INTERNET: Why UNILAD, BOY CHAD, SoFlo and other false "Entertainment" groups are a cancer to Facebook and the internet at large.
Like many of you, I spend a lot of my free time (which I have plenty,) scrolling through Facebook, watching stuff on Youtube when I'm not watching stuff on Crunchyroll or The WWE Network, conversing with acquaintances and internet friends on Twitch, and basically procrastinating on the internet in general whenever I'm not playing video games or going to work like designing shirts.
But for as much as I use and generally still like Facebook as a whole, good lord does it have problems that it desperately needs to fix. From loading issues on some of it's games, (which I haven't touched on purpose in literal years) to spambot accounts barging scamming unsuspecting users through fake porn links or fake giveaways, to scam artists using people's religion and feelings to emotionally extort them with "TYPE AMEN" schemes (which I can write a whole blog about,) not to mention the unnecessary features they keep tacking on that hardly anybody asked for or uses just to compete with everyone, there is a variable smorgasbord of scuzzy slimy disgusting crazy vile desperate casually sexist cringe or even vomit inducing sleaze, and corporatism, and Ponzi schemes and other serious problems ruining Facebook that could eventually dig them the kind of grave MySpace dug for themselves in the late 2000's. (Again, each problem worthy of it's own blog.) But the one I'm focusing on in this blog, is a relatively minor problem in terms of internet safety, but a major problem in terms of generally being a good internet user and a problem for anybody trying to make it on the internet. The issue at hand, is a dirty tactic the internet has dubbed "freebooting." And oh god the freebooting Facebook allows...
What is "freebooting" exactly? Freebooting is the act of downloading someone else's video, posting it to Facebook and not giving any credit. There's also leaching, which is basically more polite and helpful freebooting where you at least credit the user or whatever page uploaded or reuploaded it first, but you don't provide the link to the original video which usually doesn't make nearly as many likes, shares and comments as the reupload. Even if the original video is posted in the comments. Freebooting and leaching often include taking someone else's video, adding different banners captions and intro etc just to be a little more transformative and to brand it as their own "look at this funny fail" or "TRY NOT TO LAUGH!!" video to boost business, despite the fact these entertainment brands didn't make these videos originally, they just slapped their captions and logos on it to make them their own. To assimilate them. Leaching attention away from the original user like a parasite. And 8 times out of 10 in many of those cases, the person who actually made the video or originally posted it didn't ask for it to be reuploaded or altered. They usually just made it for themselves or a friend or relative. Sometimes even their own businesses.
Why is it bad? Well if hypothetically you were to freeboot, you would basically be stealing other people's work and taking away the attention, credit and even revenue that the user who really made the video could and should be getting. But they aren't. Because you've reuploaded it without their consent. And since Facebook pages marked under "Entertainment" and posting a lot of videos on a daily to weekly basis get a ton of likes and shares, you're gaining your cheap 15 minutes of fame every time you reupload someone else's content that you did not make, and 9 times out of 10, you were not asked to reupload. Which is dishonorable, sleazy, and pretty damn douchey even if you didn't mean to be.
I first found out about freebooting when a great Twitch streamer and video game DJ/chiptune artist I know by the name of Benjamin Briggs posted this to Facebook.
This scumbag company Aniware, had stolen a song and video his friends and fellow colleagues at Gamepedia and GameChops spent hours or even days on, (between Gamepedia's video production and GRIMECRAFT at GameChop's DJing,) they took all the credit citing "we put hard work into this" when they didn't, and revealed to the world just how fucking sleazy and dishonorable they are. If you're curious, here's the hilarious video THEY STOLE. Which has been updated with new Pokemon Sun and Moon footage.
