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WWE: Are Our Expectations Too High?

20 Jun

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As I scroll through various dirt sheets and so-called wrestling forums, all I seem to find is that people are constantly complaining and wanting more out of the WWE.

My simple question to you is – Are our expectations too high?

The days of Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock and the Attitude Era are gone. We are now in the “PG era” as so many people have referred to it as. WWE doesn’t have any legitimate competition, it doesn’t have to fight for ratings and it certainly doesn’t have to listen to the older fans. WWE is aimed at children, with the ‘hardcore’ fans coming second.

If you ask an average member of the public whether or not they watch WWE they will probably tell you that they don’t, it’s for kids and they used to watch it when they were kids. The storylines and booking don’t have to be as intelligent and/or elaborate as we want them to be because kids wouldn’t be able to understand. All they need to know is- this guy doesn’t like this guy so they are going to fight.

Don’t get me wrong, I want the WWE to produce better content for us older fans but I have come to the realization that I may be expecting too much. Some people are never happy though. A lot of people have wanted something like the current storyline with Daniel Bryan, Randy Orton, Triple H and the McMahon’s for ages. It finally happens and people aren’t happy with the way it was executed, or the timing or even, the colour of Vince’s suit.

A lot of things happening right now in the WWE are exactly what the hardcore Internet fans have wanted and they still aren’t happy. Randy Orton is heel again; Daniel Bryan and CM Punk are the top two faces in the company. They are trying to restore creditability to the Intercontinental and United States titles by putting CM Punk against Curtis Axel and hopefully Dolph Ziggler against Dean Ambrose. Is this all because John Cena is injured?

But isn’t this what we have wanted for quite a few years? Or do we expect more?

I think the WWE is improving and have got to the stage where I can watch it without getting annoyed because something hasn’t or has happened.

Hell, I even find the 3MB entertaining!

I’d love to know what everyone else thinks, do we expect too much?

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WWE Main Event And NXT Review: The Champ Is Here, But Does Anybody Care?

8 Jun

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Back in the day, the idea of championships and the prestige behind them proved that you made it. These days, as much as it pains me to say this just feels like a rubberstamp that is used to get more excitement into a match. Those iconic championships that we all grew up on just seem be clothing accessories not prestigious and worthwhile titles, with very few exceptions. Vince Russo said to much controversy in the early 2000 s titles were props and it seems like in WWE’s case that may be true.

This definitely was illustrated by this week’s Wednesday two pack of the Main Event and NXT. It showed that there is a different title mentality in the wrestling business today. But I’m getting ahead of myself again. Let me illustrate my point by breaking down this weeks NXT.

The show begins with the incomparable Paul Heyman coming out and addressing the crowd. Heyman says that he is amazed by the fans always chanting ECW, when they see him. But he doesn’t want to live in the past putting over the talent in the NXT locker room. He continues to say that there is the possible next Brock Lesnar (keep that in mind for later), the next Paul Heyman guy or even the next Paul Heyman. Then he brings out Intercontinental Champion Curtis Axel and says he would defend the title if they thought any man in Florida could beat him.

Out comes the returning Big E Langston (otherwise known as Choc Lesnar on Twitter), who says that he thinks he can beat The Intercontinental Champion. Langston makes his way to the ring, Axel backs off saying that they can do it for Thanksgiving or on the holidays. Langston calls his bluff saying that he cannot hang in NXT leading to a match between the two for the Intercontinental title.

The problem I have with this is twofold really. Why did this spot have to go to Langston, who is already on the main roster? Secondly, how does this establish Axel in a stronger position by saying he can’t hang in NXT?

They laid out the segment as they would in the territories back in the day with the “local guy” (Langston) getting the better of the visiting champion (Curtis Axel). This was normally used to get over local talent as big stars when the champion was not around. However, doing it with established guys on the main roster doesn’t make any sense. I would put over younger talent to get them over to the Full Sail crowd.

Instead they go with the cheap pop as Heyman stops Langston momentum hitting him with the IC title belt causing a DQ (doesn’t have the same thing as the phone) leading to Paul exiting and Big E hitting the Big Ending and the 5 count. Not saying it was a bad match. It just didn’t do much for either guy in the grand scheme of things. And shows what level the IC title is seen as. No matter how much hype you put behind it.

