How Low Can Vince & The WWE Really Go?

Look, I get it, okay? The heel coming out to interrupt something  that is meaningful to somebody else is a common move. I get that, but that doesn’t mean that it’s always needed. Last night was one of those times.  Two months. Two months that Jerry Lawler was gone for because of his heart attack and you do this to him? You make an angle out of his heart attack? You have Paul Heyman mock the heart attack? Are you freaking kidding me?

Jerry Lawler could’ve died that night in Montreal and for about 20 minutes give or take, he was.  Nobody made an angle out of Chris Benoit or Owen Hart when they died.  Now before any of you say what about Eddie Guerrero? There’s a difference.  Rey Mysterio was trying to pay homage to him, win the belt in honor of Eddie.  That was built more to honor Eddie Guerrero than to discredit him.  I get that Vince is capable of sinking that low as we’ve seen him stoop to lows before.  I just hoped that this was one that even a cold-hearted, soulless bastard like him wouldn’t sink to.  Okay, let’s be fair about that last statement.  He has no heart because even the cold-hearted have a filter.  Eric Bischoff was and is a scumbag, but at least he didn’t resort to necrophilia angles or mocking a guy that nearly died in front of a live crowd.

What made them think that all that transpired last night was a good idea? Was this their attempt at trying to be edgy and innovative at the risk of being controversial in light of Vinny Mac’s wife losing yet another election she had no chance in hell of winning or had any business taking part in to begin with? Or is this the WWE being what we already suspected with them trying to copy TNA’s storylines in them being quite simply Desperate?

You see Vince, THIS is what everyone is talking about when they’re saying that you’re out of touch. That you don’t have your finger on the pulse of what the fans like or want. Hell, you haven’t had your finger on that pulse for the last couple of years.  Face it, Vince, your creative skill that you’ve claimed to have had all this time is out of gas and you think that what you did to a guy that nearly died 2 months ago proved something, it did.  It proved that you really did inject the WWE with a dose of poison. It just wasn’t the NWO like in that angle years ago. No, that poison’s name is Vincent Kennedy McMahon.  I guarantee you that if you were the one that had the heart attack and died, nobody would be wanting an angle involving your death.  Well, I’m sure that there are probably a select few that would not only welcome it, they’d be ready to dance on your grave.  Of course, I’m pretty sure there are a lot of guys that would say that they would love to drive a stake through Vince’s heart but are convinced that nothing can kill him.  Than again, I’m sure if the day comes where Vince croaks, his death will be much like his life: No Shame.

Now I’m not really mad at CM Punk and Paul Heyman or at least as much as I am towards Vince. Heyman and Punk are just the dogs and Vince was the one that gave the okay and let them off the leash.  And I don’t give a damn if Jerry Lawler gave the okay for it.  It doesn’t mean that it’s not in bad taste.  The segment as well as Heyman’s mock heart attack was in bad taste and so is Punk’s twitter rants about it.  All his talk about being the best in the world and always putting down Vince. Congratulations to CM Punk and to Paul Heyman though because not only are you both no better than Vince, you’re to a degree worse. And as far as Best in the World goes Punk, you might as well scrap that now because as far as I’m concerned after Monday night, you’re just another tatted up asshole and Heyman pulled a low that’s even beneath Eric Bischoff.  It’s cheap heat and something that is above both of them or at least I thought they were.  Turns out that they’re much like the crap they pulled: cheap. That’s as much as I’ll say about Heyman and Punk.

As for Vince, you wanna know what cost your wife the election?  You wanna know who was responsible for her loss? All you need to do is look into a mirror.  Even Jerry Jarrett thinks this was low class and cheap.    As bad of shape as the WWE is in, I’ve been rooting for them to recover and to rise back up.  I’m not so sure if I’m really rooting for that anymore after last night.  You can take everything and I mean EVERYTHING that Michael Cole has ever said or done as his heel character along with everything involving Vickie “Pig-Vomit” Guerrero and John Laryngitis, combine all of those things and that wouldn’t measure to what they did to Jerry Lawler on Monday Night.  I don’t get offended by stuff on TV easily, but this was the one exception.  Vince McMahon is killing his own product. He once said during the Corporate Ministry bit when he was revealed as the higher power that there is no low he won’t sink to.  I’m starting to think that line wasn’t just script.  If this is the crap you’re gonna pull, Vince,  then not only am I saying that the WWE is going to fall and it’ll be Vince’s fault when it does, but I’m calling my shot out right now when I say that to you Vince McMahon, you deserve to have your company fail you repulsive, soulless, deplorable, absolute horror of a human being.