That's why it's a bad, scummy, down right socially inept tactic. It doesn't really promote the person who's video got reuploaded, in fact it hinders their success at the expense of boosting the success rate of these businesses freebooting random people's videos! It doesn't help Facebook, it gives Facebook Video a scummy toxic image among content creators even if the average bored Facebook user doesn't care. The videos stolen are rarely even that funny, (except for that GameChops video up there,) they're usually just random, obnoxious, rarely amusing and usually pretty boring in-jokes or loud public occurrences nobody else knows until it inexplicably becomes a meme, or a pointless forgettable topic to discus among the gossip freaks for like an hour. (Though that's just my own opinion.) And it barely even helps the freebooter! The people who like these freebooting pages or their posts and videos, they just like the stolen content that may amuse them and most don't even know or care that they're all stolen content. And once word gets out that the video is stolen and enough people care about that, e-drama ensues. Usually the more deserving kind! (if you scrape away the toxicities like parody accounts and death threats etc. Which is far worse than freebooting.) Giving the freebooters in question all the wrong kind of attention and maybe even dropping their like count pushing them off that ladder to fame and fanfare despite what little fortune they may have earned. And even if they can rebuild their seldom amounts of e-fame, it's still just from people who like those mildly amusing videos they steal and not the actual person or business stealing content. Because god knows they usually don't make anything of note on their own. Take for example, the infamously controversial YouTube "prank" video producer SoFlo Antonio and his "empire," SoFlo. I'll let TheGamerFromMars' "Internet Hall Of Fame" episode on that explain.
He likely knew he couldn't get really big or stay big just off of sexist and creepy cringey as fuck fake "pranks" where he pretends to drug women or where he harasses people until they kick his ass, so what did he do? He went into the lucrative but dishonorable and sleazy business of being a Facebook freebooter. Just stealing other people's videos, slamming his face on the intro claiming "this is how I react when" at the beginning, and watching the likes and shares pile in without giving any credit at all to the original video or the user who actually made it. And even making Youtube compilations of other people's "pranks" when only some allowed him to "centralize!" (a freebooter's term for freebooting.) He got in frequent trouble even with his teenage fanbase, e-drama ensued after funny talented users like h3h3 and LewReview made fun of his sleazy tactics and really bad unbelievably fake pranks, and so he eventually had to stop that shit and start asking people for permission and giving credit at least in the comments. (Though he may still be stealing on occasion.) And he still hires actors for homeless "social experiment" videos (which are just YouTube "pranks" with the guise of being sensitive or socially aware,) but then he frequently turns around by mocking the homeless with douchey "homeless pranks," harassing people mostly women in public for "kissing pranks" and hiring actors to comply so he can sell that image of being a playboy. Or, filming "watch what happens when" experiments where he hires really bad actors and badass bodybuilders to pretend to catch each other cheating like a low-budget YouTube version of Cheaters without any of the entertainment value unless you're into that. And getting his ass royally whooped in the process of acting like a total idiot whenever it's his turn to play the fool. All while blatantly ripping off concepts from other even worse "prank" and "social experiment" video producers like Prankinvasion and OCK TV. The kind of stuff even anti-feminists cringe at and call sexist. I can't tell what's worse. The originators, or the copy cats.
Now you would think that the SoFlo fiasco would have been the end of freebooting and would have shown the world that freebooting is a very very bad thing. But there are other businesses like UNILAD, BOY CHAD, several copies of scam pages like UNOFFICIAL:Funny Vides, (actual spelling) and multiple Vine or "meme" compilation pages on Facebook and some even on Youtube, that are still making a bogus business of literally stealing other people's videos. All they do is just add some blurry side bars or an attention grabbing caption almost ad-libbed with horribly spelled titles like "wen ur frend step in 2 da club" with annoying emojis surrounding it, as they continue to siphon the views and likes away from other users despite how awful their grammar can be on purpose. And what makes this more perplexing to me, is that it's usually a random child or someone's dad filming their kid complaining, or a random teen boy or girl goofing off with their friends, something inane made by random minors or middle aged people just for their friends, discovered and stolen by these freebooters! These freebooters are so desperate for e-fame that they download that kid's video, and make it their own with their annoyingly distracting emojis and banners and "TRY NOT TO LAUGH!!!" captions to further force these pointless stolen videos to become viral for an hour so they can become famous Off of other people's work. Or, they ask politely if they can "centralize" that child's video, get permission, maybe give credit in the comments which is a bit more commendable, but still urge the viewer to like their business before they tell people to check out who actually made that video they are leaching off of. Like taking candy away from a baby and claiming they bought it. And they post this parasitic garbage in between posts promoting their shitty image gallery sites and garbage clickbait articles sometimes affiliated with non-trustable services like MyLikes. All made just to further force themselves into internet fame because the only thing they care about, is fame. Even if it comes from someone else's effort or a child they don't know.
