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So I guess they backed themselves into a corner and had no way out with Reigns.

Bayley's opening promo was awful, god awful. I tapped out after Ali/Elias and just watched the closing segment this morning. They are really going to need to buck their ideas up before they start on Fox.

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I thought both of the KOTR matches were pretty solid really. Certainly the best Elias match I've seen in some time. Maybe ever.

But yeah, the rest was questionable at best. I much prefer Rowan when he's not allowed to talk. Same with Bayley to be honest. She just doesn't have it in her to deliver a believable 'heel' promo.

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I did keep hoping that eventually they'd go to Harper as like a third man or something, but I'm definitely close to giving up hope. It just seems stupid that they'd actually go with Rowan. Surely not?

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KOTR has been good fun so far. They've done a nice job of making it feel important and the matches make the show feel more coherent overall. The crowds seem well into it too. They've blown the doors open prediction wise, I've no idea who's winning.

The rest of the show is a disaster unfortunately. Just a lot of moans coming. Who could possibly care about Roman Reigns anymore? There's always hunger for long term, week-to-week story telling in WWE, and every time they do it, it's such an awful illogical mess that you wish they'd get it over and done with, and get back to the only thing they consistently do well - matches. Everyone comes out of these angles as damaged goods. I should be chomping at the bit to see Bryan vs Roman but instead Bryan is a lower midcard clown out of Roman's league and Reigns is just . . . there. Looking bored and embarrassed by the entire thing.

The women's angle is hot for now, but it's turned into a convoluted mess in record time. The whole division is a wishy-washy shambles, nobody knows who to boo or cheer. They can't seriously be turning Charlotte babyface again?! She's amazing, but come on. Charlotte and Becky teaming against the Boss n' Hug seems like the way they're going, but meh, donnu about it. I suppose they've wrecked Becky's character enough that going back to being Flair's chump mate is the natural path at this point.

I take back my excitement for the Nakumara/Zayne pairing. Utter shit. The Lio Rush thing with the 'hype man' shouting into the mic is unbearable and doesn't get over. What a waste of these two.

The pulling back of the McMahon's and The Authority the last few months has been a sweet relief. They're complete poison. I still can't quite believe what they did to Kevin Owens. From funny, smart talking, locker room leader and man of the people, to a pathetic, whimpering, fat loser in the space of a week. Christ.

As great as the FFH was this week, The Wyatt thing bothers me as well. They're dying for top heels for sure but isn't it a bit early to be putting him in a championship match? Can't say I'm up for watching him in a cell where he'll have to sell and look like everyone else.

The matches have been good though! Don't know if they're using different agents or what but they've felt tighter and more smartly booked. Baron Corbin, Elias and Lacey Evans having the best matches of their career the last couple of days.

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According to Wrestling Observer, creative changes have been made. 

Long time RAW Lead¬†Writer Ed Koskey is being moved to Smackdown as Head Writer under Eric Bischoff. I think I read somewhere that he ‚Äėgets Vince and what he wants‚Äô.¬†

Guess Vince got tired of junking entire shows and the official word is Ryan Ward (trusted¬†Triple H guy, me thinks) is on ‚Äėpersonal leave‚Äô.¬†

The RAW Lead Writer is now Jonathan Baeckstrom, who was the 205 Live lead writer, and apparently hand selected by Paul Heyman for the RAW team not long ago.

I’d bet that this appointment is heavily influenced by Heyman. 

But yes, I think most of us had to know Ward’s position was untenable given Vince so publicly naughty-stepping him on a weekly basis for what seemed like a good couple of months and with the FOX move, upcoming draft and re-separation of the brands (apparently) and XFL, he only has his has hands full to be changing whole shows.

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I see WWE have finally pulled the trigger on a 'Nikki Cross is ugly' storyline. Took them longer than expected. Absolute cunts.

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I thought the main event was pretty good, as was the Rowan/Roman set up and Orton/Kofi. Bayley still looks clueless to her character direction 

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