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The Royal Ramble: The WWE Continues to Drop the Ball!

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Before I begin, I wanted to say a few things concerning this blog. These are my personal opinions and everyone else is entitled to their opinion as well in the comment section below. I might say a few things during this that a lot of people probably won't agree with but to be quite honest, is that going to bother me? Hell no! Give me your thoughts at the end and let's spark a few things. Now let's ramble...

For the past few years now the WWE has gotten worse and worse but with a few brighter spots here and there. The thing is, you can't blame the wrestlers of the WWE. You have to look closer into it. The creative team, Vince and Linda McMahon continue to just make the WWE look more and more terrible as the years go on. During this blog, I will go over certain points where I think the WWE has dropped the ball. I will also give my insight to what I would have done if I was writing for the WWE.

The Creative staff in the WWE has lost their touch if you ask me. The past several years for feuds, angles, and story lines have been terrible. They have also buried several talents that could very well be top stars by now if the WWE didn't book them so badly. Drew McIntyre, Zack Ryder, Curt Hawkins, Tyson Kidd, & Jack Swagger. All of these men could have been top tier Mid-carders or World Champions(McIntyre & Swagger) by now. But the WWE continues to have them lose dumb matches on TV and continues to bury them and give them dumb gimmicks with close to little no personalities. They are so talented in the ring and the WWE continues not to use correctly. Kidd, Hawkins & Ryder should all have had a IC or US title run that can be looked at as them being a future star of the company by now but of course that hasn't happened yet. I've read that he was in line for a push in the coming future but I don't see it happening now. Swagger was once already a World Champion but they rushed that way too soon and look at his career since then. He is now jobbing to everyone he wrestles and nothing is looking like it's changing. McIntyre on the other hand is almost never on TV and he could easily be a top heel in the company. McIntyre needs to win the US title by like a surprise win in a fatal four way or triple threat match and have him get on the mic and have him declare that the future is back and have him roll with it! If the WWE will not give Ryder a title then he should go back and team up with Hawkins and they should win the tag titles. That would be so awesome if they got back together as a team.

The WWE has dropped the ball with many things in the past few years. (This list in no particular order)

1. Not having Cody Rhodes wrestle Goldust at WrestleMania.
This match could have stole the show and the rivarly itself would have been amazing! Add Dusty to the mix and the angle is golden! They should have had Goldust challenge him for the title at Mania but then have Cody tell him to put his career on the line as well. Bring out Dusty to try and stop them from fighting and to have them become a family again but only to Cody blow them off. Setting up Dusty to be the ref at their match. This could have been such a great angle for the WWE but they dropped the ball and had Cody wrestle the Big Show...

2. Dumb Feuds & Matches
Some of these feuds that the WWE is putting together are very dumb! Sheamus vs Del Rio has been terrible and they have had almost no chemistry at all. If Del Rio didn't have Ricardo or Otunga, the angle would have been pointless. Kane vs Ryder was also very dumb and it has pretty much ruined Ryder's career. But the Big Show vs John Cena for those few months were absolutely stupid considering we already saw their mediocre matches almost 9 years ago. Yet they still put them over Punk/Y2J?! Horrible! Big Show has been horrible in just about anything this year though. To me one of the dumbest things I've seen in recent years was Sheamus winning the World Title in 18 seconds at Mania! This makes no sense and was so pointless. They could have stolen the show that night but instead another dumb decision is made. Wouldn't it have made more sense if the Big Show beat Cody in 18 seconds?

3. Not Putting Punk in the Main Event & Turning him Heel.
I don't know about some of you but this is just flat out stupid! I understand not having Punk not main eventing WrestleMania but Chamber, Extreme Rules(In Chicago), Over the Limit, No Way Out, & Money in the Bank! Having the Money in the Bank ladder match go on last at that PPV was terrible just because of how good the Punk/Kane/Bryan match was! Punk's matches have been the best on the show since WrestleMania 27! And because of not putting Punk in the main events, this makes your company's main title look weak and irrelevant. That's such a disgrace to the WWE and to Punk! If John Cena wasn't in every main event I bet he wouldn't be as hated on as he is now. In my eyes Punk is the new show stealer and just about every match he has been in on PPV has been a great match. Another thing I don't understand is the need to turn him heel when he changed his character to kind of this tweener like Stone Cold character and the crowds were eating it up and loved it! So why change it?! He could have been the next huge over the top wrestler the WWE had. Turning him heel kills the momentum to over the top amazing-ness and is showing that it's not working because the fans still continue to cheer for him.

