The WWE had to cut away a lot of fat in terms of their roster a while back. This led to the release of some popular mainstays like Rusev, Erick Rowan and Heath Slater. Even some prominent backstage personnel like Kurt Angle, Lance Storm and Fit Finlay had to be “furloughed” because of budget cuts.
One name I was sure who wouldn’t appear was one Alexa Bliss. She’s currently one of the more popular female WWE Superstars in the roster and it’s hard not to see why. I may be a girl but I recognize how pretty and stunning Alexa Bliss is. She’s quite a looker, indeed! She’s so hot that she even managed to get a song composed about her!
Alexa Bliss might not be the best in-ring performer and, let’s face it, her wrestling ability is rather limited compared to the likes of Trish Stratus, Lita, Charlotte Flair, Sasha Banks, Becky Lynch and many others. However, she makes up for these shortcomings (Ha! Because she’s short for a wrestler!) by having one of the best wrestling personalities right now. She’s done extremely well as both a heel and face performer while still retaining her snobby traits which made her rise to the top of both the RAW and Smackdown brands. She’s a multi Women champion for RAW and Smackdown titles, a former Women’s Tag Team Champion and Money in the Bank winner.
She’s also one of the most popular female Superstars in the WWE and definitely one of the most watched. I can’t help but think this was one of the reasons why they gave Alexa her own segment “A Moment of Bliss” and even become the host of Wrestlemania once. She also gets the WWE a lot of clicks on YouTube whenever she’s featured. Yes, even the ones where she’s not “topless” in the video clip.
Even with all that and more, I hate to say it, but Alexa Bliss’ potential is straight up being unutilized for the longest time. As much as I love her, I can’t feel the WWE give her the same amount of love.
In essence, the WWE is wasting Alexa Bliss.
This definitely wasn’t the case before because of all the accolades I’ve mentioned while building her up. It really looked like they were pushing her to the moon in fact. I will say this is originally because of how Alexa Bliss carries herself as a heel. She knew how to act like the mean girl who was above everyone else despite her size and it worked!
She would use a lot of traditional wrestling bad guy antics to win matches or get out of them. She would use every thing she had to get the slight edge over her opponent back then. My favorite trick is the one when she would pretend to dislocate her elbow because its bent in an awkward manner when straight. I can do the exact same thing with both my arms and it does freak people out. Utilizing this “skill” during a match, however, shows how brilliant she is!
Some of her luster did kind of fade away when the WWE made the awkward decision to make her a face. This was mostly because, during the early days of this transition, she still acted like a heel. This started when Nikki Cross expressed her admiration for Alexa Bliss and it seemed natural The Goddess would simply use Nikki’s blind dedication to her advantage. After all, this is what any good heel would do, wouldn’t they?
Something strange happened, though, because they didn’t go through with it. For some reason, the friendship angle became canon and Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross actually became best friends! This did not sit well with me initially but, mostly thanks to Alexa Bliss’ natural charisma, she made the change work. She was more positive but still managed to keep that little twinge of snark which made her the perfect mean girl in the WWE.
Unfortunately, this may have been the start of the WWE not quite using Alexa Bliss properly. She was generally relegated to being a tag team with Nikki Cross. This wasn’t a bad thing in the long run but, since they were now a duo and she wasn’t a singles act anymore, they really couldn’t focus too much on The Goddess’ antics as much as before. In hindsight, I can see why the WWE went this direction. By this time, Alexa Bliss had suffered legitimate injuries to her head thanks to several concussions and they probably thought it wasn’t safe for her to really go all out in the ring anymore so putting her in a tag team act would split the workload.
This, however, did take a toll on her screen time, both in and out of the ring. There were even times when she wasn’t given the time to do the thing which endeared her to so many WWE fans: her ability to speak. Alexa Bliss is one of the best talkers and promo givers in the WWE right now. She knows what to say and how to say it. She also does a lot of the right hand gestures and body language to get the message out loud and clear. She knows how to play to the crowd to get the right reaction and interact with them to get their attention in the right way to get the right reaction.
So, I get the WWE is concerned about Alexa Bliss and how she might be one concussion away from being put on the shelf forever. That’s something I’m concerned with as well. This is probably why they’re going through this weird mix with The Fiend/Bray Wyatt and Alexa’s possible infatuation with him. This does play well with one of the oddest and often forgotten pairing she had with Braun Strowman during the Mixed Tag Tournament a long while back.
I wasn’t really a fan of the Mixed Tag Tournament. That’s mostly because I didn’t get to watch it as it wasn’t on television. It didn’t help that they never talked about it all that much during both RAW and Smackdown. I also didn’t care for it all that much because there were very little stakes involved. It really didn’t matter if you won or lost the entire thing. It felt like an afterthought. I, however, did enjoy the weird interactions between Alexa Bliss and Braun Strowman as this was a very odd pairing as this was one of the smallest women on the roster teaming up with one of the largest male members of the WWE locker room. It was cute for what it was.
It does look like the WWE is trying to dip back into the Alexa Bliss well again as it looks like she’ll be featured heavily in the storyline… or will she? For whatever reason, it still feels like she’s relegated into the background as she hasn’t really done anything. It’s all cryptic hints here and there and not much action. The WWE could be trying to build up the suspense for the big reveal but, honestly, I don’t have all that much confidence the WWE will pull the trigger on it and they’ll just give up on this storyline and whatever they have planned for Alexa Bliss.
Even if they do push through with it, I still think it’ll be not using Alexa to the limit. I understand the WWE wants to keep her safe so she doesn’t have to perform in the ring all that much anymore. So why not do just that? Why not put her in a role where she can be around the ring all the time, get to talk much more often but still keep her safe?
Why not make Alexa Bliss something like a manager or even an old school valet? She would be perfect as a manager since she’s brilliant on the mic! This would also allow her to interfere in matches but not put her in direct danger. It would also allow her to build up a stable of WWE talent under her wing so she could be brought to ringside much more often. Oh, and she’ll also be able to keep her A Moment of Bliss segments. After all, the girl can talk!
Maybe they can think bigger than that, however. Why not make her a General Manager of either RAW or Smackdown? I know the WWE doesn’t do that kind of thing anymore but it worked for another popular female wrestler: AJ Lee! Man, that was a great time in wrestling for me as AJ Lee was the WWE Superstar to watch during that time. Well, I can see them doing the same thing with Alexa Bliss because, why not?
Maybe Alexa Bliss doesn’t want this and she wants to actually be in the ring. That may be it but the WWE isn’t using her in the right capacity at this time. She’s capable of much, much more and I don’t see the WWE really capitalizing on that fact.
Do you think the WWE is doing a good job with Alexa Bliss? Let me know in the comments section below!