Most have the means to make their own shit and do make their own shit, yet still feel the need to freeboot and leach! For example, look at BOY CHAD. A majority of his Facebook videos are just random Vines and YouTube clips he stole from random people and slapped his logo onto like he's fucking TMZ,
But he makes his own shit on Youtube! And it's high quality too! Why even bother?
Just upload your own shit and think of something funny to make dude! You got a gooddamned crew and equipment to just make a living off of your own work. Cut the crap.
And it doesn't stop there. Why just recently I came across this fucking page.
The musicians they have on there are amazing. Some of the best I've ever seen or heard. But NONE of these videos show credit to the artist, the person who filmed these videos, any links to the Facebook pages or Youtube channels these artists may own, these videos are just "look at this talented person!" and nothing else. NOTHING. It's literally "here's someone with talent like MY page to see more!" And their business model? Basically "we share shit" but nothing saying "we promote talented people by name or company." Just bogus business strategy.
That's not sharing, that's mooching! That's parasitic marketing. Even if you asked them permission first you're still just leaching off of their talent so you can get success, under the guise of promoting people when you're just in it for yourself.
Then there's this guy. MrTechnicalDifficult. Who not only freeboots and leaches off of other peoples videos to the point of (like many) stealing from kids, but he also shares douchebaggy clickbait "watch when this ___ does ___" articles also making a business off of other people's random, usually not even close to funny and even mildly Facebook TOS breaking videos that are so stupid, not even World Star Hip Hop would be desperate enough to steal them. Some of which promotes a very douchey sleazy dude-bro stereotype of what a man is supposed to be. Like, I don't mean to come across as a "oh toxic masculinity!!" SJW, but some of this shit is so douchebaggy borderline racist or borderline sexist, even some anti-feminists would call the overall atmosphere and comments tasteless. You could almost smell the AXE body spray and 3 day old Mtn Dew, A1 Steak Sauce and Funions stains. Not that those products automatically make you a douchebag in fact those latter three are rather glorious but still just, WHY? Why are pages like this still a thing?
And the sad part is, his commenters are usually funnier than this dude-bro! (when they aren't being all "this came from an inmate's butthole" toxic.) Who is this for? WHO?
Now, bootlegging a movie I can understand for as scumbaggy as that is. You know people wanna go see that thing, you know you can make money off of it, so you would download a torrent somewhere and burn it to DVD for a quick buck. Or stream it for free on a scuzzy free stream website. Bootlegging games and making unofficial bootleg figures I can also understand as scumbaggy and hilarious as that can be. You wanna make money off of any unsuspecting parent or child that doesn't know any better, when really most of your revenue will come from people who know better, know the build quality is donkey ass but they want a good laugh anyway. I understand bootlegging a PPV as scummy as that is. You want other people to watch the ongoing UFC or WWE PPV without having to subscribe to their networks or go to Fite.tv. Bootlegging of all kinds is based off of desperation and sometimes even poverty ans as scummy as it is, I can understand why some people bootleg officially licensed IPs. But bootlegging an internet video? Why? Why do that or make that a business? That's like taking candy from a baby, and then selling it on eBay for a dollar higher with your business card double-stick tapped to it. It's complete and absolute nonsense!
