In FYIG WWE Weekly Hits & Misses #7, we talk about Nia Jax betraying Alexa Bliss, Jeff Hardy becoming #1 Contender to the IC title and much more!

Hit: Jeff Hardy Becomes #1 Contender to WWE Intercontinental Championship

15-Man Battle Royal - Winner Faces The Miz for the Intercontinental Title: Raw, Aug. 28, 2017

Jeff Hardy won a Battle Royale on Raw to become the #1 Contender to the WWE Intercontinental Championship currently held by The Miz. This is an interesting development on Raw considering the fact that The Hardy Boyz haven’t done much as singles wrestlers since returning to WWE. I do think it’s the right time for both guys to have their own singles careers. The nostalgia has worn off, they’ve already been Raw Tag Team Champions, the only thing left as a tag team would be the SmackDown Tag Team Championships. I think there’s just more opportunity for good stories with Matt and Jeff in singles storylines going forward. The Authors of Pain will most certainly be coming up to the main roster soon and The Revival will be back by 2018 so I think the next couple months would be the perfect time for Matt and Jeff to pursue singles runs.

I think there’s just more opportunity for good stories with Matt and Jeff in singles storylines going forward. The Authors of Pain will most certainly be coming up to the main roster soon and The Revival will be back by 2018 so I think the next couple months would be the perfect time for Matt and Jeff to pursue singles runs. I think about the number of people that The Hardys have yet to work with and there are so many good rivalries that could come out of this. I do, however, think that Matt should go to SmackDown and Jeff should remain on Raw to create some separation.

Hit: Enzo The Cruiserweight

Enzo Amore can do it all: Raw, Aug. 28, 2017

It was great to see WWE put Enzo Amore in the Cruiserweight Division. This was an idea Chris Jericho had many months ago. Chris has a great mind for the business and I completely agree with him here. This is perfect for Enzo. The knock on him is that he’s not that great in the ring. He doesn’t have to be on 205 Live. These stars can carry him in a match and Enzo can bring some eyeballs to the show with his charisma while still having some TV time on Raw. It’s a win for everyone and I’m glad that they went this route.

Miss: Spinning Tires With Emma

Mickie James vs. Emma: Raw, Aug. 28, 2017

Emma got a new theme song this week and a really quick victory over Mickie James. I just don’t understand what they’re trying to do with Emma. I feel like her character has been ripped apart over the last couple years. I don’t like how whiny she’s been simply for the fact that she was a great heel without needing to do that. I’m hoping that we see her become a more prominent fixture on Raw, but nothing has given me that inclination so far. I feel like she would be far better utilized on SmackDown.

Hit: Cena and Reigns Trade Verbal Jabs

Watch the uncut war of words between John Cena and Roman Reigns: Raw, Aug. 28, 2017

I haven’t been glued to my TV for a promo as much as I was during Reigns vs. Cena this past week in a long time. These two guys really went after each other. This only reinforced the fact that John Cena is in a class of his own. Scripted or not, Cena has a comeback for anything that anybody says and some of this stuff got pretty nasty. I don’t know if there’s any resentment between these guys, but it sure seems like there could be. These are the types of promo battles I like to see. It should feel like the two guys hate each other and it really did here. Cena made a difference on Raw on his first night back. Like I’ve said before if you don’t like Cena, that’s fine, but you have to respect how good he is at what he does.

Hit: Nia Jax Channels Her Inner Batista

Unseen video from Alexa Bliss' Raw Women's Title victory over Sasha Banks: Exclusive, Aug. 30, 2017

I have to first say that I hate how we keep playing hot potato with the Raw Women’s Championship. Sasha Banks has won that title a handful of times this past year and that just seems kind of ridiculous. I love Sasha, but what did that week or two reign actually accomplish. As you can tell, Alexa Bliss won the title back in her rematch and had a nice celebration after the match. Nia Jax came down to celebrate with her by putting Alexa on her shoulders. That’s when she pulled a Batista and dropped Alexa on her back.

