Welcome to another edition of The Main Event. I am your host, Don Franc, back with another column that you will all hopefully enjoy. Long introductions aren’t really my thing so let’s get right to…
THE MAIN EVENT
In an ideal world, the most over wrestler on the roster would be the guy the promotion revolves around. However, in the world of WWE that is no longer the case. These days there are other factors that make WWE choose who gets the spotlight, even though they decieve us by making us think otherwise. You got a good look? Fantastic, you’re first in line. You’re not that over with the fans? That’s okay, as long as the face of our promotion looks the part. For years WWE have been forcing that sentiment down our throats. It was unfair to those that were actually over. Also to those the fans actually wanted to see in the pole position. Yes, not everyone can be a main-eventer, but sometimes you have to keep your source of income happy.
And dare I say, in the 2010s all WWE fans wanted to see their guy at the top. After shoving John Cena down our throats for years from 2005, I feel like we as fans finally had enough. Perhaps not enough of John Cena per se, but moreso of the notion that WWE were force-feeding us. WWE told us who to like and we as fans were just supposed to eat up anything that they fed us, no questions asked. Sooner or later questions were going to be asked, and in the 2010s every act that WWE put forth came into question. You see, this past decade the fans did everything in their power to force WWE to listen. The foundation of this all points to one man and one memorable promo that will be etched into our memories for years to come.
CM Punk’s pipebomb was arguably the most important segment of the 2010s. It not only provided us with fantastic television which highlighted the true nature of the WWE brass, but it also signalled somewhat of a revolution. Punk’s promo on that fateful night can be looked at as the root of how fans express themselves in this day and age. The pipebomb was more than just a promo. It was as if Punk was speaking into a microphone on live television what we all wanted to tell WWE for years. I give full credit to the pipebomb for setting the wheels in motion of what has now became the norm where it pertains to fans and their reactions to certain things WWE does.
From that point in time fans no longer stood for whatever WWE had to offer them. Punk gave fans a voice. Or, more importantly, Punk reminded fans that they have a voice. A voice that needed to be heard. A voice that had the potential to change the way the WWE operates. A voice for those wrestlers who didn’t have the power to go to management and say that they’re not happy with their spot and feel like they deserve more. Up until that point the fans were voicing their disapproval of John Cena as the bonafide face of the company. The problem was that WWE didn’t care to listen. Not until CM Punk switched things up that is.
Yeah, things didn’t end so great for CM Punk but the promo did it’s job. Fans would no longer fall by the wayside and be accepting of everything that WWE put infront of them. This all reached a crescendo when the fans would not be denied their beloved hero, Daniel Bryan, being the face of the company. No matter how hard WWE tried to kill Bryan’s momentum – and try they did – all their efforts just resulted in the fans wanting Daniel Bryan even more. WWE could not contain the situation and at the end of the day WWE were forced to listen; and as a result the Yes Movement came to fruition.
If the Pipebomb was the enabling of fans, then the Yes Movement was the coup de grace. Unfortunately, when WWE finally caved and actually gave the fans what they wanted, Daniel Bryan’s body couldn’t keep up with the hype and what has since transpired was a more conventional means of choosing who WWE wanted to be on top. WWE allowed the fans to force their hand and put all their eggs in one basket, and as a result of Bryan’s failure (through no fault of his own), it prompted WWE to go back to their way of choosing who gets to be on top. Coincidentally, this was around the time that Vince’s love affair with Roman Reigns began.
Vince wanted Reigns on top and this time he was not going to let the fans bully him into submission. Like John Cena, Vince forced Roman Reigns down our throats despite constant heckling from the fans. Vince wasn’t having it this time. He was not going to allow the fans to get the power that only he felt he deserved. Sure, guys like Seth Rollins, AJ Styles and Dean Ambrose were all World Champions thereafter, but yet the focus mainly remained on the Big Dog. The way I see it WWE was throwing us a bone to sway our thoughts from the fact that Roman was going to be on top no matter what.
