Submit.

The year is 2015. WCW is dead. TNA is running on fumes. The only remnants of ECW left are the chants when Paul Heyman comes to the ring. Vince McMahon has succeeded in becoming the biggest game in town. Wrestling is Vince’s vision. Wrestlers have come to know this well.

When a wrestler comes into the WWE, they will be broken down. They will be retaught, renamed and re-gimmicked. Their history stripped from them. It doesn’t matter if they were the biggest star. Just look at Bubba Ray last night. He was the top heel in TNA. He slimmed down and had the best run of his career.

Bully-Ray-Title

Then he comes out during the Royal Rumble and he’s Bubba Ray Dudley, midcard tag wrestler. Thrown out in a few minutes. Because if it’s not WWE, it does not exist.

Wrestlers have no leverage. They walk on egg-shells. If they don’t stay in line, they will be punished. Their livelihoods taken away. If they try to grab that brass ring, they risk punishment too. If they aren’t chosen, they’ve done wrong in Vince McMahon’s eyes. They will be punished. Even if it comes at the expense of the company’s profit. Just ask Christian.

In 2005, Christian had found all the pieces. The fans loved his Captain Charisma gimmick. His merchandise was selling out. He was so popular that then golden boys, Batista and John Cena, got booed in segments against him. What was Christian’s reward for connecting with the audience and selling merchandise? He lost every match for nearly a year. He was given a new nickname, Creepy Little Bastard. He was taken off the A-show and shipped to Smackdown, and then later Velocity. He would leave the WWE in frustration by the end of that year.

What crime did he commit to deserve this? He got popular without being chosen and so he was punished. WWE did the same thing to Zack Ryder back in 2011. Zack Ryder became popular using social media. He started to move merchandise. Can’t have that. So they crushed him.

WWE is not a meritocracy. Those who succeed there only do so because Vince wills it. There is only one last challenge to Vince’s vision of professional wrestling.

reigns-rock

Roman Reigns won the Royal Rumble and was immediately rejected by the fans.Not even the most electrifying man in sports entertainment could protect him from the nuclear heat that the fans in Philadelphia sent his way.
His crowning moment sparked outrage. #CancelWWENetwork started to trend shortly after the PPV ended.

Vince had his idea of who should win the Rumble. The fans had theirs. Their chosen hero was Daniel Bryan.

Vince knew who the fans wanted. To him, they wanted wrong. The fans had to get with the program. This is not a show made for them. This is a show they watch. They should be appreciative to Vince for bringing wrestling to them. They are out-of-touch.

They must submit.

Bruce Mitchell of PWtorch brought this dilemma up during 2013’s atrocious fall season. Vince is trying to fight his own fans. He thinks himself wiser than them. More in-touch with the times than them.

They will cheer the wrestlers he tells them to cheer. They will boo the wrestlers he tells them to boo. They will tweet the hashtags he tells them to tweet. And if they don’t, they too will be punished. They will be mocked.

Who will come out on top in this wrestling war? Vince always wins in the end.

This time will be no different.

YESAMANIA IS RUNNING WILD!!

YES! YES! YES!

I watched Wrestlemania 28. I’ve never cared much for the Undertaker so the End of an Era match didn’t matter to me. I thought Cena was going to beat Rock so I wasn’t looking forward to that match. I was somewhat excited for Punk and Jericho but not too much. I just wanted to see Daniel Bryan wrestle! I knew he was going to lose. But at least I could enjoy his first Wrestlemania match! I was looking forward to one thing. Rather I should say, one word! The fans in Miami were looking forward to it as well. Look at all these YES signs!

The crowd wanted this match.

Bryan’s music hit and I got hyped. YES! YES! YES! YES! The bell rang. And then it was all over. This mach ending in eighteen seconds crushed me. I really wasn’t expecting that. I knew my guy was going to lose but not like that. They just completely shit all over him. A man who worked for ten years to make it into that company. A man who put on great matches all across the world. And they have him beat in 18 seconds.

Eighteen seconds. I missed the next two matches. I was still shaking my head at what happened. No. Just no. It wasn’t until Punk/Jericho that I was able to get back into the show. Even after the Rock beat Cena, I was still pissed. How could they do that in a world title match? One hundred days of entertaining promos, matches, and entrances all ended by one Brogue kick. I couldn’t get it out of my head. I tried to make sense of it, but in no way was this a good decision. I just had to sit with the fact that they decided the best wrestler in the world should in eighteen seconds.

