WWE: Examining the Main Event Players of the Future

Hello Revolutionaries, I’m back with an interesting article I think every member of the IWC will appreciate. You see, we’ve been dissatisfied with WWE programming for awhile now. In spite of the WWE’s questionable booking and repetitive programming, I feel as if IWC’s main gripe with the WWE is its inability/unwillingness to push mid card talent to the main event.

Yes, the WWE has attempted to create new stars but have effectively dropped the ball on each prospect at some point. Some notable examples of this would be Dolph Ziggler, John Morrison, Wade Barrett, Kofi Kingston, Alex Riley, and Daniel Bryan.

And if this isn’t bad enough, the WWE consistently books the same guys in the main event.

Thing is, John Cena and Randy Orton won’t be around forever. The WWE needs to prepare these guys for the top level before they end up in a Brock Lesnar situation. If you don’t know what I’m referring to, from 2002 to early 2004, Brock Lesnar was the guy in the WWE.

At the height of his fame/career, he left the WWE. Being the top guy, Brock’s departure left a huge void in the WWE that would remain there until John Cena came into his own one year after Brock left.

To avoid such occurrences, I believe the WWE should have an abundance of top level talent.

Because of WWE’s ignorance of this and refusal to properly build mid carders over time, I’ve decided to examine a number of these talented individuals who could become big players in the WWE’s future. To assist readers in understanding where I’m getting at, I’m going to discuss the qualities that allowed me to accommodate them.

I’ll also discuss some things the WWE could orchestrate kayfabe wise and some aspects that each individual should alter about their character that’ll assist them in gaining a higher level of notoriety among the WWE Universe.

Dolph Ziggler: The HEEL has become arguably the most entertaining superstar on the RAW roster since the WWE obviously allowed him to write his own promos. Dolph is one of the best in ring workers in the WWE today and is overwhelmingly charismatic. Like him or not, Dolph stands out. With all of these attributes, Dolph still has one problem that can’t be overlooked. Vickie Guerrero is still his manager. I understand that Vickie Guerrero is probably the biggest heel in the WWE (shame) today. Thing is, the only reason she was paired with Ziggler was to help Mr. Perfection get over as a heel.

Dolph has improved to a point where they should drop Vickie as his manager. They teased it with this mini feud with Jack Swagger and a backstage segment with Steve Austin. At some point, Dolph is going to have to make it on his own and I believe he’s fully capable of doing so.

Storyline wise, the WWE should have Ziggler to drop the U.S. Title to Ryder or Morrison. This leaves the WWE with two options. One, have him face WWE Champion, CM Punk, at the Royal Rumble. Or two, have Ziggler win the Rumble if Jericho isn’t returning. This way, you have a guy that is ready to compete at the top level in the main event of WrestleMania 28 where he rightfully belongs.

Wade Barrett: The Bare Knuckle Brawler has had his ups and down in the WWE. From being the WWE’s biggest heel to barely appearing on WWE programming, Barrett is undoubtedly the most infamous case of the WWE dropping the ball on a young guy. Barrett has the mic skills and charisma to become a staple on the main event card but he seriously lacks inside the ring. I know most feel he’s a total package but flashes of a good match here and there aren’t displaying the consistent in ring storytelling.

If he corrects this, he’ll definitely be a total package. Storyline wise, I wouldn’t have Wade win the Rumble. I thrive on being realistic instead of optimistic and having Barrett win the Rumble after spending most of this year as Big Show/Ezekiel Jackson’s whipping boy isn’t realistic. I would gradually build him up but I would plan a big payoff at WrestleMania 28.

As I contemplate Barrett’s match at WM 28, I don’t think it would be irrational for him to face the man he was supposed to face at WrestleMania 27.

The Undertaker

Sure, Barrett isn’t a huge name but Undertaker has beaten everyone there is to beat except Cena. He’s busy with Rock so why not have Undertaker give Barrett the rub at Mania. Obviously, he wouldn’t win but a match with the Deadman at Mania is beneficial even if it results in a loss.

And let’s be honest, Undertaker’s last match should be against a rising star instead of a guy that is already established.

What good would it do either?

Cody Rhodes: The Undashing One is a complete package. Rhodes possesses every tool to make him a main event star but I don’t feel he’s there yet. Unlike Dolph, Cody hasn’t had that long run in the mid card with a credible championship reign. The WWE is doing their best to pass Cody off as the savior of the Intercontinental Championship. However, Cody rarely defends the title. Besides a win over Morrison, Cody hasn’t defended the IC Strap since reintroducing the classic design of it.

This is definitely a problem.

To be honest, the WWE should’ve kept Dibiase and Rhodes together until Mania. Rhodes should’ve continued to verbally abuse Ted until Dibiase stands up to Cody shortly after the Elimination Chamber pay per view. Since they apparently took another route, Rhodes should continue his title reign but place him in a number of meaningful feuds along the way.