Where are the “Feel Good” Moments in Wrestling?

Eddie Guerrero defeating Brock Lesnar to win the WWE Title for the first time.  Shawn Michaels achieving the boyhood dream and winning the championship for the first time.  Bret Hart winning the IC Title from Mr Perfect and hugging his parents who were sitting at ringside afterwards.  Chris Benoit winning the World Title at Wrestlemania and standing in the ring with Eddie Guerrero as they held their belts up high.  Why am I bringing these up? They were feel good moments in wrestling.  When was the last time that we’ve had one of those? I’m hoping somebody can answer that because I can’t.   Those feel good moments are something that has always proven useful in the style of telling a story in that ring. Seeing Austin Aries win the TNA World Title and seeing El Generico defeat Kevin Steen were good moments but don’t seem to carry the same magnitude.

A lot of things can be factored into why no stories have feel good moments. One of the biggest is the build-up or at least in the case of lack of build up because these days, the WWE lacks the patience to have something build into something bigger.  Regardless however, storylines in wrestling need to have those kind of moments because when it comes down to it, the build up to that one end of the story is what keeps people tuning in to see how each chapter unfolds.  Unfortunately, these days with the storylines in the WWE, the storylines have gone from being a story unfolding chapter by chapter to being about as complex and frustrating as a Rubix Cube or trying to figure out what the hell the movie The Thin Red Line was about.  Same difference.

Screw Authority, or at least in the WWE

AJ Lee is no longer the GM.  She was forced to resign last night and Vince named Vickie “Pig Vomit” Guerrero as the Managing Supervisor.  Managing Supervisor? Really? WHAT IN THE BLUESET OF BLUE HELLS IS THAT??????  I’m to the point where I’m sick and  tired of these BS authority figure roles.  I’m talking about roles like Acting President, Commissioner, General Manager,  Interim General Manager, Managing Supervisor, COO, etc.  Seriously, what is the deal with having these stupid roles that mean absolutely squat?  To top that off, once again we’re stuck with Vickie recycled once again into an authority role where there’s no room for her to do anything else other than the same crap we’ve seen her do time in and time out.  So the big question here is why was AJ removed? Is it because of the ratings? Even if it was the reason, it’s definitely not the reason the ratings have failed for Raw for the last few weeks. We all know the reasons why Raw has been failing in the ratings and AJ is not one of them.  You have a 3 hour show that can’t keep a viewing audience interested for the full 3 hours. You oversaturate everybody with Tweets, Touts and Replays. You have bad writing, stale storylines and you put one guy in one John Cena as the focal point of your whole foundation.   And what happened? He got hurt, left you panicked over what to do for the Hell in a Cell PPV and now the fact that you put all your faith in one guy has come back to bite you in the ass. To make matters worse, Raw’s ratings continue to fall even this week.  Given, they were going against a presidential debate, Monday Night Football and the Major League Baseball playoffs, but what has everybody worried is that Hour 3 is the lowest rated of the show. So people are tuning out before the main event and it was one that featured CM Punk and Sheamus fighting each other.  Your two world champions aren’t drawing crap, what does that tell you? If you think that replacing a hot crazy chick with a loud fat obnoxious one that gets booed to the point that she can’t even say one word of her lines is gonna fix things, well let’s just say I’ll check back on you guys when Raw falls to the 1.0 range in the ratings.

