I don’t talk wrestling much on the website. For whatever reason I usually don’t have much to say about it. I’ve thought a lot about the product over the past two nights and I wanted to get some of those thoughts out to the general public. Before the comments come, yes I know wrestling is scripted. I look at it as part scripted show and part stunt show. I’ve seen enough matches close up I’m usually able to tell when a punch or kick really connects.
is unique in that its audience gives immediate feedback. Sure, sports teams get cheered or booed but
that isn’t scripted. The players are out
there trying to win the game; they weren’t told when they leave the locker room
which team is going to win. When
wrestling fans don’t like something about the product, it’s heard. Sunday night was the perfect example of that.
character of Daniel Bryan is that of the underdog facing the evil
corporation. He doesn’t have the look
that the WWE normally pushes. But his
charisma makes you like him. His
athleticism surprises you. As far as
storylines go, having when where you’re being kept down by the boss is a
classic. The people watching should
rally behind you. Daniel Bryan’s story
of being kept down by “The Authority” has been going on for 5 or 6 months
the WWE’s latest PPV Bryan again put on an amazing match, but the focus of the
PPV was the Royal Rumble. The winner of
the 30 person rumble goes on to headline WWE’s biggest PPV event,
Wrestlemania. Bryan’s match was the
first one after the pre-show match.
Throughout the night the crowd booed title matches and chanted for
Daniel Bryan either by chanting his name or his “Yes” catchphrase. When it was revealed that he wasn’t in the
Rumble the crowd was nasty.
night’s Raw had “the Authority” mocking fans for not getting what they
wanted. I’m not an industry insider; I
can’t tell you if this was the plan all along.
It’s entirely possible the WWE saw what was happening and had to make
changes. I honestly hope so. The crowd reaction Bryan gets is amazing; the
audience has already made him a champion.
If he keeps getting screwed over and neglected the fans are going to
grow bitter (and there are plenty of bitter fans about this already). At some point it becomes not the storyline
holding your hero back, but the actually behind the scenes company.
winner of the Royal Rumble Sunday night was Batista, a wrestler who left four
years ago to become an actor. He has a
part in the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy movie; so he’ll like win the belt
at some point so when he’s doing interviews about the movie he can be referred
to as WWE Champion. If that sounds
ridiculous that is exactly what the Rock did last year around this time. That too is part of the backlash. It’s as if the company is saying forget about
the men and women who travel four or five days a week and bust their asses for
the audience. Instead put all the
attention on an actor who will be around for a couple of months and then take
WWE network is launching at the end of February. They are hoping people sign up for 6 months
of service at 9.99 a month. This is a
huge risk for the company since it pretty much dismantles their old Pay Per
View structure. I would think when going
towards kind of venture that they’d be more likely to give their audience what
it is demanding, but what do I know? It’s
entirely possible I’ve been played by their writers; after all I just devoted
today’s update to their product.