I’ll spark a feud with a mid carder from RAW but you’ll just have to continue reading to see who I’m referring to.

Kofi Kingston: In my humble opinion, Kofi Kingston is also a superstar that possesses the tools to become a top dog in the years to come. Kingston has proven if given an opportunity, he can excel. His 2008 feud with Randy Orton is a kind notion to my claim. Currently, Kofi is apparently going to be punished for the sins of Evan Bourne. Kofi marks see this as unfair or irrational and while I agree to some extent, I also feel it’s an opportunity to turn this real life misfortune into something to elevate Kofi. From the looks of things, the WWE will effectively ignore Bourne’s suspension and allow the thirty days to pass. Over the course of those thirty days, the WWE should continue to bury Kingston in any match he partakes in.

Have Bourne return to a seemingly ecstatic Kofi and book them for the first title defense. Towards the end of the matchup, have Kofi abandon Bourne as he reaches for a tag. This should ultimately lead to Air Boom losing the tag team titles.

Kofi would attack Bourne (Ziggler or Orton style) after the match, effectively turning him heel. The obvious motivation for this would be Kofi struggles in Bourne’s absence and the fact that Bourne let him down because of his wellness violation.

This would more of an opportunity the WWE shouldn’t pass up. A Kofi heel turn to split this team up was inevitable but now he has substantial reason to do so.

John Morrison: The Shaman of Sexy was on a three month losing streak while becoming the most discussed superstar on the Internet through rumors of an impending departure. Morrison’s booking since his return suggested he was leaving but Morrison turned things around with a win over the U.S. Champion Monday. Morrison is very charismatic, a great worker, and apparently took classes to improve his promos.

I won’t give JoMo a pass or criticism because he hasn’t been given an opportunity to display any possible improvement.

Anyway, the WWE has to alter this guy’s character in some way shape or form. For one, the parkour stuff isn’t a gimmick and it makes him come off as a spot monkey when he doesn’t have to. I think Morrison should either be a heel or become an edgier face. He needs to display some arrogance or attitude because they fit this Jim Morrison rock star persona.

I’ve seen a little of it through a WWE.com interview where Morrison discussed his first win in three months while proclaiming that he is “the best guy in the WWE right now”.

Maybe an opportunity at a heel turn will arise during that Ryder vs. Ziggler vs. Morrison match we know is going to happen at Survivor Series. Remember, Ryder is a New York native and I’m pretty sure he’ll win the U.S. Championship. The WWE could really start a Morrison heel turn off on a high note with him attacking Ryder and getting that heel heat from Ryder’s home state audience.

However, JoMo could win the U.S. Title with a cheap tactic and build towards a heel turn and subsequent feud with Ryder.

The Shortlist

Drew McIntyre: McIntyre should turn face. I’ve always been one of those guys that never saw anything in McIntyre besides the fact that he’s an okay worker. Basically, he’s Randy Orton Jr. without the selfishness and backstage pull. Anyway, if the WWE does decide to resurrect Drew, they should gradually build towards or a face turn. Have McIntyre win a few matches here and there and put him in an IC Title feud with Rhodes for WrestleMania. On the other hand, the WWE could bring him up as a part of Vickie’s clientele and pursue the tag team championships with Swagger

Alex Riley: Before the WWE does anything with Riley, the guy seriously has to work on his wrestling. He has screwed up too much for the WWE to ignore. Other than that, I feel Riley has the “it” factor to become a top level competitor. Just like McIntyre, the WWE should slowly rebuild him with a number of wins. I would place him in the U.S. Title picture for WrestleMania.

Jack Swagger: I’ve spent days’ trying to figure out what to do with Swagger but something isn’t clicking. His in ring work ethic has undoubtedly deteriorated since his ECW days. He doesn’t stand out too much on the mic and I blame the WWE for completely ignoring the feud he had going with Ziggler before placing the two together. Like I stated above, I believe him and McIntyre could be a formidable team with a slow build. As far as top level goes, Swagger will need a drastic gimmick change because the ripped off Kurt Angle gimmick isn’t working.

Justin Gabriel: Gabriel is a great in ring worker but he needs a gimmick. He needs a character for me to take him seriously.

Brodus Clay: I’ve watched a number of Brodus matches on superstars but he doesn’t appeal to me. I personally think he’s Big Daddy V 2.0 but the IWC generally likes him. I can’t take their opinion as my own as some guys overhype or exaggerate when it comes to new talent.

Evan Bourne: I don’t know if Bourne will ever reach the top level. It would surprise me.