4. Failing to meet the hype!
There has been three matches that come to mind when they have failed to meet the hype. Two of them include The Rock. Personally, I hate the whole wrestle one match every five months and you get the main event spot. Now don't get me wrong, I love the Rock and I think he has earned the right to come and go whenever he pleases but in doing that the WWE has to learn how to use it right. For example, they should have held off on announcing when the Rock will wrestle for title at least until after the TLC PPV. Now knowing this kills the suspense and we all know that Punk or Cena will have the title until the Rumble. If anyone else wrestles for the title in between now and then we will know the outcome no matter what. Well we all know the Rock will win the title at the Rumble but I really hope they don't have a rematch between Cena and Rock at Mania. The main event for WrestleMania 29 should be Rock/Cena/Punk for the title and they should pull the absolute shocker and have Punk win the match or have Stone Cold screw over Punk, thus setting up WrestleMania 30! But back to the whole failing to meet the hype thing, matches with the Rock and Cena need to have a bunch of near falls like how Cena/Punk did at Night of Champions. To be honest every match should have a lot of near falls because that's almost what makes every great wrestling match...great. Brock Lesnar on the other hand if his next match isn't good, I wouldn't mind seeing gone from the WWE for good. The fact that this guy can just come and go when he pleases is appalling to say the least and shows that he pretty much has the WWE by the balls. The WWE needs to stop doing the wrestle one match every five months thing because it's getting old and the matches almost never live up to the hype.

5. No Character Development or No Face/Heel Turns
OK, CM Punk is the only person they have turned recently and it was a horrible decision! If anyone needs to turn heel it needs to be Randy Orton. Orton is so much better has the villain in so many ways. He could probably work very well as a tweener also but creative does not know how to use them(Punk). Other wrestlers that need to turn heel are Triple H, Jerry Lawler, Zack Ryder & of course John Cena. Cena I don't think I have to go into much detail just because his heel turn is long overdue but they should wait until WrestleMania to do it. Lawler needs to go heel one last time. He's too entertaining not to be a heel! His face announcing is almost becoming annoying at times and looks very weak and whinny. If he turned back to a heel it would be so entertaining but with the PG thing going that might be hard to do. Triple H is just so much better as heel just like Orton. Triple H may go down in history as one of the all time greatest heels to ever wrestle. Zack Ryder needs to turn heel to save his career! If he wants to be taken seriously he needs to drop the LI gimmick. Ryder is a great performer and if he turned heel we could possibly see a future star rise. As for wrestlers that need to turn face/tweener the only one I can really think of is Punk. I'm telling you guys Punk as a tweener would be amazing TV and would get people talking!

And now for my last point... probably one that is pretty controversial to say the least.

6. Linda McMahon & the PG Era
Linda McMahon is ruining the WWE and might end up destroying it. The WWE recently removed all dated and edger content (Attitude Era). So you're telling me that the era that made the WWE so popular and made them for what they are today, is just going to be non-existent?! That's such a slap in the face to guys like Stone Cold, The Rock, DX, Undertaker, Mick Foley, Kane, Edge, etc. I'm sorry guys but the PG era is ruining wrestling! You can't say some words that me I get but it's just so much more believable to use cuss words. For example if your about to get into a fight, you're not gonna go up to someone and go "I'm going to kick your butt man." NO you are going to get into a heated argument filled with words that's a no no in the PG era. As much as I liked the sexual stuff with the divas I can live without it. But to take away the blood is stupid! Blood has been apart of pro wrestling since day one. Blood can easily make a rivalry so much better and so much more intense. They don't have to bleed in every match but sometimes would not hurt! But the WWE removing Attitude era content is such a disgrace to the company and we have no one else to thank but Linda McMahon! Everyone has wondered why the PG era is still around and this just proves that it is in fact her. She cannot win the election! If she does I fear we will be watching a PG era for a long time or the WWE will go under because they will lose viewers in the long run. Let's face it, it has gotten way to childish and boring. I feel like I'm watching the WWE from 1985-1995 again! The overrated were the face (Hogan-Cena) and the best were not used right or were second best (HBK-Punk). The WWE needs to change things if they want RAW to make it 2000.

All in all the WWE needs to change multiple things in order to be the company it once was. They need to stop worrying about Linda's senate run and start worrying more about their own problems. They also need to stop with all the internet content, specifically Tout! Less poppy songs for their PPVs and more songs with attitude again. In the end the main fix is the creative team! They just need to original, controversial at times and just plain creative. If I was able to write for the WWE, I promise you...the power of the WWE would be back!

