Worse Than It Ever Was, Worse Than It Ever Was

The WWE right now STINKS!!!!!  The wrestling business has seen better days.  TNA as it stands right now faces a questionable future.  But I’m not gonna talk about every promotion or the state of the wrestling business itself.  I’m just gonna talk about the WWE and how bad a shape it’s really in.  People are calling Survivor Series “PPV of The Year” all because of Sting’s debut.

Let’s get something straight here about Sting.  Sting’s debut on PPV and showing up in a WWE ring was monumental.  Sting facing off with Triple H and eventually laying him out was epic.  Needless to say, having Sting debut at Survivor Series was a brilliant move.  Of course, that now begs the question as to how the same people who acted so brilliantly in having Sting at the PPV could be the same people who were so stupid as to not have Sting on Raw the following night.

I hadn’t watched Raw in 4 months because of below par programming mixed with tired and/or recycled storylines.  The following night on Raw had one job to do and it failed miserably at performing that task. That task was to be the follow-up to not only the arrival of Sting, but Dolph Ziggler closing out the main event as the sole survivor and winner for his team.  Sting was nowhere to be found and the only thing we got out of Dolph Ziggler was he’s in the main event teaming with John Cena against Seth Rollins, Jamie Noble and Joey Mercury.  For both Seth Rollins and Dolph Ziggler (I’m leaving John Cena because he’s already established himself), I don’t see how either guy benefits from this and what in the bluest of blue HELLS is Jamie Noble and Joey Mercury doing in a main event other than making themselves and Seth Rollins look like the worst trio to be seen on Raw since The Three Stooges.

One good move since he’s still hurt, was having Daniel Bryan show up and be in charge.  It would’ve been a better move to have him just be in charge until he’s healed so his presence can remain in tact.   But we don’t get that either because apart from we only saw the guy for mostly an hour and a half of those three painful hours, we hear the infamous and ever annoying chime of the laptop of the Anonymous Raw General Manager complete with the podium and Michael Cole getting on the microphone and reading “an email” from the GM.  Funny how WWE seems to forget that they pulled off the reveal that the GM was Hornswoggle just to put that angle out its misery as well ours.   Now we’re back to this all over again with everybody asking the question “Why?”

This is the worst that the WWE has ever been.  For months and even longer, all we have seen from the WWE has been laziness, predictability, constant recycled storylines and inconsistency all around from their own product.  They spend so much time trying to plug their network that they forget that the network is an extension of their product and that their product stinks.  WWE spends all their time and energy treating the PPVs, Raw and Smackdown like an infomercial and they don’t even know what they’re selling anymore.

One constant quote I’ve heard is how there’s more people who used to watch pro wrestling than there are people who still do.  I don’t know about pro wrestling in general but I know there are probably more people who used to watch WWE than people who still watch it.  I can proudly admit to being one of them and after all the garbage they’ve produced to have them go back to one of their biggest failures that is the Anonymous Raw General Manager, I’m not watching and not looking back. I’m no longer rooting for things to get better for the WWE and no longer expecting them to get better.  Now I’m to the point where I can say that all I want for the WWE is to crash and burn.  I want the WWE to fail more miserably than a Linda McMahon election campaign.  WWE looks at themselves like they’re the kings of pro wrestling.  It’s about time for those so-called kings to be dethroned.

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.

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?

I Got Four Words For Ya: People Power is DEAD!!!!!!

Yes, the very thing that we’ve been begging to have happened finally happened.  No Way Out, John Cena did the WWE Fans a favor by not only beating the Big Show, but also by getting Mr Lack of Personality and the WWE’s Biggest Kidney Stone in John Laryngitis FIRED!!!!!  That lead to tonight’s Raw and I was a little excited but also a little skeptic about watching tonight because I was scared that the WWE was going to find some way to screw over the fans again.  I thought they were going to pull off something where Johnny Boy would have his job still or something with power still in his grasp.  Miraculously, not only did that not happen but everybody that he thought was his allies turned against him tonight.  However, as great as Raw was tonight in my opinion, there were still some flaws to it.  One of them regards to who is in charge of both shows now that Johnny Boredom is no longer in power.

Mick Foley came out tonight and said that every week, there would be a different person for the GM role and this is the part that bothers me.  Given, this is not getting some random celebrity to do it like what was done in the past. But still, this came off to me like it just a half-assed version of what the whole guest General Manager role used to be. You know, some would be good and some would be crap.  Then it turned into just a guest host for Raw and that ended up with a majority of guest hosts that just sucked.  I’m begging you guys to not have me go into The Three Stooges and how horrible that turned out.  One of the actors in Sean Hayes said he was embarrassed being on Raw that night, funny cause we were embarrassed to have him and the other two on Raw that night. But nevertheless, this is just a recycled version of an angle that got old quicker than Vince’s million dollar giveaway on Raw (aka Vince McMahon pays you to watch Raw).