Mason Ryan: The only appealing aspect Mason possesses is his build. He has the bodybuilder like physique Vince McMahon admires so much. Besides that, there’s nothing too special about him. However, he will become a major player simply because Vince obviously loves him.

Ted Dibiase: Great in ring worker but he needs a character.

Daniel Bryan: The best in ring worker in the WWE today is carrying the MITB briefcase. It seems as if the WWE is trying to get the wheels rolling on his WrestleMania push but they booked him poorly for some time now. I do think he will become World Champion at WrestleMania but he should definitely be considered for a character alteration or heel turn in the future.

Zack Ryder: Long Island Iced Z is perfectly fine and I expect big things for him in the future. However, he needs a solid mid card feud. Like I stated above, he could work a program with a heel Morrison and develop a serious aspect of his character we have yet to see. That or he’ll become the next Santino.

Don’t get me wrong, there are others that can climb the WWE ladder but some have yet to debut with the WWE and others haven’t/won’t been given any opportunity to excel. For now, I’ve discussed the guys I think can/will take that next step but it’s up to the WWE at this point.

Hope you enjoyed it.

WWE Vengeance 2011 Review

Hello Revolutionaries, I am very enthusiastic right now as I actually enjoyed the WWE Vengeance pay per view. Yes, I enjoyed it but it doesn’t mean the pay per view didn’t have it flaws. Anyway, I felt as if I should give you a realistic point of view. Trust me, you’re going to read positive receives as this pay per view was generally received but the problems shouldn’t be ignored. The biggest problem was the lack of build going into the show. It was a solid pay per view but that build is crucial considering it determines if fans will buy your pay per view’s or not.

Anyway, here it is.

Unsurprisingly, the pay per view opens up with Air Boom vs. Dolph Ziggler and Jack Swagger. I figured the WWE wanted to have Ziggler come off as wrestling early in the show so he’ll be relaxed whenever his match with Ryder came later in the night. When Cole stated Ziggler’s match with Zack was immediately after this one, I figured Swagger would work the majority of this match.

This match was a great opener with both teams working exceptionally well with each other. It’s amazing that high flyer’s like Air Boom can sync well with collegiate wrestlers like ZigSwag. I wasn’t surprised when Air Boom got the win as it would be foolish to have Ziggler hold two titles let alone drop down to the tag team division.

AB wins with the TIP/STP combination while Ryder comes out for his U.S. Title match.

This was also a great match and it really displayed the fact that Dolph is a workhouse capable of putting on two great matches back to back. Ryder was also very impressive here and there were some moments where I thought Ryder would pull it off, rendering my prediction inaccurate. I don’t understand why Swagger and Vickie were allowed to stay at ringside because it gave away the finish to be honest.

I must say, Ziggler’s super kick was amazing and it looked as if he legitimately knocked Ryder out with it.

I can’t help but think that it made Ryder look kind of week considering Dolph had already wrestled a match.

Anyway, going into this pay per view, I knew Ryder wouldn’t win because Vinnie Mac’s bodybuilder fetish wouldn’t allow it. If anything, Mason Ryan is going to be the guy to take that U.S. Title off of Ziggler. Let’s not forget that Ryder is racking in loads of money through merchandise sales but apparently, Vince doesn’t think he’s good enough to win the U.S. Championship.

Vince would respond but he’s probably too busy being fondled by Mason.

A random segment featuring Triple H, CM Punk, and Ted Dibiase (briefly) hinted towards a turn by one of the two combatants. To be honest, it almost made me think Triple H was turning heel but it would have made the walkout angle completely irrelevant. Yeah, in case you didn’t notice, the point of it was to get Triple H over as a face and force fans to feel sorry for him.

Yep, it’s all about the Game (literally).

The matchup for the Divas Championship is undoubtedly the Divas match of the year. Eve went out and proved that she was better than Kelly Kelly. In my opinion, she always has been. Even though she lost, Eve looked great in defeat while making Beth look stronger as a Champion.

Next up, we have the Great White vs. Captain Charisma. This was a solid match but nothing stood out here as I was already anticipating the other matches five minutes into it. The WWE could’ve made this a gimmick match because the crowd wasn’t into it at all. Unsurprisingly, Sheamus goes over while Christian takes the pin in another uneventful feud. I felt as if Christian should’ve won this match if they planned on continuing this feud but Vince McMahon’s indifference towards Christian continues.

It’s sickening to watch Christian lose countless matches while portraying this CLB gimmick I’ve always hated.

It sucks.

Miz and R-Truth vs. Triple H and CM Punk was a pretty decent matchup with Awesome Truth picking up the win. I had Trips/Punk winning this but didn’t rule out a Kevin Nash sighting here and that’s exactly what happened. Why is this piece of crap still on my television screen? Modern fans don’t know who the hell he is and apparently those watching at home don’t either. Somehow, he always ends up somewhere I don’t want him and is apparently going to be on the opposite team vs. Rock/Cena at Survivor Series.

