WWE, Changing For The Better?
by, 06-19-2013 at 02:52 PM (8186 Views)
According to multiple sources, Vince McMahon has not been pleased with Monday Night Raw's ratings and rightfully so. Monday Night Raw has battled against both the NBA and the NHL playoffs, and as a result people have seen their ratings decrease. When facing strong competition on TV, WWE loyalist will always use that big competition as an excuse to why the ratings were low. In truth, a TV show itself can only blame itself for poor ratings. The ratings simply indicate that something else on is taking WWE's fans away from them. Besides, I've never heard the NBA or NHL or their fans ever say, "Well, the game was on Monday, and people just want to tune into Raw no matter what!"
Long story short, McMahon did the correct thing by blaming himself and the other WWE employees for the poor ratings. Only a small group of people knows whether that story had anything to do with Monday's show.
However, it was one of the best ones in years. For once, it seems like things were actually happening. The show surprisingly developed intriguing stories and angles. It also progressed the angles from the past, and by the end, it gave the fans a reason to tune in next week.
The amount of viewers just went up slightly this week, but I have always believed that last week's show is a reflection on the show this week. In other words, if people found Raw good last week or found Payback good, they are going to tune in to see what happens next. Consistency will be the key to WWE increasing their ratings.
Wheels keep on double turning:
WWE successfully pulled off a double-turn last night, turning Ziggler into a plucky, sympathetic babyface and Del Rio into a ruthless heel. It was one of those rare times where the company listened to what the fans wanted.
After all, nobody was enjoying Del Rio's babyface reign due to his character being lackluster, to say in the least. Meanwhile, almost half the audience cheered for Ziggler albeit being a heel. Quite frankly, it is too difficult to boo him. I mean, he has worked very hard for his spot, and it is evident that he loves the business. He puts the utmost amount of effort in everything he does, proof being the amount takes enormous bumps he take. He sells akin to Ricky Morton (which means he will be terrific in face-in-peril courses of a match), and he has a flashy, high-paced style (which means his comebacks after being beat down will be terrific as well). Seriously, there is not much to hate. He is tailor-made to be a protagonist.
Who is the king of egos?
I will admit that I have been sick and tired of the McMahons feuding with each other for nearly a decade. However, I am intrigued to see where this is heading, merely because the story is developing. And that is what serial television is all about: storylines that have continuity, escalate frequently, and have a sound story structure.
The truth is, the more serial-esque angles occur, the more likely a fan or many fans are going to become captivated by it and tune in to see what happens next.
That is what he does:
Don't get me wrong, I am a little upset that the rumors of Daniel Bryan was receiving a shot at the title were false, but even I can admit this segment was pure gold albeit not getting what I wanted.
Wrestlers are always stereotyped for being bad actors, but Henry proved that assumption is completely erroneous. The dialog was amazing, that is if it was scripted out, but I do believe due to the genuine vibe, Henry was improvising a lot of it. Truthfully, there is also so much more to the brilliance of this than just the words he said. His realistic tears, the words not coming out smoothly due to him being choked up, his sadden facial expressions, and him pulling off the situation flawlessly (wherein he realizes he never became WWE champion but needs to hang it up for his family).
I was spoiled before I watched Raw, but Henry still kayfabed me, because his believably was so off the charts. I have seen just about every classic angle that has occurred in wrestling, and I can honestly say that this was one of the most fantastic ones ever.
However, I just wish WWE advertised his retirement better and had certain wrestlers come out to pay homage to him...you know to make it feel even more realistic. I also wish it was any other babyface besides Cena involved in this segment. Henry received the wrong reaction because Cena is extremely hated.
If CM Punk or Daniel Bryan fell victim to this assault, he would have gotten booed out of the building.
A tornado that damaged a friendship:
This story just wrote itself, but I'm surprised WWE is taking advantage of it. The CM Punk of now believes he does not need Paul Heyman's assistance anymore, which visually made Heyman upset. There are some people who believe that they pulled the trigger on Lesnar and Punk too sudden. It is certainty arguable, especially since Paul E and Punk's problems just started to occur and the expected destination for the match is two months away. But there are ways they can extend this program to Summerslam while keeping the feud hot.
Besides, the ECW innovator himself has described Lesnar as an uncontrollable monster that does things without his approval. Punk also said The Beast needs Heyman as a client, which could have possibly rubbed Lesnar the wrong way. What will most likely happen is, Heyman will keep denying that he had anything to do with Lesnar attacking Punk until it all somehow gets reveled.
Am I Dreaming?
It is as if WWE has finally woken up and realized that people have stopped watching due to the show being so formulaic. Therefore, the company has added more depth to the roster (reducing the amount of over-done rematches each WWE show). The creative staff has shaken up the rosters' gimmicks (reducing the chance of wrestlers' personas becoming decayed), and they have also found interesting and different ways to start a feud instead of using the "How to start a wrestling feud" 101 book.
What is more, they are starting to push the right wrestlers, aka the ones that fans actually care about. It might have been just one show, but it was refreshing to see WWE for once trying different things instead of being so conservative.
It is quite comical how wrestling fans like myself can put up with so much bad shit and then erase it from our memories the minute the product starts improving. However, there is just so much to look forward to now. I mean, I cannot wait until the Wyatt family debuts. They are the picture-perfect examples of what villains ought to look like—insane, psychotic, frightening, and merciless. Besides, Bray Wyatt is one of the best storytelling talkers in WWE.
I'm intrigued to see RVD back in WWE and what they will do with him. He could have some interesting feuds with people, and hell, even align himself in the Dangerous Alliance 2.0. I hope that he is motivated by being back in WWE because he was going through the motions in TNA (not that I blame him).
The return of Christian is also a big attribution to the roster, especially if he stays in the midcard. He is a good worker that has developed this type of match where nearly anyone can plug their offense into his formula and have a halfway decent match. He can help elevate midcarders and make them look better than they truly are.
It also seems as if WWE is adamant on pushing Daniel Bryan to the main event, where he belongs. Bryan has always been known as a top-tier in-ring technician, but he has also proven that he has oodles of personality and charisma. Every one of his attributes has made him become the most over babyface in the company.
This might be the most interested I have been in WWE's programming since perhaps the Summer of Punk. I just hope that this time they don't screw it up.