Saudi Arabia shows are already packed with controversy, however, the February 27th Super ShowDown show will likely go down as one of the worst WWE events in recent memory.
The show was not only awfully dull and boring, but WWE decided to have part-timers The Undertaker and Brock Lesnar beat AJ Styles and Ricochet respectively in quick fashion. WWE’s reliance on older guys was clear for all to see.
However, the most explicit example of this came when Goldberg convincingly defeated The Fiend in the show’s main event to capture the Universal Championship. Many feel this undid nearly a year of great work Bray Wyatt had done.
In this piece, I am going to try and find the positives in this situation as I attempt to convince you (and myself) that WWE made the right call in having The Fiend defeated by Goldberg.
5. The Fiend Doesn’t Need The Title
As soon as WWE booked The Fiend to go up against Seth Rollins at Hell in a Cell back in October, I knew that the company had made a huge mistake.
I am always an advocate for WWE putting the title on someone who is hot, and there is no denying that Wyatt was the hottest thing in wrestling when he returned as The Fiend. However, Bray didn’t need to be champion.
To prove this point, I would like to draw your attention to The Undertaker. ‘Taker is arguably wrestling’s greatest ever character, but no one really remembers The Deadman’s seven title wins when they talk about the legendary moments from his career.
The Fiend is a character like The Undertaker that doesn’t need the title to feel important. It is an honour that we are even speaking about Bray’s character in the same way as The Undertaker’s.
Also, no one remembers that The Undertaker’s first reign as WWE Champion back in 1991 lasted just six days. Like The Deadman, no one will remember how bad The Fiend’s first title reign ended when he has had some more awesome moments.
The issue with putting a championship on an unstoppable character like The Fiend or The Undertaker is that they eventually have to get beaten. It isn’t the 1970s or 1980s anymore where WWE are going to give wrestler’s reigns with the title that last several years.
While the manner in which he was defeated was horrible, perhaps WWE taking the title off The Fiend will actually mean that he can be booked even stronger in the future, without having to be beaten for a long long time.
4. The Fiend Is Now Free To Move To Raw
It is clear to see for anyone with half a brain cell that Monday Night Raw has been significantly better than Friday Night SmackDown now that Paul Heyman is in charge.
The fact that The Fiend is no longer SmackDown’s top champion hopefully means that a post-WrestleMania shake-up move from SmackDown to Raw for The Fiend is on the cards.
Bray Wyatt’s new gimmick seems like something Paul Heyman would completely understand, and moving him to Monday Night Raw and keeping him out of the title scene could be the best thing that WWE does right now.
Say what you want about The Fiend, but his run as Universal Champion on SmackDown wasn’t breath-taking, so a move to Raw with Paul Heyman would probably understand his character slightly better could be the best thing for Wyatt.
This wouldn’t have been possible if he didn’t drop the title at some stage.