They had matches on RAW last year longer than that. They even had a match on Smackdown that went about eight minutes earlier this year. The show was four hours!

I’ve never been a major fan of Sheamus. His character rarely loses. Look it up. This guy has been pinned like twice since the summer. This put me over the edge. I don’t think I can ever cheer for him. He’s my scapegoat for their booking. The cynic in my thought it was time to stop getting invested in wrestling because who’s to say they won’t just do that again. Then the next night on RAW, I heard that one word again at a level I never heard it at before.

It was deafening last night. The fans in the arena booed Sheamus. They cheered for Bryan and they chanted YES! YES! YES! and NO! and SI! It was amazing. Wrestling was fun again. Even though the WWE clearly had wanted the fans to prefer someone else, they couldn’t stop YESAMANIA FROM RUNNING WILD BABY! The crowd was astounding. They gave me hope for wrestling. They made that episode of RAW historic. Lesnar returning was just the icing on the cake. The crowd cheered louder for Bryan than even the hometown hero, The Rock.

That episode made me just want to chant YES! YES! YES! YES! at the top of my lungs.

This article from bleacherreport takes a good look at the Yestival that took place.
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1130231-wwe-debate-should-wwe-turn-daniel-bryan-baby-face-again

Bryan was the most over person in the arena. It might have been for one night only, but damn the April 2nd episode of RAW completely, absolutely DID NOT SUCK!

Eighteen Seconds.

Fans waiting in anticipation for Daniel Bryan vs. Sheamus. The poor fucks didn't know what they were in for.

Things that were longer than the Daniel Bryan vs. Sheamus match at Wrestlemania 28:

The Opening Promo video
The National Anthem
Daniel Bryan’s Entrance
Sheamus’s Entrance
Sheamus’s Celebration
My ragefit after the match ended
The promo for next year’s Wrestlemania
Kane vs. Randy Orton
The Divas Video Promo
The Divas Match
The Divas entrances
Cody Rhodes’s Entrance
Big Show’s Entrance
Cody Rhodes vs. The Big Show
Shawn Michaels’s Entrance
Triple H’s Entrance
The Undertaker’s Entrance
The Undertaker’s Hair
The Cell being lowered
The steaming shit I took after this ppv
The celebration after Taker won
CM Punk’s fireworks
Brodus’s Momma’s Ass
The Funkettes and Brodus Clay Dancing
Machine Gun Kelly fumbling over words
John Cena’s run into the ring
John Cena and the Rock sniffing the air before the match.
The Rock’s people’s elbow in the match.
This blog entry.

Daniel Bryan Danielson Part 3: YES! YES! YES!

 There’s one man who’s been able to rise above it all on Smackdown. No obstacle could stand in his way. Not a seven foot tall genetic freak. Not the world’s strongest man. Not the Apex Predator. He’s escaped steel cages from giant behemoths. He’s made people realize that sooner or later everyone taps out. He’s managed to squeeze out a victory when no one thought he would be able to. He’s scraped and clawed his way. He claims that he’s a role model because he’s a vegan. He’s had a woman at his side the entire way that he appreciates greatly. He’s dedicated match after match to her. He has his critics.  They say that he’s a weasel who doesn’t deserve anything that he has. They aren’t fan of the way he’s managed to win. . They say that he’s no role model. They say he’s no one special. Some would even go so far as to call him a coward. He calls himself the WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION and he only has one word for his critics.

He said YES! YES! YES!  And I say YES! YES! YES! For over 100 days, Daniel Bryan has been the WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION. And I couldn’t be much happier about it. I had my reservations when he first took on the Big Show but since then nearly everything involving Daniel Bryan has been gold. He’s done the best with what he’s been given.

I’m surprised to see the WWE get behind Bryan in the way that they have. They usually cut the legs off of any young up and comer at the exact wrong time. I thought Bryan was finished until Orton was taken out of the Elimination Chamber. And Bryan won. He just keeps on winning.

