As I'm typing this, we are less than sixty minutes away from "SuperSmackdown!". I'm not going to lie, it feels a bit strange getting ready to watch two hours of wrestling on a Tuesday night. However, it's a good kind of strange. Yesterday, it was reported on this very website that the WWE Creative team are under a lot of pressure going into this show because WWE wants the show to get a really good rating. Why? To get it off Friday nights - permanently. It's something the company should have done YEARS ago. Oh, well, better late than never.
I really enjoyed last night's episode of RAW. Apart from the tag team title match, the divas match, and the newest cure for insomnia (a.k.a. Triple H's new movie), the show really delivered. However, it didn't do a very good job of building towards the Night Of Champions Pay-Per-View. Alberto Del Rio, the WWE Champion, wasn't even on the show, and the only other confirmed match - Kevin Nash vs. CM Punk - got changed to Punk vs. HHH at the very end of the show! Normally, inconsistencies like that would piss me off, but it's fine, because although Night of Champions was barely hyped, they did put a lot of effort into promoting the show that matters most: tonight's live edition of Smackdown!.
Words cannot truly express how crucial it is for tonight show's to be excellent. I'm not saying The Rock, Stone Cold, and Brock Lesnar all have to make appearances, and we get an IronMan match between CM Punk and John Cena that rewrites wrestling history, but the show must be better than a "regular" edition of Smackdown!. Why? Because if fans tune in, like what they see, and earn the show a high rating, it just might convince SyFy officials to seriously consider moving their highest-rated weekly show to a different timeslot. Let's face it - with RAW ratings slipping, and UFC debuting on FOX several months from now, it's only a matter of time before Friday night becomes very cruel to Smackdown!. The show needs to be moved to a different day not only to succeed, but to survive.
It is currently 7:15pm, and you can bet the suits are sweating their asses off over at WWE Headquarters in Connecticut. They can see the writing on the wall for Smackdown! and they need to do something. Sending Randy Orton didn't improve ratings or house show attendance. Triple H making an appearance every other week didn't help ratings. Even putting the world title back on Christian only stabilized the decline, it wasn't a long-term solution. The only way to make Smackdown! relevant again is for it to air on a weekday not named "Friday". Personally, I was always a big fan of "Thursday Night Smackdown!", but Tuesday works too. Besides, Thursday is home to WCW - I mean TNA - sorry, Impact Wrestling. You know what I mean!
The point is, as a wrestling fan, I can feel the electricity in the air. WWE have been pimping out tonight's "SuperSmackdown!" anyway they can - on television, on Twitter, through superstar media appearances - you name it. Everything has to click on tonight's episode, and the fans need to be entertained. They have to be given a reason to stop considering Smackdown! as RAW's little brother and view the brand as on par with the red brand. Granted, with the brand split temporarily on hold, it will be easier for that to happen, but WWE has to take the next step. They have to take that electricity out of the air and feed on it. Produce the best damn live Smackdown! they're capable of.
After all, moving Smackdown! to Tuesday nights on a regular basis is a win for everybody. The fans are happy because they no longer have to stay in on a Friday night to watch wrestling. The company is happy because the ratings have gone up due to more people watching it, and spoilers are no longer an issue. SyFy executives are happy because their most-watched show just became even more popular. So at the end of the day, the people in charge make more money, and the fans get to watch Smackdown! on a Tuesday night. Everybody wins.
Unless of course tonight's show doesn't pull higher than a 2.0 and SyFy opts to keep the show on Fridays. Something which could very well happen, mind you.
I'm counting on "SuperSmackdown!" being quite special. WWE, for both our sakes, please don't screw it up.
