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The Rock vs Super Thug build up:
- The feud began after WM27 when The Rock decided to screw the face of the company out of the title in an awful main event. The next night, Rock decided to challenge Super Thug to a match... A YEAR LATER. Now, at first, before he mentioned WM, I'm thinking that's a big match. I'm thinking to build it up, they would wait until SummerSlam. But NO. For some reason they find a way for super thug to ignore this feud for most of the year! The Rock of course disappeared for most of the year as well. It was just an awful build up for a match that you HAD to know wasn't going to be very good once they stepped in the ring.
The Rock vs Super Thug main eventing WM28:
- When the match finally occurred, it ended up being a disastrous match. Going away from proper tradition, WWE didn't main event what was certainly a main event worthy match between Y2J and Punk for the title. That match of course ended up being very good. Not to mention HHH vs Taker was an instant classic. Once the "Main Event" occurred, it obviously disappointed. The Rock was clearly passed his prime and Super Thug has never been fit to carry a match by himself. If anything, it should have been the main event for SummerSlam. If anything, it should have been the second to last match on the card before the WWE title match.
The Rock openly challenging for the title and leaving:
- The Rock, after winning at WM28, decided that he was worthy enough to challenge for the title. Not only that, he was automatically awarded number 1 contender status without question and proceeded to leave for an extended amount of time again. At Raw 1000, champion CM Punk attacked The Rock which simply gave away what the eventual title match would be. Why do that? Why let the fans know the rest of the road for Punk is useless until he meets The Rock? Just wow.
Ryback's accelerated push:
- Ryback was simply pushed way too quickly. He wasn't ready as a wrestler and fans were still chanting Goldberg because of the disgraceful similarities in character. Ryback of course ended up having to be buried for the sake of another poor decision by Vince.
Winter Booking being obvious:
- Soon, fans knew Rock was returning at the RR to challenge for the title. Considering how hot Punk was at the time, we all simply knew Punk was killing time awaiting The Rock rendering all other title defenses before RR as filler. It simply was an avalanche of a mess that had no easy fix and Ryback was a sacrificial lamb.
The Royal Rumble 2013:
- Not only had The Rock not wrestled a match in 10 months, somehow the WWE thought the 40 year old was ready to put on a worthy match at the RR. Most importantly, by November 2012, fans already knew what this was all leading too and it was just disgraceful lazy booking that I feel insulted by to this day. Super Thug predictably won the RR and was followed by an obvious Rock win for the strap that same night. CM Punk retaining with the help of the shield (A strangely dropped story line) would have been better had it stayed that way. In truth Punk vs Rock for the title was big enough to be the WM29 main event.
The Rock retaining at EC and Punk losing to Super Thug on Raw:
- This was back to back poor booking by the WWE. Not only should have Punk won the title back at EC, it would have easily set up a more exciting main event for WM29: A triple threat between the top 3 stars in the WWE at the time. But ok, Rock retained under questionable circumstances. The next night, the #1 contender spot was put on the line by Super Thug vs Punk. This was also a perfect opportunity to allow some sort of a draw between them setting up the triple threat story once again. Punk would have gotten his deserved main event spot as well.
The Rock vs Super Thug at WM29:
- So the main event is finally appropriate because the title is the main event... except that the match is a repeat of last year. Tell me, did anyone really think Hogan vs Rock II had to happen at WM19? No it didn't and that was the right call. You can't repeat that sort of magic. That said, the first bout between Rock and Super Thug was FAR away from a classic anyway. So why repeat it??? The buy rates??? Please, you could have gotten those buy rates without that match (For the record WM29 declined about 150,000 in buy rates from the year before). The match was utterly predictable and utterly boring. The crowd was flat most of the match and so was the action. The fans booed both men after their match and frankly the WWE deserved that response. This was Vince once again not doing what is best for the WWE and its fans. Rock lost, left, and we were born back into the 78th Super Thug title reign era because he simply had to go over.
The Rock's title reign:
- I'm a fan of The Rock for the record. Just not recent Rock. As champion, The Rock only defended his title ONCE. He never wrestled on Raw or Smackdown. In fact, he missed a few Raws and Smackdowns along the way. Isn't the champion supposed to wrestle here and there? Considering The Rock's clear rust and athletic decline, perhaps Rocky would have been better served to give back a little more to the fans instead of 10 minutes of catch phrases every 2 weeks. The Rock wrestled 3 times in 4 months. 3 TIMES! He never showed he was a fighting champion. He showed that he was more of a side show act which was truly a shame for a WWE Champion. He defined transitional champion and this was extremely negligent on Vince's part. There were simply too many people not on board with the story and it ended up being disastrous as resentment still exists today.
