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Join Date: Oct 2009
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Re: **The Official Raw Ratings Thread** (Discuss Ratings In Here)
Johnny Ace becoming a draw is sort of the ultimate proof how far pro wrestling has come... or gone... He's so bland and such a black hole of charisma that it's like viewers want to immerse themselves in the caustic yet uninspired voluminous expository of Ace's promos in a meta auto-critique of the state of the artform that is professional wrestling. In a positively refreshing way, however, Ace's personification of corporate cronyism juxtaposed with a forceless, feckless presence and demeanor highlights the maturation and progression of the audience's appreciation and understanding of a more nuanced characterization of the villain. Whereas "Mr. McMahon" was an over-the-top alter ego of Vince McMahon's for whom nothing less than the firmament was acceptable, Laurinaitis is actually the more immediately recognizable denizen of the hypothetical workplace. I do wonder, however, whether or not the majority of the viewers appreciate this telling difference of the times.
Credit to TAR for bringing this .gif to my attention.