Well, I finally have a minute or two for yet, another article. It was about two months since my last one here as things are still hectic in the life of yours truly. There is so much on the table to discuss so I’ll try to get through as much as I can and have you, our one or two readers reflect on it.
April 11, 2013
February 19, 2013
Certainly, it has been quite a while since I’ve posted here. I have been busy to the extent throughout this time. I have meant to write an article or two in the last month but just haven’t had the chance.
Another reason why I haven’t written lately is because WWE has been rather, garbage lately. There is the WWE Champion that shows up when he wants to rather than when he should. I can’t understand why Vinny Mac decides it’s a good idea to sign off on only letting him show up during certain shows. When fans pay money to attend shows, they are paying to see the main event. I know they are only house shows and the occasional Raw, but that’s still not right. If you are the WWE Champion, you should have an obligation to show up. If it’s Mark Henry and he doesn’t want to show up if he’s the champion, you can put money on it that he will lose the title or yet, be fired.
WWE cannot rely on part-time guys to get ratings. That’s what the young guys are there for. Now, too many prospects is a bad problem to have. There are too many prospects and not enough TV time. Believe it or not, these three hour Raw telecasts is hurting more than it is helping. How in the world can WWE not put more TV time towards the Divas division? Clearly, people aren’t interested because they aren’t seeing enough of it. It’s almost like they aren’t even trying anymore. There are plenty of women prospects ready to go and there they go ignored.
This isn’t 1999 where fans felt that four nights of programming each week was not enough at times. Nearly 15 years later, it’s too much. Raw, Smackdown and that’s that. Nobody gives a crap about Main Event or Superstars and even though Saturday Morning Slam is for kids, this is too much. I feel like I am repeating myself but it’s so frustrating to see the same thing day in and day out.
Once in a lifetime? How about twice in a year? That’s what we are getting with Rock vs. Cena again. Fans don’t want to see that. You can’t compare this to Rock Vs. Austin or Kane vs. Undertaker because those matches were in a much different era. I keep praying that things will get better. Sadly, I want at least a fourth of the current roster to be future endeavored. There is a surplus of talent but I feel like WWE won’t even utilize half of these guys so what’s the point? There are too many wrestlers with little room.
Someone help all of us.
December 18, 2012
I must say, the pay-per-view was pretty damn good. I was looking forward to the show and it lived up to my expectations. There was a time when WWF (Yes, that WWF) was so good, you knew that every pay-per-view was a must-see. I am not trying to be a meatball, but I just wish they could put on a decent show every time around rather than every once in a while. I am not asking for the Attitude Era but there are times where I wish it was better. From everything I have read, Dean Ambrose is the real deal along with Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns being quite talented as well. I was excited to see this match between them and Kane, Bryan and Ryback. I am not a Ryback fan but that’s another discussion. Everyone performed above par and Rollins took a fall that probably earned him a lot of respect from both the fans and the people backstage. The match was back and forth with a lot of action. I expected The Shield to win but it was fun to see.
The crowd was lively and as most great crowds go, that just makes the look of matches even better. The fans mostly cheered for the heels and I loved it. I read a report that WWE was concerned because the fans were cheering for the bad guys and continued the “Goldberg” chants for Ryback very loudly. Apparently, WWE doesn’t realize that great crowds like New York, Chicago and others don’t always cheer for who’s the good guy and who’s the bad one, but rather, cheer for great wrestling and boo when it’s bad. That’s how it should be. During the show, we also noticed a face-turn for Alberto Del Rio. For some reason, I just can’t imagine this actually happening for one and two, turning out to be a good thing. We’ll find out though.
The main-event with Cena and Ziggler did not disappoint either. All I have to say is, enjoy Cena while we have him. Rumors are running that he’s nearing the end of his career as a full-time guy and I am saying right now, we’re going to miss him. I get that sometimes he can be frustrating but really, he is still the top guy and that’s what matters. He’s putting butts in the seats. Back to the match, the chants for Ziggler were loud and it was music to my ears. It looked like Cena was on his way to a victory and then A.J. pushes the ladder, knocking Cena off of it with Ziggler staring in shock. WWE struck gold again because if anybody said they saw that coming, they are lying. I am waiting for Ziggler guy to win the title and I know for a fact, that the crowd (whichever one it may be) will embrace it. Fans love this guy because he has what it takes.
