WrestleMania weekend and the ensuing Raw and Smackdown’s are always a wild time in the WWE, but this year might take the cake as one of the craziest. TakeOver Orlando and WrestleMania 33 were both great shows, and the WWE followed that up with a wonderful Raw and a great Smackdown. Kurt Angle is the new GM of Raw, the Hardy’s are Raw Tag Team Champions and The Revival are now part of the Raw Tag Division. Smackdown refused to be outdone by Raw, so they brought up Tye Dillinger and Shinsuke Nakamura on last night’s show. While it remains to be seen if any of the recent call ups will switch brands during the ‘superstar shakeup’ next week, it’s good to know that they’ll be on the main roster going forward. Of the three call ups, I think The Revival have the chance to have the biggest impact. While Dillinger and Nakamura will be fan favorites and most likely move a ton of merchandise, The Revival have a chance to revitalize the Tag Team Division, and change main roster tag matches for the better.
WrestleMania season is always the best time of the year for the WWE, and it seems to be extending with each passing year. The reason for that is the aura that now surrounds the Raw after WrestleMania, a show that usually ends up being the best Raw of the year. On previous Raw after Mania’s, we’ve seen the return of Brock Lesnar, the debut of Goldberg, Dolph Ziggler cashing in his MITB briefcase and countless other wonderful moments. Thankfully, last night was no different.
The Hardy Boyz (who returned at WrestleMania and won the Raw Tag Team Titles} had their first successful title defense against Gallows and Anderson. Cesaro & Sheamus beat Enzo & Cass later in the show, and are now the #1 contenders for those titles. Emma FINALLY debuted, and will add some much needed depth to the Raw Women’s Division. Braun Strowman stepped up as the first challenger to Brock Lesnar’s Universal Title, the belt he won off of Goldberg at WrestleMania. Roman Reigns opened the show in the most badass way possible, letting the crowd chant themselves to death before calmly announcing that this is his yard show, then dropping the microphone and walking out. ALL of those things happened in a 3 hour timeframe, plus three enormous debuts.
Kurt Angle as the new GM of Raw, the return of Finn Balor and the promotion of The Revival to the main roster are three of the best moves the WWE could have made. Balor’s return was obviously inevitable, but bringing him back and putting him against Joe and Owens was perfect booking, as those were two of his main rivals in NXT. Angle being named the GM makes perfect sense, and he already proved how much fun it’s going to be watching him interact with a new generation of stars during a few of his backstage segments last night. The best part: if he’s able to pass the WWE physicals, we could see him in the ring too, which is always a great option to have for an authority figure.
While they’re not as well known as Angle or Balor, The Revival showing up on Raw was the biggest addition from last night. Dash and Dawson have revitalized the Tag Team Division in NXT, making it easily the best part of almost every show. Adding them and the Hardy’s to the Tag Division is huge, and I have to imagine that the current crop of teams (New Day, Cesaro/Sheamus, Enzo/Cass) will all be better just by sharing the ring with The Revival. WWE is in prime position for a great stretch, and I can’t wait to see how it all plays out.
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WM – Harbaugh was so fired up about the possibility of WrestleMania coming back to Detroit that he called back into the radio show a few minutes after his original interview. He had an idea for a host.
“Why not the Big House?” he said. “Why not? 140,000 – I bet we could get in there for Wrestlemania. They’re trying to break the attendance record at Jerry Jones’ stadium in Dallas. (There’s) a great Canadian presence in wrestling. Why not Michigan and the Big House?”
Now that Minneapolis is just about officially off the board for WM 33 hosting duties, Michigan’s Big House sounds like a pretty appetizing option. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want to see 140,000 wrestling fans pack Michigan’s stadium plus a cameo from legitimate crazy man Jim Harbaugh. My life has been missing Harbaugh since he my left my 49ers for college football, but this might be the move to bring him back in. WWE is bold enough to make this happen, and now they have new face of Michigan on their side. Harbaugh/Dean Ambrose in a Japanese Death Match or we riot.