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Today I am going to sneak in the ring and throw one hell of a cheap shot. Will my opinion generate some heat onto myself? Maybe. But, just as in wrestling there is always a time and a place for a heel turn, and today I am going to cut one hell of a promo on WWE. Much like a T.V. show that I love, I will weather the storm through the bad, waiting, hoping, and praying that it gets better. For every step WWE takes forward they take two steps back. WWE seems to love to shoot their own foot off. Here is some of the major issues I have with WWE (besides the scripted promos, and piss poor matches) you may be asking yourself well what else is there? Lots.
The Universal Championship
This is a problem, it lasted all last year, and with Brock “resigning” with WWE, will most likely be the problem this year. The main problem is when Brock is champion he has a strangle hold on the title. Now some will say, well they are keeping him champion so he can beat CM Punks record. To that I say…..Ok….but we are hurting that division in the process. How? Well because they want Brock to be this dominating specimen of man (cause Vince probably gets off on it) he is limited to who he can face in the ring. He can face Joe, Braun, and Roman. With Joe excluded, I am tired of seeing the dominating force of big men causing carnage in a 10 minute match. Brock in an attraction, that is all he is, he is not a pro wrestler. He puts asses in the seats because people want to see his 10 minute domination.
It has grown old and stale, and I am bored of his suplexes and F5s. I want a wrestling match not a show of force. The only hope we have of the Universal title going in the right direction, is to have Roman, or Joe, who can actually wrestle, take the belt off of him, and he leave for a while. If that would happen maybe we could finally get more than four people in the title scene. I would gladly take a Samoa Joe vs. Finn Balor for the Universal title. Why? Because their feud in NXT was so great, and there is that whole they can wrestle thing.
The Creative Team
Who are these morons that are on the Creative Team? Because I would love to punch each one of them in the face. I could sit and list everything they do that is completely idiotic, but my computer hard-drive isn’t big enough. I understand that it is hard to come up with fresh and new ideas. But, my lord have these people ever even watched wrestling? (The wasted opportunities…..Jeezz….)And why are we recycling things that worked in the past? Who in their right mind said “You what really worked, and got heat was people from other countries that hate America.” No, Vince it is not the 1980s, plus Jinder is Canadian! You know what would be cool, we get two guys to carry these big huge hammers and we will call them the Bludgeon Brothers. NO! That is stupid! Sit down! You want to make them a dominating force, ok, but they don’t need hammers to do it, because both of those guys are good in the ring. It is lazy story writing, and it makes me want to poke my eyes out.
Too Many Titles
My lord, there are too many titles in WWE. At these point just like everyone gets a trophy, everyone gets a title. The brand splitting has caused this, with this going on we have doubles of every title. If you want to split the brands up that is fine, but can we not just have one set of titles, and have them spilt between the brands. Put the IC Title and Tag Titles on Smackdown. Put the WWE Heavyweight Title and Women’s Title on Raw. And for God’s sake put the Cruiserweight Title on one of those shows, and stop this 205 live BS. Feature the Cruiserweights on the main shows like we always have. That is all the belts that we need. NJPW has one Heavyweight Title, and it makes it prestigious. None of the WWE titles carry prestige, when its counter-part in on the other show.
When you know how good something can be, how can you just settle for what we have now? Am I feeding the beast by tuning in every week? Maybe, but I tune in because I am a wrestling fan, and every time something great happens I am pulled right back in, but then the stupidity rears its ugly head. There is no show that can produce gold every time it airs, but now a day the bad out weights the good by a long shot. And what makes it worse is it is all an easy fix.
So please WWE, I beg you, USE YOUR HEAD!!!
Dear Smarks: WWE Does Listen To Fans
Either last week or earlier this week (my days are running together so I don’t remember), Stephanie McMahon was at a summit called ‘Game Changer’ and she made the following comment: ‘We’re successful for one reason only – we listen to our fans.’
The internet smarks ROASTED Stephanie over this comment, mocking her for claiming that WWE listens to their fans when, in their minds, that is clearly not the case. Why? Because Roman Reigns, not Braun Strowman is champion, among other things. Clearly, any company that makes Roman Reigns champion over Braun Strowman isn’t listening to their fans, or at least, their REAL fans. You know, the all-knowing, smark community who know how to run a multi-billion dollar business better than the people who work there do.
I’ve tackled this ‘Real fan’ nonsense in the past and I’m really not in the mood to do it now and the issue of Braun Strowman being champion is an article unto itself. However, let’s be clear here: WWE DOES listen to their fans and the fans they listen to are the fans that buy stuff.
