I am a longtime WWE fan but I have noticed since the cruiserweight division was disbanded, that certain matches have been occurring more regularly, and to be honest, I find that they are making programming unwatchable.
The matches I am talking about are the cruiserweights going against the heavyweights…and worse, still winning.
I have long subscribed to the theory of "while we know wrestling is scripted it should not look fake." Having Kane go up against Mysterio and lose (and not just once by fluke, but multiple times and cleanly) is killing the program we love.
It is becoming hard to defend watching WWE to those on the outside (non-fans) because simply put I am not entirely sure if I understand why I watch it anymore.
I will give a few examples of match-ups I see as being issues:
Kane vs. Mysterio: How many different ways can Kane lose to someone one-third his size?
Chavo vs. Hornswoggle: This is just embarrassing.
Big Show vs. Cena: Okay, not as bad. I mean, serious props to Cena being able to lift Big Show over his head, but still Cena should not win every time.
Khali vs. Mysterio: Again, a one off fluke victory I may buy, but not every meeting this year bar one.
Now here are a few match-ups I have loved recently:
Cryme Tyme vs. Hart Dynasty: Both teams have one big guy, one little guy, and can make the match either strength or speed, and when they change it up it is great.
HHH vs. Cena: OK, so the kids don’t like to have to pick a face to cheer for, but these two can have good matches against each other…right up until Legacy interferes.
HHH vs. Orton vs. Cena: Look I don’t care how often we have seen this main event combo (apparently for the PPV’s that combo or a variation of it is 24 times) the reason we keep seeing it is because it works. OK so bring in a forth non-Batista component occasionally to spice things up.
Jericho vs. Mysterio vs. Hardy vs. Punk vs. Morrison: Honestly, set a match with any two or more of these guys and it will tear the roof down. Why? Because their styles complement each other’s. Give him 6-12 months and you will be able to add Tyson Kidd to these matches.
Kingston vs. Bourne: Again, their styles work well.
Natalya vs. Eve: an example of what a good Diva’s match can look like. OK so the end was bad but the rest of the match was great.
What is the difference between those I don’t think are credible matches and those I love?
It is simple; those I love and watch for are believable matches. Someone Trips size taking on someone Cena’s size is believable, someone Trip’s size taking on Mysterio makes him look like a bully.
Not to mention the headache it would give creative in trying to figure out who should win. So it is even worse when the match booked is Kane vs. Mysterio or Mike Knox vs. Mysterio, or really anyone Vs Khali.
While in pro wrestling, the outcomes are predetermined, we the viewers, still want to see something that is believable and watchable, surely with the great array of talent the WWE has that should not be too hard to arrange.