While WWE has given the main event a breath of fresh air with Dean Ambrose as WWE World Heavyweight Champion, for however long that lasts, there is a decided air around the show that seems to indicate that not much in WWE is going to progress until after the brand extension resumes on July 19th. Which should make it harder to build a Pay Per View that will happen immediately after WWE splits their roster in two, especially when the guy you spent the last two years pushing as the new centerpiece of the promotion fails a drug test and has to be suspended, but it seems they’ve got a plan for that. Of course, that plan seems to involve having a bunch of “dream” matches between opponents who will likely end up on different brands, and extending midcard feuds that nobody was particularly interested in the first time, but at least they’ve got something. And hey, we got some pretty good matches and a fairly fast-moving show last night, so it’s not all doom and gloom, right?
10. He’s Not A Good Looming Problem, He’s Not A Bad…You Get The Idea
So, Roman Reigns was suspended for 30 days for violating the WWE Wellness Policy, but WWE still put him in the main event of the next PPV. We’re not sure the message we’d want to deliver here is “if you violate our stringent drug policy, but you happen to be the guy we planned to build the future of the company around, your punishment is to take the next month off the road and come back just in time for a World title match on Pay Per View”, while also pointing out that if someone like Zack Ryder had failed a Wellness test, we’d never hear about him ever again on WWE programming. Then, WWE had Seth Rollins actually address Reigns’ Wellness violation on Raw, which bothers us both for what we just talked about, in addition to the fact that, as entertaining as it was to listen to Rollins repeatedly hit Reigns with sick burns, it’s lazy writing. What happened to the days of at least faking an injury to get someone off TV? Are they hoping Reigns will get sympathy heat because he failed a drug test? That seems like a terrible plan. Plus, this marks the second feud this year where Reigns won’t be on TV at all for the build, and it seems like someone who’s supposedly deserving of this relentless main event push should at least occasionally be around on regular programming.