My Shot at WWE: Don't Forget Your History!

RobertContributor IFebruary 14, 2010

As someone who's followed the WWE on and off for the last 12 years, I've seen a lot of positives and negatives in this company. I would like to address one negative in particular: the fact that WWE continues to insult the intelligence of their fans.

Now, some of you might be wondering how they're doing that. Here's an example. Every year before the Royal Rumble, a video package detailing facts and figures about the Rumble match is shown on WWE programming the week before (number of entrants in the match, total eliminations, etc.). This year however, it failed to mention former WWE Women's Champion Chyna's history in the match. You can listen to this year promo here:

For those who don't know what happened, Beth Phoenix entered this year's Rumble match becoming the second woman ever to do so. Despite the way Chyna left, the fact that she was the first ever to enter should have been noted.

Another instance comes from a feud between Edge and The Undertaker in 2008. On the August 1 episode of Smackdown, Edge attacked Mick Foley, who was a commentator at the time, during his Cutting Edge segment. Jim Ross then says on Smackdown the following week that Foley hopes to return soon. As we all found out, he did not and allowed his WWE contract to expire. There is no reason given on television for his departure, which I felt was an insult to the fans given what he did for the company.

These are just some instances of the WWE's failure to acknowledge history involving some of their former employees, with exceptions to those who are on good terms or Hall of Famers. Even the ones that don't have that fortune should still be spoken about when necessary.

Bottom line, WWE, remember this: It is your past that made you what you are today.