My Take on the WWE Ratings Problem
by, 12-26-2011 at 10:39 AM (4566 Views)
I'll make this short and sweet--the WWE is missing something hard to notice, but monstrous problem when you do see it. A few clues to see if you can notice it.
- HHH was one of the better ones.
- Nexus and Wade Barrett SHOULD have been this.
- Mark Henry was almost there, but his groin pull might've stopped him.
Figure it out?
Unstoppable Heel. HHH as a heel was unstoppable--he buried faces on PPV cleanly and moved on. Nexus was just laying people out and did it for awhile. And Mark Henry was getting there--he was strong and pretty unstoppable, but I don't know if I can say he lasted long enough.
The WWE needs a heel that ascends to the top and holds that title forever. I truly believe the WWE Universe prefers to hate than to love--Cheering someone is okay, but making the crowd HATE you makes you a star to them. Plus, when a heel holds a title, we get to watch faces (who we feel more attached to chasing the dream) take on the heel and try to be the one to upset them.
WWE Heels are sad. Pathetic. They're almost all cowards--no, sneak attacks aren't cowardly, they're smart. But a strong heel isn't going to turn tail and run without taking a hit--a strong heel stands his ground until the face starts getting it on him, thumbs his eye and retreats. The current WWE heels are underdogs the way they act. That should NEVER BE THE CASE. Bad WWE! BAD!
The Heel needs to be unstoppable. He needs to go cleanly over the faces on PPV for the majority of his title run, with few DQ or Screwjobs--unless the point is to make the stable or team the top wankoffs (Evolution, Nexus). The point is the crowd should believe that the Heel Champion is Goliath and the Face is David. Crowds. LOVE. Underdogs. And I have a perfect example of this style of champion and challenger that has been on fire the last month or two.
Zack Ryder and Dolph Ziggler. Ziggler has held the title for awhile and has looked fantastic. He's defeated Ryder multiple times on PPV with the title on the line. And when Ryder finally won? The place went NUTS. People LOVE Ryder and HATE Ziggler (and Vickie). People were so damn excited to see Ryder finally win over the dominating Ziggler. And, to be honest, the storyline was PERFECT by the WWE. People will say "Punk v. Cena" or "Orton v. Christian", but I believe "Dolph v. Zack" was, in fact, the best Storyline and Execution the WWE put out all year and it's not done.
So, to recap:
The WWE needs a strong heel that goes over faces cleanly. The Fans need to believe the face winning is an upset.