Oh WWE! What Happened?
Right now in 2018 there has never been more content for wrestling fans to sink their teeth into. With the invention of the WWE Network, Vince McMahon's juggernaut of a wrestling promotion has had to squeeze out show after show whether that be of a wrestling, reality or comedy capacity (if you can call it comedy.) Now although this gives us hours and hours of content the quantity has taken over the quality of programming. WWE has forgot what made them the giant organisation that they are and the true reason that they demolished WCW. Storytelling!
The attitude era and the years that followed had great story after great story that kept the audience hooked. Just think back to the year that followed WrestleMania 2000. Triple H vs The Rock with the return of Stone Cold Steve Austin at Backlash and the iron-man match that followed at Judgement Day with the return of The Undertaker (Biker Taker was exciting at the time damn it.) The Rock, Kane & The Undertaker taking on The McMahon/Helmsley Faction at King of the Ring alongside Kurt Angle winning the then prestigious tournament. August held one of the best SummerSlam of all time, Rock, HHH and Angle in the main event, the first and iconic TLC match and Benoit vs Jericho, it had it all. If you haven't watched it or can't remember it then please go back and do it now, I'll wait. Stone Cold vs Triple H at Survivor Series, The Armageddon hell in a cell match, then not one of but THE BEST Royal Rumble PPV's of all time, if you haven't watched it or can't remember it then please go back and do it now, I'll wait... again. No Way Out 2001 was one of the best 'B' pay-per-views in WWE history and then we had WrestleMania 17, and if you don't know how good that was then how are you reading this?
The years that followed had some hits and some misses but let's be honest, the record was pretty damn good! Even the 'Cena Era' was twice as good as the current product but I think it was the beginning of the downfall of today's WWE. It was the first time that the writers and the heads of World Wrestling Entertainment deliberately went against the fans that then turned into the WWE Universe. Vince McMahon and co. saw John Cena as the poster boy of WWE and the next Stone Cold Steve Austin. At WrestleMania 22, John Cena went one-on-one with Triple H for the WWE Championship and something changed. The fans voiced their opinion and booed Cena out of the building and carried this on for the next 8 years. The 'Cena Wins' memes where in full flow and fans where sick of having the leader of the Cenation being shoved down their throat. With this being said there where most defiantly peeks in the product and I for one was a John Cena fan, Cena's rivalries with Orton, Batista, Triple H, Shawn Michaels, Edge, CM Puck and The Rock where true highlights of the 8 year Cena reign because the storytelling was still on point. Even though the vast majority of adult WWE fans hated John Cena his presence in the main event was must see and his stories and rivalries were told correctly. WWE also had other successes outside of John Cena in the modern era with The Shield being THE prime example. But since that changing of the garde at WrestleMania 31, WWE have barley done a thing right!
Let's just look at the landscape of WWE right now. We have just come off of a Universal Title reign that lasted 16 months with only a hand full of defences. That all ended by a face that gets booed more than cheered at a 80/20 ratio, so no pay off, no satisfied feeling for the fans that invested into the story. Although Roman Reigns is a fine in-ring worker, he's no AJ Styles. Although Roman Reigns is a polarising figure, he's no John Cena. Although Roman Reigns is not the best at any one single attribute of being a professional wrestler or even a WWE Superstar for that matter, he's the face and spearhead of WWE? That makes no sense to me. The man is pretty much charisma-free and needed to keep every trace of his Shield persona to be as relevant as Seth Rollins or Dean Ambrose. Don't get me wrong, I do not blame Roman Reigns, although I think he could push for better storytelling, I blame the writers. We have a permanent house-show style booking of just random matches thrown together without any build or hype. There is nothing in WWE today that makes me wait all week for Monday Night Raw, apart from maybe one thing, Seth Rollins.
Burn It Down!
Seth Rollins is without a shadow of a doubt the very best thing about WWE right now in my mind. Since the break-up of The Shield Seth Rollins has been THE stand out member of the amazing faction. We had the great rivalry with Dean Ambrose, that wonderful Triple Threat match at Royal Rumble and of course, the cash in at WrestleMania 31's main event, creating one of the greatest WrestleMania moments of all time. Seth Rollins was one of the very best heels that the company had ever seen but his athleticism and natural charisma made the WWE Universe cry out for a reason to cheer him. After 'The Architect' recovered from his horrendous ACL injury the WWE creative writing team delayed on pulling the trigger on the Seth Rollins face turn. He came back as a loved heel, defeating a hated face, Roman Reigns for the WWE Championship, it made zero sense. They through The Shield triple threat away at Battleground, not WrestleMania or SummerSlam where it belonged and then Seth lost his chance to become WWE Universal Champion twice, the latter of which he complained like a bitch because of the interference of former mentor, Triple H. It was in this however that Seth Rollins finally got given the green light to become a face and was instantly the most over “good guy” in all of WWE.
Do you guys see my point? Even with some pretty bad writing since his return and other WWE Superstars being given more opportunities than him, Seth Rollins is still the most beloved member of the WWE roster and should be the true face of WWE.
Seth Rollins vs Brock Lesnar
Seth Rollins vs Bobby Lashley
Seth Rollins vs Shinsuke Nakamura
Seth Rollins vs AJ Styles
These should be the main events at WWE pay-per-views, these should be the matches for the Universal Championship, these WOULD be the matches to make WWE feel relevant again.
I truly believe that Seth Rollins is good enough to do what Hulk Hogan, Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock, John Cena and CM Punk did in the past. He can make WWE cool, relevant and entertaining again.
In Seth We Trust!
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