I was going to do my review on the 2014 Godzilla that I went to see last Friday, but one thing came up that I really feel the urge to address instantly. Don’t worry, I will get that review out soon enough. With that said…..
I have not watched WWE since January this year. That doesn’t mean I don’t know what is going on, as I am apart of a few wrestling related groups on Facebook, liked several wrestling meme pages, and do a show every Tuesday where me and my friends catch up on Yesterday’s RAW (I just monitor the chat) at http://www.livestream.com/oawrestling. Naturally, I’d be aware of the going-ons in storyline.
The reason I stopped watching was as simple as this: Shit booking. Since Summer Slam of 2013, WWE slowly went under a change in booking that subconsciously depressed me, that being the heels won more than the babyfaces. Not equal amounts, no less, more. Even when they lost, they would come back with a cheap shot, a beatdown, or something similar to that nature. The only time faces truly won are PPV’s. There are exceptions, but more often than not, the heel kept the upperhand in the feud. Now this isn’t bad per say, as what drama would there be if there isn’t a face underdog or a thought that someone may lose. This is booking 101. The problem comes from where and with whom do you tell the story. If it was a squeaky clean face trying his hand at revenge against a guy who is bigger and badder than him, that’s fine and perfectly acceptable for a feud. If your face champion is feuding with a heel challenger who poses a legitimate threat to his belt, that is also great. If your face is the top guy with the top belt and you have him running away like a sissy school girl from a rampaging monster who every week beats him down, that is freaking stupid.
I don’t even need to watch WWE TV to understand or realize how wrong this sounds. If you are not in the know, for 8 months, current WWE champion Daniel Bryan was constantly beaten down week after week by the Authority faction in his pursuit of the WWE Championship, setting him up to be the ULTIMATE underdog until ultimately winning the title at Wrestlemania XXX. This really was the storyline that made me quit WWE, and trust me, I can rip that story a new one, but that is neither here nor there. What I’m discussing right now is how Bryan is being booked as WWE Champion since, mind you, winning the title in a triple-threat match that was set-up like a handicap-match with constant opposing interference and shenanigans after winning another match against arguably one of the biggest names in the history of WWE. This is the man who was the ultimate underdog, the guy who proved he didn’t need to be the strongest, biggest, or most good-looking to be the best; just getting by on skill, determination, and guts. The man who has the crowd firmly in his hands, started a chant that transcends his sport into others, and had Mick Foley destroy a television in support of his movement. Now, he sits on top of the professional wrestling world, with the most prestigious award in wrestling history that is to be won in the biggest wrestling company on the planet. That belt is to signify to others that he can beat and best any man in the world in a wrestling match and that he has the courage, honor, and dignity to defend that belt with respect for the tradition that comes with the title and at the risk of his own life.
Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaannnnddddddddd there he goes, running away, scared shitless, with his tail tucked between his legs from a guy who has not been taken seriously in 2 years.
Your world champion, folks!
Call me old fashion, but when it comes to face champions, you shouldn’t see them do anything demeaning like, gee, I dunno, run away like a cowardly heel. And before ANYONE writes in the comments that “Oh, he was trying to defend his wife. That makes him chivalrous and doesn’t make him look bad at all.” First off, read WrestleCrap’s induction of Kane vs. Zack Ryder here. Read that then come back to me saying it doesn’t make anyone look like a tool. Second, if Bryan wanted to protect his wife, why not stay and fight? Guy went through 8 months of shit to get that belt, only to wet his pants at a guy who wrestles in slacks? And is a libertarian? And yeah, he’s wearing the mask again, but come on, it’s literally the same guy who jobbed to the Shield in under 5 minutes at Wrestlemania. This story is based off the idea that the fans have a 5-second memory and would instantly think of Kane as a threat again, but he’s not.
Another argument I hear in favor to this story is that Bryan works better as an underdog and that having him work as an underdog to matches is better than having him be a total winner. Yes, you heard right, people think that having a UNDERDOG WORLD CHAMPION is a good thing, at least in Daniel Bryan’s case. You know, I asked a kid in my class today who is into MMA (Since I am not at all) and asked him if Jon Jones would ever be considered an underdog when in a fight. His response? “No, he’s the champ. If he’s an underdog and still the champ, he doesn’t deserve to be a champion.” No, you read that again. Engrave it into your psyche and memory so that when you are 86 with memory loss, you will still be able to remember that line. Good? Okay, the point I’m making is that YOU DON’T MAKE YOUR WORLD CHAMPION A DAMN UNDERDOG! He’s the freaking WORLD CHAMPION! He should be able to take on all comers, small or big. Say what you will about Cena, at least I can believe him as a world champion because he jobs to no one. He dominates his opponents and you actually feel like he is good enough to be called the best in the world. I’m not asking for much with this am I? I’m not saying Bryan should be a Cena, but I’m asking that he not be a Honkey Tonk Man either.
People say I take wrestling too seriously. I do. I think it’s one of the best forms of entertainment out there, combining theatrics with athletic skill. You can have stories that make you laugh, cry, scream in anger, personalities you can latch onto and grow with. There is no other comparison I can make. I love wrestling with every fiber of my being. So when stupid crap like this happens to a company I used to watch every single week and continues to degrade what the definition of a world champion is, naturally I’d get defensive and aggressive.
If you had the patience to sit through my ramblings, I thank you wholeheartedly. You will be rewarded with my Godzilla review, hopefully coming out this week. Until then, have a nice day and be good humans.