Why Wrestling Bookers are the biggest Geniuses of Them All
Sometimes everything just falls into place. And sometimes you have to tinker with the formula. Wrestling bookers know how to do both.
Let's start with Hogan. I know. Sore subject, racist, won't play ball, won't job, etc. etc. We know all that. But in the early to mid 1980s, he was the biggest thing to hit wrestling, and Vince knew it. Vince put the title on Hogan in 1984, and the first wrestling boom was born. Of course, they needed each other. To say Hogan was bigger than wrestling at the time is a stretch, but a viable one. Was it the gimmick? Was it Terry Bollea himself PLAYING that character? No one really knows for sure.
What we do know is that it worked. My opinion is, they needed each other. Was he bigger than the business? Probably, but my point is, it took two to tango.
Let's fast forward to another perfect storm...Hall and Nash saying goodbye to the WWF on May 19, 1996. Without HHH's punishment, and without the birth of Austin 3:16, the WWF doesn't go towards that edgier style that would make WWF a viable competitor to WCW, and eventually put them out of business for good in 2001. Speaking of WCW...
Fresh off the Curtain Call, two weeks later, Razor Ramon shows up on Nitro. People think the WWF is invading when Diesel arrives two weeks later, and then the unexpected.
Probably the most genius move by Bischoff is the Hogan heel turn. Yes, the character was stale. But no one, save for a select few, saw it coming. The shock value of WWF stars invading WCW made people tune in to WCW for two years. However, for WCW, the war was already over six months after it began. See my Monday Night War paragraph above.
Then in 1997, Shawn and Hunter create DX..two former Kliq members running RAW that were SUPPOSED to be heels. But much like the nWo, the cheers grew louder and louder, forcing a DX face turn. With DX , Austin and Rock driving that train, the WWF was unstoppable.
Fast forward to today. John Cena, and Roman Reigns. It's been over twenty years since the business was exposed back in MSG. Even longer if you count the expose in the 80's that basically told us wrestling was "entertainment" and the matches were "scripted." The lines are already blurred, the fourth wall has been broken. Why d we even NEED good guys vs. bad guys anymore? It's all an act, and we learned THAT 30 years ago. If Vince wants to try to make us like Reigns and Cena, he can't. He learned that finally, after this past WrestleMania when Reigns spoke just five words on Raw after ten minutes of constant booing and "go away" chants. If Reigns and Cena can make us boo that much, they're doing their job.
We're no longer one demographic that watches wrestling. In the "attitude" era, Vince catered to the 18-34s.. In the New Generation era, WWE was PG and catered to the kids. Now Vince is trying to cater to everybody, since he basically "monopolized" the business. I have always said that WWE should be three seperate companies, or at least, brands
Raw was my WWE. SD! was WCW, and they should have kept ECW what it was. Sadly, that ship has sailed and we are stuck with what we now have.
Vince should know by now, and maybe he does. "You can't please everyone, so you, got to please yourself." The song title "Garden Party" of course referring to the ORIGINAL Wrestlemania, held at Madison Square GARDEN.
Wrestling fans, we have come full circle, and we are yet at a crossroads.
I'm Johnny Orgovan.
Not removing until
[ ] Zack Ryder goes to TNA or ROH and is used properly
[X] George Springer hits a homer
[X ] John Cena does another rap
[ ] MLB reinstate Pete Rose
[ ] MLB creates a special HOF wing for the roiders
[X] Astros win the World Series
Top 10 favorite wrestlers
10. 1-2-3 Kid
8. Chris Jericho
7. Cactus Jack
5. Jeff Jarrett
3. 2 Cold Scorpio
2. Stone Cold Steve Austin
Last edited by jorgovan21; 05-14-2017 at 03:50 AM.