10 Years Ago, Floyd Mayweather vs. The Big Show headlined Wrestlemania XXIV

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As everyone knows, Floyd “Money” Mayweather will step in the ring for the 50th time with UFC’s Connor “The Beast” McGreggor. 10 years ago, Boxing’s only undefeated fighter steppd into the WWE Ring:

 

…In case you’re wondering, yes Mayweather broke his nose. In fact, it was his idea. A few years later, The Big Show, who was a Heel at the time revealed in an interview he spoke to Mayweather and flat-out told him to break his nose on purpose. If you watch his lips, you can see him literally say “break my nose”. Then you see Mayweather break his nose with the first punch.

You can watch the full match here:

 

…Mayweather got $20 Million for this match.¬†Mayweather also had the benefit of having WWE handle all the marketing and promotions. All he had to do was show up. He would later say if The Big Show went full-power, the match would have been over in 3 minutes. As you can see, the match goes on for about 10 minutes. Clearly they wanted to give the people the benefit of a full match at Wrestlemania. The finish was the main reason why it was a No Disqualification Match with Knockout as an additional way to end it.

It was also after this fight The Big Show added the Knockout Punch to his toolbox as an homage to his Wrestlemania 24 opponent.

 

So, yeah. It wouldn’t be that big of a stretch if Mayweather takes Dana White up on his offer to have a rematch with McGregor in The Octagon. Same when Ronda Rousey (finally) signs up with WWE.

 

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10 Years Ago, Floyd Mayweather vs. The Big Show headlined Wrestlemania XXIV

Breaking News: NXT’s Asuka moving to the Main Roster

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…The news broke moments ago. WWE.com confirmed the news after Asuka’s name was featured on the list of names for an upcoming house show.

As of right now, it’s not known if she will debut on RAW or Smackdown. We do know Asuka relinquished the NXT Women’s Championship, ending her tenure on the NXT roster with a record-breaking 500-win streak. This is including her most recent successful title defense at NXT Takeover this past weekend, making Asuka the first NXT Champion to move on without having lost the title first.

Sasha Banks and Kevin Owens were both NXT Champions when separately debuted on RAW two years ago. They both dropped their respective titles before officially moving to the main roster.

It’s very likely she will debut on RAW even though it would actually make more sense for her to be on Smackdown.

I assume Alexia Bliss being moved to RAW was in preparation for Asuka’s promotion. Asuka has a history with Bliss as well as Bayley and Nia Jaxx. It would make sense for her to immediately but put in a feud with one of them before we get to the obvious Asuka vs. Sasha Banks.

On the other hand like I said, a move to Smackdown would make more sense. She would automatically be the main draw for the Women’s Division while Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch are being kept away from the title. She would easily have a shorter path to winning the Smackdown Women’s Championship.

All we can really do is wait until her debut to see what happens. She suffered a broken collarbone durinng her last match so there will be delay before we see her appear on either Raw or Smackdown. Let the speculation commence!

 

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The RAW and Smackdown after a Pay Per View is always interesting

…Especially after Summer Slam or Wrestlemania. In this case, Summer Slam.

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Braun Strowman vs. Brock Lesnar at No Mercy for the Universal Championship is a no-brainer if you saw Summer Slam. Strowman beat up Lesnar to the point he was carted out of the arena on a stretcher and for 15 minutes, it was a Triple Threat Match. Like two years ago, Lesnar came back to eventually win and retain the title (pinning Roman Reigns).

The next night on RAW, Strowman came down to the ring, CRUSHED Lesnar and then left without saying a word. He didn’t need to.

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John Cena going to RAW after Summer Slam and immediately being paired with Roman Reigns and possibly Samoa Joe…clearly WWE is desperate to push Reigns as their new top guy by having the old top guy put him over. Reigns’ problems in that regard aside, right now Braun Strowman is the main draw.

While the Reigns/Strowman rivalry is far from over, I do think WWE is making the right call pushing them separately. Plus, you can make things interesting with a potential Samoa Joe vs. John Cena feud.

