5 reasons why Jason Jordan's babyface push is a good thing
It's like 2015 Roman Reigns all over again.
If the WWE Universe had its own trending topics list, the search term ‘Jason Jordan’ would have been trending worldwide ever since July 2017.
The former American Alpha member was a forgotten SmackDown Live Superstar a few months ago but, thanks to his alignment with ‘biological father’ Kurt Angle, he has become one of the most talked-about people in WWE.
You only have to scroll through social media during Monday Night Raw every week to see how many fans are complaining, cringing and cursing when the former SmackDown Tag Team champion is on our screens.
Looking back, we haven’t seen a so-called ‘babyface’ receive this much backlash from fans since Roman Reigns’ push in early 2015 when he won the Royal Rumble and main-evented WrestleMania.
But, honestly, how much of this hate has been fair? Should we cut JJ some slack? In this article, we look at five reasons why his babyface push will turn out to be a positive for both him and WWE.
#1 He’s an outstanding in-ring performer
The main reason why Jason Jordan’s babyface push has been a good thing is obvious: he’s an extremely talented wrestler who wasn’t being given enough opportunities on SmackDown Live.
Of all the major call-ups from NXT in recent years, American Alpha’s first 12 months on the main roster was the most disappointing of the lot. Everyone could see how good Jordan and Chad Gable were from their time in NXT but they just weren’t showcased enough once they were promoted to SmackDown.
Granted, they won the SmackDown Tag Team titles from the Wyatt Family in December 2016, but they were barely used on television in the weeks that followed and the championships ended up feeling so irrelevant that they weren’t even defended at WrestleMania 33.
Whether Jordan lives up to Kurt Angle’s real-life assessment of his on-screen son – he claims JJ is “up there with AJ Styles” – we’ll just have to see, but there’s no better platform than Monday Night Raw to show exactly what he can do.