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WWE comes out swinging after Stomping Grounds

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Coming out of Stomping Grounds the feeling was that the status quo had been maintained. Some things actually happened though to shake it up, including an interesting booking for Extreme Rules in three weeks. A mixed gender tag match scheduled between Baron Corbin and Lacey Evans vs Becky Lynch and Seth Rollins is now set for Extreme Rules; it's cool because you don't see a lot of mixed gender matches in the WWE but there are all the rage in the indy scene. The Undertaker made a surprise appearance in aiding Roman Reigns against Shane McMahon and Drew Mcintyre, a tag match between those four would be pretty exciting. Having both shows tag team champions on Raw fight The New Day and the Usos in an elimination match was an odd choice and the match between R Truth and Drake for the gimmick 24/7 title was just mean but overall Raw was entertaining.

Smackdown kicked off with a flat promo from Shane threatening the entire Smackdown roster, and then Kofi cut a great promo before it was interrupted by two time loser Dolph Ziggler. Kofi has been incredible for the WWE this week having a cage match Sunday, two matches against Samy and Kevin on Monday and then taking a beating from Samoa Joe before agreeing to another match on Smackdown, but yeah there's no chance of athlete burn out working for WWE or anything. Having the Smackdown tag team champions lose all the time is a really odd way to position the champs but for the second tag fight in a row involving the champs versus The New Day, they lost again. Mustafa Ali cut a promo where he gives his best green lantern impression and tries to seem like a super hero, if he's fighting injustices then why isn't he fighting Shane McMahon or Samoa Joe? Also in the category of odd promos Aleister Black continued his campaign of begging for a fight in a company full of professional fighters, it's confusing.

Overall this was a good week for WWE but there are genuine concerns or there should be genuine concerns about overuse for some of the more important WWE stars like the title holders. The Smackdown tag title holders, the WWE Heavyweight Champion both competed on both shows and on Sunday's big event. So what's the usage plan for these guys, how much longer can guys like Kofi and Daniel Bryant keep it up? The New Day being focused on is a great push for them and I think it's worth staying with for a huge amount of time but not all at once, spread it out and make it a brand specific story, don't burn these guys out in four months.

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Coming out of Clash of Champions, Raw was epic. Seth Rollins holding onto the title and now setting up a rivalry with The Fiend is going to be a great match, I'm a huge Bray Wyatt fan but this does feel early. Also it's disappointing that Robert Roode and Dolph Ziggler are the champs if for no other reason than because they came out to Dolph's music and now one of the most Glorious entrance songs just got buried by bad writing. Also, I thought they were going to do King of the Ring during Clash of the Champions, did I miss something? Now Baron Corbin is going to be even more obnoxious that he is King of the Ring. This paternity storyline is silly, the announcers can't even keep a straight face talking about it. It's great to see Rusev back, lean and sporting an amazing moustache, but not as part of this lame baby storyline. Alexa and Nikki are great champions and a fun tag team, and every week Alexa is looking better and better since she recovered from her long-time injury. Raw finished strong with The Fiend taking out Kane and posing over Seth.

Smackdown started off with the Revival and Randy Orton in a tag match against The New Day. It's a little sad to see the New Day drop their titles to The Revival but we'll see where it goes. Ali is probably my least favorite wrestler getting screen time right now. The Kevin Owens lawsuit bit has been done before between him and Shane, this is literally the second lawsuit between them specifically, but they are great to go at each other on the mic. Sasha Banks and Charlotte Flair put on an awesome match and the Carmella run in was a nice surprise, I hope Carmella gets back in the ring soon. The build up to a Kofi and Brock match will be great, these are some of the best mic working people in the WWE right now, The New Day and Paul Heyman. Heavy Machinery is great but I feel for Otis running around the ring, he's exhausted by the time he gets to the ring it looks like.

It's a great week out of Clash of Champions and building up towards Hell in the Cell.

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