Reflections on the WWE: Where to Go From Here
by, 01-17-2012 at 10:08 PM (2737 Views)
I am a big fan of the WWE. Am I one of those people who think they can never do wrong? No. The WWE drops the ball often, but they most of the time find ways to make up for it. Lately, I've enjoyed what I've seen on Raw. I know a lot of people in recent weeks have complained about large parts of Raw, but I'm not one of those. I prefer to look at the positives rather than the negatives. That doesn't mean the negatives just disappear. So in this blog, I wanted to take a look at what is currently working in the E, and what needs to be improved on.
I like that the WWE is really putting a focus on their younger talent, namely Sheamus, Wade Barrett, Cody Rhodes, Primo/Epico, and Dolph Ziggler. This is what the WWE needs. A focus on what is to come. By that I mean, molding these wrestlers to be the big stars that the WWE will need a few years. Look back to 2002, 2003. Randy Orton was in Evolution, and John Cena had just debut and gotten his rapper gimmick. This was their start, and now, this is the current talents start. Cody Rhodes is doing an amazing job in my opinion, and if he keeps this up, he will reach the top of the WWE mountain, and stay there for quite a while. I am amazed week in and week out with Dolphs skills. I rewatched some of his matches after reading some other peoples posts on forums/blogs, and wanted to see what Dolph did in his matches. He blew me away. He has the skill, the charisma, and the mic talent to escalate to the top of the WWE. Watching Sheamus in the ring, he is really stepping his game up. Each week I am enjoying him just pummel whoever is against him, and Wade Barrett, well he to me has the makings of a future multiple time World/WWE champion. Kudos to WWE on pushing their younger talent, let us hope they continue this.
The feuds have also gotten better. I feel like in the last year or so, the feuds have just mainly revolved around titles. That isn't a bad thing, but there isn't much character development for those superstars not in the title hunt. Lately you've had Wade Barret vs Randy Orton, Cena vs Kane, The Miz and R Truth just to name a few. I personally really enjoy this. It adds another few good moments to Raw and Smackdown instead of pointless comedy angles that serve no other purpose than comedic relief(which isn't a bad thing, I'm just saying i prefer character development). I want to see this continue on. Have the likes of Dolph Ziggler and The Rock feud, Wade Barrett and Daniel Bryan, Sheamus and The Miz, give us those angles, those moments that we will be talking about.
Gimmicks are coming back. Do you remember when Randy Orton had his Legend Killer gimmick? I don't know about anyone else but I enjoyed it. Watching him go after people like Harley Race and Sgt Slaughter, having memorable matches with RVD(not saying he is a legend), HBK, and Mick. Or what about John Cenas rapper gimmick? You've got Ziggler with his whole "showoff" gimmick which he is amazing with, the Funkasaurus Brodus Clay, R Truth with his Little Jimmy...don't take that the wrong way...this is what we need. The WWE needs to real in depth looking into each wrestler before they give them the gimmick. Look at Ted Dibiase, they gave him his fathers gimmick and it tanked. Gimmicks are a great way to help put a wrestler over, as long as it fits.
Something that has bothered me lately with the WWE, is their flip floppyness with titles and stars. Look at the WWE title this past end of the year. Del Rio won it at Summerslam, loses it the next month against Cena, wins it the following month at Hell in a Cell, retains at one PPV, and then loses again. I'm sorry, but that to me seriously tarnished the credibility of the WWE championship, and of Del Rio as a title holder/contender. I know I've heard people say he was pushed too far too fast, and that is true, but this comes back to the WWE being stupid. I am glad that even though recent reports have shown segments involving Punk the ratings have been down, the E hasn't pulled some bullshit and put it on Cena to try and pull in more ratings, and look! Punk has definitely brought his A game in the last few weeks, whether it be in ring matches, or promos. Another example is Zack Ryder. They build him up, finally give him a push, he wins the gold, only to lose it in his FIRST FREAKING TITLE DEFENSE! I am no Zack Ryder mark, but come on! This is just bad. Another would be Christian. He finally wins the big one, the WHC after all of his years of hard work, loses it to Orton, he eventually wins it back, but only to lose it again. Granted they had some really good matches, but come on really? I don't remember who posted it, whether it was a blog or a forum post, but someone brought up the point about does an excessive amount of title reigns ruins someones credibility? I don't think so. I think it's the length of the title reign, that sets the precedent of their credibility. Now i know for this next comment I'm going to get a lot of attacks, but look at John Cena. He is a credible champion. I can only think of 2 or 3 times in his 12 WWE/WHC title reigns, that he held the title for a month or less before it going to someone else. Each time he carried it for a while. Or look at HHH, he is another credible champion. Since I started watching the WWE in 2002, anytime I saw HHH hold either the WHC or WWE title, he always defended it for a few months atleast(excluding his win at No Mercy against Orton at the start of the show and then loss at the end of the show), before dropping the title. I get the if the WWE puts one of their titles on someone, and then the ratings stink, their reaction is to put it on someone they think will do better. All that is doing to me is hurting the title, and the current title holder. Tweak what is going on with that wrestler. Find what works with them. You can make anyone interesting. Don't just give up on them.
John Cena is not turning heel. He is the WWEs #1 kid factor, and they wouldn't risk that by turning him heel. This past Raw though, we saw his aggressive side, a side we have seen before. I honestly can't remember the last time we saw it, but it is not a new side. To me, Cena doesn't need to become heel. He needs to be more aggressive. Does that mean he needs to be confronting people backstage each week freaking out on them, or going out to his match and just beat the living shit out of someone. But don't have it be something we only see once every six months or something. Split it up between between his cheerful kid friendly side, and his aggressive side, but make it unpredictable, like each week your not sure what is going to happen with Cena or what he will do. I guarantee you that if Cena shows his aggressive side heading into his match with The Rock at Wrestlemania, it will lead to some memorable moments between the two.
The Divas division just sucks. There is no other way to put it. Is it their fault? No. I have honestly seen improvement from a lot of the divas in the past year. It comes down to booking. Stop booking pointless segments, bringing in pointless guests, just throw three women into a feud for the Divas title, give us some good angles/promos between them, and let them wrestle for more than 2 minutes. I bet you we could see some good stuff compared to the garbage we have been getting lately.
All in all, the WWE has been doing a better job compared to previous months. Will this progression keep going? I really hope so as we are heading into the biggest event of the year. Time will only tell.