2. Day 356
Just over a month ago, one of my readers asked me to share my thoughts on the possibility of the brand extension coming to an end. This was right after Money in the Bank, when Christian had been making appearances on RAW, and guys like John Morrison and R-Truth were occasionally competing on Smackdown!. At the time, I felt that merging the two rosters was a horrible idea, primarily because both brands had enough trouble getting midcarders off Superstars and onto RAW and Smackdown!. Fast-forward to today, hot off the heels of a RAW SuperShow and "SuperSmackdown!", and I feel exactly the same way I did last month. Ending the brand extension before the end of the year is one of the worst decisions WWE could ever make.
One of the main reasons why both the company and the fans want to end the brand split is so they can no longer have filler matches on RAW and Smackdown!, as well as no longer need to put superstars who are "not over" on television. In all honesty, that is one of the stupidest claims I've ever heard. How exactly are superstars supposed to get over if they're NOT on television? Of course guys like JTG, Drew McIntyre, and Trent Barretta who are sparingly used will not get big reactions when they finally get to appear on either show - how is the average WWE fan supposed to know who they are if they wrestle once every three months? At the moment, it's hard enough for WWE to find TV time for once-prominent figures like McIntyre, Santino, and Justin Gabriel with a split roster, yet people seem to think that merging both brands will solve that problem? Get serious, bro. I find it funny how the same people who bitch and complain when Zack Ryder doesn't appear on RAW also want the brand split to end. If anything, the chances of Ryder getting released increases tenfold should the rosters permanently merge. I just don't see the logic.
Another popular "Pro-Roster Merge" argument that I've seen countless people bring up is how the tag team, midcard, and even the divas divisions would all become credible again under one roster. They believe that unifying the United States and Intercontinental titles will make the undisputed title holder (i.e. Dolph Ziggler or Cody Rhodes) an extremely strong champion, and compelling storylines will develop. Ummm, wrong again. If this past week's episodes of RAW and Smackdown! are anything to go by, it won't matter if there's two midcard titles, or if there's only one championship. WWE will not dedicate more than ten minutes of television time to either champion. So what if Ziggler is involved in an angle with Vickie Guerrero and Jack Swagger? Chances are, they won't get much time to expand the angle on either show. In the meantime, the other superstars involved in the title picture, Cody Rhodes, Alex Riley, Ezekiel Jackson, etc., will simply sit on the sidelines and compete in random matches on Superstars. Why? Because when the likes of John Cena, Randy Orton, CM Punk, Triple H, and other main-eventers are appearing on both shows, there's only so much time that can be given to a "secondary" championship.
This brings me to the root of the problem. Again, it doesn't matter if the brands are split or if they are one. In the current direction of the WWE, we'll continue having five-minute matches featuring the Intercontinental or U.S. Champion, three minutes divas matches, and tag team matches starring the same people week in and week out. The problem has nothing to do with the brand split whatsoever. The real problem is WWE's Creative Team. As far as the undercard goes - THEY HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THEY'RE DOING. While WWE's major angles have made for fantastic television the past few months (Punk/Cena, Punk/Kevin Nash,HHH, Orton/Christian), the rest of the card have simply been given shit to work with. I'm not saying The Miz and R-Truth should be given thirty minutes to speak and develop their new unit every single week, but as long as WWE keeps on giving us the John Cena and Randy Orton show on a regular basis, nobody's going to care about the rest of the card. I hate Otunga and McGillicutty as much as any sane person, but it's not like they were given any time to cut a promo on RAW or Smackdown! during their three-month reign as champs. They had no real feuds or storylines going on. They just showed up, defended their titles, and left. You can blame their limited ring and charisma skills for them not getting over. Or maybe you can blame WWE instead for not bothering to do anything with them.
It's time to face facts, folks. Ending the brand split is not going to solve the problem otherwise known as WWE's undercard. Having one world champion, one midcard champion, one pair of tag team champs, and one divas champion is not going to make for better television. The focus will always be on the main-event stars, while everyone else on the roster plays filler between their angles and matches. Until WWE wises up and starts using their midcarders effectively, there is absolutely nothing to gain by merging the rosters. A brief ratings increase sure, but what about preparing for the future? WWE could be in possession of the next Stone Cold or The Rock, but they'll never find out because they only focus on the same characters week in and week out, and those who do get time to compete don't have much time to work with. Once WWE figures out how to make their other titles and titleholders relevant again, they can end the brand split. But until that happens, PLEASE keep the rosters separate from one another. The superstars aren't the problem - the writers are.
