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Join Date: May 2015
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Re: WWE 2018: The Year in Review and the Potential of 2019
It's refreshing to see some positivity amongst the incessant whining and bitching that tends to take place here. The negativity here is sometimes as miserable and insufferable as the WWE main roster product can be at its worst. You're right in saying there is a lot of bad with the product, but that there also still manages to be some things that are quite good and enjoyable. I think some here will never be satisfied, and will always be more interested in delighting in WWE's failures, rather than acknowledging their successes.
You have a pretty solid list overall. I think I would agree for the most part. Not going to comment on the whole list, but I'll throw in a few thoughts for some.
Drew seems to have the total package, but something I can't point my finger at just seems to be preventing him from clicking, for whatever reason. IDK what it is. He seems to have all the right tools. Maybe it's really just as simple as a booking or presentation issue. It seems like he's just that one moment or feud away from really being able to run with the proverbial ball. It's odd that WWE seems to be struggling with finding a way for him to breakout.
I'd really like to see Finn bring back his Demon gimmick. I know there are those who found it lame and cheesy. And I can understand how that might be hard to deal with creatively (as well as practically, with regard to the time and effort it takes to apply the bodypaint). But I always enjoyed that gimmick and what he did with it down in NXT, and I find his character without it to be rather bland, though the cookie-cutter babyface booking he tends to get probably doesn't help matters much either.
I agree that there is also probably some additional hidden (or perhaps not so hidden) potential within New Day. And I'd also agree that we're most likely to be able to find that potential in the likes of Xavier and Big-E. It would be interesting to see what one or both of them might do on a solo trajectory IN ADDITION to their tried and true New Day team. I find myself growing tired of some of their comedy antics at times, but it can't be denied that they are very reliable and talented. I struggle to see them ever breaking up while they're all still active. I just hope their success with New Day isn't typecasting them unnecessarily--there could be something under the hood that we didn't even know was there.