The release of Cageside Seats’ latest WWE SmackDown Preview couldn’t have come at a better time because over the past few weeks I’ve been pretty critical of All Elite Wrestling and some of their performers. And that prompted several CSS readers to suggest that I’m either a high profile troll, or a bot for WWE, or both.
You see, I criticized WWE for years, but no one heard me because I was among many voices expressing the same displeasure with what WWE offered. My dissatisfaction with Vince McMahon’s product eventually led me to change the way I consumed it and wrestling in general.
The more I watched Raw, Smack down, and every Premium or pay-per-view live event, the more I focused on the hottest angles and stars. Even then, there were terrible issues to sit on, like Seth Rollins trying to blind Rey Mysterio or Bray Wyatt’s barbecue. At least the men’s and women’s world title scene was enough to keep me tuned.
But if I can be honest with you, I don’t care about other wrestlers. The side titles were a joke, the tag team scene outside of The Usos and New Day was virtually non-existent, and anyone else on WWE broadcasts was blind filler. Why? Because McMahon did very little for me to care. But it has not always been so.
Let me take you back to the last six months of 1989. The hottest angle in the WWE Tag Team Division was Demolition’s defense and pursuit of the Tag Team Titles against tandems managed by Bobby “The Brain” Heenan . But underneath, there was a formidable rivalry between The Rockers and the Fabulous Rougeaus. What started as a trivial question about who had the best entrance music quickly escalated into bloody violence. Was it filler? Absolutely. But it was something that kept viewers entertained between silver angles involving Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage.
And that brings me back to today and my unease about booking Vince McMahon. When the Women’s Tag Team Championship fell victim to a title waiver, I had hoped that WWE would shut down the division and focus more on improving the singles arm.
But in the days of McMahon’s
resignation retirement, a decision was made to bring the titles back, and here we are. Now, with new management and under the creative direction of Triple H, I hope I have reason to care about WWE’s supporting cast. He has done well to rehabilitate WWE secondary titles. And now he has the opportunity to interest me in the women’s tag team division, and what better way to start than with Doudrop and Nikki ASH
Now, I’m not advocating that they win the titles. But there should be a division that entertains fans and allows teams like Doudrop and Nikki to engage in stories beyond tag team titles, just like the Rockers and Rougeaus did more ago. 30 years old.
In addition, it is also an opportunity to makeover these two women. I was intrigued to see Doudrop and Nikki team up as it reminded me of the early days of the New Age Outlaws. Once again, we see a pair of two strong performers stuck in limbo, maybe not World Championship material, but good enough to add value to WWE programming.
But the creation was half successful. Although WWE reunited Doudrop and Nikki like they did with the Outlaws, they failed to freshen up every character. While Rockabilly and Real Double J became Bad Ass Billy Gunn and Road Dogg Jesse James, poor Doudrop and Nikki ASH remained Doudrop and Nikki ASH
When it comes to naming wrestlers, as a fan I have one rule: if it doesn’t seem like it belongs in the marquee for WrestleMania, try again. Doudrop is a strange and stupid name. Nikki ASH is flat and her superhero thing has survived its short lifespan. These ladies need a gimmick restoration stat.
They lost in that Fatal 4-Way “Second Chance” match, but I’ll remain cautiously optimistic that needed change is imminent, and perhaps this loss can be the impetus for it.
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