Don't let the title mislead you, I am not instantly condemning this Sunday's Vengeance as a terrible pay-per-view. There are a number of matches I expect to be great, such as Cody Rhodes vs. Randy Orton.
What I mean by underwhelming is that besides Triple H and CM Punk vs. Awesome Truth, no other match has a compelling story behind it. Yes, many of them have decent stories, but none feel like must-see matches.
Similar to many pay-per-views of this era, Vengeance can fall back on the in-ring quality of it's matches. With great workers like CM Punk, Cody Rhodes and Dolph Ziggler (working two matches no less), the show is guaranteed to be entertaining.
Aside from this, Vengeance seems pointless when you consider that in less than a month the landscape of the WWE will change with The Rock's return. Also, with the Road to WrestleMania on the horizon, the match build ups will begin to form.
With The Rock's in-ring return slated for Survivor Series, many fans are overlooking Vengeance and for good reason. The WWE has shoved too many PPVs in our faces recently for us to be excited about another.
However, with that piece of pessimism comes hope. The return of The Rock assures that every PPV from Survivor Series until WrestleMania will be extremely noteworthy, more so than the typical road to WrestleMania.
Call it blind optimism, but with the recent resurgence of the WWE (thanks in part to CM Punk) and the assured success that WrestleMania 28 will bring, I expect the WWE product to be revitalised.
I'm not sure if a new era is looming, but there will be more buzz about WWE in the next six months than there usually is.
The Rock's return at Survivor Series ensures he will have a part to play in TLC, Royal Rumble and Elimination Chamber. They need him around for the buildup to this match to be any good.
As a huge fan of The Rock, any involvement on his part is entertaining for me. Add to that the usually strong run that the WWE has leading up to WrestleMania and we can expect all PPVs in the next six months to be both entertaining and important.
The main event for WrestleMania 28 is the biggest since Icon vs. Icon 10 years earlier and I expect WWE to make it just as memorable.
These past few months there have been rumors that The Rock would continue to be involved with the WWE post-WrestleMania.
If there's any truth to that, I think the PPVs after WrestleMania will be just as good as the shows preceding it.
I understand that this is overly optimistic on my part, especially as I don't even know what matches will take place at these events. However, with all of the hype going into next year's WrestleMania, expect every PPV leading up to the event to be enthralling.
This is effectively the reason why Vengeance is doomed to be underwhelming, at least in terms of repercussions. I'm sure we'll be entertained, but few of the fight results will have an impact on the WWE's most important period of the year.
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