3. Day 357
Ever since Sin Cara's overhyped WWE debut, I've been trying my best to get into his character and enjoy his matches. I've heard all about his history, about being one of Mexico's biggest stars, as well as being one of the most amazing athletes from south of the border. I also knew that WWE had rushed his debut, not bothering to send him to FCW to become accustomed to the "WWE style" of wrestling. Instead, they wasted no time debuting him on both RAW AND Smackdown!, without Cara ever cutting a promo (since, you know, he doesn't know to speak English).
If this wasn't one of WWE's biggest flops of the year, then I don't know what else is. Not only did Cara botch his entrance on national television at least three times, but his first few matches were almost unwatchable. Sure, he did some cool moves in the ring, but he made spot monkeys look like in-ring technicians. He had no flow or transition between his moves, and his timing was usually off - which was probably due to the lack of communication between him and his opponent thanks to that pesky language barrier. His "awkwardness" in the ring should have been a warning sign to WWE officials that he needs to practice off television before continuing his major push. But Triple H and other officials were so obsessed with pushing Sin Cara that they put him in his first major feud against fellow Latino wrestler, Chavo Guerrero, figuring the communication issue would be solved.
BRRRR! Wrong again, WWE. What was supposed to result in a series of "dream matches" between the two luchadors ended in a disaster. Their Pay-Per-View match at Over The Limit was awful, and the return match on Smackdown! was barely decent. Almost immediately afterwards, Chavo - who had been employed by the company for over a decade - took the blame for the feud and matches falling apart, and quit the WWE. Sin Cara continued to compete in random matches, won almost every match he was in except against Christian, and was taken off television after being powerbomed by Sheamus in the Smackdown! Money in the Bank Ladder Match to serve a 30-Day suspension.
WWE should have taken advantage of this situation and let Sin Cara train in FCW for a few months. After all, Cara was slowly improving in the ring, and one would assume learning a few words of English. Spending some time in WWE's farm system would have done nothing but help the former Mexican megastar. But to nobody's surprise, WWE did the most illogical thing possible - called up Hunico, another Hispanic wrestler, and made him portray Sin Cara for about a month. In the meantime, the real Sin Cara sit at home, serving out the rest of his suspension. When he was finally given the approval to return to work, he apparently brought such a lousy attitude with him that Vince McMahon was forced to send him home, and have Hunico work the Smackdown! tapings instead. Oh, and that went really well, by the way. His match against Heath Slater went so badly that they had to re-tape the entire match not once, but twice in the same night! Just imagine the poor live audience having to sit through that...
Mistico, the "real" Sin Cara, sucks. Hunico, the "fake" Sin Cara, sucks. The ludicrous, annoying, out-of-place, eye-burning, distracting blue-and-orange lighting during their matches FUCKING SUCKS. The Sin Cara character, who is yet to speak a word, but has already turned heel, sucks in general. How are the fans supposed to look forward to a Sin Cara vs. Sin Cara feud? Neither man can put on a decent match in the ring unless their opponent's name is Christian, Tyson Kidd or Daniel Bryan, yet we're supposed to be entertained by a potential series of matches between the two of them? Are you serious? And how are they supposed to add heat to their feud? Keep pointing at each other? Have staring contests? Jumping competitions? It just doesn't make sense.
I understand that for some inexplicable reason, the kids love Sin Cara. His merchandise is a hit among them, and with Rey Mysterio out until Spring 2012, Cara will certainly help sales in that demographic. Also, don't forget about that Mexican fanbase. Alberto Del Rio is great (and underrated, in my opinion), but he can't represent the Latino demographic all by himself. Therefore, I can understand WWE's need to push Sin Cara and keep one or two personifications of him around.
