At Money In The Bank, two of WWE’s most promising young talents Apollo Crews and Baron Corbin will face two of the company’s most established stars.
Crews goes one-on-one with Sheamus in his Pay-Per-View debut, whilst Corbin and Dolph Ziggler have what should be the third and final PPV match in their feud.
In what has been dubbed “the New Era”, these two matches, despite being on the pre-show, are very important for the two up-and-comers, Crews, and Corbin.
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Both men’s main roster careers have stuttered slightly after promising turns in NXT.
Corbin lost his first Pay-Per-View match against Ziggler in a bizarre move, whilst Crews has floundered on Raw, being involved in a few squash matches before entering his current feud with Sheamus.
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WWE are in a make-or-break situation with both this Sunday. Poor booking for both men have cost the company two massive stars following WrestleMania 32; even Baron Corbin’s victory in the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal wasn’t enough to secure a top spot on the roster.
Corbin and Crews are the latest in a long line of NXT call-ups to be let down on the main roster. Names like Bo Dallas, Tyler Breeze, and The Ascension were all huge stars on NXT, however, once they were called to the main roster, their careers took a huge dive and they now find themselves lost in the shuffle, and are sadly destined for uninspiring careers.
Apollo Crews and Baron Corbin will befall this same fate if WWE do not act, and act fast. Both men are going up against former world champions in Dolph Ziggler and Sheamus, and that history could be used to get the two newcomers over on Sunday. However, WWE have a long history of not giving their young talent a proper chance, and these two could be the latest in a long line of talent casualties.
Whilst it is promising that both men have a match at Money In The Bank, it’s a little worrying that they both fall on the pre-show. Whilst still technically part of the show, the pre-show has for a long time now been associated with the worst matches of a PPV, and continual appearances on pre-shows are often damaging to a superstars’ prestige.
Baron Corbin will be making his third appearance on the pre-show in as many Pay-Per-Views, whereas Crews will be making his Pay-Per-View debut. Whether this shows that WWE don’t trust the two young stars enough to fill a spot on the main card, or that the storylines they’re involved in aren’t good enough to be considered for the main show, consistent pre-show appearances from these two men are something that needs to be avoided if WWE want to build Crews and Corbin into future stars.
In the case of Crews and Corbin, matches at Money In The Bank are a positive move as it gives a chance for these two young men to prove themselves on a Pay-Per-View stage.
However, if WWE want to make the two young men the future stars they absolutely could be, then they need to move them into feuds that make it onto the main card. WWE’s new era is all about making new stars and that is something that cannot be done on the pre-show alone.
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