Monday, May 23, 2016

From a fantastic four to a dirty, filthy, CHEAP dozen...current generation to blame?

Once upon a glorious time, WWF/WWE had four major shows a year. The shows where magic happened, old rivalries were settled and new ones were born, legends and memories were made. The events were known as Pay Per Views and we got four spectacular ones every year. There was Summerslam in August, Survivor Series in November (it was actually ON Thanksgiving Day), Royal Rumble in January and of course the granddaddy of them all, Wrestlemania in April. All of the storylines, angles, face/heel turns and sometimes even new talent converged on these events and it was worth every penny of the price, every time.

But now? We have 12, count ‘em 12 events a year. Some as little as three weeks apart from each other and with the introduction of the WWE Network, they can’t even be called PPV’s any longer. You know what I call them? With the exception of the four main shows, it’s just RAW with a different name. That’s it.

The Immediate Gratification Factor:

Without even getting into the greed aspect of this on WWE’s part, let’s look at this from the big picture. What is a company’s primary objective? To make money. How do they do that? By giving their customers what they want. At some point in the last 15-20 years the message was delivered to WWE that fans wanted more big shows besides Royal Rumble, Wrestlemania, Summer Slam and Survivor Series. So the WWE delivered. Why not? Not only are they giving fans what they want but they tripled the opportunities to sell merchandise at big events every year (from four big shows to twelve). Then the fans told them they wanted to see a new champion every few months….so now we see the WWE title change hands more times in one year than it did for all of the the 70’s and 80’s combined. I didn’t agree with the split brand titles because I feel it took away from both champions equally. One company, one guy. Same goes for the Women’s division….one company, one woman champion and THANK YOU for getting rid of the “Diva’s” title. What a joke that was. But I digress….

Degradation and Disintegration of Storylines:

For those of you old enough to remember or have educated yourself on the history of the business versus just eating the slop dumped in your bowl each week and thinking it’s great….think back to the storylines of the late 80’s and early 90’s. Epic, weren’t they? Well, many of them...not all. Why do you think they were so great? So memorable? Yes the talent has a lot to do with it as do the writers. But the primary reason, in my humble opinion, is those storylines thrived because of the same reason anything else ends up good, lasting and memorable: They were given the TIME to develop. We didn’t see the two people scheduled to fight at the PPV anywhere near each other in a ring during the weekly shows unless it was to screw with the others match or otherwise fan the flames of that rivalry. These days? If you JUST watch RAW or Smackdown every week, you have pretty much seen the big matches at the big events already. How many times in the past two weeks did Styles and Reigns cross paths prior to their match last night at Extreme Rules? How about the rest of the card? Every single week there were physical altercations involving the combatants of just about every single match last night.

Where’s the anticipation? 

Once upon a time, opponents generally wouldn’t get a hand on their opponent until the actual event or during the “send off” show prior to the actual event. At this point, there is literally nothing to look forward to….or pay for….during these events formerly known as PPV’s. Nothing. The WWE is so desperate to seize the moment when anyone becomes organically “hot” (I think they are still baffled how that happens), they will put someone in a major storyline or even the WWE title picture *cough* AJ Styles *cough* if they think it will sell a few more tickets that particular week. But aside from that, if you follow the “behind the scenes” stuff, you already knew Rollins was coming back last night and with the heat Reigns has been getting (I can’t wait to hear it on RAW tonight), there was no question Rollins was going to come back as a “face” and attack Reigns after the match. Styles never had a chance of winning last night simply because he’s only been in WWE a few months and is already showing signs of wear and tear. Popular as he may be, they aren’t putting the belt on him and ruin the encounter we’ve all been waiting for since Rollins put that chair to the back of Ambrose and Reigns some time ago.

A plausible solution that will never happen:

I’m not one to complain about something without offering a solution. I’d just as soon keep my mouth shut and stew about it internally. So I’m not about to advocate abolishing the eight extra shows and going back to JUST the main four. I recognize a need for a few more shows and understand this represents more money for the performers as well. So my suggestion is simple...cut the shows in half. Seriously. In doing so, you can still appease those who need to see results from a feud quickly but you also give yourself time to build a credible storyline that make people even WANT to watch the big show.

My Suggestions:

Royal Rumble: One of the main four, leave it alone.

Fastlane: Abolish it. All this does is put a massive pothole on the “Road to Wrestlemania”.

Wrestlemania: No comment needed...

