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Dashing Rachel
08-09-2012, 01:35 AM
In my opinion, yes. Backstage politics does influence the decision whether or not to push a particular Superstar. There are Superstars such as Cody Rhodes (failed the Wellness test), Drew McIntyre (negative backstage behavior as well as his rocky marriage to Tiffany), Alex Riley (recent incident with John Cena), and Jack Swagger (being too big-headed) who have since been relegated to competing on WWE Superstars ​and non-televised dark matches as of late. Your thoughts?

bearkg88
08-09-2012, 01:38 AM
In my opinion, yes. Backstage politics does influence the decision whether or not to push a particular Superstar. There are Superstars such as Cody Rhodes (failed the Wellness test), Drew McIntyre (negative backstage behavior as well as his rocky marriage to Tiffany), Alex Riley (recent incident with John Cena), and Jack Swagger (being too big-headed) who have since been relegated to competing on WWE Superstars ​and non-televised dark matches as of late. Your thoughts?

When did Rhodes fail a wellness test? I remmeber there was the time when he almost failed it, but it was a false result.

PSOjedi
08-09-2012, 02:35 AM
Can backstage politics hurt a WWE Superstar's career ?
Obviously, we are witnessing this every day.

TheRealOutlaw
08-09-2012, 03:12 AM
In my opinion, yes. Backstage politics does influence the decision whether or not to push a particular Superstar. There are Superstars such as Cody Rhodes (failed the Wellness test), Drew McIntyre (negative backstage behavior as well as his rocky marriage to Tiffany), Alex Riley (recent incident with John Cena), and Jack Swagger (being too big-headed) who have since been relegated to competing on WWE Superstars ​and non-televised dark matches as of late. Your thoughts?

Cody Rhodes never failed a Wellness test. and to be honest you answered your own question. Of course it's going to hurt a wrestler. I think in any sport these days you run into that issue.

akbar
08-09-2012, 08:10 AM
Backstage politics is usually the more reason for a Superstars push or de-push I reckon.

HeelTurn
08-09-2012, 08:15 AM
Yes easily. It can make or break your career, Sheamus received a push due to being friends with Triple H, much like Drew got a big push early on because of HBK. However look how far Drew has fallen, along with Riley and Swagger etc. Rubbing an established name (Cena, Orton, Taker etc) has ended up with stars becoming jobbers or even fired. Punk however, managed to rebound from it after a run in with Taker a few years back.

Sahu
08-09-2012, 08:44 AM
Yes easily. It can make or break your career, Sheamus received a push due to being friends with Triple H, much like Drew got a big push early on because of HBK. However look how far Drew has fallen, along with Riley and Swagger etc. Rubbing an established name (Cena, Orton, Taker etc) has ended up with stars becoming jobbers or even fired. Punk however, managed to rebound from it after a run in with Taker a few years back.

Can some one tell me those back stage stories please!!!

Cabers
08-09-2012, 02:14 PM
Actions can also stop someone quick examples Drew McIntyre hotel incident with Tiffany she was released and he, well everyone knows that!!
Rhyno was released after an incident with his then wife.

HCollins-TNA1
08-09-2012, 02:33 PM
Politics in wrestling has always been around from the days of....
The Golddust Trio made up of Ed the Strangler Lewis, Billy Sandow and Toots Mondt....
In the late 60s, you had Vince Sr and his favorites of Bruno Sammartino and Billy Graham
80s Vince had Randy Savage, Hulk Hogan and Andre..... The Crocketts had Dusty, and Flair and 4 Horsemen, and the Garvins...
Even the 90s with to many to name here....

But backstage and away from the ring actions does influence on how the promoter/promoters, writers and executives uses guys... You go and get negative news reported on your-self as several has in both WWE and TNA.... You either going end up being a jobber or suspended or fired...
Then it also you do something positive, work hard most usually gets a push...

imswm
08-09-2012, 03:51 PM
No disrespect meant, but I was ROFL over the subject line. The finagling and maneuvering that goes on in the back at even little indie levels is enormous...unfortunately. Really a shame; so many genuinely talented guys/gals who didn't know how to play the game, or were not comfortable doing so, wound up with no spots or cast as "losers" by booking that made them appear far less skilled than they are/were.

thisiswrestling
08-09-2012, 05:49 PM
Oh sure. Isn't that why Del Rio is being pushed? Because he knows how to play backstage politics?

Playboy Stevie V
08-09-2012, 06:31 PM
Can politics effect a job? Yes. Why should the WWE be any different than any other job.

Dennis
08-09-2012, 08:08 PM
Oh sure. Isn't that why Del Rio is being pushed? Because he knows how to play backstage politics?
well to be fair I think there was more thought behind del rio's push than just a likable guy.. he is pretty awesome in the ring. sidenote- OP answered own question sufficiently enough that if anyone disagreed with it.. it would be silly.

AWrestlingGod
08-09-2012, 08:13 PM
Yea backstage politics can effect a superstars push but if you have unbelievable talent (CM Punk, and Daniel Bryan) you can push past it. People think Drew McIntyre, or Alex Riley are victims of Backstage politics which they are, but if they where truly talented with great wrestling ablities, or proved to be a draw then I don't think they wouldn't be in the doghouse for this long.

ut11smithcor
08-09-2012, 11:17 PM
i am also more interested in hearing the Punk/Taker story

ut11smithcor
08-09-2012, 11:18 PM
Oh sure. Isn't that why Del Rio is being pushed? Because he knows how to play backstage politics?

I hate your signature & you can eat your two words.

Kaisered
08-10-2012, 12:05 AM
I think that the current backstage politics in the 'E are hurting pretty much +80% of its current roster. As long as Vince continues to play safe (Super Cena, Randy, Sheamus, Flip-flopping Punk and Big Show) instead of pushing people who might succeed with the crowd (Ryder, Tag Team Division, Divas) the morale of the wrestlers will be so low that their in ring ability, promos, and charisma will not be to its full potential when they are showcased. Remember a happy wrestler is a better wrestler than a depressed one except DB!!! :P

FLWWEFan
08-10-2012, 05:43 AM
Of course politics plays a huge part in either helping or hurting a superstars career.

Good example of it helping a superstars career is Sheamus' friendship with HHH. Many feel Sheamus never paid any dues to earn his spot and became a top heel in the business right from the start.

Good example of it hurting a superstars career is Ken Doane former Spirit Squad leader. Got into an altercation with John Cena and that was the end for him.