The dust has settled on another WrestleMania weekend and its immediate fallout. Complaints are to be expected, no event will please all fans, but this year seems to have been particularly unpopular, with several fan favourites not winning their matches, certain storylines feeling stale and overplayed, and of course the deeply unpopular WWE World Heavyweight Championship win for Roman Reigns.
The horrendous boos at the end of 'Mania, and for Reigns' entrance at Monday Night RAW the following night, left a lot of fans feeling a bit down on the current product.
But there is so much to be optimistic about as a WWE fan right now. Here are just a few of the current and upcoming highlights.
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Shinsuke Nakamura, Finn Balor, Austin Aries, Asuka, Bayley, need I go on.
Ok, so a lot of NXT talent have moved on up to the main roster in the aftermath of WrestleMania, but look who's left. And there will be new additions to the roster in the coming weeks and months to fill any gaps left by those who have moved up.
NXT Takeover Dallas was the highlight of WrestleMania weekend for many wrestling fans and the future of the developmental brand is an exciting prospect.
Global Cruiserweight Series
Speaking of exciting prospects, the announcement of the upcoming Global Cruiserweight Series, due to be shown on WWE Network in July, is a truly great prospect.
Among those already announced on WWE.com are; Zack Sabre Jr, Tomasso Ciampa, Johnny Gargano, Noam Dar, Rich Swann, and Akira Tozawa.
Qualifying bouts have been announced at several prominent independent events and the list of truly impressive talent is set to grow right up until the start of the contest.
WWE could do so much with this series. Wrestling fans across the globe are already hoping that not one ounce of that potential is wasted.
Mauro Ranallo's commentary on SmackDown
This is something just not mentioned enough.
Adding Mauro Ranallo to the commentary team on Smackdown has been a wonderful thing for all WWE fans. Generally speaking commentary on matches is only really highlighted when it's bad (and we all know how bad it can be at times), but Ranallo has changed all that.
Every commentary by Ranallo elevates the product by a factor of 10 with his encyclopaedic knowledge and genuine enthusiasm lending matches a sense of legitimacy which many feel has been sorely lacking.
WWE tell us all they are constantly seeking to improve their product and in Ranallo they have another way to do so.
Please WWE let's see Mauro on RAW, on PPVs, on NXT. The fans will thank you, promise.
Fresh feuds, new faces and returning superstars
New feuds are an integral part of the post-WrestleMania calendar.
AJ Styles has been named no.1 contender for Roman Reigns' WWE Championship title, which has great potential for both superstars. The feud elevates Styles into the title race, where the majority of fans feel he belongs. It also gives Reigns a chance to answer some of his critics where it matters, in the ring. Styles is undoubtedly one of the best wrestlers on the roster and a great choice for Reigns to show he's pretty good too. It won't stop the boos, but it might stop some of the more inaccurate criticism of the current champ.
Also looking interesting, Chris Jericho versus Dean Ambrose appears to be on, judging by the look from Ambrose on Smackdown.
Jericho needs something a little more high interest after a program with AJ Styles which, despite some good matches, felt flat and uninteresting. Ambrose is just coming out of what must have been an exhausting feud with Brock Lesnar, largely involving him being thrown around like a rag doll and getting up for more.
He could do with a new opportunity to remind people just how much more there is to his skillset. Both men are great on the mic, so the build up should be at least as entertaining as the matches.
Recent debuts for NXT superstars including Apollo Crews, Baron Corbin, Enzo and Cass and The Vaudevillains are adding much needed new blood to the roster. Add to that returning superstars such as Cesaro and, further down the line, Seth Rollins, Randy Orton and John Cena, and you have to conclude there is more potential than we've seen in a long time for some new and interesting matches.
The Women's Championship
The Women's division is packed with talent and possibility.
Arguably the highlight of the WrestleMania card was the women's championship match, for the newly re-branded title. It was simply outstanding. Women's wrestling is going from strength to strength.
Charlotte's post-WrestleMania feud with Natalya is likely to be short-lived but entertaining, and after that? There are just so many possible contenders for the belt it's dizzying. I predict a major PPV main event for the Women's championship coming up very soon. It's time, they've earned it.
We could see a major PPV main event for the Women's championship coming up very soon. It's time, they've earned it.
With all of this going on, plus the Intercontinental, United States and Tag Team championship titles all to be fought over in the coming months, this really is a great time to be a WWE fan.
Who would you like to see challenging for the WWE titles this year? What's making you optimistic as a fan? Have YOUR say in the comments below.
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