Some weeks in wrestling just aren’t good. This was one of them.
Raw was terrible the last 2 hours and 50 minutes of the show. Featuring two badass wrestlers as badasses in the opening segment was the only interesting thing that happened all night. SmackDown was uninspired and failed in making either Money in the Bank match feel like a can’t miss event. Impact delivered one of the worst episodes of their latest era by having every babyface go over strong just two weeks before their first pay-per-view of the year. NXT featured three squash matches in the course of an hour. And only 14 people watched 205 Live. Give or take about five.
Fans are aggressively tuning out of the WWE product (somehow Impact did their second best rating of the year). That should be a clear message that what they are doing isn't working. And yet, the course stubbornly remains the same. Instead of wondering how to make wrestlers feel like stars, the question seems to be: how many bear puns is it possible to cram into a single segment? Oh, bother. Sadly, even multiple balls of fire are not going to turn this thing around.
One can bearly handle how bad things were this week.
As Rust Cohle from True Detective said "Life's barely long enough to get good at one thing. So be careful what you're good at."
Sadly, I can't solve a murder like Rust...or change a tire, or even tie a tie. But I do know all the lyrics to Hulk Hogan's "Real American" theme song and can easily name every Natural Born Thriller from the dying days of WCW. I was once ranked 21st in the United States in Tetris...on the Playstation 3 version...for about a week.
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