Reality Check: Why the IWC Needs to Change Their Thinking

Richard CianciosoContributor IIIJune 22, 2011

The Almighty Daniel Bryan
The Almighty Daniel Bryan

It seems every article I read nowadays is someone complaining that the WWE is pushing the wrong wrestlers, and that if they had the power, they would be able to book the WWE back to heights they have not achieved since the Attitude Era. 

Time for a reality check.

I know Daniel Bryan is a great wrestler; there is no denying that.  But there is no way you would be able to convince me that he can be a main event talent on a show and get massive ratings.

When Kaval was released a few months back, the IWC was in an uproar on how the WWE could let such an amazing talent go.  "He was one of the best wrestlers they had!  What is wrong with them!" were some of the quotes I heard from people. 

Seriously people, get a grip.  Kaval may be a decent wrestler, but no one in their right mind thinks he can draw money and put people in the seats.

An argument comes up from a lot of fans that Chris Benoit was a great wrestler without a lot of charisma and was popular.  Benoit was an amazing talent, and he had his place within the WWE roster. 

Yes, he did win the title at the biggest stage of them all against legends HHH and Shawn Michaels.  This was all booked perfectly by the WWE at the time.  Eddie Guerrero had recently just won the title and they wanted a feel-good story with two friends winning the World Title at the same time.  There's a reason Benoit lost the title a few months later to Randy Orton at Summerslam.

Guys like The Miz, Alex Riley, Wade Barrett, Alberto Del Rio and Sheamus are the stars that are going to lead the WWE into the future.  They have above average mic skills, which are essential for a top star, and above average wrestling skills.  They might not be the perfect wrestler like Daniel Bryan, but they have a shot at being more of a superstar then they ever will be.

CM Punk is the only IWC golden child that I think has all of those skills and is a superstar.  I do not think he is god's gift to wrestling, though.  While I think he should get his spot at the main event level, he is not the almighty perfect superstar that people make him out to be. 

He is not an Austin, Rock or Cena.  He does not have the drawing power of any of those guys.  So for the IWC to be in an uproar that he hasn't gotten a year long title reign to lead the WWE to mainstream success makes no sense at all to me.

The WWE's main goal is to make money.  It is a business, and it needs to be run like a true business should: to make profit. 

While the WWE might not be making money like it once did during the Attitude Era, guys like Daniel Bryan, Cody Rhodes, Kofi Kingston and Kaval are not going to make Vince McMahon a billionaire once again.  The one knock that Jeff Jarrett, a wrestler from an established wrestling family, has always had was that he has never drawn any money.  That's the No. 1 goal.

The WWE is not perfect.  I think a lot of things have to change, just like any other wrestling fan. 

The PG rating limits the ability for the WWE to make their characters as interesting as they could be.  It doesn't need to be over the top like the Attitude Era was; you do not want to re-create something, you want something new and fresh.  Real "wrestlers" like Tyson Kidd and Daniel Bryan have their place on the card, just not the top of it to lead the company to financial success.