The next step in WWE's evolution needs to be an infusion with the Mixed Martial Arts style.
At the core of WWE's stories, its soap-opera drama and its tales of violent revenge, are wrestling moves. These are the tools of WWE's trade.
As fans' tastes change, as the sport itself transforms over time, the moves must adapt as well.
WWE has long since traded in airplane spins for powerbombs. The next logical step is to borrow weapons from the world of MMA. Those moves offer realism and a sense of modernity.
When Brock Lesnar returned to WWE in 2012 having been UFC Heavyweight champ, he brought the Kimura lock with him.
It was novel. It was exciting. It was disturbing to watch.
As much as fans know WWE action is scripted and the violence in the ring is controlled as much as possible, Lesnar's attacks convincingly looked like he was tearing ligaments apart. It created the kind of drama that WWE is in the business of creating.
Moves that MMA fighters use aren't as frivolous and overly complicated as some maneuvers from WWE.
Take Christian's Killswitch, for example. It's hard to suspend one’s disbelief with that move. It requires too much of a lack of resistance from the recipient.
MMA moves, on the other hand, are clamped on faster, harder and with more urgency.
Undertaker's Hell’s Gate came to WWE via MMA.
It has since provided a number of matches with added tension and realism. What would Triple H vs. Undertaker at WrestleMania 27 have looked like without it?
Undertaker saw WWE's next phase early on. And now wrestlers like Daniel Bryan are following his lead. MMA offers a healthy supply of tools that can bolster a wrestler's move set.
Bryan's dedication to the sports element of the business has helped him become one of the best technicians in the world and have made his ring action more entertaining.
Should WWE impart this desire onto its NXT talent, the next wave of young stars could arrive with repertoires that demand our attention.
WWE doesn't need to resort to any more Lion's Den matches. It does, though, benefit from making use of the MMA style. John Cena vs. Brock Lesnar at Extreme Rules is a perfect example of how beautiful the marriage between WWE and MMA can be.
There are already the beginnings in place for this movement.
Lesnar and Undertaker have taken to MMA-style gloves. CM Punk's matches often make fans feel like they're watching a Muay Thai kickboxer fighting a wrestler.
Before Eve Torres left WWE, she was inserting what she'd been learning at the Gracie Academy.
It's moves like these that can inject freshness into WWE matches. They help merge two different worlds.
Simply put, they look cool.
WWE has the advantage of mixing these more realistic moves in with the grand and the spectacular. The stories told in a WWE ring can only benefit from adapting, especially toward the gritty, enthralling world of MMA.
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