Vince McMahon has been generally known for making the right decisions in his career. Even though he has made a lot of enemies along the way and his currently going through a massive transitional period in the WWE the Boss still manages to show the world of wrestling that if given time he will meet the needs of the WWE Universe.
This list shows how Vince McMahon slowly yet painfully tries to bring back the Attitude in the WWE. Do you feel that Vince McMahon is moving in the right direction is so or if not please comment.
The whole Chris Benoit Tragedy in many peoples eyes was an omen to what the WWE and Vince McMahon had to deal with in the future of his Empire and the wrestling Industry as a whole.
The events that occurred on that tragic night started a major chain reaction that disrupted the wrestling that everyone knew and loved, to avoid anything like that happening again the WWE had to act fast and make some immediate changes to its programming to ensure tat the safety of its performers were taken into complete consideration.
As time slowly yet painfully went by we saw several minor yet significant changes being made in the WWE such as blading to the face and chair shots to the head. The WWE also had a more strict approach to drug and substance abuse and classified a no-tolerence approach to anyone who was caught purchasing illegal drugs. This resulted in a host of superstars being released or given 30 day suspensions from the WWE.
Due to all the negative press being given to the WWE a lot of its prime time viewers opted not to watch the show anymore stating that they could not trust the business anymore. However former World Champion and King of the Ring Kurt Angle came to the WWE’s defense.
"This is not WWE’s fault and this is not Vince McMahon’s fault. Chris Benoit was responsible for his own actions."
Nevertheless the WWE became a dark and scary place for performers and with the passing of Eddie Guerrero, Umaga, Test, Hawk, Crash Holly, Bam Bam Bigelow, Mike Awesome and others it became evident that Vince and the WWE were on te verge of complete and utter chaos.
As soon as the big guns such as (The Rock, Austin, Kurt Angle, Brock Lesnar, Goldberg, RVD etc) decided to leave the company and pursue other ventures. Vince needed to find new and aspiring stars that could help move the company forward and into a new era.
Several Superstars such as CM Punk, Kofi Kingston, Ted Dibiase Jr. and others all came to fold however none made more of an impact then the rise of the three Kings Randy Orton, John Cena and Batista also we had veteran yet up and comer to the main event scene Edge.
These superstars helped to fill the void that the others left behind. Cena is now one of the most popular superstars that ever graced a WWE ring. Randy Orton became the number one Heel of the business, his Legend Killer persona and his Viper gimmick helped him excell to the top as well as putting on some great matches with the likes of HHH, Rey, Undertaker and Shawn Michaels. Batista became the animal and the power of the WWE his aura and raw power helped him to the top of the mountain under the pupilage of HHH and Flair. Add those three superstars with seasoned veterans such as Undertaker, Kane, HHH, Shawn Michaels, Edge and others the end product does not seem that bad.
Those three men have won a combined total of over 20 World Championships in the space of 5years. As oppose to The Rock, Austin’s and HHH’s 18 titles from 1997-2003
The WWE was really lacking in the tag team division. The IWC and the WWE universe were in complete disarray as they voiced their displeasure of how a once dominant and prominent division is now being sent to the cleaners and packed away as if it never existed.
The only thing the WWE could do on their part to get people interested in the Tag Team division again was by fusing both championships to create a unified Tag Team Title, then to have Main event superstars challenging for the gold. We had guys such as Jeri-Show, Legacy, Batista and Cena, Rated RKO and others challenge for the Gold, yet none were bigger and more popular then the newly formed stable of D-X.
D-X reassembled during the whole D-X VS. McMahon storyline, however once that died down they focused their attention on the tag team gold. They won the titles and finally put a smile back on the faces of those fans.
ECW has always been synonymous with pain, hardcore rules, blood, anything goes, barbed wire, fire etc. however when the WWE re opened the doors of ECW back in 2005 they never realize that without the mastermind that is Paul Heyman the show could only go so far.
People were fuming at the way the WWE were disrespecting a fallen franchise by making a mockery of what it stood for. The ECW title became a joke as it was contested between wrestlers who don’t embody the original ECW, guys such as Kane, Chavo Guerrero, Mark Henry, Matt Hardy, Jack Swagger and others all failed to make an impression as the ECW Champion. This is why wrestles and fans of today don’t recognize the title victory as a real championship.
ECW was slowly becoming what Sunday night Heat was for the WWE which is basically a place for low card wrestles to get some air time. However many top superstars who were moved to ECW including Shelton Benjamin, Christian, William Regal and others all felt that it was a demotion to be wrestling for the ECW brand.
The bet thing that ever happened for ECW was the death of the brand last year. Vince got what he wanted at the end of the day and that was to p**s on the competition who tried to put him out of business all those years ago.
2010 stated of with a bang for the WWE, as they finally got the Hitman to return to the WWE after a 13 year absence. In many ways this alone suggests that Vince McMahon always gets what he wants.
It was the moment which many of us ha been dreaming of for the past several years, after reading books, watching shoot interviews and even watching the 2005 Hall of Fame where Bret Hart refused to appear the night after at Wrestlemania, no one in their widest dreams would have thought that he would be coming back.
The moment came and we saw HBK and Bet shake hands and finally make amends for what happened at Montreal.
