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Re: There is about 12 hours of WWE TV a week does the lack of Major Angles bother you

Of course it does! This has been my #1 complaint for a while now! It's been this way for a bit but it was never this bad until RAW went to 3 hours... at least, maybe it wasn't as noticeable.

There is a severe, severe lack of storylines and angles for non-main eventers in this company. Remember the Attitude Era and all those midcarders? Too Cool got a bigger pop alone than almost everyone else today. Because they were given reasons to be over. The Hardys, Dudleys, Big Boss Man, Test... non of these guys were main eventers but everyone has some memorable storyline or feud or angle or something. Hell even jobbers like Crash Holly and Lance Storm had their feuds.

Now take a look at WWE. Let's look at Kofi Kingston in particular, who sort of represents a lot of these issues. Now how many storylines or feuds can you remember him being in since joining the WWE 7 or so years ago? No, no, we don't count simply fighting the same guy week after week then going on to face him at the PPV, usually to either win or lose the title. Calling that a lazy half-assed feuds is an insult to lazy half-assed feuds. No, I'm guessing we can come up with... maybe 4.

This is the biggest problem with this company and it even hurts the main eventers. Guys like Swagger, Miz, Alberto, Seamus, and soon to be Ziggler and Ryback all get thrown into the main event right away because they lack main eventers and almost all of them fail and fall back down several steps at best. That's because they spend no time in the midcard with their storylines and feuds that in turn give them match time to work on their skills and promos to work on building a character, or storylines to work on getting the audience to give two shits about them. Again, look at Kofi. Possibly the one memorable moment in his career was when he had that feud with Orton and wrecked his car. He had the audience behind him, was given mic time, and an interesting storyline with real heat behind it that attracted the audience's attraction. Except that lasted maybe 3 weeks for who knows why.

WWE has the most talented midcard they've had in several years. GIVE THEM STORYLINES. Give them time to work, develop actual characters, and get the audience invested! We don't need 3x as many commercials as there have been, we don't need random thrown together matches in a half-assed attempt to get anyone even remotely note-worthy on the show (that's another thing, keep most of the Smackdown guys on Smackdown if you can't even book things for your other guys to do), we don't need dance offs or Khali singing whatever it is you want to call what the divas go out there and do, and we don't need recaps upon recaps upon recaps or stupid wastes of time like twitter plugs. The Team Friendship thing is the only storyline non-main eventers (and even that is arguable) have had in months, and that isn't even a feud.

And then guys like JR come out and complain about the wrestlers being unmotivated. Gee, I wonder why? Some of those guys have been there for years and have never been involved in anything remotely interesting.

And yet despite the complete nothing that takes up the majority of RAW, they still finds a way to make it feel rushed. Incredible.
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