5 Things WWE Smarks Hate Admitting to Themselves
As fans of WWE, we hold our opinions in very high regard. WWE is a fan-run business, after all.
WWE listens to it fans, failing in some cases, in order to decide how to do business.
A year-round schedule with events on a daily basis is not easy when you are trying to produce new content every single day.
Could you imagine if every sitcom or drama you liked aired every single week with a new episode throughout the entire year?
It would be awesome for a little while, but eventually things would level off and content would be lower quality,
WWE has a task that should be impossible, but it has managed to make it into a worldwide phenomenon.
Fans do not all share the same opinions and that creates a problem for half of the fans 100 percent of the time. They don't get what they want.
When we don't get what we want, we complain, like any fan of anything does. Don't try and say you haven't trashed your favorite football team for a loss against its rivals.
Cursing out the Chicago Bears is a tradition in my house, and we love the Bears!
This slideshow is dedicated to things that most of us know to be true, but few would like to admit.
1. Wrestling Ability Is Not the Only Star-Making Quality
It is almost an undeniable fact that the best in-ring workers have not always been the top star in the wrestling business.
For every "CM Punk" who made it to the top with sheer skill, there are a hundred Arn Andersons, guys who had incredible talent but never had that main-event push.
The pro wrestling industry is an entertainment business. Because of that, the people in charge have to weigh all factors when choosing who to push and who to use to get others over.
You can have all the talent in the world, but if you can't carry a promo, you probably won't make it to the top. It sucks, but it is true.
Having the right look, attitude, move-set and mic skills will make up for shortcomings in other areas. John Cena proves that to be true.
Ryback's meteoric rise has irked some fans who think he hasn't earned his spot, but the people in charge see something in him and so do all the fans who chant his catchphrase every time he wrestles.
When it comes to what makes a main event star and what makes a mid-card star, there are more factors than who can have the best technical match.
2. The Main Event Scene Is Only so Big
We all have our favorites, and many of those are not main-event superstars in WWE.
Dolph Ziggler, Cody Rhodes and Wade Barrett are all incredibly talented wrestlers with sizable fanbases who are waiting for their shot to be the guy who leads the company.
Unfortunately for some of our favorite up-and-comers, there is only so much room at the top. It is impossible to push everyone who deserves it . That is a fact we have to accept.
For every established star at the top, there are seven guys waiting to take his spot. Anyone on the roster who doesn't want John Cena or CM Punk's spot shouldn't be wrestling for WWE.
Everyone has the same goal, but not everyone can reach that goal. We all have to admit to ourselves at times in our life that some of our dreams won't come true.
I will probably never win the lottery and retire to an island to live out my life reading Elmore Leonard novels and watch Doctor Who with an endless supply of Fat Tire and bacon. But it would be nice.
Everyone waiting in the wings needs to believe that their shot is next, but harsh reality will always rear its ugly head.
If everyone who deserved a World title won it, the list of champions would be multiple-times larger.
Some of WWE's most trusted trainers and agents never held WWE or WCW titles. But everyone knows why they have the responsibilities they have been given.
Dean Malenko, Arn Anderson, Bill DeMott, Ricky Steamboat and William Regal never held the WWE or WCW title despite being some of the most valuable minds in the industry. That is something we all have to accept will happen to some of our favorite stars.
3. The PG Era Isn't as Bad as We Say It Is
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Almost anyone who watched the Attitude Era as it happened has a problem with the PG Era, but it isn't as bad as we like to say it is.
Many people like to talk about the glory days of the wrestling boom in the '80s, but what nobody ever talks about is how it happened with a largely PG product.
Hulk Hogan was as PG as it comes. He did nothing controversial that John Cena hasn't done in his WWE career until he got to WCW.
Cena gets bashed for being stale or unoriginal, but he has had to do his gimmick on television in a more condensed time than Hulk Hogan did.
