WWE SmackDown preview (May 1, 2020)
Roman Reigns has been absent from WWE for a month now. Word has it he won’t be back until things are safer. That’s totally understandable and the right call for the man and his family.
SmackDown is worse off for it.
Love him, hate him, or in-between him, Roman Reigns has been presented as a star. He’s probably WWE’s top male star, at last full-time star. Anyone who could come close to touching his status, like Seth Rollins, is on Raw. Meaning SmackDown is missing some star power on the men’s side.
Bray Wyatt is the closest they have to that level. The way they presented him for years, losing tons of big matches, doesn’t put him in that Reigns tier. But his new Fiend persona has done wonders for his character, earning him consideration for the top star on Fridays.
The man who holds the Universal title, Braun Strowman, is an imposing figure. But unfortunately, he hasn’t been consistently booked as such. The fact that the only reason he’s holding the top title is that Roman couldn’t doesn’t help him feel like any more of a big deal.
It all comes down to booking and Roman Reigns is one of the few men in the company who has been booked like a star from the beginning. Braun Strowman sure hasn’t and therefore, the show seems to be missing star power.
WWE will need to start presenting men like Bray and/or Braun like they used to present Reigns because SmackDown can use someone as the their big star. And it’ll probably be a long while until the Big Dog is back to fill that role.