Now, like I said, sometimes some of them like The LAD Bible (a subsidiary of UNILAD) will actually give credit to where they first found it. Or actually credit the original uploader in the description or comments. Maybe even drop a link to the original video which is even more commendable. But it's confusing to me, because
YOU COULD JUST SHARE THE LINK TO THE ORIGINAL VIDEO.
Seriously it isn't rocket science! Just about every video service like Youtube, Vine, Vimeo, and even news outlets like TYT have a Share button. You could just friggin' find and click the Share button, or much more quickly copy the link to the video, plop that in a Facebook post and see if you can monetize that with the "Boost post" button! You'll get many of the likes and comments you would have gotten if you reuploaded it including the revenue, you'll look good because the viewers could freely like the original video over on Youtube or Vine or whatever, they get fame, you get fame especially for your patronage, the uploader could promote you if they wanted, and you don't look like a slimy thieving asshole sundae. It's a win win situation because you're not stealing the SEO and relevance and revenue from the original video!
But then again, it might not show up in the Suggested Videos section on people's feeds. So, if you wanna gain real success on Facebook Video, JUST MAKE YOUR OWN SHIT.
You'll get literally all the likes and comments and shares making your posts popular if you're any good at making mildly interesting "comedy" or "prank" videos, some of the highest rated and most shared Facebook videos, except it's your shit. So again you don't look like a turd pizza. Because you didn't steal or mooch.
At least be like 9GAG and devote a special video player on an external site if you have the coding knowledge. Say what you will about 9GAG but at least on their website, they plop YouTube links onto a gallery so the original videos still get the views they need, and you even have the option of clicking the YouTube icon and liking or commenting on the actual video. It's a nice gesture, that gets all the attention UNILAD's offerings do.
Now, why are these pages bad for society at large? Well it's quite simple. The dumbing down of our youth and even middle aged. Let me explain.
Now I'm not gonna get too sensationalist and assume or spread the lie that all entertainment has an effect on culture and society in terms of behavior and belief. It really doesn't. Violent video games, songs, movies and other media and fiction DON'T make people violent. I've played tons of gory bloody games, watched gory bloody movies, shows and seen bloody creepypastas, I've listened to hardcore rap and metal, I've even attended bloody wrestling matches which have real blood, and I never have murdered or mutilated anybody or even attempted those vicious acts or suicide nor would I ever. Because that would be stupid. Sexual entertainment, female promiscuity and "the male gaze" DON'T contribute to rape culture. I watch porn on the regular and have been a fan of things that have some form of objectification or another, and I still respect women as human beings and I never have and never would rape anybody or advocate it. In fact rape scenes I avoid like the plague. Because it's disgusting. And media showcasing LGBTQ+ people in a positive light DON'T turn people LGBT or Q. I have transgender friends and at least one or two who are bi or lesbian, and I'm straight as the day is long! But what separates the cringey controversial "entertainment" of UNILAD or the YouTube prank genre, is that they try to push their stuff as real, (if they made it,) or pass it off as manly or as comedy (if it's freebooted.)
There's a whole article by The Guardian about how UNILAD alone has had a habit of promoting rape as "surprise sex" Which is bad no matter if the victim is female or even male! Or how they have promoted chauvinist douchebaggery as a cool thing for little boys to do and as a male thing Which makes anybody with a penis look bad. I highly suggest you read their article about UNILAD with proof they're this douchey, regardless of if you're for or against feminism. I personally consider myself feminist because I'm for equality. Not all of them are SJWs, and even the SJWs can sometimes get something right.
And their commenters just eat it up. There are dozens of little boys looking at jokes about "surprise sex" or giving into their "kissing pranks" and thinking this will make them playboys. Commenters of all races, ages and genders sending positive comments as if these thieves and scumbags made the videos. Millions of shares making these posts out to be the funniest thing ever, when it's hardly even amusing to be honest. Is a teenager giggling and admiring his friend's white shoes or a dog running in circles after eating fucking spinach really that "OMG try not to laugh!!" hilarious? Is it really? Where's the joke? Am I missing something? I'm no expert at comedy, I'm not claiming to be comedic genius like fucking Charlie Chaplin here but come on it isn't that funny, and those freebooters didn't make it and they rarely if ever have the permission to steal it.
