Before I go into complaining about how I don’t like certain aspects of WWE’s creative decisions, let me first get into the things that I do, in fact, like. First and foremost… they waited until the go home Raw to give us a moment where you think any number of scenarios can play out at Hell in a Cell. When Seth Rollins curbstomped Randy Orton, the first thing I thought was “they’re sowing seeds for Orton to turn face… so he can get beat the fuck up by Brock Lesnar.” My next thought was “Orton is going to start his turn by costing Rollins his match against Dean Ambrose.”
Now, to begin my complaining, for everything WWE is doing to try to sell Rollins/Ambrose and Cena/Orton as co-main events… the Orton match is STILL Cena’s consolation prize for losing the match against Ambrose to get his hands on Rollins. The number one contender stipulation pretty much guarantees Cena will win because WWE seems to love doing the same matches repeatedly. I want to see Orton get beat up by Brock Lesnar in his hometown. I never need to see Cena/Lesnar again, much the same way most people never want to see Cena/Orton again.
As I just alluded to, WWE is in this holding pattern of doing the same matches over and over again. We have already seen AJ wrestle Paige like four times already since Mania. Miz worked against Sheamus immediately upon his return right before SummerSlam, several times. Cesaro and Ziggler have worked against each other several times. There have been countless tag and six man tags involving any combination of The Usos, The Dust Brothers, Sheamus, Ziggler, Miz and Cesaro in the last couple months. When I think about it… there is no heat behind any of those feuds.
I watch wrasslin both to be entertained and because I appreciate the art of wrasslin. The superstars and divas go out to perform but the art is more watercolor than oil paint. I usually understand why things are done and I will bitch when I don’t get it. One thing I don’t get is why heels don’t often cheat to win, or intentionally get disqualified. I recently listened to Bill Watts on The Ross Report talk about how he watches guys now and if you knew nothing about the characters and stories you can’t tell by the work who the heel and the face are. He spoke of the psychology involved… where the face is the best wrestler and the heel can only beat him by gaining an unfair advantage. And we did watch John Cena beat Bray Wyatt clean with no real interference from the TWO large men who were ringside at Mania.
Damien Mizdow beat Sheamus clean last night and Lawler tried to say he grabbed the tights. I didn’t see any tights grabbing. He rolled him up clean. What about Miz and Mizdow makes them heels? They mostly work clean in the ring. They’re not putting their feet on the ropes or raking the eyes or utilizing the low blow or foreign objects. WWE is trying to push a different psychology on us where we like people for not being annoying and dislike others because they’re annoying. And in one special case, what is done to be annoying can catch fire and become an entire movement based on a unisyllabic word. (I don’t know if that’s a word, not looking it up… if it ain’t I just made it one.)
As I was saying… none of the feuds have heat to me because there is nothing going on to make it personal. I don’t feel that any of these people desperately want to leave HIAC as a champion. I get no feeling that these people are intense competitors in an affletic competition. (Yes I know how to spell athletic, I like my way better.) Wrasslin always was, is and will always BE predominantly a struggle between good and evil, and WWE is not selling the notion that any of these midcarders vying for motherfucking prestigious championships ARE good or evil. Again. What makes Cesaro, Miz, the Dust Brothers bad guys? What makes Ziggler, Sheamus or The Usos good? THAT is why I don’t give nary a fuck about any of those feuds.
AJ and Paige is overexposed as they keep trading title wins. I’m hoping they blow off this feud with a resounding win for the champion, AJ. But, in this case, I know who the good character is and who the bad one is. Paige has repeatedly attacked AJ from behind and caused distractions and AJ has distracted Paige in retaliation, which can blur the delineation somewhat. But Paige has mocked and imitated AJ, in shades of Mickie James vs Trish Stratus. She faked wanting to be friends and now enlisted another person as her friend (who I ain’t forgot was just feuding with her for the belt a few months ago). Again… this feud needs to go away for a good long while after a blow off.
Brie and Nikki Bella have not faced each other in a singles match yet to my knowledge. A slow burn. I’d like to see Nikki really get heat on her by cheating to win. Grab the ropes or sumn. That’s all I got to say about that. Another clear case of who is the good and bad guy. Interesting how that works.
Rusev and Big Show… I’ve seen them fight. I’ve seen them touch outside of that confrontation. We know how this ends but I just wonder… down the line, what does creative have for him after this whole nationalism kick? They can’t just do “USA vs Russia” over and over forever.
My brain tells me Cena gonna beat Orton but I’d rather see Orton get the match against Lesnar. Rollins was pretty much always gonna lose to Ambrose so they can move on to something else. Roster so thin… I have no idea what that could be.
Alls I know is… I’m just hopeful we’re not building towards a Survivor Series full of the same old shit.
Oh yeah… and why do they keep butchering stipulations? Why were they working a 3 on 2 STREET FIGHT like a regular tag handicap match? I get that they wanted to have some order to the madness… but that’s the thing. No street fight should BE orderly. That should have been a brawl all over the arena. Instead Lawler is hollering about how it can go anywhere… as they worked in and around the ring. For this reason, I never want to see any kind of falls count anywhere or street fight type stipulations until they stop pulling this ole bullshit.