Deep down, every wrestling fan knows that this thing that we watch on a regular basis is really dumb. It’s often poorly written by people who couldn’t make it as writers for daytime soaps, with horrendously cheesy acting, and a lot of the time things happen that don’t actually make any sense. However, the fact that wrestling is dumb doesn’t preclude it from also sometimes being weirdly awesome, which is what keeps us coming back. Sure, the actual wrestling being good is always appreciated, but there also needs to be that level of nonsense, with a dash of crazy, in order for the show to be truly entertaining. The final Raw before Extreme Rules did a lot of dumb things that kept the show off-kilter in a lot of ways. But at the same time, some of that dumb stuff was awesome, in that way that only wrestling can be.
And, of course, some of it was bad, but we’re used to that by now.
10. Maybe There Is No Swerve
We’ll stop thinking about whether “The Family” or “The Bloodline” is a more ridiculous name for Roman Reigns’ little group (maybe it’s only “The Family” when Dean Ambrose is involved, we’re not sure), because we need to address the other poorly-named faction in this fight, “The Club”. Frankly, if they used all the effort that commentary puts into not actually saying the words “Bullet Club”, they might have actually thought up a real name for the group by now. At any rate, when they debuted, we were pretty sure that at some point, they were going to turn on AJ Styles and bring in Finn Balor (which would incidentally have the side effect of, and we really hate harping on this, giving them an actual name), because AJ had turned himself into one of WWE’s biggest babyfaces and it would make sense. But after this week, with Styles acting fairly heelish and arrogant, and seemingly on the same page as his buddies, we’re forced to face a reality where maybe this whole thing has just slowly turned AJ heel, for no good reason other than because maybe WWE doesn’t want anyone leeching potential face heat off Roman Reigns, who has now started to receive the Cena-esque “What an ovation” and “Whether you love him or hate him” lines during his entrances. We’d believed that WWE had recognized the problems with Reigns and moved to correct them a bit, but if they truly believe that he’s still the #1 babyface in the company, this whole summer could end up very awkward for WWE and the production team that has to keep adjusting the crowd audio.