One other problem I had with Raw last night was Alberto Del Rio.  Now last I checked, the guy had a concussion and that was the only reason that he wasn’t able to compete at No Way Out the other night against Sheamus.  So, if Del Rio had a concussion and couldn’t compete against Sheamus last night, how is he able to go out there and wrestle on Raw the night after the PPV where he couldn’t compete because of the concussion?  Top that off with the fact that going from fighting Sheamus for the World Title to fighting Santino Marella for nothing other than tossing around his personal ring announcer, I call that a little bit of a step down.  Was there really a concussion or does the WWE really not have the slightest clue what the hell they are doing with this guy?

Back to the topic of the “authority figure” in the WWE, there is one thing I will give credit to the WWE about regarding the authority figure is that they didn’t go right to Teddy Long.  Maybe he’ll get it eventually and maybe he won’t, but at least they didn’t go with the obvious as opposed to the main event of No Way Out last night because we all knew that John Cena was not going to be the one to get fired.  They chose to fire the guy that many felt was killing the ratings for WWE because ever since the Toolbox took over, the ratings have just gone down.  The only reason that they went up last week was because people thought the ass-clown was gonna get fired. I loved how Big Show just left Not So Big Johnny out in the cold and there is some logic to it, considering that Big Show does still have an iron clad contract and he doesn’t really have to answer to anybody.  So leaving Johnny out in the cold made sense with regard to the fact that Big Show got what he wanted, and since John Laryngitis has no power anymore, there’s nothing else that Big Show needs from him.  The icing on the cake was how Otunga just left Johnny there after Johnny Boy revealed he wasn’t hurt.  It was probably one of the best things that I’ve seen Otunga do thus far since he came to the WWE.

This Raw tonight was a step-up for me and I felt the right call was made in the fact that they took a character off of TV that nobody liked.  John Laryngitis wasn’t even hated in a “good heel” kind of way. He was hated to the point where nobody wanted to see the guy at all because he was so boring that he made paint drying look like the Super Bowl.  There is a slight change with the authority figure even if the angle is just something recycled, but its at least a start and for right now, all we can hope is that this will actually lead to something heading into the 3 Hour Raw.

Raw To Become 3 Hours, Like That Worked for WCW

The buzz is all around about Monday Night Raw is going to go 3 hours on a regular basis.  Back then, I might have been excited about this. Back then, you had stories that people enjoyed and that weren’t insult to everybody else’s intelligence.   Sadly, this is unfortunately going to be 3 hours of the same crap that we’ve been getting from Raw for the last couple of years.  And by that, I mean that it’ll be 3 hours of too much talking, not enough matches, the matches we do see for the most part serve little to no purpose, and the same mind numbing stories that has left many of us wanting to punch a hole through our TVs.  The last time that we saw a wrestling company try to add an extra hour to a 2 hour wrestling show, it ended up going under.

WCW tried to make Nitro 3 hours, and that did more damage than good.  The talent was there for sure, but come on. You had Eric Bischoff and Vince Russo running things.  They could’ve been up to their necks in talent and they would still be too stupid to know how to use any of that talent. The second that you saw Chris Benoit, Dean Malenko, Perry Saturn and Eddie Guerrero all jump ship in one cluster, you knew that there was nowhere for that company to go other than straight down.  So what exactly does WWE have that will make people want to watch all three hours of Raw?  A better question is if Raw is gonna be 3 hours, what do they need Smackdown for?  What can Smackdown  give the fans that will make them still tune in after watching 3 hours of Raw? How will doing this move not over-saturate the product more than it already is?  What do they have that will attract fans to watch all 3 hours of Raw? More of John Laryngitis or Michael Cole’s oh so brilliant, and unbiased commentary?  Pardon me while I heave.

That third hour that Nitro added to itself might as well have been the final nail in the coffin for WCW.  Give me one good reason why we shouldn’t think this way with the WWE, considering the crap that they’ve been giving us lately? Their PPV’s keep losing money yearly and that same money seems to be going towards UFC & MMA.  WWE should try and find a way to freshen up the product and compete against UFC, but the problem is the fact that all these years after WCW went under, they forgot how to compete. They’ve forgotten how to actually put an effort into their product.  Why else would we get the same stories that we’ve seen time and time again? TNA and ROH are nowhere close to being a competitor and WWE is seemingly focused on the little kid demographic, and yet ignoring the demographic that has been the core of their popularity.  Eddie Mac on “We Want Wrestling” said it best that the little kids aren’t the ones that are buying the PPVs or the merchandise. They have to go through their parents or whomever to get those things and in most cases, it’s people that have been fans longer than the little kids.

