WWE: Is It Slowly Turning into WCW?
On Friday Night SmackDown, Randy Orton defeated Christian to become the new World Heavyweight Champion, just days after Christian won the title in an emotional moment.
Such an event has been met with widespread backlash and negative reception, with fans voicing their outrage on Facebook, Twitter and other social media outlets to WWE. But WWE seems to only care about making Smackdown revolve around Orton.
Orton is the World Heavyweight Champion, and now the face of SmackDown. Cena is the WWE Champion, and is the face of Raw.
The two biggest stars in the company are at the top, and in Vince's mind, it must be a perfect world to him. But in reality, WWE has taken a huge step back, and is taking the way of WCW.
WCW was WWE's biggest rival and competitor in the '90s, and went head-to-head with them in the famous Monday Night Wars.
For nearly two years, WCW beat WWE in the ratings, mainly with their New World Order storyline and plethora of big name stars such as Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage, Ric Flair and Sting. WCW seemed primed to put WWE out of business.
But then it all came crashing with one simple thing: WCW couldn't create new stars. They completely relied on the big name stars they already had in the main event, and refused to push any younger and/or ready talent to that position.
Is WWE making the same mistakes WCW did?
Goldberg and Diamond Dallas Page were the only two men who were able to break the WCW glass ceiling to the main event, but it was not enough.
People got tired of seeing the same men in the main event holding the World Title all the time for such long times. WWE capitalized on this with their aggressive youth movement during the Attitude Era, and couple with many other factors, decisively put WCW out of business, ending the Monday Night Wars.
But now, it seems WWE is turning into what it once fought and hated all those years ago.
For years, we had to deal with the same men in the main event scene, such as John Cena, Randy Orton, and Triple H.
WWE pushed several men into the main event across the years, but none were able to stay in long term to hang with the big boys, and we were left with a stale product in the main event that even casual fans would get tired of seeing.
But when many big time stars retired from wrestling or left the WWE, the company was forced to implement a youth movement to make up for it. And when the Nexus debuted, we were treated to a very fresh product with some new faces in the main event scene.
The Miz, John Morrison, Sheamus, Wade Barrett, Alberto Del Rio, Christian...All these men were once thought of as the future of WWE, whether we liked them or not, and were thought to be in the main event for a long time to come as a fresh product.
Fast forward to today, and now we have John Cena and Randy Orton as the World Champions of both Raw and SmackDown, back to the same old product as before.
When Christian won the World Title for the first time, not only was it emotional, but it was fresh. He never been in the main event scene before, and it would be exciting to see what he could do in the spotlight.
But then Randy beat him for the title, and all the excitement, as least for the IWC, just went down the drain.
No one on the roster is believable enough for the fans that they could beat Cena and Orton for the titles. When Christian lost the title just days after he won it, he was buried in the process.
Cena is wanting to put the WWE Title on the line against the Rock and is guaranteed a long title reign. These two have become superman-like characters, and that just does not work in this era.
Many times in the past in title matches, younger talent were expected to win the titles, only for the big names to retain them and leave the talent in the mid-card, Wade Barrett and Alberto Del Rio being classic examples of this.
WWE just seems unable to keep a sustained push on their younger talent, and lazily goes back to their already established ones.
TNA is often thought of as WCW 2.0 these days, with Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff in charge, and using already established names from WWE for their big time matches. But we have to look hard at WWE, and see that THEY are the ones turning into WCW.
WWE just can't seem to break their dependence on Cena and Orton and big stars, and they are making the same mistakes WCW did.
What makes it worse is that they are running out of those big stars, and fast. If Cena or Orton are injured, then they are in serious trouble, and there's nothing they can do about it.
WWE is slowly becoming what WCW was, and Vince needs to realize this soon or else.
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