Nature of the Beast

I’m nearing 2 years that I’ve been doing this for whether it’s on PW Journal, my own blog or on the podcast show.  I’ve come to learn something when it comes to the nature of the beast.  A few days ago, I had a little bit of a spat between myself and former ECW alum/WWE wrestler and announcer/current TNA announcer in Taz.  I had said on my Twitter account that Taz’s commentary since his heel turn and joining Aces & Eights has become painful, even Michael Cole painful. Needless to say, Taz didn’t take too kindly to it as he replied with telling me to mute the TV, in follow him (guessing he meant unfollow) and to go jump in a lake.

Now, am I writing this as an attempt to attack back? No.  Reason why?  When you become an editorialist on a blog and/or podcast, you accept certain outcomes will more likely happen.  One is that you’ll have a greater chance at people disagreeing with you than agreeing with you. Hell, you’ll probably piss off a lot of them too.  The other outcome you accept is that you’ll likely make more enemies along the way than you will friends. You accept that when writing your opinions or broadcasting them is what you want to do.

My track record as it stands in the 2 years I’ve been doing this for:  I’ve traded words with other writers.  Hell, one of them still thinks I’m an asshole for calling him out on his journalistic credibility and sounding off on another writer. I’ve pissed off a promoter for him getting me an interview and failing to mention his indy promotion and pretty sure I pissed off that wrestler I interviewed for the same reason. I’ve sounded off on another specific topic and pissed off a podcaster whose show I used to call in on, so I’m pretty sure he thinks I’m a dick.  And now, you can add pissing off a retired wrestler/current announcer to that list.

So, am I writing this as an admission of guilt or regret? No. Am I writing this as an apology? No.  Am I writing this as an admission of pride and saying I’m proud of it? Of course not.  I’m simply saying that I’ve come to understand and accept the nature of the beast as described.  Because I also remember that when I said I was going to do my blog and what I do on my podcast, I was going to do it my way and wouldn’t settle for anything less.  I speak as a wrestling fan because that’s simply what I am is a wrestling fan.  I don’t do what I do on here or on my show as anything less than that.  So the whole point in what I’m saying here and this goes to others like myself, B-Dub Brian Waters, Dwayne Allen, Riley Ross, Mayer Nation and others.  We are wrestling fans. This is who we are and this is what we do when we talk wrestling.

 

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At the Royal Rumble, The Rock Needs To Win the WWE Championship

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Okay, the Royal Rumble is tonight.  There are a few thoughts that I have leading into the PPV tonight.  One is that The Rock vs CM Punk should be the match to close the show.  But of course,  the big question that everyone else is wondering about is whether or not The Rock is going to beat CM Punk and win the belt.  I don’t think it’s a matter of whether or not The Rock should win. It’s a matter of The Rock HAS to win tonight.

Yeah, I know.  I know CM Punk has been champion for over 400 days and climbing.  It’s an accomplishment to say the least, but the fact is that having a champion hold a belt for so long is one thing,  but keeping people entertained during his title reign is another.  No champion is any good at that without competition.  Looking back at Punk’s reign as champion, he hasn’t had a whole of that going around.  He beat Alberto Del Rio to win the belt. He defended it against Del Rio again and The Miz the next month.  Then he Dolph Ziggler at the Royal Rumble and a bunch of filler guys for the Elimination Chamber before taking on Chris Jericho in back to back months, then Daniel Bryan and then Daniel Bryan and Kane and then John Cena and Big Show before facing John Cena again and then Ryback before facing against Cena and Ryback and then Ryback again on Raw.   So if you look at it, in that 400+ days that CM Punk has been WWE Champion, he’s only defended the belt against 9 guys with a good chunk of them he faced off against in multiple months.

The other problem with Punk’s reign as champion and why The Rock must win tonight is the fact that his countdown that he keeps doing is getting old.  In fact, it’s getting rather stale and as pointed out in the last article,  you keep going with this for so long, you’re gonna get to the point that when the guy does lose the belt, what do you do with him? Besides, the way that the WWE is with the Part-Time guys, are they really gonna have The Rock lose?  Yeah I know that they had Brock Lesnar lose in his match with John Cena but that’s different.  The Rock didn’t leave the WWE high and dry like Lesnar did and unlike Brock Lesnar, The Rock actually does love the business which is the least I can say for Brock.

