STATE OF THE 'E: What's In A Name?
by, 02-15-2013 at 04:04 PM (5785 Views)
Hello again my fellow bloggers and readers. Welcome back to the often imitated but never duplicated, STATE OF THE 'E!! I'm just going to get right into it becauseToday I'm going to be touching on a subject NOT as polarizing as The Rock (Which sparked some great discussion and it's much appreciated no matter what your opinion is.) winning the WWE Championship. No, no, no... this time, we'll be discussing names and how they effect the product. Lets get this carnival on the road!
Now, as we've all seen recently... THE 'E signed one of my favorite wrestlers in El Generico. We all assumed he'd be repackaged and basically be Lash Leroux 2.0... I mean, I know I did. But, something magical happened in Vinnieland. Oh yes Undertaker... something magical happened indeed. He kept his gimmick and his name upon arrival to NXT.
VKM has been notorious for wanting to change names to protect copyrights so talent can't take those names elsewhere. That's why CM Punk is still an anomaly in THE 'E, he's the last of a generation where they were allowed to keep their names. VKM got into a spot when there was the mass exodus over time to TNA, got butthurt and made sure that no one who left his company were allowed to compete with their names since then.
This is why Tyler Black has now become Seth Rollins... Chris Hero into Kassius Ohno and Jon Moxley has become Dean Ambrose and Bryan Danielson into Daniel Bryan. VKM's logic is, build up his OWN names and make profit. Of course, he's a business man. Duh. That's what he wants. Well, to me it seems logical as to what needs to happen.
A lot of Indy wrestling fans have no interest in supporting any of their beloved idols once they move into 'E territory. And why is that? Because of their new shiny corporate name. Given to them from the finest of lists. -_- Either way, why not strike a deal? This would benefit both ways... one, the fan base that's supported these guys will now continue to support them in THE 'E when they transition and also... wait for it...
It gives them name power. What do I mean? Well, when they are established on the Indy or International scene... THE 'E strips them of all that when they come aboard. No acknowledgement of anything anywhere else except for vague "He's a world traveler, he's been all around the world." references.
Now, if you've watched for forever you'd know that... that particular wrestler had spent time in ROH, NJPW, and elsewhere. But, THE 'E doesn't acknowledge that at all. And truthfully speaking, they technically don't need to right? They're the WWE!!! They've bought all their competition! They've innovated the scene!! They're the giants in the industry!! Exactly... that's why they can't CREATE new talent and have to keep going back to the well for "Attitude Era" superstars because they don't have any name draws right now.
Waitaminute... no... big name... draws. WOW!!! Bright idea, LET THESE GUYS KEEP THEIR NAMES WHEN THEY COME INTO THE WWE!!! VKM needs to literally get his head out of his ass about the whole "created talent vs already made talent". Maybe by letting the guys keep their names, you'll get more ratings, maybe by letting the guys keep their names you'll get more notoriety, hell... the worst that could happen is they leave the company.
And? Ritchie Steamboat could leave the company. They let him keep the Steamboat name, why not others? Again... homegrown vs. established previously. Maybe El Generico will be the beginning of a new direction? Maybe were beginning a time where an established Indy star can come in, with history behind him and start kicking ass. Not:
"OH MY GOD!!! WHO'S THAT? KING, KING, KING!!! DO YOU KNOW WHO THAT IS??"
I've had enough of it. I'm sure many others have as well. And for those that don't think it matters, sound off below! Remember to everyone... leave all questions, comments, cell phone numbers, alcoholic beverage mixes and whatever else you deem necessary below. Have a great one and see you again soon!