Heyman was great though as always in his segment. Paul’s reactions are priceless.

We go backstage with Ren Young with Sami Zayn. Ren asked him about Bo Dallas’s comments last week as well as Cesaro and Zeb. Sami says Bo Dallas is not really his concern at the moment he addresses Colter and Antonio saying that he doesn’t hide who he is. Sami talks about defeating Antonio in his debut. He asked for a rematch a month ago and hasn’t heard anything. Zayn then challenges Cesaro to a 2 out of 3 falls match and he waits for his response.

They show a video package of last week’s dance contest detailing that Summer Rae will get the title shot that was that for Emma later on tonight against NXT Women’s Champion Paige.

We come back from commercial and we see Sylvester LeFort come out to introduce his charge a very hairy chested Scott Dawson in a match with the Wizard of Wales Mason Ryan.

LeFort says you have to spend money to make money which is funny because Scott Dawson has not won a match in about 2 months on television.

This match was nothing special as in the beginning, the Certified Gees (Colin Cassidy and Enzo Amore) come down to ringside causing distraction allowing Dawson get a short advantage before falling prey to the cobra clutch slam and getting another loss at the hands of Ryan. The question is where do you go from here? You have established Ryan as a monster, now what do you do with him? He’s bested everyone he’s gotten in the ring with, what’s your next move?

Next up, we have a very physical match between Page versus Summer Rae for the NXT Women’s Championship. This match was perhaps the perfect way of how you make a championship matter in this day and age. These two women are showing that have a great little rivalry going on. Summer has really learned how to utilize her longer frame, while the champ goes for her family’s trademark physical style. This is perhaps one of the better women’s matches in quite some time.

One aspect I really enjoyed was the fact that they learned from previous contest and used real ring psychology to make a pretty entertaining, albeit a short encounter. The anti-diva (which I thought was a thing in the past… I thought it was the diva of tomorrow) got the win with the Paige Turner, which didn’t look that impressive. The champ then celebrated around the ring with her title.

(I wonder when we’re going to see Summer Rae in a WWE ring on Raw? She has the presence, the charisma and the talent.I guess is taking a backseat to the new ratings bonanza that is Total Divas.And it doesn’t look like to going anywhere anytime soon.)

We go backstage with Ren Young who’s with current WWE Divas Champion AJ. Ren says AJ will be on the show next week and defending her title, but against who? AJ says she likes to do things unpredictable it could be the camera guy, the sound guy, Ren , her mother or anybody. Then off-camera Bayley comes into the picture and says hi to AJ, saying she followed her from the parking lot, the locker room and now backstage. She says she would like a title shot against AJ next week AJ happily agrees and seems enthused by her enthusiasm. Bayley says it’s an honor be in the ring with her and she doesn’t think she’s crazy like everyone else. She thinks she’s awesome. AJ becomes visibly upset. The young Bayley hugs AJ and says she hopes they can be friends. Really great segment

This is what am talking about when it comes to making a new talent for the main roster. If you have Bayley give AJ a competitive showing next week that raises her profile if you ever decide to bring her up to the main roster. I have no doubt that that will be a great match next week.

We hear that AJ’s former flame Dolph Zigler will be in the house next week as well.

(Remember this was taped before the breakup angle. So the whole crew is together.)

Back in the arena, William Regal and Tony Dawson at the announce desk that Emma attacked Summer Rae after her match. There obviously setting up a match between the two.

And now we move on to the 6 man tag main event the NXT tag team champions Corey Graves and Adrian Neville along with Xavier Woods battle WWE Tag Team Champions Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins and US champion Dean Ambrose (the Shield). Solid enough match, Xavier woods attempts to knock off the shield. However, the shield uses their pack mentality tactics with a spear from Roman Reigns to get the victory

We close the night with Ren Young talking with Antonio who accepts the challenge for the 2 out of 3 falls match. And then begins running down Sami Zayn. Zayn comes out of nowhere attacking Antonio leaving him laying. Cesaro gets up and then does his best Capt. Kirk impression from the Wrath of Khan and screams Zayn into the camera as they fade to black.

