Allegedly Albert Einstein said that Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results.
Nobody informed Vince McMahon about that.
Vince McMahon struck gold with Hulk Hogan way back in the 1980s – a huge muscular guy destroying everyone in his path.
He tried to replicate that with the Ultimate Warrior with limited success.
He then tried it with Lex Lugor – it was a disaster.
Then the whole WCW vs WWE thing and the Attitude Era came down. Vince got busy with that.
Once the war was won, Vince fell back on the tried and tested – this time with John Cena.
And the rest, as they say, is history.
WWE is at its lowest in terms of revenue, TV ratings, popularity etc in the last 3 decades.
Because people are bored.
They are bored of seeing the same character saying the same thing, doing the same thing; they are tired of knowing the result beforehand – Cena Wins LOL.
You see, its about being over with the fans.
Being over means accepted; it does not matter if you are a face or a heel, the important thing is to be over.
Hot Rod, Razor Ramon, Ted Dibiase etc were heels but were over; they were crowd favorites.
Undertaker, HHH, Sting, Kane, Jericho, Dudley Boys and Brock Lesnar are legends, they are all at the fag end of their careers – leave them aside.
The present and future of the company depend on the new lot. Because of NXT, over the last 3-5 years, a plethora of young talent has come up. But not all of them are over.
The fans want entertainment, the fans want charisma.
What the fans don’t want is the same shit recycled every week.
And what the fans most definitely do not want is someone who is being shoved down their throats.
Vince McMahon, in his infinite wisdom, has decided on Cena version 2- called Roman Reigns.
The problem is that Roman Reigns has the microphone skills of a boiled broccoli. That on top of his
To be the top guy, or to be a crowd favorite, you need one of two things
- Exceptional in-ring abilities
- Fabulous mic skills
Daniel Bryan, Dolph Ziggler, Rusev and Cesaro belong in the first category
Kevin Owens, Dean Ambrose, Bray Wyatt, Miz, Xavier Woods, Big E, Damien Sandow, Stardust (Cody Rhodes) belong in the second
The absolute top guys can do both – that’s why Rick Flair, Shawn Michaels, HHH, Chris Jericho, Undertaker, Hulk Hogan, Macho Man, Randy Savage, Rowdy Roddy Piper, Dusty Rhodes, Ted Dibiase, Razor Ramon, CM Punk, Brock Lesnar were/are all top guys.
And that’s why Seth Rollins is considered the best in the world by everybody in the wrestling industry.
But he is not the only one, there are a whole bunch of guys who are “over” with the fans.
Daniel Bryan (Bryan Danielson)
Dean Ambrose (Jonathan Good)
Cesaro (Claudio Castagnoli)
Dolph Ziggler (Nicholas Nemeth)
Usos (Joshua and Jonathan Fatu Jnr)
Seth Rollins (Colby Lopez)
Kevin Owens (Kevin Steen)
Rusev (Miroslav Barnyashev)
New Day (Ettore Ewen, Kofi Sarkodie-Mensah and Austin Watson)
Wyatt Family (Windham Rotunda, Adam Scherr, Joseph Ruud and Jon Huber)
The crowd loves these guys. The crowd may boo Rusev or Rollins or Owens or New Day, but that’s just because you are supposed to boo heels.
Just look at the huge outpouring of grief and support for the beloved “Dreadlock Jesus” Seth Rollins
Just looking at the number of people laughing and talking about New Day
Just look at the number of people wearing KO shirts and chanting Fight Owens Fight
Just look at the fireflies during Wyatt’s entrance
The people lifted Daniel Bryan from a midcarder to the top.
Now they are firmly behind Owens, Ambrose and Cesaro.
The fans would absolutely love it if Dean Ambrose becomes the champion (lunatic fringe/Ambrose Asylum against Authority – absolute gold)
They would accept Kevin Owens or Alberto Del Rio becoming the champion.
But Vince has his big muscular guy fetish.
So chances are it will be Roman Reigns.
The TRP for Raw and Smackdown have hit historic lows.
A recent Smackdown event wasn’t even 1/3rd full
And with Roman Reigns as the champion, its all going to get lower.
The whole wrestling industry hinges on WWE’s success (TNA is a basketcase waiting to implode; Ring of Honour, Lucha Libre, All Japan Pro etc are all regional small time stuff)
MMA has already eaten away a huge chunk of the fanbase.
Vince, John Cena and Roman Reigns between them will take away the rest.