Posted by Lewis Peck
While watching Raw this week I was thinking about the past few months and how disappointed I have been. While some of it has been good a lot of it however has been awful. So I thought about what they could / should do to improve the shows. So here are a few of my thoughts.
Tag Team Longevity
It seems these days everyone asks for tag teams, then when they deliver everyone gets bored or wonders when they plan to split them up. I am one of these people and I know why. If we look back to the days of some of the greatest teams we’ve ever seen (Edge & Christian, The Hardy Boyz, A.P.A. and of course the Dudley Boyz) we loved them, we looked forward to their matches and we never wondered when they’d split up. The big difference I see is the matches, week in week out we get tag matches such as 3MB vs The Uso’s and the problem is no one cares, it’s boring. We need the rivalries the passion to win those titles and we need to see them go through hell to be the best tag team. Where are the table, ladder and TLC matches that put the tag team division on the map. We have the teams (The Shield, The Uso’s, The Rhodes and the Real Americans) all we need is the matches, the rivalries. I want to see the guys strive to be the best tag team around, then maybe we’ll care again.
When I say old matches, I mean matches that we enjoyed (or at least I did) that we no longer see. We have a PPV called Hell in a Cell yet the match that everyone will remember (bar the Undertaker vs Mankind) is the six man Hell in a Cell. Now I’m not saying let’s make another six man match, there’s probably not enough top carders that there were back then, but why not have a fatal four way or even a triple threat. I want to see a variation and I hardly count CM Punk vs Ryback & Paul Heyman as a variation. But not only this what about the Scramble match? I personally enjoyed it, it was unique and different to what we usually see. When Battleground was announced rumours began to fly about the return of WCW’s war games. I was all a WWE guy so I’m not sure exactly the rules of the match other than that there were two rings and two teams. I was excited like a lot of people as I thought we were going to see something different from the normal matches they put out. I know Richard isn’t a big gimmicky person, but for me these days rivalries come and go and don’t progress so the only way to keep me excited is gimmicks. So I think it’s time to try something old. The Punjabi Prison match can stay where it is though.
Now I know I just said it’s time for something old, but if you don’t go old, why not something new. Correct me if I’m wrong, but the time we saw a match we’d never seen before was the Punjabi Prison match all the way back in 2006. That’s about seven years ago. Now I know this match was a failure, but let’s look at the match created before this. The Elimination Chamber. I for one remember the day I first laid eyes on this match. I loved it, not only did I love it, I preferred it to the Hell in a Cell and was always the first match I played when I got the WWE games. I personally need something new, something that’s going to excite me the way the Elimination Chamber did. I know we’re in a PG era, but there is still so much legroom to create a new match with.
King of the Ring
This is a gimmick that over time as become less and less relevant and that’s a shame since it was once the stepping stone to the upper card. Back in the day this tournament gave the mid-card to upper-carders with not much going on become relevant. We can still have the titles being defended and have big build ups to the title, as for the others, this tournament gives them a reason to be seen week in week out. I’m tired of throw away matches no one cares about give these guys a goal to achieve and the fans will be more interested. R-Truth versus Curtis Axel, who cares? R-Truth versus Curtis Axel, winner goes to the next round to face either Kofi Kingston or Antonio Cesaro, I’d care then. Not only could this be brought back, but give it more of a big deal, bring it back as a PPV and the winner gets a title shot against a champion at another PPV within a year. I realise this is similar to Money in the Bank, but does it matter? Are people going to be that bothered, space them six months apart and instead of cashing it in, you announce a match for a future PPV. Old meets new, I mean why not give it a try, it fails it disappears, it works it continues.
I have more to discuss but I will write a part two, so for now tell me what you think, what do you think WWE is missing? I’d love to hear what you all have to say.
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