Death of Wrestling: First Monday After Christmas



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Greetings to all… It’s David Davis with my weekly blog: Death of Wrestling. For all of those who read this regularly, you will know that this is not a blog about bashing wrestling; it’s a blog of a frustrated fan, who loves the business and wishes that each week it could be a little better.

It’s been a little while now; almost four months exactly – to be exact, but most of you will still remember what it was like to have the Christmas Holidays: surrounded by good food, family and of course… presents.

What the hell has that got to do with wrestling??? Well… Like I said in my blogs previously, Wrestlemania is a lot like Christmas. It is the highlight of the Wrestling Calendar. In pure wrestling fans it evokes the same feelings as the World Cup, Superbowl, and the Olympics combined… Alright, maybe that’s a bit too far, but it is pretty cool…

Unfortunately, the first Monday back after Christmas is a particularly hard one. Unless like me you have a birthday in January, there’s not much to look forward to. It’s cold, it’s dark and we’re all fat and broke… Raw this week showed definite signs of the Monday Blues too.

Wrestlemania draws in the megastars who are looking for the Mania payday. Now I’m not hating on the likes of the Rock for coming back and ‘stealing’ the spotlight – in my view, it’s impossible to steal something you’ve earned. But the problem is when they come back, they have to one day leave again – and this leaves a void so big it’s nigh on impossible to fill. Case in point: the recap in its entirety of the moment Dolph Ziggler won the World title. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a fan, but did we have to see the whole thing again? Hulu plus didn’t think so: they cut it.

Fandango has built up a heck load of momentum; I actually think that the fans were singing his tune ironically, but the WWE marketing machine have managed to swing it in their favour, but his character’s so underdeveloped they’re scratching their heads with what to do next… So they send him out to do one of the worst filler segments I’ve ever seen…

We get yet another pointless match between Hell No and the PTP. Hell No continue to decimate the tag team division so that when they eventually lose their belts, there’ll be no credible contenders for it anyway. The Shield a rumoured to take the titles, but who will they face??? Was this match pointless and a filler? Hulu plus think so: they cut it…

Kofi Kingston wins the big one – okay, the middle – okay, okay, the pointless one. In the buildup to Mania, Cesaro/US title was dropped from any kind of relevance, so why should I care now? That’s right, I don’t. I could say more, but I think the blatant failure with Cesaro is destined for a blog all of its own…

Similarly with the Intercontinental belt, which was relegated to a preshow match that was rendered null and void the next night on Raw. Why should I care abot R Truth pinning Barrett? I don’t and yep, neither did Hulu Plus: they cut it.

I could go on, and on and on, but I won’t bore you anymore than I already have. But I will try and collate my thoughts… Basically, the show on the whole felt flat – I was bored through most of it…

I think is for two reasons: firstly, the 3 hour Raw format just doesn’t work and the WWE’s drive to get more advertising revenue, will drive fans away. Secondly, they have failed to invest in the mid-card sufficiently so that when they do wheel them out, I just don’t care. The WWE knows this to be true, which is why the 3 hour Raw is full of whole matches from last week, recaps of the match from last week that they just showed us and then the announcers talking to us about the recap of the recap of the match last week.

The Rock’s gone, Lesnar’s sporadic, Undertaker’s even more sporadic, Jericho’s going back on tour, we’ll see Shawn Michaels next Mania, and… CM Punk’s gone for now. In the words of a legendary rapper, the WWE ‘needs a doctor’ and despite what they think, the former Dr of Thuganomics is not going to be enough to hold my interest or sustain a 3 hour show. And all these things combine lead to, yep, you guessed it, the DoW.

That’s all folks… As always, post your comments, thoughts and opinions below! Or message me on twitter and let me know what you think the ‘Death of Wrestling’ is and I might just blog about it!!! Peace and I’m out…



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