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  1. ewantu2's Avatar
    3 and 4 are 100% agreed with me. Cena used to in my top 5 but he pissed me off so much that i hate him now. and heres number 7 for you

    Big Show
    He Had a crappy match with Cody at wrestlemania, Had a 5 min match with Mark at TLC (Worst way to end a title reign of all time) ruined RAW 1000 main event, no one thinks hes a threat no matter how strong they make him look we all know he loses and turned heel for like the 1000th time in the most predicable way ever.
  2. Vondraco's Avatar
    Long blog entry, so I have a number of comments. As you said, just my opinion.

    First: your list of people that have been buried (McIntyre, Ryder, Hawkins, Kidd and Swagger) who could've been great. The only one I can agree with wholeheartedly is McIntyre. He had mic skills, he had in-ring skills, and dammit I (kayfabe) hated him. Ryder, I don't care for his gimmick or what he's done on the mic; if they turn him heel as you suggested and drop the LIIZ angle, then maybe. Or even keep the angle; that sort of thing is working for Robbie E over in TNA ... as a heel. Hawkins, Kidd and Swagger are good in-ring but they just don't have (apologies to Bobby Roode) the IT factor, from what I've seen of them on the mic.

    Rhodes/Goldust? Agree with you. Sheamus/Del Rio? Again agree. Tired of that already. Though lately Del Rio's work has been improving, albeit slightly. Kane/Ryder, Show/<anybody>? Agree and agree.

    Which brings us to Punk. I want to start off by agreeing with Bagg above, they brought Punk back waaaay too soon. Having Punk not main event for months and giving the spot to Cena sucked. I don't ... HATE Cena. But I have a man-crush on Punk, so even with the crap that's been their storyline lately I still root for him. WWE is trying really hard to sell him as a heel and, though you and I may disagree with them about whether that's the direction to go in, I think they're doing a decent job of it. (Better than most of their efforts, at least.)

    As for character development ... I agree, the only character that's really had much development in the past little while is Punk. (Though I disagree on it being a horrible decision.) They tried with Show a little, but ... we didn't really care. Or at least I didn't. Come to think of it, besides Punk and Show, have we really had any of the big names turn face or heel in a while? Last one recently I can remember other than them is Truth's short run as a heel, which kinda fizzled. And oh yeah Eve. DBry was too long ago.

    Finally, I just want to get picky about one comment you made: "the PG era is ruining wrestling!" Certainly it is changing wrestling. It's different today than it was several years ago. You may not like the changes, and if you don't I agree with you, I don't necessarily like the changes either. The WWE going totally PG is one of the reasons I and many other fans (ok ... a few other fans!) appreciate TNA.

    WWE wrestlers (er ... entertainers?) are really starting to become little more than cardboard cutouts. Is there ANY character in WWE, other than Punk, who really has much depth to them? The direction they're taking Punk in, however, seems to actually be trying to destroy that -- though it's not working. Other than him, what do you have? Cena is the good honest upstanding underdog. Sheamus is the rough brawler with a heart of gold. Del Rio is the Mexican aristocrat who wins at all costs. Sandow is the pompous duckhead who talks down to everyone. Cesaro is the same.

    It's like they want people to be able to describe everything there is to know about a wrestler in 10 words or less. It is a bit sad. I've heard wrestling described as "soap operas for men." Maybe WWE creative needs to watch some actual soap operas to get some ideas.
    Updated 09-18-2012 at 03:51 PM by Vondraco (Typo)
  3. The Royal Ramble's Avatar
    Thanks to all you guys with these comments and support! Goldust actually retweeted this because it ended up on another website somehow. But to Vondraco, you said everything perfectly and agree with just about everything u said!