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The wait is finally over: Shelton Benjamin made his return to WWE this week on Smackdown in a backstage promo. Smackdown GM Daniel Bryan announced Shelton Benjamin will be paired with Chad Gable, whose original tag team partner Jason Jordan was sent to RAW for the “Kurt Angle’s my father” storyline. The reformed American Alpha are an immediate threat to the current Smackdown Tag Team Champions, The USOs.

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Big Cass being out with a knee injury for up to 9 month prettymuch killed his ongoing feud with Enzo Amore, who he recently broke up with. Big Cass suffered the injury on RAW during what was already booked as his final match with Enzo.

The following night, Enzo debuted on 205 Live. That should tell you everything you need to know. WWE is looking to tap into his popularity with the fans to draw people to watch 205 Live and more specifically, bring in new WWE Network subscribers.

Let’s not kid ourselves here: Enzo has no chance in hell as a singles competator on RAW, Smackdown or NXT. He might on 205 Live and WWE is banking on that both literally and figuratively. Just look at what the Cruiserweight Division did for Neville and (The) Brian Kendrick, both 2-time Cruiserweight Champions.

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…Of course, I’m gonna save the best for last: Another NXT MEGA star debuted on Smackdown this week. This time, it’s Bobby Roode =O

Shinsuke Nakamura has been Over with fans since his Smackdown debut after Wrestlemania so…yeah. Having him feud with Dolph Ziggler and AJ Styles would help build him for those who don’t know him from NXT.

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There are still some lingering questions after this week for several storylines and superstars moving forward:

  • Dolph Ziggler appeared in brief a promo on Smackdown after being AWOL for the last few weeks. Ziggler has been doing promotional work, one of which being the recently aired commercial that aired during RAW and Smackdown in which he appears. It’s clear WWE is trying to figure out what to do with him, let alone weather to keep him as a Heel or make him a Face. He’s one of those superstars can flip the switch with zero buildup fortunately. I think at this point it might be good to have him feud with AJ Styles for the U.S. Championship. He hasn’t held a title since dropping the Intercontinental Championship two years ago so…yeah.
  • Sami Zayn…unlike Kevin Owens, he has yet to come into his own without being involved with Kevin Owens since leaving NXT. This week was a reminder of that and it’s all the more reason Zayn needs to be pushed into the title hunt.
  • This is “under the radar” (as far as WWE is concerned) but it was announced last week Paige will not face charges in regards to a domestic violence incident involving her, former WWE Superstar Alberto Patron (Alberto Del Rio) and a third party. Paige and Patron, who dated during and after the latter’s brief return to WWE had a messy breakup two months ago. Paige has been out of action for a year now due to suspension and then injury while out. Paige had reportedly entertained the idea of leaving WWE and training for MMA but changed her mind. Now she is focused on preparing for her return to WWE, which is reportedly “imminent”. When she returns, she will be on Smackdown according to her WWE Facebook page’s blue background.
  • Reigns vs. Cena is clearly being set up early. They could face off at Survivor Series or they could even hold that off until Wrestlemania 34. For that to work, they could insert Samoa Joe to feud with Cena while Reigns clashes with The Miz over the Intercontinental Championship. After Survivor Series, they could begin to build Reigns vs. Cena for the Royal Rumble.
  • Speaking of Roman Reigns and Survivor Series: Last year, we saw all three former members of The Shield clash. WWE would be crazy not to utilize all three of them this year. Team RAW could be rounded out with Samoa Joe or Finn Balor and Braun Strowman or Jason Jordan (Kurt Angle’s proxy). Team Smackdown would be made up of AJ Styles, Randy Orton (if he’s available) or Kevin Owens (if Orton’s not available), Jinder Mahal, Shinsuke Nakamura and Bobby Roode. Would be real interesting.
  • Not gonna lie, I expected Carmella to cash in that briefcase at Summer Slam on Sunday. This week was a huge clue for when we can expect to see her cash in her Money in the Bank contract: Right after or during a match in which the Smackdown Women’s Championship is contested. Cashing it in on Naomi, who is a Face makes the most sense since Natalya is a Heel but it could work.
  • The (presumably) reformed American Alpha is automatically contenders for the USOs simply because of Shelton Benjamin. He’s that damn good. I look forward to seeing the team chemistry between him and Chad Gable develop.
  • Lana’s new storyline alongside Tamina hopefully means WWE is shelving her as a competator for the time being. Her mic skills are decient but rushing her into the title picture and then failing miserably obviously backfired.
  • Stop me if you’ve heard this before: WWE is “close” to getting Ronda Rousy of UFC fame signed on as a WWE Superstar. If the backstage promo she did at WWE’s Talent Development Center is any indication, she might not be the only UFC fighter looking to take her talents to UFC. Hell, there ARE those rumors Connor McGregor is looking at making a serious WWE run. Time will tell.

