Outside of a regrettable span ranging from 2003 up until Hulk Hogan Joined TNA, I have been watching wrestling for as long as I can remember. I was never a big Hogan fan but I was curious about what they would do with him. I watched TNA for a solid year before I gave WWE a chance to win me back due to the horrible booking of TNA. As they say, “The grass is always greener on the other side.”
The first night I watched I had been running on the treadmill at the gym and I just happened to turn on Raw. Suddenly this group of young guys destroyed the ring area and the Nexus was born. I had to stop running as I stood on the motionless treadmill, I didn’t even notice the looks I was getting until the show faded to black. I went back to jogging but the images I had just seen would not leave my mind, from the shear force they showed by dismantling John Cena to Daniel Bryan choking Justin Roberts with his own tie. I was in Awe.
Of course the Nexus storyline would fail to live up to it’s potential but I was watching again and I was invested in watching guys like Wade Barrette and Seamus develop. I would love to have seen more of Daniel Bryan but he was fired for the act that made me want to see more. Since the Nexus angle I have seen many promising story lines go wrong and eventually sour me on Raw. From the summer of Punk to Triple H becoming CEO, I just kept feeling disappointed. By the way, is anyone actually missing Triple H?
Much like TNA, Raw’s booking forced me to look elsewhere and I found Smackdown when Randy Orton was drafted to the blue brand. I loved the more traditional stuff Smackdown was doing, the slower pace matches were not over booked and I was even able to enjoy Christian as the world heavyweight champion. I even wrote an article about the positives of Smackdown at this link: http://www.cagesideseats.com/2011/9/19/2435315/why-every-wwe-mid-carder-should-want-to-be-on-smackdown.
I won’t go on about how much I'm enjoying Mark Henry as champion or the new Randy Orton who seems to be having a lot more fun with his job. I won’t even mention how I only watch Raw just incase Mark Henry or Dolph Ziggler show up on the program. I love CM Punk but his watered down baby-face character just doesn’t entertain me like when he’s being a heel.
I have few friends who still watch wrestling, I have no friends that watch Smackdown. When I saw that they were doing a live Smackdown I had to nearly beg my buddies to watch it. When they finally agreed I was elated because I knew that once they saw how good it is they would be hooked and I would finally have someone to about my favorite show. Of course that’s not what happened, As Booker T came down in his Santa Clause costume my friends stared at me and literally game me Miz’s catch phrase. “Really? Really?” They watched another 10 minutes and left for the bar across the street. Just like that and it was over. WWE had blown there chance and I was relegated to watching Randy Orton laugh at David Otunga by my self. In my angst I thought i would write the following letter to Vince McMahon.
Dear Mr. McMahon,
If you think that telling the "WWE Universe" that Micheal Cole not being on the show will increase ratings then why is he the main announcer when Josh Mathews is so good? I Understand that the card is subject to change but in this instance you flat out lied to your audience. I don't like being lied to after I support you with Pay-Per-View buys and I certainly don't like it as a share holder (I don't own much but it's fun to think I own a little piece of your sinking ship).
There are plenty of other programs that I could watch instead of your shows. Between Netflix, red box, hulu, family, friends, football, ROH, and Chikara I don’t need your shenanigans. Vince, keep your grubby little hands out of my Smackdown pie before I'm for forced to eat elsewhere.