I work late shift, and one of the things I do to keep awake is to watch something. Last night I decided to watch WWE RAW since the Survivor Series was Sunday. Let me be up front with you: I’m in my 30′s and I hate the product. It’s not even targeted towards me. Vince McMahon knows teenagers grow out of it, so he constantly reboots the universe.
Well, last night I saw that Randy Orton’s latest title reign came to an end after he was jumped and The Miz cashed out his Money in the Bank opportunity to have a title shot anywhere, anytime. So after Randy had his match, The Miz came in and had an easy victory.
Now a couple of years ago, I thought Orton was the WWE’s #2 or #3 heel behind Edge and Chris Jericho, and would have been pushed as a stone cold heel/face (tweener). But possibly due to drug issues or attitude or personality, Orton never really had the connection or charisma to be a franchise player. Orton won the belt for the 6th time in September. None of his reigns were remarkable.
The Miz looks like Ryan Seacrest on steroids. He is good on the mic and is a great mid-carder. In real life, he dropped out of Miami University and was on MTV’s The Real World. He’s been a pro wrestler since 2003/2004. He really started to open eyes when he began to team with John Morrison in 2007. There is no denying that The Miz has charisma and is quite the character. However, some smart marks online claim he is just as good on the microphone as Roddy Piper in terms of antagonizing the fans and opponents. He’s not there yet, and Piper was one of a kind.
My main issues with The Miz winning the WWE championship are as follows:
- The World Title has been so diluted that the only way to bring respect back to it is to have someone hold on to the title for a couple of years. Back in my day, a serious wrestling fan could name the last 10 WWF World Champions. Without the internet, that is not possible with today’s product. Back in my day, not only were the title lengths longer, but the only two-time WWF Champions were Bruno Sammartino and much, much later, Hulk Hogan (I never counted the Bob Backlund phantom switch overseas). The World Title means nothing now; everyone gets it for a couple of months. It’s like Incredible Hulk 286 (based on the Metallica song): “Hero for a Day”.
- In this era where macho guys watch UFC for realism and video game enthusiasts watch WWE for entertainment, why not give the WWE title to someone who acts tough and legit? MMA has been taking away from pro wrestling a bit. And although McMahon considers it like boxing, boxing and MMA still make more money from Pay Per Views than WWE does.
- The Miz is a mid-carder. His character is cowardly.
But that’s just me. The Miz has a nice following on the net (I rely on the net because I don’t know any current WWE fans in real life!) so the title change doesn’t offend the majority- just the older fans and I. The younger fans don’t remember a time when the World Title mean something, and they are used to the frequent title switches. They have been conditioned to this madness.
What comes after Jumping the Shark? Flushing the Toilet. What comes after Flushing the Toilet? Taking the Plunger. SPLOOSH! SPLOOSH! GURGLE! GURGLE!
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