My Two Centsss - And The IWC Still Wasn't Happy...
By Super Chrisss
Nov 21, 2012 - 7:12:39 PM
Writer's Note: I would like to preface this column with a brief definition of the term 'IWC', for those who might need some verification. IWC is an abbreviation for "internet wrestling community" and it is composed of any human being who talks about wrestling (WWE, TNA, other) on the internet. Those of you who log into Lords of Pain every morning is a member of the IWC. Those who post comments/replies to articles, columns, and results belong to the IWC. Hell, I'M a member of the IWC, and what do you know, so are you! Therefore, from now until the end of the column, whenever I address the IWC, I will be referring to the majority of internet fans who discuss wrestling. Fair enough?
The date: December 13, 2009
The event: Tables, Ladders, and Chairs
Since it's debut in 2009, TLC has proven to be one of the better all-gimmick Pay-Per-Views in recent history, ranking right up there with Money in the Bank and Elimination Chamber (all of which are in dire need of a name change, but that's another story). Last year's edition boasted an impressive card, most notably Dolph Ziggler vs. Zack Ryder for the U.S. title, Big Show vs. Mark Henry in a Chairs match for the world title, and a triple threat ladder match for the WWE Championship between CM Punk, Alberto del Rio, and The Miz. Further adding intrigue to the event was the fact that John Cena was not advertised for the show, despite being perfectly healthy.
The show ended up being a good one, in fact one of the better PPVs of 2011, in my opinion. Ryder won the U.S. title after months of build-up and he and Ziggler arguably stole the show with their match. Show vs. Henry was brief, but it allowed IWC favourite Daniel Bryan to cash in his Money in the Bank contract and become the new world heavyweight champion. Punk vs. Del Rio vs. Miz was a fun main-event that will sadly be forgotten by many as the years go on. The rest of the card was solid.
By the end of the night, we were left with then-IWC hero Zack Ryder as the new United States Champion, Daniel Bryan as the new world champion, CM Punk still the WWE Champion, and John Cena nowhere to be seen at TLC. But there was just one problem...
The IWC still wasn't happy
You'd assume that having three of the internet's most beloved wrestlers holding the three most prestiguous title belts in the number one wrestling company in the world would be satisfying to even the most skeptical of critics. You'd think WWE being gutsy enough to hold a PPV without using a medically cleared John Cena would be a breath of fresh air to the anti-Cena IWC members. But if you assumed any of those things, you'd be wrong.
People immediately started complaining about TLC. They said Ryder's U.S. title victory was tainted, as he should have won the championship at Survivor Series a month earlier. I even saw people complain that Ziggler was "buried", even though it was a very back-and-forth match. Many of those same people whined Bryan won the world title at the "wrong" PPV, since it wasn't one of the 'Big 4' or an episode of RAW, which gets more buys/viewers than TLC. They also complained about Punk being made to look 'weak' in his title defense by spending so much time handcuffed to the ring post.
None of these are valid arguments, of course. It was simply a case of the IWC complaining because they have nothing better to do. Like I said, Ryder and Ziggler had a great match, Bryan's title win was great because it showed a major title change can happen at ANY event, and Punk put on a great performance alongside Miz and Del Rio. But hey, what do I know?
(Fast-forward four months)
The date: April 1,2012
The event: Wrestlemania XXVIII
For many people, this year's Wrestlemania was a mixed bag. Sheamus' eighteen-second title victory over Daniel Bryan left a bad taste in millions of people's mouths, and killed the mood for many. But once you got over that injustice (which ironically turned Bryan into a legitimate main-event star), it's hard not to place the show in a top ten - some would say a top five - of all-time Wrestlemanias. The card was stacked, with Undertaker and Triple H doing battle inside Hell in a Cell, The Rock and John Cena had their "Once In A Lifetime" match, and Team Johnny clashed with Team Teddy in a highly-hyped GM warfare match. The rest of the card delivered as well, with Randy Orton and Kane putting on a surprisingly good match, and Big Show finally getting his Wrestlemania moment by defeating Cody Rhodes for the Intercontinental title.
But the match that stole the show was none other than Chris Jericho vs. CM Punk for the WWE Championship. For me, this was a dream match - and feud - come true. You had two men who claimed to be the best in the world doing battle for the most coveted prize in the wrestling industry. If you weren't a fan of older names like HHH, 'Taker, and Rock coming back to 'steal the spotlight' at Wrestlemania, then at least you had Jericho vs. Punk to look forward to, a match many members of the IWC spent years BEGGING the WWE for. Well, they finally got it, and in my opinion, both men delivered. Using the twenty-plus minutes they were given, Punk and Jericho put on a clinic, and unless something happens between now and the last SmackDown of the year, have my vote for match of the year.