Now on to Raw. First, I see Road Dogg and Billy Gunn return for a Slammy presentation. Seeing them do their mini-promo reminded me of the good old days when I was in junior high and some friends and I use to mimic them along with DX. Then, Ric Flair arrives after months of speculation. Let me just say that I love Ric Flair and I am sure many others do as well. To be completely honest, I just don’t want him wrestling anymore. I have a bad feeling that he is going to actually try to wrestle again and it’s not good. I did read that he is going through, yet another divorce (His fourth) so I am guessing he is going to need some cash. Off-topic a bit here but seriously, why get married all of those times? Did he not learn? I mean, luckily for me, I am not married nor do I have a woman breathing down my neck. It’s called not being ready or not finding someone that I am wanting to be around. Flair doesn’t seem to realize that if you aren’t ready or want to be around a person, then don’t marry them. Reports had his wife beating him up a little while ago. Wow.
Moving on to the final part of the show, Cena and Ziggler and fighting one on one and all of a sudden, A.J. brings out Big E Langston, whom I saw wrestle at a house show in Rockford back in August. As soon as I saw him, I immediately thought to myself “steroid freak”. From his Wikipedia, he was actually a professional power lifter and some of the numbers I saw of how how much he bench pressed and all that is astonishing to say the least. Regardless, I am not too confident that this is going to work out either but as I continue to say, we’ll see. I just am not a fan of Vince McMahon and his minions scouting talent and hiring people all because they have a physique to his liking. Hire wrestlers.
There seems to be a lot of changes going on in the company right now. We are seeing bad guys turn good and vice-versa. With the plethora of minor-league talents WWE is bringing up, I am not too sure if it’s a good idea just yet. There certainly is a surplus of talent on the roster as we speak, but it could pose an issue as time goes on. I remember writing an article two or three years ago about a “nucleus” of young guys that I thought would be the future of WWE. That has changed drastically. Now, it’s guys like Cesaro, Ziggler, The Shield, Damien Sandow (You’re welcome) and a few others. I am still wanting to see Wade Barrett in the main event sometime as well because I think that in the right situation, he can succeed. I also want more women’s wrestling as well and not just for eye-candy, but because I once again, miss the old days when Trish Stratus, Lita and others ruled the division. Even though wrestling is still in a bad phase, 2013 looks more promising.
December 8, 2012
I guess it’s been a while since I’ve heard Booker T on commentary, I barely recognized his voice at first.
I think it’s really interesting how they cut/edit this show. For a lot of the big hits, they switch to a different camera. The first time I saw it I thought they just botched a move, but I’m sure it’s on purpose. Less violence for kids since it’s prime child-watching-time, haha. I don’t have a problem with that, it’s the time slot it’s on and you know what’s happening anyway.
Cena is like, absolutely perfect for this show. He is so good playing for kids, but he’s also very likeable for adults.
I’m sure I said this last time, but I think they do a really good job with this show. I think it’s also a good way for me to get used to watching wrestling regularly again.
November 24, 2012
Hope everyone had a nice (and tasty) Thanksgiving! I am definitely enjoying my long weekend.
This is the first time I’ve watched Saturday Morning Slam. We have officially cancelled cable so this is really the only “live” wrestling I can watch haha. But I also do really like the idea of a Saturday morning show.
The first match was Justin Gabriel vs. El Locale. I hadn’t heard of the latter, but it was a pretty good match; I’m happy to see Gabriel is still doing cool stuff, I think he’s really fun to watch.
Maybe I’m crazy, but I enjoyed the pie eating contest too. I think this stuff is part of what I like about wrestling; it’s geared towards kids, but isn’t super childish, it’s just simple, harmless fun. But since this show is so short, it doesn’t go on too long. It’s fun and then it’s over. A problem I’ve been having with the 3 hour RAW is that they extend some bits too far and they really lose their appeal. I know a lot of people don’t like the PG era, but it doesn’t bother me.
Haha, the 3MB. I had heard a tiny bit about them, but it really is 3-Count turned into a rock band. Hilarious. I’m not sure I would have expected Jinder Mahal in there, but I think it works! The match with the Usos was good, I think all 5 of those guys have a decent amount of talent and their styles worked well together. The finisher Heath Slater hit was crazy, I didn’t expect it but it looked super impressive.
You know what? That show was a lot of fun. It was short, but they put two solid matches in, plus a comedy segment. I really enjoyed it.
November 14, 2012
I’m back folks. Sorry it’s been a while but I am going to try to post with some consistency as well. Things have been very busy on my end.
Last time I wrote, the world of WWE was in the dumps. Well, it still is. To be completely honest, it seems like it’s getting worse by the week. I felt confident about two or three years ago that WWE had something going with a lot of the young guys in the company. Well, now, those guys aren’t really “young” anymore. Some of those guys are already on the other side of 30 and that’s something to think about it as we progress into 2013.
