Re: WWE Is Paying for the Last 8 Years
OP is pretty much right on everything - especially Taker vs HHH, I really get the vibes HHH thinks he's on Undertaker's level and booked this match so it'd look that way. My biggest gripe about this match is when people say "well, there's no other stars that are credible enough to face the Undertaker"... yeah, because the booker's have been doing horrible jobs with writing storylines and sticking people with bad gimmicks, and HHH is one of the guy's with the most power in the company right now... go figure lol.
Also, I think you are right on the money with the Ryback thing as well, I personally get annoyed with the guy because his gimmick is a blatant rip off of Goldberg, but beyond that I do think there is star quality there - he's a big, scary looking guy, but when he has trouble lifting up Tensai, that makes things look really bad. If Goldberg wasn't able to lift up the Big Show in the Jack Hammer, I think it really would've fucked up how fans perceived him.
That being said, Goldberg goes from beating people like Heath Slater to feuding with CM Punk, it's like the WWE is pushing the guy, but in a bad sort of way, he was just getting out of the low card divison, he should be feuding with a few mid card guys first. Not to mention that the guy has been in developmental for a long time and it still appears that he can't really wrestle that well.