I’ve heard nothing but good things about that 2 out of 3 falls encounter and AJ versus Bailey should be interesting. So we have a lot to look forward to.

I’ll be honest, Main Event did really not have much to with this week. Sure we had some great video packages, especially ones involving CM Punk and Paul Heyman that you should definitely check out. But other than a solid match between Cody Rhodes and ADR. There wasn’t really much to it as the Usos beat 3MB and Langston with AJ beat Justin Gabriel.

My question is why put Cody Rhodes in that position to face ADR? Given it was a competitive match, but seeing the seemingly pushed Rhodes lose on television considering he has a match in a few days on pay-per-view. It felt like step down for Rhodes. It would’ve been different if there were shenanigans with Damien Sandow causing some sort of disturbance leading to Alberto getting this submission. But it was a clean when for the heel Del Rio. WWE has to watch these booking situations. There are many guys you could’ve put in that situation. Doing it the way they did just didn’t feel right to me. It just seems like careless booking. Why should you put any faith in Cody for anything? Especially since Damien lost on Monday. What’s the point?

All that said, it wasn’t a bad two hours of WWE programming. I’m anxious to see NXT next week. Until then.

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WWE: 6 Reasons Your Criticisms Of The Current Product Are Plain Wrong

23 May



For those who are not in the know, a smark usually defined as someone who is totally obsessed with all things wrestling and not only watches the programming but follows the business in its entirety, from backstage politics to real life events in the Superstars lives. But I believe there is truly a significant difference between a “smart” wrestling fan and a smark. A smart wrestling fan takes everything into account when making his critique of the current product, basically we try to find improvements that will benefit not only the entire audience but the wrestlers in general and make for the best possible show & brand overall.

Now smarks as I see it, only look at ways how they can improve the product for themselves. They’re the most selfish people in wrestling. They constantly complain, tend to nit-pick and question every decision a wrestling company makes, never really offer any good suggestions. They want the show to cater only to them and if they had it their way, they would only push their favourite superstars only. Smarks are the type of people who say things like “the WWE is crap, I haven’t watched it in years.” That has got to be the most annoying statement ever. If you haven’t watched it in years, how do you know its crap and what gives you the right to critique if you don’t watch it anymore?

And with the ratings at an all time low (in America anyway) it seems that the majority of fans nowadays are all smarks, as the WWE right now, admittedly after a few tumultuous years is at its best period since 2002. I honestly can’t make sense of it myself, as the WWE seems to have listened to their fans as of late and done everything we have ever asked of them….including most of the smarks main arguments as to why the “pg era” is so bad….to which I have decide to retort, just so I can put to rest all of their petty little arguments & maybe add a few points to their ratings so as to make sure this new beginning does not get push aside because of what peoples misconception of the current product are….

(P.S. If I sound like I am one of those whom I have described as a “smark”, I honestly don’t mean to, ha…. this is just trying to be a counter argument to the main points most most of em scream about….I just like to think that I am more susceptible to my ideas being wrong and I won’t be defending them to the death in any type of gladiatorial spectacle, I welcome any and all “constructive” criticisms….these are in no particular order)

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5 Things We Learn From Watching WWE

26 Apr


As one of the weekly contributors to the wrestling side of WhatCulture.com, I watch professional wrestling, especially the WWE, everyday. I enjoy the product, and watching it with a few friends and family does make it all the more exciting, but one thing is always on my mind: does everyone watch wrestling like I do? Or are there any other ways by which my readers watch wrestling?

As a fan of WWE myself, I read between the lines and watch every segment twice or thrice, just to understand it perfectly and analyze the future the segment has and the effect it had on the show. However, some fans watch it like normal fans and forget it the next night, and that’s perfectly fine. However, does anyone here learn from wrestling?

I, for one, believe that the WWE teaches us a lot of things. However, the bigger question is this – are you willing to learn? The WWE is a wonderful place which can teach us multiple lessons, like a story book. Do the viewers want to learn?

The following are some lessons that you should inculcate from watching a random episode of Monday Night Raw, Friday Night Smackdown, or a pay-per-view….

