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Does Anyone Really Care About WrestleMania XXXI?

The WWE has lost its mojo. Somewhere on the path toward trying to reinvent the wheel and keep audiences entertained, the big engine that steamrolled through promotions and territories lost steam and now is chugging along like a ’74 AMC Pacer trying to survive another hot summer.

Where did the business I grew up watching, the Grand Marshall of reality television, misstep and twist and ankle?

[adinserter block=”1″]Wrestling isn’t what it was just five years ago. It couldn’t be by any stretch of the imagination a good product then is just plain bad in a blink of an eye. There is no quick fix in sight. John Cena cannot save the WWE. Daniel Bryan tried, but failed. Vince McMahon wants to go back to the “Bigger is Better” theory of champions and place the title on a guy that looks the part in Roman Reigns, but isn’t like his cousin, The Rock, further damaging the brand.

By god, please have someone send over a shot of adrenaline to give the company some life and ease its pain. The Undertaker can no longer deliver a main event caliber match, but we will certainly put over Bray Wyatt. Triple H isn’t sure he can put together a good match with Sting, who finally gets the WrestleMania moment he deserves – but its 10 years too late. Cena has become the middle man, falling backward to take a giant leap forward, but most of us do not care.

This WrestleMania proves more than ever how troubled the product is. It almost makes ardent fans grab a box of Kleenex as they tune in each week.

Where have all the good men gone? And where are all the Gods? Where’s the street-wise Hercules, to fight the rising odds?

A friend of mine, Jeff Maudlin, asked me a few weeks ago how I felt about the changes in professional wrestling. The times when we were young and watched our favorites on TBS in Atlanta and cable television. We liked the idea of Kayfabe and the mystery surrounding the business, the wrestlers and the lack of social media and internet to “spoil” what we saw for the first time. He asked if I thought the elimination of secrecy hurt what we see today. I replied with a resounding, “YES!”

Wrestling’s greatest character flaw of today is the knowledge that fans know what is going to happen beforehand. Even in a business of predetermination and the quest for suspended animation, knowing how and what will happen has destroyed all “credibility” for the McMahons and those who work to make the product what it used to be. There is no replication here. Hulk Hogan or The Rock are not going to come out of the back and save the show. Ric Flair is not going to make Brad Rheingans look like Tommy Rich. There is no sense in trying to make Dolph Ziggler dance with a ladder.

Vince McMahon created this problem with a monopoly of the industry with no real competition. If the WWE had a WCW-like opponent or the TNA brand was built to challenge the super power on every level, then there would more interest. There is a watered down version of the company because there are too many stars who have stood in the main event spotlight and are trying to hold on to that one shining moment. Some characters will not move from the zenith to help the company grow.

[adinserter block=”2″]Take that underlying message for whatever it is worth to you.

WrestleMania is 19 days away and frankly, I don’t see myself or Mike Mooneyham or Dave Meltzer or Bill Apter jumping on tables, begging the event to happen. Hell, the fans aren’t doing it, either.The WWE has lost its way, lost its Mojo and cannot find its way out of a paper bag. Until the layers of the onion have been peeled back enough to find the sources of the problem, we will all still wait and hope for wrestling the way it used to be, not the way it can be and more importantly, the way it should be.

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11 COMMENTS

  1. I can’t wait for Wrestlemania, why does everytime any of you idiot writers write anything you have to say Roman isn’t the Rock or he isn’t good or any other crap NO he’s not the Rock there can only be one Rock, Roman has done things in the ring the Rock never did, he’s gonna improve the same way all the rest did, the problem is not that Reigns isn’t ready it’s you Dumb asses that can’t get over because it’s not who you prefer, get over it Roman has IT and has mone$ written all over him. Wrestlemania and the WWE will and is gonna be fine, watch the show or just shut the hell up about it, writing articles isn’t gonna change a thing.

    • I agree with you that the WWE will be just fine and there is a good possibility that Reigns has IT. However I would like to know what he has done that the Rock has not? That being said, my biggest “issue” with Reigns is the fact that I don’t think he is quite ready. They pushed him to fast and to hard and I think that will limit his fan appeal. All that being said, I am looking forward to WrestleMania.

      • There’s been plenty they said weren’t ready and they were. Yes he still needs some mic work but it’ll come with time, he’s improved a lot in the ring. The Rock has never dived over the top rope, he never speared anyone through the barricade, etc Roman is still improving where the Rock was doing all he was gonna do yet Roman is still bringing out new moves and honestly just starting his singles career.

        • I think when comparing Rock to Reigns you are really looking at apples and oranges. Which is probably hurting him as well. I think the point about where things have gone wrong is that they have booked him to lose in matches when really he should be killing everyone. Basically take the last couple of weeks and do that for the entire year. I would love to see more moves from him. Flying over the top rope was tight.

          • Your right, I wish the fans would actually give him a chance before knocking him down, you can tell he’s trying hard and improving because he does care what the fans think. Buy to be honest I don’t care if he learned 20 more new moves some fans just aren’t gonna like him.

          • Probably true, I was just adding that for me personally. That’s why I think a heel turn is a good move sometime soon. Give him a new edge while he improves. Let he beat up all the guys the fans cheer for. I am not a member of the YES movement, which puts me at odds with the fans.

          • He should turn heel at Wrestlemania and join Paul Heyman there’s always time to turn him back face later, he can still be their top guy of that’s how they want it.

  2. I am probably in the minority, I am looking forward to this WrestleMania and not just because I have to drive 12 hours to get there. While I totally agree that wrestling isn’t what it used to be I would counter with what is? Nothing is as good as it once was, that is the nature of life. The fall of WCW wasn’t Vince’s doing, it was on it’s way out then Vince got it. The lack of competition isn’t the fault of the WWE, it’s the other promotions refusal to innovate. TNA was pretty interesting until it started trying to copy WWE.

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