Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Trench Pro Wrestling Report: WWE Storylines are Poor

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In case you haven't noticed, I haven't written a wrestling post in a few weeks. There's a reason for that. It's become clear to me that it's one of those times in wrestling history again that I'm embarrassed to be a wrestling fan.

While it's true that a true wrestling fan's wrestler is the RAW Champion in CM Punk, he's being booked as horribly as Rey Mysterio was when he was Smackdown champion. It's only a matter of time before either Batista or John Cena is champion again.

Here's the problem: WWE is insulting the fan's intelligence. I know intelligence and wrestling fan is kind of an oxymoron, but stay with me.

I can only suspend my disbelief in wrestling so far.

Take Kane for example. His latest gimmick is carrying around a thing in a bag asking people if he's alive or dead. If that happened in relative real life, he would have been committed for his own good. I kind of feel sorry for Kane because of all the crappy storylines he's been saddled with.

Over on Smackdown, HHH just happened to have a hidden camera in Edge's hotel room at the precise moment Edge cheated on Vickie. Not to mention the fact that the camera's quality was just as good as a regular HD TV camera. And who doesn't want to hold their wedding reception during the taping of Smackdown.

I know I harp on this every time, but this is why I still miss the original ECW. There were no weddings, no wrestlers rising from the dead into the sky, no voodoo curses making people vomit on camera. Just good fashioned mayhem and violence. Storylines were simple and revolved solely around title shots, competition, and hatred. One of the best feuds of all time if not the best was Tommy Dreamer vs. Raven and all it revolved around was the fact that they hated each other.

Nobody respected the fans more than ECW. They gave the fans what they wanted instead of telling them what they should want.

The straw that broke the camel's back was this past Friday night when the WWE went in the opposite direction and got too realistic. In a promo, MVP was cutting on Jeff Hardy: the real life tragedy of Hardy's home burning down with his dog inside was used as part of a storyline. I'm all for realism but using a wrestler's personal tragedy is taking it too far.

I turned it off at that point.

So is it too much WWE to ask for a little balance?

I'll probably still watch wrestling.

But only to tell you what's wrong with it.

by Trench Reynolds

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