Today is going to be a good one, I call feel it. Here we go
Monday Night Raw Success – Wrestlezone
Lets start here on a good note. This past week, with The Rock as WWE champ, WWE saw its best numbers since its 1000th mega show back in July of 2012. The WWE did better at all time slots and with all key demographics, a major win for the company. The show saw the likes of CM Punk, The Rock, Brock Lesnar, and John Cena all featured in one aspect or another. With the Road to Wrestlemania under way, this is a great sign for the WWE as they build towards the grand daddy of them all, Wrestlemania! All great news right? The company is saved with Rock, right? Wrong. Why? Come with me.
McMahon Breaks Pelvis – WWE.com
The Genetic JackHammer is broken. He has suffered a broken pelvis after recieving an F-5 from Brock Lesnar on Raw. Lesnar is no stranger to brutality as he broke Triple H’s arm last year and messed up HBK’s arm pretty badly as well. This opens a lot of questions such as where do Vince, Paul, and Brock go from here? You can’t just destroy the boss and get away with it, or can you? By the way, yes that is a picture of Stephanie, yay!
Colt talks Hornswoggle – WeLoveColt.com
You didn’t think I forgot about my buddy Colt did you? For those ill-informed Colt Cabana is an Indie wrestler who releases the “Art of Wrestling” podcast once a week where he sits down with wrestlers across the spectrum and just talks. Whether it be life or wrestling, its a very laid back conversation and they talk about everything in between. This week Colt talks with WWE’s Hornswoggle, most noted as being the right hand man of the Great Khali right now. Support Indy wrestling, check it out.
While you are here, I need to get something of my chest.
In my opinion, the majority of Monday nights show was trash. Yes, it hit high on the ratings, but the product suffered. We watched Cena demolish Cody in 2 minutes, Tensai (a monster) dance in lingerie, Wade Barrett lose clean to a NXT rookie, Randy Orton pin the US Champ clean, and a karaoke competition between two wrestlers who are suppose to be a man’s man. I understand its the night after Royal Rumble and everyone is tired, but that was just a poor show from top to bottom and seemed phoned in. Did I mention that John Cena ruined the big plot twist of the 9:00 hour (Rock v Punk II) in the 8:00 hour? Oh and Tensai danced in lingerie, I know I already said that, but as a big fan of Tensai (the last one other than Chad) even I changed the channel. The product being lack luster will be overshadowed by the greats in the ratings but will plummet within 2 weeks after ‘Mania.
Why can all this happen? People tuned in for the Rock as champion and nostalgia about guys like Chris Jericho being back. A co-worker told me yesterday, “Heard Rock won the title, time to start watching wrestling again.” As a wrestling fan, that is awesome to hear because it means the WWE’s plan is working. However, they are getting people in the door and then showing them why they left in the first place. When the Rock, Brock, Undertaker, and Jericho leave after Wrestlemania, where will the WWE be? If they spend the next 67 days burying the rest of the talent because they are paying five or six guys millions, post Wrestlemania will be a disaster. I promise you.
I love having the old guys back, do not get me wrong, but they need to serve a purpose. Jericho is clearly going to help push Ziggler towards the spotlight before Elimination Chamber and then likely a mid-level name at Wrestlemania. Take a quick second and think about that though, Jericho did this last year. He pushed Ziggler at Summerslam and what happened after that? Nothing. Ziggler still has MITB contract and is now saddled with Big E and AJ. Jericho left, they stalled his push, he went no where. The Rock should be used to push CM Punk into the talk of all-time greats, not reiterate the fact that John Cena can beat anyone, anywhere, anytime, from any decade, in any city, with any stipulation, and any number of finishers. Do we need proof Cena can make it on the big stage? Nope. What about Brock? It is clear with his attack on Vince that he is going to come under fire from Triple H. Really? Triple H needs another Wrestlemania moment? I guess Ryback, Daniel Bryan, Sheamus, and Wade Barrett can wait till next year. Remember when Mick Foley came back to feud with Edge? He brought back the Attitude fans and then showed us that Edge could be our guy going forward. How’d that work out? Edge ended up having multiple long title reigns and was put in the Hall of Fame the year after he retired. The only guy exempt from my anger is Undertaker because he has openly tried in the past to end his streak at ‘Mania to push a big talent, but they have always booked him to win. Now, with the streak so legendary, its scary to think anyone in the business could be given that responsibility.
Did I rant? Yes. Why? Because I’m a guy who likes wrestling and worried that they are turning the product in to something that I do not if I can love and be passionate about. I am more than willing to spend the next 10 years cheering for guys like Bryan, Del Rio, Rhodes, and the Shield, but I need the WWE to put faith in them as well. If you continue to wrap a shit covered show in an Attiude Era, myself, and a lot of similar fans by age will walk away and not come back. One day, the Attitude Era guys will be too old to compete, what then? You need a future WWE, the past only lasts so long.