Playing Backstage Politics
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: East of the Pacific Ocean, West of London, England, South of Mars, North of Hell
Re: The Last Five Minutes of Raw Tonight
The only thing missing tonight was a reason for me to give a shit.
The brawls that you refer to had engaging storylines built around them, as well as enigmatic, once in a lifetime characters and classic angles. That was a huge part of what was going on.
Tonight was just...some regular guys duking it out (minus Ziggler, but he wasn't really involved). A giant mishmash of meaningless storylines with zero consequences and a crisscrossing of characters whom I have no emotional attachment to or personal interest in (again, minus Ziggler), redoing matches, angles and feuds we've seen about a thousand times before, to the point where any novelty has been stomped into the ground and shat on. In other words, the only thing that it had in common with the big McMahon-Helmsley/Rock or Austin/Corporation brawls that we all loved from Attitude was that there were guys in the ring fighting to close a show. All of the psychological factors-emotion, intensity, surprise-any sense of depth, anything engaging to make me feel connected to what was going on...all of which would be present during a brawl from Attitude...completely non-existent during a pathetic 2012 attempt at recreating one iota of that magic.
So yeah, the brawl wasn't terrible or anything, but there was nothing about it that made me invested. Hence, I didn't care about what was going on, and I didn't care about the segment.
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