Match Conditions

This past Monday night (1/2/17) on Raw, Roman Reigns had a match against Chris Jericho for the United States Championship. Of course, earlier in the night, Owens faced Rollins to determine who would be banned from ringside in the Reigns/Jericho match. Rollins won the match, so Owens was banned. What I thought was hilarious was all of the conditions of this match. Not only was Owens banned, but Stephanie/Mick made it so that if Roman lost by getting disqualified, or counted out, he would also lose the title.

As you know, normally, if the champion is disqualified or counted out, the title does not change hands. Recently, it feels like the creative team is just making up rules as they go. Also, this idea was copied from Smackdown, where Daniel Bryan instated the same rules a few weeks ago for the Miz and his Intercontinental Championship match against Apollo Crews (?).

Changing these rules, rules that have been in place for a very long time, makes it seem like the rules are bendable, and can be manipulated in one opponent’s favor. I’m not too sure I like the fact that the general managers are having rivalries of their own with superstars. I wish they would play more of a “boss” type role (not you, Sasha). Or maybe they should just be better developed. What comes to my mind is John Cena and Eric Bischoff back in the day. They had an entertaining backstage feud, but John Cena was also part of other rivalries, equally entertaining. I think it all comes down to the fact that they need more superstars, just like most other problems the WWE has. They can only do so much with so little. There are only a certain number of combinations you can create with the same amount of people.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this, whether you agree or disagree.


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