On one hand, this isn’t on Dolph, unless he’s being punished. He’s been part of PPV main events, so WWE knows he can handle the bright lights.
On the other, they clearly thought highly enough of Baron Corbin, seeing as he was promoted to the main roster having never held the NXT championship. Not that one has to hold that title before moving up, but it doesn’t hurt.
So what is it?
I don’t know, but I think it’s about to run it’s course. That neither man was deemed worthy of a spot in the Money In The Bank ladder match says that, in all likelihood, these guys have mid-card feuds written all over them, at least for the near future. Except that, the pre-show isn’t even mid-card.
Here’s my thinking. Dolph is, in my humble opinion, too talented to be getting overlooked. Yes, they wanted a good first program for Corbin, but they are acting like Dolph is a washed-up guy near retirement, and he’s not. If they don’t want to insert him into the World Championship picture any time soon (and I doubt they do), then I beg them to get him into either the US title picture or Intercontinental picture. ASAP. Because if they don’t, I fear he’s wrestling his way to asking for an early release, which would be a shame for him and for his fans.
As for Corbin? He’s young, it’s his first program on the main roster, and he’s been allowed to work with a former World Champion. That’s a pretty good start, even if they did stick him on the pre-show too much. He has to be able to elevate his game and really leverage that Andre Battle Royal win (as if it actually means much).
Something has to change, and soon, for how these guys are booked.