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Week of October 6, 2014
- I hate the “pandering babyface” in wrestling. It’s old and it’s played out. I hate the “Super Cena” gimmick the same way I hated “Super Hogan” back in the 80s. Hulk Hogan was the reason I loved Randy “Macho Man” Savage, “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, Jake “The Snake” Roberts, and “Mr. Perfect” Curt Hennig. Hogan was FAR from cool and was about as lame as you could get. Sure, “Hulking up” was entertaining to the vast majority of WWF fans at the time, but to me it immediately meant that Hogan was going to win yet another match the same way.
Punches...boot to the face...leg drop. Yawn. I see John Cena the same way. The only thing interesting about Cena right now is WWE’s constant recognition of his detractors and haters. The
fact that he claims he’ll never turn heel is a major yawn in my book, not to mention the sheer dominance he displays in every match. I’m tired of it. Hogan sold better than Cena does and it’s aggravating.
- I just wish that Cena was more vulnerable. Nobody can remain super-human for this long in wrestling without fans really wanting to turn on you. Ask Hogan. Cena can’t sell and looks almost as fresh at the end of a match as he did at the beginning. I don’t want to see that. I want to see him vulnerable...that there is a chance that he MIGHT lose. The WWE has built him up so much that they’re killing their own prospects of making his PPV matches INTERESTING. Why watch if you KNOW he’s going to win? Thank god for that SummerSlam match with Brock Lesnar.
- Lana can be an pro-Russia all she wants. As long as she continues to wear those outfits, I don’t care WHAT she’s saying.
- I see a lot of potential in Sami Zayn. Forget the history he brings with him as El Generico. I’ve been doing my best to see Zayn as a new character and I like what I see. His in-ring skill is above pretty much everybody else on the roster (the closest I can compare him to is Daniel Bryan). He sells to the point of you think he’s going to die...and that’s a GOOD thing (it’s reminiscent of Ricky Morton back in the 80s). His offense is believable in spite of his smaller size. And the biggest thing? He’s comfortable behind the microphone and has the ability to speak very well. That, probably more than anything else, is what will make him successful in WWE. If he has the ability to draw a crowd in and excite them like Daniel Bryan, but then also have the mic skills of a Cena or Punk (he’s decent on the mic now)...then he’ll end up with a TON of opportunities down the road.
- I don’t know about you, but I thought the Bully Ray character had one of the best heel runs of the past 10+ years. I never thought that “Bubba Ray Dudley” could turn into one of the best all-around workers in the business, but he did. He dropped weight, he added muscle, and turned into a bad-ass character that wasn’t trying to be cool for fans, but rather be hated for being a huge asshole. And it worked!
Now he’s a babyface in a tag team with Devon again. That’s nice and all, but he deserves better. He deserves to have WWE give him one last shot. Hey, they gave JBL an overhaul from just being “Bradshaw” and look what happened to his career! If they gave “Bully” a slight makeover and a new name, then gave him the microphone...he’d fast-track himself to the WWE title in a matter of months. If that doesn’t happen, then I hope TNA realizes what they have in Bully Ray and do what they can to keep him happy. He’s still a top tier player in this industry.
- What has happened to Magnus and who did he piss off? This guy was the TNA champion and now he’s booked to be Bram’s lackey instead of the other way around. I mean, Magnus has all of the tools to be a massive star.
My issues with him are (1) his name is kinda weak. “Magnus”? Really? What...were all of the other names from the movie 300 taken? And (2) he needs to update his look. A neatly-trimmed beard with a short haircut does not exactly scream out “bad ass professional wrestler”. He needs to find a gimmick and a look that helps him stand out. Otherwise, he’ll be “just another guy”. And it’s a shame, too, because I feel he hasn’t scratched the surface yet of what he can do.
- I’m enjoying the resurgence of the X Division, but does every non-title match need to be a multi-person match?
- I’m not yet sold on the “James Storm Revolution”, but it’s growing on me.