SmackDown is in great trouble
by SIMONE BRUGNOLI | VIEW 91631
Over the past few weeks, we've seen Roman Reigns appear on both Monday Night Raw and Friday Night SmackDown, with the Universal Champion and Federation WWE champion beating all of his competition, starting with winning Wrestlemania 38, where he beat none other than Brock Lesnar, former WWE Champion and winner of this year's Men's Royal Rumble.
After beating any opponent that has passed him in the last year and a half, from Daniel Bryan to Edge, through Cesaro and Big E, to Brock Lesnar, the Tribal Chief of the company has left the fans quite dumbfounded with a sensational announcement arrived during a company house show in Trenton, with Roman saying he would probably never see such an audience again in the future.
After these words, which for many sounded like a possible farewell to the scenes, the insiders of the various sites inquired about the story, with Reigns only wanting to intend that he would leave the smaller house shows of the company, where obviously he will no longer attend.
In his latest Wrestling Observer newsletter, well-known journalist Dave Meltzer wanted to make a fairly detailed analysis of the crisis that SmackDown's blue roster will now face in smaller house shows, with WWE no longer having its Tribal Chief at available, it will present itself in front of the small towns where it will have its events not filmed by the cameras, with a few high caliber athletes.
In his speech, Meltzer in fact stated: "But, it is still strange that first two titles are merged on a single person and then this does not go into the ppv. It is very strange what they are doing for Chicago. I mean, they're still gonna have a Hell in a Cell match, right? I don't know who will be inside.
Or, maybe it will be more than someone. Maybe Seth and Cody will be inside. Will someone else be there? Look at the Smackdown roster and take Roman Reigns out of that mix, I mean, I don't even know what they're going to do on house shows.
If they have a weekend to plan, where they have two house shows in one night instead of one, what will they really have in hand? Even with single shows where they use guys for two or more shows, the match advertised in the various billboards now always has the face of Reigns on it, from now on it will only have Cody and Seth.
Not a big hit for Smackdown. Champion number one would be Ricochet, I assume, but the star is Drew. But again, who are we sending Drew to fight? Sheamus? Corbin? He's not that great."