Undercard Wrestlers Must Be Given Time On Tonight's WWE Raw
Tonight's show, two weeks after Raw 1,000, is the night that the WWE needs to prove that they can step up and make the new format work.
This means concentrated time on some of the WWE's lesser known performers, in the hope of developing their characters (and feuds) into vital cogs of the greater machine that is WWE television.
Fortune appears to be favouring the WWE as the company is blessed with a remarkably talented group of in-ring performers on their undercard. Most can be relied upon to perform three-star matches every week, and this should slowly build their reputations.
What the WWE really needs to do is give these men (and women) some time to develop their own characters which the WWE Universe can identify with. Too many of them are categorised as small underdog faces or cowardly heels, which makes them unremarkable and therefore forgettable.
One example of a wrestler that is currently suffering from this problem is Tyson Kidd, who has played both the aforementioned roles on WWE television for the past couple of years.
Even Kidd's most memorable win in recent history (over Tensai in the build up to the Money In The Bank) has done little for his career as this achievement has been dismissed as a flash-in-the-pan win for a plucky underdog.
This would not have happened if the WWE had followed up the win with a substantial storyline which ensured Kidd's persona was imprinted onto the minds of the WWE Universe.
Arguably this did not happen on WWE television, apart from Tensai assaulting Kidd backstage and the two short follow-up matches that were both won by Tensai, because there was not enough time.
Certainly, WWE.com had several articles in the weeks after Kidd's shock win that suggested there was going to be more to the Kidd and Tensai feud than actually came to pass.
Now there is an additional hour that needs to be filled these characters can be developed slowly but surely, implanting themselves into the consciousness of WWE fans. This might even see some wrestlers climb into main-event slots in the future.
It is vital that this happens, otherwise the WWE will become more and more reliant on overlong video recaps of past weeks (or earlier in the night) and unnecessary social-media pieces that add little to the overall quality of the product.
The sooner this process starts, the better it will be for the company and its fans, so to kick start the process tonight's Raw must give an unusual amount of time to these unknown guys to help them in their rise to prominence.
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