Using a recent example, Jon Moxley and Kenny Omega effectively told a story in which Moxley targeted the would-be Ace of AEW and rattled his confidence. He reframed his NJPW G1 run as study material ahead of their PPV match. Omega responded in kind by entering Mox’s death-match domain in a Lights Out match against Joey Janela. He succeeded, presenting himself as a viable challenger in the process, but lost at Full Gear. Moxley was the master of that domain, and Omega foolishly channeled his unrecoverable past. He failed to land Kota Ibushi’s Phoenix splash.
As part of his ongoing character arc, Omega tapped back into a timeline in which he was confident, in which he was the best. He tried to fake it. The motivation, personality, and mindset of each character was considered when mapping and concluding this storyline, and (most of) the match factored everything in.
The “antiquated” automatic rematch clause was abandoned earlier this year, but the Revival were scheduled to receive a shot at the SmackDown Tag Team Titles the New Day won from them last week with no additional explanation. On the November 4 RAW, Buddy Murphy defeated Cedric Alexander, but Cedric, the loser, was afforded another chance to “gain momentum” on the November 11 RAW in a match against Andrade. Buddy Murphy wasn’t on the show. Virtually every week spews up such unanswerable questions. It is the job of a reviewer to answer these questions, or ideally, explore the dramatic weight and implications of the answers. There are no answers, and so we ask more questions of the process.