But something has to be done. Neither Sin Cara is ready for the push they are getting. The fans are certainly not ready. WWE needs to take notice of this and find a way to solve this problem, whether it means getting a THIRD man to portray Sin Cara, or improve either Mistico or Hunico's speaking and in-ring skills. Also, if Cara is to be taken seriously, those awful lights have to go.
Because honestly, I've "Sin" enough.
4. Day 358
It appears that the Internet Wrestling Community has shifted their attention from Matt "Scumbag" Hardy to the current TNA World Heavyweight Champion, Kurt Angle. In case you haven't had internet access for about a week, and have no idea what Angle's been up to lately, here's a quick rundown:
-Went on Twitter and complained about being poorly ranked on WWE's "Top 50 Superstars of the 21st Century" DVD.
-Went back on Twitter and apologized for his comments.
-Got pulled over and arrested for drunk driving.
-Claimed that he was being framed for the DUI and professed his innocence.
-Gave away the main-event for this Sunday's No Surrender Pay-Per-View before TNA officially announced it.
If your gut reaction to reading that is, "Old man Kurt is going crazy on us again", well, you're not too far from the truth. Mr. Angle has had quite the busy week. From crying over his placement on another horribly-compiled WWE list (Rey Mysterio at number nine - really, WWE? Really?), to spending the night in jail, September is starting off pretty bad for the Olympic Gold Medalist. In fact, with a resume not too different from that of Matt Hardy, it's no wonder that Angle's actions has made him the laughing stock of the IWC in recent days. However, Angle is not Matt Hardy. Among other things, Kurt Angle is...
The reigning TNA World Champion. Training for the 2012 Olympic Games. Star of the upcoming Warrior movie. In other words, he's not just another WWE reject looking for attention. Angle is the current face of the second biggest wrestling organization in North America, a potential Olympic athlete, and has a movie coming out. Now is not the time to be acting like an idiot. He has a lot of people counting on him, from TNA officials to his family, yet he still manages to screw up somehow. Screw up again and again and again.
Angle's first offence, taking to Twitter to complain about being ranked lower than Mick Foley and the number 30 on WWE's "Greatest Superstars" DVD, is just stupid. If WWE ranked Hulk Hogan at twenty-something on their "Top 50 Superstars of All-Time" countdown, then what was Angle expecting? To be placed higher than the likes of John Cena and Eddie Guerrero, two guys who never left the company and made a major impact? I'm a fan of Kurt the wrestler, he has put on some epic matches in both WWE and TNA, but for him to think he accomplished more than someone like Triple H or Edge is laughable.
As far as the DUI is concerned, it was more hysterical than unexpected. Over the last 30 days, several TNA employees have made the headlines by being arrested for drunk driving, and with Angle, the current TNA champion, now added to the list, it does nothing but damage the company's image even more. As someone on this website quipped earlier today, it won't be long before people start referring to TNA as "Total Nonstop Arrests", as these DUI charges seem to be taking place every single week. Great way to set an example. Kurt. Oh, and the best part about it? Angle swears he didn't do it; that he was being "framed". I suppose the same guy who hacked his Twitter account a few months back also happened to hack into his car, right?
Possibly the only excusable thing that Angle has done recently is "spoil" the main-event for this Sunday's PPV, No Surrender. I say "spoil" because it makes no sense for TNA to announce the main-event for ANY of their PPVs a mere three days before it airs live. WWE may wait until the last minute to announce the rest of the undercard for their PPVs, but at least their main-event matches are announced and promoted well ahead of time. I cannot comprehend why TNA would wait until the very last minute to make Angle vs. Sting vs. Mr. Anderson at No Surrender official. Therefore, I actually commend Angle for blabbing to the media about Sunday's match. At least he bothers to promote TNA when given the chance, unlike that Hulk Hogan dude. But I digress.
