Why the WWE's Product isn't as good as it used to be: Part 1
Here are my thoughts(in random order) on why the wwe product is not what it used to be:
1) Backstage Political Power
It is a well known fact that there are major power figures in the wwe locker room and I'm not talking about wwe officials. The obvious candidates here are Paul Levesque(HHH) and Randy Orton. But it is also true that Dave Bautista and Michael Hickenbottom have been known to play the 'political card' in the past but to a much lesser extent. For example, a few weeks ago on Raw, Randy Orton could be heard calling Kofi Kingston stupid on live tv. Had this been Mark Calloway(Taker) or the late Benoit, a quiet word backstage would have been said and that would have been the end of it. But now, Kofi's push is being de-emphasized and one can't help but wonder if this had anything to do with it .I'm not even going to start about Ken Anderson being fired over an incident with Orton. We all know that HHH is after Flairs record for World Titles, and that is why he will most likely win the Rumble on Sunday. But why? HHH doesn't need the title. He's already over with the fans and I see no benefit in giving him the title. All I see is another HHH-Cena feud. To answer my own question of 'why?'- because he wants to.(Just to go on record, I have incredible respect for both HHH and Orton as athletes and I love watching them perform)
2) Weak Championships and Champions:
When I say weak champions, I mean champions being made look to be weak. Regardless of who is champion, they should be main-eventing the majority of their brands shows. When I say weak championships, I mean that both World Titles have lost their respective 'it' factor. There was a time when it meant something o be a World Champion and fans knew and respected that. But now, the titles are treated as pieces of jewellery and fans can sense that. (Not to mention that the spinner belt looks absolutely ridiculous and should be burned)
3) The 'PG' Era
Personally, I don't have a problem with the PG Era but I do have a problem with WWE's perception of PG. Just because you produce a PG product doesn't mean you have to script your heels to be weak. You don't have to have your heels cheat to win or win by DQ or have your babyfaces dominate and always have the last word. Kids are not stupid, they know the world isn't a happy and safe place where the good guy always wins. I don't mind the PG Era as long as it isn't long term, which it probably isn't.(following patterns from te 80's to 90's/00's)
4) Stale Creative Writers
Dont blame the wwe wrestlers for poor matches, blame the creative team. Wrestlers can feel it when people aren't buying into their storyline and it can be very demoralising and therefore they put less effort into their matches. The WWE Creative Team needs a MAJOR overhaul and they need to wish the lazy members the best in their future endeavors. Also, give the veteran wrestlers more input into their own storylines.(This may sound contradictory to my first point, but I mean input within reason) Some of the best storylines have been created with the vets involvement, most noticeably Undertaker-HBK, HHH-Orton, Y2J-HBK, Edge-Jeff Hardy and HBK-Flair from WM24.
5) Lack of permanent GM'S
This bit could write itself. Raw has been seriously lacking ever since Bischoff left. Between 'interim' GM's, Shane-O-Mac, Stephanie Mc, VKM and guest hosts(which could be handled far better) Raw seriously lacks some continuity and fluidity. With long term Gm's, alliances, rivalries, favouritism ect evolve and make for a more entertaining product. Smackdown has tried to break this trend between Teddy Long and Vickie Guerrero, both of whom have been involved in some great storylines. So if anyone from WWE is reading, kill the guest host gimmick after The Rock and Austin host and get a proper long term big name GM. Ric Flair anyone? Oh wait, they blew that(!)
Don't forget to read part 2
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