…That’s what I was thinking of for now. Now the next 3 Pay Per Views will be the RAW-exclusive No Mercy in September, Smackdown-exclusive Hell in a Cell and the crossbrand Survivor Series in November.Clash of Champions will happen in December before the Road to Wrestlemania begins with the Royal Rumble in January.

…Let the hype commence!

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WWE should do another Shake-Up after Summer Slam 2017

 

…I Just finished reviewing my posts on the Post-Wrestlemania Shake-Up. Goes without saying while it helped some superstars but didn’t do any favors for others. Let’s review that now, shall we?

First, RAW to Smackdown:

 

  • Jinder Mahal: Who could have seriously imagined right after being moved to Smackdown, The Maharaja would become WWE Champion? This is the same Jinder Mahal who was fed to other Superstars during his first WWE tenure and was even released. He’s been on a roll since his return during last year’s brand split. While his title run is obviously a marketing move, he has been a pretty good Heel. Getting The Great Khali to help him retain…that right there was a stroke of genius. Assuming he drops the title vs. Shinsuke Nakamura at Summer Slam, he should either be kept near the top or positioned to win the U.S. Championship.
  • Charlotte Flair: Since being moved to Smackdown, Charlotte became a Face but hasn’t been pushed much. This was actually planned to help build Naomi’s title run. The fact that alot of folks expected her to have won the Smackdown Women’s Championship at least once by now is probably WWE is keeping her away from it for now. Make no mistake she WILL be the second woman to have won both the RAW and Smackdown Women’s Championships–the first being Alexa Bliss–by the end of the year. It’s just a matter of when.
  • Lana: It’s official: Lana in-ring is a wash! WWE hoped having her feud with Naomi would help build her mat skills but clearly that hasn’t happened. She was Over with the WWE Universe as Rusev’s manager and became a Face during her short-lived feud with him involving Dolph Ziggler and Summer Rae. Said feud abruptly ended when their real-life marriage was announced. She resumed her role as Rusev’s partner though during their feud, Lana as a competator was heavily teased. Since coming to Lana, the experiment is clearly a failure. At least in multi-superstar matches this could be hidden but her first 3 matches were one on one with Naomi, who is the current Smackdown Women’s Champion so…yeah. Doesn’t get more clear than that.
  • Sami Zayn: Zayn has been struggling since moving to Smackdown, mostly since this time WWE is clearly going out of its way to not have him feud with Kevin Owens again. He’s not in the running for either title picture, nor has his name come up for Summer Slam yet. He needs a push but the obvious problem is there are several people ahead of him at the moment.

 

Now, Smackdown to RAW:

 

