The WWE is certainly full of controversy and buzz right now, with the Daniel Bryan situation and the ‘opinionated’ crowd in Pittsburgh at the Royal Rumble, The upcoming launch of the WWE Network and the currently-unfolding CM Punk scene.
Starting with Bryan, it was certainly interesting watching the Rumble and seeing the fans somewhat hijack the show with chants etc. it has often been said that “a fan who buys a ticket can say whatever he wants” but that’s certainly being put to the test lately when it comes to Daniel Bryan. The fans have been called (among other things) entitled…. The wrestling business is unlike any other because the fans have very strong feelings of where they want the stories and their favourites to go.
The fans will tell you what they want and have become quite a bit braver about it I recent years and I don’t really begrudge them that. I take issue with the fact that some are saying that it is only the IWC (The Internet Wrestling Community, a strange term coined many years ago) that are being so boisterous at live events.
Let’s say that’s true, and if ROH ran a show in Pittsburgh they would draw (generously) about 1000 fans, put those 1000 fans in the Xcel Energy Center and have them shout YES and thrust their hands in the air and it would be barely noticeable. Look at the tape, it was almost everyone to a man…. Or woman.
Someone said that after the Rumble, the highest rated segment on Raw would be Batistas promo segment despite the fans shitting all over his win the night before. I think it’s pretty obvious that’s true but it would also be true despite who won the Battle Royale, be it Batista, Cena, Reigns or Bryan.
The fans paid for the seats and the same fans who shit on the goings on at the Rumble will be the same ones who will buy a ticket and shit on something at the next Raw or Smackdown in town. And that’s part of the fun…. This is supposed to be fun remember?
On to the WWE Network, I have my VPN in hand and I’m hoping I’ll not have to wait until 2015 like my fellow Canadians. The way the network is structured, it’s a no-brainier for the price they are charging and the content they are providing.
My concern is that on the morning of February 24th when everyone tries to sign up the whole system may crash if they aren’t prepared for all the traffic. That could potentially have long-term effects on the success of the network.
The big story unfolding is that apparently CM Punk went home from Raw and has been written out of future WWE storylines.
There has been rumours of his being unhappy with several older established talents returning and being given prime slots at WrestleMania and other events and I have to say I agree with him.
Watching the Rumble, Batista competed for approximately 13 minutes and looked pretty gassed to me. 13 minutes in 4 years to get a title match at the biggest show of the year.
I’ve said this a lot recently, but there is going to come a time when older established stars from the past can’t be banked upon to see the big events. It’s dangerous booking and can be seen as disrespectful to the guys today who work hard all year long.
Punk has always been an opinionated guy who doesn’t take a lot of BS and will vocally stand up for himself and what he thinks is right. I wish I was more like that.
What will happen and where he will end up remains a mystery but if I were a betting man, I think we will see him in a WWE ring again.
But that’s just what I think, what do I know….