WWE Worst of the Week: Dusty Rhodes, Triple H and More
WWE Worst of the Week doesn't hold any titles, but just like Natalya, it's a born champion.
For those who didn't spend their hard-earned money on Grand Theft Auto V, you got to watch WWE's most lackluster pay-per-view of the year. That money probably would have been better spent in San Andreas.
We then saw the fallout of Night of Champions, and to the surprise of no one, Daniel Bryan was stripped of the title. Luckily, he'll get another chance at Battleground. Please insert another $50 to see him win the title again, but this time WWE means it!
With conspiratorial refs, Miz's dad and Paul Heyman giving Ryback the smooch heard around the world, we had a lot to digest this week.
Let's not wait any longer. Let's sort through it all and uncover WWE's worst of the week.
No. 5: O’Reilly Auto Parts
If you went to a theatre and they stopped the movie at the end of a scene to try and sell you toothpaste, you’d be annoyed.
WWE has no problem doing this to you. But it's much worse.
It's only $10 (or so) for the theatre. WWE is about five times as much. That doesn't stop the promotion from trying to shill you O'Reilly Auto Parts.
Pay-per-view prices have risen much higher than the rate of inflation over the years. WWE doesn't mind sticking it to its fans. It's the only game in town (sorry TNA) and can charge whatever it wants.
Now WWE is just messing with us. While the company has sporadically shown commercials during pay-per-views, it's a practice that needs to stop. It alienates the already decreasing number of buyers.
Unless O'Reilly is willing to step in the ring against the Pep Boys with Flo the Progressive girl as the guest referee, then advertising should stay on regular TV.
No. 4: Stephanie as the Top Heel
Stephanie McMahon is pure evil. She has no heart. She's obsessed with power.
She's also pretty good in this role. It beats having to watch her fake cry.
But it's completely misplacing the heat in this feud. She's the most hateable person on the roster and she's never going to wrestle.
She basically emasculated Randy Orton on Raw. She chewed him out, and he just stood there and took it. The top in-ring heel in the company had to not only take a backseat to Triple H but to his wife as well.
Didn't Stephanie learn her lesson when she paired up with Chris Jericho? Next week we're going to have Orton walking her dog.
No. 3: Dusty Doesn't Know How to Work a Lawn Mower
Dusty Rhodes, the man of the people. The son of a plumber. He's as blue collar as you can get.
On Raw, he talked about going down "the bad road," and that bad road sounded bad.
Listening to Dusty talk about that road was heartbreaking, gut-wrenching and perhaps vomit-inducing.
It turns out that at one point in Dusty's life, he was so poor that he was unable to pay for rental car service or to hire anyone to come and cut his lawn. Luckily, he was still able to afford his faberge egg collection.
These days he's doing much better. Not only is his lawn service back up to snuff, but he's still able to take his children, Cody and Goldust, to Golden Corral once a month.
No. 2: HHH: WWE's Nicest Heel
Besides this power trip storyline taking up way too much TV time, it's also a bit of a mess.
Triple H is a good guy half the time and a bad guy half the time. Whatever he's feeling at the moment.
At the pay-per-view, he kicked off the show (not content with doing that just on Raw and SmackDown) to declare that Paul Heyman must go forward with his match. He also gave fans the "Are you ready?" line.
On SmackDown, he overruled Vickie Guerrero's 11-on-3 handicap match and gave the fans a fair six-man tag to end the show.
Maybe he's not such a bad guy after all? Or maybe this storyline is just confusing and damaging.
Having the most TV time committed to a guy who never wrestles and has an incredibly inconsistent character can't be best for business. Can it?
No. 1: Natalya on Commentary
Natalya was so bad on commentary on Monday night that the company gave her another chance on Friday.
WWE should have just left her mic unplugged again. Every time she spoke on SmackDown, she came across as a heel. She made me want to see AJ Lee work through all the other Divas to get her hands on her.
Natalya came across as delusional after dropping this line: "The Total Divas have revolutionized the Divas division."
What? Revolutionized? Appearing in throwaway, terrible six-woman tag matches isn't revolutionizing anything. That's the exact same thing WWE has done for years!
During the match, Michael Cole pointed out how AJ made Natalya tap out in their title match. Natalya said that AJ "took advantage of her in a vulnerable situation."
Cole responded with "Well, it was the rules of the match."
This was met by awkward silence.
Natalya hammered home that the issue with AJ is that she's jealous that she's not on one of the "highest-rated shows on cable television." Actually, she is.
AJ is on Raw and SmackDown, which double the ratings of Total Divas!
She then wouldn't give up and insisted that AJ is a title holder, while she herself was born a champion. That line was so awful that she said it three times.
I'd rather listen to Hornswoggle give birth to Mae Young this time around than have to hear Natalya on commentary again.
Time to kick out.
That's all for this week. Agree? Disagree? What was your worst moment of the week? Sound off below and thanks for reading!