I know Dominik Mysterio is a big babyface, and that’s absolutely the character Big E is, too. But there’s nothing wrong with a babyface vs. babyface match between two great wrestlers who can create the perfect dynamic. Of course, the size difference can make that easier. Plus, when the Intercontinental Title is concerned, the focus should be on the quality of wrestling, so heel and face alignments should not be as important.
Dominik has impressed so many WWE fans this year to the point where the naysayers complaining about nepotism have been completely drowned out. As he showed us at multiple Pay Per Views, Dominik is more than good enough to be here. In terms of match quality, Dominik vs. Big E would stand right there with Jey Uso or Cesaro vs. E, which should tell you a lot about how much the young man has to offer to this company.
Shinsuke Nakamura has become a spot-duty guy on SmackDown who even takes pins from Otis, but there is still value in getting wins over a literal legend like Nakamura. Yeah, it’s sad that Nakamura, who was one of the absolute biggest stars on the planet in NJPW, has been put in this reduced role in WWE, but it’s easier on his body and he gets to put guys over.
I’d love to see him put over Big E in the best way possible. Nakamura is still as nasty of a heel as they come in the ring with his veteran know-how, Strong Style, and masterful psychology. E’s got the hard-hitting moves and psychological mindgames, too, and Nakamura could help bring out that side of him in an even more obvious way to the audience.