Anyone else notice that Nash botched his jackknife powerbomb?

Yeah, I’m sooooo excited for that matchup….

Cody Rhodes and Randy Orton put on a decent pay per view match that didn’t live up to the expectations I had for it. It seemed like any other match the two have had to be honest. Randy Orton isn’t losing three straight pay per views so I wasn’t surprised when he got the win after an RKO.

Whatever

Big Show vs. Mark Henry was really an eye opener as most fans predicted it to be a slow and uneventful match considering the size of the competitors. However, these two put on a pretty good big man matchup that ended with both retaining some momentum. To be honest, I saw the suplex spot coming a mile away. When Henry climbed the ropes I considered it already set and stone even though he got choke slammed. I wonder what Brock Lesnar has to say about this.

His peanut size brain wouldn’t allow anything over a kindergartener’s comprehension.

It was a great way to sell the impact of the suplex by introducing hospital personnel and the General Managers. Laurinaitis wasn’t exactly needed as we knew the WWE Title match would still take place.

Oh and he still absolutely, positively, undoubtedly, unquestionably, completely suck.

The WWE Champion comes out first to no reaction (as usual). Cena comes out to one of the biggest pops of the night while I question why the WWE Champion came out first. Anyway, Cena has some new attire that is undoubtedly better than that red crap he had been wearing. The rise above hate moniker is fitting as a guy had a “We Hate Cena” shirt on a Cena noticed.

Anyway, the match was pretty good with Del Rio being assisted by Awesome Truth and the WWE Championship. Fortunately, John Cena is apparently out of the WWE Title picture while unfortunately, Alberto Del Rio is still the WWE Champion.

Awesome Truth apparently created a reason for Cena to team with Rock at Survivor Series and basically confirmed the fact that we’re going to need a bulldozer to unbury them after facing Trips/Rock/Cena next month.

On the other hand, WWE is probably going to push a feud between Punk and Del Rio, The thing is, how long have these guys been in the WWE title picture? How many times have the faced off on free TV this year? Why would anyone want to purchase a pay per view that these two are headlining?

Exactly

Can we get some fresh talent in the title picture please? There’s a guy named Dolph Ziggler that wouldn’t do too bad if given an opportunity.

Overall thoughts:

Why is CM Punk still losing pay per view matches? Why is Ziggler going to drop the U.S. Championship to Mason Ryan instead of Zack Ryder? Why is Alberto Del Rio WWE Champion? Why would anyone be interested in Punk facing Del Rio? Did Orton have to win tonight? Did Sheamus have to win tonight?

Where was John Morrison for God sakes?

Solid pay per view like I stated above but the build could’ve been better.

WWE: The REAL Reason Why John Morrison and Drew McIntyre are Jobbers?

Hello Revolutionaries, RiZE here with an interesting set of news. It’s no secret that I am the biggest John Morrison mark on this planet. As of late, the frequency of stories revolving around Morrison’s impending WWE departure have gotten to a point where I don’t blame Morrison for exiting the WWE. Since his return, Morrison has become the WWE’s most noteworthy jobber, losing squash matches to the likes of Alberto Del Rio, Mark Henry, and Christian in less than five minutes.

The reason for Morrison’s relentless burial is reportedly his relationship with former WWE Diva, Melina.

For some time now, rumors of Melina’s infidelity and promiscuous behavior have caused fans and Vince McMahon to view Morrison in a negative live. Morrison refused to confront Dave Batista after he had a sexual relationship with Melina and this caused McMahon to lose respect for Morrison as a man. Yeah, the infamous Vince McMahon mentality strikes again.

The WrestleMania 27 fiasco with Melina/Trish Stratus followed by Melina attending a RAW episode a few days after her release from the company reportedly put backstage heat on JoMo. Morrison, who had just returned from a neck injury, was subject to a loss in every match he competed in.

With the exception of three matches, John Morrison has lost every single match he has partaken in since his return. This isn’t just live television, this is house shows included.

While most tend to blame WM 27 and Morrison’s “attitude”, a report published by F4WOnline.com, states “It’s believed that John Morrison will be leaving WWE soon. It’s said that he has done nothing wrong or caused trouble for officials but there’s speculation that like Drew McIntyre, Morrison is paying the price for who he was dating – former WWE Diva Melina”

On AfterBuzz, Maria Kanellis and Lilian Garcia spoke highly of Drew McIntyre and John Morrison before questioning why both aren’t getting pushed.

Here’s what Maria had to say about McIntyre:

I have a feeling he’s paid for someone else’s sins, problems, because Drew’s really good. I’d love to see him do more stuff, but it’s unfortunate that that happens.”

