Posted in: Doctor's Orders Doctor's Orders: 800 Words on Raw and Current Direction of the Product
By Dr. CMV1
Oct 27, 2011 - 12:34:45 AM
Well, another Raw is in the books and it has received about the same amount of hate as the three that preceded it. I have stayed out of this for the most part, but after a fourth straight week, I’m a little annoyed, myself. Frankly, Raw is back to being ordinary. When CM Punk cut the promo that resonated beyond the WWE Universe and into the mainstream, I found renewed interest in the product that’s usually reserved for Mania season. Punk was different and the storylines that surrounded him were, at the very least, engaging in a “what will happen next” kind of way. It had been awhile since Raw made me feel that way, as I’d felt the show had become “paint-by-numbers” in recent years, what with the guest hosts and predictable stories revolving around John Cena and Randy Orton. Punk happened, though. Then, the WWE brought a new authority figure into the fold and a behind the scenes plot shrouded what was once predictable with a veil of a guessing game. Kevin Nash showed up. Awesome Truth got hot. Dolph Ziggler, Cody Rhodes, Christian, and Jack Swagger voiced their disapproval with Triple H as C.O.O. For over three months, from late June to Hell in a Cell in October, I was hooked on watching Raw live (usually happens from Jan.-March only).
That sort of seems like a fading memory, at this point. I didn’t have much issue with the walkout, although I did find it to be boring. I really didn’t have a problem with Johnny Ace being put in power temporarily, as despite all the negative things about him, he has been drawing a lot of heat. I didn’t mind last week’s show, either. I figured I could hang on until they got their act together for what I was thinking would be the first Survivor Series in 5 years that would focus its major story arc on a traditional elimination match that had meaning - a logical conclusion to the “power struggle." I further thought that Rock and Cena teaming up could be explained within the context of that traditional elimination match and subsequently provide closure to the fall’s biggest feud while reigniting the rivalry that would carry us through the end of the year and into the new. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen on Monday, as a different direction was set in motion that will feature Rock and Cena tagging up against Awesome Truth, but no clear cut resolution to the Johnny Ace-Triple H-who’s doing what to sabotage the Game storyline that has had its fair share of ups and downs and is already wearing thin.
Frankly, the main thing I wanted was a classic Survivor Series match with purpose. The power struggle seemed to provide that. A resolution at the fall classic would’ve validated all the time spent on this story in recent months and given it an exciting conclusion at Madison Square Garden. In setting my expectations to that end, I ultimately put myself in the position to be disappointed. Make no mistake about it; I’m disappointed. I can certainly see the logic in Rock and Cena vs. Miz and Truth. It should be great exposure for Awesome Truth and it should make for a nice hype vehicle for the Rock-Cena feud. I just felt like the same thing could’ve been accomplished in a 5-on-5 match and, for the first time in years, given the gimmick (that the November PPV was founded on) a launching pad that would show the newer fans that it isn’t just a throwaway.
Survivor Series will likely turn out fine; the excitement surrounding the Rock’s return to the ring will assuredly re-ignite my excitement to a degree. However, the enthusiasm I had toward this PPV has been stripped. It reminds me of roughly a year ago. The Nexus was a thoroughly engaging idea. A renegade group of youngsters banding together to create mayhem was something that was attention grabbing to say the least. Unfortunately, I thought the way that the WWE team was presented in the build-up to Summerslam was overdone and annoying. So, I didn’t bother with Summerslam b/c I felt that the WWE took something so easy to write and took it in a less interesting direction. That's how I'm feeling right now. I guess you could say that I have higher hopes for the big 4. I expect a better, more inspired product. That’s what I was expecting on Raw this past Monday. It was OK, but it continued the October trend of producing bland and logic-gap filled television. Cena’s plea to Rock for help was almost comical, while simultaneously representing the flaws with the flagship show’s writing in recent weeks.
I’m going to do something about it, though. I won’t watch Raw live next week. I’ll read about it and, if I read something that seemed worth watching, I’ll find it on the net. What better way can we, as fans, voice our displeasure than to simply not give them our portion of the Nielsen rating. If you're feeling what I'm feeling, I urge you to do the same. I had planned on ordering the Survivor Series, as well. I figured that they’d earn my actual money instead of my bar attendance. However, I’ve changed my tune. I’ve already convinced the group that was going to my house to reroute their course to the Fox and Hound. Again, if you feel disgruntled, I urge you to do the same.
It takes quite a lack of effort to get ‘ol Dr. Chad to remove the helmet of positivity. Nice job, WWE…