My Two Centsss - So...Many...Heroes...
By Super Chrisss
Aug 22, 2013 - 11:45:26 AM
(Credit: Tom Jenner @ImageBlownOut)
Last night on LoPRadio, I posed a question to my co-host, The Doc, which required some hasty consideration on his part. I asked Dr. Chad if he feels there are too many babyfaces in the current WWE. After some deliberation, he decided that there wasn't; that there was just the right balance of heroes and villains at this point of time. To The Doc's point, we are coming off the heels (pun kind of intended) of a Triple H and Randy Orton turn at SummerSlam, as well as the recent departures of fan favourites John Cena, Kane and Sheamus. At first glance, he might be right - WWE may very well have an even deck of cards.
But when I go back and re-watch certain parts of Monday's Raw, doubt creeps back into my mind. Were The Shield forced to pull double-duty (triple if you include their role in the closing segment) because they are The Corporation's hired enforcers, or because WWE had no one else to use instead? The way I see it, with Cena and Sheamus out, WWE's current pecking order goes something like this:
-The Corporation (Orton, Triple H*, The Shield, Maddox*, the McMahons*)
-Alberto del Rio
-The Real Americans
-Big E Langston
You might have noticed several * among that list. That's because those names are not active competitors and won't be wrestling at every Raw, SmackDown, and Pay-Per-View between now and Wrestlemania. Furthermore, there is quite a difference in credibility between The Corporation plus Del Rio and the rest of the list. Ryback has been busy bullying non-wrestlers backstage, while the others haven't been winning a lot of matches in recent weeks.
Just for fun, let's compare that list to the current (and active) babyfaces on the WWE roster:
-Rob van Dam
-The Big Show
-The PrimeTime Players
Talk about a difference in quality competition, wouldn't you agree? Any of the first eight names on that list could be named as a challenger for Del Rio - or even Orton's - title and it would take very little effort to build them up as a threat. In contrast, had Christian defeated Del Rio for the world title at SummerSlam - or if RVD beats Del Rio at Night of Champions - there are essentially no heels worthy of a title shot. Ryback lost all credibility months ago, and his creepy backstage segments aren't doing him any favours. In typical Money in the Bank winner fashion, Sandow has been booked like complete shit since last month's PPV. Barrett has become Daniel Bryan's personal jobber, and Axel is busy getting his ass handed to him by CM Punk. Apart from Orton, Del Rio, and The Shield members, WWE is seriously lacking in credible heels at the moment.
Alas, all hope may not be lost. You might have noticed a glaring exemption from that list of heels, that being none other than The Wyatt Family. While many people believe The Wyatts have a future in the tag team division, I think WWE have bigger plans for Bray. He may have been booked terribly in his match against Kane at SummerSlam, but he did pick up the win, which is what matters most. He followed that up with an impressive squash courtesy of R-Truth the next night on Raw. Unlike the way WWE booked The Shield upon their debut, with all three members being equals, Bray has been singled out as The Wyatt Family's leader since day one, and I think it's only a matter of time before he feuds with another higher-level face.
Moreover, I sense a heel is on the horizon for at one or two top faces. In my opinion, WWE has stacked the roster with plenty of faces due to Cena and Sheamus' absence from television and live events as well as Orton joining the dark side, but sooner or later the company will realize their match-ups are quite one-sided. After all, there's only so many times Wade Barrett can job to Daniel Bryan or use 3MB as enhancement talent for the same guys. That's why I'm confident enough to predict a heel turn sometime this fall for Christian and/or Mark Henry.
Why Christian? Why not? Other than his rushed feud with Del Rio this month and amazing match at SummerSlam, Christian has done absolutely nothing of importance since returning from injury. Now, rumours of his retirement are running wild, and it would be much easier for Captain Charisma to weasel himself into getting "one more match" than taking the noble route. A Christian vs. RVD feud for the world title would produce some amazing matches, no doubt about it. Better yet, have Christian side with Orton and the McMahons and we get Christian vs. Bryan at a PPV- what a match that would be!
As for Henry, I know I'm not the only one who's been puzzled by his face turn. It came out of the blue, and while it is a change of pace from his Hall of Pain gimmick, we've seen that The World's Strongest Man does his best work as a monster heel. I don't mind his current tag team with The Big Show (who is a million times more tolerable as a face) as it gives them both something to do, but I have a feeling Henry will be back to his old ways by the end of the year, which is a win-win for everyone.
To be perfectly honest, the reason why I'm so worried about the current face/heel dynamic is because of how it will affect the Daniel Bryan vs. The Establishment storyline (credit to The Doc for that one). IF the company plans on keeping this angle hot all the way into Wrestlemania season, they can't have Bryan and Orton wrestling at every PPV between now and April. They need to create new opponents for Bryan, and not just for Bryan, but for anyone who steps up to help him along the way, be it Dolph Ziggler, or CM Punk, or whoever. In order for that to happen, WWE has to establish some midcarders like Wyatt or Sandow as top opponents for Bryan OR they'll have to turn some people heel.
Whatever ends up happening, I can't wait to watch it unfold. WWE is always worried about Monday Night Football stealing away some of their viewers at this time of year. If SummerSlam and last Monday's Raw were any indication of the next few months of storylines, then I believe they have nothing to worry about. The hook is there, and I'm biting. They listened to the fans and chose the perfect moment to give Bryan the ball to run with - since Cena is out, someone HAD to step up. I for one am glad SummerSlam ended the way it did, as we could have got the roles reversed, with a heel Bryan screwing over Randy Orton. I think we can all agree this scenario is much more intriguing than WWE playing it safe by giving Orton the spot as top face chasing the title.
What do you think, folks? Is the current face vs. heel ratio something the company should look into? Or do you think they're doing the right thing by playing it safe due to some of their top faces sitting on the sidelines?
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