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Chair Shots: The Times They Are A'Changin' (or The Machine is Broken)
By TripleR
May 28, 2013 - 1:46:16 PM

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Welcome back faithful readers to the column that’s getting more buzz than Justin Bieber- Chair Shots! As I settled down on my sofa last night, getting ready to watch Raw, I was hoping, just hoping something exciting would happen that would have the internet talking today. I was happy as always to see The Shield in action, but their matches were simply title rematches from Extreme Rules. Not to say they weren’t good matches in their own right, because they were, but this wasn’t what was going to get me off my sofa in excitement. Then IT happened. Do I even have to tell you what I’m talking about? Out of nowhere came a vignette for the Bray Wyatt and his Family- Luke Harper and Erick Rowan, and the entire IWC screamed a scream of delight.

I was on Twitter during the show, and Hustle mentioned that his entire TL had just exploded, as well as several of the people who were tweeting. This was not an exaggeration. Bray Wyatt was trending worldwide for the rest of the evening. The Twitter line that scrolls obnoxiously at the bottom of the screen during Raw was talking only about Bray Wyatt. This was big news, and it was just the thing to get me excited. If you’ve seen the video, you know how well done it was. It was creepy, surreal, and quite honestly reminded me of a trailer for a Rob Zombie movie. These three men are unlike anything that the WWE has seen in quite some time. And that my friends is a welcome change, because the WWE Machine, the machine that cranked out so many generic, clean cut, boy band looking wrestlers not too long ago, is broken. Somebody twisted some wires, bent some gears, and loosened some screws, because The Machine is producing diversity, and along with that, interest that has been waning for far too long.

You only have to look as far as last night’s Raw to see what I’m talking about. The biggest pops of the night by far were for someone who Michael Cole once called boring and lifeless, Daniel Bryan. To borrow a line from Sting, every move he made, every step he took, we were watching him. The Canadian crowd was going batshit crazy for EVERY LITTLE THING he did. He threw a kick, the crowd roared. He ran across the ring, the crowd roared. He dove outside; the crowd completely lost their shit. Add to that, he and Kane were wrestling two other men that have taken the WWE by storm, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns of The Shield. Now before The Machine broke, Reigns would have probably been someone who fit the previous mold that the WWE liked. He’s big, loud, and Samoan- three things the WWE has loved for quite a long time. But as part of The Shield he’s broken through that stereotype to become something else entirely. Rollins on the other hand looks like some psychotic street urchin who got caught in some bizarre hair salon accident. And we've all now been a witness to the unique brand of insanity that Dean Ambrose brings to the ring.

Embracing the Indy talent is something that Vince and his crew has been reluctant to do for many, many years. They thought that the best wrestlers in the world were the ones that they created, and everybody else was second best. And it worked for a time, there’s no denying that. Vince was able to get by with his big, muscular guys that looked and moved the same, but history showed us that the fans want more. They want to latch onto diverse characters that break the mold, like Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Undertaker and CM Punk. One of the biggest problems that the WWE has with their top stars is that at the end of the day, they’re just pretty boring. John Cena, Randy Orton, Sheamus- they’ve all been doing the same thing for so many years that fans just don’t care anymore.

When John Cena entered the ring last night at the beginning of the show, the fans cared so little about what he had to say that they started chanting “We Want Bret” almost before he even spoke. To Cena’s credit, he acknowledged that chant and Bret Hart, but went on about his business. He did his goofy shtick, taking shots at the way Ryback talks, and received some decent cheers for his trouble. Daniel Bryan got INTRODUCED and got bigger cheers than Cena did before he even did anything. Those cheers were never eclipsed the entire evening, even during Cena’s match. Somewhere, somebody in the back had to have noticed that. The problem is that they won’t do anything about it. You see Cena’s the guy, whether you like it or not. He’s the WWE cash cow, the face of the entire company. If the WWE were to greenlight a program between Cena and Daniel Bryan, Cena would most certainly be booed out of the building. You only have to look at last night to realize that is what would happen. They aren’t ready to turn the reigns over to 5’10”, goat looking, former Indy darling. They hear the cheers Bryan gets, and it scares the crap out of them.

CM Punk already turned the WWE on its ear when he let loose his now famous “Summer of Punk” promo. For a time, the WWE let him run with the ball, holding the belt for an almost unheard of length of time. But even then, they still had to water him down some. The controversial CM Punk was gone, replaced by the whining CM Punk who talked about getting no respect from the fans for being the Best in the World. The WWE was on the cusp of doing something extraordinary with Punk, but instead it all just became rather ordinary.

But there’s only so much hiding the WWE can do now. Ambrose, Rollins, and Reigns are already here. Daniel Bryan is already here. Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper, and Erick Rowan are coming. And it won’t be too long after that until you see Kassius Ohno, Adrian Neville, and the Ascension follow them. NXT at this point is basically running like an Indy federation. The home grown stars are learning leaps and bounds from the Indy guys that are already there. Not only that, it appears that Sami Callihan and Samuray Del Sol, and possibly Mike Bennett will be joining them in the near future. I remember looking at the NXT (then FCW) roster not too long ago and not being able to distinguish one wrestler from another. That has all changed. Characters are emerging, wrestlers are learning how to work better matches, and The WWE Machine, which was churning at a steady pace has picked up speed and is damn near running clean off the tracks.

As the title of the column states my faithful readers, the times they are a’changin’. It’s time for some Superstars in the WWE to either step their game up, or get the hell out. I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if we see some of the dead weight be cut from the WWE Roster in the near future, and quite frankly it’s about time. It’s about time that wrestlers like Ted Dibiase Jr., Alex Riley, Camacho, and JTG are put out to pasture. Don’t be scared WWE. Embrace the change! Your Machine has taken on a life of its own- Embrace It!

Until next time,
Trip Out!

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