I know that CM Punk has talent and can find a way to manage without the title and he did give us one whole year without John Cena winning the gold like her normally does.  But every champion loses the belt at some point.  CM Punk is no different because as many times as either Hulk Hogan or John Cena held a world title, they eventually had to drop it to somebody else.  CM Punk losing the belt tonight is more salvageable than if The Rock were to lose tonight.  If The Rock actually loses tonight, then what do you do with him from there? If he’s supposed to be sticking around at least until after Wrestlemania, then what are you going to do with him for all the time leading up to the PPV?  Yeah, you could have The Rock win at some point between now and Mania, but it’s little thing called Simplicity.   Don’t complicate things WWE and just keep them simple.  Do the right thing and actually let The Rock win the match because this is a match that could very easily be a classic match and definitely be in the Top 5 of the best WWE matches of 2013.  Don’t risk tarnishing that by having a screw-job finish or some other means that would leave CM Punk still to bore the hell out of the rest of us with his “Counting Down to Who Gives a Rat’s Ass How Long You’ve Been Champion For.”

 

CM Punk: Over 400 days as Champion, and yet still Nothing

So, CM Punk battles The Rock on Sunday.  His promo while good was more of the same. Best in the World this. Best in the World that. And rehashing his lines from his promo where he said the people don’t matter.  The interesting part, especially after The Shield attacked The Rock was that Vince, who botched his line, said that if The Shield interfere in Punk’s match, CM Punk will be stripped of the WWE Championship.  The part that made me laugh was when Punk said the belt was prestigious again since he’s held it.

WRONG!!!!!!!

That belt has not been prestigious in years and CM Punk sure as hell hasn’t helped it any by holding onto the belt for over a year.  Yeah 428 or whatever number days as champion. Impressive but there’s one slight problem and that is what are you gonna be saying when you lose the belt? Are you still going to call yourself the Best in the World? It didn’t really work for Chris Jericho. Because the fact is that once Punk loses that belt and once he’s the FORMER Champion, those 428 days are gonna mean precisely dick.

Chris Jericho was the first undisputed champion, but as the years went on, it became nothing more than just a little blip on the screen, nothing more than a pebble falling to the ocean and making zero impact.  The biggest problem with CM Punk’s character right now is that without the belt, without his championship reign, his character is useless.  It’s about as useless as a jar of Slim Fast to Vickie Guerrero.  As much time and energy I guess as WWE has put into CM Punk, they might have put Punk himself in jeopardy.  The Miz was in the main event at Wrestlemania two years ago. Look at him now, he’s trying to rebuild himself but still, he’s nowhere close to where he was years ago.  Is this what we’re going to have to expect with CM Punk?  Is the guy that keeps calling himself the Best in The World going to be reduced to where the only thing he’s best in the world at is being an after-thought.

 

 

Man-Jaw quits, New Champion Crowned, Divas Division in Jeopardy

Okay.  So Eve “Man-Jaw” Torres has now quit the WWE. This is following when Kaitlyn, the future Mrs Shark, won the Divas Title from Eve.  Reportedly Eve has wanted to leave for a while now since she’s engaged to one of the Gracies of UFC/MMA fame and seems to be pretty committed to a self-defense program for women.  I’m not exactly missing Eve simply because all that time spent with graces and you still could only master two moves in the ring. You’re like the female equivalent of John Cena.

I can’t help but wonder about something here.  Stacy Keibler goes on Dancing with the Stars and is released.  Maria goes on The Apprentice and is released.  Ashley goes on Survivor, appears for a little bit and is released. Torrie Wilson goes on I’m A Celebrity, Get me… oh who gives a rat’s ass and is gone. Or maybe after her time in the WWE, who can tell?  Eve goes on some military reality show that I didn’t care enough about to even know it’s name and has now quit.  What is with reality TV shows being the preverbal bullet for WWE Divas?  At least Maria found her way back in wrestling by going to Ring of Honor and is now engaged to Mike Bennett.  Stacy Keibler is or at least was dating one of the biggest actors in Hollywood so you can’t say she’s having it rough.

The casualty here in all this unfortunately is the Divas Division.  The only veteran Diva you have right now is Layla and she’s barely seen these days and Natalya is too busy hanging around with Team WTF that is herself, Khali and Hornswoggle.  And before you say I forgot about Tamina Snuka or Rosa Mendes or Alicia Fox, no I didn’t.  You barely see either of them doing anything.   To those that are saying that this is gonna hurt the Divas division now that Eve is gone, it’s been hurting.  It’s been hurting since Mickie James left, Maryse left,  Melina, The Bellas, Kelly Kelly and especially Beth Phoenix.  Top that off with Kharma being a complete bust due to her getting pregnant, having the miscarriage, and being a pain in the ass reportedly in the developmental territories. Let’s hope to hell that we start seeing some new faces coming out of NXT and any other developmental territories because otherwise, everybody start getting shovels so we cant start planning a funeral.

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.

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