There are many things to talk about why things have become so bad but it would take me a while to explain all of this. These problems, however, lie with one man, Vince McMahon. It’s his call on just about everything that goes on TV and for the most part, it’s becoming a problem due to the indecisions and last-minute changes that have been going on backstage before shows. There was a report on Wrestlezone.com about two weeks ago saying that John Cena went right to Vince’s face and told him that his product sucks. If that doesn’t make you respect Cena more, I don’t know what will. For someone to step up to his boss and tell him that he is doing his job in a crappy way, is awesome. I am glad I don’t have a boss at my job but if I did, I don’t think I would do what he did. That’s growing a set of balls.
One example of why fans are getting frustrated is because WWE is basically copying a storyline similar to what TNA did a few months ago. TNA had an angle in which A.J. Styles was having an affair with president Dixie Carter and from what I’ve heard, it was actually not bad at all. What does WWE do? Put Cena and A.J. in some sort of “affair”. There is just a problem or two with this thing. First, neither Cena nor A.J. are married so how is an “affair” possible? I am not an expert with all of this but I am just curious. They could say that they are having an inappropriate relationship between a boss and employee but yet, they keep saying an affair and showing hidden footage of the two outside the ring. TNA did the same thing.
Seriously, is this the best they can do?
The last one I’ll go into briefly is the Survivor Series match between Team Foley and Team Ziggler. Why would WWE put together a main event with most of the main eventers in the same match but then, change it the very next week? Some of the problems aren’t the ideas themselves but rather, the lack of the consistency when it comes to building up the storylines and matches for pay-per-views. We always hear reports of Vince McMahon making the writers change storylines and matches and this is hurting the product. To make matters worse, it seems like no one is giving a crap about the Divas division. I wish they would have just kept the Women’s Championship instead of the Divas (Seriously. Why was the Divas belt even made?). Beth Phoenix has left and while I enjoy seeing Kaitlyn develop into a wrestler as well as A.J. and others, it isn’t enough. I am not asking for the glory days of Trish Stratus and Lita, but please give me something better than Eve and Aksana. There needs to be more women’s wrestling and I don’t know who they have coming up through the system, but more options are better.
Vince McMahon isn’t going away anytime soon. We all know Triple H is overseeing some stuff and while I have never really been his biggest fan, he seems to be doing some good things with some of these wrestlers. I don’t always agree with a few of the things he does, but at least there is progress being made. It’s just taking longer than expected. I will be watching Survivor Series this Sunday. Every week, I will continue to watch Raw and Smackdown! and now, Main Event. I usually fast forward through most of it but still. I’m a wrestling fan and have been since I can even remember. I’ll always be a fan because this isn’t something I can just give up. But this lack of direction is driving me nuts.
Vince, you’re better than this.
November 12, 2012
Happy Veterans Day, and thank you to all of those who are serving and have served.
This is my first time watching RAW in a while (obviously), and I don’t really know what’s been happening. I remembered it was 3 hours long earlier and got less excited than I had been to watch. Man, even with nothing else to do (well, there IS Monday Night Football…), 3 hours just seems like a huge chunk of my day. But I’m going for it, so let’s see what happens.
Well, starting the show with Ziggler in a match is a good way to win be back over. I’m so happy to hear that Kofi Kingston is the Intercontinental Champ! I like that guy, I think he’s great in all aspects of “sports entertainment.” Same with Ziggler, really. Pretty solid match(es) to start the show.
I’m not sure the AJ/Cena thing makes sense to me. I think I don’t understand the implications they’re trying to create or why it matters. What did I miss! haha
I think Kaitlyn could improve and eventually be a pretty solid wrestler. I did hear about Beth Phoenix’s retirement; it’s a bummer because she was great, but at the same time she wasn’t really used much.
Even knowing now that Jerry Lawler is okay, watching the footage and especially Michael Cole’s reaction is pretty tough. Man oh man, it’s good to see that guy.
You know, CM Punk can be a really awesome bad guy when he’s not doing stupid crap for cheap heat. I think his heel turn and the stuff they were writing for him were a big step in my losing faith in wrestling…not good, guys. (Not ALL of it, just certain things he would do or say I thought were too much.)
I’m so happy to see the 8-man tag match because it shows that there are actually solid tag teams still! Hooray!
Daniel Bryan made me laugh.
Okay, here is what I’m realizing: I’m still enjoying watching this. I like to watch the good matches, and a main event like Cena vs. Punk is exciting. But I don’t feel invested in the story lines or even the winners or losers anymore. Maybe that’s just because I haven’t been following along so I don’t feel huge attachments to the characters that have been developed. So I don’t know if that’s a WWE thing or just a me being a grumpy old person kind of thing hahaha. I really don’t want to be a downer though. Will I watch every week? Probably not, but I’m not giving up completely. This stuff is still fun.