5 booking mistakes WWE made on Raw this week (10 December 2018)
This week WWE decided to change things on Raw, as they have finally started to notice that Raw has been underwhelming for the entire year. It took a lot of complaints from the WWE Universe, low attendance figures, and the lowest ratings of all time for the flagship show to realise that they are not producing quality television anymore.
The first step to rectifying a mistake is to admit it, and that is what WWE did this week, as they admitted their faults through a brilliant Seth Rollins promo directed at Baron Corbin. But to be honest, while this week's episode of Raw was not as bad as the previous episodes, it did not turn WWE's fortunes around.
The main issues their creative team have is still evident in the booking of Raw this week, although most would say that complaining is futile, as one should just watch the show and enjoy it, or not watch at all.
But just look at the improvement WWE tried to make this week, they tried to listen to the WWE Universe, so maybe they will in the future, and it would be good if they improved on the following things and not make these mistakes in the future, making the product better.
#1 AOP has become irrelevant
The Authors of Pain have not had the best time on the main roster, and that should not come as a surprise to any of you, as WWE's track record with NXT talent has been worse than Curt Hawkins' losing streak.
Although Akam and Rezar have picked up the Raw tag team titles and looked to regain their credibility as the baddest team in the WWE, the creative team threw that all away this week for a cheap pop, as AOP lost their tag team titles to the less than impressive duo of Bobby Roode and Chad Gable.
Gable and Roode are both fantastic wrestlers, but winning the titles out of nowhere while having little to no credibility is a big mistake. Name one duo this year who held the Raw tag titles and were built up for many months to achieve that moment?
The B Team, The Deleter of Worlds, The Shield, and even the Braun Strowman & Nicholas duo, the titles have been treated like trash by WWE this year, as those listed teams all had terrible reigns.
While many thought AOP would elevate the titles, WWE cut their momentum short as well, and now it seems tag team wrestling is done on Raw unless WWE makes a change and starts giving the titles some consistency.
#2 Nia Jax vs Ronda Rousey programme
The women's title feud between Ronda Rousey and Nia Jax has been less than stellar, and the main reason is the fact that WWE has done this programme before, and the fans have seen it. From Nia Jax trying to act like a competent heel to Ronda Rousey trying to 'act' all angry, it hasn't worked smoothly before, but still we gave this second attempt a try.
So far it hasn't been anything one would want to remember, and while people will say that this is just a filler feud for Rousey until WrestleMania season kicks in, it sort of sucks out the excitement which built during Ronda's verbal battles with Becky Lynch, and her excellent match against Charlotte Flair.
Having Ronda going from that to Nia Jax's less than stellar promos and character work is a mistake on WWE's part, as Rousey should keep her hot streak going. And while there are women like Sasha Banks, Ember Moon, and Bayley on the Raw roster, it's sort of surprising that the creative team would go with Jax again.