Extreme Rules: This would be a good show if we weren’t in the “PG” era. But I’ve never been a fan of wrestlers shredding and destroying their bodies week in and week out thus shortening their careers and in some cases, their lives. Abolish it.

Payback: Another waste of time. Glorified RAW. Get rid of it.

Money In The Bank: I’d not only advocate keeping this one but making it matter again. Unless the talent has “earned their stripes” in the locker room and is gold on the mic AND in the ring, they should not get this briefcase. Especially those who just happen to be a “flavor of the month” with fans.

Battleground: For what? Abolish it.

SummerSlam: Staple show….gotta keep it.

Night of Champions: I love this concept but the show should be ONLY title matches. Save the rivalries for…..

Hell in a Cell: Even in the “PG” era, this can still be a good show if written correctly with well developed storylines. You don’t need blood or big spots to make these matches good….how about the “hell” of being locked in a cage with someone who can’t wait to get their hands on you?

Survivor Series: The 4th and final staple show of the year. But this show has to go back to it’s roots. Four on four. That’s it. Vince and the writers need to get all of their lust for mixed tag matches out on this show and stop ruining the weekly shows with that garbage. The novelty of it is dead and rotting.

TLC: With the Hardy’s gone, Edge and Christian gone and the Dudley’s enjoying one last run, this show needs to be dumped as well.

There you go. Seven shows instead of twelve. Plenty of time to develop convincing storylines AND develop good matches. Should WWE do it? Hell yes. Will they? Ohhhhh heeeeeellllllll no.

Next week I’m going after the intellectual troglodytes that love to tell you “wrestling is fake”. You won’t want to miss that.

Until then, I’m Irreparably Jaded and I got other shit to do now besides educate you.

52 WTF Moments From WWE Extreme Rules 2016

King Ross - Disgusted and Tired With the WTF Moments From WWE Extreme Rules 2016
Last night I was counting a lot of WTF Moments, but instead of working on them myself, I instead let King Ross do the work. I wish I could work with WhatCulture Wrestling.

I already talked about my thoughts on WWE Extreme Rules 2016 results earlier today, but hey, here's more talk about it befor eyou get to Raw tonight.

I'll have a WWE Raw HULU review tomorrow as usual, idiots. Until then, here is KIIIINNNGGG ROSS with WTF Moments from WWE Extreme Rules 2016, because I don't have a podcast or video yet.


"The New Era Is About Giving Fans What They Want"



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Good Riddance Cody Rhodes Is Gone

Cody Rhodes Wasn't Happy With A Six Figure Career 
Over the weekend Cody Rhodes asked for his release from WWE, and they obliged to let him go. Twitter and other news outlets were really sad about the departure, but I keep it 100. I don’t see this as a sad thing, and I don’t see it as a wasted opportunity on WWE’s part.

Let’s put this clearly, Cody Rhodes aspirations were to be a WWE champion, but that’s never, ever, ever, going to happen. So he got butt hurt and quit. Oh well, goodbye.

No One Bought Merch

Before I get too far into this, let’s set this straight. You didn’t buy Cody Rhodes merch. You didn’t bring Cody Rhodes signs, and you didn’t go nuts for Stardust. Maybe for a moment, but not long term. Guess what happens to wrestlers that you don’t support? They get fired, they quit, and you don’t hear from them.

Now, if I’m wrong, then when Cody shows up in independent wrestling shows, let’s see those tickets sell out, let’s see him bring a failing brand like TNA upwards. Remember, Christian Cage? Remember Kurt Angle? Remember Sting? These guys all had a chance to bring TNA up and guess what? They didn’t do it.

Rhodes may be able to leave a nice six figure job, but most of us have to work 9 to 5 and make peanuts. We pray for dollars but we work for change, and yet all of these idiots are so sad and are clapping his leave. Screw you guys.

Rhodes is a talent. 

He is a human being, and he deserves happiness, but not at my expense. Good riddance. Get the F out. Go make a name for yourself anywhere else, and then come back. Let’s see if you’re really that good at what you do. You want WWE championship gold? Prove it. Until then, the following statements are nothing more than a butt hurt wrestler crying about getting paid six figures.

The best actors don’t take lesser roles? Are you kidding me? BILL MURRAY “GARFIELD” Get the F Out Cody Rhodes, good riddance.

This is what Cody Rhodes had to say, and you can hear the millennial, self important, "i'm special" attitude come through. 

