Wrestling fans are dumb. We are people who want everyone to look strong, for no one to lose. If we don’t want that, we’re tired of the same old shit but get angry when they try something different. Vince shouldn’t have changed plans last year. When he did that, he basically encouraged this year’s cancellation of WWE Network subscriptions. My only thing is I think they should look at getting new writers to work on promos… or even better, stop scripting every word of promos. But hey… they shouldn’t listen to a nobody like me.
I laugh and talk to my best friend often about how Reigns’ promos are something out of the 60s or 70s. They want him to be a white meat babyface in a world that prefers the anti-hero, or a little edge to the character. Daniel Bryan gained popularity because he was crazy. Half the WWE roster is some form of crazy. What’s crazy to me is how fans watch these shows devoid of star power and think WWE is not in such desperate need of new stars that they don’t think rushing Reigns is a necessary evil. And then they’re blind to how, once you rush HIM to that main event level, there’s Seth “The Best In The World” Rollins with that MITB briefcase, and Ambrose, Wyatt and Rusev right there as natural rivals.
Fans have this subversive masochistic bent, man. Yall niggas like rooting for shit you know has no business ever happening. Like Zack Ryder, main eventer. That shit was coming and I’m glad it never came. I have written here, so many times, about the role looks play in how you are perceived. I am a flabby 6’6, 305. I’d be an ideal potential star in wrestling if I wanted to risk my life in ladder matches and such. But if I was 5’8, 200… not really. Wrestling fans like guys that use all kinds of different submission holds and high spots and such… that shit doesn’t sell. Do you remember that time Hulk Hogan dropped the leg off the top of the steel cage? When The Rock delivered The People’s Elbow off a ladder? When Stone Cold dropped a Stunner through the roof of the Cell? When John Cena Five Knuckle Shuffled off the top of the tron? No? BECAUSE THEM NIGGAS DREW MILLIONS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS DOING THEIR FIVE MOVES OF DOOM NIGGA.
People don’t so much love Daniel Bryan or CM Punk or Dolph Ziggler as much as they love the idea of them niggas. I remember when CM Punk was champion, people couldn’t wait for him to drop the title. (Because they aren’t USED to it being hot potatoed all over the roster) When they acquiesced and let Bryan win the main event of Mania, people complained about his weak booking a month later when he was selling the notion that a monster heel was trying to kidnap his wife. (Him getting injured saved so many fantasies from being murdered when he and not Cena took that unmerciful asswhipping at SummerSlam.) In the old days a guy who looked like Dolph Ziggler would steal the show in IC title matches but never go over in a world title match. (As opposed to having two footnote ass title reigns.) When I REALLY think about it… the idea of putting CM Punk over against The Rock, Undertaker and Brock Lesnar is utterly preposterous. But I used to be just like you so called smart fans.
WWE set buyrate records two years in a row main eventing Cena and Rock. I can visualize Reigns and Lesnar on a poster. I just can’t see the David and Goliath dynamic selling in 2015. I’ll remind you that every time WWE HAS pushed CM Punk or Bryan, ratings and buyrates went to hell. They do sell merch, I’ll give them that. Anyway… I just grew up after I didn’t get my way in 2013 and realized that these guys who can’t do Phoenix Splashes are the ones who really put asses in seats and the guys who CAN do exciting moves get people out of their seats once they’re there.
I’ve BEEN saying this, and I’ll keep saying it… WWE needs to create a new midcard title for smaller wrestlers or the second they call up Sami Zayn, Adrian Neville, Hideo Itami, Finn Balor etc… they’re setting them up to be the new Justin Gabriel. Who just left the company ostensibly because he got tired of only being seen off Superstars doing jobs to those six foot 250 plus lb guys WWE sees as walking ATMs.
I wanted to see Batista win the title last year and I’m happy they will put the belt on Reigns and truly jumpstart the next generation of WWE superstars. Because I have learned it’s better to accept reality for what it is. Ask yourself… when Yokozuna, Bam Bam Bigelow, Mabel and Vader roamed the earth… why did only Yokozuna win the title? Why am I supposed to believe Bret Hart could wrap legs thick as his body around his legs against that man’s will?