CM Punk's WM season burial and poor future booking:
- Now he wasn't exactly BURIED. But it was as close as you can get to burying an established star. I have to believe this truly weighed on him upon his departure in 2014. CM Punk lost all 4 major matches he was put in from RR 2013 to WM29. He lost to Rock at RR, lost to Rock at EC, lost to Super Thug on Raw, and lost to Undertaker at WM29. This led to a short term departure. When he returned, Punk was put in a feud with Y2J at Payback which ended up being a great match and win for Punk. After that he was screwed at MITB, strangely turning into a baby face along the way. At first the feud with Heyman was well done because Lesnar was involved. But the weak booking continued as Punk lost to Lesnar. Punk had now only come out victorious in 1 out of 6 big matches he had been put into from January to August 2013. The rest of the Heyman feud was a complete waste because no one posed a threat to Punk. Part of the problem? Brock Lesnar.
Brock Lesnar's horrible schedule:
- Some how, Vince thinks Brock's schedule was a good idea. Not only are his story lines inconsistent because of his abrupt departures but clearly the draw has also diminished in recent times. Lesnar is treated much like The Rock, but it's something that often causes messiness in the week to week product and not in a good way. Lesnar is still very good in the ring, close to what he used to be in his prime, but his schedule defines laziness in my view. The least the WWE should have demanded from him was an every week (80% at least) Raw appearance and a match on all 12 PPVs. The part timer era has been defined by Lesnar and Rock which in turn has been part of the big picture problem.
The mistreatment of the company's biggest star Daniel Bryan:
- Oh where to begin. We have covered how awful the WWE has been in respect to being repetitive. How awful they have been with being predictable. How poorly they have booked certain stars. Yet, it all seems to have culminated into the ultimate bad booking of one particular star, Daniel Bryan. There is nothing to really say about this. It's this simple: Unless Daniel Bryan comes out of WM30 as the WWE world champion, you can officially consider Vince McMahon and his team a bunch of stinking morons.
The Royal Rumble 2014:
- Another event that just left fans with more disappointment than ever before. Not only did Daniel Bryan lose clean to Bray Wyatt (Which is OK!) but it ended up being for nothing. Why? Because Bryan was not even put in the rumble to find redemption! He wasn't booked to win it! They had the chance to allow for a great moment in wrestling history and begin the road that everyone truly wanted witness: Bryan's mission to become the true champion and new face of the company. Not only that, Batista (A man who had not wrestled in 3 and a half years) entered at an absurd #28 and was gassed by the 29th entrant. He of course predictably won the Rumble. The man is 45 years old! The man wasn't even a good wrestler in his prime! He wasn't even much of a draw in his prime! He isn't that much of a draw right now! The fans crapped on the title match that night as they simply wanted nothing to do with it. WM30 will be the same times 10! This event will always be remembered more for fan reception than the actual action (Though Bryan vs Wyatt was a great match).
Road to WrestleMania XXX:
- So this is where we are right now. The card? The dirt sheets have been telling us the card for months and it's a shame. WWE does a horrible job of keeping things under wraps. But the worst part is that even without the dirt sheets, things are still so obvious and creative is just so robotic. Vince's stubbornness is infuriating if you are a true wrestling fan. There are so many people who can do better than Vince right now. His head is just so far up his own rectum, he can't hear or see the truth. HHH is probably just as guilty. WM30 has Orton vs Batista (The 4th straight poor WM main event) pitted as the main event title match. Two heels, and the champion Orton has been a total coward and borderline jobber since his reign began. Batista? I'm not sure anyone likes him right now. We have Lesnar vs Taker as well... Just another predictable bout. Then we have Bryan (replacing Punk) vs HHH. Creative just seems to only have stories on a week to week basis. Angles get dropped like flies and the company assumes 100% of their fan base are stupid kids with short term memories. It just makes no sense. The card is absurdly predictable and boring. It signals ZERO movement into the future. I'm not saying Seth Rollins should main event right now. What I am saying is that Bryan should be main eventing at the very least. Next year, Shield members, Cesaro, Big E, Cody Rhodes, etc. should be the guys topping the card and if anything being put over by the likes of Rock and Lesnar. The only match that they got right is Bray vs Super Thug, but even then we can expect a Super Thug shovel to be presented. WM30 is looking TERRIBLE at the moment. The fans are not happy but WWE is not listening. They think bringing back Hogan is enough to make people forget how sorry this entire product is right now. The WWE thinks they are invincible. Well fans, it's truly time for you to make a stand if you want to see change. If you want WWE to change, well then I suggest you DVR Raw, you don't buy the WWE network right now, and you do not buy WM30. The PPV? You can stream that for free online anyway incase you are unaware. To me, if the WWE deserves the money, you should pay them for a PPV and all other stuff. If they don't, I fully believe you are within your rights to not pay them jack and watch for free. No effort, no money, PERIOD.
MAKE A STAND. Vince has had enough chances already. His mistake passes have been used up.