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Why Complain"
March 31, 2005 by Jesse L.


I read articles every day on this website and I've discovered something... a lot of people LOVE to complain. That's good, because without complaints, we wouldn't have this website to begin with. What this article is going to be about is the top five WWE Superstars who I find people just love to complain about and try to show a bright side. (They're not in any specific order.)

1. First on the list is Triple H. Of course he was going to be first, what do you expect" With all these "banging the boss' daughter" theories and "only champion, because he writes the SLs" thoughts, it's hard to see how he truly works. I'm a Triple H fan and I admit I don't like him because a new # time of champion every three months, but I can't help but realize how he is helping the WWE. How" Well think about it, he's one of the biggest heels on the brand and he is the only wrestler there who people can appreciate being in a main event. No one was into Randy Orton vs. Chris Benoit, but for some reason, more news was buzzing when Triple H won the title in the Elimination Chambers. People called that a waste of time... was it" By losing the title and keeping it vacant, it allowed WWE to push five other superstars and preview the breaking of The Animal, Batista. So many fans tuned into New Year's Revolution to see who would become the new champion, yes they were shocked, disgusted, and probably full of hatred when HHH won, but how did that help WWE" Well, first off, it brought fans in. With an unsure victor, people tuned in to watch how a new era will open. Second, it proved that the only way Triple H can win is if he became an opportunist and waited till his greatest threat was eliminated. Even now, Triple H is getting heat for not putting anyone over. Let's see, he tried putting RVD, Kane, Booker T, Goldberg, and even Goldust over, but it didn't work out. Before making conspiracies, look at Triple H and how he's able to get attention every week and think why he really is the champion.

2. Second is JBL. John Bradshaw Layfield is a successful character! People hate him because of how he cheats in his matches and brags about winning... so" The guy gave a show with his best performance and despite what you want to believe, you're caught in his character. His promos may not be filled with T-shirt catch phrases or hand gestures, but they can always catch your attention. Yes, his ring skills aren't all that great, but he doesn't need them when you're wanting him to lose. If you're a heel and people hate your guts, then all you need is a decent way to cheat. Perhaps people hate him because he's supposed to be a Great American, yet cheats to win. Hey, people, remember a saying: "win if you can; lose if you must, but always cheat!" I know Eddie G. is the cheat-lie-steal guy, but there's no reason that JBL can't do it. Final point of the matter is, when you're watching this guy to see him lose and he somehow wins, you're stuck watching him just to hate him more. I hear people say, "I hate him." But yet, they don't understand that he's a heel. A heel's job is to get fans to hate them. People hate JBL and he's a heel so, he's doing his job! He is a Great American and he is a great champion for someone who's been on his first title reign for almost a year. Stone Cold Steve Austin hasn't even done that and he was the good guy!

3. John Cena. I've recently noticed that people are starting to HATE John Cena and I'm one of them. They claim that Cena has no mic skills and relies on cheap shots and catch phrases (anyone remember the Chain Gang") to get a pop from the crowd. Well he's a fan favorite, so if the crowd likes the things he does, then... he's doing his job! He doesn't have the best finisher in the world and barely has any in his arsenal, but he must be doing something right to keep the overall public cheering for him. I admit he has a few funny moments in his interviews (like giving JBL back his hat after filling it with water) but I can see that he tries too hard - like with the spray paint. Now, I don't like Cena, haven't liked him since his debut appearance, but in order for him to come week after week with this unique gimmick and role and to get the general public on his side... Yeah, that says something.

4. HBK, Shawn Michaels. Yeah, I'm a big fan. Chances are you won't see me talking bad about HBK 90% of the time. People complain about how HBK is a washed-up wrestler who doesn't like to push superstars. Well let me think real quickly. Yeah, he pushes wrestlers. Maybe not by losing, but definitely by giving them a chance to perform at their best. Something tells me that you don't need to beat a wrestler to achieve superstardom. HBK helped push Jericho at WM after the two eliminated each other from Royal Rumble (I think it was in 2003.) Yes, Shawn won, but not before the two of them could tear the house down with a fast paced match of similar styles. HBK is perhaps the 90's greatest sports entertainer and has reason to brag. I hear people complain about he finishes every match the same, then I look at Cena and Rock to show them that they need to think about what they're saying. Yes, it's pretty sad that the "Rockers Reunion" was against La Resistance (perhaps RAW's only legit tag team) and basically squashed them, but who really cares" People were just so glad to see the Rockers back together, they forgot all about La Resistance. HBK just finished a feud with Edge and yes, he did win, but it propelled Edge to a height he'd never been in. It was able to make Edge a contender for the Heavyweight title. While Edge is competing to get a #1 contender spot (that's basically what the Ladder match is about) HBK is fighting in an interpromotional Grudge Match. Yeah, the grudge match may be getting more air time, but the ladder match has more potential importance.

5. Coming in fifth is Muhammad Hassan. People hate this guy; not because he's portraying an Arabian American, but because they think it's cheap heat. This guy is a genius at portraying his character. He doesn't have the best ring abilities, but it seems to me that people hate this guy so much, they don't care. I myself enjoy watching Muhammad wrestle and think it's clever of him to come up with new reasons for why Arabians are being discriminated against. I would appreciate a better finisher, but I can wait until he gets to heavyweight title status. I can settle with a camel clutchin' IC champion right now. Speaking of which, I'd rather see Benjamin get taken out of the ladder match at WM21 and be replaced by Snitsky [though not win] and have a Benjamin/Hassan match for the IC title to replace the Chavo/Mysterio match. WM should be a PPV of title matches and pride, not about two friends who want to fight each other. Well, that's it for now. I'm going to wait for comments and see if I can take this article any further. Just so you know, I'm not a total mark, I'm a fan. Whatever happened to the days when a fan could express his true feelings without having to give props to the other guy" I'm tired of going, "oh yeah, he's a good wrestler, I just like this guy better." Maybe I should write an article about that next.

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