They are very similar superstars. They both rely heavily on color schemes and catchphrases, and neither man will ever be considered the best technician.
Both men also carried the company during uncertain times, with Hogan being the saving grace when WWE was on the verge of bankruptcy and Cena being the guy who had the unfortunate task of following the groundbreaking Attitude Era.
The NWO days in WCW are looked at with fondness, but how many of those main events were five-star matches in WCW?
WCW relied on excitement and surprises while sacrificing the quality of its main-event matches.
WCW made up for it with a mid-card that had some of the best workers in the history of the business providing the best quality matches every night.
You had guys like Dean Malenko, Chris Jericho and Eddie Guerrero wrestling circles around the Goldbergs, Hogan and Stings at the top of the card.
The PG era has given us more five-star main event matches than the NWO era ever had. That is something not many fans take into consideration.
Think about how long WWE has been PG, then think of the people who have been featured prominently in that time.
Daniel Bryan is a better worker than most of the people who helped WCW beat WWE in the rating for two straight years. But the odds of him having as successful a run as someone like Hogan seem slim.
And we cannot forget that WWE does push the envelope from time to time with PG constraints.
CM Punk used an obscenity on Raw when Chris Jericho was taunting him before their Extreme Rules match this year. How is that even remotely PG?
The video of the incident is featured above. NSFW language.
The fact is, WWE is putting out a product that it wants to appeal to the whole family. So it can't have Trish Stratus barking like a dog if it wants parents to let their kids watch it unsupervised.
WWE has to be a company people trust. That is why it is PG, not because Linda McMahon ran for office.
Maybe this one should have been titled "Linda McMahon did not cause the PG Era."
4. Michael Cole Does a Good Job
When we think about the best announcers in recent memory, the names usually thrown around are Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler and JBL.
Michael Cole gets a lot of heat from fans whether he is trying to get it or not. But he has earned his spot as WWE's top color commentator.
This is not praising Cole solely on how well he handled the Jerry Lawler situation. He proved his worth a long time before that.
For the majority of Cole's early career, he was the equivalent to a comedic straight man. He never got to say the punchlines. He was just the butt of every joke.
When you are put in that position, you have to expect that you won't be as popular as the guy knocking the punchlines out of the park.
When WWE took Cole and turned him heel, it allowed him to flex his acting muscles and prove just how valuable he is to the company.
He might make the occasional slip when calling a match, but I can recall dozens of times when Jim Ross incorrectly identified Jeff Hardy's Whisper in the Wind as the Twist of Fate during his WWE run.
Nobody is perfect. JBL is close, but even he makes mistakes from time to time.
Cole is a professional on par with the best commentators in the business. That he calls as many hours of television as he does each year boggles the mind.
To see how hard he has to work, think about everything Cole has to do in a typical show.
He has to call the match in front of him, plug other feuds, try to be entertaining and plug WWE's multitude of other ventures like charitable causes and social media sites.
I do not envy his workload. WWE was smart to take him off SmackDown and have him stick to Raw and Main Event to avoid burning out.
You don't have to think Cole is the best announcer or even a good announcer, but he has earned everything he has and that commands respect in the wrestling business.
5. 2012 Has Been a Pretty Good Year for Better Wrestling Matches in WWE
For every storyline that made us lose our lunch in 2012, there was probably a five-star match somewhere else on the card.
Almost every PPV in 2012 up to this point has had at least one memorable match. Many had several great encounters.
When you think about the superstars who are now at the top of WWE, it is a list of some of the most talented wrestlers on the roster.
CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, Sheamus, Dolph Ziggler, Randy Orton, Alberto Del Rio and Chris Jericho, until he left, have all been featured heavily in the main-event scene in 2012, and they are some of WWE's most talented workers.
The storylines can be great and they can be painful to watch, but in the end what matters is the match at the end of the feud.
Big Show and Sheamus have had a feud over the past few months that has been unbearable during most of the non-wrestling segments. But every time they get in the ring, they push each other further than anyone thought they could.
