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Ryan Dilbert is Bleacher Report's WWE Lead Writer and has been writing for the site since 2011.
He is the author of Time Crumbling like a Wet Cracker (No Record Press 2011). His writing has appeared in McSweeney's Internet Tendency, SmokeLong Quarterly, Lit N Image and Best of the Web 2009.
Raised in the Cayman Islands, he now lives in Houston, Texas with a spazzy dog and his wonderful wife and daughter.
You can catch him saying semi-humorous things on Twitter from time to time @ryandilbert
Wow, thanks for responding to my comment. I wasn't sure you would give me a response since your a writer for this website. And that's true, are they trying to show off or what to the viewers at home?
Hi, why are the WWE Universe chanting This is Awesome so much? They don't cheer, they chant! There either dead or chanting for fun, then the commentators positively comment on those chants. Seriously, matches are good and average when they cheer.
Will wwe four horse women ever put on classics now that they are on the main roster? They're so talented and can main event. But is the Divas Revolution on the main roster an half hearted fad, a storyline that will bring new things to the Divas Division.
Why does WWE want to create a new John Cena when they have a new Stone Cold Steve Austin in their ranks ?
If Ronda Rousev proved anything is that you can have a woman as the centerpiece of your fighting organisation and be the main draw to selling your shows. So why does WWE absolutely want Roman Reigns to be another the new Cena when Paige could be the new Stone Cold ?
Paige has the in-ring talent, the mic ability and the star power to be for the WWE what Ronda Rousev has been for UFC for over a year : the reason why people buy their shows.
The Diva's Revolution has been a major letdown story wise, but the women at least proved that they can compete in-ring and some of them can cut good promos. Sasha Banks, Nikki Bella, Charlotte, Becky Lynch and even Bayley (when she joins the main roster) or veterans like Natalya and Naomi can be the centerpiece of the program and tell excellent stories with matches, rivalries and mic confrontations that could go down in history as the best of Raw and WWE.
But the factor that can elevate the Diva's Division from bottom to top is Paige. She has the star power to become a legend and the face of WWE, and she would do it the way Stone Cold did it : with a bang and some glass shattering.
Maybe the WWE really wanted to create something special with the Diva's Revolution angle, but they fell flat because they didn't take the risk to completely change WWE paradigm of having a big muscular man as the star and every thing else built around him. WWE doesn't event want a big muscular man to be the star if they didn't choose him specifically for that role (Cesaro comes to mind as does Ambrose and even Barret).
When Stephany introduced all the new NXT stars to the main roster she spoke of what was happening in women sports, but time showed that WWE's creative didn't really understand what was really happening. What was happening is that women are becoming the main draw to shows and PPV's not (only) because of their attractiveness, but because they are legitimate kickers of ass and really good at what they do, be it MMA, tennis or soccer.
Paige has the shoulders, the attitude and the talent to carry WWE into the new millenium. We only hope that WWE notices it fast.
I must have counted about 4 visible signs that said "I'm Here for Sasha" "We Want Sasha" and "Boss" in the front section at Raw on Monday, and yet, it goes ignored. Unfortunately, I think as long as Banks is a part of Team B.A.D., she won't be featured prominently because there's no plot for the team right now, especially now that Team PCB is currently eating itself. In order to get Sasha more face time, she needs to separate herself from Team B.A.D., and while they're at it, have the Bellas throw Foxy to the curb, too. The Divas storyline has moved entirely away from the faction war. Now let the true stars shine.
with regards to Seth rollins wearing the breast cancer awareness t-shirt, (in your 10 count article,) are we forgetting that he is the cooperate champ? 'the man'? therefore he is an undying suck up to the company. As a result he should be willing to falsely support whatever it is that the authority wants him to, to keep them happy. What I am trying to say is that regardless of weather he is heel being the cooperate champ means that he should be the companies puppet doing what they see fit. so it makes sense in my personal opinion (which is probably in the minority) great articles as always
Hey, Ryan. I'm sorry for replying so late to your comment on my profile (I go for weeks without checking it sometimes, since I usually don't get any comments as an editor, as opposed to a writer). Thanks so much for your compliments. Your stuff always has expert analysis; sometimes it's just a matter of following B/R style points (admittedly, there's so many that I understand it's hard to keep all of them in mind at once). Thanks again, and keep up the good work.
Has WWE creative seemingly ruined all the good work done in NXT for the female wrestlers, Neville, Kevin Owens, etc.?
I can appreciate that thank you for the reply :)
Hi Ryan just wanted to ask is their a particular reason you and Erik alternate between raw grading articles? (personally I prefer yours)