Kurt Angle is lucky he's arguably the biggest star in TNA today, because if he wasn't, I doubt he'd still be employed. Getting arrested, trying to cover it up, and spoiling a yet-to-be-made-official PPV bout are not going to go unnoticed by company officials. Any midcarder (or Matt Hardy) would be fired, but despite Angle taking some backstage heat, his job is in no danger thanks to his main-event status. If TNA was smart, they would have Angle drop the title to either Sting or Anderson this Sunday as punishment for his recent actions. Unfortunately, I doubt they'll do the fair thing, which means Angle will likely retain the title and face the new number one contender in the main-event at Bound For Glory. Hooray!
But seriously Kurt, stop being an idiot. You're shitting over your career before it's even over. It's time to get serious, bro.
5. Day 359
While people all over the world mourn the ten-year anniversary of 9/11, an event which I barely recall living through due to my young age at the time but understood the impact of, TNA presents their final Pay-Per-View before Bound For Glory, or their Elimination Chamber before Wrestlemania if you will. Admittedly, I haven't been following the shows very closely in recent weeks due to school, work, and Jersey Shore all taking place on Thursdays, but I have been keeping up with the storylines. From what I've heard, TNA has done a piss-poor job promoting tonight's show. But let's take a look at the card, shall we?
TNA Tag Team Championship: Mexican America (c.) vs. Brother Devon & The Pope
I'm not going to lie, TNA has done a good job developing this midcard angle with Devon & Pope the last few months (take note, WWE). Are they on the same page? Can Pope be trusted? Is Devon going to turn heel? At least one of those questions shall be answered tonight, but in the meantime, I fully expect Hernandez and Anarquia to retain in their first title defense. TNA has spent too much time pushing Mexican America only for them to reign as champs for less than a month.
Winners, and STILL TNA Tag Team Champions: Mexican America
Number One Contender's Match for the X-Division Championship: Kid Cash vs. Jesse Sorensen
To show how little TNA I've been watching recently, I have no clue who this Jesse Sorensen is. I don't know what he looks like, how good he is in the ring, or if he's a face or a heel. But I have to give him props for being booked for a PPV match so quickly. As for his opponent, Kid Cash, I loved his WWE work, so I'm expecting the two will put on a good match at the very least. I doubt Sorensen will get the win, as it makes more sense for the veteran to get the win and possibly compete at Bound For Glory for the title. There, fore I'm going with the former "Pit Bull".
Winner, and NEW Number One Contender: Kid Kash
TNA Knockouts Championship: Mickie James (c.) vs. Winter
Am I the only one who feels this feud has been going on forever? Probably not. James recently regained the title on Impact Wrestling, so it would be silly for the championship to change hands AGAIN. While I would rather see Winter defend the title against Velvet Sky at Bound For Glory, there's no way TNA is going to leave James off their biggest PPV card of the year. So whether you're sick of her or not, James will retain tonight.
Winner, and STILL TNA Knockouts Champion: Mickie James
Samoa Joe vs. Matt Morgan
In my opinion, this should be a semi-final match in the Bound For Glory series. But instead, TNA decided to push Gunner and Crimson, and Morgan got injured, which basically screwed him out of the series. Nevertheless, this should be one of the night's better matches, and you have to ask yourself who needs the win more. Morgan has been out of action since late June, while Joe has been on a massive losing streak. Since the company seems to view Joe as nothing more than enhancement talent at this point (which is BS, mind you), I see Morgan getting the win and moving on to a bigger feud heading into next month's PPV.
Winner: Matt Morgan
TNA X-Division Championship: Brian Kendrick (c.) vs. Austin Aries
I think it's safe to say that Aries has been one of the best things to happen to Impact Wrestling in quite some time. His matches are smooth and entertaining, he plays a good heel, and he just seems to give it his all whether he's wrestling, commentating, or giving a promo. Aries was the right man to win the X-Division Invitational Series a few months back, no doubt about it. Kendrick has been a decent champion, but he's certainly cooled off since his feud with Abyss ended. With Bound For Glory around the corner, the X-Division needs some fresh blood injected into it, and Aries should be champion going into the big event.
