What should be WWE's immediate response to tackle the AEW hype.
1. Bring back Bray Wyatt - The WWE universe loves Bray Wyatt. Ever since Wyatt has been back with his new spooky dark gimmick, fans never seem to get enough of him. The Firefly Funhouse has been the best thing on Raw and SmackDown lately. WWE has been able to build up enough hype for Bray's new character and introducing him in the ring as soon as possible would be one of the ways to make fans stick around for the weekly tv shows.
2. Less involvement of Authority figures - This is regarding Shane and Vince. To be honest, as the heel authority figure, Shane has been doing a considerably good job. But he has been appearing in almost every Raw and SmackDown in the same storylines involving The Miz / Roman Reigns. The never ending feud with The Miz has caused fans to turn on him. A part timer in Shane McMahon has been involved in all the Pay-Per-Views since the Royal Rumble whereas guys like Ali, Buddy Murphy, Cedric Alexander aren't being used to their full potential or not being used at all. In order to prosper, WWE must invest in the younger talents and give them suffecient time to showcase their skills inside the ring and on the mic and do less of authority figure angles.
3. Removal of the wild card rule - Okay, lets agree to the fact that the wild card has been a failed experiment. It was introduced to boost up the ratings but has just done the opposite of it. The wild card rule makes the Brand Split make no sense. Top level superstars have been showing up on both shows and thus the Mid Card and the lower mid card superstars aren't being used much. Lets take an example. The hottest thing on the 205 Live roster, Buddy Murphy hasn't showed up once on SmackDown Live since losing his Cruiserweight title because Shane and Roman think it will be good to showcase their feud over two different brands. Bollocks. If this goes on, the unused talent will soon start requesting their release from the WWE and that could be the worst thing that could happen to the company, given the rise of it's competition.
4. Use more of Wrestling - Isn't it ironic that the second W in WWE stands for Wrestling. The 13th of May edition of Monday Night Raw featured only 39 minutes of wrestling in a 3 hour show excluding commercial breaks. Fans tune in to see Wrestling and all they see are promos, backstage interviews and DQ finishes. All of that needs to change. WWE even needs to get rid of the 50-50 booking and 10 minute chin lock matches as well. With AEW raising the bar with "Elite" wrestling (pun intended) and immensly awesome story telling, WWE needs to focus on improving the wrestling, instead of Ucey Hot segments.
5. Women to be given more time - Just two or three segments are given to the women's division per show with very less emphasis on the match quality of the weekly shows. AEW's Double or Nothing pay-per-view feautured just 2 women matches but they were given ample amount of time. As a result, the crowd got invested in it and by showcasing their skills, the superstars put the crowd to their feet. Talents like Ember Moon, Ruby Riott, Asuka, Kairi Sane, The Iiconics, even Dana Brooke have the potential to be the leader of the women's division as they've proved their mettle time and again by showing exemplary skills and dedicated hard work. By sensible booking and giving them suffecient time to show their skills, both in ring and mic, WWE can really improve the product and the women's division, to counter their rival.
6. A top heel - Daniel Bryan was SmackDown's greatest act before Wrestlemania. His Evil Vegan gimmick was so over. But given that he'll be involved in the tag team scenario with Rowan for a bit and Kevin Owens is expected to be shoved down the card after a failed attempt to win the WWE title, WWE is seriously in need of a top heel and Shane CANNOT be that guy. A full timer like Sami Zayn, Drew McIntyre, Lars Sullivan or even Braun Strowman can be the next top heel in the company if only they don't suffer from 50-50 booking. I personally believe Drew is the right guy for it but he has been booked horribly over the past few months being a part of meaningless factions and losing to Reigns in a dull match at 'Mania. The things mentioned above have resulted in curbing his momentum. His promo skills and in ring abilities make him "the guy" for the job. Having a top heel like Triple H or Vince (in the attitude era) will make feuds go on a completely different level and fans will surely tune into their TV sets to see them square off against their favorite babyfaces each week.
Credit: "Anurag Kumar Lal" from India.