WWE Revolution: The Fall, the Walkout and the Rebirth
A lot has changed in the WWE in the past few months.
Just a year ago, we were watching Edge wage a war against stupid and John Cena miraculously getting fired and hired in the span of two weeks.
Now, we are witnessing the entire WWE begin to take chances and take a few steps into the fire. John Cena and Randy Orton are losing their foothold as the number one draws in the company. Veterans are finally getting their dues from Christian to Mark Henry. Guys that no one ever expected to succeed in WWE like David Otunga are becoming prominent.
The PG Era that had been growing more stale by the day has finally begun to show signs of weakness against the uprising of of the Reality Era.
There has not been a more interesting or exciting time in WWE in the past five maybe even ten years, and no one saw it coming.
Change has come, and it is not going to stop any time soon. Every move is unpredictable. Every match is becoming increasingly more important.
But how did we get here and where is it all going?
That is the grand question on everyone's mind.
It all began with one man.
Before any other man aired their grievances and before anyone called out the WWE, R-Truth came out to tell us all about the grand conspiracy in the WWE.
He would tell us all about the overbearing power of John Cena, the influence of Little Jimmy, and the idea that stars were being held down by the grand powers that be.
R-Truth truly began that change on what seemed to be just another ordinary night of Monday Night Raw.
April 11, 2011 was a normal broadcast from start to finish. A WWE Championship gauntlet tournament was held between Randy Orton, Dolph Ziggler, John Morrison, R-Truth, and John Cena. After Orton, Ziggler, and Morrison were eliminated (in that order), R-Truth was in the ring with John Cena. Thanks to a double disqualification orchestrated by the Miz, both men became number one contenders.
It seemed weird at first that R-Truth had been given shot over any of the other men in the match, but the following week began answering all of the questions.
Truth lost a match to Morrison where he had put his number one contender spot on the line. In anger, Truth retaliated.
He destroyed Morrison, beating him down and finishing it with cigarette smoke to the face.
From that point on, Truth had began to air his grievances on the WWE. He called out the fans. He called out WWE management.
He even challenged John Cena directly, calling out the power he held and controlled.
He was the lone voice in the crowd.
Thanks to Little Jimmy though, Truth was made silent. Truth's grievances were thrown away as just paranoid and pointless. We thought we had just seen the great Cena end a story that was entertaining and different.
Except it was only three weeks after Truth was destroyed at Capitol Punishment that we saw a new man step out of fray and finally launch a bullet into the body of the WWE.
A Pipebomb Drops
CM Punk had been a star in WWE for a while. He was a multiple time World Champion and the greatest heel in the company; however, many agreed he had lately been held back.
However, it was not until June 27 that we saw just how much ability Punk truly had at his disposal.
After winning a shot at the WWE Title and declaring that he was leaving the company after his title match at Money in the Bank, most thought we were in for a run of the mill title defense for Cena and the end of a great career for Punk.
Then he sat down and spoke.
We all know the speech by now, but, by all means, watch it one more time. Below are some of the highlights.
"I don't hate you, John. I don't even dislike you. I do like you. I like you a hell of a lot more than I like most people in the back. I hate this idea that you're the best because you're not."
"There is one thing you're better at than I am, and that's kissing Vince McMahon's ass."
"I've grabbed so many of Vincent K. McMahon's imaginary brass rings that it's finally dawned on me that they're just that. They're completely imaginary. The only thing that's real is me, and that day in and day out, for almost six years, I have proved to everybody in the world that I'm the best."
"The reason I'm leaving is you people because, after I'm gone, you're still gonna pour money into this company. I'm just a spoke on the wheel. The wheel's gonna keep turning and I understand that."
"But Vince McMahon is gonna make money despite himself. He is a millionaire who should be a billionaire. You know why he's not a billionaire? It's because he surrounds himself with glad-handing, nonsensical yes-men like John Laurinaitis who's gonna tell him everything he wants to hear."
"I'd like to think that maybe this company will be better after Vince McMahon's dead, but the fact is it's going to get taken over by his idiotic daughter and dofus son-in-law and the rest of his stupid family."
Punk had broken every rule and destroyed every boundary. The grand fourth wall was quickly crumbling under his every word. Everything from ROH to Dwayne Johnson to Vince McMahon's death was fair game.
That moment was the blow that would finally stick, and, with it, the WWE changed more than it ever had.
We saw the PPV of the year at Money in the Bank with the match of the year in John Cena vs. CM Punk. CM Punk would leave WWE with the WWE Title in his grasp.
We all knew that something great was coming, but no one knew just how far this angle was going especially after Vince McMahon lost control of the company to his "dofus son in law" Triple H.
