November 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.

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 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.

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.