    And to Bagg, I get what mean about Bret Hart and his match and all but he had stroke. That ultimately effected his abilities to perform in the ring. Austin on the other hand showed us the night after WrestleMania 27 that he can still go and still move around pretty quickly. You have my word that Austin's match will be good, classic and epic as we will watch Austin go one last time! At least that's what I'm hoping for! And I hope that if it does happen by WM 30, then I hope that the hype leading up to the match is epic and not like how they did with Rock/Cena! But I honestly believe the match will live up to the hype!
  4. saint_nick's Avatar
    The main problem being is I don’t think Vince doesn’t really know orcare what people want to see anymore. Vince puts out his brand of sportsentertainment (wrestling) and with no real competition people are still payingto see it. TNA will not be seen ascompetition by Vince until they get out of the impact zone and go on the road.The impact zone is too small and with the same fans every week it is nowhurting the product. ROH is too small and is still classed as indy wrestling. Theonly way I see Vince changing the product is by large and I mean large numbersstop watching and paying for the shows. When the Raw and PPV ratings down,Vince will have to make a change.
    Updated 09-19-2012 at 09:15 AM by The Royal Ramble
  5. The Royal Ramble's Avatar
    I am going to say this one time and one time only. I will not care if someone bashes my blog and states their opinion, I have no problem with that. But what I do have a problem with is when someone tries to bash a person on here for their beliefs or something they don't believe. That's just rude and what's immature about the whole thing is that this person tried to cover up his bashing with a smart ass like "no offense." So be respectful to others on here and don't start any YouTube fights on here. If someone does try to start a fight by bashing someone else, I will modify or delete your comment all together. Start showing some respect to one another.
  6. AndyWonder's Avatar
    Cody Rhodes vs. Goldust; no it wouldn't have given Vince the extra dollar he craves but woulda been an excellent story to do; young brother ashamed of older brother (half-bro, close enough). No matter who champ is or how he draws or if someone else draws more, the WWE champion should ALWAYS main event pay-per-views and weekly telecasts. There is no character development anymore; i think ziggler is an awesome character; however, nothing has been done to develop it except having a 50 year old woman talk for him. Calling himself a "show-off" but never "showing off" except when he feels like doing sit ups during matches. Cody Rhodes had two great character developments but obviously wasnt making Vince the extra dollar with em so they turned him into an ordinary wrestler. I do miss the vulgarity and sexual content. And I guess The Rock had to come back cuz he makes Vince the extra dollar that neither CM Punk or Alberto Del Rio can.
  7. THE_CRIPPLER's Avatar
    1. The whole thing about Goldust and Cody Rhodes is, The WWE doesnt have much faith in Goldust or Cody Rhodes. To the WWE it figures "Hey we got millions invested in Big Show and he is not on the Wrestlemania card" Plus they were just gonna let Goldust go anyway.... I personally hate the Big Show and would much rather see Dustin Rhodes then him at WM 28 but WWE thinks of it as Big Shows more over, They got more money and TV time invested in him. So that's probably the reason they went with the crappy Big Show feud.

    2. I don't think CM Punks character or career was hurt by not being in the main event hell I think it helped his heel character and some of those times that Punk wasn't the main event was warranted (WM 28 Rock and Cena, ER Lesnar vs Cena). But Punk isnt the first person to have this done to him. Look at Chris Benoits title run, he had no legit competition and HHH, HBK and freaking Eugene took the spot light off him completely. WWE just thinks Cena needs to be in the main event no matter what, Unless HHH is on the card.

    3. Punk being heel was the right call, Cause Punk has a face was failing and failing fast, He was like a baby Cena, He was uninteresting, Corny, Unfunny just terrible, Not the CM Punk I knew. CM Punk was lazy and unmotivated as a face (his in ring work was good but his character and promos were terrible). When CM Punk would do a promo against Big Johnny I just roll my eyes cause it was so stupid. Punk was just terrible character wise when he was a face this time around. This New Heel turn brought back that spark Punk use to have, Now I look forward to his mic Work and he is more cutting edge and interesting compared to just coming out screaming Best in the world and making this dumb stupid sarcastic remarks and smirking in his promos and showing no passion.

    4. This is not WWE's fault, The Rock blew up in the ring and totally screwed up the match where Cena had to use rest holds all the way thru to help the Rock catch his breath. The Rock came unprepared and didn't bring his A game. Rock was the one who fucked this up.... I think the WWE did a great job building this up, Look at the PPV buyrate, Highest ever for Wrestling, But if the fans knew how shitty the match was gonna be WWE would lose a good portion of its Buyrates.

    5. Jerry Lawler just had a Heart attack, Good luck turning him heel, He has the crowds sympathy... Plus you want Orton, Cena, HHH, Ryder and Lawler to turn heel? well then who the hell would be a face? just Sheamuse?. Show and Punk are Heel. The entire roster would be a heel.

    6. Listen WWE made millions in the 80's being alot more cartoony and being basically rated G. Good wrestling comes in all ratings. PG is not the WWE's problem it goes far beyond that cause before PG it wasnt in that great of shape either... I agree totally on the blood thing, They can still have Blood and be PG easily.
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