Re: The WWE and star making
There's no longer a ladder or tiers in wrestling. You used to be able to differentiate between a jobber, a lower card guy, a midcard guy, an uppercard guy, and a main event guy. You can't anymore. How are talents supposed to "go over" if they are all on the same level?
You still have main event level protected guys: John Cena, Brock Lesnar, The Undertaker, Triple H, and Roman Reigns now (which is a good thing, to an extent.)
But once you get past those guys, pretty much everyone is on the same level, and it's because of 50/50 booking. Is Ziggler an upper card guy? Not really, because he'll go through a series of losses for like three months at a time. But yet they use him to "put over" guys like Tyler Breeze. Well, how is he going over, exactly? Ziggler loses all the time. Rusev was pushed for months on end beating midcard guys like Henry, Big Show, Sheamus, and it did nothing for him, because in the end, he lost to a main eventer. He was never put over. He didn't beat Roman Reigns. (I'm referring to pins/submissions, not count outs, DQs, etc.) He didn't beat John Cena clean.
Dean Ambrose, for a long period of time, lost match after match after match. That eventually got better, but you know that he'll never beat any of the top five guys, and what do you know? He has lost clean to Brock Lesnar. He has lost clean to Roman Reigns. And he's not even a heel.
Jobbers and lower card guys are the same thing now. You can't distinguish a midcarder with an upper carder anymore. One minute, they are winning, the next, they're losing a stretch of matches. Nobody goes over. 50/50 booking.
It's not meaningful to defeat Dolph Ziggler. It's not meaningful to defeat Sheamus. It's not meaningful to defeat Alberto Del Rio. Remember Kalisto "going over" Del Rio and becoming US champ? Well, he's just going to feud with Ryback now on the pre-show. He certainly went over, didn't he? Look at that push.
Defeating John Cena is a huge deal. Kevin Owens beat him clean in his debut. That's fucking going over. But there's nowhere to go but down at that point. The only guys on the roster that can "put over" guys are John Cena, Roman Reigns, Triple H (who is semi-retired), Brock Lesnar (who isn't going to lose yet to anybody), and The Undertaker (who generally wrestles once a year.)
You push Bray Wyatt to matter... but he loses to all those guys. So he doesn't fucking matter, and nobody cares anymore. All bark and no bite.
They need to adjust the booking from top to bottom. That way, talents actually rise to the top of the ladder. Guys shouldn't have to defeat The Elite 5 in order to go over, but as it stands... they are the only ones who even matter.
tl;dr Think of Mortal Kombat arcade mode.
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Last edited by Vox Machina; 05-21-2016 at 11:42 AM.