  • Dean Ambrose: Let’s be honest and not kid ourselves: Ambrose was brought to RAW to reunite The Shield. His current storyline involving Seth Rollins, who backstabbed Ambrose and Reigns three years ago to break up The Shield is part of the process. Rollins mended the fence with Reigns last year so that just left Ambrose. Speaking of, Reigns is part of Summer Slam’s main event involving himself, Samoa Joe, Braun Strowman and Brock Lesnar. His being brought in to work with Ambrose and Rollins is sure to come sometime after Summer Slam is over.
  • Alexa Bliss: I touched on this above but The Wicked Witch has become the first Superstar to hold both the “RAW” and “Smackdown” Women’s Championships and she did it within 4 weeks of each other: She dropped the Smackdown Championship at Wrestlemania to Naomi, got shipped to RAW two weeks later and then won the RAW Women’s Championship from Bayley the week after moving to RAW. Goes without saying she’s Over with the crowd just from her Harley Quinn-like appearance and has been for some time. It goes without saying she is one of the top superstars in RAW’s Women’s Division.
  • Apollo Crews: Unfortunately, he’s yet another one of those Superstars who fell through the cracks after changing brands. His working with The Titus Brand could work for him but only if he’s either put in the hunt for the IC Title or works with an established vet. He’s in the proverbial Midcard Hell: Not good enough to get to the top tier but not bad enough to be fed to other Superstars.
  • Bray Wyatt: The Eater of Worlds got street cred when he won the Universal Championship back in the day. Since losing it to Randy Orton at Wrestlemania, not much has been done with him. He has been doing promos with Finn Balor but it’s clear his character just isn’t the same without a stable. Wyatt’s Cult Leader Persona works at its best when he has people by his side. WWE needs to turn things around with him and as a former Champion, he has hope unlike Eric Rowan and Luke Harper.

 

Those are just 8 of the nearly two dozen Superstars who changed brands 4 months back after Wrestlemania. This obviously doesn’t account for the head-scratching breakup of American Alpha: Jason Jordan was moved to RAW as part of his new storyline as Kurt Angle’s biological son last month. Prior to the move, Jordan hadn’t been seen on Smackdown for a few weeks and we saw his former partner Chad Gable compete solo. Jordan is obviously being pushed as a solo competator on RAW for storyline reasons.

Gable doesn’t have the same problem Enzo Amore has but he needs to be either added to a stable or paired with someone. Gable and Aiden English could be interesting if done right but he could also mesh Sami Zayn, the Hype Bros. or even Dolph Ziggler. Unless he gets pushed HARD like Jinder Mahal, I don’t see him having much of a Singles run.

Speaking of Enzo. Big Cass eluded to the reason they were split up: He apparently loves to run his mouth in the locker room and everyone was getting tired of it. Enzo was reportedly kicked off the bus right when the “Who’s Ambushing Enzo and Cass?” Storyline started because he was being disrespectful. So the story goes. Once you get kicked out of the locker room, your career is prettymuch done. The Miz is the only Superstar to have had a successful career after getting shut out but only because he’s a workhorse. Enzo, on the other hand…it’s a safe bet he’ll be on his way out sooner or later. A shame given his promo is such a hit with the WWE Universe. WWE will keep him around as use him as long as he’s still Over with the fans though.

Big Cass, on the other hand. I honestly don’t know. Let’s not forget we went down this road before with The Prime Time Players. Darren Young is currently doing promotional work for WWE while Titus O’Neil is a Manager trying to build a stable. When he first came in, alot of folks thought he’d shine as a solo competator but not so much. Unfortunately, I’m expecting the same for Big Cass. I hope I’m proven wrong, though.

 

 

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WhatCulture.com examines how the Attitude Era turned older fans off the post-Attitude Era

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Read the full article here. For the most part, the author is on point.

The author drives home the unavoidable fact that the product has greatly changed since The Attitude Era. Much of what was either allowed or worked then is either no longer allowed or wouldn’t be allowed now. That’s a fact.

That said, here are my thoughts on the 10-point Op-Ed:

10. Overbearing Authority Figures

I agree, this trope has been done to death and needs to be put down. Fans are clearly tired of it.

It worked during The Attitude Era because of how well the Austin vs. McMahon feud had been set up and executed. As we know, developing character storylines happens to be Vince’s specialty. We all know that legendary first Stunner by Austin was his idea. Later in the feud, Vince actually hit the gym and worked out so he could get in the ring himself, further adding credability to his “Evil Boss from Hell” Persona and cementing Austin’s place as the top Superstar at the time.

