Worst: Cesaro, Aggressive Loser
As I’ve mentioned before, maybe my least favorite overused WWE trope is the Aggressive Loser who’s so violent and out of control that he loses all his matches. It helps nobody — the guys he beats up look chumps, and the Aggressive Loser looks like an idiot who can’t figure out the rules. It’s bad enough when Titus O’Neil is doing it, but saddling Cesaro with the gimmick is a crime.
Worst: The AJ Reset
I’m an AJ fan, and I’m glad she’s back, but I’m also a Paige fan, and I can’t help but feel AJ returning and winning the title back immediately was WWE hitting the big red reset button on the Divas division, which is a shame, because the last few months really have been pretty solid. Better than the vast majority of AJ’s record-setting reign.
WWE really affirmed the “we’re back to square one” feeling on Smackdown by trotting out Eva Marie to be the first opponent of AJ’s second reign. Note that Eva Marie never wrestled Paige, the gulf in talent would have been too absurd, but they’re willing to put her out there with AJ, which says something. Not about AJ herself necessarily, but about how WWE sees her and the kind of champ they want her to be.
So yeah, this match was pretty bad. I mean, nobody died, so it could have been worse I supposed, but everything was happening at quarter-speed, and AJ and Eva Marie just generally looked like two kids pretending to wrestle on a trampoline the whole time. Well, a kid and an Eva Marie-shaped robot.
Robo Eva Marie, AJ and Bray? Sometimes the sketching muse is unpredictable.
After the match Paige smiled and applauded AJ, which may be a storyline development, or it may be a, “Heel turn? What heel turn?” situation. As long as it doesn’t turn into a “Paige? What Paige?” situation.