Hello Bleachers! I'm finally back! Apologies for the short absence. Moving on...
What comes to mind when you hear that name? If you're the average wrestling fan, it's probably thoughts about championships that weren't deserved due to her relationship with Mark Callaway, better known as "The Undertaker."
For years on end now fans have been on Michelle McCool's case for the number of accomplishments she's managed to rack up in her career, which include becoming the first Divas Champion, and being the first woman to hold both the Divas and Women's Championships. But has this hate been warranted?
Let's look at the facts, shall we? Michelle McCool can wrestle. That is a given. She's had high-profile matches with the likes of Melina, Mickie James, Beth Phoenix and Natalya Neidhart. In addition to the matches, she's been at the forefront of the division with feuds she's had with the likes of the aforementioned women as well for the past three years.
Thanks to being paired with the bundle of charisma that is Layla El, McCool has proved that she can also cut a good promo. She's come leaps and bounds in terms of charisma, and all of her improvement can never be taken away from her.
But, to have accomplished all that she has in those short three years is quite questionable. One has to wonder: did she do it all on her own?
Is it right for the IWC to hate on Michelle McCool?
I personally believe that some of her pushes and accomplishments have, without a shadow of a doubt, come due to The Undertaker. I mean, put yourself in her situation. You're dating the most respected man in sports entertainment, so of course he's going to want to help you out. I'm not saying Michelle was the one to tell him to help her out, but he could've taken it upon himself to do so, and probably did.
But WWE is a big corporation. If they saw that Michelle couldn't get it done in the ring they probably would've ended all her pushes abruptly. Hell, if Taker noticed Michelle had no talent he probably would've left the whole situation alone! But the fact of the matter is that Michelle does have talent. And she can get it done in the ring.
So to say that every single accomplishment Michelle has gotten is due to The Undertaker is downright ludicrous! That's why I think Michelle McCool herself is a touchy subject—you know something's fishy, but her talent says otherwise. You can have as many examples as you want, but the fact that she can get it done in the squared circle means that all you state can be negated.
It's obvious that many a time Michelle McCool becomes overbearing, but what pushed woman hasn't?! Trish Stratus and Lita are perfect examples! Their pushes lasted for years, so it was inevitable for some people to say, "Ugh, enough already!"
Same thing with Michelle. Some love her, some hate her, and some are just tired of her. But she's a good asset to the now-dying women's division (I use that term loosely), and we should appreciate that.
My own problem with her is that people make her out to be either an angel or a devil, but she's neither. She's a person. A person with feelings, who makes mistakes, and who can only ever try to be the best version of herself. That's why, from my point of view, yes, she has had help from the Undertaker. But that doesn't mean she's the worst piece of crap ever on the face of the planet! It means she's a person, just like you and me.
If you were where she's at, can you honestly say you wouldn't take every opportunity to get to the top? It is WWE, after all. And I'm not saying she has, but I personally believe she probably has. It's inevitable, because it's the dog-eat-dog world of WWE we're talking about. So if you were in WWE with her...
Would you be the eater or the eaten?