PPV matches are the lifeblood of WWE. They rely on fans wanting to pay upwards of $50 each month for an event that lasts three hours when they give away 6.5 hours on television, two hours on the Internet and various additional YouTube shows every week that are all essentially free.
Tickets make up a huge part of WWE's profits, but nobody would buy the tickets if they didn't like the product.
When we examine each PPV, there is at least one match that could be considered memorable. This next part is not me marking out for WWE, but pointing out matches that delivered.
The Royal Rumble featured Sheamus winning an exciting Rumble match and CM Punk vs. Dolph Ziggler, which is mentioned for obvious reasons.
Elimination Chamber featured CM Punk and Daniel Bryan successfully defending their titles in Chamber matches, proving WWE had faith in the two former Indy Gods to help carry one of the biggest events in the history of the company when WrestleMania rolled around.
At WrestleMania, CM Punk and Chris Jericho had a great wrestling match, Undertaker and Triple H had a brutal encounter and John Cena and The Rock put on a spectacle like only the WWE can do.
Extreme Rules was the one event I was lucky enough to attend this year. A few matches stick out as memorable and high quality.
CM Punk and Chris Jericho's Street Fight rematch was easily the best match of the night. John Cena delivered in another highly hyped match against Brock Lesnar, and Sheamus and Daniel Bryan had the best match of their feud.
Over The Limit was dominated by the epic encounter between CM Punk and Daniel Bryan, while the rest of the card was less than memorable.
Money In the Bank had the two exciting ladder matches won by Dolph Ziggler and John Cena, and CM Punk and Daniel Bryan delivered yet again in a show-stealing encounter.
No Way Out was the only event of the year that did not produce a match that stands out as being four-star or better in my opinion. The WWE and World title matches were both pretty good by PPV standards, though.
SummerSlam brought things back up to speed with Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar, Chris Jericho vs. Dolph Ziggler and Daniel Bryan against Kane in matches that all had great action, even if two of those matches deserved more time.
Night of Champions featured a great match between Randy Orton and Dolph Ziggler, as well as what many would consider the best match of John Cena and CM Punk's feud.
Hell in a Cell saw Big Show and Sheamus have an all-out war, and Kofi Kingston and Miz have one of the best matches either man has had in a year.
More recently, we saw Survivor Series produce a number of great matches, with most of the winners being the people who actually deserved the win the most.
CM Punk had a better-than-expected match with Ryback and John Cena that ended in the debut of three new superstars.
Dolph Ziggler was the sole survivor in a great elimination match that featured nine of WWE's best and brightest stars and David Otunga.
Just to be clear, that last part was joke. David Otunga has a ton of potential and has improved a lot over the course of his WWE run.
Getting the win over Orton was the icing on the cake for the guy who is long overdue for a major title.
Sheamus and Big Show managed to make a terrible storyline worthwhile with another great match that was memorable despite a DQ ending.
In a year when WWE had plenty of criticism for the lack of originality, it kept good on its promise of delivering high-quality matches.
This is not to mention all of the matches on the weekly shows that were better than average in 2012.
Storyline is like a garnish in wrestling. We might tune in each week because we want to know how something will be resolved. But in the end, it is the wrestling that matters, and WWE has stepped it up this past year in that department.
Using the right people in the right situations is not always easy. But having a roster of gifted athletes helps get WWE through those angles that have no substance.
Not every match can be a show-stealer, but every show can be stolen.
Usually it's done by Dolph Ziggler.
Don't get down on yourselves if you are starting to feel like you have been overly critical of WWE. We all do it.
We all have our gripes. If we didn't, we wouldn't be loyal fans. You wouldn't be reading this if you weren't a fan of WWE in some way. That is a fact.
As much as it pains us to admit it when something doesn't go our way, it is great to see WWE delivering a product millions of people want to watch week after week.
The WWE is nothing close to perfect, but who is?
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