Daniel Cormier the Next Big WWE Part-Timer, Too Much Damage CTRL, More Raw Takes

Kevin BergeOctober 4, 2022

Daniel Cormier the Next Big WWE Part-Timer, Too Much Damage CTRL, More Raw Takes

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    Damage CTRL have taken over the women's division almost to an absurd degree in just a few months. Credit: WWE.com.

    The October 3 edition of WWE Raw featured many key players with just days to go before Extreme Rules.

    UFC Hall of Famer Daniel Cormier made an appearance to hype the Fight Pit showdown between Seth Rollins and Matt Riddle. Damage CTRL continued to dominate air time, winning two matches and standing tall to end the night.

    Johnny Gargano and Candice LeRae both lost in surprising and controversial results, and AJ Styles and Rey Mysterio tried to take down The Judgment Day but fell short.

    It was a night building forward to an extreme weapon-focused event. While it might not have been that exciting, the night certainly sold Saturday's show and its key Superstars.

Daniel Cormier Could Be Perfect for Occasional Appearance

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    Daniel Cormier may not be a familiar name to everyone in the WWE Universe, but he is a mixed martial arts legend and a UFC Hall of Famer.

    He is a self-professed fan of WWE, including making memorable references in the past to some of his favorite Superstars. One of those is Seth Rollins, the man whose match he will referee at Extreme Rules.

    While this could be a one-off situation, Cormier is perfectly suited for more work in WWE. He is charismatic and a legitimate fighter.

    The 43-year-old could be an interesting challenger for fellow former UFC competitor Brock Lesnar, much like Cain Velasquez before him. Based on how comfortable he feels, he has the potential to work plenty more big matches.

    WWE has repeatedly shown it has the tools to build a star out of a special athlete, proved most recently by Logan Paul. MMA stars have historically done well transitioning to WWE, especially those who can talk. Cormier is a perfect fit.

AJ Styles Needs Fresh Start as a Heel

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    AJ Styles is one of the best wrestlers in WWE. At 45 years old, he may only choose to work a couple more years, but he has not slowed down yet. However, he may be in the worst position in WWE he has been in since debuting in January 2016.

    He is more or less directionless. He is currently feuding with The Judgment Day, but he was competing with the same group in June and has done nothing since last losing to them.

    The only glimmer of hope has been a teased heel turn. While he doesn't need to join the heel faction, he cannot remain the happy-go-luck hero much longer.

    Styles must find what made him a top name again, even if he doesn't need to be in the main event scene. What he needs is to be relevant, and he has the chops to pull that off again...especially as a heel.

    Once he has turned, he can feud with everyone from Kevin Owens to Johnny Gargano in rivalries that will make Raw more interesting every week.

WWE Makes Huge Mistake With Johnny Gargano, Candice LeRae Losses

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    Johnny Gargano and Candice LeRae have been back in WWE for six weeks and have already have suffered their first singles losses.

    On Monday, they actually lost on the same show in what was just the second singles match for both wrestlers on Raw.

    While losses can happen, this felt completely unnecessary. Otis and Dakota Kai only won their respective duels due to interference, and both had suffered recent losses to talent that did not need the win as much as the former NXT stars.

    In this new-look WWE, it's important to build stars rather than simply promoting matches. Wins and losses can play a major role in presenting a strong perception of top talent.

    While Gargano and LeRae still can play crucial roles for WWE, the company has already shown it does not plan to protect them. Since both will also be missing Extreme Rules, they are coming off as secondary performers when they could be top acts.

Damage CTRL Have Been Overused Since Arrival in WWE

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    While Raw and SmackDown have often struck a careful balance in promoting the stars of both brands, one group has been massively overexposed recently: Damage CTRL.

    While Bayley, Iyo Sky and Dakota Kai are immensely talented and important to the women's division, it is not necessary for three to take up so much time every week.

    The red and blue brands both feature them heavily, typically appearing three times on Raw and once on SmackDown each week. The group has frequently main-evented but often in matches made mid-show with little hype.

    While this would make sense to promote the WWE Women's Tag Team Championships, Kai and Sky are often wrestling solo, as is The Role Model.

    There is also hardly a clear direction with these appearances. Kai lost to Raquel Rodriguez in just about two minutes and then defeated Candice LeRae in just over 10. Sky and Kai also have an inconsistent tag team record.

    Bayley is the only one undefeated since returning, but that should end at Extreme Rules against Bianca Belair. If The Role Model wins the Raw Women's Championship, it would mean even more time is spent on the trio instead of highlighting the depth of the female division.


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