But still, by conforming to their fans WWE opened up a new can of worms. Now, instead of blindly following WWE’s lead, they voice their opinion ad nauseum. The negative effect of this is that it can be a detriment to the product. Sometimes I do feel as though fans are justified with the dissatistfaction they direct toward WWE and what they have to offer. However, at times I feel like we as fans use the voice that was given to us in an unnecessary manner. Not everything is bad and just because you may not like it doesn’t mean you have to disrupt the entire show.
The main issue is that fans can be sheep at times. A few fans can cause an entire ripple effect on a storyline/wrestler by raining negativity upon them. Unfortunately, with the need for fans to jump on the bandwagon it creates a ripple effect which has the potential to drown alot of what WWE does in negativity, even undeservedly so at times. Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad WWE listened to us in the decade that has just passed. It empowered us and inspired us to stand up to WWE. But with that being said, I think we should use that power for a cause that actually means something. It can come across as petty when voicing your disapproval for something minor. And in the process our power diminishes.
I’m appreciative of CM Punk opening the floodgates. I’m even more satisfied that it culminated in WWE actually listening to us. But we have to bear in mind that petty endeavours minimises our opportunities to flex the power of our collective voices. Therefore, it will be in everyone’s best interest to stand together for a worthwhile cause. Never forget that in the 2010s we forced WWE to listen, but that shouldn’t give us the motivation to abuse that power. Yes, that power has been waterered down in recent years. But never forget that we have that power nonetheless.
How Rey Mysterio Should Retire
Now that a new decade is upon us, it’s clear as day that some of our favourite legends of yesteryear are going to retire at some point. Amongst those wrestlers are Rey Mysterio. Although, I do believe he still has a few good years with us. At 45 years old he’s no spring chicken but he can still go in the ring. In fact, since he returned to WWE he has even been doing moves I haven’t seen from him before! Suffice it to say that at this present time Rey Mysterio shows no signs of slowing down. But everything comes to an end. The question is, how should Rey Mysterio end his in-ring career?
Well, I have the perfect suggestion. Rey started out his career in the Cruiserweight Division and that’s how I think he should end his career too. That would truly be a dream what with the exceptional talent on the 205 Live roster. He could go full circle and instead of having a final run as World Champion, he could have that final run with the Cruiserweight Championship. Rey Mysterio is highly regarded as one of the greatest cruiserweights of all time and what better way to bow out than to finish his career in the division that propelled him to superstardom.
Not only will that be a fitting end to Mysterio’s illustrious career, but there are even more beneficial factors involved. With the Cruiserweight Division almost becoming a staple on NXT, the yellow brand will only benefit by having a bonafide legend on their roster. With almost all the members of the NXT roster eligible to vye for the Cruiserweight Championship, Rey has nearly an entire division of new opponents to face off against.
And Rey Mysterio as Cruiserweight Champion, in a lengthy run, has the ability to instantaneously elevate the title to new heights. The Cruiserweight Title is considered a lesser championship on NXT. However, Rey has the potential to push the title to the forefront and have wrestlers actually wanting to compete for the purple belt. There is literally no negative aspects when it comes to Mysterio as Cruiserweight Champion. Therefore I think it’s in everyone’s best interest for Rey to have his final run in WWE as Crusierwight Champion, thus elevating the belt on his way out, coming full circle and solidifying himself as arguably the greatest cruiserweight of all time.
And that does it for this edition of The Main Event. Do you think we still have the power that was given to us in the 2010s? Or do you feel Vince is back to not caring what we think? Also, do you think Rey should have his final run in the Cruiserweight Division? You’re welcome comment below. Alternatively, you can pop me an e-mail at [email protected] or follow me on Twitter @donfranclop. Any and all feedback is always much appreciated. But until next time, folks…
This is Don Franc signing out.
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