The Authority, on the other hand fails at what it’s supposed to do. Why? Triple H and Steph take it a little too far most of the time. Yeah, we get Trips can still wrestle and only does once or twice a year to put someone over–most recently Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns–but he can put people over in other ways. Handing KO the Universal Championship while screwing over Seth Rollins last year was an excellent example of this.

The author’s last point–the need for benevolent bosses–is spot on. Kudos for pointing out the Babyface Shane and D-Bry. WWE seems to have come to the same conclusion for RAW with having brought in Kurt Angle as GM. Steph hasn’t been seen since Wrestlemania (she’s been doing promotional work behind the scenes) but we know she will have to return eventually.

9. Modern Commentary

Let’s be honest, Jim Ross is the GOAT when it comes to Wrestling commentary. No one else comes close. He can make the most mundane match or storyline feel epic. Hell, The Undertaker specifically requested him for his retirement match at Wrestlemania 34. All that said, JR is no longer with WWE and hasn’t for some time. As I just mentioned, he is open to working pro bono every now and then if asked though. He is also well versed with the current happenings within WWE.

Jerry “The King” Lawler was good when he wasn’t being crass while paired with JR. He was often the Heel while JR was the Face though sometimes they would both be Face. Lawler should’ve been removed from commentary after The Monday Night Wars ended. I feel like that’s what made the transition when JR left so hard for many fans. Lawler felt out of place calling matches during the PG Era without JR.

Michael Cole (RAW) and JBL (Smackdown) are the vets on commentary and are solid. It helps they can switch so fluidly between Face and Heel. RAW moving the commentary table away from the ring after the brand split last year was a smart move as it opened up the area outside the ring a bit for the cameramen.

Corey Graves is a solid, solid Heel on commentary and it helps he is probably legit pissed his in-career was ended due to injury. Byron Saxton is obviously the weakest since he lacks the years and experience of the other three. Even though Booker T was meant to be a filling in for David Otunga, it worked so well it seems they decided to keep him on full-time.

8. WWE’s Lack of In-Ring Focus

This is why Triple H created NXT: To help move WWE away from its Entertainment side and more towards its Athletic side. Match quality has improved tremendously as a result and main event matches are no longer Finisher Spamming like they were 10 years ago. Not just PPV but on Raw and Smackdown as well. Nowhere is this more apparent than the women’s division. Sasha Banks and Charlotte made RAW must-see last year with their epic matches.

Brock Lesnar going full-power and STILL having trouble against Samoa Joe…that was pretty EPIC. Joe sold the shit out of the feud and had you believing he had Lesnar’s number. Don’t even get my started on Braun Strowman, who just likes beating people up. Kudos to WWE for putting him, Joe, Lesnar and Roman Reigns in a Fatal 4-Way for the Universal Title. It is true WWE has been overusing multi-superstar matches lately (Triple Threat, Six-Pack, Fatal Four-Way, etc.) but this is one of those times where it makes perfect sense.

Lengthy matches making a comeback is huge as it ads a sense of realism and credability to feuds. It also forces superstars to train their bodies to perform for much longer. Squash matches only happen when it would be the most effective these days. Thanks to the introduction of NXT and 205 Live, the Undercard is virtually non-existent. You have midcards, Upper Cards and then you have the Underused or Underutilized.

7. Triple H

I touched on this above but Triple H needs to be used far less. It goes without saying he and Steph are prettymuch Vince McMahon’s stand-ins via The Authority. What tends to happen is Trips either buries the talent he’s trying to put over (Seth Rollins, RAW last year involving KO) or he buries the talent he’s supposed to be putting over (Roman Reigns, last year’s Royal Rumble).

If Triple H is gonna be Vince’s stand-in, he needs to check his ego and stop having matches with the superstars he’s supposed to be putting over. Like I said before, Samoa Joe vs. Rollins at Wrestlemania was a missed opportunity. Would’ve been freaking epic.