What's more boggling to me is that despite how they might be making money off of other people's work on Facebook and even more money off of public harassment for views, stolen videos and formats, or promoting douchebaggery and intolerance as manliness or as a culture, they still have that blue watermark! That stamp of approval saying "this is a trusted business" When they are literally bootlegging random internet users and filming unfunny douchey fake pranks!
Sharing videos is fine. Hell I won't begrudge you if you shared a freebooted video or compilation because you just found that clip to be funny. I can't begrudge you for laughing even if I don't get it. Copy-pasting links to videos is fine. Using clips for a review or as a GIF is fine even because that's just fair use. But reuploading a video or altering it to make it your own and/or all about you, with your face in it? Why? That's just dumb, douchey, self centered and irresponsible!
Don't be a tool. Don't freeboot. And while we're at it,
Stop making "TRY NOT TO LAUGH!!!" challenges.
WRESTLING: How the WWE should model their belts after the Cruiserweight title, WITHOUT completely rehashing.
Hoo boy how awesome was the Cruiserweight Classic? Every single match there was a match of the year candidate, indie and international stars were showcased tremendously and built well on the WWE platform, I even saw some stars and moves I haven't already seen on the indie or international circuits like Jack Gallagher and his innovative offense or the new Bully Choke finisher from Brian Kendrick. Funny to see the former Spanky I used to watch live at ROH now twice as creative in the ring as a grizzled veteran.
But one of the best things on the tournament, was the reveal of the New Era revival of the WWE Cruiserweight Championship. And thank god it's not another WWE or Tag Team title rehash. It's a brand new title, and it looks awesome!
I love this belt design. It's big, it's triumphant, and it's a little bit of best of both worlds. It has the toy like WWE logo in the center and that cool interchangeable current holder round concept the WWE likes because they can send replicas to celebrities and you can tell from a far, this is the WWE's title, but it also has the intricate lines and cool futuristic shapes and that awesome globe behind the logo that I like. If anything it's almost like TNA's new Impact World Title which surprisingly looks great,
crossed with that supposed "WWE Universal Championship" leak that was just a fan mock up but... damn I wish it was what we got.
Although strangely enough it does have that center globe, the non-painted logo and the ticker tape around it, so maybe the WWE decided to base the Cruiserweight title on it? Odd.
But this is exactly what I was saying in my previous blog, "WRESTLING:WWE needs to quit rehashing titles." It's okay to use a theme, GFW, ROH and even to some extents mid 80's WWE did this, just don't completely rehash your titles by just changing the strap color and calling it a day. That would be lazy.
In fact, I've doctored up some of my own ideas for what the rest of the titles should look like based on the Cruiserweight Championship. Keeping it's theme, while combining it with many of their previous belt designs as a prime example of what makes a good looking championship.
NOTE: My photoshop skills are amateur at best. Many corners were cut and you will see some uneven corners and stretched textures due to splicing parts of old belts together with the Cruiserweight title. I apologize for any snafus with textures, smudging and outside pixels.
For starters, let's begin with the US and Intercontinental belts.
... Just unify them and keep it at Intercontinental. The belt's perfect as is and has been the way more honorable belt in WWE history anyway.
It ain't broke, so why fix it? and in fact, just to shorten this blog, let me make a stern suggestion. Or demand depending on how you look at it.
UNIFY BOTH WOMEN'S TITLES. UNIFY BOTH TAG TEAM TITLES. UNIFY THE UNIVERSAL WITH THE WORLD TITLE. AND MAKE THEM ALL PASSPORTS BETWEEN ROSTERS.
