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Dry Socket Opinion: Superstar Shakeup, Brock Lesnar, Be A Star

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I’ve got a few topics I’d like to cover, this week, and I’m going to start with tonight’s “Superstar Shakeup”. Rumors are swirling on who will move around and what storylines will develop. AJ Styles, Sasha Banks, Charlotte, and The New Day are all rumored to be switching brands. After last week’s RAW, let’s hope WWE can continue the trend of putting on solid television programs with logical booking.

Expect to see an increase in “Be A Star” commercials. After JBL’s latest bullying events, WWE will be running damage control. It’s no secret that JBL has a bullying past. He can join the long list of other bullies. Vince McMahon and Triple H are also known to play the bully card. One has to question whether or not JBL will receive any punishment and if WWE will publicize it so that outside media can promote it.

Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson seem to continue their beef with each other. While I’m not a fan of the “Fast” series (too much of the same movie with the same plot), the franchise is popular. I’m surprised Johnson did not appear at ‘Mania to promote the movie (especially since the event was held in Florida). Don’t get me wrong, I’m not disappointed that he did not appear. This feud seems to be nothing more than a battle of egos. Vin Diesel claims that he’s been defending Johnson and watching his back. I’ve yet to hear Johnson’s version of the events.

Brock Lesnar may be a fighting champion but my hunch says he won’t. His appearances will be scattered and Heyman will be left to build feuds. However, Lesnar’s absence allows for WWE to build up a number one contender feud. Reigns and Rollins are both excellent choices for the spot. Both are becoming mainstreamed and Reigns has yet another opportunity to have a full heel turn. One of the sleeper choices would have to be Braun Strowman. Despite consistently looking weak when backing down to Lesnar, a clean and solid win could be what Strowman needs to push him to the next level. Strowman needs to be built back up as a monster. Allow him to get some clean wins (even squashes) against top talent. Continuously backing down, from Lesnar, makes Strowman seem timid and afraid. This is WWE’s chance to build up some main event guys and take them to another tier. WWE is hurting for top level talent that are on the same level as The Rock, Steve Austin, The Undertaker, and Bret Hart. Lesnar’s absence provides the opportunity for number one contenders to grow and evolve.

While some may argue that Balor should get a title shot, I disagree. Though he is known throughout the wrestling world, he is still very green when it comes to WWE. Additionally, he needs to be mainstreamed into the non-wrestling spotlight. Give him at least one year and then push him into the title picture. He received a deafening ovation, when he came to RAW, but keep in mind that this was with the post-‘Mania crowd. The true test will come six months from now. Can he keep the momentum going and will WWE allow him to shine?

This Monday’s RAW is sure to provide a number of answers for WWE fans. Will the company continue their trend of putting on an entertaining product? Will they utilize smart and logical booking? What direction will they be taking for the future? Once again, I’m looking forward to RAW. WWE has planted the seeds for a decent show and their shakeup gimmick has me intrigued. What storylines are you most looking forward to and who do you think should change brands? Sound off below! Thanks for reading.

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