6. Sanitized “Extreme” Wrestling

This gripe is legit. Just look at Battleground’s Punjabi Prison Match. At a glance, it’s easy to think “Cage Match on steroids” but nope. This is a big reason why we have only seen 3 Punjabi Prison Matches.

Post-Attitude Era Hell in a Cell matches are a shadow of the first few matches. The first few matches wrote the book on brutality. Mick Foley’s career was considerably shortened in his match against The Undertaker. In the very first Hell in a Cell match, Shawn Michaels sold being beaten within an inch of his life. Now unlike most Attitude Era fans, I can appreciate Superstars not wanting to risk their health just for crowd reactions.

When the Attitude Era ended, The Undertaker advised the incoming talent behind the scenes to not take unnecessary risks and risk serious injury just to get over with the fans and get on Vince’s good side. Makes sense given his legendary Hell in the Cell Match with Mick Foley (as Mankind). As we all know, Foley falling through the cell was a freak accident. ‘Taker’s reaction makes it obvious that was not pre-planned. The fall knocked Foley unconscious for 2 minutes.¬†Had it been someone else, the match would’ve ended right there. Since it’s Mick Foley, the match continued when he regained consciousness. Mind you, this match happened the same year Owen Hart died in a freak accident in front of a live crowd broadcast around the world.

All that said, WWE does have enough talent willing and able to go Attitude-Era extreme. I don’t just mean Dean Ambrose and Bray Wyatt. I’m talking Braun Strowman, Finn Balor, Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins and AJ Styles among others. On the Women’s side there’s Charlotte Flair, Sasha Banks, Becky Lynch, Nia Jaxx, Alexa Bliss, Naomi, Tamina Snuka, Carmella and Bayley. It’s just a matter of balancing risk vs. reward.

5. Anti-Hero Babyfaces

…Let’s be honest, we all know Cena was being set up to be a Stone Cold clone at first. Same with Randy Orton and obviously Lesnar since he’s been back with WWE. Problem is there is and was only one Stone Cold Steve Austin.

Regardless of how many times WWE has tried to reinvent the trope, only a small handful pulled it off well. CM Punk easily did it best on his way out WWE. You can credit him for being the one to blend Kayfabe and Reality for the first time in WWE (it’s been done elsewhere) and making it work. Paul Heyman would follow his lead, followed by others since CM Punk left the company.

Anyway, back to Anti-Hero Babyfaces. Ambrose, Rollins and Reigns–both separately and as The Shield–are probably the best at it in regards to the current roster. Rollins is clearly a bit too stiff while Reigns clearly needs mic work to get Over completely. Ambrose has shades of Mick Foley but has the unpredictability of Mick Foley and that’s why he was sent to Smackdown during the recent brand split to work with AJ Styles. He’s durable but lacks the bulk Reigns has and the aggression Rollins has.

 

4. Heavily Scripted Promos

This should have been #1 and has been my biggest pet peeve. Most of the current roster have little say over their Wrestling Personalities. Everything from what’s said to what’s done is dictated to them. Let’s not forget this is why Cody Rhodes, Ryback (Ryan Reeves) and Wade Barret (Stu Bennett) left WWE last year. WWE can’t afford to lose bigger names because of this.

The only ones that I know have full creative control over their characters are Dean Ambrose, Bray Wyatt, Randy Orton (obviously), John Cena (obviously), The Miz (goes without saying) and of course, Paul Heyman. Jinder Mahal told an Indian Media outlet a few days before Battleground he has full creative control over his character but that’s doubtful. He probably does have some control but still has a script. Samoa Joe, I’m not 100% sure but if he is using a script he’s doing one hell of a job.

 

3. One-Track Storytelling

I had to read it twice to both understand it and realize it was true about the post-Attitude Era in WWE: Storylines are almost always built torward a Pay Per View event. More so since the recent brand split. This is probably the big reason so many superstars end up either falling through the cracks or end up not being seen for months in somes cases.

It’s even more obvious now that Dark Matches no longer happen. For those who didn’t know, when RAW and Smackdown were pre-taped there would be 1 to 3 matches that happened but weren’t televised due to the then 2-hour time constraint. Since both shows are now Live, Dark Matches no longer happen.