By just having one world title, one women's title, and one set of tag titles, and making every belt including the Cruiserweight and IC titles passports between brands, you can build more hype to storylines, create more buzz with inter-brand rivalries and boost more PPV buys and WWE Network views for PPVs. Inter-promotional rivalries and matches always work as long as the companies or brands are known. The WWE is the most known thing there is, so it all works out and has before.
Now here comes the belts I doctored up. Starting with the World Heavyweight Championship. Again, these are only examples but detaied enough you can polish them up for actual belts.
It should be big, intricate, detailed, full of grandeur and elegance while looking tough in a way, and triumphant. Give the center plate it's own current holder round like the side plates do. To pay homage to the old, incorporate a big detailed eagle soaring behind the logo or globe. Have tiny wrestlers ready to lock up to pay homage to one of the very first designs from the WWWF days before it was even WWF! Doll up the WWE logo just like the current World/Universal title you currently have. (A design trope carried over from John Cena's spinner belt.) Add gems and other fixtures that make it look that much more fancy like a real title all while carrying over the theme from the Cruiserweight belt just to really usher in that new era. And just to sell more toy replicas, give select superstars their own gimmicks with the current holder rounds. Like, John Cena gets spinners. Finn Balor gets holographic demon faces. No Way Jose can have multicolored pen lasers and reflectors. Tyler Breeze can have mirrors that flip around to show his portrait. Something fun for the kids and toy collectors to play with. Even sell booster packs of current holder rounds and Create A Round kits at retailers so that you at home can make the belt your own. It'll be fun! All while still looking like a real belt with little to no compromises, and still carrying over the positives of the class ring like designs of your current titles.
Next up, the Women's Championship.
Carrying over the current theme of making the Women's title literally a women's version of the men's belt, make it every bit as big and extravagant as the men's belt. Just still looking different in more areas than just being a different color. Base a lot of the belt's design on Fabulous Moolah's title. After all, without the blood sweat and tears of Fabulous Moolah, Mildred Burke, Gladys "Kill 'Em" Gillem, (who still has the best forearm smash of all time next to Killer Kowalski and Kahagas,) Mae Young and many others, we likely wouldn't have seen women's wrestling for about another decade, and the uphill climb might have been that much greater. I've added some fixtures from the 80's, the mid 90's and the late 90's-late 2000's Women's titles as well, but only here and there while the rest is just my World Heavyweight title crossbred with Moolah's belt. Make it quite similar to the men's belt, but not a complete rehash just so that casual fans or non-fan elder relatives of wrestling fans and kids can buy their loved one the right belt and not just haphazardly buy the wrong belt not even reading the title. And also, keep most of the color scheme from the current Women's title. I actually do like the combination of gold and red. And since this is another spin on the men's title, carry over the concept of gimmicked current holder rounds for certain Superstars. For example, Ember Moon can have red LED light blood moons. Naomi can have glow in the dark party glasses. Sasha Banks can have reflective diamonds spelling out "BOSS" Becky Lynch can have steam shooting goggles. Again, just a fun gimmicky idea that you can replicate for the toy version.
Last but certainly not least, the World Tag Team titles.
For far too long, the tag team division has been relegated as a side show often with random pairing teams becoming paper champions and holding the belts for about a month and a half before an actually established team with a name captures them. So, in order to restore honor tot he belts, why not go the Women's title route and make them tag versions of the World Heavyweight title, except this time NOT completely copy-paste the same boring template?
