Thursday, May 22, 2014

Off Topic

Yes indeed, this would be my second wrestling related post on the blog. So with that being said, I want to talk about a few things, mostly WWE of course.

The WWE World Heavyweight Championship

As most of you who follow WWE's current product is aware of, Daniel Bryan (a very deserving champion I might add) recently had neck surgery. This upcoming Monday, the fate of the title will be determined, which will lead to Mr. Bryan either continuing on as champion (the right thing to do) or him forfeiting the title (NOT the right thing to do). I understand the need to have the champion on TV and PPV (and I will NEVER refer to pay per view events as "special events"), but in no way do they need derail the momentum Bryan has at this point. Another GOOD point I want to make is that for the first time in its history, the WWE literally has NO one worthy of taking Bryan's place as champion at this point. They either have those who the fans will reject as champion (HHH, Batista, Randy Orton, etc), those who aren't ready to be champion (Roman Reigns, Cesaro, Bad News Barrett, etc), and those who would not make credible champions, considering their placement on the card (R-Truth, Kofi Kingston, Ryback, Cody Rhodes, Alberto Del Rio, etc). Remember at this time in the year 2000 the options the then WWF had on display? You had The Rock, HHH, Chris Benoit, Kurt Angle, Chris Jericho, Undertaker, hell even The Big Show, Kane, and Rikishi weren't out of the question as top contenders. I can't recall a time where the WWE's roster was seriously lacking the depth it does today.Now, one can make a case for Brock Lesnar being champion, but he's a part timer, and I doubt the fans would appreciate a "part time WWE champion" not named The Rock.(And for the record, I was NOT happy about Undertaker's streak ending at Wrestlemania 30). I'll touch on the roster a little more during this post. 

The WWE Network

I will not go into the business side of WWE, as that area has been covered quite well within the last week or so and there's nothing more I can add to it. First and foremost, much like my hip hop collection, I have a VERY extensive wrestling collection, something I'll cherish forever, and considering the classic material I have, I was on the fence about getting the Network. After thinking about for a bit, I went ahead and subscribed to it, basically with a having "the best of both worlds" type of vibe. Do I think it was a good decision to launch the Network? Well yes and no. Thus far, I am satisfied with it, but I feel they should've waited do launch this in 2015, considering all the effects it has/had on WWE's TV negotiations, which is another story completely. Overall, at $9.99/month, that's a very good deal considering the content you get, so I can't argue with that. 

The Current Product

A few weeks ago I was watching Monday Night Raw (probably a week or so after the Extreme Rules PPV), and about an hour into the show, I turned it off, something I never did before. I mean I still keep up with the happenings, but the on screen product to me is just so underwhelming it's not even funny. The fact that the show is 3 HOURS doesn't help matters either, and remember when Smackdown was a must see show just like Raw a LONG time ago? I'm not jaded or being too picky, but I'm not happy with anything that's on WWE TV right now, especially the John Cena/Bray Wyatt storyline. Don't get me wrong, they have some talented wrestlers, such as Daniel Bryan, The Shield, Bad News Barrett (he grew on me a lot), Cesaro, etc, but the storylines are not exciting or compelling at this point. Just like I seem to do with hip hop's greatest years, the 80s and 90s, I have to do the same with wrestling. I know we won't get the golden age of the 80s and the Attitude era of the 90s back, neither am I asking for it, but the least they can do is put on an entertaining product, which they're simply not doing right now.

The Future

 WWE will be good as long as they get their product in order, but I want to close this by talking about some of the other promotions. I haven't watched any of ROH's product, but I have heard a lot of good things about a recent PPV they had. Hopefully they'll keep the momentum going, and if so, I'll likely check them out at some point. I've made it no secret that I'm not a TNA fan (each time I tried to watch, I simply couldn't get into it), however, I've seen a couple of matches from the company, circa 2004-2006, and they were largely VERY good. For the sake of the business, I hope they survive and thrive, because TNA going out of business would NOT be a good thing. I will say that if they don't remain on Spike TV and end up not finding another station for their Impact Wrestling show, they're done quite frankly, and the business does not need another monopoly. We shall see what happens for the remainder of 2014. (In a funny moment, I did picture TNA programming on the WWE Network recently, lol.)

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