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Old 06-17-2012, 04:06 PM   #4171 (permalink)
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Haven't realised that Vince is grudgingly accepting them and does infact blame them for bad ratings.

Get ready for the influx of bodybuilders.
And get ready as more fans leave the WWE when they continue to hire no talent hacks that simply "look the role". Too bad so many people don't have a damn clue and realise the "look" is only a small part of it at best. It's charisma.. it's talent in the ring and on the mic... it's all about performing. That is how Foley got over. That is how Jake the Snake got over. And Piper. Hell, most people didn't have this look so many are infatuated with... there are actually only a few that have had that body builder statuesque look and that actually hit it huge.
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Old 06-17-2012, 04:27 PM   #4172 (permalink)
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Still dont understand how you rate how well a sqaush did based on a Quarterhour. A squash it at most 5 minutes, including entrances/hightlights. Thats not gonna determine how well the quarter did, especially if there is 10 minutes left of god knows what.

Who knows, maybe the guy actually gains viewers for the squash but when the match is over and the commercials starts then the viewers leave again. So just by looking at the quarterhours, it would seem like the guy didnt gain at all. But minute by minute numbers show otherwise.

I just find it pointless looking at the quarterhour numbers if a match or segment didnt take up almost all of it.
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I just watched the new Russo shoot(not the live show he did), a lot of interesting and 100% true things:

Russo said that when RAW was at its peak, he was sitting with Vince every week on the minute/minute breakdown of ratings to see what works, what did well, he put on TV more the next week. Which is why they were always booking week to week, always based on the ratings.

Talked about the fact that the audience don't care about wrestling matches and just wait to see the results, usually what happens after the match is doing a bigger number than the match.

When he was asked if he was watching the product today, he said no but when he changes channels and watch from time to time, he said that almost nobody looks like a star, all of them looks like regular people. Said how the people in the office are allowing this to happen and why the hell he should watch some ordinary guys pretending to be wrestlers.

He said that if he can pick one person from the industry today to start a company, he will pick Randy Orton because of how believable he is with his character. He said that if he watches a wrestling program and even thinks "I can take this guy", you're killing the entire aura of this business. He said that if he sees a guy like Orton, he is doing his gimmick to perfection and can be legit intimidating.

Who can be the next Rock from the industry today? He said nobody from this material.

When clueless marks always talking about "Russo finish" and all that BS without understanding that there are agents who are booking this and he's just the TV writer, a guy who write characters to draw the biggest rating possible. That's not even his aspect(go back a few pages ago to the Rock interview when he talks about Patterson booking the finish for top matches)Basically how people think they know the business and talking based on slogans and stigmas.

The business is dying, irrelevant and out of touch with the real world. The creative meetings of 20 guys with 20 different visions are ridiculous. When the numbers were at the peak, 2 guys were writing the shows, Russo and Ed, with Vince giving his touch to the full script, now 20 people are writing the shows and the numbers are almost all-time low, so where's the logic here? He said that he will come back to WWE but only if he can truly make a difference like he did in the past, if he's just a part of that 20 people meeting, it's not worth his time or the company's.

Great interview, especially the second part, Russo understands the business and what the masses want to see, his mentality is spot on and when he's not talking about 2.6-3.5 on Nitro 2000, he's 100% real in everything he says.

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I just watched the new Russo shoot(not the live show he did), a lot of interesting and 100% true things:

Russo said that when RAW was at its peak, he was sitting with Vince every week on the minute/minute breakdown of ratings to see what works, what did well, he put on TV more the next week. Which is why they were always booking week to week, always based on the ratings.

Talked about the fact that the audience don't care about wrestling matches and just wait to see the results, usually what happens after the match is doing a bigger number than the match.

When he was asked if he was watching the product today, he said no but when he changes channels and watch from time to time, he said that almost nobody looks like a star, all of them looks like regular people. Said how the people in the office are allowing this to happen and why the hell he should watch some ordinary guys pretending to be wrestlers.

He said that if he can pick one person from the industry today to start a company, he will pick Randy Orton because of how believable he is with his character. He said that if he watches a wrestling program and even thinks "I can take this guy", you're killing the entire aura of this business. He said that if he sees a guy like Orton, he is doing his gimmick to perfection and can be legit intimidating.

Who can be the next Rock from the industry today? He said nobody from this material.


When clueless marks always talking about "Russo finish" and all that BS without understanding that there are agents who are booking this and he's just the TV writer, a guy who write characters to draw the biggest rating possible. That's not even his aspect(go back a few pages ago to the Rock interview when he talks about Patterson booking the finish for top matches)Basically how people think they know the business and talking based on slogans and stigmas.

The business is dying, irrelevant and out of touch with the real world. The creative meetings of 20 guys with 20 different visions are ridiculous. When the numbers were at the peak, 2 guys were writing the shows, Russo and Ed, with Vince giving his touch to the full script, now 20 people are writing the shows and the numbers are almost all-time low, so where's the logic here? He said that he will come back to WWE but only if he can truly make a difference like he did in the past, if he's just a part of that 20 people meeting, it's not worth his time or the company's.

Great interview, especially the second part, Russo understands the business and what the masses want to see, his mentality is spot on and when he's not talking about 2.6-3.5 on Nitro 2000, he's 100% real in everything he says.
He is spot on there.

Wrestlers use to look intimidating, but this current roster just look like a bunch of poor actors.
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He is spot on there.