In case you’re unaware of what Maria’s referring to, McIntyre and his then wife, Taryn “Tiffany” Terell, got into a confrontation in Los Angeles last year shortly before Summerslam. It was reported that Terell was physical with McIntyre and was arrested for domestic violence. Tiffany was released by the WWE a few weeks later while McIntyre has been reduced to jobbing since the WWE Draft.

A few moments later, Maria said this about Morrison:

“I think it’s a lot of complications of outside stuff. I think that a lot of times they go with who’s going to be there, who’s always going to be there, who’s going to be the easiest. He’s very easy and I love him to pieces, but I think its outside complications. I think that’s why.”

Before I could hand out my “I told you so” to those who’ve defended Melina, another report was published by WrestleNewz.com.

This time, it was Melina responding to a comment made by some guy on twitter. The individual said “Will you stand trial for killing your bf’s career” #PrayForJoMo.”

The individual sent this to Melina after Morrison was buried by Christian in a short match and was subsequently attacked by Cody Rhodes, Jack Swagger, and Dolph Ziggler.

Melina responded via direct message and had this to say:

“The WWE did it. I never did anything but stand by him through thick and thin. We should all be so lucky as to have someone like that in our lives.”

“John worked his ass off and did EVERYTHING he was told. The blame shouldn’t be put on me. Blame the WWE”

I’m a little half and half on this situation. For one, I don’t think talented superstars like McIntyre and Morrison should be blamed for the actions of their significant other. Simply put, we can blame the WWE for this as they’re the ones administering the burials.  On the other hand, I do feel as if Melina has contributed greatly to the downfall of Morrison and the backstage opinion of him.

In the end, it’s sad that these guys are in their position they’re in because of this.

I stand behind Morrison’s decision to leave and McIntyre should consider doing so too as he hasn’t won a match in ages.

I wonder if McMahon would forgive them if they were bodybuilder like and equipped with an unlimited supply of baby oil.

Come on, you know it’s true.

#HEEL

WWE: Dolph Ziggler and Zack Ryder the latest victims of Vince McMahon’s Bodybuilder Fetish?

Hello Revolutionaries, RiZE here with some late night blogging because I feel as if there’s a few things I need to get off my chest. As you know, I’ve been watching the WWE since WrestleMania 17 and I’m not afraid to admit that last night’s RAW is probably the worst episode I’ve ever watched. The fact that almost a million viewers seem to agree with me since they changed their channels after the first hour is a noteworthy notion to my claim.

Despite this, I always find salvation in watching John Morrison and Dolph Ziggler perform. I don’t think I need to discuss Morrison’s current situation as most of the dirt sheets (and the IWC for that matter) have misinterpreted news of Morrison’s impending departure a dozen times already.

On the other hand, Dolph Ziggler has drawn his fair share of attention as of late. A number of WWE fans feel as if Ziggler in the next big thing and will be defeating the likes of Randy Orton and John Cena in no time. Honestly, I’ve never been a huge fan of Ziggler as I always felt he sounded forced on the mic and needed Vickie’s heat for fans to care for him.

However, I’ve seen the light as Dolph has displayed a different side of himself as of late and I’d be a liar if I said I don’t enjoy his promos and hash tag heel segments on Z True Long Island Story.

Thing is, it seems as if fans overlook the fact that Ziggler has been losing a number of television matches as of late. Besides his win at NOC and title defense against Zack Ryder, Dolph has been on a losing streak. The WWE’s version of Archer has fallen to the likes of Air Boom, Zack Ryder, and Mason Ryan for some time now.

Thing is, Mason Ryan is undoubtedly Ziggler’s biggest foe at this moment.

I have a problem with this.

Instead of having Ziggler drop the title to a charismatic and passable worker in Zack Ryder, it seems as if Mason Ryan is the next U.S. Champion.  After Ryan pinned Ziggler again Monday, I asked myself “Why in the blue hell is Batista 2.0 pinning Dolph Ziggler?”

Imagine my reaction when I realized I had answered my own question.

Yes, Vince McMahon’s bodybuilder fetish strikes again as Ryan, a wrestler with practically no redeeming qualities except his resemblance of Dave Batista, is going to take the mid card title off of Ziggler on the way to the main event card.

I don’t understand why Vince McMahon feels the need to have his real superstars aid the guys who can’t wrestle their way out of a paper bag (no offense Randy) look better in the eyes of the WWE Universe.  This not only affects Ziggler but it strips an opportunity away from a deserving superstar in Zack Ryder.

In case you missed it, Ryder recently cracked the top 10 in merchandise sales for WWEShop.com.

I figured the Creative team would emphasize Ryder slightly more than they currently do but I forgot that this is the WWE it’s rare for them to produce compelling, logical, and entertaining programming in this day and age (no offense Triple H).

