I HATE (in capital letters, no less) it whenever anybody in wrestling threatens to sue somebody else because of something they did.
Remember when Paul Heyman was going to sue Triple H for putting his hands on him? It disappeared because Brock Lesnar agreed to fight Triple H at Summerslam. Really? That's it. If you're going to drop an angle so quickly then why do it in the first place? To fill time?
There are better ways to fill time. In-ring matches would be welcome. Promos to develop the hardly-used characters would be a good use of time as well. I don't care if some rich guy is going to sue another rich guy. I don't even care if a poor guy sues a rich guy.
While it's not the exact same thing, remember when John Laurinaitis "fined" Sheamus the ridiculous amount of $500,000? Why should we, as fans, care about that? We are never told how much money Sheamus the character makes. Maybe Sheamus the character makes $30 million in a year, so what's $500,000 to him? I'm not saying that's what he makes. I'm just saying that without any set parameters then throwing around a number means absolutely nothing.
Last week on Raw, Ricardo Rodriguez took a Brogue Kick from Sheamus and now David Otunga is representing Rodriguez in a pending lawsuit against Sheamus. Really? That's supposed to make it look like things are tough against Sheamus?
If a wrestler's manager/ring announcer gets kicked in the face, then the other wrestler (Alberto Del Rio) should use it as motivation to kick the other guy's (Sheamus) ass. As a heel though, Del Rio would get cheered if they just did that so they bring in the "lawsuit" story. Those never work.
Then there is Smackdown announcer Josh Mathews wanting to sue Kane for attacking him multiple times in the past few weeks. Sure I feel bad for Mathews, but isn't Kane a babyface that we're supposed to like? This angle hurts my brain.
It's pretty simple. Legal papers don't sell matches. Matches do. Promos do.
Wrestling is an easy business to tell stories in. The "K-I-S-S" theory applies here.
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