Emer's Response to a Fan Feedback Submission
April 8, 2004 - by Emer Prevost

I was reading the OWW Fan Feedback Section, and I was surprised by one writers comments. Now, I will say this before I begin, I am not singling this one person out in a nasty way. I hope not to offend Steven Strother, but I see some minor problems in his plans to fix the WWE. I will be the first to say, that everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but everyone is also entitled to a little criticism every now and then (and trust me, this is coming from a guy with a mountain of criticism piled on him for his comments).

Steven Strother wrote:
What I wanna see in the WWE is the brand extension gone. I wanna see different superstars in the WWE. Like Sting, Buff Bagwell, Lex Luger, A.J. Styles, Sabu, Bret "The Hitman" Hart, Ultimate Warrior, Scott Hall, Kevin Nash, X-Pac, Konnan, Juventud Guerrera. I wanna see The Filthy Animals reformed. I wanna see The Kliq reformed. I wanna see Chyna in the WWE again. I wanna see The Natural Disasters back. I wanna see Evolution broken up. I wanna see myself in the WWE.

First off, Steve, you have some great ideas, here. I think that the WWE really needs AJ, Sting, Konnan, and Juvi. I would love to see the reformation of the Filthy Animals and the disbanding of Evolution. But, here is where our views differ.

Just looking at a backstage morale standpoint, guys like Buff, Lex, Nash, Chyna, and X-Pac would hurt the company in the long run more than help it. These people are known to be manipulative and just plain assholes backstage. Yes, I loved their work, and Buff could probably still produce, but they just wouldn't gel with the rest of the roster.

As for Sabu, I would love to see him in the WWE, but that also has a small problem. You see, in the past, former ECW legends that have come into the WWE (Tommy Dreamer, RVD, Mike Awesome) have always either been misused, underused, or their characters were watered down to make them more WWE friendly. I would hate to see that happen to the Human Highlight Reel.

I have always been a fan of the Warrior and Bret Hart. They were some of the first guys I saw in the ring back in the early 90s. Sadly, though, these two legends of the game have fallen way past their prime.

Bret suffered a stroke and, thanks to Bill Goldberg, is suffering of post concussion syndrome (the same affliction which is keeping Chris Nowinski from the ring). I think that the Hitman would liven up the WWE if he was physically able to perform.

And, well, after seeing Warrior on C-Span recently, it looks like he won't be doing anything remotely close to wrestling. He looks almost skeletal. But, that's what years of steroids will do to a guy. Expect Hogan, Vince, and Triple H to look something like that in the future.

And, as for the Kliq, they never left. As long as Triple H and Shawn Michaels are working on the same show, there will always be a Kliq. They just aren't as powerful because most of their lackeys (Nash, X-Pac, Chyna, and Scott Hall) aren't there to give them the power in numbers that they used to have.

Finally, for the brand expansion, I feel that it is a great idea. Both brands offer specific tastes. With few exceptions, RAW is built for the fans of the story and the hype, while SmackDown is more tailored to the fans of a more technical style. The real problem with this is that there are stars on both brands who really should be over on the other. Shelton Benjamin was perfect on SmackDown, but these two wins against Trips aren't going to stop him winding up on Heat in the near future fighting jobbers for the next few years.

Well, I really hope that no one thought that this was too nasty. And, Steven, if you are reading this, I hope you understand that we have some differences, but holy hell did you have some great ideas! I would never have thought of bringing back the Filthy Animals, but that idea is becoming more and more tantalizing with every passing second.

Oh, and Steve, about you wanting to be in the WWE, I wish you the best of luck and hope to see you there soon.

P.S. I am going to try a little experiment for my next column. I want to do a mailbag column. All I ask is that everyone reading this write me an e-mail with a wrestling related question, and I'll take the best ones, and answer them for lucky column number 21! Send questions to [email protected]

by Emer Prevost


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