What reason is there to be excited for a 3 hour Raw on a weekly basis?  The last couple times that we’ve seen a 3 hour Raw, it sucked and you always had one or two hours that were worse than the other.  Other scenarios are to have the first hour start strong and then decline the rest of the way.  Back then when Raw was something to watch, you had stories that excited people and made them want to tune in every week.  Now, you just have lazy booking which is one of the only explanations that anyone could probably think of as to why an off-camera suit is now getting pushed above everybody else that actually contributes something in the ring.  It’s bad enough that you’re going to have your franchise guy in John Cena possibly put over a guy who was so bad as a wrestler that to be called “mediocre” would’ve been a step-up.

John Laryngitis is not a strong enough character to carry a 3 hour show. He’s not even acceptable to carry a 2 hour one.  People are bored to tears and annoyed whenever he talks.  The whole concept of “People Power” is stupid as hell and nobody’s buying into it.  He’s your typical heel authority figure and that’s the problem.  The WWE has milked that type of character for all it’s worth and it’s to the point where there is nothing they can give us that we haven’t already seen or heard before with that character.  John Laryngitis is a one note character and that’s all he’s going to be.   He can’t give us anything we haven’t seen before and the heat he gets is not a good thing.  Even the good heels found a way to get the crowd to hate them, but still attract the crowd and not repel them.  WWE’s going to make Raw a 3 hour show, than give us something that will actually make it worth watching.  Otherwise, I’d suggest to start shopping for a burial plot, maybe right next to WCW.

 

Memo to WWE: The Go Home Show for a PPV is for SELLING THE PPV!

Clearly the WWE forgot that tonight’s Monday Night Raw was supposed to be the “go home” show before the PPV.  To be honest, before they said the words “This Sunday,” I forgot that it was too.  That being said, last time I checked, the Raw before a PPV was supposed to be used to help sell the PPV the following Sunday.  Given, this is Over The Limit we’re talking about here and generally, that PPV has always tended to suck.  Last year’s PPV ranking as having one of the worst PPV buys of any WWE PPV.  Also another given is that the only match that really any self-respecting wrestling fan would give a damn about is CM Punk vs Daniel Bryan and yet we see little to nothing mentioned of that tonight. To be honest, the only things that stood out tonight were the Triple H/Paul Heyman confrontation, Big Show bawling his eyes out after John Laryngitis fired him and John Cena telling John Laryngitis that there will be no special referee, no outside interference and anyone that shows up at ringside is fired, and that it would just be a normal match where if John Laryngitis loses, he will be fired.

Believe me, nothing would give me great pleasure than to see John Lack of Personality get the pink slip from WWE TV. Well, maybe Vickie Guerrero gone and Michael Cole losing his voice permanently would bring that forth, but other than that, nothing would be better.  A lot of people don’t get why I don’t like John Laryngitis, and my reason is a simple one. My reason is the fact that his character is a one note character.  There’s no variation and no room for expansion with his character. The sad truth is that the character he does is at its peek already and that’s not a good thing because that just further proves that it’s not gonna work in the long term. Top that off with this match, having John Cena put this guy over is not going to help John Cena in the least.   Especially considering you’re putting him against a guy who couldn’t wrestle worth a damn when he was an active wrestler.

A lot of people are going as far as to say Big Show is going to interfere and screw Cena out of the match, and do a heel turn.  That’s not gonna help Big Show at all because whether he’s a face or a heel, very few people care what he does.  The ratings haven’t been that great for Raw the last couple years and I’m pretty sure that having an authority figure that nobody likes to see or hear isn’t helping the ratings.  There’s a difference between Vince McMahon and John Laryngitis and that difference is that people hated Vince simply for the fact that he was a dick. He represented everything that you envisioned in the corrupt boss.  John Laryngitis is simply a raspy voiced half-assed attempt at trying to be Vince, something that he’s never going to be, simply for the fact that people are always going to see him as nothing but a suit, flunky, and/or Vince McMahon’s bitch.

Back to the subject in the title,  even if the WWE knows that this PPV is going to suck, so what? That’s no excuse because the WWE should be always wanting to try and sell their product and if they get lazy with that, than it’s no wonder that UFC & MMA are always kicking their asses with the PPV buys, and maybe they deserve just that for their laziness.  It comes down to one of the simple analogies I said when I first started this and that is that if the WWE doesn’t give a damn about their own product, then why the hell should the rest of us?  If they don’t care how bad the PPV looks, why should I waste my own hard earned money for it?  I’ve got no desire to order the PPV, but if I want to know what it would feel like to order Over The Limit, I’m pretty sure all I’d need to do is flush $45 down the toilet and I’m pretty sure that it would be less painful than the PPV itself and watching one good match and one match featuring John Cena against a washed-up, never was anything in his whole damn life, hack like Johnny Ace.

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