Death of Wrestling: Survivor Series

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 the final quarter of the year, Christmas, believe it or not, is right around the corner, but first we have one of the WWE’s signature PPVs: Survivor Series. As a kid growing up I loved the SS as it always provided great feel good matches, and memorable moments such as The Rock’s WWE debut!

Over the years, like a lot of things with the product, the WWE AKA Vince McMahon has grown tired of its own format, and continually tries to change things that don’t necessarily need changing. And for my money SS is one of those things!

I was genuinely intrigued when a budding feud between CM Punk and Mick Foley (even if it’s just a stop gap until The Rock) led to a traditional SS match. My intrigue turned to excitement when I realised Foley was not going to wrestle (allowing a match down the road) and Goldberg was going to take his place!!!

The finish was inevitable, but the match itself was a proper PPV caliber match, and would have been a slobberknocker. But all of a sudden, Cranky Vince decides that the fans don’t want that, what they want is a – seen it all before – triple threat match where the finish will once again leave a sour taste in our mouths…

What’s worse is that the SS style match now has no meaning, and, compared to what it was going to be, lacks some star power (absolutely no disrespect to those still in the match)… It’s just another sign that the WWE is living hand to mouth, with no clear direction and, quite frankly, reeks of desperation. It’s as if Vince himself is saying: please don’t let this be the DOW.

Life of Wrestling: This week I’m giving a nod to THQ. I was planning to do a proper WWE 13 review, but the postman not getting it to me and a few other commitments meant that it’s been delayed somewhat, and now it’s officially out in the public domain, you don’t need me banging on about it. So here’s a couple of short thoughts…

The game itself has improved; the graphics are better, and the gameplay seems to be slicker than the average. I’m still yet to play through all the modes etc, but I can say this is a must have for any professional wrestling fan!

There’s probably no surprise that I’m loving playing through the Attitude Era section of the game. It reminded me that when pushed, the WWE can do fantastic things. It also proved that competition is a good thing, and if TNA could just up their game a little (unfortunately this probably involves spending money they just don’t have) the WWE would once again be forced to improve their product.

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…