Thursday, July 18, 2013

The sorry state of the WWE, summer 2013

With the Money in the Bank PPV now behind us, and the push to next month's Summerslam show underway, let's just consider what is wrong with WWE, because there's more wrong than there is right.

Start with Monday Night Raw.

For the 2nd year in a row, the red brand's MITB case went to a sage veteran. Randy Orton, already with 9 WWE or World titles, won the case, and that is the Uncreative team's way of setting up Orton turning back into a nasty heel. However, he doesn't need the case, given his resume, any more than John Cena, who won the red case last year, and couldn't win the big one. Now, Cena's the champ, and he has Daniel Bryan, who won a blue case in 2011, at Summerslam. Orton, as befitting his nickname, "The Viper", will be slinking in the shadows. The match was billed as an "all-star" affair, but Uncreative botched it by not putting the case in the hands of someone who needed it more than Orton did. That would've been Christian, who's won 2 World titles and 2 ECW titles since returning 4 years ago, and has 2 NWA titles on his resume as well.

Former Raw GM AJ Lee is the current Divas champion, and had her storyline romance with Dolph Ziggler end on Monday, but the New Jersey native has been mishandled by Uncreative for over a year and a half. After being cast as being schizophrenic, now they have her playing mental games with her former friend, Kaitlyn. Wouldn't be too shocked to see Kaitlyn & Dolph, who had a brief affair on NXT during season 3 of that series, tag up real soon.

Current GM Brad Maddox has all the presence of an empty candy wrapper, but when has that stopped Vince McMahon before? McMahon, 67, ranted at the audience on July 8 as he appointed Maddox after Vickie Guerrero was removed as "managing supervisor" following a 9 month run. Guerrero's act is beyond stale, but McMahon keeps going to her in a position of power. Why?

The answer is real simple, but McMahon, so enwrapped in his personal pocket universe, doesn't want to take a chance on employing this logical conclusion. That being, he's secretly in an affair with the widow Guerrero, and has for a while, despite his periodic turns of philanthropic face-dom where he puts the pressure on Vickie to do something for the audience's benefit. The right thing to do for business here is to expose that dirty little secret before the end of the year, as that may be the one thing that permanently boots Vickie from any future GM roles.

{Spoiler alert: Do not read if you plan to watch Friday Night Smackdown tomorrow:

Vickie is reinstalled as Smackdown GM in another vindictive move by McMahon, continuing his feud-in-waiting vs. Stephanie & Triple H.}

Over, then, to Friday Night Smackdown:

Damien Sandow, who has been in McMahon's employ off and on for years, usually under the name, Aaron Stevens, has the blue case, and is a case of Uncreative getting it right, although rumors have Sandow battling erstwhile tag team partner Cody Rhodes (son of Dusty) at Summerslam over the case. Sandow is a journeyman who finally caught his big break. All it took was the right gimmick at the right time.

Current World champ Alberto Del Rio has lost some of the fan support he had online before his arrival 3 years ago. Fans are tired of his act, even though he turned back heel just a few weeks ago. Sidekick Ricardo Rodriguez is serving a suspension for violating the Wellness policy, but they're well served to break him away from Del Rio in due course. The act has been bordering on stale for a while.

The US & Tag titles have been held hostage by The Shield (Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns, & Seth Rollins), and that doesn't look like it'll end anytime soon because Uncreative doesn't know how to put an end to their hypocritical antics. Worse, another three-man heel group just arrived in the Wyatt Family (Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper, & Erick Rowan), copying the Shield's MO by randomly attacking various wrestlers just because they can. That will get old real fast.

This is proof, all by itself, that McMahon needs to step down, preferably yesterday. I've stated the reasons why he's been in need of retirement plenty of times in this space and elsewhere, but the problem is the man himself. Triple H has been, according to reports, pushing for a physical home for the WWE Hall of Fame, which would be a godsend for a lot of fans. He's also the brains behind the recently opened Performance Center, the new training facility for their developmental talents in Florida. To think that 10 years ago, he was the most hated man in the company. Now, he is in the position to be the company's savior. Who'd have thought that was possible?

As far as I'm concerned, though, I don't think I'll be watching any more WWE from start to finish until things begin to change for the better. And I won't be alone.

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