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WWE Network: What It Means For UK And Worldwide Fans

10 Mar

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While American fans will be ecstatic with the imminent launch of the WWE Network, UK and worldwide fans may be slightly disappointed that they have to wait until late 2014 / early 2015 for the product.

For fans in the United Kingdom, this may raise some speculation about what will happen with WWE’s Sky deal that expires in 2015. The two companies have worked together for over 25 years, and WWE is one of the major selling points of Sky’s subscription package. Will Sky (and other worldwide networks) be happy with this new platform potentially taking away WWE subscribers from their service?

The possibility is that WWE and Sky will renegotiate a deal whereby the WWE Network is presented as a Sky Sports channel. This would be similar to Sky Sports F1 and easily implementable for Sky across their 600 channel platform. The on demand content would then be incorporated into Sky Go and Sky On demand services presumably. As for pay per views, they would become available on the channel unless the two sides negotiate a unique UK deal to still present some major PPV’s on Sky Box Office. You have to think that WWE will roll out the network on a case by case basis, hence Sky might end up getting a say about content in any new WWE contract negotiations.

The other scenario would be that Sky and WWE abandon their long running relationship. There are currently several new channels who are taking business away from Sky, Virgin and BT for example. The WWE is an attractive option for these channels to pick up given the built in fanbase. WWE may choose to sign a new contract with one of these companies if the money is right. It would however be an ill advised move, the long standing WWE / Sky relationship has worked very well for both sides. WWE’s previous flirtations with other broadcasters have not worked well, such as their broadcasting on Channel 4 during the Attitude Era.

Regarding possibly leaving traditional broadcasters, Vince McMahon has simply stated that WWE are actively pursuing new deals. Vince has said that they expect their business will be “transformed” from what it is now. That could be interpreted in several ways. The WWE Network could of course function as a separate entity from WWE broadcasts still on Sky, it just seems a potentially harmful scenario from the Sky point of view.

Personally, I expect WWE and Sky to work a deal out that incorporates the WWE Network into the Sky platform. However, it seems clear that the advancements of the WWE Network are going to have potentially harmful repercussions in some traditional broadcast areas. Even in America, Raw’s home of the USA Network could see viewers choosing to watch Raw Encore on the Network over USA’s presentation – it seems a much better proposition than sitting through advertisements and allows fans to fast forward through filler content.

The Network is coming and the effect it has will be intriguing to see.

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WWE: 10 Dream Matches That Could Happen In 2014

9 Mar


It’s pretty rare that we get more than a handful of “dream matches” in any given WWE year. However, given the freedom of imagination, what contests would we love to see in 2014? Let’s imagine the budget is limitless (and in truth WWE does have the millions to get any star they want). Let’s also allow ourselves to pick from any wrestler or former wrestler of decent enough health and age in North America today. What would I as Whatculture WWE editor put together?

This feature will explore 10 dream matches that could in theory happen in 2014 given the correct set of money, circumstances and willingness. How many of these matches are viable to actually happen? A good percentage could possibly end up getting done, but I have clearly used hope over likelihood in some cases.

Despite the problems facing WWE in making fresh box office matches, this list will show that there are still plenty of mouth watering main events the company could still push. I hope you enjoy my 10 dream matches that could conceivably happen in 2014 … and I look forward to reading your own personal choices in the comments section below!

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WWE: 9 Wrestling Talents We Lost In 2013

23 Feb


Pro wrestling has proved to be a year on year tragedy for much of its existence. There have been way too many wrestlers who have died young in this business, followed by considerable media coverage of the industry fatality rate.

The grueling nature of travelling the road and nightly bumping on the canvas is a catalyst for mental and physical exhaustion. Added to that is the aesthetic need to constantly appear in shape. When travelling it’s often difficult to get a proper gym session or relaxation in, and this has led to huge steroid abuse to attain “the look” followed by huge alcohol and drug abuse to combat the pain of bumping.

A generation has been wiped out from wrestling’s dark side.

Thankfully in 2013, the benefits of WWE’s industry clean up are being seen. There have been far less deaths in the past 12 months, and the majority of passing have been men who lived a full life. Nevertheless, there has still been young men going too soon, there has been controversy and there has been drug deaths.

Here we look at 10 Wrestling talents lost in 2013, and pay tribute to their life …

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