WWE: A Week in Review

Hello Revolutionaries.

For some time now, I’ve been trying to find a way where I could discuss and give my expert opinion on RAW/SD Results and wrestling news in one well thought out, entertaining, and insightful article. Because of time constraints, I’ve always been opposed to the idea but I’ve recently warmed up to the idea. Considering the level of mediocrity when it comes to this week’s programming, I felt this was a great opportunity to set this idea a blaze with its first edition.

First of all, here are some general (and brief) thoughts on Monday Night RAW.

RAW: I wasn’t surprised by the reception/delivery of this week’s RAW as the show was taped and the WWE has a tendency of producing lackluster shows in the UK. Anyway, John Morrison and Dolph Ziggler put on the match of the night. Live reports say this match was well received and most UK fans were generally into this match. Thing is, this didn’t translate too well on television as the crowd was clearly dead/silent.

The eye opener was Morrison winning the matchup. It changed my handling of Morrison’s contract situation as I thought he was leaving the company. Apparently, the saga continues and I’ll get to that momentarily.

Ziggler looked great as usual and I’m assuming the WWE is building towards a Ryder vs. JoMo vs. Ziggler in a U.S. title match at Survivor Series.

Kofi Kingston being squashed by Del Rio is obviously a result of Evan Bourne’s wellness violation. I’m against the guilty by association mindset the WWE is using when handling this. On the other hand, having Del Rio squash random mid carders isn’t helping his character. The WWE needs to realize that fans just don’t care about Berto.

It’s sad but it’s the truth.

Punk absolutely destroyed Del Rio on the microphone. Some blame Del Rio’s accent but I beg to differ.

Kevin Nash’s promo absolutely sucked and he was discombobulated for the majority of it.

Brodus Clay’s debut being pushed back to next week doesn’t bother me at all. I’m not hopping on the Clay bandwagon as he has yet to impress me (but I am hopping on the Ziggler bandwagon).

The Kelly/DOD segment wasn’t relevant at all and I could’ve done without it.

The main event was a typical tag team match with a pretty lackluster finish to be honest.

SmackDown: SmackDown once again topped RAW as the better show watch/digest. Orton should eliminate the predictable comebacks on his promos. Christian was entertaining as usual but I still feel he should’ve been the one to remain face while Orton turned heel.

Sheamus and Christian put on another watchable match with Sheamus triumphing over Christian with the Celtic cross. Personally, I understand the WWE’s thought process and the fact that they’re trying to establish Sheamus as the guy on SmackDown. However, Christian could’ve used this win. Logically, the heel would pin the face at least one to establish some credibility for the heel and the face when he finally defeats him. Sheamus destroying Christian in every encounter is destroying Christian’s credibility/relevance while providing predictable and repetitive programming to fans.

Having Mark Henry put Daniel Bryan over as gutsy displays a little intelligence on the WWE’s part but it doesn’t last.

Random Ezekiel Jackson promo that is totally irrelevant as Cody squashed him week in and week out.

Originally, I perceived this Teddy Long/Aksana flirtation as her plotting to rid Long of his position as SmackDown General Manager. However, the WWE has displayed a profound amount of ignorance and confusion with these segments. The inclusion of Alicia Fox only furthers along the confusion and randomness of these segments.

Ted Dibiase squashed Jinder Mahal.

I guess it’s somewhat intelligent that the WWE allowed Daniel Bryan to administer a little offense to the World’s Champion. However, Henry destroyed Bryan in less than three minutes and I’m still trying to figure out what the WWE is doing with Daniel Bryan. To those optimistic smarks that feel this is anything but the WWE using Bryan to progress the Show/Henry program, I say open your eyes.

Big Show randomly squashed three local jobbers. I guess this was supposed to impress Mark Henry?

Tamina vs. Alicia Fox was a passable Divas match. I must say, Alicia is a victim of the Anderson effect (random face/heel turn at any moment). Alicia won while Natalya randomly bashed her on commentary.

Oh my God, Mexican America has joined World Wrestling Entertainment. Seriously, I like the trio of Hunico, Epico, and Primo and it was obvious that these guys had chemistry. The Usos were great as usual and I like the trio of finishers Jey received after the match was over.

