RETRIBUTION didn’t make their presence felt at WWE SummerSlam, but not everyone backstage agreed with that plan.
WWE initially did two things on Raw in an effort to spike the plummeting ratings. Their first move was to create a fight club, led by Shane McMahon, called Raw Underground. And after a few weeks, that move has been well-received by wrestling fans, who enjoy the new format when the clock strikes 10 p.m. ET.
The other venture is a faction. WWE has created a group called RETRIBUTION of an unknown number of wrestlers that is seemingly growing by the week. Whereas their attacks on Raw have been tame, they have brought out chainsaws and beaten up wrestlers backstage on SmackDown. That said, no leader, no motive, and no single wrestler has been revealed from this new faction.
Many fans assumed RETRIBUTION would interfere in a big title match at SummerSlam or would even have a reveal, making their presence felt in a big way at the Biggest Party of the Summer.
Instead, absolutely nothing happened.
WWE’s RETRIBUTION faction dealing with ‘mixed booking’
Colohue uses this specific term, because there is so much division regarding RETRIBUTION’s role in WWE. At SummerSlam, for example, some people backstage wanted RETRIBUTION to interfere in Randy Orton vs. Drew McIntyre. Others did not. On a more macro level, Colohue says that some people within WWE want the faction to always wreak havoc, while others just wish the company never debuted the faction in the first place.
None of this seems to bode well for RETRIBUTION. While fans are patient and hope this new group succeeds, they don’t have high hopes. And if WWE doesn’t have a clear direction and has, um, factions within the company divided on how to book this group, then it’s difficult to envision them succeeding.