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Good talent, but he would never have become world champion. His act got stale. WWE's creative control (Vince) is what's hurting the product so badly.
His act got stale?

Who in the WWE isn't stale though? I mean look at the current Main Event picture its largely just a group of people who all look the same and the only thing differentiating them is where they're born. Rollins, Reigns, Styles, even McIntyre already are all beyond stale.

Only reason Rusev would have never been World Champ is because the McMahons dont have any interest in producing an entertaining product, and hate wrestlers that actually put in effort and get over with the fans.
 

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Only reason Rusev would have never been World Champ is because the McMahons dont have any interest in producing an entertaining product, and hate wrestlers that actually put in effort and get over with the fans.
That's right. Many fans suffer from a low-level form of brainwashing by WWE; if WWE never elevates someone and eventually buries them, fans shrug and declare that that talent wasn't main-event material anyway. It's Zack Ryder Syndrome - if WWE treats you as a jobber, you're a jobber, no matter how much organic fan support you garner.

Rusev was OVER AS FUCK with the Rusev Day bit and got into tremendous shape while he was out, and instead of capitalizing on overness that practically none of their roster can muster, what do they do? Humiliate him in a cuckold storyline and fire his ass. "Oh, but he wasn't main event material." Spare me.
 

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Wait, did they release Tucker?
Nope. In doing press for MITB, Otis said they are still a team.

With Otis in a singles feud right now and also being part of the MITB ladder match, the focus is on him. Tucker will be back after.
 

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That's right. Many fans suffer from a low-level form of brainwashing by WWE; if WWE never elevates someone and eventually buries them, fans shrug and declare that that talent wasn't main-event material anyway. It's Zack Ryder Syndrome - if WWE treats you as a jobber, you're a jobber, no matter how much organic fan support you garner.

Rusev was OVER AS FUCK with the Rusev Day bit and got into tremendous shape while he was out, and instead of capitalizing on overness that practically none of their roster can muster, what do they do? Humiliate him in a cuckold storyline and fire his ass. "Oh, but he wasn't main event material." Spare me.
Its ridiculous how true this is. A lot of people fall for this, a lot of people hang onto this belief that if someone doesn't become a Main Eventer in the WWE then its because they're not good enough. Its so easy though to stand back and look at the current roster and see that the current crop of Main Eventers is nothing special at all, there's barely a remarkable talent amongst them, and none of them really stand out head and shoulders above the sea of jobbers in the WWE.

Talent and overness and hardwork means zero now. People 'fail' now just because the McMahons refuse to push them. As you pointed out Rusev was crazy over at one point, hugely over, but the WWE refused to capatalise on it, or even acknowledge it. At the peak of Rusev Days overness it was actually rare that he would even get on TV. How can anyone suggest Rusev wasnt good enough when he wasnt even given a chance?
 

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Its ridiculous how true this is. A lot of people fall for this, a lot of people hang onto this belief that if someone doesn't become a Main Eventer in the WWE then its because they're not good enough. Its so easy though to stand back and look at the current roster and see that the current crop of Main Eventers is nothing special at all, there's barely a remarkable talent amongst them, and none of them really stand out head and shoulders above the sea of jobbers in the WWE.

Talent and overness and hardwork means zero now. People 'fail' now just because the McMahons refuse to push them. As you pointed out Rusev was crazy over at one point, hugely over, but the WWE refused to capatalise on it, or even acknowledge it. At the peak of Rusev Days overness it was actually rare that he would even get on TV. How can anyone suggest Rusev wasnt good enough when he wasnt even given a chance?
I get where you're going and yes Rusev was really over but he still wasn't good enough imo. Look Kofi Kingston also got super over and the fans wanted him to get a title shot at Wrestlemania and it did happen. But what happened afterwards? After 3 months many fans already wanted him to lose the belt again. The same could be applied to dozens of other guys though.

And I agree 100% with you that the current crop of Main Eventers is nothing special at all (or at least made to be).
 

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I get where you're going and yes Rusev was really over but he still wasn't good enough imo. Look Kofi Kingston also got super over and the fans wanted him to get a title shot at Wrestlemania and it did happen. But what happened afterwards? After 3 months many fans already wanted him to lose the belt again. The same could be applied to dozens of other guys though.

And I agree 100% with you that the current crop of Main Eventers is nothing special at all (or at least made to be).
Well there were three main issues holding Kofi back. He was a stuck in one place midcarder for so damn long, that it was hard to take him seriously as World Champ all of a sudden.

Feuding with other midcarders like Ziggler and Owens over the World Title didn't help either, didn't make Kofi feel very Main Event when he was in midcard feuds.

And most importantly Wrestling fans really are fickle and change their opinion at the drop of a hat.

Back on Rusev, Rusev had more talents that a Main Eventer requires than the entirely of the current crop of shithouse Main Eventers in WWE. Main Event talents need charisma, personality, and promo skills something that garbage like Reigns, Rollins, McIntyre, etc clearly lack. There's also no such thing as not being good enough anymore, if someone as untalented as Seth Rollins can be a multiple time World Champion and constant Main Eventer then literally anyone can be a Main Eventer thesedays. Lance Storm would be a 10 time World Champion in this Era.
 

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Rusev can't work a crowd once the bell rings and that's vital in this business. For all the shit reigns gets online he can work a crowd during a match. If you can't work a crowd during match you may get initial push but that push will fizzle out. We have seen it over and over last 15 years re Mr Kennedy, Sandow, Barrett, Enzo etc. Guys that looked good, could talk etc but crowd didn't give a crap once it came to actual wrestling bit.

Cesaro should be 20 time world champion based on Lance storm logic and Cesaro is bigger, better looking than Storm. That's not the way it works.
 

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Now that Lashley seems to be distancing himself from Lana will she be soon future endeavored? I hope she isn't as annoying at home as she is on the TV.
She won't be released unless she asks for her release, her first heel run with her real life husband worked real well. But the writing and ad-libbing for this current run didn't do jack shit (for Lashley, for her, and for her husband.) And it was just horrible heel run for her.
 

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I don’t want it to happen, but could Lana go with Crews when he returns back? Imagine the ‘swerve‘ if Rusev gets signed back and they go back together.
 

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I don’t want it to happen, but could Lana go with Crews when he returns back? Imagine the ‘swerve‘ if Rusev gets signed back and they go back together.
So you want her to go from Bobby "The BIG Charisma Vacuum" Lashley to Apollo " The SMALL Charisma Vacuum" Crews. That´s the American Dream. :LOL:
 

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Is there a complete list somewhere of the releases. Im familiar of everyone being released the first two days, but havent heard anything since.
 
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