden on Twitter and Instagram

 

3 Ways To Amplify The Women’s Revolution

Sasha Banks, Bayley, and (c) Charlotte Flair

(c)WWE

The Diva’s Revolution officially kicked off in 2015 but don’t let anyone fool you. The real Women’s Revolution is here in 2017! This year we’ve seen historic highlights such as:

  • The first ever Women’s Money In The Bank match
  • The Mae Young Classic featuring 32 of the best independent women’s wrestlers in the world.
  • Alexa Bliss crossing over from Smackdown Live to Raw and became the first Women’s Champion on both brands.
  • We’ve witnessed a Raw Main Event match in Los Angeles featuring a gauntlet match.
  • Most impressively though, we’ve seen Women’s NXT Champion, Asuka, break the record for the longest undefeated streak in WWE.

Where does that take us and what can WWE do to make an already strong women’s division even stronger? Here are my 3 ways to amplify the women’s division.

The Roster

Before I get to my 3 ways to lift the women’s division, let’s take a look at who exactly we’re dealing with. Since the Brand Split in April 2016 we’ve seen Raw and Smackdown Live build new stars in the women’s division. Little Miss Bliss and Naomi are currently holding their respective brand titles. We’ve seen some amazing feuds between Charlotte and Sasha Banks, Charlotte and Bayley, Alexa Bliss and Becky Lynch, Alexa Bliss and Naomi, etc. etc. The list goes on. What did you notice in my previous sentence? That’s right. Lack of diversity. WWE has tons of talent to work with in the women’s division, yet they don’t expand on it. Why is that? Most of the blame falls on WWE splitting up the division on RAW and Smackdown Live. When you break down the women’s roster in WWE currently it looks like this.

Alexa Bliss         Emma               Becky Lynch    Naomi          Paige*

Alicia Fox          Mickie James    Carmella          Natalya         Summer Rae*

Bayley               Nia Jax              Charlotte         Tamina

Dana Brooke     Sasha Banks      Lana                Nikki Bella*

*Currently injured or on leave

We have 15 active women on the WWE roster. 18 if we include Nikki Bella, Paige, and Summer Rae. As it breaks down right now we have 8 on RAW and 7 on Smackdown Live. With a roster that light things can get stale after a while. So that’s why…

WWE Unifies The Women’s Division

By unifying the women you instantly introduce countless new story lines. You get a chance to explore throughout the roster and see what you really have. As I stated earlier, seeing the same 2 matches week after week gets stale. With a unified roster that issue gets resolved instantly. The division would be exclusive to RAW in efforts to help with the dreaded 3rd hour. Most weeks we get that halfway hangover where things just take a bit of a dive before the climactic main event of the night. Take this time to show off the division. Having 4 matches a week on RAW along with bringing out the superstar’s personalities is something I as a fan have been screaming for. This is how you build bonds with superstars. The fans need to get to know these people. Have a reason to root for them besides just who’s a face and who’s a heel. WWE tries to expand on this via social media but it still doesn’t hit home the same way. Now you may be wondering how we determine the new WWE Women’s Champion, right? Taking a page from the Mae Young Classic, RAW will host a single elimination bracket style tournament for the brand new WWE Women’s Championship belt. The current RAW and Smackdown Live champions will be granted top seed in their bracket. The matches would take place on RAW for 3 weeks and the Championship Match would take place at Survivor Series.

WWE Adds The Women’s Tag Team Championship

Once the Women’s Championship tournament concludes, we’ll shift focus to the newest belts in the business. The WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship! Adding tag team belts to the division brings much more credibility and diversity. This allows for factions and alliances to actually matter in WWE besides the typical heel vs face matches. Giving the division tag team belts is the perfect under card belt. It allows WWE to try new angles and give some superstars the chance they weren’t receiving before in their singles run. You’re in denial if you don’t want to see Alexa Bliss and Nia Jax (Team Rude) taking on Charlotte and Becky Lynch.

Asuka holding her Women's NXT Title Belt

(c)WWE

WWE’s First Women’s Royal Rumble and Asuka Makes Her Main Roster Debut

The final and perhaps biggest push to bring the division to the next level is by finally pulling off the first ever Women’s Royal Rumble Match in 2018. A field of 20 will take to the ring and battle it out to be the number one contender at Wrestlemania for the WWE Women’s Championship. As we’ve seen already, the women have headlined a PPV (Hell in a Cell), continue having headlining matches on RAW and SDL, and taken part in the first Women’s Money In The Bank ladder match. It’s now time to bring it all together for this massive rumble match which all culminates to the 20th entry of the rumble. Asuka! Can you make a bigger statement than that? I think not! What better place for the reigning NXT Champion to make her main roster debut and send the WWE women’s division to main event levels.