The King of Kings Falls
Triple H was in control. He wanted us all to see him as a credible boss and every bit the man his father was. He even ended up awarding Cena with the WWE Title again even though Punk was still champion. He was ready to take the company to new heights and let it forget the changes that Punk had forced.
However, the change was not going to simply die away.
We soon saw Punk back in the company with his WWE title in tow. He would again take the WWE to school with scathing promos on the WWE's inability to change and its persistence in holding onto John Cena as champion.
Cena would lose to Punk once again only for the company to begin a new downward spiral as Kevin Nash ran in and beat down Punk, allowing Alberto Del Rio to run away with his first WWE Title.
The chaos just continued as Nash was hired and fired, and HHH took off his suit after only a month of being in control for a brutal fight with Punk at Night of Champions.
At the same time, our first offender R-Truth had found a compatriot in his fight against the conspiracy in the Miz. Both men were being held back eventually causing them to break out in anger at Night of Champions. Truth and Miz would assault a referee and then destroy Triple H later in the night.
Their aggressive attacks would anger an increasingly unstable COO in Triple H who would again use his power to his advantage as he fired both of the conspiracy theorists.
Triple H was spiraling down a rabbit hole as his company fell apart. He could not handle the increasing pressures and rampant chaos. It seemed as if someone was out to get him, that there was a conspiracy afoot.
An empowered Mark Henry was destroying men from Kane to Jerry Lawler. Christian was complaining to no end. Vickie Guerrero was gaining more power than ever before.
Triple H simply couldn't handle the situation, and he collapsed under the pressure. At Hell in a Cell, Miz and R-Truth would return to destroy the WWE locker room and, as they were being arrested, Triple H would assault the men in a vicious fit.
That was the last straw for the WWE locker room.
A moment that will certainly be remembered for a long time to come, the walkout was the moment that Triple H lost control of WWE.
For weeks, a small group of renegade heels had been forming from under the weight of Triple H's reign as COO. Christian, Cody Rhodes, and Dolph Ziggler would seek out David Otunga, and together they would form a group of disgruntled former and current champions.
Each man had legitimate grievances as they had been repeatedly abused by the WWE and its COO. They found solace in legal counsel and eventually took action against the slipping regime of WWE.
They would call for a vote of confidence in Triple H where the whole WWE locker room would decide whether they still wanted to deal with their leader Triple H as COO.
The answer from the entire locker room was a resounding answer: "No Confidence".
Then every wrestler around the ring walked out on Monday Night Raw and the reign of COO Triple H.
Triple H was left with only a few stars. Everyone would step out on Triple H except John Cena, Randy Orton, Sheamus, CM Punk, Big Show, Mason Ryan, Eve, and Kelly Kelly.
Sure, he has the big four faces on his side, but he had lose over 80% of his roster and most of his technical help from referees to commentators.
So what did Triple H do to answer the vote of confidence against him?
Pride and Punishment
He held on.
Triple H decided that, in spite of all that he had been told, he would not step down as COO.
For Triple H had so fully tasted power that he could not let go.
It brings to mind a quote by Abraham Lincoln:
"Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."
Every man who walked out on Triple H can see that he has no concept of what he is doing anymore.
He has tasted power, and he cannot let go.
While each man who still stands behind Triple H has his own valid reasons for supporting the contemptible COO, they are missing that they themselves are holding up his self assurance.
Until Triple H is left with nothing, he will never see what how far he has gone wrong.
This storyline with Triple H and his pride is the very center of where he sit today.
Never before has a story made such an impact on an entire product.
Monday Night Raw this week will be one of the most unique episodes of Raw in WWE history.
This blend of reality and story has reached a new high in that it will actually directly affect the program that will be aired. There can be no easy solution to this conflict, and it can only get better starting with this Monday.
The Rebirth of Unpredictability
The question is where do we go from here.
Most of the time, I can see where a story is going at least roughly, but this seems extremely murky.
Two weeks ago, I would have been fine with seeing Triple H lose his job back to Vince McMahon and see things get more focused.
Now, an appearance by Mr. McMahon might even be a let down.
Watching Triple H fail spectacularly is enthralling in the same way that literature shows us the grand falls of great kings. Triple H has climbed his way to the very top, overtaking his predecessor, and looks down upon his kingdom as it falls around him.
It sets up so many possibilities from Vince McMahon to Mick Foley.
Who knows what is coming?
What we do know is that we are in for a bold new era in the WWE.
The rebirth of the WWE is coming as the WWE takes its final moments to burn before it bursts from the flames reborn.
Less Super Cena and Super Orton. More pipe bombs and conspiracies.
More breaking of the fourth wall and absolute controversy.
Everything is falling into place.
One step at a time.
Watch for Monday Night Raw to show us where the future of pro wrestling and the WWE is finally heading.