I've been a wrestling fan on and off for most of my life. I was a Hulkamaniac when I was a kid, and I even teared up a little when the Ultimate Warrior beat Hulk Hogan for the title. I rediscovered sports entertainment in college, about the time the Monday Night War was in full swing. I loved the Attitude Era in WWF and the nWo in WCW. I watched just about every show out there through Vince McMahon's takeover of WCW. A friend and I used to get every pay-per-view. There were very few that we missed in the early 2000s.
But, it seems as if the current product is lacking. I stopped watching Smackdown as soon as the Great Khali's arm was raised as the heavyweight champion. I've barely watched a match on Friday night since. I stopped watching ECW not long after Paul Heyman left because it was boring. Little more than the lower tier Smackdown wrestlers coming over the beat up on the ECW wrerstlers.
Now, I'm seriously contemplating finding something else to watch on Monday nights. The same top few wrestlers have been going back and forth for too long. Randy Orton won the title again last night, which is fine. Then, Vince decided to have a battle royal to determine the No.1 contender. There were several participants that would have made very interesting story lines. The Miz, who many die hard wresting fans are totally in love with, could have been elevated into the picture with a nice showing. He laid back outside the ring until the end and, as a fresh competitor, could have cleared the ring of the final two competitors. But one of those competitors was Triple H. I'm a Triple H fan, but I've seen enough of him and Randy. MVP could have taken the next step and moved up. He's ready to challenge the top tier, but Vince doesn't seem to think so.
I was really hoping that Ted Dibiase would come through and accidentally win. With his allegiance to Orton, it would have been very interesting to see how Legacy handled this. There are just so many ways that could have gone. Will Teddy lay down for Orton, does he still harbor some resentment from being kicked in the head a few months ago, which side will Cody choose? HHH and Orton have been done to death.
The other major blow to my enjoyment is Donald Trump. It was fun to watch him shave Vince's head a couple of years ago. He is a great businessman, but he can't cut a wrestling promo to save his life. It's painful to watch him try. And now we'll be subjected to him every week. I don't know if I can handle it.
I have watched a little of the TNA promotion. But since it's on Thursday nights, I don't get to see much of it. Too much other good stuff on tv. From what I've seen, they have a lot of old WWE talent. I really like some of the homegrown talent they have, but it seems that they are trying to use the old WCW formula. Times have changed. What worked back then isn't working now.
I'll give the WWE one more week. We'll see if "Trump" can renew my interest.
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