By Brian Yuran
With floundering ratings and AEW’s soaring popularity, WWE finds itself at a crossroads. This past week’s RAW saw the lowest ratings in the modern PG era (excluding holiday episodes).
Part of the reason is stagnant writing with poor storylines and underutilized talent.
But the main reason WWE is suffering is due to its lack of a transcendent star. Ever since John Cena left to become a full-time actor and the legendary Randy Orton was delegated to mid-card status, WWE has been without its guy.
It seems like Vince and company believe they’ve found their main-event man in the “Beast Slayer”, but while the former Shield member is one of the most skilled in-ring performers of his generation, he doesn’t possess the charisma or captivating presence of a John Cena or Hulk Hogan. Without a doubt, he puts on some spectacular matches. His bout at SummerSlam 2015 with John Cena was nothing short of extraordinary.
What the hell happened to Raw's tag team division?
I could have sworn there was a time I was hopeful for its future considering how stacked it was with star power. SmackDown Live's tag team scene desperately needed help at one point, but between The Usos, The New Day, Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin, Rusev Day, The Bludgeon Brothers, Breezango and even Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn, I'd say they're doing just fine. And that's with a smaller roster, so Raw virtually has no excuse.
Raw's tag team division isn't in a state of emergency by any means when you consider how awesome the matches pitting The Shield against The Bar have been since the summer. But that's exactly the issue: these two teams have been feuding since the summer. I've enjoyed every one of their encounters, including their most recent matchup on Dec. 4, but it's high time the flagship show injected some new blood into its tag team ranks.
The kickoff to the Road to WrestleMania isn't far off, and already we're starting to hear rumblings of what matches we might see on the grand stage. However, one important part of WrestleMania weekend that most tend to overlook is the Hall of Fame ceremony that is set to take place Friday, April 6, 2018. We won't know for sure until January at the earliest who will be joining the hall of immortals, but you can bet that there will plenty of speculation regarding the 2018 class in the months ahead.
The favorites for induction into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2018 have shifted over the last couple months. Earlier this year, Batista was rumored to be getting the call, but those rumors were shot down, and he's no longer the co-favorite. In fact, some sports betting sources say that Goldberg (1/1) remains at the top, followed by Vader (2/1) and The Undertaker (4/1), who could fittingly be inducted in the city where Brock Lesnar ended his legendary WrestleMania streak (New Orleans). Here, we'll look at the aforementioned icons and their chances of getting inducted next April.
Bruce Wayne a.k.a. Batman is the dark hero with the personality and exterior of a bad man. When one looks deeper past the darkness of the cape crusader you can see that ultimately what he does is rooted in justice. The way Batman gets justice may not always be the goody good way. However, Batman gets his justice and is more of a vigilante hero. Then we have Superman a.k.a. known as Clark Kent. Superman is the antithesis of Batman. Superman says all the right things. He has super raw power. He wears colorful attire. Although both fight for good, Superman does things by the book. Ironically two of the most popular heroes are the founders of the Justice League.