Anywho, WWE needs to get back to single-episode storylines or storylines independent of PPV events. Breezango’s current storyline is a great example of this. So is Strowman and and Reigns’ feud, which likely won’t end at Summer Slam. Throwing in this type of variety will give folks more of a reason to tune in every week or watch via WWE Network. It also forces WWE to utilize more of its talent.

2. The Current Headliners

The article uses the phrase “Mega Star” and that was true of the top talent of the Attitude Era. You had Austin and The Rock at the top with so many choices who could be swapped in at a moment’s notice. This was Cena for a while but folks have clearly grown tired of him in recent years. Lesnar’s a part-timer but is a huge draw when he feels like working. The article makes the case there is no one on the current roster (excluding the vets) who is or is close to Mega Star Status but I disagree there.

As folks should know by now, Reigns will succeed Cena as the new top guy. That said, it IS a huge problem for their top guy to be getting booed every time he shows his face. WWE will need to reset his character to turn that around. Fortunately, a Shield Reunion–which may happen after Summer Slam–should take care of that.

Reigns aside, Ambrose and Rollins are both Over with Fans. Rollins was over as a Face, a Heel and now a Face again. Enzo Amore being mega-over with the fans is probably the only reason he wasn’t cut after his breakup with Big Cass. Even though he’s a Monster Heel, the WWE Universe erupts every time Braun Strowman’s music hits or he shows his face. On Smackdown you got AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura. If Nakamura wins the WWE Championship at Summer Slam, holy shit.

In the Women’s Division you got Sasha Banks, Becky Lynch and Bayley of course. Nia Jaxx as the Monster Heel on RAW never gets old. Same with Alexa Bliss and Naomi.

…So, yeah. All they need is more polish to get even more over than they are. Once they start having more title reigns and have better booking, their popularity will grow more. The superstars just need something for fans to latch on to is all.

 

1. PG

…Here we go. The one thing all Attitude-Era fans love to turn to as the main reason “WWE sucks now”. The fact of the matter is WWE HAD to go this route. Not just to go mainstream but to appeal to International Markets. Plus, by then The Attitude Era was over. This should’ve been expected.

I view the hate over the PG Era as fans of the Attitude Era who don’t want to accept the fact that era is gone. Stone Cold Steve Austin is NOT gonna walk through that door (as a full-time wrestler). LOL.

 

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15 years later, The Rock reveals why he Oversold The Stunner

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…Unsurprisingly, it was for cases of beer.

Check out this video:

There you have it. LOL.

Here’s a montage of The Rock taking The Stunner:

Mind you, Austin has obviously Stunned alot of people and The Rock has taken the Finishers of alot of people. If there was an award for “Best Finisher Reactions”, The Rock would win by Unanimous Vote.

…The Rock overselling the living hell out of the Stunner is second to none. A damned shame no one else followed his example. LOL.

 

15 years later, The Rock reveals why he Oversold The Stunner

John Cena puts over Shinsuke Nakamura in Smackdown’s Main Event

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…Not gonna lie, at the end I thought Nakamura was getting buried. Cena putting over Nakamura like this is a pretty big deal in the post-Attitude Era WWE. I am reminded of the time Stone Cold Steve Austin walked out on WWE for almost a year because he didn’t want to put over Brock Lesnar. LOL. Of course, Lesnar went on to be the top guy during his first WWE run anyway.

Nakamura being put over by Cena is more of a big deal than you can imagine. He sold the finish despite the bad landing and then got up like nothing happened after the match finally ended. The momentum needs to be kept going in my book. Weather or not he will cleanly win the WWE Championship at Summer Slam remains to be seen.

As for Cena, the obvious question is who will he be putting over next? Orton’s putting over Rusev so he’s out. Chris Jericho doesn’t make any sense for obvious reasons and neither does Dolph Ziggler. We’ll have to wait until next week to see ^_^

 

John Cena puts over Shinsuke Nakamura in Smackdown’s Main Event