Welcome to another edition of WWE Heat Index, wherein we discuss the interest level for the various feuds heading into the pay-per-view events. This time around, we’re focusing on Tables, Ladders and Chairs 2017 coming this Sunday night.
The way this works is a pretty simple three-way breakdown of Hot, Lukewarm and Cold. If you like something and you’re very interested in how WWE is setting up the program, it’s Hot (aka Good). If you’re a bit on the fence about it and see some problems, but it’s not awful, then it’s just Okay or Lukewarm. The ones that are the most problematic that you have no interest in are Cold (aka Bad).
Be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments section to let everyone know what your thermometer reads for each feud as I tell you what my thoughts are below!
Without further ado, let’s get started!
Pre-Show Kickoff Match: Alicia Fox vs. Sasha Banks = Cold
I would assume even Sasha Banks, Alicia Fox and WWE Creative don’t care about this, let alone the WWE Universe.
This is only on the card because the Raw roster is being stretched incredibly thin. If that weren’t the case, this wouldn’t even be a featured feud on the regular weekly television episodes, let alone something on the pay-per-view.
I like Fox and Banks, but this isn’t doing anything for me at all, and I’m more excited to see Drew Gulak’s PowerPoint presentation.
Cruiserweight Championship Match: Kalisto (c) vs. Enzo Amore = Lukewarm
I’m more interested in the situation going on with Neville and his potential exit from the company than I am about whether or not Enzo Amore is going to recapture the gold.
That being said, I still have a little bit of interest in whether Kalisto’s title win was just a random thing to be reversed or if WWE has gotten out of that habit, since that has been something plaguing 2017’s booking decisions.
If Enzo does end up recapturing the title, I’m curious how he’ll cheat to accomplish that task. It’s not something I’m itching to find out, but on a lackluster card, it’s one of the more interesting things to look forward to.
Raw Women’s Championship Match: Alexa Bliss (c) vs. Mickie James = Cold
Boy, I really feel disappointed that after waiting so many months for a feud between these two, this is the best they’ve had to offer.
Mickie James has much, much more to give and Alexa Bliss is just the top of the women’s division in WWE as far as I’m concerned, but this feud hasn’t lived up to its potential.
Plus, it’s a clear and obvious placeholder that isn’t meant to be too incredibly important. This is just another stepping stone for Bliss on her way to dropping the title to Asuka somewhere down the line.
Finn Balor vs. Bray Wyatt = Cold
I didn’t care about this when they first started fighting, I didn’t care about it when they had their rematch where Balor had face paint on, I cared even less when they had their third match without the face paint and I care even less now that they’re on match #4 and the face paint is back but with Wyatt cross-dressing.
Admittedly, that’s the most interesting thing they’ve done in this entire feud from the very beginning, but it’s not enough at this point to make me care after going through everything that came before it.
This feud needs to end.
This is hard to really judge, because it doesn’t mean anything at all, but it’s one of the few matches that I think could actually be quite fun if they’re given enough time.
Like some other matches on the card, the only reason it exists is because this is WWE scrounging for ideas they wouldn’t normally bother with, but that doesn’t discredit the talent of the people involved.
I can’t quite give it a full-on Lukewarm, but it’s closer to that than Cold.
Asuka vs. Emma = Lukewarm / Cold
This is right between Lukewarm and Cold, because I do like Asuka, but we all know this is going to be a squash and it’s a match we’ve seen before, so there’s really no legitimate interest on my part for this particular match versus the idea of Asuka being on the roster now.
Also, I guess you could say I’m curious how long Emma will be able to put up a fight, as this could be a real match or it could be a ~60 second squash.
TLC Match: The Shield vs. The Miz, The Bar, Braun Strowman and Kane = Hot
For the most part, this is a one-match card, so if this wasn’t interesting, WWE would be screwed.
I feel like this isn’t anywhere near as good as it could have been, and WWE was simply throwing things into the pot in the hopes that it would magically create a great meal, but there are still a few elements of it that makes it interesting.
In particular, Kane’s introduction into the feud has sparked my curiosity, and I’m hoping there’s a reference to how Roman Reigns retired The Undertaker being the reason The Big Red Machine has a bone to pick.
Braun Strowman and The Miz have been two of my absolute favorite performers in the company this year, so I’m looking forward to seeing what they have to pull out.
Plus, like everyone else, the reunion of The Shield admittedly hits me with a bit of nostalgia, even though it was just a few years ago.
That’s still not going to make me crave that Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar match at WrestleMania, though 😉
Those are my thoughts, but how do you feel about these particular feuds? What’s hot and what’s cold in your mind?
Fill us in on your point of view in the comments below!