Triple H and Stephanie McMahon are on my TV all the time now. I honestly do not have much of a problem with this; mostly due to the nature of WWE’s top storyline. The fact is that the Authority’s presence on WWE programming is very necessary right now.
One of the biggest complaints I’ve heard is that there’s entirely too much talking going on now. Hunter and his blushing bride take up a lot of space and a lot of time when they hit the air. Their spots tend to go on longer than some typically do and as a result of this, some fans are currently pulling their hair out.
And to that I say shut up. Shut your mouth.
Apart from just wanting to insert a random Stepbrothers line, there is a reason for my frustration here. Again, this angle dictates that WWE’s power couple be on TV more than usual and that they have an ample amount of mic time. That is just the way it is and for anyone out there who’s complaining about it, I only have one question.
What do you think this is, World Wide Wrestling?
This is not the NWA, people. Monday Night Raw does not feature several matches, cutting only for a handful of promos and interviews. This is not old school pro wrestling.
This is WWE and in Vince McMahon’s company, pro wrestling broadcasts are more about the entirety of the presentation. They use more than one method to tell a story and that includes long promos in the ring, some of which seem to last longer than they should. And on any given night, those promos can come from any member of the McMahon family. It’s their company, after all.
What, did you just start watching?
The other point that some fans make who have quite frankly had enough of Hunter and Stephanie, is that the company is doing nothing but burying Daniel Bryan.
God how I hate that word.
Now, I’m not suggesting that this does not happen in the business. And I’m not suggesting that it’s not happening on some level in WWE. But for me to believe that Daniel is being buried right before our eyes? Are you kidding?
This guy is on TV constantly. He is currently the hottest Superstar in the entire company. His pop right now is nearly untouchable and competes only with CM Punk most of the time. He is booked in high profile main event matches on pay-per-view, wrestling for the company’s top championship. WWE’s main storyline is centered on him as every week brings a new chapter in the angle that can only be called “Daniel Bryan versus the world.”
Yeah, he’s being buried. Sure.
As I prepare to stand on my literary soapbox here, let me say that my intention is not to silence anyone. As fans, we have the right to air our grievances about the product wherever and whenever we see fit. Despite how many believe otherwise or how unpopular it may be to some on the inside to admit, we are the paying customers. We are the ones who ultimately determine the overall success of WWE or any other wrestling company for that matter.
But I have become so completely disgusted with the viewpoint that some fans have and that viewpoint typically consists of a handful of talking points that are regurgitated nearly everyday.
The term “burying” is perhaps the most infamous of these talking points and it just does not apply here. For me, to bury someone suggests that you’re doing all you can to keep that person off TV and out of any credible storylines that could showcase his talents and draw a following for him. After all, a guy can’t get over if fans never see him and if he’s not on display then he has no chance.
Does Daniel Bryan lose? Yes. So do a lot of other Superstars. Has he been screwed out of the WWE Championship since SummerSlam when this whole storyline began? Yes. He’s not the first Superstar that’s happened to.
Is WWE burying him? No. Stop drinking the Kool-Aid.
Don’t misunderstand me here; my goal is not defend WWE from all attacks. I’m not on the company payroll and let’s face it; one good review from me is not going to impact them one way or the other. But for me, it just does not make a lot of sense to sit back and rip on WWE every chance I get. This especially includes ripping on the McMahon family, who are each playing roles on TV.
I’m not going to get ticked off at actors.
I for one would rather wait and see how all of this is going to play out. Because when it’s all said and done, we may not be looking at Triple H and Stephanie McMahon as a constant presence on WWE programming. Once this angle ends, it could become just one of them. Or they could be replaced by Vince. Or Linda. Or Shane. Or all of them together.
Tom Clark is a WWE Featured Columnist & Consultant for Bleacher Report and a Contributor for JBL’s Layfield Report
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