I have so much concern about the future of the WWE that it's insane. It almost feels as if we're moving backwards as opposed to forward in the company philosophy. We had guys like Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart break the mold for what a champion should be, taking the focus off the big muscles and no workrate of the former champions like Warrior and Hogan. They broke the walls down for guys such as Eddie Guerrero and Chris Benoit to win the world titles based off of momentum, storytelling ability, and natural character development. Then Rey won the world title and it became a story of "okay, this is entertainment, the best storytellers are the guys that should be on top, the ones who work hard and naturally develop a connection with the crowd". Punk (the most muscle-less world champion there has ever been probably, still 220 LBs mind you) reassured me that wrestling was in a good place once again ; storytelling and the ability to naturally get over MATTERED again it seemed.
Now look at today. Daniel Bryan is one of the greatest storytellers and workers of his generation, making low card guys to main event guys look great inside the ring. The guy busts his ass off night in and night out, and eventually carves himself a role in the company as an extremely entertaining personality. One could argue that at one point during this year ; he was the hottest thing in the company by far. Fuck, they bury him down and down and down and he STILL gets killer reactions due to his capability as a double threat in the ring and on the microphone. One should figure that he would be in the main event scene right now with reactions like he has now right ? OH and I forgot to mention ; he did this and got THIS OVER while being fed nothing but garbage (oversaturation of AJ Lee into his storylines, losing in 18 seconds at Mania, being essentially squashed by the likes of Alberto Del Rio). How did he do it ? HARD WORK and natural fucking ability. Instead of being around where PUNK is, he's being treated as if he's on the level of Miz.
Let's look at Ryback, shall we ? This guy comes in and is immediately given matches (squashes) all lasting less than 10 minutes. He wins, he wins, and he wins. He starts to get more of a crowd reaction than the norm, but here's the thing ; WHO WOULDN'T GET A FUCKING REACTION IF THEY WON EVERY SINGLE MATCH. Wrestling may be kayfabe and "fake" , but I DAMN sure know that alot of casual fans gravitate towards winners. He got over due to the WWE PR
machine that was behind him, and not on his standalone natural ability, which really fucking irks me. Here's a guy that can't wrestle a decent match to save his life, or cut a promo worth listening to, and basically if he chooses it seems like he can be the one to dethrone John Cena as the face of the company ? You're kidding me, right ? It's the most un-natural build to a wrestler that I've ever seen in my life, so bad that WWE is pushing him down our throats in main event matches already.
He walks to the ring, says "feed me more" , goes for under 10 minutes , and leaves. Two years from now, tell me how over that is. I say the WWE PR
machine got him over for a reason ; take Ryback and put him in ANY other wrestling company in this world and tell him to succeed. Do the same with Bryan and you tell me who generates more revenue and is more entertaining for your company.
My point is simple ; Ryback got over because of his situation that will eventually grow stale and fizzle out (LOOK) , while Bryan got over(moreso than Ryback) DESPITE what the WWE gave him. Now with the introduction of another shitty musclehead (Langston) , it got me wondering what kind of philosophy the company is taking to their product, and why they're doing this.
They have to potential to KILL wrestling to alot of fans, me included. It's all personal opinion but, if they continue to feed gold to shit and shit to gold, how can they expect the audience to continue to buy into their product ?