Inside WWE 2010: The Dawn Of A New Era, Its Beginning And Last Monday Night RAW
Hello, my fellow Bleacherholics:
Yesterday while I was lying on my bed trying to conceive some sleep it suddenly came through my mind how things have been changing lately in our beloved WWE.
John Cena, the face of the company, is now a part of a heel stable; he's still Superman, but without the overdose of kryptonite.
Randy Orton is a babyface and gets the greatest pops of the night. Sheamus has established himself as a main eventer and constant threat for the championship.
Batista and HBK are gone. Cody Rhodes now is "dashing" and has a segment of grooming tips. New talent is breaking through all the time.
It is most probable we're beholding the dawn of a new era for the company and thus, for Pro Wrestling itself. Slowly, but steadily, it's come with the replacement of the older generations.
Now, this is not an analysis of what's to come or what's going on, but about feeding our memories with traces of the past, and how this whole "revolution" was born.
Sheamus Arrives To Monday Night RAW (Oct. 26, 2009)
Sheamus Puts Mark Cuban Through A Table
I believe this was the event that triggered the transition, when the loud cries of the WWE Universe for fresh faces on the title picture was first heard.
The Irishman showed a type of violence that hadn't been seen since the move to PG. I think most of us remember that powerbomb on Jamie Noble outside of the ring.
He debuted on PPV at Survivor Series and along with The Miz and Drew Mcintyre survived. And then, Jesse Ventura on his return to RAW ordered a battle royal for the #1 Contender full of men who never before had a shot at the title (except for Randy Orton, who was starting a feud with Kofi Kingston!)
Sheamus won, and the following weeks gained the heat of the fans by making John Cena his bitch every Monday Night, and putting Santino Marella and Mark Cuban through a table on different episodes.
CM Punk Creates The Straight Edge Society (Nov. 27, 2009)
The rebirth of controversial angles on the WWE. "A Nation United Under Punk" as the motto and the head shaving of random member of the audience, added to Punk growing his beard to the point that he looked almost like Jesus' brother caught the eye of many WWE fans and critics.
Pity it ended the way it did and wasn't exploited to its full potential. Now, for the record, I believe Rey Mysterio joining the SES wouldn't have been the same as Cena with Nexus because Mysterio wouldn't be as effective being a heel.
However, Punk losing his hair marked the doom of the gimmick. They shouldn't have made such a stipulation, Punk just losing the feud was OK, no need for Barber Shopping at ringside.
Carlito's Prophecy (Dec. 7, 2009)
I Spit On The Face Of People Who Dont Want To Be Cool
Since he was erased from the list of candidates for the WWE future superstars, Carlito didn't show his face too much.
However, this especial night he answered an angry call that Superman was doing for Sheamus and came down to the ring.
And then, he spoke, and his words went to be like Nostradamus': "At TLC, your reign over the entire WWE is over, John Cena."
Sheamus Becomes WWE Champion at TLC (Dec. 13, 2009)
Sure enough, Cena was defeated by the newcomer Irishman after falling through a table. The victory wasn't as clean as it could have been, many said that Cena slipped, or that both were suppose to fall through tables at the same time.
However, many people were shocked by the event, which marked like Carlito said, the end of the supremacy of Mr. Cena on the title picture.
Bret The Hitman Hart Comes Back To WWE (Jan. 4, 2010)
With the incoming second edition of the Monday Night Wars, WWE wanted to make sure they had heavy words on the matter.
So, Bret came back to the screen after more than a decade of absence. Joy for many, bittersweet.
WWE NXT Debuts on Live TV (Feb. 23, 2010)
For many loved, ECW said goodbye to the WWE after four years of airing in a failed attempt to revive the old one of the great Paul Heyman.
Then, the new concept NXT was presented to us, the fans, with the opportunity of a steady flow of new young talent into the company.
Wrestlemania 26: Shawn Michaels Retires (March 28th, 2010)
One of the greatest careers of all times came to an end, and one of the icons of the company left forever(?).
The Hitman Hart seemed to grasp all his strangled feelings during 13 years after the Montreal Screwjob; I thought there were going to be 13 chairshots for Vince, but man I lost count of them.
Another chapter closed in the history of the company. Bret's got his revenge, Vince had some severe backaches for a week, everyone happy.
Shock when Jack Swagger won MITB which served him well later when he cashed in and became World Heavyweight Champion for the first time.
NXT Rookies Run Berzerk on RAW (June 7th, 2010)
Cena: Oh, boy
The rookies of the season 1 of NXT that were left without a job after Wade Barrett's victory made an unforgettable and epic appearance on RAW.
Led by Barrett, they jumped on ringside from among the audience, beat the hell out of CM Punk, John Cena and Luke Gallows, and proceeded to destroy everything around them.
Considered the best moment of the year by many.
Kane Gets a Deserved Push and Miz Wins Money In The Bank (July 18, 2010)
Surprisingly, Kane actually was victorious on his match for Money In The Bank. Afterwards, he received an award for his lifetime work for the company: main event push and the World Heavyweight Championship.
Also, a future main eventer was established as The Miz won MITB. Although he wouldn't cash it just yet, the WWE can't wait to see the rising of the new phenomenon.
Will there be Miz-mania?
Danyel Bryan Shines At Summerslam (Aug. 15, 2010)
The main event at the biggest event of the summer shone as Bryan Danielson, considered by many the greatest indy star of today, wrestled his way up to greatness before the eyes of the WWE Universe.
He came as the surprise seventh member of WWE team to face Nexus, and eliminated two of the stable's members by submission.
He was eliminated, but he'd already done his job. Now you know my opinion on how Summerslam ended, but no doubt the main event was worth it mainly because of him.
Randy Orton Establishes Himself As The Stone Cold Of Today? (Sept. 19, 2010)
By using his finisher move, RKO, and his viper-like characteristics, Randy Orton had the hearts of many wrestling fans on his hands as he proceeded to beat everyone on a Six Pack Challenge at Night Of Champions to win his first championship in over a year.
Also, Mr. Danielson made the possible face of WWE, The Miz, ap out in a great match for the US Championship.
Hell In A Cell, The Nexus Storyline Breaths Pure Oxygen (Oct. 3, 2010)
On a Submission Counts Anywhere Match, Bryan Danielson showed that despite some lack of charisma and promo ability he is a great worker and a great wrestler after delivering yet another great match, aided by John Morrison and The great Miz.
Wade Barrett makes history and shocks whomever wasn't watching for a while and the WWE Universe non-affiliated to the IWC when he defeated John Cena and forced him to join Nexus.
Monday Night RAW: Wade Barrett, Future Superstar (Oct. 11, 2010)
After a Monday Night RAW that left me in a very good mood, with quality matches, came the highlight of the night when Wade Barrett showed the darkest side of his heel character and his brilliant mic skills, and taunted John Cena mercilessly before delivering this great line:
John, until next week... You Can't See Me?
And as RAW went off air, the face of the Englishman was the last one seen.
Will this mean he becoming one of the top stars of the new generation?
So, the closing chapter, we have seen the transition slowly beginning to show off. HBK and Batista are gone, and Triple H for most of the year.
Instead, we tune on RAW to watch The Miz, Wade Barrett, Sheamus, and Danyel Bryan.
What this new era will bring to sports entertainment and pro wrestling as a whole is unknown. I, much like all of you, hope that it is all for the best of WWE.
If not, hell, there is still Ring Of Honor!