From me, Mr. Negativity.
If professional wrestling is a cyclical industry, full of peaks & valleys, WWE is arguably in one of its deepest valleys in company history from an entertainment perspective. The majority of the roster is uninteresting, lacks heat, can't draw or just straight-up suck. Any potential match that could be interesting is given away on free TV & then run into the ground until we don't care about it anymore. None of the WWE PPVs are worth the price that WWE is charging & the product is completely over-saturated as there's way too much supply for a limited amount of demand. That being said, they do occasionally show glimmers of hope & the entire show, from top to bottom, is not bad. It is just that sometimes the bad is so painful
that you forget about the decent-to-good.
I thought, for a change of pace, at least for my constantly bitching ass, would be to talk about the stuff that I think DOESN'T
suck. There is potential in some areas of WWE right now.
So, without any further ado:
is great. Especially when he has a microphone in his hand. He has a very old school heel vibe to him. He is really entertaining to me. He reminds me of watching wrestling when I was growing up with family members. He is fun to hate & I want to hear everything he says. He's also more than capable in the ring, as his match with Chris Jericho on RAW this week showed.
are entertaining & are three guys with bright futures. As much as I might complain about WWE never building new stars or relying too much on guys from the past, here's The Shield, closing out shows & they all have a lot of potential & bright futures. Roman Reigns is a beast. Seth Rollings is a good worker. Ambrose is very charismatic. They are going to be big in the future.
is back. I love me some Mark Henry. Henry's last World Title run was a lot of fun. In modern WWE, not many heels are booked to be dominant as the majority of them are chickenshit instead. Henry is a refreshing change of pace as he's a dominant heel big man. Not unlike The Big Show I suppose but I am a lot more entertained by Henry.
Everything that Paul Heyman
touches is gold. From his random quips, to his facial expressions to...anything. The dude is money. He's gold. He can make me care about an otherwise awful Vickie Guerrero segment. He does more for wrestlers in two minutes than the commentary can do in twenty. It's crazy.
is also a refreshing change of pace. I love that he signed a new contract so hopefully he'll be around more. I love that WWE currently don't have him talk at all. He just comes out & wrecks shit, like Godzilla. He gives no fucks. His massacre of Miz & his beating of McMahon last week were both gold. When his music hits, it's always an "oh shit" moment & wrestling needs more of those!
is a great mid-card champion. I'm not real high on WWE having him lose clean on free TV but he's a great worker & is developing his character as more time goes on. I like him a lot & think he has a bright future as well. Not the greatest promo but he has a great look & is ox-strong so I don't think it'll hinder him. Definitely have to get him a new theme though. His song sucks & there's not an opening riff to let people even know who is coming out. Compare how his song starts to how Brock's starts.
For me, ever since his babyface turn, Alberto Del Rio
is really working. Ricardo Rodriguez
is great too. ADR is a good worker & has a great look. He used to bore me to tears when he was a heel, just cutting the same promo over & over while working the same boring, bland match over & over. His matches to me still come off as boring sometimes but at least he seems to have a fire about him again, a spark to him. He's really over right now & I think can be a big star down the road. He's well on his way. He's so good as a babyface, actually, that I'm curious why they ever wanted him to be a heel at all. Maybe just because he's foreign or maybe because of his cocky smile but he works as a face.
on color commentary is also a breath of fresh air. Let's face it, Michael Cole & Jerry Lawler suck. JBL is funny & actually adds to the matches though. He puts over characters & wrestlers. He adds backstory to a match & provides the listening audience with information. He also has a very old school feel to him, like Punk. I dig him a lot & am glad that WWE brought him back full-time.
has even shown signs of having a lot of potential. The guy is genuinely funny. Not forced, poorly written WWE humor but like "he reminds me of a friend" funny. The guy that can always get you to laugh or smile by saying something silly. Too bad he's lumped with Darren Young.
has been delivering the goods lately, certainly if we're talking about matches on Pay-Per-View. He might not always be my cup of tea on free TV, or when he's telling corny jokes (or talking in general) but his matches are always at the very least watchable & usually closer to pretty damn good. He had a great feud with The Big Show, for goodness sake.
So, there ya go. Being optimistic, there are definitely some shining stars on the roster, capable of being entertaining.