Paid Members bbabba Posted March 8, 2021 Paid Members Share Posted March 8, 2021 Its been about a year since WWE TV went behind the closed doors of the Performance Centre/Thunderdome/Capitol Wrestling Centre. Wrestling without a live audience undoubtedly provides many challengers but also opportunities to wrestlers, producer, and writers. Who do you think has done well in the past year, and who has flopped? And can these successes and failure be (at least in part) attributed to the lack on fans, or would it have happened anyway? Some of my thoughts. Successes Roman Reigns: The heel turn we've been waiting years for finally happened, and it has been better than most would have expected. Reigns feels leagues above anyone else in the company with his outstanding character work and matches. I think had we had fans he would have probably done nearly well - a real test would be whether he could elicit those universal boos, and not some sort of mixed response (probably flipped from those who cheered/booed him as a face). Too many cheers could have dented him a bit. "Main event" Jey Uso: Had my favourite match of the covid era (Clash Of Champions with Reigns). Been brought up to near headliner level by Reigns, but also by his own intense character and in-ring work. I'd put his success down to the opportunity afforded by Jimmy being injured for a year (and Jey grasping it with both hands), and think he would have done as well with a crowd. Bobby Lashley: An incredible turn-around for the 44 year who went from semi-joke feud with Rusev pre-covid, to WWE champ. I think factors for his success include the addition of MVP and lack of alternative headliners to push, but I also think that fans would have shit on or not reacted strongly enough to Lashley in his early Hurt Business run that it may have placed an upper mid-card limit on him. Failures Alexa Bliss: WWE has tried to push the boundaries of the smoke and mirrors they can get away with with no fans in the arena, and no one has been more involved with this than poor Bliss, whose nonsensical situations we have to put up with on TV week after week. Once a legit women's champion, now a joke act (even if WWE doesn't see it that way). Victim of behind closed doors for sure. Otis: Red hot emotion and response from fans at the Elimination Chamber PPV just before the pandemic started, the Mandy Rose payoff felt flat in an empty PC at WM36. Otis wasn't as fun to get behind without the live audience cheering him on, but he was pushed beyond his means anyway, culminating in that dreadful Money In The Bank win as WWE got stuck into their cinema style matches. Continued losing steam and now some sort of semi heel in a lower mid-card role. Braun Strowman: Covid WWE initially worked in his favour as he was shoe-horned into a title win at a WM36 card he didn't have a match on a few days beforehand. But like Bliss and Otis, got caught up in the cinema style nonsense over the summer in that interminable feud with Bray Wyatt. Got stuck for a bit in the (IMO) dire Raw Underground, a concept that I doubt would have happened with fans in the arena. Now made to look a thick muppet most weeks on TV. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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