This year's WWE Superstar Shake-Up was simultaneously the best and worst of the company, resulting in episodes of Raw and SmackDown that, at times, resembled complete trainwrecks.
Learning how to laugh at this nonsense is critical to enjoying the modern WWE product. Take it seriously and you'll drown yourself in a sea of negativity, consumed by the idea that Vince McMahon' is the most incompetent television writer in the world. It's perverse, and it'd be nice if the company served up more content we can enjoy earnestly, but the dumpster fire is often just as entertaining.
It'd be wrong not to cut Raw some slack after travel issues seemingly forced widescale last-minute rewrites across the show, though its three hours were still riddled with nonsense. SmackDown was less shambolic, as you'd expect from WWE's most consistent weekly show, but far from immune.
The company's vast talent pool feels suitably refreshed after a series of trades that sent the likes of AJ Styles, Roman Reigns, and Finn Balor to pastures new, where they'll enjoy all kinds of exciting storytelling possibilities. We can't fault the destination, even if the journey frequently veered towards so-bad-it's-good territory...
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