The Face Of The Company
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Belleville, Indiana
Raven in the WWF: Missed Mega-Star?
Like many of you, I figuratively climax at the site of great heel work. And I'd be ignorant and borderline brain dead to pretend that Raven wasn't one of the greatest heel promo guys in wrestling history. The Raven character in ECW and partially in WCW (before they ruined it) was just gold on every level. The only problem, outside of the feud with DDP, it was never elevated to a prime time feud on a major level. (I say this because ECW wasn't widely broadcasted early on)
Moving on to the WWF, and enter Raven. Helps Tazz win a match with Jerry Lawler... That's it? I mean, it was badass, I won't lie, and it still is. Raven pops up out of no where, the crowd pops huge, and Raven hits the Even Flow (fuck the Raven Effect) on Lawler. Awesome, but it went no where. No dark, almost poetic Raven-esque promos. No segments that capture the aura of Raven. Just throwing him into the midcard hell that was the Hardcore Division, when the entertainment value of it was beginning to wear off.
But still, Raven vs. Rhyno at Backlash 2001 was fucking sick. He did have his moments, and maybe the great Raven character that a lot of us grew to know and love had us expecting and wanting more, completely taking away from the good moments that he had in the WWF. Or maybe it was just a let down and he truly deserved more.
Use your brains people. Just what could have Raven done in the WWF/E? (Feuds, matches, Title runs, etc. Maybe a revival of the Flock?)