Now this my friend is MY type of blog. I couldn't agree more with your views. Personally I felt goosebumps when Taker made his way down the ramp this past Monday. I too was left pondering; "What's the point of him just beating the sh*t out of a bunch of jobbers?!?!" Yes, we did get The Brothers of Destruction reuniting just one last time.... Yet why bring him back on such a monumental night, for such a mediocre reunion???
Having him return to feud with Lesnar the way you plotted it out would have been epic. Summerslam; HHH/Lesnar, Taker makes a return at the end to defend his era=GOLD!!!.
I'm glad someone out there shares my views.
Great blog bud. Looking forward to your next.
Awesome first blog. Effortlessly written,and making me long for more. Your thoughts and rants were views I share aswell. Keep it up bud.
ramblings of a madman you say?XD ramblings of a good future blogger i agree with most of it good debut
Benny I agree with you about too many fans are focused on going backwards but I disagree with you that the Attitude Era can't work now. Go ahead and ask an advertiser on WWE if they would prefer that their ads reached an 18-45 year old demographic or the older and younger groups around that. They would tell you it's the 18-45 crowd.
I don't agree that being PG broadens your audience and in fact, I think it does the opposite. I was watching the Attitude Era when I was 10 years old and I loved it. It got me to switch from the PG WCW to WWF but not because storylines were about sex. I tuned in because it seemed like anything could happen I mean the BOSS of the company was getting beaten up by some guy called Stone Cold then they came out and arrested him. Then there was this match where The Rock fought Mankind but this other Big Show guy came out and interfered.
Is that anything they couldn't be on TV in the PG era?? Absolutely not. Which is exactly what people forget about the AE. The greatest parts of it weren't anything that was all that inappropriate. Austin hanging up the Undertaker on his symbol and having a buried alive match at the PPV. Rikishi falling off a cell into a truck. The awesome tag team division with Edge and Christian pretending to be masked wrestlers Los Conquistadors Uno and Dos since they were banned from trying to win the titles as themselves.
The difference was it was exciting and you didn't know what was going to happen. It was big picture you were wondering all show is Stone Cold going to make it back to the arena for the match?? Is The Rock going to lose the title to Triple H because McMahon guarandamnteed it? How is the Corporation going to cheat this time?
The more provocative stuff (well besides the hotness of the women wrestlers and ones who could actually go like Lita) like Val Venis the Pornstar, Mae Young and Mark Henry, The Godfather, etc etc probably attracted a certain crowd and fed into the anything goes idea but I don't think that's what drew viewers and young fans like my former self to the show.
Nothing is exciting anymore and PG hides that fact by saying well it's for kids now. No, it's just that kids are probably going to watch anyways so we'll exploit that and the slightly older crowd who liked the unpredictability of the past are going to turn on something else where they can get entertainment. Kids have always tuned in. PG makes it easy to be safe and not have to write any major storylines or have big moments on your show. People act like Cena would have been a midcarder in the Attitude Era and while I don't like Cena there's nothing about him that would have prevented him from being as successful then as he is now except the booking on him wouldn't have been as horrible making every match of his go 1. Cena gets crap kicked out of him all match 2. Cena comes back at last second 3. Cena wins!
You mention the announcing. That died when King stopped being a Bobby Brainesque heel. Michael Cole is decent but his heel announcing isn't on everything he says so it doesn't have the same effect.
Lastly, you tell The Undertaker, Stone Cold, The Rock, Triple H etc to not be in main events anymore. Well, trust me, the WWE would absolutely LOVE that and in theory I agree with you. The WWE would be extraordinarily happy if they could 100% count on The Miz vs. Dolph Ziggler in the main event of Wrestlemania for the WWE championship to get 1.2 million buys. That R Truth vs. Cody Rhodes in the Raw main event would boost ratings. None of these 4 and most of the current WWE wrestlers aren't at that level yet. THAT is why you bring in The Rock. THAT is why you bring in Brock Lesnar. They are proven to bring in ratings and bring in PPV buys and if WWE has a choice between making more money or making less money then they are going to choose making more money every time.
True, maybe if they worked in creative a little harder developing storylines to get wrestlers over with a crowd and build new guys on that main event level they wouldn't have to bring in the big guns. But that's not what this era is about. PG is about being safe, being cautious, being lazy, and profiting anyways.
Very thought provoking, indeed... There are quite a few guys I'd like to see get some shine - Rhodes, definitely, but how about Alex Riley finally getting himself in order and really getting big?
great blog! rather enjoyed it keep 'em up :P
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