7 items from 2013
The overriding thought I had when watching WWE Raw this week was “Wow, this is exactly the same show I was watching 10 years ago… but nowhere near as good”.
Formulaic programming is a curse of the television industry in general. Take a look at some of the biggest commercial successes such as American Idol or The Apprentice. They do the same spots over and over again. WWE Raw is no different. The content is excruciatingly similar to the same creative concepts WWE has used for over two decades in some cases. The big problem is this – Raw is a three hour show. I could perhaps handle the regurgitation of creativity in a two hour show, but over three hours it is a draining process.
It is difficult to fully state it as a bad thing all this repetition. After all, Vince McMahon just needs to pull his accountant out to show that it works. »
- Grahame Herbert
Last week, I was very critical in the way Daniel Bryan was just chosen by John Cena for the SummerSlam main event. I felt it was more pandering to the audience. It didn’t feel like Daniel Bryan was seen on the same level of the WWE champion. It was more of a charity case. That was all rectified this week, deep in the heart of Texas from Austin.
The show begins with a drum roll again. (I guess that’s Brad Maddox theme song?)
We have the customary contract signing with the Raw Gm and the two competitors. I like this for two reasons. I like this because there was no violence and they solidified why Daniel Bryan deserved the shot in the eyes of both John Cena and Daniel Bryan. I even like the effect of Brad Maddox showing doubts of the bearded wonder thanks to the influence of the higher power. »
- Paul Jordan
The close of this week’s Raw was an apt send-off into the oxymoronic PG-13 Extreme Rules, giving us something we don’t see every week, if ever: Triple H and Brock Lesnar engaging in fisticuffs. It almost didn’t happen; Lesnar was set to strut out of the arena until Hunter, inside of a steel cage, referred to him as “Brock Lesnar… the Bitch”. Up until that point, I was still admiring the fact that Lesnar shows up to collect a paycheque each week for simply standing there while Heyman speaks on his behalf. He’s truly living the American Dream.
Heyman divulged to Triple H that he and his client “enjoy the perverse pleasures in life”. I know, Heyman. I saw the pictures you posted to your Twitter account before this current WWE run, and they sure as hell weren’t PG-13. Heyman’s final taunt was to »
- Ed Doyle
As wrestling fans, it is our due diligence to always complain about wanting to go back to the Attitude Era. It was a great time to be fan. Wrestling was the most popular it had been since the 1980s. Wrestling was also considered cool at that point in time. You weren’t made fun of for being a wrestling fan. Today people look at you with blank stares when you say you’re a wrestling fan. During the Attitude Era, you could almost say it was uncool to Not be a wrestling fan. Wresting was very racy, raunchy, violent and full of foul language. How could you not love Stone Cold flipping off his boss and drinking beer, and The Rock coming up with a new catch phrase to insult someone every week? It was definitely a fun time.
But that was 1999. It is now 2013. Wrestling isn’t as mainstream. »
- Andrew Joshua
After a poor episode of Monday Night Raw, now is the time to question WWE’s longest running storyline, Vince McMahon as the owner. Now strictly speaking, Vince McMahon is the real owner of the WWE, but storyline wise Donald Trump, Ric Flair and Triple H have all ran the WWE at some point.
With Vickie Guerrero and Brad Maddox in charge of Raw and Booker-t and Teddy Long in charge of Smackdown, the WWE is looking a tad bland, something which was very obvious on this week’s edition of Raw.
Whilst everyone has their own opinion on the runnings of the WWE, a change at the top certainly wouldn’t hurt the company. I’m not saying Vince McMahon should actually step down as the owner of the company, but storyline wise to change the owner would change the whole balance of the WWE.
There are two potential new owners of the WWE, »
- Matt Robinson
If there’s one message to take away from this week’s Monday Night Raw from Greenville, South Carolina it would be expect the unexpected. From quick upset wins over champions to out of nowhere attacks on certain superstars, it seemed like WWE was really trying to get people talking. But did it work? Let’s talk about it.
The show began with a handicap match featuring Sheamus and Randy Orton getting revenge once again on The Big Show. This time Randy and Sheamus are able to use their teamwork to easily dispatch the giant superstar with a Brogue Kick/Rko Combo clean for the win. After this, I wasn’t sure what was left in this feud since they just got the victory. Well, my questions were answered later on in the night as with a second attack on Sheamus Mark Henry has now been added to the mix »
- Paul Jordan
Last night’s Raw was a bizarre one. From the strange opening segment to the Fifty Shades of Grey-eque contract signing, last night’s episode felt all over the place. Thankfully, some very solid wrestling took place to make up for the weirdness throughout. The WWE also put on a great mid-card title match that I cannot wait to talk about. They also did more of the same that I have been complaining about since this columns inception. Here we go, another week, another Raw review!
Whenever I hear John Cena’s “Shbabbadooo” entrance start at the beginning of Raw, I immediately try to fast forward live TV. John Cena opening a show is the worst. You know it’s going to take way too long to get going and you run the risk of hearing either Preacher Cena (I Do It For These People Every Night! »
- Gavin Eddings
7 items from 2013
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