More Things I'd Like to See In The WWE, Part 2
One week ago, I wrote an article that detailed five things I'd like to see the WWE do. Some of the items on the list were already being done and I simply preferred that the promotion keep it up.
Other parts, such as the women's and tag team divisions, were issues on which I wanted the WWE to work.
I decided to make a second, and likely final, edition of the what I want to see World Wrestling Entertainment do in the near future.
I hope you enjoy the article.
1. Better Guest Hosts
The WWE could always do a better job in this part.
For more than a year now, the WWE Universe has seen various guest hosts on the promotion's flagshow, Monday Night Raw.
The reaction of fans? Mixed, in my opinion ...
A good chunk, if not a solid majority of guest hosts, were not connected with the product. Apparently, the WWE wanted to draw in mainstream fans. While this wasn't a bad idea, it led to some lackluster results. Not everyone is Bob Barker, and not everyone who hosts will do their promos right or connect with the fans.
Thus, I suggest that the WWE plays it safe and guarantees that their established fan base tunes in to see more wrestling related hosts.
Is it bad to have former WWE wrestlers host the show? They'll be guaranteed to at least make their promos decent, and older viewers will want to watch the show.
Even people like Floyd Mayweather Jr., or Freddie Prinze Jr. are acceptable. They both have WWE experience, and so it made sense to see them. I wouldn't raise an eyebrow if say, Lawrence Taylor, hosted Raw.
I'm not saying that the WWE should stop bringing hosts with no experience; they just need to bring in more wrestling-related ones.
More Brand Conflict
WWE Bragging Rights is one of those pay-per-views that has a gimmick attached to it.
Even so, I see the potential in the event. It's something that actually implements brand extension.
At this point of the 'Brand Extension Era' (which is probably what we should be calling the WWE's current era, or at least the past decade), Smackdown and Raw are mere labels.
Though they're separated in some form (Raw more mainstream, Smackdown more wrestling like), the separation of brands hasn't been so emphasized on.
I want the WWE to not only make sure brand extension remains solidly relevant, but also make them aware of each other.
This isn't the Monday Night Wars, but an inter-company battle doesn't sound half bad. WWE Bragging Rights is a perfect climax to a brand vs. brand war.
The only downside is that Bragging Rights is viewed as a "Poor Man's Survivor Series." Also, if there's team conflict, then Survivor Series is almost irrelevant, which is a shame as it was their first and was a major Pay-Per-View for the promotion.
Still, I'm sure the WWE will find ways to keep things fresh. Bragging Rights still has tremendous potential.
I've already written how I feel about wrestling stables. They can cause more interest in a product than any other creative idea.
The Nexus is proof of that - they're the hottest wrestling storyline this year thus far.
With John Cena's 'Army' preparing themselves for battle at SummerSlam, it seems that a war is at hand. All thanks to the formation of the Nexus, a wrestling stable.
I want the WWE to create more stables again. They already did a decent job last year with The Legacy. The Straightedge Society of Smackdown should help permanently establish CM Punk in the main event scene for good.
I hope that the WWE keeps things up right now. Hopefully, the two stables in the WWE right now will someday been seen in the same light as nWo, The Four Horsemen and other legendary wrestling groups.
The Full Fledged Return of The King of the Ring
It's been eight year - 2002 was the last year that the WWE held the King of the Ring tournament as an annual event.
The past two tournaments — held in 2006 and 2008 — were almost spontaneous but gave us solid results.
In 2006, Booker T won the tournament and took on a new gimmick. Though people might ridicule the gimmick now, they can't deny it gave him one last world title reign, which was probably the most legitimate of his career.
In 2008, William Regal won the tournament, though I personally the victory was marred by illegitimate wins. Still, Regal was ready for a main event run ... that was halted by suspension.
If the WWE could bring King of the Ring back, it would be a great spectacle for all to see.
Midcard wrestlers like Drew McIntyre, Matt Hardy, Evan Bourne and others could get their big push thanks to the prestigious tournament.
At this stage of life, though, the WWE is focused on making the Money in the Bank ladder match their King of the Ring. For the time being, the promotion has moved on.
Even so, there's always hope that maybe the current concept will get old and the WWE will replace their pay-per-view with one they know will succeed to an extent. We can only hope as wrestling fans ...
A Edge-esque MITB Push
The Money in the Bank title shot is a coveted prize for WWE Superstars. Think of how effective the briefcase has been for the select wrestlers who have won it.
When it comes down to who defines Money in the Bank and the success that follows wrestlers, people think of Edge.
Edge has won the ladder match once and also stole the title shot from Mr. Kennedy one time.
In the two times he's held the case, Edge capitalized and won the championship for which he was aiming. The first time had the biggest impact though.
The cash-in was against John Cena. It was a shocking turn of events that made him the most watched WWE champion in recent years at the time. Although people complained about how short the reign was, there was no doubt that Edge's career was changed forever.
Today, the Money in the Bank title shot isn't so powerful to me. Maybe it's because it lacks the shock value and build up required to make sure the holder of the briefcase stays in the main event.
My biggest case is Jack Swagger. Many feel that though he was a worthy champion, the WWE failed to book as such.
Personally, I just preferred that Swagger had won some legitimate matches. Maybe he should have won the World Heavyweight championship after holding the briefcase for a few months? By then, he'd surely have the momentum to turn heads.
Instead, he cashed it in within the week he won it, but didn't build his case for being a full-blown legitimate world champion. Though he'll eventually be a main event mainstay, it will have to be by other means.
I want to see the WWE give a Money in the Bank winner an Edge-like push. I want to a MITB briefcase holder show that he's ready for the main event, and when they go in for the kill, I want to them to remain a top contender for the title from that moment forward.
John Cena vs. The Undertaker: At WrestleMania ....
'The Streak' is always a hot topic for wrestling fans alike. It's what truly defines the Undertaker's career.
Forget the veteran's in-ring psychology. Forget his multiple World championships. It's the WrestleMania winning streak that matters.
The Deadman has faced many a foe at WrestleMania. From Jimmy Snuka to Shawn Michaels, The Undertaker has taken on some of the best. For some reason, though, he's yet to take on a man who was at the peak.
People will talk about Michaels, but he was not the main man of the company; he was really close and has been the most decorated foe, but he wasn't 'the man' at the time.
The Undertaker did take on Sid Vicious, Batista and Edge when they held world titles. He beat them all for their belts as well in intriguing matches. Even so, they weren't nearly as huge as Stone Cold Steve Austin, Hulk Hogan or The Rock.
It's surprising he never took on those three legends in his career. Don't worry though, he has a chance to take on the man of company. He has a chance to take on John Cena.
Hate him or love him, Cena is one of the best things to happen to the WWE. At this point, he's their main wrestler. Just imagine how huge it would be if Cena was booked to take on the Undertaker at WrestleMania.
I know that the Internet Wrestling Community may not agree with this, but the opportunity is right there. You have Cena, the golden boy, the man who never quits, the biggest name in pro wrestling today, taking on the Streak! It's a dream match that's very possible, and I hope it happens someday. It could easily be a main event that doesn't need a championship to make it worth the attention.
If this happened, the WWE Universe would be in for a treat. Both men would put on a great show, and the excitement would be warranted. This is the most likely dream match that the WWE can make happen.
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