According to the National Institute of Mental Health, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder is described as: "an anxiety disorder and is characterized by recurrent, unwanted thoughts (obsessions) and/or repetitive behaviors (compulsions)." What does this have to do with wrestling? Appearently, everything.
You see, over the years, I've noticed several things in wrestling. The most prominent of these things is the repetition involved in everything in professional wrestling. And I mean everything. From recycled stories to mannerisms of the wrestlers themselves.
Let's look at Triple H. Great worker, maybe not the best when it comes to helping the younger talent, but that's beside the point. The point is he gets people to pay to see him. But we always see the same thing.
Let me run it down for you: Music hits. Triple H comes out and stands on a colored light and spits some water forward. At that time, there's a simulated explosion on the Titantron. Triple H walks down the ramp and stops at the bottom. The camera then swings around his head in a clockwise direction. When it reaches his face, the camera drops down so we can see his title.
Triple H walks to the far corner while taking a swig from his water bottle and tossing it into the crowd. He hops up on the apron, does his little turn to face the hard camera, looks left, looks right, then spits his water as soon as the music revs up.
He does this every week. If that's not repetitious behaviour, I don't know what is. But it's not just Triple H, it's everyone.
MVP flies through his entrance when the words "I'm coming" are heard from his theme music. C.M. Punk comes out slapping his wrist asking what time it is. Melina will only enter the ring the first time one way; doing the splits. Randy Orton has to pose before walking down the ring. Shawn Michaels prays.
Michelle McCool slides on the apron and shakes her hips. Maryse does her model pose. Undertaker has to do his Undertaker entrance, with the fog and lights. John Morrison makes everything go into slow motion.
And it's not just the entrances, it's the matches. Matt Hardy has to stand and scream before hitting the Twist of Fate. Festus has to hit his thighs before doing the seated senton. Shawn Michaels has to nip up after a flying elbow. John Cena will signal the "you can't see me" before the five knuckle shuffle.
What I'm trying to get at is this: the WWE hires a lot of people with OCD. They can't seem to get through the day without having to do what they always do. That or trademark gimmicks are becoming a little over done. It's fine to have them here and there, but when they're seen every time the superstar comes down, it can get pretty boring. Not that the live audience gets bored when Triple H spits his water but I know for a fact that it's not the same effect sitting in the arena and sitting on the couch.
Either way, it would be nice if Vince allowed his wrestlers to deviate from the monotony just so that every entrance is special. Or we should start a collection to help cure OCD in the WWE.