Pardon the indulgence and plug, but a few weeks ago your writer penned a piece for this site about the ongoing Bayley/Sasha Banks storyline that appeared to be destined for an explosive contest at SummerSlam over 'The Role Model's SmackDown Championship.
The wrestlers were working extremely hard to get some fairly decent booking over in what had started to feel like a passion project. These are often the best case scenarios in pro wrestling - performers and creatives in perfect harmony with a plan they'll see through via carefully mapped logical storytelling worked backwards from the payoff and lol this isn't 2000 anymore.
As the article notes, it was as important to enjoy the journey as it was happening rather than pine for the destination or any of the booking outlined above. WWE functions on the fly by default now, driven by ratings or rights fees or whims or whatever bothered Vince McMahon that morning. Chaos, change and drastic adjustment seem to be protocol, certainly more so than seeing something through to a natural conclusion
More fool WWE for abandoning that aspect of the process too. That's how both hope and hype form. Without those things, an over-reliance on surprises becomes necessary. Hype was once everything, and in most other companies remains currency. Even when the payoff cannot possibly deliver on it...
We Need To Talk About Kevin (Nash).
Michael can be found in articles or on podcasts extolling the virtues of New Generation WWF, New Japan Pro Wrestling or the new WWE angle they definitely definitely won’t ruin this time.