Wrestlers use to look intimidating, but this current roster just look like a bunch of poor actors.
All of them? Honestly? I certainly wouldn't want to run into a few of them on a bad day. I'm more fond of there being less carnival freaks these days whose purpose is best suited for people to gawk at. Don't get me wrong though, it makes for a great story if they all had talent that went along with their look.

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I just watched the new Russo shoot(not the live show he did), a lot of interesting and 100% true things:

Russo said that when RAW was at its peak, he was sitting with Vince every week on the minute/minute breakdown of ratings to see what works, what did well, he put on TV more the next week. Which is why they were always booking week to week, always based on the ratings.

Talked about the fact that the audience don't care about wrestling matches and just wait to see the results, usually what happens after the match is doing a bigger number than the match.

When he was asked if he was watching the product today, he said no but when he changes channels and watch from time to time, he said that almost nobody looks like a star, all of them looks like regular people. Said how the people in the office are allowing this to happen and why the hell he should watch some ordinary guys pretending to be wrestlers.

He said that if he can pick one person from the industry today to start a company, he will pick Randy Orton because of how believable he is with his character. He said that if he watches a wrestling program and even thinks "I can take this guy", you're killing the entire aura of this business. He said that if he sees a guy like Orton, he is doing his gimmick to perfection and can be legit intimidating.

Who can be the next Rock from the industry today? He said nobody from this material.

When clueless marks always talking about "Russo finish" and all that BS without understanding that there are agents who are booking this and he's just the TV writer, a guy who write characters to draw the biggest rating possible. That's not even his aspect(go back a few pages ago to the Rock interview when he talks about Patterson booking the finish for top matches)Basically how people think they know the business and talking based on slogans and stigmas.

The business is dying, irrelevant and out of touch with the real world. The creative meetings of 20 guys with 20 different visions are ridiculous. When the numbers were at the peak, 2 guys were writing the shows, Russo and Ed, with Vince giving his touch to the full script, now 20 people are writing the shows and the numbers are almost all-time low, so where's the logic here? He said that he will come back to WWE but only if he can truly make a difference like he did in the past, if he's just a part of that 20 people meeting, it's not worth his time or the company's.

Great interview, especially the second part, Russo understands the business and what the masses want to see, his mentality is spot on and when he's not talking about 2.6-3.5 on Nitro 2000, he's 100% real in everything he says.
It's ironic that you base a conclusion on WWE being out of touch when it appears you're pushing for taller, musclier guys to spearhead the company. Look is important of course, it helps round out a character type and sustains the audience's perception of them. There has to be variety in there for goodness sake. Are we supposed to take heel characters like Miz as serious, no nonsense arse kickers? Of course not, and his look is indicative of his character's traits.

There's more to deterioration of the industry "aura" than stringently maintaining a certain look. Creativity and lack of special talent for starters. Orton, for instance, may be equipped with a good look, talent to boot and a fair depiction of a sociopathic character. Even by his own admission, though, the character is pretty flat. Why is that? Lack of enthralling surrounding characters to create any intriguing stories he could be involved in (the Kane thing wasn't terrible, although it was terribly one-note). It's interesting to see you included his mentioning of The Rock and the connection to quality of material from his time to that of today. Aside from his extraordinary abilities as a performer, this problem of choice material is pretty much etched in stone for creative to wrap their heads around.

I haven't heard this Russo interview, but taking into account his previous recollections on how he'd work closely with characters surely he's aware of how one-dimensional characters and distinct lack of creativity in mindset are stagnating things. Looks work on a superficial level and adds to the aura, but doesn't make it 100% as you put it. I know kids like simple, but they can appreciate certain things of slightly higher intellectual value, as can older audiences. Just something to invest in with confident company backing for goodness sake.
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All of them? Honestly? I certainly wouldn't want to run into a few of them on a bad day. I'm more fond of there being less carnival freaks these days whose purpose is best suited for people to gawk at. Don't get me wrong though, it makes for a great story if they all had talent that went along with their look.
Well I'm not suggesting I can take someone from the current roster in a fight. I'm just saying, if you compare them to the rosters from the past, they do not look very tough or intimidating.

Here are some examples..



Compared to






Who would you be more afraid of?

Image is arguably the most important attribute when it comes to being a wrestler in the WWE. People rarely idolise wrestlers that are small and ordinary looking. What they want is larger than life characters and big impressive athletes. They are always the most successful wrestlers. Obviously you need some kind of talent with that to become a megastar, and thats how wrestlers like Rock, Austin and Hogan became so big.

Batista is a good example of how far having the right appearance can take you. He didn't have much talent, but he did have a great look, and he became one of the biggest stars in the company.

Image is important when it comes to selling a wrestling show as well. If the wrestlers involved don't look serious or tough then people will never believe the story lines, promos and matches and they won't care enough to tune in or buy PPVs.
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I seriously don't understand how someone can supposedly be a fan of wrestling and not care what the match looks like. Even when I was 7 I still cared.
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CM Punk looks way more dangerous then the other barbiedolls. Dude looks like he could make some pretty good meth, probably packing aswell.
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I like RainKing picked the current lots least intimidating photos and the old guards most intimidating. Fucking wow, skew things to fit your message why don't you.
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I just picked what came up on google image search. The only filtering I did was to make sure the pictures I chose were not too big or small.

Type those names in on google image search for yourself and you'll see practically the same pattern. The current roster look jolly, colourful and fake; whereas the old stars look tough and intimidating.

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