It’s a Big Dog Eat Big Dog World

With what appears to be a completely different gimmick right down to his gear, it’s absolutely time for Mojo Rawley to get a new entrance. It’s not as though the one he has now is some kind of underrated cult classic or hair-on-fire wild shit: it’s just his name over a tie dye background. I’m not sure what you can replace it with, as outside of “shockingly good on the mic” Mojo has essentially no defining character traits, but I’m sure they have a discarded Batista entrance package they could recycle.

As we have known for years, Mojo Rawley’s new(?) finisher — the Alabama Slam — is the in-ring equivalent of “Creative has nothing for you”. Which is sad to see, because there’s a lot of little things that Mojo does well but he doesn’t seem quite able to get to the place where he needs to be for his gimmick to work. He is, instead, stuck on the undercard in essentially meaningless feuds against the No Way Joses of the world. And considering that, with the crew cut (and what’s presumably an odd fit for a waistcoat,) going full Constable Corbin seems largely out of the question.

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While it wasn’t the worst segment of the night — and set up what was pretty unequivocally the best — Seth Rollins as Generic Joke-y WWE Babyface No.2 is the worst thing he does, full stop. It takes whatever, for lack of a better term, dickish “coolness” Seth has in the ring and out of kayfabe, completely misappropriates it and then tries to make him look like the good guy, as opposed to a guy we can’t help but love because “Yes, he’s a kind of a jackass, but have you seen that Phoenix Splash?”

Although I prefer matches to have meaningful stakes, even a cursory explanation of why those stakes exist in the first place is just as important. There is, seemingly, no reason why Drew McIntyre is allowed to the ring with Dolph Ziggler in the first place for a match that doesn’t involve him. Is there some kind of registration tag teams have to go through to qualify for a title shot or be involved in matches where its possible? If not, and they aren’t tag team champions, does Drew at least have a some kind of manager’s license? While this may all seem trivial, considering the entire main event — as well as one of the biggest matches on Sunday’s show — is completely structured around the potential for Drew to interfere, simply explaining why he’s allowed to be there in the first place would be extremely helpful in creating a foundation upon which stakes can be built.

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