Winner, and NEW TNA X-Division Champion: Austin Aries
TNA World Heavywight Championship: Kurt Angle (c.) vs. Sting vs. Mr. Anderson
TNA waited three days before the PPV to make this match official. Therefore, I'm going to write only three sentences on this "mega-important-must-see-match". Angle wins, Anderson bitches, and we get Sting vs. Hogan at Bound For Glory - yayyyy.
Winner, and STILL TNA World Heavyweight Champion: Kurt Angle
Bound For Glory Series Semi-Final Match: Bully Ray vs. James Storm
Oh, what do you know? A match worth talking about because it's the second-to-last round of a tournament that has been going on for months. I have absolutely no problem with either man making it this far. Bully Ray has had a breakout year since splitting with Devon, and has really become one of the top heels in the company. Storm had some time to get his feet wet as a singles competitor during Booby Roode's arm injury and this series, proving he can make it on his own when Beer Money eventually split. As much as I would love to see Storm vs. Roode in the finals, I don't think it's meant to be. Bully Ray will move on to the main-event.
Winner: Bully Ray
Bound For Glory Series Semi-Final Match: Gunner vs. Bobby Roode
A funny fact about this series: every man in the final four spent a large portion of their television careers competing in a tag team - The Dudley Boyz/Team 3D (Bully Ray), Beer Money (James Storm & Bobby Roode), Gunner & Murphy (Gunner). It just goes to show that keeping a tag team together long enough might pay off one day. Anyways, Gunner has certainly improved since joining Immortal, and has been pushed quite hard as a favorite to win the series. That being said, he's definitely not ready to main-event TNA's biggest PPV of the year. Roode, on the other hand, is a TNA Original who is finally getting his chance to shine. Sorry about your damn luck, Gunner.
Winner: Bobby Roode
Bound For Glory Series Final: Bully Ray vs. Bobby Roode
This is what it all comes down to. Neither man has the best win/loss record in the rankings, but they made it here, and that's what counts. While both men are deserving of the win and competing for the world title at Bound For Glory, there's no way we'll get a heel vs. heel match at next month's PPV. Roode has come a long way, and is already showing flashes of main-event potential. This is the win he needs to make him a star and credible in everyone's eyes. Therefore, the "better half" of Beer Money is going to Bound For Glory to fulfill a true underdog story. It's about time.
Winner, and NEW Number One Contender to the World Heavyweight Championship: Bobby Roode
6. Day 360
To absolutely nobody's surprise, last night's episode of RAW got a pathetically low rating. For a show that has been airing weekly as Monday Night RAW has, pulling a 2.7 on a non-holiday episode is laughable. The return and debut of ESPN's Monday Night Football undoubtedly played a huge role in the low rating, but WWE saw it coming. They should have gone all-out to hook viewers and keep them from switching over. But, they didn't. They gave us the same, repetitive, uninspired episode of RAW that has been airing since post-SummerSlam, maybe even before. Putting the blame on a rival football game is taking the easy way out. There are other variables contributing to the low RAW rating, and WWE knows it, but doesn't want to admit it.
One of the major flaws is the lack of new faces on Monday Night RAW. Even though it is now a "SuperShow" featuring both RAW and Smackdown! superstars, we're technically seeing the John Cena/Randy Orton show all over again, but this time it's also featuring Triple H and CM Punk. Don't believe me? Cena was a major part of the opening segment, and the star of the tag team match a bit later. Orton's entrance, match against Cody Rhodes, and post-match assault by Mark Henry took up a good twenty minutes. Finally, the show concluded with another long face-off between Punk and HHH. Now, don't get me wrong. I was entertained by all of these matches and segments, but they had so much time and focus devoted to them that everything in-between felt like filler. And that's what's turning away lots of fans.
