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The WWE is on the Rise
November 21, 2004 by Botmaster4lyfe


I've seen it at any wrestling website that I go to that offers fan opinions. Things like "WWE Is going to hit Rock Bottom soon" or "WWE will never get back to where it was" or, in some sad cases, "OMGWTF WWE IS TEH SUXXORZ" And it upsets me to see this. Because it seems that everyone has gotten the opinion that WWE is going to just keep going down, and never get back up again.

But if you examine the WWE right now, if you look at what is happening with titles, storylines, and shows, you'll hopefully realize something: WWE is getting better again.

Rather than just ramble on and on about different parts of WWE, I'll break it down into sections, starting with the one I feel is most important.

1: NEW WRESTLERS

New wrestlers are probably the most important thing a federation can have. Without young wresters, there will be no future for the federation. For a few years, it seemed like WWE didn't know what the hell it was doing with its newer wrestlers. But lately, I've seen a great improvement in that in WWE. For example, Carlito Caribbean Cool. Here's a new wrestler who, in his debut, wins the US Title. He becomes an instant heel with the fans, and is thrust into the spotlight. He is accepted, too, because he has the skills in the ring to back it up. Sadly, that won't last, because of an injury he just sustained (Damn you, Hardcore Holly). Another example, Gene Snitsky. Big guy, has a great superstar look. One night, it looks like he's just going to be the nameless jobber. But thanks to a chair shot, his career has skyrocketed. He now has a constant feud to go to (Vs Kane), an interesting character (Insulting Lita humorously), and mega-exposure. In 2 months, Gene has gone from nameless jobber to main eventing Survivor Series. I probably don't even have to mention him, but we can't forget Randy Orton. Young guy with great talent, and the WWE knows that. He is pushed right off the bat, first with the "RNN" news updates, then in Evolution, where he was Intercontinental Champion for 8 months. He is then accepted by the fans after a brutal match, and win, over Mick Foley. I still remember the night after that match, when Orton is cutting a heel promo in Canada, but the fans are chanting for him. Then, he wins the World title from Benoit, and turns babyface. Now he has gotten the gimmick of the face who is chasing after the gold, and the fans are completely behind him. I think that it's a safe bet to say that he'll be the winner of the 2005 Royal Rumble.

WWE is pushing young wrestlers once again, and that's a good thing. I could go on and on about more new wrestlers who have gotten pushes (Shelton Benjamin, Eugene, Muhammed Hassan and Khosrow Daivari, Paul London, Rene Dupree, Orlando Jordan, Heidenreich, Mark Jindrak, Luther Reigns, Simon Dean,etc.) New Wrestlers are always a good thing to see, and that is what WWE is giving us.

2: TAG TEAMS

Remember a few months ago, when the WWE's tag team division was in the crapper? RAW had La Resistance, Hurricane and Rosey, and I think that's about it. Smackdown had The Bashams, the Dudleyz, and Rico and Charlie Haas. It seems like WWE has finally realized how important a Tag Division is, and have built it up again. At first, I was quite skeptical as to how they were doing it (Random pairing of Kenzo Suzuki and Rene Dupree, for example). But now I realize that it is much like the new wrestlers: new tag teams must be established. On RAW, La Resistace of Sylvan Granier and Rob Conway have established themselves as a major tag team. William Regal and Eugene have also become popular, and now reign as the tag champs. Hurricane and Rosey remain a team, and Rhyno and Tajiri have become quite popular. (I hope that Hassan and Daivari team up as well). And on Smackdown, things are like RAW. We still have the Dudleyz, but then the establishment of London and Kidman as a dominant team came out (although they split up). The Bashams are still a team, but I don't know for how long. Kenzo Suzuki and Rene Dupree are starting to get over with the fans, as are the team of Luther Reigns and Mark Jindrak. And a new team of Rey Mysterio and Rob Van Dam are already over with the fans. WWE's tag team division is gaining momentum once again, and it has nowhere to go but up from here.

3: GIMMICKS AND STORYLINES

This is where WWE has improved exponentially. What did we have a few months ago? Lita and Kane getting married. Rico and Haas, a flamboyant wrestler and a Homophobe (GREAT FUN, HUH?). Heidenreich talking about "Little Johnny". Mark Henry, period . And other gimmicks/storylines were doing horribly. But it seems that lately, things have really picked up. Let's start with the Kane/Lita storyline. It started as a storyline that nobody really wanted to see, because it was stupid and tedious. But out of nowhere, it has morphed into a storyline that has Kane turning face (I'm almost positive this will happen), a new star established (Snitsky), and Lita debut a slightly new gimmick (Angry at the world, kinda). The storyline is saved!

Then, we have a storyline like London/Kidman. And if you think about it, this storyline all stemmed from a botch. Kidman messed up the SSP, injuring Chavo. Out of nowhere, WWE creates a great storyline that has Kidman make his heel turn, Chavo make his face turn, and gets London some much-needed exposure on Camera. A great showing that WWE can write storylines on the fly like that.

And several new and interesting gimmicks have been popping up as of late. The new Loose Cannon Heidenreich, a crazy maniac who is horribly unstable. Edge, the man who turned heel because his passion to win the world title has driven him to turn his back on the fans. Both these gimmicks have been getting the fans behind them, because they're different than what WWE has been putting on in the last couple years.

So, looking at the big picture, it's easy to see that WWE is doing better. I think it's only a matter of years before WWE starts pulling ratings in the upper 4's and lower 5's again, as it used to do. And once again, WWE will be on top of the wrestling world, constantly selling out shows and entertaining fans the world over.

And THAT, my friends, is a dose of Bottitude for ya!

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