I truly believe programs that evolved around a face versus face storyline make for more compelling angles. Watching each character evolve when being pitted against another good guy is always something that keeps fans tuned in. In this instance, the lines are a bit blurred when it comes to who the face and who the heel of the program are. On the one hand, I feel like Reigns is playing a bit of an invisible heel; sure, heâs been set up as a face (his character overall) however with the distain many have of the superstar within the WWE Universe, in a lot of ways, he is the heel in the program. Or are Gallows and Anderson the heels, aligned with a Stylesâ face? The struggle between doing whatâs right, and still defending your pride is helping the audience to further connect with Styles, and helping his some-what new character (to the WWE) evolve in front of audiences. The second chapter has been written within the Stylesâ WWE story, and itâs a good one. Would I love to see Styles as WWE champ? Absolutely! Could it happen? Anything is possible; Styles has really taken the ball and ran with it, and deserves to taste WWE World Heavyweight Championship gold.
More over, the forming of factions, and how easily each superstar has had family, (or friends that feel like family), align to their leaders has been an incredible transition to watch as well. This past Monday Night, the factions were named, and The Club versus The Family program has been born.
Iâm loving every minute of this. While a bit skeptical heading into Payback a while back, whatâs happening now is exactly the recipe of a great program. Itâs become personal, the fans have become invested, both teams are providing solid promos, and the matches are stellar. Perhaps we can thank Styles, Gallows, and Anderson, for bringing the best out of the Samoan clan; but everyone is stepping up their game to one degree.
In a lot of ways, The Club is saving The Family. The Usos were on the border of becoming irrelevant, with social media comments from fans saying their brand had become stale; and even pairing them The Rock seemingly couldnât save them. This new program is bringing them into the forefront, they are given the opportunity to participate in a storyline with talent that is fresh to the WWE main stream audiences, and whether people view them as heels or faces; they are making a splash. In turn, their cousin Roman seems to be adding some depth to his onscreen persona as well. The beauty of the storyline is that it not only focuses on the conflict between Reigns and Styles, it intertwines between the Usos/Gallows and Anderson, as well as adding another layer of intrigue with clashing ideals between Gallows/Anderson/and Styles.
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The best part? While at one point I was annoyed by the idea of âwhat comes nextâ, Iâm not fascinated by it. It seems no one is making a snap move to move over to the dark side, rather, there is a solid gray area for all characters; and this could be indicative of what the so-called âNew Eraâ is about. What does heel really mean? Â Should we really be cheering for the faces? Who are the faces? Does it matter? Absolutely not, because we are being entertained.
What even more refreshing, is that while the WWE World Heavyweight Championship is being dangled as the main prize, this feud is becoming more about comradery, and standing up for those closest to you. I do feel that in the end Reigns will hold onto that championship, but in the end, when all is said and done, The Club will walk away from this program looking strong. And because it is so much more than the title, the spotlight is somewhat being taken away from Reigns in this sense. Letâs face it, the majority of fans who donât like Reigns, are annoyed that he is champ, and annoyed he gets so much airtime, etc. Remove the title as the âend all and be allâ of the program, the motivation, and all fans (that are âTeam The Clubâ) are left with is a satisfaction that their team is getting the better of the Samoans, regardless of who is walking away champ.
Then there is Roman. He seems to rise above the occasion when he is placed in a group. I canât put my finger on it, and please, chime in WNZ readers, but his star seems to shine brighter in a faction. Some may argue that he needs people to carry him, and I wonât disagree; however, if the storyline works, and I am being entertained, what do I care? And while Iâm not comparing Ric Flair to Roman Reigns â please DO NOT get me wrong â there is no comparison and Reigns is far to early into his career to even place him in any of the same categories as Naitch; Flair did have the Four Horsemen while he was champ, many a time. Although we all know that Flair couldâve stood alone; he had the mouth for it and in-ring style, but always having someone by his side seemed to work for him. If a faction environment works for Reigns, then who am I to judge.
At the end of the day, who needs a face or heel in a program. If all arrows are pointing to entertaining fans, Iâm comfortable living a new era within the WWE where lines are blurred, storylines are exciting, as I sit on the edge of my seat in anticipation.