The concept of backstage politics is one of the hotly debated topics by the WWE fans across the Internet. People have their own theories and these usually culminate with them blaming the various wrestlers who are accused of doing certain things which might earn them a wrong name.
While people do make a valuable point, as of late, I have started to see the contrary and have come to one major conclusion: The WWE is one evil commodity and it wants you to have a backbone.
My statement might be sounding a bit too hard to digest, but allow me to explain.
Let us take up the curious case of Triple H. Whenever his name is brought up, there are always people who accuse him of sleeping his way to the top. Now, honestly speaking, I am one of those who believe that he had enough skill by himself to make it big and didn't need any extra help to reach the top.
But then, let us for a second agree with what a considerable amount of people think. Let us agree that he did make his way to the top by unsuitable means. Keeping that in mind, how do you assess him as a person? I am pretty sure that he will be called as many different adjectives as possible by all of you.
Now that you have done your needful act, allow me to tell you that until, and unless, you have called him "smart," you are pretty much wrong. Sounds weird, right? Well, let me break it down.
Triple H, by hook or by crook, made his way to the top, dealing away with anyone who got in his way. A former superstar named Billy Gunn left the company saying that he was tired of working for a company run by Triple H himself.
Now, let me ask you a question. Seven years down the line, where do the two men stand? The answer is pretty obvious. Billy Gunn is a forgotten superstar, remembered only by the old-school fans who are less in number, whereas Triple H is well on his way to owning a multi-million dollar company and is very much loved by fans all around.
Now that we have established their standings, can we all agree that even if Triple H married Stephanie for all the wrong reasons (a fact which I disagree with), we can't ignore the fact that he was smart enough to have made such a move.
And let us be honest, he might not be a saint, but you won't have people remember him as the person who put down talent. He will always be remembered as a person who ran a large company known to you as the WWE.
But where do people who blame Triple H go from here? Will they ever get that much amount of love and respect by so many people? I am sure they won't. Let us be honest, Triple H outsmarted them. And this act of his not only proves that he has an intelligent mind over his head, but also proves that he is the right contender to take over the reigns from Vince McMahon.
Let me bring Shawn Michaels into the scheme of things now. If I were to ask you to describe him, how would you do that? I am sure people will call him "The Icon," "The Showstopper," "Mr. Wrestlemania."
With that said, just step back for a moment and think about the various things backstage that he has been notorious for. Him and Triple H are notorious for trying to hold back The Rock, The Great One, arguably one of the best to have ever set foot in the WWE ring.
Shawn Michaels is also well known for not wanting to lose to Stone Cold at WrestleMania 14. And had The Undertaker not stepped in and forced him into doing it, Shawn Michaels might not have taken the pin.
So come to think of it, Mr. WrestleMania along with his DX buddy tried to hold back two of the greatest superstars of all time.
But then, once Shawn Michaels quit, did ANYONE brand him as the person who tried to hold back The Rock and Stone Cold? Did anyone brand him as this backstage bully? No one did.
So come to think of it, Shawn Michaels did things for himself. He might have made things tougher for a few people, but he walked out as one of the best of all time, and rightfully so,
If we were take the names of Shawn Michaels and Triple H away, and look at them as two humans, how many of us would be able to call them saints? None of us would, but the truth is, at the end of the day, they are legends and are way more relevant than many people who had pointed fingers at them.
One more person who the Internet seems to have a love/hate relationship with is John Cena.
In an interview last year, when Vince McMahon was asked how John made it to the top. Vince answered saying that he wanted guys to take initiative without fearing about failure. At the end of the meeting with the superstars, John Cena came up to him and said, "I am your guy."
Step back and gather what you can...
John Cena, could have both failed and succeeded after he got a push and was made relevant by being given considerable air time. Luckily for him, he succeeded and the rest is history. Now, let us for a moment imagine if the latter had happened.
What if John Cena had failed once he was pushed? What if his rapper persona had failed to draw an audience? Knowing Vince's ruthless behavior, he wouldn't have made John Cena the star he is today. And not only this, it would have sent Cena at the back of the line to get a push. And in the meantime, anyone could have taken a push. Who knows, someone else too could have ran with it. But they couldn't, because in the backbone department, Cena went past everyone.
A few people have gone on to say John Cena should be happy with what he has got and should tell Vince that he does not want to be the Golden Boy anymore. I can understand their school of thought, but this statement is both laughable and extremely one-sided.
For a moment, put yourself in John's shoes. Now, tell me one thing, if you are at a highly respectable position in your company and your boss continues to give you promotions, which come with increased salary, do you not take it?
Would any of you, in these tough economic times where the demands are increasing at an enormous rate, just get up from your seat and tell your boss: "Hey, thanks for the promotion and the increase in money, but you see, I don't want it. I think you should give to somebody else."
John Cena is not loved by the IWC and that is for his on-stage persona more than anyone else. So that is not a problem; once he turns heel and gets rid of the Superman-type booking, the IWC's hatred for him will go away.
Barring a few young students like myself on this website, most of you are people who are working and earning money to support yourself, your wives, girlfriends, kids, etc. And demands for running your home are always going to be there, but do any of you refuse promotions or an increase in pay? I highly doubt that.
Same applies for Randy Orton. It was extremely funny that people said that he should have told Vince that he does not want the title and asked Christian to keep it.
Both Cena and Orton can't be referred to as saints or gods here, but who can be referred to as one? And in the present day world, does it hardly matter? Point is, they made a name for themselves and they did step up when the situation called for them to do that.
In Chris Jericho's first autobiography, The Lion's Tale, Jericho tells how not only did he agree to wrestle for the then WWF at half the pay he was going to get at WCW, but how he also was told by Vince McMahon that Vince did not care for what Jericho had achieved earlier.
Not only this, but Chris Jericho's rockstar gimmick was his own imagination, and Vince had told him that if he does not manage to do well, then he will have to take the high road. Fortunately, for Jericho, he succeeded.
The point being, he had the courage and guts to propose a thought, failing and succeeding came at a latter stage.
So from the bunch of real accounts that I have illustrated here, we can see that none of the guys who are legends, or who will be legends, had food served on their plate. And even if they managed it by hook or by crook, they still succeeded.
By that I don't mean to say that everyone needs to hold the other superstars back, but like Vince McMahon says, every superstar should have enough belief in his abilities to go up to Vince and say that, "Try Me, I will be your man."
I am no insider, but I think in a business like pro wrestling, where you have wrestlers everywhere, each willing to be a main event player any day, you all have to act tough at some point of the day.
Maybe the wrestlers of today need that, maybe they need self-initiative.
The bottom line is, any wrestler can try to bully you or hold you down, and you can leave the company crying. But when the boss of the company himself asks you to step up and come to his office and tell him to try you, there is no way you can leave the WWE saying that you never got an opportunity. Either you did not want to stoop to that level (not smart, but respectful enough, for instance, MVP), or you are just not confident enough (the case of many) and fear failure.
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