Chaos Creates….More Chaos

Eric Bischoff once believed that controversy creates cash.  As of late with the WWE, its chaos more than controversy and in this case, all chaos seems to create is…..more chaos.  John Cena has been hurt with an arm injury and had his surgery.  One minute we hear he’ll be out 4-6 weeks, then we hear that Vince said give him 2-3 weeks and then it’s back to 4-6 weeks.  So at this point, nobody has a clue if John Cena will be able to compete at Hell in a Cell. Not even the WWE.  Last night, it was posted that Brian Gerwitz who had been the head writer for more than a decade, was demoted to creative consultant prior to Raw.  Reports also said that Vince was NOT in a good mood and even went as far as to say that he wanted results or resignations.   Vince is beside himself and who can blame him.  Raw’s ratings have been the worst that we’ve seen in some time.  Last week’s Raw finished with a 2.5 rating and this was a week after it hit 2.7.  This marks the lowest rated Raw that we’ve seen in 15 years and it wasn’t even a holiday.  The good news this past week was that Raw’s ratings improved this week. The bad news is that they improved to the number that they had 2 weeks ago which was 2.7.  If Gerwitz was the guy that Vince was gonna blame,  it only makes sense that Vince would blame somebody. But if you really want to blame somebody, than I would suggest looking into a mirror VKM.  Why Vince? The guy has lost touch with what works and what the audience wants.  He still carries the belief that what he wants is the same thing as the fans want.

Not to mention, I will go and say right here and now that the 3 hour Raw is a failure.  It’s nothing more than an hour’s worth of content with 2 hours of filler.   Nothing but replays, touts, tweets and more replays.  Even Eric Bischoff has said that Nitro going 3 hours was a mistake.  And he’s right.   Not to mention, so many times we’ve seen matches that we’ve seen on Smackdown take place on Raw and vice versa.  If you’re just going to show the same matches on both shows, than why even have two shows in the first place?  Now, am I tired of saying that the PG era is garbage or that the 3 hour Raw is a failure or that Vince has lost all touch with his product? Yeah. I’m also sick of saying that the last President screwed up the country.  Yeah I’ve said these things and thought these things to the point where I’m weary of it, but it doesn’t mean I still don’t believe them to be all true.   Here’s a reality check for  you Vince.  Your house show attendance numbers are down, your PPV buys are down.  You have 3 shows a week and one of them is a 3 hour show that your product can’t fill or at least that you can’t fill properly.  As much as Nitro going 3 hours was a mistake, at least they had the roster to fill it.  They just didn’t have the creativity and the stories to make it work.

One article off of Wrestlezone is saying that some of the top talent is saying to Vince that the product is in trouble and that the writing is terrible.  One has even gone as far as to say that if the WWE goes to hell in a hand-basket, it’s Vince’s fault and even going as far as to say that he doesn’t listen to the people anymore and that he doesn’t have his finger on the pulse of what works for the product anymore.  Funny thing is that Vince hasn’t had his finger on the pulse of his product in years just as he hasn’t listened to what people want in years.  Supposedly Vince is also under pressure from NBC Universal in wanting him to fix the ratings. Considering I’m pretty sure they run the USA Network, Vince has no choice but to answer to them. Funny how it’s taken this long to give VKM a swift kick in the nuts to make him fix his product.

Let me make a point clear here.  I’ve been a wrestling fan for a long time. I want the product to be better because I know it can be better than this. I’ve watched wrestling since I was 5-6 years old.  I watched Hulk Hogan on The Main Event lose to Andre the Giant and that was after watching The Honky Tonk Man lose to Macho Man Randy Savage.  The first Royal Rumble I’ve ever seen was the one where Big John Studd won the Rumble. The first SummerSlam I watched was with Mega Powers vs the Mega Bucks.   The first Wrestlemania I ever watched was with the main event simply titled “The Mega Powers Explode.”  I could go on and on about the things I’ve seen take place in wrestling but we only have a 2 hour show here.  The point here is that I’ve seen wrestling evolve from the era of Hogan, Warrior and Savage to the times of Bret Hart and HBK to the era of The Rock and Stone Cold to now with John Cena and, well that’s about it.  The point is we know the time of John Cena is coming up. The guy is 35, coming off of a bad divorce and you name, his body is banged up all to hell.  The scariest part about it is that when his time is up on his wrestling career,  I don’t think even the WWE is ready for that.  So what does that really say when the fans are ready for the next level, but the wrestling product itself isn’t?