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What I Miss (About The WWE)
April 13, 2005 by Rod Gómez


First and foremost, this is just an opinion. If you don't agree, well, probably I'm wrong. Second. I'm not an anti-WWE. I like it. For me it has the best wrestling nowadays, but there are something I miss. Well, I really miss two things.

I miss long feuds and strong stables. Long feuds (NWO, Invasion, McMahon-Austin) made people wonder what was going to happen next week. Week after week. Combats, turns, attacks, interviews. Angles and feuds inside a greater scheme. You get "hooked" by the program. Also these long feuds (with lots of people) gave more importance to the events. Nowadays you can see 10-30 combats for each title in a year. Why is the combat in WrestleMania more important" You win the Royal Rumble or "Money in the Bank" so you have at title shot. Great. Like 10 people more of your brand. With big feuds, the events here special. Big things happened (Hogan's turn) or this breathtaking "End of the Feuds" combats. Just like the end of something big. Just think. Angle-Michaels has been one of the best fights of the last year. Can you imagine the buzz around if this combat had been the end of a feud of 6 months, with turns, and angles and interviews..."

The strong stables have been linked to long feuds, but in my opinion they have another perspective. How important has been Nation of Domination to The Rock" How important have Evolution been to Batista and Randy Orton" Degeneration-X to HHH" Well for me the stables (or factions) are important for developing young wrestlers. It allows a mix of young and old without forcing the situation. Batista began as the last member of Evolution, but you see him with Flair and HHH all the time. He develops and has begun to catch eyes, and then he turns his faction. Of course you need talent to work with. Of course there are a lot of failures, but it's a solid way to build a career. Better than the way they've tried to sell Heidenreich or Snitsky (I see a classic turn of Orlando Jordan in JBL, in the way Virgil-Million$ Man, and might be good).

I understand WWE has a lot of thinking people, doing a great job, and they probably know the market better than anyone of us. But sometimes you have to put the things in perspective. Build in the long feuds or strong factions maybe not be a good investment in short time. But in the long, the profits have been much more important than the costs. At least in my opinion.

by Rod Gómez ..


ben uy wrote:
Yeah I agree with you. The WWE had much more personality back in the day. 
Before, Kane was a revenge obsessed monster who takes 3 tombstones to take 
down. Ever since losing his mask to Triple H in 2003, he seems to have lost 
that near invulnerability he had back then. The WWEs storylines have become 
staler and staler overtime, some storylines are probably just made there in 
two minutes on the spot. I have seen only few quality story lines in 2005 
and even those aren't really that great. Other things i miss include the 
Shooting Press and the 450 splash. What kind of cruiserweight division will 
they have without acrobatic feats like those!

Good Storylines in my opinion:
Eddie Guerrero VS Rey Mysterio
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I consider this storyline of quality because it has a lot of depth. These 
are what i liked best about it.
Suspense: In the events leading to the Great American Bash, Eddie Guerrero 
threatened Rey Mysterio with a secret. It makes you think, What is this 
secret"

Betrayal: Eddie Guerreros obsession with defeating Rey Mysterio made him 
betray Rey Mysterio in their WWE Tag Team Rematch. From once great friends 
to bitter enemies.

Gimmick Change: Eddie Guerrero: Lie, Cheat, Steal => Sociopathic Lunatic

We will miss you Eddie Guerrero!!!!!!

Randy Orton vs Undertaker
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I like this storyline not only because the Undertaker is my favourite 
wrestler but also because it was unpredictable. The two kept on playing mind 
games against each other with the caskets and all. Wrestlemania was the 
Undertakers win, then after that, Orton was injured. He returned on 
Smackdown with 1 set goal, he must kill the legend of the Undertaker. His 
chance came at Summerslam, where he defeated Undertaker with help from his 
father Cow Boy Bob. Then Orton actually tried to "kill" the Undertaker by 
lighting the Undertakers casket at No Mercy. The return at Survivor Series 
was unpredictable and was nice and dramatic. Ortons fear made him try to 
kill the Undertaker again with the lowrider. And no good story ends without 
a climactic finish, and this match finished in a Hell in a Cell.

Worst Storylines in my opinion:
Kane vs Edge
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Kane might be one of my favourite wrestlers of all time but he has gone from 
an crazy guy to, well,  a guy. This was crap because not only was Kane more 
mortal than ever, not no-selling the spear and the briefcase like i wanted 
him to but also because the story had no ending. As soon as Matt Hardy came, 
they just forgot about the entire story.

John Cena's RAW storylines
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John Cena drew the last straw for me when he kept winning every match Eric 
Bischoff put against him. He came from a loved face to a guy whos just too 
predictable. The WWE needs to learn that a face with a reign that long 
should turn heel. Because long title reigns get very annoying and you're not 
supposed to get annoyed at faces, your supposed to get annoyed at heels.

All who disagree with my comment, i just want to tell you that i respect 
your opinion and that i will not hold anything against you for contradicting 
me.


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