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The PEN15 Mightier [Sep 4] Blog: The New Corporation
By PEN15
Sep 4, 2013 - 12:52:01 PM

Sep 4 - Blog: The New Corporation

Blog: The New Corporation

Cena Response

I received a lot of solid feedback from my last blog concerning my opinion of Cena still being the best wrestler in WWE, and I want to thank everyone who replied with something more substantial than “Cena SUX, he’s entertainer, Bryan = WRESTLER!!!” I didn’t reply to the comments yet, because I do plan on coming back to this soon enough in another column. So thank you again. You restored my faith in humanity by showing a large portion of the responders who actually read the article.

Corporation v2013

Lots of exciting things going on in WWE, but it really can go wrong any minute. I love the idea of this heel stable that is shaping up to be another “Corporation” for the modern era, and so far everyone is playing their roles perfectly. Orton and HHH are both 100% heels, and that’s to be commended. So often do our heels play their characters so tremendously that they entertain us and earn our respect and cheers along the way. Right now, the positive response for these men has diminished to near nothing, and it’s only helped increase the popularity of everyone that has opposed them. I commented in the LOPforums Live Raw thread that the hatred towards Orton is so strong that it made Cody Rhodes the #2 face of the night/ Cody is an amazing talent, but most of the credit for his reactions on Monday were because of how well the heels are being established.

That’s the magic of this angle. COACH (a.k.a. TeamFarrell from LOPforums) pointed out that great heels have been missing from WWE for a really long time. Had WWE developed heels this well over the past decade, John Cena might not be receiving as many mixed reactions as he has. The strongest Cena cheers come when the heel is too despicable to cheer. I understand that Cena isn’t everyone’s favorite and would never get a 100% positive reaction, but it doesn’t make up for the fact that a big reason he is stale is because he’s never really challenged by his foes. There’s no denying the challenges that Daniel Bryan is currently facing. And Big Show. And Dolph Ziggler. And The Miz. And Cody Rhodes. If you read the Smackdown spoilers, you know there’s more getting involved too.

There is a problem though. I realized during Raw this week that I kept losing focus, and tuning the show out. I might have to admit to being apart of the ADD generation, but since SummerSlam, the heels have been way too dominant. They definitely need to keep their edge and the advantage, but right now I’m left wondering why I should care? Daniel Bryan obviously has no shot to win the title at Night of Champions. This isn’t the perspective a “smart fan,” but any fan. The audience needs a reason to pay for the next PPV, and right now we don’t have one. It doesn’t have to be a huge victory on Raw. I think a reminder of how Bryan made Orton tap out about a month ago on Raw would suffice. We have to see some weakness in Randy’s armor. Instead, Booker T is telling Bryan to drop the match…

This angle is giving lots of momentum to the faces. We are dying for them to pull one out over HHH and his goons, and that’s not just a good thing, it’s a great thing. But how long are we going to watch our heroes be defeated until we stop watching altogether?

I hate saying this, because I’m usually one of the people telling others to be patient and let a story unfold. In this case though, there’s no glimmer of hope, no light at the end of the tunnel. Let’s hope that changes soon enough.

And on that note, Peace out

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