The Joy of WWE
by, 03-23-2011 at 12:17 PM (3608 Views)
One thing I have noticed about the Online Wrestling Community is that it tends to be very negative. People are always wishing things were more like the attitude era, or not happy about who's being put over, or the writing etc., etc... It seems that many people either forget or fail to mention why we all love wrestling to begin with. So I am writing this blog post as nothing more or less than a reminder of what is currently good and entertaining about the WWE:
The Return of Multiple Storylines
In the buildup to Wrestlemania we have multiple storylines with some compelling interest. There is of course the Rock/Cena/Miz situation that no one really knows how it's going to play out; there's the young lion of Alberto Del Rio trying to dethrone the reigning leader of the pack Edge, with Christian thrown in to spice things up; we now have Sheamus recently breaking the "King of the Ring curse" and scheduled to have a match up against Daniel Bryan; and Orton eliminating all New Nexses members to face CM Punk 1-on-1 at WM.
A lot of intrigue is going on with a lot of buildup on both shows.
Personally I have never had a huge problem with John Cena other than the fact that he just always seemed to be champion and would never lose. But I've enjoyed his work over the past months for one simple reason: he has not competed for the championship since September at Night of Champions.
We all like to rag on Cena for being the indestructible man, but the fact is he hasn't had a championship match since September where he was the 3rd man eliminated in a 6-man match. He's been relevant while allowing others to compete for the belt.
I will be rooting for the Miz at WM, but in all honesty if/when Cena wins I won't be that disappointed.
Increased Talent in the Midcard
We all miss the Attitude Era, but we all tend to look back on those days through rose-colored lenses. The fact is back in those days we watched because of Austin/Rock/Mankind/HHH/Taker; after those guys the talent began to drop considerably.
In this WM we will have matches featuring talents the likes of: Daniel Bryan, Sheamus, John Morrison, Dolph Ziggler, CM Punk and Randy Orton (not necessarily midcarders, but not competing for a title), Rey Mysterio, Cody Rhodes, etc. Look back at the lineups for past Wrestlemanias and you'll see guys like Road Dogg, The Godfather, and D-Lo Brown consistently being featured on PPV.
For my money, I'll take the modern talent as a whole in most instances.
Say what you want about "The Streak" but lets face it: we all get into it. Maybe Taker will lose or maybe he won't; maybe there will be months of buildup (like last year) or just a few weeks (this year); but at the end of the day, as wrestling fans do we really believe that two competitors like Taker and HHH are going to go out and put on a dud of a match? I don't think so.
The Youth Movement
It is nice to see new, younger athletes get to share in some of the spotlight. Morrison was that man for about two months, putting on great matches on a weekly basis and flat out stealing the shows at Extreme Rules, Royal Rumble, and Elimination Chamber; Daniel Bryan bringing respectability back to the U.S. Championship and now feuding with Sheamus who is turning into a first class heel. Cody Rhodes has taken a questionable gimmick and ran with it like his life depended on it and is competing at WM in what could be the show-stealer. Dolph Ziggler when given the chance to main event (i.e. Royal Rumble) showed that he can put on a great match, we have Del Rio facing Edge for the WHC and The Miz is the WWE Champion.
No matter how you feel about any one of these individuals, I think most of us can agree it's better than Cena holding onto the title for 21 out of 24 months, or HHH being champion for a 14th time, or to have the airwaves dominated by geriatrics like Hogan, Flair, and Bischoff.
All in all, I feel the product being put forth by the WWE has been a solid one. I have enjoyed the past four PPVs immensely and am eagerly awaiting WM. Are there flaws in the product? Of course there are. There will always be flaws in something that produces 4 shows per week, 1 PPV per month, and has no offseason. But by and large, I think they're doing a good job.
Stay tuned for "The Joy of TNA" and why that company is not as bad as everyone makes it out to be. Hope you all enjoy the post.