Conflicted and Thank You John Cena and The Rock

Okay, here we go again. This is the third time that I have attempted this blog so let’s see how it goes. Oh, Tactix, I don’t know if you want to read this, because I am about to say some things you are hardcore going to disagree with. I guess that is what keeps our conversations interesting. During this blog I am going to explain to you why I am conflicted whenever I watch WWE. Following that I am going to explain the gratitude I have for Rock and Cena after these past couple weeks of Raw and I am even a little conflicted about doing that.

Okay, to start off, last week Raw started out with a long conversation between Shawn Michaels and HHH. Now here I where my first twinge of confliction kicked in. Don’t get me wrong; I have grown up watching these two Michaels always being trusty ol’ “Heartbreak Kid” and HHH going from “Hunter Hearst Helmsley” to “the Cerebral Assassin” and now “HHH”.  I have loved every minute of it. These two men are a huge reason why the Attitude era was so popular and they are so talented, but the irritation comes in when it take 22 minutes for the first bell to ring. That’s right, last week on Raw it took 22 minute for the first match to officially start. Unfortunately TNA was not much better last week. It took roughly 17 minutes for the first match to start. I remember the days where first impressions were important. Well, on a professional wrestling show wouldn’t you want your first impression to be, I don’t know, wrestling? I get the writers were doing something they are actually pretty terrible at, setting up a storyline, but there are better times for it.

My second bout of confliction comes with the placement of the main event in last week’s show. The main event included the top four talents that WWE has: Punk, Bryan, Jericho and Sheamus, yet they decided to place this match smack dab in the middle of the show instead of putting this at the end where you would expect a main event. Instead they had Cena and Rock talking at the end. I will get to them in just a minute. But, first I want to get a little into this pattern that WWE is getting themselves into of disrespecting their talent. First of all, you had the “Future Endeavors” t-shirt debacle, basically making fun of everyone that had been let go by the WWE. Then you had the article put out on WWE.com around Thanksgiving that was downright insulting calling people turkeys. If they were calling the characters turkeys it would have been one thing, but they went deeper than that and I totally understand why they had a few ex-employees that were a little pissed about their decision. I think having guys like the ones in last week’s main event and put that main event in the middle of the show is just as insulting.

Okay, there are plenty more reasons why I have a love/hate relationship with watching WWE every week, but I don’t stop now, it will go on forever. Instead, I am going to flip over for a quick explanation why I was actually happy to see John Cena and the Rock have their own moments on last week’s and this week’s Monday night raw. If you will remember back to the Attitude Era, one of the reasons it was called that was because of the almost raunchy way the performers were talking to each other. Well, last week the Rock told John Cena that he was going to rip out his throat and make him his bitch. Cena countered that by saying he was going to be the son of a bitch that was going to kick the Rock’s ass. Then this week Cena had a rap session, which when I first heard that he was going to rap, I almost changed the channel because as much as I loved his early raps, I have hated the last few he has done. This one reminded me of the early John Cena raps. It ended with something that I still can’t believe he said. It was something to the effect of “I don’t have balls, but I’ve got something in their place, I’m gonna beat your ass at WrestleMania and stick my nuts in your face.” I think the main reason this kind of stuff make me so happy is because if they keep on it, it will wear people down and it leaves open the possibility of something like the Attitude Era. I know it will more than likely never go back to the way it was during those days of enormous growth, but it would be enough, I think, to save the WWE from the crap hole it is going down now. I have been a fan of WWE for over 23 years and it crushes me to realize that I am slowly losing interest in it. But, to be perfectly honest, these last couple weeks have had enough going for them, it has kept me coming back.  

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