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Big E ready for major push
With New Day members Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods moved to Raw as part of the WWE draft, Big E is about to have the most fruitful singles run of his career.
According to Dave Meltzer from Wrestling Observer Radio (h / t Felix Upton of Ringside News), Big E is about to take a “big” boost with the aim of making him a babyface of the main event.
Big E’s advance began a few weeks ago when Kingston and Woods were out injured. E was feuding with Sheamus at the time and officially prevailed against Reamus by defeating Sheamus in a match from Falls Count Anywhere on SmackDown last week.
After that match, Kingston and Woods announced that they were back and ready to compete. They immediately received a SmackDown Tag Team Championship match against Cesaro and Shinsuke Nakamura and won.
Following their win, Kingston and Woods were drafted to Raw while Big E was drafted to stay at SmackDown, signaling the end of New Day.
It was a sad moment for those who watched the group rise from below to superstar, but it also signaled that WWE has the highest confidence in Big E as a single act.
Big E’s singles earlier in his career didn’t work out, but now that he’s had years of success as part of New Day, fans are ready to push him to the top.
The Royal Rumble is about three months away, and while a lot can happen by then, Big E must be seen as one of the top contenders to win and potentially face Roman Reigns for the Universal Championship at WrestleMania.
WWE reportedly closes Raw Underground
Raw underground has been a major theme in WWE since its August debut, but the shooting-style segments are reportedly no longer there.
According to Meltzer (Sai Mohan from h / t WrestlingInc.com), Raw Underground is “done” because it has not been part of Raw since September 21st.
Meltzer noted that WWE initially stopped operating raw underground to prevent NXT talent from mixing with raw talent due to the risks of COVID-19. But now there are plans to stop Raw Underground entirely.
Raw Underground, hosted by Vince McMahon, aired for nearly two months during Raw’s 10pm ET hour. This allowed superstars to shine in a different setting and also resulted in some new stars such as Dabba-Kato, Arturo Ruas and Riddick Moss becoming popular.
Raw Underground had a completely different feel than the regular Raw product as it was dark and gritty and took place in a ropeless ring in the backstage area.
Superstars competed in gunfights while the WWE Performance Center recruits surrounded the ring and cheered them on.
With Raw Underground reportedly unavailable, Dabba-Kato, Ruas and Moss may find it difficult to get TV time for Raw.
The WWE Universe didn’t seem to make its way to Raw Underground as WWE hoped, however, and so it’s back to the drawing board when it comes to crafting unique and interesting segments for the red brand.
WWE appeased SmackDown with WWE Draft Moves
According to reports, WWE has taken some steps in the WWE draft to reassure Fox executives.
According to Meltzer (h / t Upton), WWE has given SmackDown three important aspects as it is believed it will have to impress Fox more than USA Network, given that Raw is safe in the US and SmackDown is not a long-term ban on Fox.
The Universal Championship feud between Roman Reigns and Jey Uso stayed with SmackDown, while Seth Rollins switched from Raw to SmackDown against Rey Mysterio and Murphy against Dominik Mysterio.
Reigns and his partnership with Paul Heyman are arguably the most talked-about thing in wrestling right now, and switching from SmackDown has probably never been in danger as Reigns holds the Universal title.
The plot involving Rollins, Murphy, and the Mysterio family has been an integral part of Raw over the past few months. Moving everyone to SmackDown ensures that the point of view continues.
Most recently, Rey Mysterio’s daughter Aalyah was involved as a potential love interest from Murphy.
Rollins and Murphy had an argument on Raw last week which could mean their partnership is over, although that will likely become clearer in the coming weeks.
There’s no doubt that SmackDown did well on the WWE draft, but Raw has a lot of talent itself, and the success of both shows will largely depend on how they’re booked in the future.
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