Randy Orton and Wade Barrett was an okay matchup. The fact that Wade Barrett won displays the fact that the WWE is trying to get the wheels rolling on Barrett and this push. This also gives Team Barrett a little credibility going into Survivor Series as most would expect a squash matchup (I still do).

NEWS!!!

John Morrison removed from tour dates: I’m pretty sure everyone has read about this considering every prominent dirt sheet has published four articles on it each day. Honestly, I have yet to figure this situation out as everything kayfabe wise suggests that Morrison has/will resign. I apologize for being a skeptic but there’s something about this situation that isn’t clicking with me. Dave Meltzer reporting that friends felt Morrison was going to TNA is ridiculous. John Morrison resides in Los Angeles, California.

Impact Wrestling is taped in Tampa, Florida.

Morrison would be traveling to the other side of the country to wrestle. I find that a far-fetched but I wouldn’t be surprised if he does leave the WWE in the imminent future but all signs point to a agreement.

Sheamus wants Undertaker at WrestleMania 28: This doesn’t surprise me at all. Originally, I picked Undertaker to face Sheamus, Wade Barrett, or Randy Orton in his final. It’s a strong possibility that it’ll be one of those names. Like I stated above, Sheamus is going to be one of the WWE’s biggest stars. The Undertaker rub at WrestleMania is unmatched and Sheamus’ career would benefit from it.

Cody Rhodes gimmick change: Initially, I read about this a few weeks ago. Nothing came to fruition and I quietly ignored the report. However, Cody began removing his mask and wrestling house shows without it so I considered it possible. That’s when Downstait stated that they were recording a new theme for Rhodes and I’ve been waiting for the change ever since.

I wonder what it’ll be. A nefarious gimmick similar to that of Chris Jericho would be refreshing.

John Laurinaitis Future Endeavors shirt released: Why? This is seriously a comedic tactic so the WWE can sell some extra t-shirts. Unfortunately, fans will think it’s humorous and purchase one.

Daniel Bryan vs. William Regal on Superstars: SmackDown worthy match that should’ve replaced Christian and Sheamus. Most of the live reports say Bryan pissed himself. Anyway, I thoroughly enjoyed this matchup.

Christian injured: This is definitely a horrible time for Christian to suffer an injury. It is believed that he either sprained or broke his ankle. If it’s broken, Christian will need a replacement for Survivor Series as he is a prominent figure on Team Barrett. Christian is the all around best superstar on SmackDown so it would difficult to replace him but logic says add someone like Brodus Clay in his place.

Well that’s all for today folks. Be sure to like this page, subscribe to my blog, and read all my other post. Like EGW on Facebook, follow EGW on Twitter, vote in the EvE series.

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Vincent Kennedy McMahon’s WWE Mandate: Revealed

The September 12th edition of Monday Night RAW was indeed an uneventful one. Despite the slight interest in programs over the United States and WWE Championships, I found myself awaiting the “final confrontation” between CM Punk and Triple H before their match at Night of Champions 2011. As the spine curling promo began, Punk spoke of Kevin Nash and the eye widening set of events that occurred during the RAW’s that preceded this particular one.

While Triple H responded in his snarky, egotistical, and heavy opinionated manner, Punk responded with his controversial and realistic accusations that effectively break kayfabe.  The promo itself echoed those that preceded it until Punk said something that caught my attention.

You both share the same opinions and philosophies that a guy who looks like me doesn’t belong in a ring with someone who looks like you. The big thing that infuriates me is that for years now you’ve both had this weird bodybuilder fetish/fantasy about what a main event caliber superstar needs to look like. And based on that, guys who don’t fit your image or more importantly guys that do fit your image are afforded ten times the opportunities”

Triple H cut Punk off before he could finish his statement but those very words shook the foundation we walk on as hardcore wrestling fans while sending me into a short period of introspection.  It’s no secret that Vince McMahon has undying love for bodybuilder like entertainers or models while he consistently devalues the actual professional wrestlers working for him.

For example, FCW “alumni” Mason Ryan, David Otunga, and Jinder Mahal exemplify the phrase, GREEN, when it comes to professional wrestling.

