Playing Backstage Politics
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Far Away From Uncle Ole
Re: Raven in the WWF: Missed Mega-Star?
I think a lot of people are forgetting that when Raven signed the second time to WWE, he wasn't some rookie. He was near 40 and I just couldn't see WWE pushing him at the level of a Rock, Austin, HHH or Angle. And from what he says in his shoots, he never expected it. He just wanted to be able to control what little he was doing in the company, basically making something out of nothing.
Also, he tells a story about after signing with WWE in 2000 that a road agent told him during a meeting, Vince asked "Who the fuck signed Raven?".
I still believe that 1997 would have been his best chance to get a decent push in WWE. He was at his peak, was pretty over and along with Stevie, could have easily allowed for more talents to be used, including what would eventually become The Job Squad. Problem was, he had heat with Vince stemming from partying with Shane in the mid 90s and the fact that Raven quit WWE, which is something Vince doesn't take kindly. Not to mention, Raven was deep into the drug scene.
By the time he got cleaned, it was too late. At best, Raven could have been a mid card mainstay but I highly doubt that he would be anywhere near the main event scene. Not saying it couldn't have worked because I believe with the right booking, it would have but with the WWE system and Vince's way of running things, Raven would have never got to the level he deserved to be at because he quit once already, wasn't a Vince McMahon creation and always spoke his mind. He had three strikes against him already. But, ECW was beyond shitty at that point, he hated WCW and always wanted to go back to Vince just because Raven loved the business.