After Vince McMahon's retirement, we're already raving about WWE's Monday Night Raw and SmackDown

After Vince McMahon's retirement, we're already raving about WWE's Monday Night Raw and SmackDown ...

Triple H is the new WWE creative director, and he has already made some changes in this short time that you're very familiar with.

With some remarkable changes on Monday Night Raw and SmackDown, we have only a small sample size to work with. Here's a rundown of what we've liked so far, and what we're hoping to see continue throughout this new WWE era.

Fresh Matchups Between Superstars

One of my biggest dislikes of WWE has been the repetitive wrestling between opposing wrestlers. I know the rules concerning which wrestlers receive title shots can be complex, but it never made sense for me to see two wrestlers wrestle off repeatedly for three weeks in a row, only to have them brawl again for a pay-per-view in the fourth week. There isn't a reason why we shouldn't see the same superstars squaring off against each other week in and week out.

Bayley, Dakota Kai, Iyo Sky, Alexa Bliss, Asuka, and Bianca Belair are all involved in this feud, and I think this is an excellent indicator that more of the roster will be utilized in the future.

Former Superstars Are Returning

Triple H's tenure as WWEs creative director has already brought some exciting and unexpected returns. Dakota Kai and Dexter Lumis were certainly ones that came out of nowhere, and who would have expected Karrion Kross to return in the WWE so soon?

Karrion Kross forged his way into a major storyline with Drew McIntyre and Roman Reigns on SmackDown, which I think is an obvious sign that the new WWE regime is seeing more opportunities for guys like Kross than the previous one.

Underutilized Superstars Are Receiving More Attention

After a successful NXT run, it seems appropriate to bring up Tommaso Ciampa. Ciampa was paired with The Miz for an odd duo.

The WWE appears to be unable to separate the two completely, but they are finding ways to make the Miz and Ciampa pairing more interesting to wrestling fans. It's possible to see other stars receive the same treatment in the coming months, and perhaps even the main event picture change a year from now.

Banned Words Are Being Brought Back

Vince McMahon had some peculiar rules when it came to wrestling, from the moves that are permitted to the language WWE superstars may use on camera. There are a slew of common wrestling terms and phrases that havent been used in the WWE for such a long time, even if other organizations do use them without pause. As an example, wrestlers arent permitted to refer themselves to themselves as such, but rather are referred to as superstars.

After years of years of such restrictions, Triple H has brought back the terms wrestler as well as wrestling. It's quite possible that more terms may be unbanned in the future, and soon we'll see wrestlers say things like belt and hospital again. It's a good thing, especially in this instance where regular wrestling terms were made taboo to say in the WWE.

Background Storytelling Is Adding A New Dimension To Storylines

In a recent episode of Monday Night Raw, fans noticed the WWE staff dealing with what appeared to be a car collision in the parking lot of the arena, and while the company never acknowledged the incident, followers began tweeting about it as the mysterious car sitch continued in the background. Which led to the big reveal in the final match, where security captured returning superstar Dexter Lumis before he was able to rush the ring to assault AJ Styles.

Monday Night Raw is a three-hour time commitment, and there are occasions when not every hour is absolutely essential to the program. Leaning toward more episodic and branching narratives, such as what they did recently with Dexter Lumis, is a strategy to keep the fans engaged throughout the whole broadcast, even if the match they're watching at the moment isnt something they're keen on seeing in the future.

Monday Night Raw is available on USA Mondays at 8:00 p.m. ET, and on Fox Saturdays at the same time. Grab a Peacock premium subscription to see all of the upcoming WWE pay-per-views, especially with all the exciting matches planned for the future.