Yes, Cena is a ratings draw. Yes, HHH is a ratings draw. Orton seems to be a ratings draw. But not every single person who tunes into RAW and/or Smackdown! wants to see these three guys shoved down our throats every week. Believe it or not, there are some people out there who want to see younger, newer talent like "Air Boom", Dolph Ziggler, and John Morrison. However, if these guys are featured for only five or ten minutes an episode, why should their fans keep watching? They're obviously not Cena fans, and are sick and tired of constantly seeing him involved in the world title hunt.
Another related issue is their lack of (or not knowing how to) pushing their new stars. They'll start building up a new guy, and then suddenly start pushing someone else, while the first guy gets lost in the shuffle. Take Alex Riley for example. When he first turned on The Miz prior to Capitol Punishment, he was pushed HARD. Not only did he dominate the build-up to the match, but he actually defeated his former mentor cleanly at the Pay-Per-View, and went on to win their rematch. He was super over with the crowds, and even got some rubs by teaming with guys like John Cena and Stone Cold Steve Austin. However, after the Money in the Bank PPV, Riley's push inexplicably cooled off. He was still getting major reactions from the audience, and improving in the ring, but WWE decided to shift their attention to CM Punk and the RAW MitB winner, Alberto Del Rio. Riley was pushed aside, and his momentum came to a screeching halt. He may have a U.S. title match scheduled for Sunday's Night Of Champions PPV, but he has been booked so poorly recently that him winning would probably be considered an upset.
But once again, there is a common denominator to all these factors. Cena and Orton being the focal point of RAW, midcarders being treated like jokes, rising talent losing momentum through no fault of their own: it can be contributed to one thing, and it's not a new football season. Ladies and gentlemen, RAW is presently in shambles because...you guessed it...the WWE creative team sucks!. There are countless people who defend The McMahons and their underlings on a daily basis, claiming they're the reason we keep turning into WWE programming week after week. That's bullshit. Remember when Paul Heyman had creative control over Smackdown! in the early 2000s? Not only was the show fun and exciting to watch, but midcard talent got their chance to shine (the original Smackdown! Six for the win) and - surprise, surprise - ratings went up, even higher than RAW's. So don't you dare tell me the current creative team are doing the best they can because there are people who can do better.
WWE can keep living in their fantasy world that everything is alright, that football is to blame for the ratings decline. The thing is, ratings were already in decline BEFORE Monday Night Football made it's return. In other words, the problem was already there and just keeps getting worse. The whole CM Punk/Kevin Nash/Triple H started off strong and renewed interest among fans because it was something different. Now, Punk and Nash are presumably taking the blame for the lower ratings even though it's not their fault - it's THE WRITERS who screwed up the storyline, not them. But as long as a McMahon is in charge or running WWE creative, the talent will continue to be used as scapegoat.
Until there are some major changes made to the creative team, WWE better get used to RAW pulling some low numbers. They can blame football all they want, but the first step to recovery is admitting they have a problem. And that problem is their "genius" writing team.
7. Day 361
It’s been a long time since I did a list column, and I figured today would be the day to change all that. No, I’m not going to rank the seven best wrestlers on the roster today, or the next seven superstars who I think will win a world title by the end of 2012. Instead, I’m going to look at another vital aspect of a WWE Superstar or Diva – their entrance music. Every one of the all-time greats had a theme song millions of people either loved or could identify with (i.e. Stone Cold, “Glass Shatter”; Hulk Hogan, “Real American”; John Cena, “My Time Is Now”; etc.). I’m not saying that getting new entrance music will make a superstar a 12-time world champion, but it wouldn’t hurt. Here are seven talents who could benefit from a “change of tune”:
I’m well aware that he had a change of music twice in the last six months, from rapping to silence to a current mix of the two, but a more fitting theme would do wonders for one half of “Awesome Truth”. Something gospel-like perhaps with the lyrics “I Told You So” repeated over and over would not be closer to his gimmick, but irritate the crowd. At the moment, there are very few fans taking Truth seriously, but that could all change in an instant if he gets a more serious song to come out to.
