Well, sounded like a pretty fun Home Run Derby last night. Would really like to break it down here in the Three Count and praise Aaron Judge a little bit since he seems to be baseball's next big start, but it was Monday last night which means I was watching Monday Night RAW last night instead of the Home Run Derby. I actually didn't see a single at bat last night.
And normally, my go-to baseball blogging move this season has been to make fun of the Cubs and their disappointing season but I don't have a lot of room to talk. In my MLB preseason blog, I predicted a Rangers/Mets World Series match up. The Rangers are currently 43-45 on the year and 16.5 games back in their division and the Mets are a disappointing 39-47 on the year and 12 games back in their division. So not looking great for me either.
So let's just skip the baseball talk and go straight into some wrestling.
What in the hell is WWE doing with Finn Balor? We'll break down the rest of RAW and other WWE programming on Thursday but I want to talk through some things regarding Finn Balor because they just seem off to me. When he debuted, WWE skyrocketed him to the top of the card. He pinned Roman Reigns clean in a one-on-one match (which rarely happens) to become #1 contender on his first night and then proceeded to win the WWE Universal Championship at SummerSlam over Seth Rollins. He was primed to be the new face of WWE, until he was injured.
Coming back from injury though....he's just kinda been there. I don't know if WWE is waiting on him for something, or if they don't know what to do with him, or if they don't see him as a top-level guy anymore. But since his return he's really done nothing of note. He was on a MizTV segment at a PPV, wasn't even on the last PPV, and just wrapped up a feud with Elias Sampson. I love Elias Sampson and think even taking the loss in that feud was great for Sampson's career just being in the ring with Balor, but I don't know how much it did for Finn.
And I'm not even a Finn Balor guy. I'm on the record of not seeing what the big deal with him is. I think the only thing different between him and Cody Rhodes in WWE is some face paint and body paint. Other than that, aren't they the same type of guy?
But WWE saw something in him and a majority of fans do too. To just see him sit and do nothing is weird. For YEARS, the problem facing WWE was "Who is going to be the next mega star, especially after Cena is gone?". And there really wasn't many great options. Now it seems like there are plenty of options to try but WWE is timid to go with someone. You could say they are pushing their chips in with Roman but that has been an up-and-down battle so far. And it looks like Braun may be the next in line for a monster push.
But there are so many guys on the roster that they could make a monster push with but have sitting in Idle right now. Finn, Shinsuke, AJ come to mind right away. Even Kevin Owens and Seth Rollins could be added to that mix of guys that could be the "Top" guy. Just frustrating to see those guys not being used to their capabilities while the two main championships are on Brock Lesnar, who just wrestled his first match since WrestleMania on Sunday, and Jinder Mahal.
Remember like a year ago when Republicans thought bad emails were the worst thing in the world with a threat to our nation and Democrats just wanted to brush any talks of emails away? Kinda seems like those roles have switched recently. That's weird.