Please allow me, for a moment, to talk of a sport less legitimate than professional wrestling. NFL football. There is a famous playcall that Bill Belichick made in 2009 against the Indianapolis Colts. The Patriots were winning this game handily heading into the 4th quarter, when Peyton Manning hit a rare clutch zone. He drove … Continue reading Defending Vince Russo
Tonight is the "Raw Reunion", which is an obvious and desperate attempt to get ratings by bringing back characters more compelling than Kofi's 20 minute weekly lecture telling us "I won the belt at Wrestlemania and damn life is crazy, man, wow."
Longterm booking. It's essentially a meme at this point. When Kofi Kingston referenced the famous "stupid" incident recently with Randy Orton from 2009, people jumped to make the "longterm booking" joke. That's because the idea of WWE actually booking a storyline longer than a week or two in continuity and character growth is laughable. But what, actually, is real longterm booking?
Please listen to "Cowboy" Bob, Heartbreak Biz, Gabe "The Snake", and No-Sell Drew break down WWE Stomping Grounds!
Seth and Becky look like they are playing a couple instead of actually being a couple. Weird, awkward lack of chemistry.
A common refrain across the internet is that WWE has "messed up" with Bayley. This is a universally accepted narrative in professional wrestling. Bayley is MONEY. How does WWE not see that?! The kids should love her! She's so likable! I find this to be unequivocally false.
H8ers gonna h8. Shane-O-Mac is 2nd best heel in this company. HEELS ARE SUPPOSED TO BE BOOED. You're getting worked.
Raw is unwatchable and I fast-forward much of it. Therefore, instead of a "Recap", I'm going to give you scattered notes:
Great Scott! It's time for "Cowboy" Bob to go back to the future all the way from the distant past of April, 2017. No, this isn't Back To The Future Part III, despite me being a "Cowboy". Instead, it's a segment where Bob will look back on infamous matches throughout history and give a very Bob perspective on it.
It's no secret that WWE has gotten painfully stale. Every single Raw and Smackdown have exactly the same elements. We will have a long, drawn out promo to start the show, that usually sets up a completely meaningless 6-man tag match. When I watch Raw, I know that really only the only segments that matter will be at the top of each hour. I can freely fast-forward through then.