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.

What Does the Title of “Icon” Even Mean Anymore?

There has been a lot of talk about where or not Sting is an icon.  Wrestlezone’s own and also member of the bleacher report Justin LaBar has gone as far as to say that Sting is not an icon and that somehow indicates that the fact that Sting has not been part of the WWE is what is keeping him from truly being one.  You know before WCW went under, there was a point where WCW was good and was watchable.  There was a time when a 3 Hour WCW show wasn’t called Monday Nitro, it was called Clash of the Champions and it was done once a month except on the months when a PPV was taking place. At the time, that was the closest thing to WCW having monthly PPVs and they were doing it before WWE/WWF did.  And long before Hulk Hogan showed up in WCW, there were two things that were always at the top of the mountain top in WCW and that was Ric Flair and Sting.

Sting was the top baby face in WCW and was the considered by many to be franchise and the flagship of WCW.  The difference between Sting and Hogan was that Hogan had his spot in WCW handed to him on a silver platter while Sting worked his way up to earn it and had no problems holding the title belts that were below the World Title picture such as the tag team titles, TV Title and the U.S. Title. When did you ever see Hogan where either of those belts during his time in WCW? Sting didn’t have a problem with that because he was about doing what was best for that company.  Sting carried that company on his back to the end and when WCW was bought out,  the WWE acquired a lot of the names from WCW but the only one that they couldn’t acquire no matter how much money they tossed to him was Sting. Yeah, Sting ended up going to TNA eventually, but prior to that, the guy was happy with having a life outside of wrestling.

Last year there was all the talk about whether Sting would go to the WWE and be the one to take on The Undertaker at Wrestlemania.  Sting didn’t do that and ended up re-joining TNA.  Now, here’s the big question. Since WHEN does going to the WWE have to the deciding factor of whether or not a certain wrestler is an icon? Jerry Lawler is still hailed as the icon and pretty much a god in Memphis for his contributions to the sport.  Bret Hart is still considered an icon for his contributions to technical wrestling as many compare technical wrestlers to him. So why is Sting not worthy of being called an icon?  Much like Tommy Dreamer was called the Heart and Soul of ECW or Bryan Danielson was called the Heart and Soul of Ring of Honor, Sting was the Heart and Soul and everything else that there was for WCW.

You’re not called an icon in wrestling just because of where you were. You’re called that because of what you’ve contributed to the name of pro wrestling.  In WCW, you had 3 names that came to mind when it was in it’s purest state. Those three names were Ric Flair, The Four Horsemen and Sting.  Hulk Hogan for better or worse is called an icon but people remember most when he was WWE/WWF and not WCW. For the most part, a lot of people have and myself included linked Hogan’s stint in WCW being one of the things that lead to its downfall. Bottom line is, Sting did more for that one company all the way until the end than anyone else did.  That alone is what makes him an icon.  Is he THE icon as in the one that is at the top of the mountain? Probably not, but his contributions to wrestling are more than enough to make him an icon.