Bret signed a contract where he would be part of the organization for the next several months, this saw him wrestle Vince at Wrestlemania, become the Raw GM and also win the United States Championship. So all in all it was a great return for Bret and his allegiances of followers. Who knows maybe next year we will see Randy Savage back in the WWE.
In 2010 we saw another moment that we thought would never ever happen again as Kane finally became the World heavyweight Champion.
Before that historical evening, many people were angered because they felt that the WWE were misusing Kane and making him nothing more then a Jobber to the up and coming talent of the WWE. However that idea soon eluded them as they witnessed Kane not only winning the Money in the Bank match but defeating Rey Mysterio for the Gold that very night.
He had a good feud (not the best) with the Undertaker in which Kane defeated his brother on three consecutive outings. In this time we also witnessed the return of the iconic Manager/Father Figure Paul Bearer.
It goes to prove that if you stay loyal to the company then over time you will get your just rewards. However I feel hat MVP and Matt Hardy may have different feelings about the matter in hand.
Since the fall out of Evolution the WWE has never really seen a power stable, we have seen mini stables such as La Familia and SES however no real stable that actually made a difference or impact. However in 2010 we saw something new yet something very similar as the WWE created its new stable Nexus.
The group was made of wrestlers who were part of Series 1 of NXT, the leader of the stable was the winner of the show Wade Barrett. The stable in many people’s eyes resembled what the NOW stood for back in WCW. They were a separate entity a separate force that separated itself from the WWE . They took out everything and everyone in their paths including Vince McMahon, Undertaker and John Cena. Although technically they never really do much besides beat on people they still managed to capture the tag team Gold.
Hopefully CM Punk will bring a new look and new foundation for Nexus to work on instead of being another Almost that never happened.
Chris Jericho is known for being one of if not the very best wrestler to ever step foot in the WWE. His return in 2008 was welcomed with the greatest of respect and gratitude from the WWE Universe.
However Y2J character slowly changed over the year and he soon became a self involved, self obsessed and better then the rest superstar. In some ways not far from his old persona however his new look, attire and demeanor allowed him to create a new Jericho for a new era.
He recently stated on an interview that his latest character was the best work he has ever done in wrestling and that that last few years has been the pinnacle of his illustrious career. This goes to show that you can change a superstar even when you feel that it wont exactly work out.
Recently the WWE sanctioned a clause where they would not hire any superstar over the age of 30. This again infuriated some of the mature audiences because it meant that we will most likely not see some of our beloved famous faces again.
However in the 2011 Royal Rumble two Wrestling legends made a return to the company, Kevin Nash and Booker T who were both previously employed by rivals TNA jumped ships to the WWE in some instances whilst being contracted to TNA. Kevin Nash has now signed a legends contract where he would make sporadic appearances and he will be involved in DVD and Action Figures in the future. Booker T is now the Smackdown Announcer, which is great because many in the company feel that Booker has the charisma to create a unique environment when matches are taking place.
With News of The Rock wanting to make a non wrestling return, Austin being used as a trainer for WWE tough enough and the news of Kurt Angle wanting to come back to the WWE so he can retire at the company that made him famous, it can only mean good things to come down the line.
Recently the Rock wrote on his blog that he is open to returning to the WWE however not as a wrestler but as a way to entertain the fans the only way he knows best.
The WWE has shown that it is willing to pass the torch onto new superstars as seen at this year Royal Rumble where Alberto Del Rio became the newest member of the Royal Rumble Club.
This proves that the WWE will always have someone to carry the company on their shoulders when the established superstars decide to call it quits and hang up their boots.
The same can be said for the Miz winning the WWE Championship or Jack Swagger winning the World Championship.
Whether it’s Sting or merely a vintage of the undertakers long awaited return. The fact that we are able to believe that nothing is impossible is great.
Michael Cole has recently become more annoying then ever, but this time it is for the better. Michael Cole is known for being the biggest but licker in the WWE when it comes to cheering on the Faces of the WWE. However recently he has been showing a more sinister side of himself as he turns the heat up on his heel persona.
He has become a Miz fanatic and basically follows his every move as if he was The Miz personal Journalist/Publicist.
With news of Michael Cole being trained to take bumps to the mat, it goes to show that we have not seen the last of Heel Cole.
Like Michael Cole the biggest storyline in recent history is who the Mystery RAW GM is. The IWC have been all speculating who they feel the RAW GM is and when the storyline will unfold. Names such as Dusty Rhodes, The Roc, Shawn Michaels, Hornswoggle, Michael Cole, Jericho etc are all names that have been likened to the Raw GM.
While it is great to see that the WWE still care about making nail biting and intense storylines my only problem is that the duration of this Angle has become somewhat annoying and tiresome to the point where nobody cares anymore, whether that is a plus or a negative on the WWE, well only time will tell.
Alberto Del Rio:
Maybe the next three Kings of Wrestling in the future of the WWE?
Even with everything not going to plan what with the rapid decline of PPV buy rates and the dramatic decrease of ratings. Vince McMahon is still able to hold his head up high and say that he managed to Take Raw and turn it into a national phenomenon by breaking records and entering the Record books as the longest serving show on T-V.
What do you think Vince McMahon still has to offer?