WWE Overreactions: Undertaker Celebration, Roman Reigns vs. Jey Uso, and More
The week in WWE, overreactions center around a special celebration and two of the better elements of the company's television in the last week.
The 2020 Survivor Series celebrates 30 years of The Undertaker, but might the attention paid to The Deadman come at the expense of the full-time men and women working diligently to get their characters over with fans?
The Hell in a Cell pay-per-view featured a classic showdown between Roman Reigns and Jey Uso, but was it the best match WWE has produced this year?
And what about The Fiend and Alexa Bliss' twisted partnership? Is it the best thing on WWE TV right now?
Find out with this deep dive into several overreactions WWE may have generated this week.
Overreaction No. 1: Undertaker Celebration Will Overshadow Current Roster
It is understandable that there would be hesitation on the part of fans the moment WWE announced that its annual November spectacular, Survivor Series, would be a celebration of 30 years of The Undertaker.
They have watched all too often as part-time Superstars steal the spotlight away from full-timers, overshadowing them and, in some cases, completely ruining the wave of momentum they had been riding.
The celebration of three decades of The Deadman, though, is wholly different.
There is no character, gimmick or persona in WWE that has as rich a history, or demands as much respect, as The Phenom. There is a reason his Last Ride documentary was so critically acclaimed and buzzworthy.
The Undertaker has created magical moments, dedicated his life to the industry and provided fans with indelible matches. He is as much a part of WWE lore as any other Superstar and has earned this celebration.
Does that mean he has to come to the ring and lay out the entire roster with chokeslams and Tombstone piledrivers? Of course not, but if there was ever a legendary figure who deserves the opportunity to mark three decades with the same company, it's The Undertaker.
Any overreaction or negative hype about him burying talent is both a pun and totally off-base.
Overreaction: Hell, yes. Totally unwarranted
Overreaction No. 2: Roman Reigns vs. Jey Uso Is the Best Match of 2020
The emotional roller-coaster ride that Roman Reigns and Jey Uso took viewers on at Clash of Champions in September was so good and so dramatic that it seemed almost impossible that they would be able to replicate it inside Hell in a Cell, especially with stakes raised and the unforgiving steel structure looming over them.
On Sunday, though, they went out and had the best match WWE has produced in 2020.
Violent, dramatic, emotional and featuring the single best performance of Reigns' career, it was a five-star classic that deserves every bit of praise heaped on it since the HIAC pay-per-view.
Reigns breaking down over the pain and suffering he dished out to Jey, only to then show true savagery and brutality by applying the guillotine choke to Jimmy Uso and forcing his cousin to finally say "I Quit," was an outstanding bit of character work and really put over how diabolical this new Roman Reigns is.
Jey's toughness and resiliency was something special and the fact that he only quit to save his brother will only solidify his status as a fan favorite who the audience can invest in emotionally.
In a year when so much has been made of WWE's cinematic efforts, this was as close to big-screen drama as anything the company has produced, but it managed to execute it within the context of a wrestling match without any of the bells and whistles of the other contests.
That is a testament to all involved.
Overreaction: Not even a little
Overreaction No. 3: The Fiend and Alexa Bliss Are the Best Thing on WWE TV
There is no denying The Fiend and Alexa Bliss have combined to make one of the best and most compelling acts on all of WWE television.
The Goddess' work Monday, both in the Firefly Fun House and as the hostess of a wild and chaotic "A Moment of Bliss" was stellar, and The Fiend is still as engaging a character as there is.
With that said, the best part of WWE television has been (and should continue to be) Roman Reigns. He has been nothing short of phenomenal since returning at SummerSlam in August.
He is a brooding, tyrannical heel who attributes everything he does to protect "the family," no matter how despicable or deplorable it is. He has brutalized his own family, brought in Paul Heyman as an advisor and seemingly cares about nothing besides maintaining the facade surrounding the Samoan dynasty.
The story is great and Heyman's presence elevates everything from a creative standpoint, but it is Reigns' otherworldly performance that makes it so great. He has fully embraced this persona and made it his own.
Unlike the days when he would be tasked with reciting "suckering succotash" to groans from fans who knew there was no chance he would ever say something like that, he completely buys into everything he is doing on television and it shows.
Reigns is much more natural and believable in this role. He is an unapologetic badass who will do whatever it takes to accomplish his goals, and the result is the single best character, performer and presence on all of WWE TV—for now, at least.
Overreaction: Yes, but only slightly