WWE Extreme Rules 2016 Results and Review The Return of Seth Rollins

Colby Lopez Showed Up To Great Praise - Oh Right, Seth Rollins
Last night’s pay per view came and went fast. I had a Red Baron pizza and regret it. When did frozen pizzas become so bad? What’s a good one? Drop me a line and let me know. As for the event, and my 2 cents, as well as some alternative reviews, here we go, the Colby Lopez show!


Big Cass confronted The Dudley Boyz

Not a bad little opening. I was expecting Enzo to show up, but he didn’t. Cass is awesome, The Dudleys play well as the foils, and great overall segment.

Baron Corbin def. Dolph Ziggler (No Disqualification Match)

A low blow. My friend, “Nappy Curlz” used to say that it would be his only move. Corbin looked good here, but his hair is so bad, it needs help.

Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson def. The Usos (Tag Team Tornado Match)

The Usos took a lot of hard shots on this one. It looked painful. The Club finally gets a win, and it looks great overall.

WWE Tag Team Champions The New Day def. The Vaudevillains

I didn’t expect the Vaudevillains to lose here, but alas, they did, and The New Day sucks…I mean wins.

Rusev def. United States Champion Kalisto

Rusev won, predictable.

Intercontinental Champion The Miz won a Fatal 4-Way Match

Another predictable win. Good match, great even, and I loved it. Great overall push. Loved the match, lots of action, back and forth, and a nice set up for a new feud with several guys here.

Dean Ambrose def. Chris Jericho (Asylum Match)

BORING! Absolutely BORING!

WWE Women's Champion Charlotte def. Natalya (Submission Match)

This was ok, Natalya can’t and won’t win. Dana Brooks showed up dressed like Ric Flair, which I liked. Not bad. Natalya taps out, Charlotte continues her reign. So much for diva’s revolution, no sign of Sasha Banks.

WWE World Heavyweight Champion Roman Reigns def. AJ Styles (Extreme Rules Match)

What a match! Roman Reigns cannot be beaten. He took 300 million chair shots, The Club showed up, Styles beat him to hell, and still kicked out of everything! Including a Styles Clash on a chair! What the HELL! Roman wins.

Seth Rollins showed up to pedigree Reigns, and send the crowd home happy.

Overall Rating: 8 out of 10

Good overall wrestling, fast paced with the exception of the Ambrose match. Now, for some alternative reviews, and opinions on the matter, consider the following views and points from other idiots in the wrestling world below.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

WWE Extreme Rules 2016 Predictions

This Sunday WWE is going Extreme, or as extreme as they can go in the PG era, or should I say the NEW ERA. Whatever the case is, this weekend is another PPV special event, or whatever they call it. With that in mind, here are my predictions for this weekend’s huge event, that will feature more burial of The Club and keeping Roman Reigns strong.

WWE Extreme Rules 2016 Predictions

The Vaudevillains defeats The New Day 

I think that the Vaudevillains need the win. However, the wild card here is to see Enzo Amore show up and cause the distraction and allow the New Day to get the win. But if not, the bygone era wins this one.

Charlotte defeats Natalya in a WWE Women’s Title match

Simply put, Charlotte wins. I still miss Sasha Banks.

Roman Reigns buries Aj Styles in the Extreme Rules Match

Look for some nice high spots, but Aj Styles is going to get buried here, and that’s going to end the show, and people will love to boo him, as JBL will say.

Rusev defeats Kalisto for the United States Championship

Rusev is going to win this one and go on a long term tear with the title, simple as that.

Baron Corbin defeats Dolph Ziggler

I’m hoping for Corbin to go strong here, and actually pick up the win, and end this feud once and for all. Ziggler should not win here, there’s no reason for him to win, and yet I have a sneaking suspicion that he may pull it off, but I’m still going Corbin for the win with the End of Days on a chair.

The Miz retains against Kevin Owens, Cesaro and Sami Zayn in an Intercontinental Championship 4-Way

This is going to be bad. A train wreck of bodies, with The Miz getting the win and staying the champion. 

Chris Jericho defeats Dean Ambrose in an Asylum Match  

As much as I like the idea of a Bowery Death Match, I mean an Asylum match, I think that Jericho is going to win, and then get sent straight to Roman Reigns to get buried on his way out of WWE for good.

The Club defeats The Usos

I expect The Club to get a win here, then show up in the main event to either cost Aj Styles the match or beat down Roman Reigns, who knows. Probably 50/50 booking here.

That’s it. My predictions for Extreme Rules, we’ll see what happens this Sunday on the WWE Network or PPV. 


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