His dynamic with AJ keeps me interested in Smackdown. It’s different. Bryan was first dedicating his matches to AJ after she was taken out by the Big Show. Then she returned and Bryan showed her his appreciation. Each week, he’s been a jerk to her, but she continues her love. He does buy her dresses and coach her matches. The promos with them have been very entertaining.

Michael Cole has slowly shown some appreciation for Bryan. He used to just run his mouth about how Bryan was a geek. He ran his mouth about Bryan’s veganism, but now even he has to admit that Bryan deserves to be WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION! YES! YES! YES! YES!

And the biggest surprise of his title reign has to be his promos.  Before Bryan came to the WWE, people said he didn’t stand a chance of going anywhere because he couldn’t talk. But Bryan has proven those people wrong. Very very wrong. (Start at 38:30 for promo)

But of course all good things must come to an end. Bryan has entered a program with Sheamus who is set to become the WWE’s next big thing. WWE has tried time and time again with Sheamus. He’s the Rumble winner. He rarely ever loses. And Bryan pinned him on Monday. Any wrestling fan knows that it’s curtains for Bryan’s championship reign. The Yeses will come to an end. The match will still be good. The Yesman will not disappoint. I can still appreciate all the good times that Bryan has given us. Thank you Daniel Bryan for a World Heavyweight Championship that completely absolutely DOES NOT SUCK!!

Why John Cena will never turn heel.

There was once a man. He had ruthless aggression. He was something new. He soon began to rap. He disrespected top stars in the WWE. The people loved him. They cheered for him.  He became their champion. He became the most popular star of the modern era. Children loved him. Women oogled him. Men thought he was pretty cool. He became a marine. He told the fans that he would never give up.

Today it’s pretty common for half of the crowd to boo John Cena. Sometimes even more than half. John Cena has moved from one of the most liked superstars to possibly the most polarizing wrestler of all time. WWE shows are filled with dueling chants. “Let’s go, Cena. Cena sucks!”

This is not the response that a face is supposed to get. Faces are the heroes of the wrestling world. John Cena gets more boos than the majority of the heels (villains) in the company.

The usual response would be to turn John Cena into a villain. The WWE likes to control their audience. They want to elicit the right response from the crowd. However that will never happen. John Cena will never turn heel for a number of reasons. (In the event that you’re reading this after John Cena has turned heel, prepare yourself as the end of the world must be near.)

If Cena turned heel who would he fight? How would he turn heel? If he attacks the Rock, it won’t make him look heel. The Rock has attacked Cena many times. It would just be seen as a response. If he attacks Punk, it would work better. I guess then you have him do a segment where he tells the fans why he did it and that he hates how they boo him when he busts his ass. That would be good, but where does he go from there? He faces CM Punk in a feud that just wouldn’t be as great this time around.

In their previous feud, Cena was already the villain without changing his character. He was the face of the WWE. Fans could get behind CM Punk or John Cena. I don’t think any of their matches would have benefited from Cena being heel. He already got the crowd reaction that a heel would get. After Punk, a heel John Cena has no one to fight on RAW. There’s no second big face after Punk. Would he fight Kofi Kingston or Zack Ryder? Those feud options don’t seem that interesting to me.

Like I stated earlier, Cena already gets boos so why turn him heel? If you turn him heel, he’ll only be hated by his fans now. The fans who boo him now would be indifferent because Cena gets a lot of his hate from being around all the time and winning a lot. His wins would go down as a heel, but I really feel like that portion of the audience just won’t ever be able to get over Cena’s overexposure and get behind him.

Alienating Cena’s fans is very dangerous. His merch sales are very high. People pay to see John Cena. CM Punk is getting up there, but he’s not at Cena’s level yet. He gets more cheers and he moves merchandise, but he’s not a Cena’s level of overexposure and I doubt he will ever reach it. CM Punk’s character is one that appeals to older wrestling fans. John Cena appeals to kids and parents which I think the WWE is really trying to target now.

John Cena also does the most Make a Wish foundation visits. I don’t think that it would be a good idea to turn him heel and end that stuff. I think what John Cena needs is a slight character change and to be less exposed. I think the WWE needs to be less afraid about having John Cena go to the mid card. I would love to see him and Zack Ryder be a tag team together to get that division started up again.