There has been a lot of things on my mind recently: Brock Lesnar's UFC retirement and the constant talk of a WWE return, Chris Jericho's Twitter and his sad attempt at staying relevant in wrestling's ever changing world, Dave Meltzer's gossip rag, Batista, The Rock, Stone Cold, The Undertaker's Wrestlemania streak and the absurdity of a rematch from last year's Wrestlemania, and many other topics.
This is going to be a long article and I'm certain I'll get some heat and cause a few arguments; I'm hoping for it.
After losing to Alistair Overeem in his return match to the Octagon, Lesnar sent the sports media and this website into a frenzy with the announcement of his retirement from the UFC. With the road to Wrestlemania beginning, many think its a lock that Lesnar will be returning to the WWE.
My thoughts: Brock Lesnar returning to the WWE would bring in more ratings, which leads to more money and of course that's a good thing for both McMahon and Lesnar. I see a couple problems in a Lesnar return: it would only help the WWE short-term as Vince would have to fork over a lot of money and main event time to Lesnar, the same Lesnar who left the WWE years ago because he hated it and would trash them from time to time.
Lesnar would come in, get paid, have a big match or two and then leave again, making out like a bandit while the WWE goes back to square one. I would love to see Lesnar back in the ring, wrestling against CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, or Ziggler. I feel like he would play politics like a Hulk Hogan and only worry about himself, since he doesn't really care for the business.
Lesnar is running out of options: he left wrestling, football and the UFC didn't work out for him. Maybe we will see him back in the ring, maybe we won't. Only time will tell.
I have beef with Meltzer. I don't consider him a journalist. His gossip stories fit in well with grocery store mags like the National Inquirer. Meltzer's yellow journalism shouldn't be taken with a grain of salt, but a grain of BS. They're stories of pure speculation to get websites like these talking.
You are not the law on wrestling and your rating system of matches is absurd. If the match doesn't take place in Japan, or as Big Nasty would say "feature two men rolling around a ring in their underwear for an hour", then it isn't worth watching.
Wrestler's TV Age
When dealing with ratings or who's drawing or not, a wrestler's actual age doesn't really matter, its their TV age that counts. The Death of WCW by R.D. Reynolds and Bryan Alvarez explained TV age perfectly. It shouldn't be argued of old vs. young, but fresh vs. stale and the need to elevate new faces to the top of the card.
The WWE is finally starting to break away from the mold and push new stars into the championship scenes, but they also need to stop acting with caution. At the first sign of a ratings drop, Cena gets the title back. It's time for change WWE, and your new crop of champions are that change.
Jericho is one of my wrestlers, but because of his tweets, I could do without him these days. I don't care about a Jericho return; the WWE isn't hurting for money without him and guys like Punk, Danielson, Ziggler, and Rhodes are stepping into Jericho's spot, in terms of what they can do in the ring. If he does return, I'd like to see him help put guys over, he could be Ric Flair to someone's Sting. It's time for him to pass his torch.
I never liked Dave Batista. A gym rat who buddied up with fellow bodybuilding fetishist HHH. Batista has been making the rounds, trashing the current WWE product every chance he gets and talks about how great it was when he was there. It was the worst main event scene for me: Batista, Cena, Orton, HHH, Edge, and the Undertaker. All of whom I'm well passed dead tired of.
I'm enjoying the current product; new faces are in the championship scene and the old guard aren't shoved down our throats as much as they use to.
The Rock, Austin, and the Undertaker: The Attitude Era is over, so let it go IWC.
The Attitude Era is overrated and WCW's mid and under card was better in terms of actual wrestling. It was still a great time in wrestling, but too many hold onto it, the Ruthless Aggression Era was better in my opinion.
Yes finally the Rock has come back, whatever whatever, we've heard it all before and seen it all before. Bringing a level of nostalgia every time he makes an appearance. The Rock is worrying about the Rock and the Rock only, he's not that great of a wrestler anyways.
The Survivor Series tag match proved it all. He barely wrestled and put himself over when he could of helped the Miz and R-Truth's careers by putting them over. Just imagine the gloating by the Miz if Awesome Truth had won that match. The Rock is going to get his big paycheck against Cena and go back to Hollywood.
Stone Cold Steve Austin doesn't need to step back into the ring, especially in a PG WWE. The odd appearance is enough for me and the difference between Austin and the Rock is that Austin is behind the new generation of wrestlers, giving praise to guys like Ryder and Punk.
Finally, a look at the Undertaker.
The Undertaker needs to retire. Plain and simple. He's rarely an active wrestler and the WWE have made him into such an unbeatable force that come Mainia' they're left without someone with enough creditability to defeat him. So we're stuck with a possible rematch from last year's WM. I'd love to see Wade Barrett reverse a choke slam into a wasteland and get a clean 1-2-3, but I seriously doubt it.
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