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Chair Shots Presents: Is the WWE Suffering From Overexposure?
By Rob Simmons
Aug 26, 2014 - 10:00:41 AM

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Welcome back everyone to the column that took a week off to recharge its batteries- Chair Shots! Well, at least that was my intention readers. I wanted to take a week, step away, go to the beach and forget about regular life for a while, and that included professional wrestling. I didn’t really keep up with what was going on except for a cursory glance at Raw results, and I thought I’d be better for it. Much to my surprise, that really didn’t happen. Last night, I sat down on my couch, grabbed a can of Pringles, and prepared to watch Monday Night Raw as is my normal routine. I made it through half the show, which also included switching back and forth from seeing the Orioles put a stomping on Tampa Bay. At 9:30 or so, after seeing RVD wrestle Cesaro AGAIN and after seeing The Usos wrestle The Dust Brothers AGAIN and after AJ and Paige try to out-crazy each other AGAIN, I decided I’d had enough.

I’ve been doing this a long time dear readers. Professional wrestling has been a part of my life longer than some of you have had lives. But I can’t help but think that we’re at a point in the professional wrestling landscape where there’s just TOO MUCH and at the same time, not enough. I don’t want you to think that I’m down on the product, because we’ve all seen that the WWE has had a pretty damn good year so far. There have been several match of the year candidates across numerous PPV events. So from my standpoint, what we’ve seen has been enjoyable. The problem is that we’re starting to see the same thing over and over and over again to the point I just want it all to stop.

So far, I think that Triple H and Stephanie are doing an admirable job steering the ship, but one thing they seem to suffer from is not knowing when to say when. One of the major flaws of the product over the last six months is the continued pushing of angles, or themes past the point of entertainment. Let’s take a look at a few examples of things that went on forever, shall we?

* 3MB vs. Los Matadores- this angle went from the two teams wrestling each other, to El Torito wrestling members of 3MB, to Hornswoggle wrestling El Torito.

* Fandango vs. Summer Rae and Layla- For all I know, this angle isn’t even over. It continues to make its way onto television, despite the fact that nobody cares about it at all.

* Goldust/Stardust vs. Rybaxel- This all started when Cody was on a losing streak, went onto him picking new partners for Goldust and then continued when Cody transformed into Stardust. Yet they continued to wrestle the same two people almost every time.

* RVD vs. Cesaro- These two, for whatever reason, keep getting paired up against one another in matches that never really seem to have a point to them. RVD came back to become a jobber to the stars, and just last night, despite his insane losing record lately, he was put in a #1 contenders match for the US Title. Since May, Cesaro and RVD have been in the ring together in some form over a half dozen times.

Those are just a few examples of not knowing when enough is enough. And it shouldn’t be like that quite frankly. Between Divas and WWE Superstars, the WWE roster is over 60 wrestlers strong, yet we continue to see the same things repeated on a regular basis. And that is where I think the WWE suffers from overexposure. Between Raw, Smackdown, and Main Event, the WWE has 6 hours of wrestling programming to fill. At some point you have to ask yourself if that is just too much. Add to that a 3-hour PPV at least once a month and you’re nearing the point of exhaustion for both the fans, and wrestlers alike, and quite frankly I don’t see that this is going to change anytime soon.

It’s not just the amount of programming that overexposes the WWE either. There’s also the matter of overexposing certain Superstars to the point of insanity. The most recent example of that is one Roman Reigns. As a member of The Shield, wrestling fans were intrigued and excited by what he and his partners had to offer. Oddly though, once Reigns went solo, a groundswell of backlash has begun because the WWE has been ramming his Superman Punch down our throats on an almost daily basis. How did a man that we once touted as being the next big thing become the man that we want to see get taken down a notch or two? Surely you can’t blame the man himself, because Reigns is only performing in the way he has been booked.

Once again, this falls on the shoulders of Triple H and Stephanie, who have decided to overexpose Roman Reigns to the point that a portion of the wrestling fan base is starting to turn on him. We’re not stupid individuals. We understand that Reigns is going to be huge for the WWE. He’s got the look, the size, and oozes charisma to the point of making female fans moist. So because of that, the WWE has decided to make the man practically invincible, but in doing so it’s very apparent that he is not. His mic skills need considerable work. His in-ring talent is good, but his move set is very limited. Don’t get me wrong, I like Roman Reigns and I DO believe he will be a big star, but if the WWE isn’t careful about how strongly they are pushing him, it might all backfire.

As I’m typing this, I keep trying to come up with whether or not there’s an easy solution for the problem that I feel the WWE has right now. How do you fix having too much and not enough at the same time? How do you fix having a good product that suffers from not being good enough? Unfortunately there is no easy fix for this, at least not right now. A lot of people would argue that the WWE was at its best when they were being directly challenged by WCW. They stepped up their game, because they HAD to. Well, with TNA limping along, and RoH nowhere near being competition, nothing like that is going to happen again for quite some time. So the answer has to come from inside the WWE. There has to be somebody that recognizes that while they’re putting out good product, that they’re also in a bit of a rut. At some point, the fans will start recognizing that the wheels are spinning, but nothing’s really moving anywhere. Some of us already have.

I love professional wrestling. It’s a part of who I am. But right now, I’m disinterested. I know this will pass, and that I’ll get back into the swing of things. I always do. So bear with me while I, along with a few others, go through this period of malaise.

So what are you feeling readers? Hit me up with your questions, comments, suggestions, death threats, or general feelings towards Taylor Swift at all of the necessary outlets.

Until next time,
Rob Out!

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