It’s a New Year, yes it is! Today is the day everyone is going to be setting new goals for themselves in the hopes they can summon the energy to change the direction their lives have taken and end 2018 in a better way than they began it. Just the same, there’s always room for changes when it comes to the WWE wrestlers as well.
As such, it’s time to get into the New Year’s resolutions for WWE in general and the superstars who make up the product we all love – or, at times, love to hate.
Keep in mind that none of these will be something like “win a title” because everyone should be striving for things like that. These are more specific things – some humorous, some serious – they can work on over the next few months as far as character, skills, booking plans and more ways they can improve their game.
He’s seven foot tall, and you can’t teach that, but here’s hoping during the time he’ll be away recovering from his injury, Big Cass will learn how to reinvent himself.
Clearly, things didn’t go down the way he and WWE had planned earlier this year with his split from Enzo Amore, but if we’re being honest, it was a struggle even before he was taken out of commission.
Big Cass’s entrance theme was utter garbage and he absolutely failed to establish any kind of an identity outside of what we were all used to for the past several years. He continued to just be “Enzo Amore’s now former partner”
When he comes back, he needs new ring gear, a new theme, and a character that changes things up a bit, whether it’s as a heel or as a babyface. He can’t just be what he’s always been, because that simply won’t fly.
Good lord, Tamina’s goal needs to be to learn how to cut a promo if she’s ever going to get that push that keeps being stalled.
Every time she grabbed a mic this year, it wasn’t just bad, it was horrendous.
With Sarah Logan, she hasn’t had much practice, but Tamina’s been around far long enough that she has no excuse for being that bad, because lacking the skill is one thing, but tanking as poorly as she did is an entirely different animal.
Simple: Think before you tweet. After that, you’re probably good. Stay humble and try your hardest to undo the damage you’ve done to your name backstage.
With the controversy surrounding whether Finn Bálor is “over” enough with the audience, I ask myself more and more often what it is that those people are really drawn to.
Yes, he’s talented in the ring, but no more than a bunch of other guys, along with several others outclassing him, in my opinion. Plus, he has no personality that I can draw from.
That is where his resolution comes in: He can’t depend on putting on some makeup as the only thing people have to look forward to when building a feud. Instead, he needs to work on his character so he can be more than “that guy who wrestles well” and can actually convince WWE to give him something to sink his teeth into.
Then, and only then, will he build up enough good will to get back to the main event status his fans want him to be in.
I’m so tempted to say he needs a backup singer, but even for the sake of that joke, I like Elias too much to sacrifice how good his act already is.
Instead, give him some groupies. All the ladies want to walk with Elias, right?
Heath Slater and Rhyno
It seems like WWE already has this in mind, as evidenced from Kurt Angle telling them to buck up, but they really need to figure out a way to feed Heath Slater’s kids as they haven’t done anything in months.
Heath Slater and Rhyno were somehow the first SmackDown tag team champions. Since then, they’ve been a jobber team that is lucky enough to lose on Main Event, but sometimes can’t even manage that.
To be perfectly honest, I would say the better option is to reinvent Heath Slater while sending Rhyno off the roster, but if they at least change their characters up a bit, that’ll be good enough.
All Jason Jordan needs is a full heel turn, which I’m sure WWE realizes they have to do, as they’re clearly building to that.
Then, of course, he needs to reveal that he isn’t actually Kurt Angle’s son, but manipulated the whole situation in an attempt to get special treatment from the Raw General Manager.
The Good Brothers
Yeah, these guys have had it rough, and I can’t figure out why.
They came in as big players and major stars, but someone clearly doesn’t value them that way, and they can’t seem to catch a break and ever really do anything anymore.
Their resolution for this year has to be to step up and take the spotlight instead of being okay with just hanging out backstage and wrestling here and there.
Turn babyface. Join up with Finn Bálor to form a true Bálor Club stable. Go over to SmackDown LIVE. Something….anything….just get noticed.
205 Live Division
I can’t help but think the live tour isn’t going to be all that beneficial, and instead, could end up hurting the division more than anything else.
The people who would be interested in seeing the cruiserweights live and paying for a house show in general are the same people who would be watching 205 Live on the WWE Network to begin with.
More so, this division’s resolution needs to be to find a way to appeal to a wider audience so more people tune in to the show itself on Tuesday nights.
Along with that, some people on the roster need to develop more personality, like how the masked stars tend to blend in with each other. There’s nothing separating Lince Dorado, Kalisto, and Gran Metalik to a child or someone who isn’t paying enough attention to notice the differences in their costumes. They’re all just “the masked flippy guy” and that’s not good.
Go to SmackDown LIVE. You’re not accomplishing anything on Raw, and this stint in Titus Worldwide probably won’t amount to anything, either.
Don’t change a thing, except be a heel again the moment it seems like people might start getting bored with you as a babyface. Don’t linger before turning.
Take some time off.
I hate saying that, as I’m a big fan of his and someone who has been a supporter even when it was cool to hate on him, but he needs it so both sides can take a breath.
During his time away, he can decrease the bitterness he’s felt, while WWE can start to miss him, and when his return happens – be it later in 2018, sometime in 2019 or even in 2020 – both will be much happier.