5 things we wanted from WWE this week and what they delivered: 16th May 2017
Did this week's episodes of Raw and SmackDown live up to expectations?
As the WWE Universe tuned in for this week’s episodes of Monday Night Raw and the go-home SmackDown LIVE before WWE Backlash, expectations were extremely high. Fans were looking forward to some real entertainment, especially on Tuesday night, but things didn’t go according to plan.
Raw ended up putting on the better show with some unexpectedly great moments while SmackDown faltered on the home stretch to the first SmackDown exclusive pay per view after Wrestlemania 33. It was unexpected, to say the least, considering the trajectory of the two shows since the Brand Split in 2016.
There were some high expectations from the WWE Universe, and a lot of them were left unfulfilled by the WWE’s creative department, in particular on the blue brand’s side of things. As it happens week in and week out, many fans came away disappointed at the end of Monday Night Raw and more noticeably, SmackDown LIVE.
So, without any further ado, let’s get into 5 things we wanted from the WWE and what they deLIVEred for the week of 16th May 2017:
#5 What we wanted: An improved Raw mid-card; what we got: Some exciting heel turns to improve the Raw mid-card
Episodes of Monday Night Raw have been suffering because of the three-hour length of the show. Oftentimes the mid card feels like filler with no real sense of purpose or direction. Well, the WWE took the first steps in fixing that problem this past week.
There two unexpected – and much welcome – heel turns on the mid card to spice things up on Monday nights. Goldust decided to turn on his Golden Truth tag team partner, R-Truth and proceeded to beat the living crap out of former NWA World Heavyweight Champion. So compelling was the heel turn that the crowd started chanting “Thank you, Goldust!” and “Yes! Yes! Yes!”.
To add to this, we saw Apollo Crews take out Enzo Amore and turn heel himself, fully aligning himself with Titus O’Neil after the Titus Brand had lost a singles match to Enzo’s partner, Big Cass. This will hopefully lead to some improved storylines for Apollo.