I was randomly watching a Christmas rendition of Monday Night Raw from 2013 last night. I just searched for the most random episode of Raw to catch before bed and I found the right one. Little did I know what I was in store for.
The main event was the following: The Shield vs. John Cena, CM Punk and Big E. Wait….what?! [Picks jaw up from floor]
So in this one match you have the three men currently entangled in the WWE WHC picture (The Shield’s Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins) taking on the 15x Champ John Cena, CM Punk and the New Day’s Big E. There’s a dream match if there ever was one.
This match was truly like catching lightning in a bottle. Reigns, Cena and Rollins have missed chunks of time due to injuries over the last few years. Ambrose missed time due to filming 12 Rounds 3. Although we didn’t know it at the time, CM Punk would leave the company within a month [January 2014], and Big E would soon become a member of The New Day.
We’ll never see this match take place again. Guaranteed.
That’s why we’re getting Seth Rollins vs. Roman Reigns vs. Dean Ambrose for the WWE WHC at Battleground. If you ask any WWE fan the match they want to see most, it’s probably this one. This is a match that could easily be a 10/10 classic at SummerSlam or Wrestlemania. Instead we’re getting it at a historically less than stellar Pay Per View that debuted in 2013.
There are 3 main reasons for this: a.) You never know when one of these guys can get injured. If the wrong injury happened at the wrong time, WWE would be kicking itself for not booking the match in advance. b.) I don’t expect all 3 former Shield members to be on the same roster following the WWE Draft in July. Chances are, this match wouldn’t see the light of day with the Brand Extension. c.) This is a buzz worthy match that will capture plenty of attention and could attract more viewers in anticipation of the Draft.
This reasoning also holds true for the decision to jump right into an AJ Styles-John Cena feud upon the latter’s recent return. This is about as epic a feud as you’ll get and to hold it off until Wrestlemania just doesn’t make any sense given the variables of what could possibly prevent it from happening.
A month ago I made a case against the Brand Split. The dream Triple Threat match involving The Shield and Cena-Styles are 2 reasons why I think there should be only one roster for WWE. Enjoy these feuds while you can, because on July 19 the company will hold its draft live on SmackDown and there’s no telling who’s going where.
At the same time, this could just become the new norm. Maybe the big money feuds won’t wait until the big money Pay Per Views. Maybe WWE will [rightfully] treat every Pay Per View like a big money PPV.
A lot is still unknown as we don’t know what the PPV format will be moving forward.
However, after injuries crumbled the WWE roster this past winter and early spring I think WWE learned a valuable lesson: there’s no better moment than the present when it comes to booking.
by: Kevin D’Hooge