I don’t know where they’re going with this Ryder/Ryan/Dolph fiasco but don’t surprised if Mason Ryan is your U.S. Champion after Vengeance.

Final Thoughts:

Hey Mason, Skip called, he wants his push back. Vince, Ryan called, he wants his underwear and baby oil back. Swagger, Kurt called; he wants his gimmick/finisher back. Hunter, the RAW roster called, they want their spots back.

#HEEL

WWE: Why is Seth Rollins still in FCW?

What’s wrong with the WWE?

I found myself asking this question at the conclusion of each episode of WWE programming that preceded CM Punk’s infamous shoot on the July 27th edition of Monday Night RAW. While I’ll admit that the WWE did provide fresh, compelling, and extraordinary programming in the weeks that followed, I once again find myself asking “What’s wrong with the WWE?”

Thing is, I’m not referring to current WWE programming as a whole but it’s more of who they decide to bring out of their developmental territory, Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW). For example, FCW “alumni” Mason Ryan, David Otunga, and Jinder Mahal exemplify the phrase, GREEN, when it comes to professional wrestling.

Despite my personal objections, each has retained a position on the WWE’s main roster. For me, this displayed FCW in a negative light as I refused to watch their matches considering the level of mediocrity brought to the main roster by World Wrestling Entertainment. That is, until I watched my first Ring of Honor pay per view, Glory by Honor IX.

For the first time in months, pro wrestling sent me into a short period of introspection. Instead of proclaiming wrestling as boring, predictable, and political, I felt as if pro wrestling was an art. Instead of the entertainment and pro wrestling conglomerate known as the WWE, I was star struck by the silent enigma known as Ring of Honor.

Besides the familiar faces of Shelton Benjamin, Charlie Hauss, Balls Mahoney, and Daivari, I was particularly impressed by Tyler Black.  When I joined the B/R, one of the first articles I read pertained to him inking a developmental deal with the WWE. Most of the writers spoke highly of Black, proclaiming him to be a main event talent before his debut. As a fan that’d rather be in awe of flash and the high flying genre, you can imagine my reaction to Black and his exquisite wrestling style.

From my point of view, I was the connoisseur while Black was the proverbial artiste.

Initially, I felt an undying feeling of regret for brushing Ring of Honor off as I would calmly use the “I’ll watch it another time” whenever someone recommended the relatively unknown wrestling company (casual fans). If it had not have been for an article by a friend, it’s likely that I would’ve never watched Glory by Honor that night.

Nonetheless, the sensational feeling of nostalgia brought me to an FCW match featuring Seth “Tyler Black” Rollins and Dean “Jon Moxley” Ambrose. In 15 minutes (twice the amount of a typical WWE match), Rollins and Ambrose impressed me more than anything the WWE has produced in some time.

As spectacular as the first match was, the second 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.

When the final match in the Ambrose/Rollins trilogy debuted on YouTube Monday afternoon, I felt inclined to reiterate my earlier claim and questioned why Rollins (and Ambrose for that matter) are still in FCW. Despite the answer being in my face, I ignored the proverbial writing on the wall.

Simply put, the same thing that plagues 90% of the current WWE roster plagues extremely talented guys like Seth Rollins down in FCW. WWE Creative doesn’t have storyline direction for any of them. It’s either this or Vincent Kennedy McMahon’s bodybuilder fetish making its presence felt once again.

Disagree? Ask Dolph Ziggler, Mason Ryan, and Zack Ryder.

It’s sad that I could create a role for Rollins over the space of fifteen minutes after a quick observation of WWE Programming and what the company is in need of.

On a somber note, Seth Rollins could find himself in John Morrison’s spot if the Prince of Parkour leaves the WWE when his contract is up.

Whenever Rollins finally pops up on my television screen, I’ll rejoice at the thought of this guy with unlimited potential leaving his mark on the WWE and its disputed fan base.

WWE RAW Review/Rant: Worst Show Ever? 10/10/11

This isn’t just a RAW review. This is also a RAW rant because of the poor quality of last night’s show. To be honest, I’ve been watching World Wrestling Entertainment since 2001 and I must say, this is the worst RAW I’ve ever watched. Sure, I may be coming off as irrational here but there’s no denying that this RAW absolutely, positively, undoubtedly, unquestionably, SUCKED.

The show unsurprisingly kicked off with a Triple H promo. I have no complaints here as Triple H had to address the live audience and the protest. It wasn’t surprising to see Triple H sticking to his guns and refusing to quite as John Cena sticking with the boss. Sheamus and CM Punk pledged their allegiance to Triple H while the COO got the program rolling with Cena vs. Sheamus with himself acting as the referee.

The most positive thing to come out of this was CM Punk’s commentary.

