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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

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Retrospective: Pros and Cons Of Current Champions In WWE

By @MeenHendrix


The title is basic and straight to the point. NXT Champions included, I want to list the pros and cons, likes and dislikes of every current champion in WWE. I'm also going to do this in order of my favorite champions starting from my least favorite to my absolute favorite.

*Smackdown Tag Team Champions: Heath Slater & Rhyno


Pros:
Heath Slater and Rhyno is a random partnership that is somewhat entertaining. By somewhat I mean all Heath Slater. Beauty and the Man Beast are like the Cinderella Story, if there is one in the Tag Team division. Rhyno is the power and the serious one. Heath is the goofy one. What really impresses me is that while Heath has always been a solid worker in the ring, he has really worked well on being a well rounded wrestler and character.

Cons:
I liked the story of Heath being able to buy a double wide for his kids, but we all know it's just a matter of time before they drop the titles. The team will most likely be finished by the time the year ends.

*NXT Women's Champion: Asuka


Pros:
Asuka is dominant. She's run completely roughshod over the NXT Women's Division. Her strikes are vicious and she's possibly one of the top 5 women's wrestlers in the world on her in ring abilities alone. Oh, and her entrance is really bad ass.

Cons: 
It's obvious her mic skills is the weakest link. It doesn't bother me that much though and her skills more than make up for it. I'm also tired of people always saying throw a manager on people lacking mic skills. No, they need to learn on their own. Everyone can't be a Brock Lesnar.

*WWE Cruiserweight Champion: TJ Perkins


Pros: 
TJP is fantastic in that ring. His theme music is great. He's very deserving of the title. His backstory of him being homeless to becoming Cruiserweight Champion is heart warming and I'm genuinely happy for him. Also, its very impressive that he wrestled in Kobe X hightops once.

Cons:
All the nice things I've said about him is basically it. TJP is a great person, but that's about it. That dabbing is awful. Its dead now, so move on TJ. He has to develop some sort of character progression because he's been lacking that basically his whole career.

*Smackdown Women's Champion: Becky Lynch


Pros:
I love Becky Lynch. I'm a huge Becky fan. She is very good at what she does. She is the perfect face of the Smackdown Division.

Cons:
Nothing. I have nothing bad to say about Becky. I just don't favor her over the people ranked ahead of her.

*United States Champion: Roman Reigns


Pros:
Roman is a super athlete to me. This man moves fast and hits hard and I never get tired of seeing a Superman Punch. I think moving him to the midcard was a great idea. Roman is most definitely the future of this business in some way, whether we like it or not.

Cons:
Most of us don't like it because it feels like he's being forced on us. The guy has reached Cena levels. He gets hit with a big move and a few seconds later, he recovers just in time to hit a Superman Punch as if nothing has happened. Reigns fans had a legitimate gripe with Finn Bálor winning the Universal Title so fast, which is fair. The difference between Finn and Roman is we weren't 100% sure Finn would win the title. No one wants to look at the card and think "Oh this guy is definitely going to win" and that's the feeling you get with Roman before he was moved out of the main event picture. The booking has been better, but nobody wants another Superman running around.

*NXT Champion: Shinsuke Nakamura


Pros:
Shinsuke Nakamura is wrestling royalty. He has been one of the best in the world for years. I was so happy for him winning the title in Brooklyn. He's been in WWE for 9 months and already he has an instant classic on his belt with Sami Zayn, a show stealing match in my opinion with Austin Aries at NXT TakeOver: The End, a great match with Finn Bálor and a fantastic match where he captured the NXT Championship against Samoa Joe. The King of Strong Style is a legit star and I can't wait to see great things from him on the main roster. And his entrance? Top 5.

Cons:
Just like Asuka, his mic skills are weak. But they both barely speak English, so that's okay. I'm also conflicted about how soon I want to see him called up. He just won the belt and as much as I want to see him on the main roster now, I feel like he should really continue to be the brightest star in NXT for at least another 4-5 months (You know Royal Rumble time). He's a very good entertainer so his mic skills won't be an issue at all for me.

*Raw Women's Champion: Charlotte


Pros:
Since dropping her father, Charlotte has really come into her own as a villain. Charlotte was always my favorite out of the Four Horsewomen because she is literally bred to be fantastic at what she does. Sasha may be more entertaining than Charlotte, but Charlotte is the best of the best in the Raw Women's Division in that ring, in my opinion. It also helps that she's 11-0 in singles PPV matches for the Women's Championship. I know it's weird seeing me choose Charlotte over Shinsuke, but I've been able to say I've watched Charlotte's career from damn near start to finish.

