"You know what really grinds my gears? Wrestling reality TV shows ... Why don't they get with the freaking program? Showing us all these desperate nobodies trying to get a contract ... and for what? Am I supposed to take them seriously? Am I supposed to believe they won't just be fired a couple of months later? ... Tell us, what we are supposed to do, I'm just sat here with my beer thinking ... Where's the wrestling? Why am I watching this one guy get all pissed, because some girl disrespected him behind his back? Are we going to have the winner of these shows actually accomplish something? No! They will accomplish nothing, and to titillate us with any thoughts otherwise is ... is just bogus"
Episode 2 - Attack of the Reality Shows.
From the writer of such epics like, "Chris Benoit - The factual, Unbiased View" and "The Facts about John Cena - Good and Bad", comes the second installation of What really grinds my gears.
Last time I touched on the subject of pure hate and cynicism displayed by fans today, but this time, I want to move onto something which we can all agree, is something which really has no place in the wrestling business, reality television shows.
Over ten years ago, the UK was hit with the phenomenon that is Big Brother, and the US got Survivor. In the UK, we got to watch as people were put into a situation where they would share a house, and each contestant would get evicted either by the other contestants, or the public vote. This was in the year 2000, and it was an interesting concept.
However, after a second season of watching other people sitting around, the novelty of this new concept wore off quickly. Hell, even I can admit to getting into the second season of the show, as I had never seen such a show in my life, and my friends were really into it.
After the second season, I didn't want to see anymore, it was just going to be the same thing, but with different people, so what's the point?
Just like anything in the history of the world, as soon as something becomes popular, you get tons of duplicates. American Idol, X-Factor, Dancing with the Stars, and so, so, so many more.
So the WWE decided, let's try it! They gave us Tough Enough, Diva Search, NXT, and even TNA with Gut Check.
What was the point in these shows? Why did they have to plug these shows to the moon? Well I suppose ... they wanted to look for some talent? Maybe the Winners could become Superstars and be absolutely huge?
Wrong! The winners of these shows, usually never made it far, there were some exceptions but ...
The original show, Tough Enough, happened in 2001, and needless to say, can anyone remember it? Or even who won it? Let me remind you ... Nidia and Maven won the show, and where are they now?
Nidia was released from her WWE contract on November 3, 2004 along with several other performers, in a routine purge of talent. She won no championships.
Maven was released by WWE on July 5, 2005. He won the Hardcore title three times, and his biggest moment was eliminating The Undertaker in the Royal Rumble. The Undertaker completely destroyed him afterwards.
Other winners of Tough Enough shows include: Shaniqua (Released in 2004), Jackie Gayda (Released in 2005), John Morrison (The most successful winner of any WWE Reality show, he went on to win many titles, but left WWE a couple of years ago), Daniel Puder (Released in 2005) and Andy Leavine (Released in 2012).
John Morrison, a true winner of Tough Enough.
The Diva Search was very similar in that the early winners didn't get very far. Also notice how the Divas division became a lot less relevant after all of these Diva Searches? That's because the WWE was looking for looks over athletic ability.
Winners: Christy Hemme (Released in 2005), Ashley Massaro (Released in 2008), Layla (1 time Women's, 1 time Divas Champion) and Eve Torres (3 time Divas Champion, has since left the company).
Just before the Diva Searches, the divas divison had just lost amazing wrestlers like Lita and Trish Stratus, and they were replaced by Divas who are used for extremely short matches, backstage segments and valet positions for celebrities.
So we move onto the famous WWE NXT, that replaced the appalling WWE version of ECW.
The WWE already had development territories for the up and coming talent .. so why did they need NXT? And even worse then that, any wrestling fan who had ever seen Bryan Danielson in action, could tell you right now,...