A short time ago, I decided to observe a number of FCW matches due to the mediocrity of the three listed above. Initially, I expected the worse while ruling out the possibility of anything positive coming out of my time of observation.

However, my memory allowed me to forget that Seth “Tyler Black” Rollins was a part of the FCW roster. Last year, I adopted Rollins as favorite due to his unlimited potential and exquisite style of wrestling. Rollins wasn’t the only standout as his arch rival, Dean Ambrose, was equally talented.

In 15 minutes (twice the amount of a typical WWE match), Rollins and Ambrose impressed me more than anything a WWE entertainer has produced in some time.  In a moment that will forever live in my nostalgia, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose faced off in a thirty minute war over the FCW 15 Championship.

I must say, as spectacular as the first two matches were, the third was that much better.

At this point, I was bewildered by the WWE and their decision to bring superstars like Ryan, Otunga, and Mahal up to the main roster while Rollins was approaching his first year in WWE developmental.

Thing is, they fit Vince McMahon’s mold of what a true WWE main event star should look like.

While Vince caters to these entertainers, wrestlers like Seth Rollins, Richie Steamboat, and Dean Ambrose waste away in the WWE’s Developmental Territory, FCW.

The fact that this mentality not only exists on the main roster but in their developmental territory displays some of the things that is wrong with the WWE and professional wrestling as a whole.

When it comes to the main roster, guys like Christian or Daniel Bryan aren’t being used to their full capability. Christian, who is arguably the best all around superstar besides CM Punk, wasted away in the WWE for three years until the unfortunate retirement of his best friend placed him in a perfect position to capture the World Title.

Daniel Bryan, the best wrestler in the WWE, hasn’t been utilized properly since winning the SmackDown Money in the Bank ladder match a few months ago.  Instead of building towards his proposed cash in at WrestleMania 28, Bryan has been used for sporadic feuds and as a stepping stone to the Sin Cara vs. Sin Cara program.

This effectively brings me to my next point.

When I observe the current WWE roster, I realize that wrestlers like Natalya, Beth Phoenix, Christian, Daniel Bryan, CM Punk, and Christian are forced to play second fiddle to the John Cena’s, the Randy Orton’s, and the Kelly Kelly’s of the WWE.

These entertainers fit the WWE mold and therefore retain the protection of the higher ups. The wrestlers listed above are used as jokes or stooges in favor of the entertainers of the WWE.

If you disagree, I advise you to examine the booking of Beth Phoenix and Natalya Neidhart. The so called “Divas of Doom” were supposed to eliminate the models of the WWE Diva Division (ex. Kelly Kelly/Bella Twins).

Instead, they’ve suffered humiliating and distinctive defeat at the hands of Kelly and the infamous “models” they were referring to. As fans, for us to take Phoenix/Neidhart seriously, they have to win matches that involve Kelly Kelly.

Sure, they can squash AJ Lee and Kaitlyn at will while the finish to each matchup that involves them facing Kelly Kelly has become a paradigm?

This is just another distinct example of wrestlers being used to enhance the entertainers. The proverbial writing on the wall has been apparent for years but didn’t spark an Internet outrage until Christian lost the World Championship to Randy Orton two days after winning it.

Now, Christian is a cowardly heel who constantly begs for “one more match”. The fact that fans refuse to boo Christian despite his persona being devised for fans to hate him displays why McMahon’s opinion and choices aren’t always right.

Yes, wrestlers like CM Punk have broken through McMahon’s flawed opinion but things like this come a dime a dozen. Punk’s ascension to the top gives a small light of hope for wrestlers but their overall chance for success in the WWE is questionable.

Personally, I feel as if the traditional will always be held back in the WWE but there will always come those “once in a lifetime” wrestlers that overcome the McMahon stereotype/preference.

Finally, if you still find yourself questioning my opinion/logic on the validity of entertainment vs. legitimate wrestlers, I’d advise you to watch RAW or SmackDown and observe the two figures both shows revolve around.

Kindly observe the super-powered or magical beings springing to life after a consistent beating. While you’re doing so, observe the other set of WWE Superstars. These guys seemingly have all the talent in the world but fail to receive the equal opportunity the super beings are given.

If you realize and understand the recurring trend, you’ve been witness to the Vince McMahon Mandate.

Enjoy

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