Before I could enjoy RAW, Mr. McMahon made his return and relieved Triple H of his duties. Yes, Triple H is still the COO but no longer controls RAW. Vince announced that Johnny Ace is the interim General Manager until they could find someone to fit the role.

When McMahon announced that Laurinaitis was the GM, I knew the program and overall quality of RAW was going to rapidly deteriorate.

Johnny Ace is the worst character ever. He is an absolute snore and causes spontaneous nausea whenever he’s on my television. Sure, he can randomly show up and make matches but so can Teddy Long who has a passion for this business and is actually entertaining.

Backstage, Johnny Ace is greeting talent backstage when John Morrison voices his disapproval of Funkman’s promotion to General Manager. JoMo tells Laurinaitis he sucks with Funkman informing Morrison that he has a match. After Morrison leaves, Christian begins kissing Ace’s ass by telling him he should be the permanent GM instead of interim.

Laurinaitis approves of Christian’s comments and informs him that he has a match with John Morrison.

The Christian/JoMo match lasted three minutes and it absolutely sucked. Considering the fact that JoMo and Christian are great workers, this match should’ve been given more time. It sickens me to see what they’ve done with Christian.

Remember when all of those retired WWE Superstars said Christian losing the title in two days was a part of a bigger storyline?

Yes, it was the storyline that saw Christian get buried by Randy Orton in every encounter.

Anyway, Morrison loses the match after Christian’s coalition distracts him long enough for Christian to spear Morrison.  Morrison loses again, assuring every JoMoSapien out there that Morrison is leaving the WWE soon.

The Christian Coalition destroys Morrison, with each utilizing their finisher on the Prince of Parkour.

I’ve said it before, if you’re going to do to this guy, you might as well release him.

He’s just too talented for this crap.

Ace announces Henry vs. Orton when Triple H enters. A short segment with Triple H asking Ace is he ever picked up his teeth with broken fingers.

Mark Henry cuts the same promo he has since winning the championship. A prerecorded message from Orton plays claiming he will have vengeance against Henry.

Next up, we get Randy Orton vs. Mark Henry again. It was a solid match with Orton winning by disqualification after Cody Rhodes attacks him. Henry and Rhodes decimate Orton after the match with Cody bagging Orton at the conclusion. Rhodes vs. Orton would be a great feud if Orton is willing to put Rhodes over.

My problem is, why did Cody attempt the maniacal laugh?

It failed horribly.

Kelly Kelly and Eve beat Tamina and Rosa Mendes in a tag team matchup that Kelly spent the majority of screaming.

Laurinaitis announces John Cena vs. Alberto Del Rio at Vengeance for the WWE Championship. I must say, why won’t the WWE take John Cena out of the WWE Title picture? Everything he has done from the moment they announced Cena/Rock to now has been filler and will continue to be until WrestleMania 28.

We just had this match at Night of Champions with Cena easily defeating Del Rio and stripping him of the little relevance he had.

If this wasn’t bad enough, Laurinaitis embarrasses Jim Ross by firing him in his hometown. I find this absolutely ridiculous but not surprising seeing as how the WWE loves to crap on their employees in front of their hometowns.

To be honest, I’d rather listen to a taped recording of Jim Ross than any of those guys on commentary.

RAW suddenly becomes green with Air Boom and Mason Ryan vs. Swiggler and David Otunga. To quote the internet champion, “are you serious bro?”

Mason Ryan pins Dolph Ziggler and is apparently taking the U.S. Title push most IWC members thought belonged to Ryder. The match itself was decent but the most noteworthy portion of it was Evan Bourne seemingly suffering an injury after Jack Swagger botched a power bomb.

There goes two pushes if Bourne suffered a significant injury here.

The WWE network and John Cena’s new movie is plugged.

To be honest, Cena’s movie is actually interesting.

Anyway, we get CM Punk vs. Alberto Del Rio for the third time on RAW. Typical Punk/Rio matchup Ace interrupting it and announcing the two would face the Awesome Truth.

Yeah, that’s surprising.

It was some decent back and forth actions with Del Rio unsurprisingly abandoning Punk.

Punk’s on the verge of victory until Awesome Truth get themselves disqualified and continue the attack on Punk after the match is over.

Before the duo could cause any significant damage, Triple H runs in and destroys Miz while Punk works over Truth. The two shake hands at the conclusion of RAW with Johnny Ace discussing Triple H and CM Punk vs. Awesome Truth with David Otunga.

Rant

I have never watched a RAW episode as horrible as the one that aired last night. I don’t understand why the WWE sees fit to ruin every interesting storyline they produce. They should’ve continued this “walkout” angle to Survivor Series at the very least. Aside from the first 25 minutes, everything was predictable and quite frankly, boring.