This story was a nice swerve that no one saw coming until Nia came down the ramp. These two can tell a great story together because they’re real-life friends. I think it’s time for Nia to prove how dominant she is. This is a woman that still hasn’t held a title in NXT or WWE, it’s time. As for Alexa, I’ll enjoy seeing her trying to get out of defending the title against Nia until No Mercy. I’m curious what she’s going to say about this on Raw tonight.

Hit: Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin

Shelton Benjamin & Chad Gable vs. The Ascension: SmackDown LIVE, Aug. 29, 2017

I was skeptical about the Shelton Benjamin and Chad Gable tag team at first. I thought it was kind of a weird pairing. The reality is that it’s actually a perfect pairing. These guys worked so well together and looked like they had teamed together forever. It’s great that Gable isn’t being left out now that Jason Jordan is on Raw and I’m sure he could learn a thing or two from a veteran like Shelton. I just hope they’re not sky-rocketed to the titles right away. I think a slow build to a championship match will have the best effect. 

Miss: The US Championship Open Challenge

AJ Styles vs. Tye Dillinger - United States Championship Match: SmackDown LIVE, Aug. 29, 2017

I was excited for the US Championship Open Challenge. I was even more excited when Tye Dillinger answered. Then AJ beat him in 30 seconds. I know timing becomes an issue on SmackDown, but that could have been a really good match and we were robbed of that. I hope that we will see this Open Challenge continue. I think it’s a fun thing to do each week and it builds anticipation which is always a good thing in the wrestling world.

Miss: Mike Kanellis

Bobby Roode vs. Mike Kanellis: SmackDown LIVE, Aug. 29, 2017

I knew when Mike and Maria debuted with such a horrible gimmick that they would face an uphill battle. That gimmick could have worked if they had been more villainous, but these two just never felt like threats. Now, it looks like Mike is being used for job duty which is the death knell for most performers. I really hope he can turn this around, but once you’re viewed that way, it’s very hard to get out of. There have been good stories like Jinder Mahal, but there have also been guys like Curt Hawkins as well. 

Miss: Lana Helping Tamina

Tamina vs. local competitor: SmackDown LIVE, Aug. 29, 2017

Lana was a wrestler for a few weeks. It was an interesting time and she didn’t look out of place in her debut. It was the couple of matches she had after her debut where she was squashed and ridiculed that tarnished her legitimacy. Now, Lana is back to managing, but she isn’t with Rusev this time. No, now she’s with Tamina and trying to get Tamina to be a contender for the SmackDown Women’s Championship. Wait, what? Wasn’t she all about telling everyone that she’s a wrestler now. I guess that was all talk. I just don’t see how this helps either woman. Let’s hear from Tamina, she’s done maybe 5 promos in her entire career. I want to know more about her and not hear Lana do the talking. I just think this pairing will flop hard.

Hit: Cole’s Gang

Adam Cole, Bobby Fish, and Kyle O’Reilly are taking over NXT after once again putting Drew McIntyre and Sanity on notice. This has a distinctly nWo feel to it with the ROH outsiders coming in and doing whatever they want to anyone they want. They could really have something here and having Adam Cole lead the charge was a fantastic way to start it off. I still think that there could be one more member that ends up being added to this group. I guess the question now is, when are we going to see Cole in an NXT ring for the first time? Could they string this out to Survivor Series weekend? I think that would be pretty cool, but we’ll have to wait and see.

Hit: The Iconic Duo

Ruby Riot vs. Peyton Royce: WWE NXT, Aug. 30, 2017

What’s not to love about Billie Kay and Peyton Royce? These two ladies have been so entertaining in NXT and always seem to put forth quality matches and segments. They’re prototypical heels and they add something a little different to the Women’s Division. There are no other alliances or anything like that in the Women’s Division so it’s been nice to see how that has developed over the past year or so. I would be surprised to see these two in NXT past the next couple of months. They’ve done so much and fought everyone in NXT and they don’t look like they’ll be pushed to the title so I think it’s time to bring them to Raw or SmackDown. 

That’s it for this week! Stay tuned next week for more WWE hits and misses!


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