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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.

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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.

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.

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.

Hey, everyone, sorry things have been so quiet around here lately.

Happy Halloween! I saw some awesome costumes last weekend, a whole group of guys had a bus and it was the Undertaker, (young) HBK, the Hart Foundation (complete with Canadian flag), and…I don’t remember if there were more, but it was spectacular. One of my finer Halloween moments includes my Hulk Hogan costume a few years ago, boas and fake mustache and all.

I have not given up on wrestling! Well, not completely anyway. I think I needed more of a break since I wasn’t getting excited about it. Plus, there is Monday Night Football and other random things happening; I am also likely to cancel cable soon and have been seeing how I do without it and am about to start a new job! So that’s kind of a lot of things pulling me away from watching every week, but I’m definitely not ready to give it all up yet. That’s more info than anyone really needs probably, but I wanted you all (like, two of you) to know what’s up.

I really do hope I start up some kind of regular posts again, perhaps a quick recap on Tuesdays or something. Until next time…

I think it’s a given that this isn’t 1999 anymore. The demand for more programming for wrestling on TV is much less than it was during that time. These days, there are more channels, more TV shows and more to do as far as entertainment and life is concerned.

WWE is adding yet, another show called “Main Event” which premiers Wednesday on ION Television. I do get that channel but from what I am reading, not everyone gets it. It’s an over-the-air station like the CW but it’s not in every TV market in the country. I remember when Smackdown! debuted on UPN and I was fortunate enough to get it where I lived. I grew up west of Rockford and they didn’t have a UPN affiliate yet and luckily, I was able to get in the station from Madison with clear reception. Shortly before my parents moved us, their station switched to The WB and Smackdown! was gone. When I moved south of Rockford, I was still out of luck because the town I lived in was SIX MILES outside of the “Chicagoland television market” so I couldn’t get UPN on cable and I was forced to use a rabbit-ear antenna which was hit and miss. What sucked more is that I received most of the other Chicago channels with the exception of UPN and WCIU. Today, I am lucky to live in the regional area so all channels are available.

Sorry to get sidetracked, but point being, that was a long time ago. What WWE is doing these days is making us tired of watching their product. I will say that I watch both Raw and Smackdown! every week and honestly, that’s enough. I don’t give a crap about Superstars, NXT, Saturday Morning Slam and now, Main Event. I will watch the first few episodes of the new show but it won’t be a priority. I will record it on the DVR like the rest.

When I was a kid, it was Raw, Heat and Shotgun Saturday Night which the latter, being the only show I had access to since it was in syndication on a local station. When Smackdown! debuted, Shotgun was renamed “Jakked” which was awesome and something I looked forward to. Fans wanted wrestling and more of it. WWF had four shows that were running strong.

Now, we have grueling three-hour Raw episodes (This takes up my entire Monday night and make me stay up late to catch up on all my other shows this night), a two-hour Smackdown!, a half hour of Saturday Morning Slam and now, another hour of the new show, Main Event. If you are a hardcore fan, you spend an hour watching both NXT and Superstars online. In total, this is now 8 1/2 hours of programming a week. In 1999, it was six hours and that was plenty.

I am sure these ratings will do great for the ION network. But the problem I see with this are the fans that have to sit through this when they attend events. I remember a Smackdown! I went to in Milwaukee three years ago where they taped Superstars, ECW and then, Smackdown!. I remember being in my seat ready to fall asleep by the time Smackdown! started. I was there for about four hours. That’s more than I want and more than what most fans want. I attended Raw on Labor Day and I was exhausted being there for the same amount of time. Even having live TV with it going by fast, I still found myself wanting to go home halfway through the show.

Time to say enough of this. If they want to have an extra show on broadcast TV for an hour, fine. But just get rid of the “Superstars” and whatever else people don’t care about. I understand there are little kids who will watch anything wrestling and that’s probably what matters to them but to be honest, WWE will lose those viewers as they get older when they realize that it’s too much. Call me a bit ADD, but I don’t even have the patience to watch Raw anymore with this three-hour garbage. When WCW went to three hours, they went downhill fast. I wonder how these kids will feel as they get older and realize that too much, is tiresome.

According to several websites citing various sources (Tweets, family members, etc.), Lawler is doing great!  He is even up and walking some.  Apparently they were worried about brain damage since the oxygen supply was stopped for a while, but tests have come back with really good results of no damage.  It really seems he’s doing as well as possible.  Awesome news!

Lawler even posted a short video on Tout – for once I find this service very useful.  
Posting a link isn’t working, but here’s the URL:
http://www.wwe.com/shows/raw/2012-09-10/jerry-lawler-tout-26051951

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