John Laurinaitis assuming the role as Interim GM is absolutely ridiculous. This guy is the worst mic worker I’ve ever watched in my entire life and has no personality whatsoever. He’s the most boring piece of crap to ever bless my television screen since Alberto Del Rio.

I find salvation in the fact that Ace is the interim General Manager and could very well lose the role in no time.

On the other hand, you have a plethora of main event worthy talent complaining about things they partake in on a weekly basis. Didn’t Christian’s coalition walkout because they felt unsafe? They felt that Awesome Truth was capable of attacking them at will.

Thing is, it makes WWE Creative look like morons and the superstars look like hypocrites.

I find it strange that a ton of SmackDown guys were complaining about their treatment on RAW.

Why is John Cena in another title match?

Why are CM Punk and Triple H teaming at Vengeance when they were at teach others throats a few weeks ago?

What happened to the anonymous RAW GM?

Why in the blue hell is Mason Ryan getting a U.S. Title shot instead of Zack Ryder? Obviously, its Vinnie Mac’s bodybuilder fetish making its presence felt again.

In the end, this RAW was bad. It was atrocious and I have a few final thoughts.

For one, I think Laurinaitis is the best thing to happen to RAW; Alberto Del Rio is the most charismatic WWE Champion of all time, I don’t think Vince McMahon has lost his mind, I totally see the appeal of Brodus Clay, Kelly Kelly and the Bella’s really are the best WWE Divas of all time, I think Justin Watry is the best writer on Bleacher Report, and I don’t think I’m the most realistic thing that has ever happened to Twitter, the YWC, the IWC, and especially the Bleacher Report Professional Wrestling Community.

#HEEL

WWE: Should They Allow the Superstars to Have More Creative Input?

NO CONFIDENCE

As every single WWE Superstar (excluding the Fantastic Four and K2) walked out on WWE COO, Triple H, I realized that despite the events that just transpired, it was still all about Triple H. Unless you’re a casual fan, you realized that the angle was set up for us to feel sorry for Triple H and to get him over as a babyface.

Yes, the plan worked as fans in attendance stood up and applauded Triple H even after the show had gone off the air.

Being the realistic fan that I am, I decided not to get too excited about the angle considering the WWE’s tendency to screw it up and leave fans disappointed.  I’ll admit that I was one of the fans who felt the WWE was going through a drastic change when they allowed Punk to shoot on the company.

However, when did the WWE decided to insert Kevin Nash into WWE programming and take the WWE title off of Punk, I knew things would revert back to normal and revolve around Hunter Hearst Helmsley.  After a plethora of 15 minute Triple H promos, I feel justified and obligated to say I told you so.

With that being said, I was surprised when I woke up the next morning and realized the “uproar” started by a number of WWE Superstars on the social network, Twitter. From Zack Ryder to John Morrison, it seems as if the WWE allowed their talent to sell the angle to internet fans by posting derogatory comments about Triple H.

Morrison referred to Hunter as a narcissist while he continued to bash Triple H with a number of ambiguous comments before pointing out what we’ve known all alone. Triple H is a egomaniac who loves being the center of attention.

Despite my initial distaste for the angle, who doesn’t admire realism when it comes professional wrestling?

I am inclined to say that I’ve witnessed more personality from the likes of John Morrison and Dolph Ziggler (besides the hash tag heel segments) in years. You know why? For the first time in years, the WWE is allowing them creative control over what they say.

A few months ago, Dolph Ziggler was ranked as one of the best wrestlers in the WWE but many felt he was seriously lacking on the microphone. Ziggler changed my opinion of him a few weeks ago during one of his “Ask the Heel” segments on Z True Long Island Story. Ziggler sounded like a natural and I questioned why he didn’t do the same on WWE programming.

The proverbial writing on the wall was that Ziggler was one of those superstars that wasn’t allowed create with his owns promos but was basically reading off a script given to him by WWE Creative.

Before I could criticize WWE for handling Ziggler’s character in such manner, he was involved in a verbal confrontation with Hugh Jackman. This was the Dolph Ziggler I’ve wanted to see for some time and it was obvious that Ziggler had input over what he was saying.

Ziggler’s arch rival, John Morrison, has also been a victim of WWE scripts and has discussed it on a number of occasions. Initially, Morrison was given creative control of his character and created all of those promos/segments he partook in during his tenure on ECW and with The Miz.

Ever since his move to SmackDown and face turn, Morrison has been widely panned for his subpar promo ability. Thing is, numerous reports stated that the WWE gave Morrison scripts and were pleased with his performance when cutting them.

At this point, I’m questioning why the WWE is insisting on handing out scripts. Allow those wrestlers to create their own promos and give them opportunities at live shows to cut them. It’s also about the efficiency and house shows are meant to improve upon things that will be shown on televised programming.

LET THEM OFF THE LEASH!!!

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