As WrestleMania 32 approaches, it is interesting to look back on the rises, and downfalls, of the WWE this past year. Only 3 months into 2016, we think about all that has happened, and all that we expect, or hope, to happen in the coming months and year in the professional wrestling world. From retirements, to championship wins, to story line adjustments, the WWE never fails to throw a curve ball our way every so often.
There is much to look forward to in WrestleMania 32, namely the anticipated match between Shane McMahon and The Undertaker. Of course, we also look forward to Monday Night Raw the night after WrestleMania, what usually turns out to be the best Raw of the year. It is always so difficult to anticipate exactly what will be thrown at us: a debut? A surprise superstar return?
We know that John Cena is never out for as long as they say he will be, so will this year's return be Cena's? Maybe Seth Rollins? Whatever it is that the WWE has in store for us this coming year, there are plenty of realizations we've had since 2015 came to an end. Here are a few things we know so far in the first few months of 2016.
13 Jericho Is A Natural Born Heel
12 Shane McMahon's Still Got It!
11 Roman Reigns Is Being Shoved Too Far Down Our Throats
At this point in time, the general consensus seems to be this: the wrestling community is quite tired of having Roman Reigns being shoved down their throats, and the WWE seems to finally be taking notice. Being a part of The Shield is where Reigns' career originally began to take off, however once the group split and the star was pushed into Main Event status, we began to see spikes of fans turning against him. Is it the boredom we feel when he is on the mic, coupled with mediocre wrestling ability? Lack of charisma? There just seems to be something about him that some can't quite put their finger on, but all they can say is "I'm just simply sick of hearing about him".
10 The WWE Needs To Use Bray Wyatt More
9 The WWE Lost Something Great In Daniel Bryan
8 HHH Is Still Entertaining As a Performer In the Ring
7 Dean Ambrose Should Be The Face Of WWE
6 The New Day Should Stay On Top Of the Tag Team Division For A While
5 Dolph Ziggler Needs To Get The Push He Deserves
4 The NXT Continues Proving Their Worth Time and Time Again
3 WWE Is Entertaining Without John Cena
After news broke in January that John Cena would be out of the roster due to a shoulder injury and subsequent surgery, many wrestling fans wondered how the WWE would cope with the superstar's absence. However, it seems that they're doing exceptionally well, considering the large blow to their plans kicking off the new year. With stars like Brock Lesnar, Roman Reigns, and the much anticipated match between Shane McMahon and The Undertaker, fans have plenty to keep themselves occupied with during Cena's recovery.
2 The Divas Division Has Become More Relevant Again
In past years, the Diva's division of the WWE was known to be more of the eye candy, or as some would say, the "bathroom break" portion of the show. Thanks to NXT, the Diva's division has now become more relevant than ever in the last 2 or 3 years. Gone are the days of "bra and panty" matches between female wrestlers that were mediocre at best. Back then, it seemed like the WWE would just choose the hottest females that had some sort of wrestling ability, and toss them into the ring clad with lingerie for men to ogle and drool over.
Triple H made it a point to develop the Divas, seeing potential in many female wrestlers that were not being utilized correctly. Since then the Divas have become less sexualized, and the world was introduced to the new-and-improved division, comprised of some pretty kick-ass, beautiful, and talented wrestlers. It is refreshing to see them have the opportunity to prove their full potential.
1 The WWE Could Ditch the Ultra 'PG' Programming
Long-time WWE viewers remember a time when the aftermath of a match involved a blood-stained mat and beaten, bloodied faces of the competitors. Gone are the days of Mick Foley diving onto a pile of thumbtacks, and gruesome gashes across foreheads by the end of the match. Today's programming tends to be more PG, aimed towards the younger, more delicate demographic (ahem, John Cena fans) of the WWE. What happened, guys?
Stars were never afraid to get their hands dirty in past decades, why stop now? The recent kid-friendly ratings have severely impacted the quality of the material, and lifelong fans of the sport have come to find the new guidelines a bit disappointing. At times when the matches or story lines get a bit stale, a good, old fashioned match where blood is drawn would be a refreshing scene for many fans. Not too sure how the younger crowd would react, or how it would affect overall ratings. We do know that quite a number of fans would be thrilled to see some more brutality return to the ring.
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