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5 Things WWE has gotten right

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The begining of the ‘Roman Empire’It’s a miracle! Two straight Monday Night Raw telecasts and there is a reason for excitement in WWE.Maybe it’s the fact both John Cena and Randy Orton are off camera – Cena asked for the time off, Orton is dealing with a shoulder injury; or maybe it’s because the creative team has had to work a bit harder to make sure there are compelling stories and an arch of Roman Reigns rise to the top of WWE’s highest zenith.Whatever the case, fans have been treated to three hours of better than usual television.Does this mean there will be more to come? Possibly. Cena is not coming back to television until the middle of December, in time for WWE TLC. Orton, who has had issues with his shoulder before, is out of action as of now for four to six months.For weeks, fans and wrestling media alike have been clamoring for change in the company’s programming and how they have developed storylines. Now, it would appear a formula is working. Maybe that was the plan all along, but that is just conjecture.Professional wrestling across the board is not the booming bonanza it used to be and Vince McMahon has basically exhausted all avenues of storylines – trying to reinvent the wheel and use old spots with new faces.That has not gone over well with the fans of an older generation.But for now, fans can look at the past two weeks as something positive with WWE and its cast of characters. Here are five reasons the programming is finally working – for now anyway.

#1 Building around another Champion

WWE’s last pay-per-view event, Hell in a Cell, told a story. Solid matches that were magnified by the Undertaker-Brock Lesnar main event.

It was also punctuated by the return of Alberto Del Rio and the exit of John Cena. The fact the company has not talked about Cena and his whereabouts tells me the time has come to move on from the leader of the band.

Cena is still a huge part of WWE, but now there is a new sheriff in town. Funny how we are talking about Roman Reigns and he has not captured the WWE World Title yet. Seth Rollins is still the company champion.

It’s only a matter of time until that changes.

This move to make Reigns the centerpiece is reminiscent of Hulk Hogan taking over where Vince McMahon stepped in back in the early 1980s. John Cena isn’t Bob Backlund, but there are similarities.

The Samoan Superman is McMahon’s hand-picked guy, adding to the comparisons.

How the company builds around Reigns will be the major story of 2016. With Rollins and Dean Ambrose in the picture, it is a good bet these three could pass the title around and keep the fans extremely happy.

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