Cons:
I absolutely hate the Charlotte and Dana Brooke pairing. It's just trash. It also feels like Charlotte has lost momentum since dropping the Women's Championship to Sasha on Raw about a month or two ago. She was on fire back then, but it was time for her to drop it. Now she has to find a way to regain that lightning in a bottle.

*Intercontinental Champion: The Miz


Pros:
The Miz is a top 5 Champion in this company. He continues to evolve. He was at the top of the world in 2011. He had a big fall from grace and turned into a stale babyface (who's idea was it to make him the host of SummerSlam in 2013?). He went to Hollywood to film a movie and came back a star (sort of) again. Since regaining the IC Title, Miz has done any and everything he can to make that title feel important and keep his hands on it. The Never Ending Intercontinental Championship World Tour has been non stop fun and it really took off during his Talking Smack interview opposite Daniel Bryan where Miz reaffirmed his status as a bonafide star in this company. Maybe now after he drops the title in the future, he may be trusted to capture another World Championship on Smackdown Live.

Cons: 
I have nothing negative to say about Miz as the IC Champion. He's a great champion. I just hope one day he will be able to rebound and be the top guy on Smackdown Live in the future.

*Raw Tag Team Champions: The New Day


Pros:
The New Day are just so damn entertaining. Its like a non stop party watching these guys. They have worked so hard to get where they are. Xavier Woods has come a long way from stealing Brodus Clay's entrance to being one of the beat talkers in the business. These guys are a very valuable part of the company regardless of show. There's no wonder why these guys have been Champions for over a year and the longest in WWE History.

Cons:
They aren't as good as babyfaces. They are way better as babyfaces now then they were before, but its still not the same. The jokes have gotten worse at times. They are way better as cheesy heels to me. They have also been untouchable this year. They rarely lose unless its like a distraction or something. I think it's time for these guys to drop the belts and give someone else a chance.

*WWE World Champion: AJ Styles


Pros: 
The face that runs the place has been nothing short of Phenomenal. He has beaten John Cena twice! Clean too! I can end the paragraph right here and that's enough for me to sell a casual fan about how great he is. He deserves that title. I've waited 12 years to see AJ Styles in the WWE and sometimes I still can't believe he's here. He is a top 5 wrestler in the entire world and he comes out and shows it every week. AJ has been in the company only 9 months and he is cutting promos better than he ever has in his entire career. He can pull off the babyface and heel roles to perfection because he's just that damn good.

Cons:
Nothing bad to say about AJ but to WWE Creative: Where the fuck is my AJ vs Orton feud? I have been very patient, 11 years worth of patience, and it's time for you guys to pay up. Get your shit together.

*WWE Universal Champion: Kevin Owens


Pros:
Everything. Kevin Owens can do no wrong in my eyes. He is a perfectionist. He has been one of the best since day 1. We've been begging and pleading with WWE Creative to give him the damn belt and we finally got what we wanted. He has delivered fantastic matches with John Cena, Sami Zayn, Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns, Finn Bálor, and many more. He steals the show by himself. He could wrestle with a broom stick and I'd be entertained because he would find a way to roast a fucking broomstick. His trash talk is A1. The way he mocks people as he kicks their ass is A1. Kevin Owens is a fucking star. Not even a star, he's a fucking Super Nova, a Nebula, a fucking Universe or some shit because he is big time. When he steps into the room he has an aura that surrounds you and instantly you know that he is the guy.

Cons: 
Monday Night Raw's lack of story progression has been hurting Owens's title reign so far. But like he's done so often before, he is making work very well. I'm ready to see him move on from Seth Rollins also now.

*NXT Tag Team Champions: The Revival


Pros: 
Kevin Owens may be my favorite wrestler in the company, but it doesn't get any better than Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder. I've wrote articles about how much of a big fan I am of the Revival because they are that damn great. These guys are genuine throwbacks. Not the fake ones that people call throwbacks because they just punch someone a lot. No, these guys are Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard type Throwbacks. Right down to the old school varsity jackets. Their motto is "No Flips, Just Fists" and they live up to that every time they step in the ring. They want to hurt you. They want to injure you if it means they will hold on to those Tag Team Titles. They are methodical. They find a body part and they attack viciously. They isolate teams and pick them apart. They deliver classics. They have literally never had a bad match since the Dusty Rhodes Classic last year. They are the top guys for a reason. There's no one in the world better to me. The Young Bucks are fantastic. I love those guys but compared to Dash and Dawson? I'd rather see Dash Wilder hold a guy down in the corner while Scott Dawson punches the guy out over a Superkick party. There's a reason why they are the first team to win the NXT Tag Team Titles 2 times.

Cons:
Their call up is coming soon and the only negative is they will have to lose to someone. When it's all said and done, I think I'll be able to say that they were one of the beat teams I've ever had the pleasure of watching.

-Ameen

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