Wind of Change: WWE's Drastic Turnaround a Tribute to Their Loyal Fans

Ryan GardnerContributor ISeptember 1, 2008

For the past three years, WWE has constantly chosen to push certain superstars down their audiences throat in an effort that someday their superstars would be over huge.

While the general wrestling viewer was mildly entertained, the hardcore fan had to painfully endure week after week of John Cena main-eventing and winning at every PPV.

The hardcore fan had to watch Triple H continue to bury every newcomer and get his way because of his status with a certain chairman's daughter.

The hardcore fan had to watch Batista, Big Daddy V, The Great Kahli and countless giants move up the ranks in WWE because Vince felt that giants drew big numbers.

Well finally, after years of wondering if they could ever get back on track, WWE has pulled a 180 and has once again redefined wrestling.

We'll start small with the changes made, to shine a light on some nitpicking issues I myself had grown tired of.

Remember when every match ended in a ref bump, a run-in, a distraction, especially at a ppv? Well, try to think when the last ref bump happened. Pretty tough right? That's because WWE has scratched that and only uses it on rare occasions. The occasional run-in still occurs, but the ever so hated ref bump has finally left the squared circle.

Now another change for the WWE: heels going over clean. What was once thought to be a sin within the business now isn't that out of the ordinary. JBL beating Cena, Orton over Hardy, Jericho over Michaels—the list goes on and on. The fact that the heel couldn't ever win clean was becoming a joke, and it's nice to see WWE realizing their mistake.

Think about it. Let's say there's a bar fight between your best friend and a loudmouth drunk who has pissed everyone off. They are both evenly matched, and no one is going to jump in. The loudmouth doesn't need to cheat to win, he'll just kick the guy's ass and leave. And that's the logic WWE is beginning to understand.

Now let's move to the big changes. For years the WWE has been criticized for not pushing younger talent. Critics and fans alike shook their heads as the same four people ran the show every night.

It's safe to say that era is over. Look at who the champs were at one point: CM Punk, Cody Rhodes and Ted Dibiase, Kofi Kingston, Shelton Benjamin, Miz and Morrison. No Cena, no Batista, no Undertaker (yes,Triple H is the champ but I can handle it)—young guns are running the show.

It all started with CM Punk cashing in and winning the title. The Internet loved Punk getting his win over Edge, but no one thought it would last. The fact that it has shows that the WWE really has faith in this new path of pushing talented younger wrestlers.

For example look at the Smackdown championship scramble: Triple H, Jeff Hardy, MVP, Shelton Benjamin, and The Brian Kendrick. No Edge, no Undertaker, no Kahli, and no Big Show. Triple will retain, however, the fact that those four people are in the match is something to make note of.

It's safe to say that the WWE we all grew to love is finally back and in full throttle. The fans have spoken, WWE has delivered. Maybe Stephanie moving over to RAW did the trick, maybe Vince McMahon is finally tired with his declining ratings and ready for something new, but either way it's great television.

Take the young talent being pushed, Cena not in the main event (before his injury), and still some excellent matches (HIAC) and The WWE is putting on a clinic for their fans who deserve it now more than ever.

So before you look to criticize the WWE in its current state, think about some of the facts I've pointed out. Orton is coming back soon, so is Kennedy, and with that should only bring more entertainment from the people that do it best.