WWE first, last, always, and forever, is a business. They need money to survive and being a publicly traded company, they need money to keep the shareholders happy, that means they have to know who and what makes the money to keep the shareholders happy and keep the company afloat and who is making them the most money is Roman Reigns.
Don’t give me that look. Don’t roll your eyes at me and grumble about him being over pushed and/or shoved down your throat. I can name several people in WWE not named Roman Reigns that are over pushed. The bottom line is that Reigns moves merchandise, his stuff sells and sells really well. Having been to a few WWE TV/PPV tapings, I can tell you that Reigns’ stuff can get a little tough to find and is usually the most requested item.
Now before any of you make snide comments about Reigns having more stuff to sell, I checked WWE’s shop are and compared the number of Roman Reigns shirts to the number of shirts for AJ Styles, in terms of shirts including: T-shirts, tank tops, hoodies and what’s available for both genders, Roman Reigns had thirteen shirts available while Styles had twenty. Thirteen different shirt designs to twenty and that doesn’t include hats, gloves, or the non-wearable stuff available.
Oh, Reigns’ stuff is bought by women and kids, so it shouldn’t count? Here’s my question: So what? It’s still money that SOMEONE is spending on merchandise. If WWE didn’t want women and kids to buy their stuff, they wouldn’t be marketing stuff for women and kids. Why? Because women and kids are FANS!
For those of you still grumbling, here’s some food for your thoughts: Why should WWE listen to their ‘real’ fans? No, I’m serious. Why should they listen to fans who cheer something one week, boo it the next, demand that indy darlings get pushed despite getting mediocre pops from Main Roster audiences, and pay more attention to beach balls and time clocks than the matches? Why should they listen to people who BRAG about spending a lot of money on tickets just to boo one person they don’t like?
WWE is like any company, they listen with their bottom line, and what they’re hearing from fans is that the fans like Reign because that’s the stuff that sells the best. And before you say one thing about about Reigns’ stuff being more available at TV tapings and Live Events, I’ve been to a RAW taping, a RAW PPV, and a SmackDown/205 taping and while Reigns stuff was at SmackDown, there was also a lot of Styles and Cena stuff available at RAW events and I’m not hearing any complaining about that.
Maybe the problem isn’t that WWE isn’t listening, it’s just that your views aren’t the what the majority paying fans think or want. WWE is catering to what most of their fans want, not just the small minority that can’t seem to make up their minds about what they want.
Cheap Shots: Should Finn Balor Quit WWE?
Why Finn Balor should “Quit” The WWE
After seeing KO burst into tears on Monday night RAW two weeks ago and “quit” there were a slew of videos about why KO “quit”. The biggest one was to revitalize his character. So in playing the devils advocate why not have the first Universal Champion quit? Here’s why!
After Balor won and “lost” the title after 2016 SummerSlam he’s had and up and down career in the main roster. The once longest reigning NXT champion was a phenomenon when he joined the NXT, but once he hit the main roster, while fan support is still there it is fleeting. He had a brief reunion with Gallows and Anderson which might’ve singled a heel turn to fans, a feud with Rollins for the IC title and has had back to back to back matches against Baron Corbin. None of which have done anything for the superstars character. A heel turn might have helped a few months ago, but the repetitive booking has kind of killed that momentum.
With Finn away from the scene for a while it might help the WWE reevaluate the talent that is Finn Balor, it might also give Finn time to figure himself out too. With a WIN to his name against Elias, it seems like the co-founder of the Bullet Club may either turn to his alter ego The Demon, or perhaps a superstar shakeup is in order and he should be in place to get Balor back in the limelight. Right now, Raw seems packed full of main card talent that is either starting a faction of sorts I.E. Braun, Drew and Dolph or is turning on The Shield.
Listen, while SmackDown Live is producing the better show, it is not like the talent on there is being utilized any better. Nakamura is in limbo with the U.S. title, Aj and Joe are having a great feud in terms of promos, but not in the squared circle. The only thing that brings SmackDown Live as the A show is really their tag division and the Charlotte Flair/Becky Lynch feud.
So maybe a frustrated Finn goes away, and comes back as The Demon on SmackDown Live and interjects himself in the feud between AJ and Joe, maybe he causes friction between The Club and AJ and they “screw over” AJ during a title match, the possibilities are endless moving Balor to team blue, but what this boils down to is WWE needs to make this move while Balor is still a fan favourite and what I mean by that is that he will always have the crowd behind him, but even the loyalist fans can get bored.