So the WWE draft is coming up this Monday and I have seen a whole lot of predictions as to where some of the WWE talent will go. I am not going to make a prediction as I just like to be surprised. What I am going to do is to post my opinions on what should happen with some parts of WWE as a whole. I wrote an article on March 10, 2009 where I made some key points that the WWE should make as far as changes (see http://bleacherreport.com/articles/136758-key-ideas-i-would-love-to-see-wwe-incorporate-opinionated). Some of them will be repeated because I am still not happy with some of the aspects of the company. So please give me a few moments and read this and then post your comments.
#1. I am sure mostly everybody will agree with me that the weekly guest host is a major flop. We have had some TERRIBLE hosts in the past year, and it is time to put this idea on the shelf next to the XFL. The guest host stint has not really garnered any more attention than it did before its creation. If Stone Cold Steve Austin cannot make the show better, than who can? Well, The Rock can of course which is why they need to book him soon as the very last guest host and then lay that dead dog to rest.
#2 Now, with that said, RAW needs a credible GM. I am not talking about the one dimensional GM where they favor the heel side. I mean a GM that will not take any mess from any of the talent. Their sole purpose is to be a General Manager and that is it. Make the matches and dialog. I have had enough of the GM unnecessarily being involved in rivalries or feuds. It is pointless now.
#3 Continuing on with something similar to #2 is the GM for Smackdown! I am really annoyed with the whole Vickie Guerrero being a “consultant” to the Smackdown GM and then making Teddy Long look foolish every time she throws it in his face. It is time to give Teddy long his balls back and put Vickie in her place. Besides, since when does being a CONSULTANT mean you have unbridled power? Last time I checked, a consultant means you only make suggestions and help. Either they make her the GM for Smackdown and move Teddy to being Raw GM or they find another role for her.
#4. The creative team needs to be split between Raw and Smackdown. No one entity needs to be writing for both. This gives the creative team more time to come up with better feuds and more interesting storylines and focusing on more talent, rather than make one major storyline for both shows and only focusing on certain talent on both shows.
#5. It is time to restore glory back to the IC and the US Championships. Those belts USED to be the stepping stone to the road to major belts. Now they are being reduced to jewelry. Remember back when WWE could manage both the WWE Championship and the IC Championship. Remember when Stone Cold vs. The Rock for the IC Championship was just as interesting as Shawn Michaels vs. Bret Hart for the WWE Championship? I do, and I am saddened to see that creative cannot think of better ways to feature the mid card belts. So inherently, #5 ties in with #4.
#6. What in the HELL has happened to the tag team division? I know ShowMiz is not the best tag team you can come up with. All the wasted talent you have jobbing and you say that ShowMiz is the best combination really upsets me; especially when you just have gotten rid of one of the most talented people you had in Shelton Benjamin who was an excellent in tag team competition.
#7. It’s time to gather up some ponies and place them in stables. We need some credible stable wars to take place. That is a very good way to use talent who are not being featured in singles competition which also helps with the tag team division. Every era has had a great stable. The Four Horsemen, DX, Evolution, and Nation of Domination are some examples. I think one of the biggest mistakes the WWE made in the 2000’s was to have one stable at a time. Evolution was good, but that is all there was. Legacy could have propelled to huge heights if there was another stable to battle with. Who do you think could make a good stable?
#8 It really irritates me when information is leaked and supposed surprises are just anticipated arrivals. The shock factor made the WWE unstoppable in the attitude era. Turn after turn after turn made everybody quiver in their seats wondering what was going to happen next. Stone Cold bringing a gun to Brian Pillman’s house, Chyna’s back turn on DX and then later Triple H, Stone Cold coming to the ring in a beer truck, Vince McMahon pissing his pants in the middle of the ring when stone cold placed a gun (fake) to his head, Kane’s debut; all had a huge impact on the WWE.
#9 Train your female wrestlers better for good competition. I cannot fathom on the release of Mickie James, your top diva, but keeping wastes of space like the Bella Twins. That just does not compute. They need to work strongly in convincing Mickie James, Lita, or Trish Stratus (highly unlikely) to make a comeback because Maryse and Michelle McCool are not going to make the Divas Division great again. They REALLY need to try to recruit Awesome Kong and have her battle Beth Phoenix. I don’t want to see the Divas Division go because it has had such a place in the company, but if you are going to make it a bathroom break then there is no reason to keep it.
There you have it folks, 9 really good changes (in my opinion) the WWE needs to make to bring credibility back to television. Some of these may not be what you have a taste for, but I am sure a lot of you are craving some of these ideas. Let me know what you think about the article as well as something you feel I left out.