Base them mostly around the old school tag belts everybody loves, while sticking to the Cruiserweight theme just for the center. Transpose the eagles just like the how the NXT Tag Team titles are transposed so both holders have their own unique belt to take home with them. It's a nice gesture! Use just a little bit of the current Tag team title's gladiator belt design as a banner for the current holder rounds, and give the tag team champions the same treatment you give the Cruiserweight, World Heavyweight and Women's champions. Their own custom current holder rounds. The possibilities are endless! For example, The Usos can have their respective face paint on their rounds perhaps painted in glow in the dark paint to contrast off of Naomi now that she's a part of the Anoai dynasty by marriage. The Hype Bros can have blinder glasses that can flip back and forth between "HYPE!" and "BROS!" The New Day's could have glitter or they could be 808 drums to clap along to "New! Day rocks!" The Club's rounds can make machine gun sounds when pressed. Again, a toy like gimmick that can be replicated perfectly for the real toy version that only select Superstars can have, not all of them. Just to have a little fun while keeping honor to the championships.
Beyond unifying and making new versions of the Women's, World Tag Team and World Heavyweight championships, maybe at least two new championships need to be made WWE Trios Champions, and perhaps WWE Women's Tag Team Champions. Neither of which I've designed belts for, but hopefully the previous examples can give you a guideline to how to make them properly.
The WWE needs a Trios title because ever since the Reality/Network Era, they've had an a=off and on stellar trios division! Whether it was The Shield, The Wyatt Family, The New Day, The Club with AJ Styles, intergender stables like Enzo Cass and Carmella, female trios like B.A.D, (though I found it a bit racist the black, token half black and samoan women had to be heels for telling the truth about The Bellas and how bad off the Diva's division was at the time when Paige was a face for saying the exact same thing,) there have been a lot of long lasting and pretty successful trios over the years not counting previous eras like the NWO revival in the late Attitude early Ruthless Aggression Era or Team Xtreme and the 5-6 person rotating cast that had a lot of 6 man tags in D-Generation X. They need belts to accommodate that! Instead of just having the trios go for the two person Tag Team titles and one singles, why not go all Lucha Libre and develop a World Trios championship and actually build a decent and well written trios division? You could (AND SHOULD) sign Jack Gallagher and add him to the Vaudvillains (or jut sign him for the hell of it because he was over and he's awesome.) You could have The Usos jump shift to Raw and reform The Bloodline with Roman Reigns as top heels. You could make a new version of The Shield, either with Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and maybe sign back Chris Hero this time wrestling as Chris Hero and not Kassious Ohno, making them form The Shield that CM Punk wanted, or if you must keep Seth Rollins heel (and why? He came back with so much momentum and fanfare even when he dissed the fans,) have Seth Rollins form a brand new even more evil version of The Shield with The Authors Of Pain. seeing as how The Authors Of Pain are dressed just like The Shield and basically have their old gimmick just silent and with the legendary Paul Ellering. Either way there are still hardcore faithful fans of The Shield, and it could work! More so with the babyface edition with Ambrose, Rollins and Hero.
As for a WWE Women's Tag Team Championship, well, they've had constant off and on female tag teams with their own names and entrance themes ever since the PG Era with The Bella Twins and Team Laycool as lame and sloppy and overrated as they usually were. And to this day, we still see frequent short lived tag teams like Becky and Nataliya or Charlotte and Dana Brooke. Why not end the string of random pairing tag teams, and build an actual women's tag division? You could bring Emma back and reform her tag team with Dana Brooke, or make her tag with Alexa Bliss as The Blissful Dillemma. With the catchphrase "It's a Blissful Dillemma. Because your suffering, brings us bliss." You could (AND SHOULD) sign The Owens Twins. Maybe have Nikki Bella turn heel again, (which she works better as,) and have her tag with Eva Marie right before you mercifully fire that waste of space Eva so you can focus on actual workers like Asuka or Naomi or Bailey or Becky Lynch. Liv Morgan can tag with Carmella for a month before one of them turns on the other. (Or you could AND SHOULD turn Carmella face and plop her back with 'Zo and Cass as they are so much better together.) There's endless possibilities. Just as long as you do a better job than last time, and as long as you do way better than TNA did.
Anyway, I'm very pleased with the new Cruiserweight title and I hope that this time, they actually treat the Cruiserweight division with respect and don't treat them as a joke. Like they eventually did in 2004.