Re: "Its the fault of WWE's booking" - IWC's blame deflecting tactic
I don't disagree too much with the OP here. Seth does have a major deficiency when it comes to projecting himself like a superstar, but similarly, there is blame on WWE for not promoting Seth like the centrepiece of the company (that statue should have been on the entrance ramp on every TV show for two months before it got broken), being half-hearted on the Authority interplay with the turns back and forth of Kane and HHH, etc. Nothing wrong with a good chickenshit heel, but the booking weakness isn't in not having Seth beat everyone clean, because he shouldn't, it's in how he's promoted. Instead of him being the dominant star of the show, even as a chickenshit a la HHH in 2000, he's still subservient and cast in the same way he was this time last year, when winning the title was supposed to elevate him.
As for the Divas, I think most would agree that the booking has been poor, but that the women themselves have done this whole deal no favours. No doubt NXT's protective booking (only putting women in long matches with Sasha, doing video packages with soundbites to hide that none of them can talk well, hiding a lot of negatives) was a benefit they don't have now, and part of the irony of the "Revolution" is that they are being treated like the guys, who are all 50/50 booked and have to do scripted promos too, and by that standard, they don't fare well by comparison.
As for Cesaro, I've thought for years that as good as he is, he's not a money player - he doesn't sell particularly well in such a way that it draws you in emotionally, he wows you by being an incredible athlete. Nothing wrong with that, but you need more, and Summerslam against Owens really exposed that the emotion connection isn't there with Cesaro. That match was put together and placed where it was because they believed the smart-mark crowd would be all over him, but the fact is they liked Owens more and you could tell.
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