WWE Backlash 2017: Randy Orton Destroying Jinder Mahal And 5 Bad Booking Decisions
May 18, 2017 - WWE
WWE Backlash 2017 outlines a loyal commencement of a new epoch for SmackDown.
Gone are The Miz, Bray Wyatt, Dean Ambrose and Alexa Bliss, 4 stars who had helped lift a blue code given final year’s code split but were shipped to Raw during a “Superstar Shakeup.” Also left is John Cena, who is still on interregnum and leaves SmackDown without a biggest draw.
Now, we’re left with a code that is pulling Jinder Mahal as a WWE pretension contender and has forsaken AJ Styles to a midcard for a argument with Kevin Owens. This is positively a new look SmackDown, which is still perplexing to figure out that superstars should be pushed and how to best implement a revived roster, yet that’s not an easy charge with so many relocating parts.
That’s what creates Backlash such an critical pay-per-view and a intensity indicator of destiny success or failures for a blue brand. As per a usual, WWE can take a step in a right instruction or pierce one step behind during Backlash. It all depends on a booking.
Here are 5 bad engagement decisions WWE contingency equivocate creation during Backlash.
Taking The US Title Off Kevin Owens
SmackDown’s ratings have dropped dramatically given WrestleMania 33, hitting a 2017 low this week with only 2.175 million viewers, and whenever that happens, WWE tends to go behind to what worked in a past to spin things around.
Given that a blue brand’s ratings appearance final year, increasing by 17%, during a time when AJ Styles was pushed during a No. 1 star on a brand, it’s easy to design WWE putting a United States Championship on “The Phenomenal One” in hopes that it will finish a show’s ratings woes. That positively would be distinct given that Styles is one of WWE’s many renouned stars and perhaps a No. 3 sell inciter as well, yet it would be unpropitious to Kevin Owens.
Owens is unequivocally attack his walk as a heel performer after a severe widen on Raw, one in that his feeble requisitioned Universal pretension power led to a red code shockingly being outdrawn by a blue brand at live events. However, now that Owens has forsaken a comedy shtick and changed on from his argument with Chris Jericho, he has a intensity to rise into a legitimate main-event size heel he should have been on Raw.
If Owens loses during Backlash, it will stop his movement before it can truly get going and return him behind to a feeble requisitioned heel he was on Monday nights.
A Fully Babyface Charlotte Flair
WWE has attempted to pull Charlotte as a babyface in a past, and it unsuccessful miserably.
Like other stars on a roster, Charlotte is such a healthy heel that she should stay in that purpose on SmackDown, generally given that a other tip dual females (Naomi and Becky Lynch) are many improved in a babyface role. What we’ve schooled in new years, after all, is that fans are going to like whoever they wish to like, and in turn, will balance in to see who they enterprise to see and buy sell for whoever they wish to hearten for.
Charlotte has proven to be a sincerely clever pull as a heel, carrying categorical evented Hell in a Cell and an part of Raw last Nov that outdrew a prior part by some-more than 100,000 viewers, even yet that part featured a fallout from Goldberg vs. Brock Lesnar during Survivor Series. But as a face, Charlotte leaves a lot to be preferred as a performer, and she’s a many improved fit in her healthy heel role.
At a time when WWE’s tip dual sell movers, Roman Reigns and John Cena, are booed like heels yet requisitioned like babyfaces, Charlotte doesn’t need to be a bone-fide babyface to be a draw. She should only be Charlotte, arguably a many gifted womanlike performer in WWE history.