World Wrestling Entertainment: Regeneration
With the poor pay-per-view buys of the December To Dismember event three days ago, on top of controversial issues regarding the company in the news, as well as the constant loss of interest in the product, all powers and authority figures within the company came to a conclusion that World Wrestling Entertainment shall be steering towards providing a while maintaining the appealing aspects to a wide variety of audiences, that the company currently possesses. Several ground breaking decisions were decided upon over the course of the following four days, after long nights and early mornings spent at the WWE headquarters in Connecticut discussing which direction the new regime should head in. Ideas were tossed back and forth between high powered individuals, such as Vince McMahon, Linda, Shane, Stepahnie, Paul Levesque along with Jim Ross, Pat Patterson and Gerald Briscoe. It was only up until a week later that these changes were to be officially announced to the world.
Because of family trauma, as well as other personal health issues, WWE writer and road agent Pat Patterson agreed to step down as writer, but he was still part of the company as a Road Agent, and as part of WWE's talent relations. This left the door open for a new staff member to be hired, or to be moved in to the position of writer, which was once filled by said Pat Patterson. However, to the shock of many, WWE took a gamble and hired relatively unknown writer, Robert Smiley. Smiley has worked within the television and entertainment industry for almost 15 years, and has been a wrestling fan since a very young age. The now revised creative team now consists of; Robert Smiley, Shane McMahon, Stephanie McMahon, Mick Foley, Gerald Briscoe and Michael Hayes.
The biggest decision that was confirmed, and that is no in affect, during the many meetings was the death of the ECW brand. This may have came as a surprise to some, but the closure of the third brand was expected by many with in the company. Reasoning behind the closure of ECW was very simple, yet easy to argue against. After a few days shy of a sex month run, the brand not only lost money for the WWE, but the initial appeal of the reincarnation of the company soon ran off. Viewers became uninterested, and were put off by the product, which many called a disgrace to the ECW name. But of course, there are downsides to this seemingly great idea of shutting ECW down. It means that there is a lot of talent, still with a contract with the company, but with no role to play on screen, which only led to chaos surrounding the newly formed creative team. Before the closure, plans for Wrestlemania 23 were being finalised but now they have to write three months worth of television again, as well as plan and write two of the biggest pay per views in the year once again. The final ECW champion, following the extreme elimination chamber at December To Dismember, Rob Van Dam, is to be the only free agent who may roam between both Raw and Smackdown, but this freedom shall only be applied for a while. This is because many people believe his free agency, and the event of signing the champion could possibly be part of a storyline. However, the rest of the ECW talent are still having to be placed on either brand. The general consensus is that quite a lot of the talent shall be assigned to help boost the tag team divisions on both brands, as they are currently needing to be re-established, but as expected, a handful of talent, not only from ECW but from Raw and Smackdown also shall be released from the WWE as a whole. ECW is scheduled to run its course up until New Year's Resolution, where all members of ECW shall take part in an over the top battle royal. Roster changes shall be made immediately after New Year's Revolution and be in full effect the following Raw and Smackdown.
Another big decision agreed on during the past few days, is that of the pay-per-views. The current schedule is very busy and the original plans of making all pay-per-views bi-braned has no been scrapped, instead all pay-per-views apart from some shall remain single branded. The revised pay-per-view schedule is as follows:The following talent have been released from their WWE contracts. They all left on good terms, and the WWE wish them the best of luck with their future endeavours.
Royal Rumble | January 28th 2007 | AT&T Center | San Antonio, Texas
Armageddon | February 23rd 2007 |
Wrestlemania 23 | April 1st 2007 | Ford Field | Detroit, Michigan
Backlash | May 6th 2007 | Phillips Arena | Atlanta, Georgia
Judgement Day | June 3rd 2007 | Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena | Jacksonville, Florida
Vengeance | July 1st 2007 | Toyota Center | Houston, Texas
Summerslam | August 12th 2007 | Continental Airlines Arena | East Rutherford, New Jersey
Unforgiven | September 2th 2007 | FedEx Forum | Memphis, Tennessee
King Of The Ring | September 30th 2007 | Verizon Center | Washington, D.C |
Cyber Sunday | October 28th 2007 | American Airlines Arena | Miami, Florida
Rebellion | November 18th 2007 | MEN Arena | Manchester, England
Survivor Series | December 30th 2007 | Mellon Arena | Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Many within the company like the multibranded pay-per-views, but many also like the idea of single branded pay-per-views to allowing enough time for the audience to really get in to the brands storylines. This timetable has been revised and checked thoroughly by several authority figures within the company and they feel this is the best pay-per-view schedule for years!
2007 is a new year for World Wrestling Entertainment, and under their new regime and seemingly a new era, good things are expected to come from the world's leading in the professional wrestling industry.
New Year's Revolution 2007 Results
Jeff Hardy defeated Johnny Nitro w/ Melina in a Steel Cage match to retain the WWE Intercontinental Championship. - 14:41
The World's Greatest Tag Team defeated The Highlanders, Cryme Tyme, The Redneck Wrecking Crew and Mike Knox & Snitsky to win a guaranteed World Tag Team Title shot in the future. - 18:14
Kenny Dykstra defeated Ric Flair. - 9:59
Mickie James defeated Victoria to retain the WWE Women's Championship. - 6:49
Rated-RKO fought D-Generation X to a no contest, as a result they retained the World Tag Team Championships. - 23:20
Chris Masters defeated Carlito in a grudge match. - 5:58
John Cena defeated Umaga to retain the WWE Championship. 17:16
WWE Champion - John Cena
Intercontinental Champion - Jeff Hardy
World Tag Team Champions - Rated RKO
Women's Champion - Mickie James
ECW Champion - Rob Van Dam
Rob Van Dam
The Great Khali
Triple H - Currently inactive, injured for three months.
Cryme Tyme; JTG and Shad Gaspard
Extreme; Tommy Dreamer Sabu and The Sandman
MNM; Johnny Nitro, Joey Mercury w/ Melina
Rated RKO; Edge and Randy Orton
The Redneck Wrecking Crew; Lance Cade and Trevor Murdoch
The World's Greatest Tag Team; Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjamin
World Heavyweight Champion - Batista
United States Champion - Chris Benoit
WWE Tag Team Champions - Paul London and Brian Kendrick
WWE Cruiswerweight Champion - Gregory Helms
ECW Champion - Rob Van Dam
Jimmy Wang Yang
Marcus Cor Von
Montel Vontavious Porter
Rob Van Dam
La Resistance; Rene Dupree and Sylvain Grenier
The Bluebloods; Dave Taylor and William Regal
The FBI; Nunzio and Tony Mamaluke
The Hooligans; Brian Kendrick and Paul London w/ Ashley Massaro
The Knockout/Tapout Connection; Sylvester Terkay and Elijah Burke
Robert Roode Jr
Ted DiBiase Jr