Sure, it wasn't the main-event of the evening, but it came damn close, being the second-to-last match, and going on before Cena/Rock actually helped Punk vs. Jericho, as the crowd wasn't worn out (like Jericho vs. HHH ten years earlier, for example). Both men gave it everything they had and worked their asses off, using great psychology and an amazing amount of false finishes, but in the end...
The IWC still wasn't happy
While I saw some people give the match a positive review, I was torn to pieces by the vast majority of the IWC for rewarding the match a perfect five-out-of-five stars (a rating I stand by to this day). People called the match nothing remarkable, said it was "alright", and were left feeling disappointed. Disappointed by what I ask? The IWC had completely unreasonable expectations for Punk vs. Jericho - as well as their feud - and when they failed to revolutionize the wrestling business, the IWC collectively deemed Punk vs. Jericho a failure. Yeah, whatever.
(Fast-forward to last Sunday's Survivor Series PPV)
The date: November 18, 2012
The event: Survivor Series
I did not watch the PPV last Sunday so I'm not going to comment on the quality of the matches, but instead I'm going to focus on the results only, which should speak for themselves really.
Some loved the event. More people hated it. But by the end of the night, Dolph Ziggler was not only Mr. Money in the Bank, but also a Sole Survivor; Tyson Kidd and Justin Gabriel got a long overdue rub on PPV; Sheamus did not regain the world heavyweight title (he is far more entertaining when he is chasing the belt); CM Punk was still the WWE Champion; and above all, two of the IWC's favourites - Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins (as well as Roman Reigns) - made their main roster debuts in the MAIN EVENT OF SURVIVOR SERIES! A combination of the above events should have made the IWC orgasm relentlessly, but instead...
The IWC still wasn't happy
At first I couldn't believe it. Surely there was no way the IWC could find things to complain about after what transpired at Survivor Series (besides match quality). But then Hustle told me there were in fact people who were dissatisfied with what they saw. So, I did some investigating, and lo and behold, he was right. I saw people complaining about how Reigns shouldn't have been called up, but Kassus Ohno should have received the nod instead. I saw people complaining how Punk was once again looked weak and needed outside assistance to keep his title. I saw people complaining that Ziggler missed his opportunity to cash in MitB at a huge PPV like the Series. In other words, WWE pretty much gave the IWC everything they wanted and got nothing in return.
This just goes to show that no matter what the company does, the IWC will NEVER be happy. They're like that annoying teacher in high school who will always find some part of your essay to criticize. They're like those annoying parents that still aren't happy when their son brings home nothing but As because they demand an A+. They're like those douchebags who score a date with a hot girl but complain to their friends because she isn't REALLY hot. The IWC is, quite simply, impossible to please. In wouldn't surprise me if this happened:
(Fast-forward five months)
The date: April 7, 2013
The event: Wrestlemania XXIX
It's too early to guess the line-up for next year's Wrestlemania, with the 2013 Royal Rumble still two months away and WWE booking on the fly more than ever, but imagine if CM Punk walks into 'Mania as the WWE Champion. Who would he face? None other than his arch-nemesis and long-time rival, John Cena, and...'Dwayne'. That's right, if Punk makes it to Wrestlemania 29 as WWE Champion, I see him defending his title against both Cena and The Rock.
But you know what would be really cool? If Punk wins. The year-and-a-half reign continues, and CM Punk solidifies himself as 'the man' once and for all. But if Punk does defeat Cena and Rock in a triple threat match, I have another prediction to make:
The IWC STILL won't be happy
Judging by their track record over the years, why should we assume that the IWC would rejoice if Punk can make history and be the first person to defeat Cena and The Rock in the same night? I envision they'll either complain that Punk should have gone over only one of them cleanly OR they'll turn on Punk, calling him "Super Punk" and overrated. They'll suddenly be sick of seeing him as WWE Champion and beg for him to be dethroned. You know where that will leave us?
Right where we began. With Cena as the top dog, the WWE Champion. That's because WWE goes in circles; storylines are a vicious cycle, and so is the IWC. They'll choose someone, root for him constantly, but once he makes it and shows a hint of becoming stale, they immediately turn on him (perfect example: Zack Ryder).
The moral of the story? The IWC is harder to please than a woman on her period - it's simply impossible. And that will never change.
Did You Know?
Wade Barrett eliminated Kofi Kingston from Survivor Series Elimination tag team matches both last year and last Sunday.
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