6. Kelly Kelly
It’s no secret that I am NOT a fan of the reigning divas champion. That being said, it doesn’t mean I can’t think of ways to help her improve. Since not even Chris Jericho himself could train Kelly to become half-decent inside the ring, it might be better to try and help her image outside the squared circle. Image-wise, there’s nothing to improve on as the girl is obviously beautiful, but goddamn, does her music suck or what? She’s been using it for years, but it still makes me cringe every time she comes out or wins a match. Some past and current divas like Trish Stratus, Lita, and Beth Phoenix had/has some good entrance music, and since the WWE is so determined to push Kelly as the face of the divas division, they could at least give her some tolerable ear candy.
5. Tyson Kidd
Tyson Kidd has been on the main WWE roster for more than two years, yet he still comes out to generic rock music. Now, I know he used The Hart Dynasty music for a good portion of his career, but considering how long the WWE teased their split, they couldn’t have found some decent music for Kidd to use for his solo run? In case you’re not a frequent viewer of NXT, Superstars and even Smackdown!, Kidd has been constantly putting on some great matches against any and every opponent. Kidd is quickly becoming one of the most versatile performers on the blue brand. Now, all he needs is a well-timed push and an actual theme song to make an impact in WWE-land.
4. Kofi Kingston & Evan Bourne, “Air Boom”
Many people view this pairing as just another makeshift, flash-in-the-pan tag team. In fact, there are even those who predict their title reign will be short-lived as “Awesome Truth” will win the belts this Sunday at Night Of Champions. I disagree. “Air Boom” is here to stay. They will be champs for quite some time, and they need a new, albeit temporary, theme music to make them even more credible. Both men’s individual theme songs are good if not great, but they don’t mesh well together. Therefore, I would give them a go-lucky, energetic theme to debut this Sunday at NOC that lasts until they are no longer an official theme. Hell, WWE can even keep the song in their archives and bust it out should Bourne & Kingston ever team again in the future. Basically, everybody wins.
3. John Morrison
The first step to making John Morrison appear like a true star? Change his goofy outfit and retro music. It was cool when "Rockstar John Morrison" debuted in WWECW, but that was five years ago. Morrison should have a much more modern theme music instead of coming out to a wannabe Jimi Hendrix song. How are fans supposed to take Morrison seriously if his character is so larger than life that it isn't even believable? Give him a metal song or even a rap song - anything to make him appear more manly.
"Just Close Your Eyes", both the female version and his current mix, are great songs, but if WWE plans on keeping Captain Charisma a heel for the forseeable future, he desparately needs a new theme song. Why? Because despite his excellent feud against Randy Orton the past few months, the fans still aren't buying him as a villain. This is partly due to his theme music. I don't know about you, but everytime I hear "DU-DUM, GO!" I mark out because I know Christian is coming out next. I'm also certain that I'm not the only one who reacts that way. Therefore, a darker, less upbeat song could definitely help showcase a meaner Christian, whether he's playing a scumbag or a weasel.
1. Michael Cole
The number one WWE Superstar most in need of new theme music isn't even an active wrestler. For months, if not over a year, Cole has transformed into one of the company's top heat magnets. Whether he's calling a match, introducing the anonymous RAW General Manager, or competing, crowds around the world cannot stand the sight of "The Voice of the WWE". He is so irritating that people literally want to reach through their television screens and strangle him. If the rumors of Cole eventually becoming a manager are true then he needs some entrance music immediately. Why? Because just like Vickie Guerrero's "Excuse Me" can stimulate some loud boos from the audience, Cole's entrance could receive a largely negative reaction as well. It only makes sense.
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