Monday, September 30, 2013

TV Review: WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW

I've been a wrestling fan for as long as I can remember. My dad was a fan--so was my mom, until she found out it was fake. (Back in the '50s and '60s, it wasn't as obvious as it is now.) Watching Wrestling at the Chase every Saturday night was the one thing we did as a family--wrestling and the B-horror movies that followed, usually accompanied by pizza.



I really enjoyed those Saturday nights. Even when it became more and more obvious that it was fake, it was still fun. Collin also grew up watching wrestling--by his time on cable, first on ESPN, then on USA, SpikeTV and Syfy. (Don't ask me why wrestling is aired on a channel that carries mostly science-fiction movies--the only thing they have in common is the cheesiness factor.)

Up until this year, neither of us would miss any wrestling programming. We got all the WWE pay-per-view events, too. We bought their DVDs and other merchandise. But in recent months, the storylines have gone from fun to outlandish to silly to downright annoying. Match outcomes are so predictable, they're no longer entertaining. These days, we only watch the 90-minute condensed versions on Hulu Plus to see what we already knew would happen. We've stopped watching TNA's Impact and Ring of Honor entirely.

This stuff makes soap operas look intelligent.

Example: The Shield. This is the second time in recent years the WWE has created a team of "rogue" wrestlers who seem to have invaded the WWE, disrupting matches and sidelining wrestlers. These three currently hold the US Title and the Tag Team titles. For months, they were undefeated. They came after their targets like a pack of wild dogs, proclaiming "justice."

Somebody needs to give the WWE's writers a dictionary, because there's no kind of justice going on there. Just a lot of beatdowns.

Example: Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton. In the absence of John Cena, Bryan's the crowd favorite--the audiences are on their feet, chanting and cheering when he enters arenas, and they go wild when he wins. Yet as the storyline goes, former champion/executive VP Paul Levesque (Triple H) and his wife, Stephanie McMahon, feel that Randy Orton, not Daniel Bryan, should be champion "because it's good for business." Oh, come on! Credibility has gone down the crapper at the WWE. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that what's best for business is the guy the crowds are on their feet cheering for.

Don't get me wrong. I like Randy Orton. He's a hometown favorite. But I don't like what they've done to him in his storyline. Randy isn't called "The Viper" for nothing. He's never had to have matches handed to him. He's never been one to wait for someone else to beat his target into submission for him. He's more than capable of doing it himself.

Triple H has been a favorite of mine as well. Especially when he and Shawn Michaels teamed up as Degeneration X. Now, the writers have turned him into one more arrogant suit, standing in the ring guarded by the Shield. Since when does the Cerebral Assassin need anyone to do his fighting for him?

Who writes this crap, anyway? Whoever they are, they need to be replaced ASAP!

*****

Be sure to check out William's latest offering at Ottawa Daily Photo--it's very intriguing!


4 comments:

  1. I'd be completely lost trying to keep track of that!

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  2. Though I can certainly see where you get your inspiration for Sucker Punch from!

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  3. I remember the early days and being transfixed by it all. Then I learned it was rigged and completely lost interest. Who writes this crap? Maybe some of the ones who write reality tv stuff. When Survivor came out, I was totally hooked until I saw a photo of the crew's massive presence behind a supposedly deserted beach. So, bye, bye, Survivor. Kinda sad, all this fake stuff made silly.

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  4. I guess the pizza would encourage me to like wrestling too.

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