What can you say about WWE these days? They have an
ever-expanding roster of some of the most talented wrestlers in the world. They
have production values second to none. They have an army of writers who supposedly
have been successful in previous ventures.
So why are ratings tanking almost weekly these days? Why is
fan interest waning, while fan unrest is increasing? Why is WWE, a global
sports entertainment juggernaut, putting on such disappointing and tone-deaf
shows like Sunday’s Money in the Bank PPV?
Vince McMahon’s desperation was on full display Sunday, as
he went back to the well known as Brock Lesnar in a shock finish that left fans
“stunned silent,” which apparently was the announcers’ colloquialism for “too pissed-off
to boo.” This left this writer with such a sour taste in his mouth that he had
to walk away from the computer for 10 minutes to try to write something without
a ton of profanity.
It really is maddening to see how they have great personalities,
characters, athletes and performers on the roster, and stuff like Brock winning
a match he wasn’t entered in, an admitted bigot beating up luchadores days after
being fined and punished, and the chairman’s son winning a match he should have
lost three minutes in continue to happen.
Money in the Bank was a huge disappointment overall, though
it did have some good moments. Let’s plow through it all. Let’s get to it…
Scott is a former journalist and longtime wrestling fan who was smart enough to abandon WCW during the Monday Night Wars the same time as the Radicalz. He fortunately became a fan in time for WrestleMania III and came back as a fan after a long high school hiatus before WM XIV. Monday nights in the Carlson household are reserved for viewing Raw -- for better or worse.