We Were Wrong About the WWE: Raw Finally Building Some Stars

Smoke And MirrorsContributor INovember 26, 2009

Hello fellow B/R members,

First I would like to apologize for my absence here in this wonderful community, I was just extremely busy with my final year of school and college applications, and I have finally found some time to share my opinions with you guys today.

I remember how we all complained about the staleness of the WWE product, and how we are seeing the same faces over and over hogging the spotlight.

We finally found a light in the end of a very dark tunnel after 2009's Draft, when Smackdown seemed to become an interesting show filled with young, talented athletes giving us their all to impress us, the fans. We were excited about CM Punk, Dolph Ziggler, John Morrison, and some other athletes.

However, CM Punk seems to have fallen down the food-chain nowadays, Dolph Ziggler's push has been in a halt, and John Morrison...Well we never got a nice main-event feud for Morrison after we all figured that he would be World Champion by the end of the 2009, and here we are, cutting our Thanksgiving turkey and we still haven't seen anything change in Morrison's position within the Smackdown roster.

Meanwhile, TNA has changed its direction from shoving the Main Event Mafia down our throats to actually realising that we got bored of them, and thus started pushing the younger, more talented superstars.

In addition, an announcement has shocked the wrestling community: Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff have signed a deal with TNA Wrestling, and TNA finally started getting some media exposure.

Vince, who some dare to call the true wrestling mastermind, knew that if he wants to survive some serious competition that may or may not occur in the next few years, he has to do something new, something interesting... Something fresh.

And since the arrival of Batista on Smackdown has immediately aborted any plans of pushing some Smackdown talent, Vince decided to give the Raw midcarders a taste of the main event scene.

I find it completely ironic that the Raw midcarders, whom we doomed as being held down due to the glass ceiling of merchandise (yes, Cena and DX), are now getting some serious pushes.

On late October/early November, Kofi Kingston began a decent feud with The Viper, Randy Orton. People began to love this Jamaic...Errr...Ghanian sensation.

He helped Cena win at Bragging Rights by scaring Legacy away, he trashed Orton's brand new car, and he totally beat Orton up at MSG after busting him open and putting him through a table.

And just a few days ago, Kofi defeated the two previous World Champions (Punk and Orton) in only six seconds at Survivor Series thus being the sole survivor for his winning team. Impressive? I think so! I see a bright future ahead of Kofi.

Speaking of bright, the Irish beast comes to mind...Sheamus!

Sheamus has won a battle royal this Monday to become the No. 1 contender for Cena's WWE title.

We have seen a lot of reports regarding Sheamus lately, on how impressed Triple H is with this young man. And everyone knows that if the boss's son in law likes you, you will do just fine.

After violently beating Cena at the contract signing, Sheamus stood over his fallen opponent and showed him that he is not someone to mess with. Now I have heard mixed reactions for this push, some like it, while others deem it "ridiculous."

I, for one, am completely impressed with this new movement we are witnissing from the WWE, and I'd rather watch Cena defend his title at a PPV against a newbie, than watch him defend it against Orton, Trips, or HBK.

Now, if Sheamus does in fact beat Cena in TLC, he will be this generation's Brock Lesnar (as Shane Howard has previously stated), and I as well believe that there is nothing wrong with that.

We need some new competitors in the main event scene, and it is too early to judge Sheamus now, and I hope that he actually delivers a decent match at TLC and show that he is worthy of the push he is receiving.

If he doesn't, he will won't go down without a fight; as I can't imagine Vince or Triple H to allow Cena to simply squash Sheamus, who they both like.

So no, he won't be just another Umaga, Snitsky, Kozlov, Kane, Knox...Or any other big guy who just randomly got a push upon his debut then got stuck in the midcard lane's traffic.

All in all, I am happy with the WWE's new direction, and I am looking forward to see even more impressive pushes.

The most interesting aspect of being a wrestling fan, in my opinion, is watching a new star on the rise. And when that special crowning moment comes, I feel thrilled to be a wrestling fan by watching an athlete grow from a jobber, to a midcarder, to a star.