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Okay, I swore I wouldn’t write anything else about the Greatest Royal Rumble, because it’s like beating a dead horse, but since people are still griping about this and finding something about the event to stir up the outrage, here I am. This time it’s the rumor that Corey Graves is in some hot water for an Instagram post where he makes references to the Women’s Rights situation in Saudi Arabia.

Was what Graves said stupid, self-righteous, and smacking of a stereotypical American looking down at a foreign culture? Yes. Will he get fired for it? Probably not.  Was whoever made the error of showing female performers in costume in a country where such things are viewed VERY negatively doing it maliciously? I certainly hope not.

Let’s cut the crap here: WWE has been performing in the Middle East, including Saudi Arabia, for YEARS! It’s part of their spring and winter tour route. The Women’s Division has NEVER been included in that leg of the trip because it’s not been allowed until Sasha and Alexa were invited to perform in Abu Dhabi last year. No one has raised a fuss about it until WWE decided to sign this deal with Saudi Arabia. How do I know? Because a picture of Dean Ambrose in the airport in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia from 2015 was circulating around Twitter the day of the Greatest Royal Rumble and seemed to indicate that he would be part of the Greatest Royal Rumble. The owner of a fan news site that I’m friendly with, knowing that I’m a HUGE Dean Ambrose fan, DM’d me to warn me about the picture so that I wouldn’t get my hopes up and be upset and disappointed.

Also, the Greatest Royal Rumble wasn’t for WWE’s US audience, it was for the fans in the Middle East. Think about it, WWE did this show on a weekday, at a time when most US fans would be at work, but European and Middle Eastern fans would be able to watch at a reasonable time of day, instead of having to stay up until 12am or so like they do for WWE’s other PPVs. Yes, the promoted the heck out of it on RAW and SmackDown, but those shows also air all over the world. WWE wasn’t counting on a lot of US fans watching this, which is good since GRR had no effect on the ratings of RAW or SmackDown.

I don’t doubt that the people complaining about the GRR mean well with their concerns, but this sudden brouhaha over the WWE performing in Saudi Arabia and the Women’s Division not being included is selective outrage and it’s doing more harm than good. Women were allowed to watch the Greatest Royal Rumble in the stadium and the WWE Network is available in Saudi Arabia, so it’s likely that women DID see it.  It’s been rumored that WWE is going to pay the Women’s Division for the rumble, even though they didn’t work, which is nice, but seems more like a sop to fans since the women never compete when WWE goes to the Middle East and there’s never been a peep about them still getting paid.

Seriously guys, please knock off the outrage. It’s over and done and you’re not helping the situation by stirring it up.


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Dear Smarks: WWE Does Listen To Fans

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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.


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Cheap Shots: Should Finn Balor Quit WWE?

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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. 


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