STATE OF THE 'E: Was 2011 One Of The WWE's Best Years?
by, 01-13-2012 at 03:13 AM (3105 Views)
Welcome to another edition of STATE OF THE 'E in blog form. I'm anticipating writing this one because I'm sure many people will disagree and say that 2011 was one of the worst years. I digress but, I normally do in this situation. I'm not going to number reasons why I believe 2011 was one of the best years, I'm just going to write and see where it takes me. Hopefully you read and you throw some thoughts and opinions below. Here goes!
THE IWC WON THE MOST:
Yes, we the complaining, whining and small portion of the wrestling world won out the best with ANYTHING this year. They catered to us more than any fan in the entire industry. They laxed some rules, changed some things, moved things around, pushed people we wanted, everything. We got it all.
THE SURPRISE RETURNS:
2011 Was heavy with the surprises when it came to returns. Whether it was for one night or for a few appearances. Kevin Nash, Booker T., The Rock, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Trish Stratus, Kane, Big Show, Lita, Christian, Rey Mysterio, JBL, VKM, Road Dogg and the list continues. There were a lot of great moments when these people came back and nothing can be taken away from that.
THE WWE NETWORK BEING ANNOUNCED:
We all knew it was coming but the announcement to me was a kick ass way to do it. They combined current pop culture with an interesting underground movement. Dubstep is quickly on the rise and with people like KoRn dedicating a whole album to it and with THE 'E advertising it, no doubt Dubstep will break huge in 2012 and they were in the forefront with it.
Much like the rest of the network will be. I understand were getting tired of Twitter this and Facebook that but simply put, that's where this world is going. We all have ADD and can't sit still long enough to fully appreciate things just being on a screen. Everything has a ticker at the bottom now, even at the top. Everything is moving rapidly, HD is making things brighter... it is what it is.
But on the network front, there will be fully interactive shows, new shows, old shows and a 24/7 news feed on keeping up with the stars. I'm looking forward to the network although they're going to make my eyes bleed with everything going on on screen.
IN RING ACTION:
Despite what many may try to claim, the in ring work of the Superstars was heads and tails above what it was the last couple years. Granted, the Divas division was still slack ass but other than that with the rise of Ziggler, Rhodes, and hell even Morrison for a time, the matches on RAW and SMACKDOWN! have been better than in recent years.
Not to mention a ton of amazing matches happened on Superstars this year as well. A lot of my MOTY candidates came from them and that's not normal. They've become a "flash" company in a lot of ways but they're also bringing substance as well. Which is something they've lacked in recent years.
I believe that 2011 had many people as deserving Champions. Edge, Christian, Randy Orton, Mark Henry, Big Show, Daniel Bryan, The Miz, CM Punk, Alberto Del Rio... I don't count John Cena because he's the default Champ no matter what. A lot of people deserved their runs in 2011 and not to mention people like Cody Rhodes and Dolph Ziggler maintain their Championships for such a long period of time. And even Ryder winning it at the end of the year.
All of these guys really stepped it up a ton in 2011 and it really showed. Their in ring work improved a ton and their charisma improved as well. All of these guys stood out above everyone else yes, including The almighty Rock.
ALL AROUND SURPRISES:
No one.. I mean... NO ONE could tell you with a straight face that on July 17th, 2011 CM Punk would literally walk out of the company with the WWE Championship. No one. And no one could tell you that many kayfabe walls would be tore down this year as well. The lines blurred drastically and we're still trying to figure out if it's a good or bad thing.
But one thing is for certain, in a world of internet gossip and craziness, THE 'E really tested the waters in 2011 when it came to trusting the IWC and their judgment. They wanted all of this change, and they got it. Then, they bitched and got more and more... but no matter what, they weren't happy. Literally everything the IWC wanted in 2011 came to fruition... they apparently don't realize it though. From all of the returns, to the great matches, to the Tag-Teams to everything being "reality" based... the IWC wanted it.
Why aren't you happy now?
As always, leave comments, questions, suggestions and death threats in the space provided below. See you guys again soon when I delve into another awesome topic.
See Ya' Space Cowboy...