Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho are suddenly best friends in WWE. The Superstars have found kindred spirits in each other, thanks to a very tongue-in-cheek storyline. That storyline pits them against Enzo Amore and Big Cass, two guys that also know a little something about lighthearted comedy.
While this new feud seemingly just materialized, the fact is it's a great move for everyone involved.
This is what WWE's all about: entertaining the fans. There's enough drama going around right now, thanks to Brock Lesnar vs. Randy Orton and Finn Balor vs. Seth Rollins. Both rivalries are big business for WWE, and both are demanding the focus of fans everywhere.
But Owens and Jericho vs. Enzo and Cass? This one is nothing but fun.
This is what happens when WWE books for sheer entertainment value alone. Rather than be too concerned with immediately propelling Enzo and Cass up to the tag team titles, or giving Owens a massive rub, WWE is instead going for laughs.
That may sound like a bad thing to some, but it's exactly what both sides need. WWE analyst Scott Fishman apparently thinks so too.
The pressure is off here, because the only thing that matters is having fun. Each man is so good at what he does in the ring that a little comedy will not be a distraction but a welcome addition. Enzo and Cass have fun regardless of who they face, but it will be better now that they have guys they can bounce off of.
Jericho and Owens each have a similar humor about them, but it's usually kept in moderation because of their characters. Now, they can go all out with it and just cut loose.
This is the ideal rivalry, and it could not have happened at a better time. But what happens when the two teams face off at SummerSlam on Aug. 21?
Right from the start, the entertainment value is at a maximum. The match itself will get over from the opening lock-up because of the talent level involved. Jericho is a future Hall of Famer, and Owens just wrapped up an intense feud with Sami Zayn.
Jericho's number could be called at any moment to become a champion once again, and he would be fully trusted to take care of the belt. He can headline in any main event against anyone he's booked against, and he would turn in a five-star match.
He adds value to every opponent and every teammate he could possibly have.
Owens has not quite become a top guy yet, but he's arguably ready right now. He's got the ability in the ring, he has the mic skills to go along with it, and he can get over in front of any crowd. If the next match he worked was for a major championship, he could win and immediately make an impact with it.
Owens has what it takes to be a major star on the main event level, and now he has the perfect tag partner to accentuate his ability.
Enzo and Cass will hold up their end of the deal, as they are the more polished tag team here. It's obvious that they belong together, and it's also obvious that if not for The New Day, Enzo and Cass would surely be running the tag team division on Raw.
Their teamwork is impeccable, their timing is spot-on, and they will more than deliver against Owens and Jericho.
The action should be fast-paced and not overly bogged down with too much mat wrestling. Amore will likely take the heat for his side, and Jericho will probably do the same for his. The match should be pretty flawless for the most part, and with any luck, the two teams will have great chemistry throughout.
This match could actually steal the show at SummerSlam. Considering Orton vs. Lesnar, Balor vs. Rollins and John Cena vs. AJ Styles are all booked, that would indeed be a major feat.
But for many fans, this all comes down to the end. Who should go over in this one?
Enzo and Cass are the obvious choice, mostly because they are such an established tag team. Losing to guys that are not a team would surely not help them much in terms of getting closer to championship gold. If they do win, fans would most likely be satisfied, and both sides could move on to the next challenge.
But if Owens and Jericho win, fans would most likely be OK with that as well.
The key here is that the feud should continue, regardless of what happens. If it does, then this match should go to KO and Y2J. There would really be no other reason for Enzo and Cass to want another shot, other than suffering a loss at SummerSlam.
These teams have not yet scratched the surface of what they're capable of against each other, and one match will definitely not be enough for them.
Fans can have some fun with this one, and both teams will entertain as only they can. This is not about titles or top guys or main event opportunities. This is about giving fans what they want while also giving the talents involved some room to breathe and have fun.
The time for being serious will come later.
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