A little over a week after The McMahon Summit that opened last week’s edition of Monday Night RAW, we can already start to see the small signs of the fresh start promised for the company moving forward.
The “First Family of Wrestling” did something we never thought would happen: they stood before the WWE Universe, and admitted they were wrong. Wrong about the talent they’ve put on TV week after week. Wrong about how they’ve went about matchmaking. Just plain old wrong about everything.
And they weren’t wrong.
Weeks, months, years we’ve been complaining, arguing, & belly-aching about what needed to be done to make the product what we grew up watching. Whether that meant who should be holding titles or what feuds need to happen or get more time in the ring.
It all seemingly didn’t go unheard.
Just in the last four combined episodes of RAW & Smackdown Live, we’ve already seen a mix of people we either haven’t seen in a while, or people we’d yet to see on the main roster.
Mustafa Ali, The Club, Heath Slater & Rhyno all have been revived after not seeing TV time for months.
It’s still too early to tell what this promise of “being better” will yield long-term. One can only wish that now with Baron Corbin out of the “Commissioner elect” title, the next person on the cutting block is Brock Lesnar as Universal Champion.
But I’m getting ahead of myself.
For now, let us just be grateful for whatever seismic mid-/end-life crisis the entire family may have had to make sure a bold promise.
With the Royal Rumble on the horizon, we must keep in mind that although we’d love for the change to be immediate, we must allow the currently pointless angles like Roode/Gable vs AOP & Elias vs Lashley play out.
Had the McMahons just changed it all up without saying anything or sent out some press release of change on the horizon, I simple would written it off as just something they did to their names in a authoritative type of light.
But by coming out on national television and outwardly admitting they were wrong, I believe they actually plan to listen more to what the fans want. Although the “You (the fans) are the authority” line may have been a bit too much.
Hell, Mr. McMahon himself is back to taking bumps again! If you don’t know what I’m talking about, here’s the end of this week’s Smackdown Live:
Even John Cena is expected to return and get into some action early in the coming year. Most likely in between movies in pure Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson fashion.
Personally, I don’t expect anything to extremely new to happen until Wrestlemania & after, but it is nice to know that something is coming. They just have to dig themselves out fo the hole they dug for themselves first, and the first step to that is the Royal Rumble.
That episode of Raw showed it can be done, as it posted the best ratings it’s seen in a long time. The same went for Smackdown.
For the first time in a long time, it’s Vincent Kennedy McMahon’s move, and I’m damn excited for it.