The Wrestling Backfire: An Inside Look At The WWE
by, 06-03-2012 at 07:03 PM (5999 Views)
WWE put together one of the best and most newsworthy B-PPVS of all time, with Brock Lesnar losing his return match and Cena being beat up so badly that he had to take time off. I asked my friend how long would this hot-streak last. He said a month and I sarcastically said they would cool down in a week. It took a day.
After Extreme Rules, Cena was announced that he had to wrestle at Over The Limit, so his much-needed time off wasn’t going to happen, but there was some hope that he’d take time off. He cut a promo telling what the difference was from being hurt and injured, pointing out that he was “just hurt”, rendering his promo the night before about taking time off and making it moot. To make matters worse, his next opponent at the PPV was the evil general manager; and in a matter of weeks, I went from can’t waiting to watch Raw to purposely missing Raw.
A BIG Push:
The Big Show is one of the main reason I stopped watching. I have never had a big problem with the Big Show. He was botched by both WCW and WWF and never got the proper monster push he deserved, but after 12 years of wearing a thong, being goofy comedian wrestler, losing almost every Wrestlemania match, crying every chance he gets and losing to almost everyone on the roster, how are we supposed to take Big Show’s mega push seriously unless we just started watching?
And it’s not even like we have to think back that far. Just not too long ago, Cody Rhodes, who’s nothing more than a midcarder, was mocking and humiliating the Big Show almost every week before their match at Wrestlemania, and although Big Show beat him at Mania, I don’t see how Big Show has become a monster heel just because he turned heel. It makes no sense whatsoever, and to make matters worse, I read a spoiler that said the Big Show would be facing CM Punk at Summerslam. Of all the people who could be selected, they have chosen the Big Show to face CM Punk.
It just makes me roll my eyes that a mediocre on paper match is going to happen at Summerslam when Punk could face so many other worthy opponents, and it sickens me that if the spoilers are true that we have this Big Show push isn’t just part of the transitional period. It’s also apart of one of WWE’s biggest periods of the month. I’m just not understanding this Big Show push, especially when you consider all the loop-holes in this feud and that they could’ve pushed Big Show so many other times before in his prime. It as well felt like WWE was trying to put on better PPV matches, something that has never been Big Show’s forte.
A Big Red Push:
Daniel Bryan and CM Punk had a very different style type of match at Over The Limit. Even though I thought it could’ve been better, it was an alternative to the WWE style. There were a lot of great back and forth sequences and a lot of great striking exchanges. The finish was a bit anti-climatic, but it made sense for building up another match, as it seemed like they would build up a submission match. All they had to do is have Bryan say that he made Punk tap. Have Punk the next week show up and say it’s obvious that Bryan’s shoulder were down. Two weeks before the PPV, have them announce it will be a submissions match at No Way Out. And then the last week, have both wrestler simply argue with each other who will make the other tap.
Instead, they inserted Kane into the mix and made this a love triangle affair with AJ, Bryan and Punk and made Bryan look like a putz after Kane destroyed him and Punk made him quickly tap. Someone on the internet actually said the WWE inserted Kane into the mix because he’s more known and popular than Daniel Bryan and CM Punk. I don’t know where he got that from, but according to merch sales and the reactions from the crowd, Bryan and Punk are well-above Kane in terms of popularity.
Furthermore, I don’t know why WWE thinks that we’re supposed to take Kane as a serious threat anymore. They did a well-done job when they brought him back with the mask because they repackaged him, but his domination went away quickly as his feud with Cena became hokey and fairly one-sided. Afterwards, he feuded with Orton and actually won the first match, but only to lose the several ones after. I just don’t understand why Kane is in a main event when he’s 0-2 in his feuds since coming back, and I don’t believe anyone wants Kane to be involved in a match that has the potential to be awesome without him.
The ECW Creator:
One of the bright sides in WWE is Paul Heyman. Heyman left the company after he and McMahon couldn’t see eye-to-eye on the future of the WWE ECW product. After 6 years, the WWE picked the perfect time to bring Heyman into the company. Because of Lesnar’s limited dates, the WWE had to do something to keep his feud with Triple H hot; so they brought in Heyman to do just that, and we all know Heyman has the mic ability and mind to tell a compelling story on the mic and keep the angle hot throughout its length.If WWE was smart, they’d have Heyman have a lot of input for the direction of this HHH vs. Lesnar feud because his ideas and booking ability are more artistry than any of the WWE writer’s ideas.
Since we’re on the subject of Paul Heyman, last night Heyman went on an epic rant about how these youth wrestlers need to step up and rise to the occasion. I’ve been actually stressing this for a long time, but of course when Heyman says it, it’s way more awesome than when I say it because his opinion has way more merit than mine, but still it is true.
A lot of these guys these days are happy with their spot, so they don’t mind being where they are. They don’t have the drive or passion to make it to the top like a Stone Cold Steve Austin did, instead act like they’re the only ones who went through adversity. Austin was really popular in WCW, but they never ended up pushing him and then fired him because he got injured. When he finally made it to the WWE, his name was the ringmaster and Stone Cold Steve Austin had a mouthpiece. Yeah, the great Austin had a mouthpiece.
That never stopped him, though, because he knew eventually he’d be able to showcase to the WWE that he had it, despite how poorly they booked him. Because eventually, no matter how bad a company might use a wrestler, the really talented ones always find a way to distinguish themselves. I mean there are some wrestlers who are really trying to distinguish themselves. Dolph Ziggler is one of them and he should be a big star once WWE starts to roll with him, but he’s in the minority. The majority are doing nothing to stand out in a time where WWE is desperate for a new figurehead.
After Jericho was suspended for mocking the Brazilian flag, the word around the camp fire was that Dolph Ziggler was supposed to face Randy Orton at the PPV. However, that plan has also been void as Randy Orton has been suspended for 60 days for violating the wellness policy. Both, however, will be back in time for Summerslam, so I guess they got suspended at a good time if there is one.