You're all excited that Survivor Series sold out because The Rock is coming back for it?
Do you know how sad it is that you have to cling to a remnant of an era long past, to a 40 year old man who left you to go to Hollywood and hadn't bothered to show his face in seven years? You have to cling to a man to get a good buyrate for Wrestlemania six months from now?
Wrestlemania was supposed to be a spectacle.
The Rock, even in his prime, was just one piece of an overall puzzle that included everyone from Triple H, Stone Cold, Mick Foley, Kane and Kurt Angle to The Undertaker, Chris Benoit, The Dudleys and The Hardyz.
But, now, your product has become so timid, so frail and anemic, that you have to book the Rock a year in advance because you don't have the draws that you used to.
Not just because you don't have any characters that stand out and grab the attention of the masses, not just because you don't even make characters like that anymore, not just because you don't put on shows that shock people or amaze people anymore.
But more than anything—you don't tell compelling stories.
It's like you don't even know how to anymore.
There is no way that the WWF would've gone away from John Cena and CM Punk to push Alberto Del Rio (and tell me the difference between him and Jinder Mahal?) for a single Mexico tour.
How many times did the WWF go to Canada or The UK and do a tour? How many times did they make a storyline killing title change to put the belt around the waist of a Canadian or European wrestler?
Never. Sure, they would put a title on a guy if going into a foreign country. But they would do it right. How do you think we ended up with Davey Boy Smith and Bret Hart at Summerslam in the UK in 1992? The WWF did it right. The WWE does it wrong.
You kill the one story you have going: "The Attitude Era" vs. "The PG Era" with Punk and Cena, and push it to Nash and Punk. You've even slipped in your business practices and forgot to make sure Nash could even wrestle before doing that, and then you prematurely pushed Triple H vs. Punk to make up for your incompetence.
This is how you handle your best story since the Nexus.
And just the word "Nexus" screams of how badly you botched the best story you had last year, too.
But outside of that, tell me, where are the stories?
Everything is so weak and uninspiring. Mark Henry is fighting Randy Orton because he wants the title. Anything else? No. No one cares about your titles anymore, WWE. Not when you cheapened them to the point of where everyone gets to be a four time world champion. But, this is why they are fighting and we are supposed to care.
Why are John Cena and Alberto Del Rio fighting? Because Cena doesn't like him cashing in the briefcase? Is John Cena the only person in the WWE universe who is unaware that this is the 584th guy to do it? Anything else? No.
Why does anyone wrestle anyone in the WWE? Why? Where are the stories, WWE?
Where is the motivation? What is something as potent as a Miz and Truth tandem doing? Cutting great team promos, but why? To who? For what?
Why is Christian messing with Sheamus? Why? Because of a tag team match they had on Raw? Do you not even remember that Christian ran away?
Beth Phoenix and Natalya want to save the Diva's division? How? By beating up Divas? How in the world does that work? Why aren't they doing something like bringing in indie women wrestlers to, you know, actually change the Diva's division? Why can't you understand something as simple as: "If someone says something, we should probably have them do something to back it up and make a story out of it?"
But, no, you've hired a "creative team" that creates nothing. They don't even know how.
We've gone from stories—actual stories—like "Who's the Higher Power?" to "Who's the Anonymous Raw General Manager?" to you not even finishing it. You bring out a high ranking official in a storyline, and you don't even bother to finish it. You just scrap it. And that's the actions of a world wide wrestling promotion?
It's bush league and it's pathetic.
For all of the efforts, both successes and failures, that the WWF made in the past, from the dissolution of the "Mega-Powers" to the Big Bossman disrespecting the death of the Big Show's father, to the Corporation, to Austin vs. McMahon, to the Invasion angle, good stories and bad stories, at least you tried to tell stories.
Now you just throw things together on a whim. Half of the people who wrestle are just wrestling. They're not having a fight.
The Miz and Truth are sick of the "conspiracies" against them, so their first course of action is to jump a jobber in Santino and then go after titles no one has cared about in years and wrestle two guys who are lower on the card than them when their purpose is supposed to be getting back in the main event.
And it's that pathetic excuse for telling a story, creating tension or a feud people can sink their teeth into, that is driving your numbers down and not even "supershowing" things is helping.
And why would it? You just took the guys from the B-Show and added them to the A-show. Why would adding wrestlers that people watch less help your flagship show, especially when the main problems haven't even been addressed?
Throwing more ingredients in the pot isn't going to make the food taste better when the chef doesn't know how to cook.