First things first: Obviously, from the headline of this article, this is going to be a rant.
With that said, here are a few words of warning from yours truly: If you are a markish type who gets easily offended by strong opinions that differ your own, especially if it concerns your favorite wrestlers, kindly do me and yourself a favor and don't even bother reading.
But if you choose read anyway and leave me some immature and argumentative comments, keep in mind that I WILL NOT bother indulging you, because I have better things to do than fight on the Internet. I will merely reply with a simple "Thanks for reading," and that's it.
OK, now that that's all out of the way, on to my article...
Just like the rest of you (or at least most of you), I am a diehard WWE fan. I have been loyally watching the company's shows regularly since 1987 and am a definite part of the IWC as well. Much like other typical fans, I have my grievances, and perhaps the biggest one of all for me is the unbelievable double standards that plague the WWE all the time.
Let me start off with the most obvious. I'm sure there will be some fans wanting to skin me alive for daring to voice this, but it wouldn't be the first time someone so vehemently disagreed with me.
This past Monday night, we saw Sheamus crowned as the winner of the King of the Ring tournament. Most everyone—myself included—expected John Morrison or Alberto Del Rio to win.
I didn't even understand why Sheamus was included in this event, seeing as, up until now, it had always been one to feature midcard superstars as a way of propelling them into the next level. Sheamus, of course, has already been to the top, has already been an active part of the main event and has enjoyed two WWE Championship reigns.
There is only one reason the Celtic Warrior won, and that is Triple H.
It's nothing more than a ploy to have the so-called "King of Kings" return to beat the living daylights out of another "King." Big deal...are we supposed to believe that there was no other way to rebuild things in time for Trips' return than for him to take out the man who put him on the shelf?
This was just a pathetic, selfish, self-indulgent means for "The Game" to make himself look stronger than ever (not to mention to make Sheamus look weak when he gets his beatdown and possibly dethroned).
So, this is what we get instead of having John Morrison—who has been struggling for so long to reach main event status—as the winner. It's a damn shame, because the odds are great that Morrison's feud with Sheamus is now over, and his supposed push probably is as well.
Since I just mentioned Triple H, I'm going to bring up another little gem that I find to be a big double standard where he's concerned...why does he constantly get to break kayfabe any time he wants? No one else is allowed that privilege, with the exception of Vince McMahon himself. I guess he finds it cute and funny, but all it does is annoy me.
Here is another biggie: The Wellness Policy. That's one of the biggest jokes going on in the WWE at the moment and a slap in the face of the late, great Eddy Guerrero, because it was instilled as a result of his tragic and untimely death. I will, however, say that one really good thing that came out of it was when MVP was revealed to have a heart condition a few years back, and his life was saved thanks to the policy.
Here's my thing with the Wellness Policy: I find it quite ironic that the ordinary Joe Schmo wrestler (or Jane Schmo diva, for that matter) always seems to get in trouble due to it, yet the topmost individuals don't ever get busted. And, just to clarify, by "topmost," I mean guys like Triple H (the boss' son-in-law), Batista (Triple H's BFF), and even the old man himself, Vince McMahon. For good measure, I'll actually toss in Randy Orton as well, but that's only because Orton saved his hide when he came out and admitted to doing such substances during the Signature Pharmacy scandal in September of 2007.
Am I honestly supposed to believe that guys like Batista—who's so bulbous that his muscles have muscles—don't do steroids and other illegal enhancement substances, yet guys like Funaki do?! I'm sorry, but I don't have the words "Sucker" or "Idiot" tattooed across my forehead.
For that matter, nobody can tell me Triple H isn't doing the same stuff his buddy Batista is, and what about the boss himself, good ol' Vinnie Mac? Like I said at the beginning of this article, I've been watching since 1987, the days when Vince was a commentator. Believe me when I say that he was NOWHERE near as big or muscular back then as he's been for the past decade or more.
Now, if it isn't a double standard that the boss and his right-hand guys can get away with doing 'roids and other crap while everyone else gets in trouble for doing the same thing, I don't know what is.
To be honest, I do appreciate the policy for the fact that it's meant to stop wrestlers from abusing their bodies with harmful substances, but I find it disgusting that midcarders and even a few main eventers (those who don't kiss ass and who aren't related to the boss in some way) get in trouble to the point of being released, while those chosen few are totally exempt from losing their jobs.
That brings me to another strange irony with the Wellness Policy. Wouldn't you think the company would care more about the people who are related or very close friends with the McMahons than the others? Heh...makes you think, right?
Everyone reading this right now probably already knows I am no fan of Michelle McCool. Yes, I have to bring her into this, because she's a walking double standard.
McCool was basically just another ordinary, run-of-the-mill diva with no personality and barely any ring skills when she started. She was never seen as anything special until suddenly getting a push in 2008. Why would this happen, and so out of the blue? Lo and behold, news emerged all through the IWC that she was dating the Undertaker. The picture suddenly became clearer.
She went on to continuously make history: She became the first-ever Divas champion, the first diva to hold both that and the Women's title, and eventually unified the two belts. The fact that she'd actually married Taker on June 26th of this year proves that she is no dummy. She cemented her top spot by marrying not only a WWE superstar, but a legend in the company.
Yes, she is talented in the ring, and I will never deny that. However, the magnitude of the push Michelle received is a direct result of a double standard. You don't see any other woman receiving such accolades, and hell, not even the great Trish Stratus (who is sky miles better) was pushed that much!
Finally, I've been wanting to get this off my chest for over a week now...I have two words, or rather a name that's been bothering me lately.
I have no problem with him as a wrestler or a talent at all. However, as you reading this probably already know, Riley was recently arrested for a DUI not too long ago.
Watching Survivor Series just over a week ago, I expected to see the Miz appear alone. I figured there was no way Alex Riley would appear since his DUI had happened so recently. But to my absolute shock, A-Ri was right there alongside Miz after all.
My jaw literally dropped. Why would he still be allowed to appear on TV? Others before him have had similar situations, lesser ones, yet they were either punished and kept off the shows or, even worse, released from the company altogether.
Serena, the only female member of the former Straight Edge Society, is the individual who instantly springs to mind when thinking of the latter phrase of my previous paragraph.
Why is it that Alex Riley got to keep his job and is still appearing on TV while Serena—who got smashed drunk but never got a DUI—lost hers? They both came from FCW and were newcomers, although I'm willing to bet Serena has more experience—yet she's the one who suffered, and on lesser circumstances.
It's yet another really disgusting double standard. Could it be that Riley was given a pass because he's a man? Serena is a woman, and, unless you're Michelle McCool, a woman working for the WWE is basically expendable. The release of super-popular Mickie James proved that fact.
I think it's unfair that these things happen all the time in the WWE. Double standards run rampant in the company, and I don't think even the most markish, loyal fan can defend it against that.