For the better part of the last decade, with the exception of a few storylines, WWE fans have experienced the most incompetently booked period of professional wrestling in the history of the business, and a big reason for that is WWE chairman Vince McMahon.
At one time, Vince McMahon was a genius. He created WrestleMania in the mid 80s, and has made WWE the signature brand of its form of entertainment. Now it would seem that the business has passed McMahon by.
This may be a strong statement, and some WWE fans may find it inaccurate, but to me, Vince McMahon has become professional wrestling’s Al Davis.
For those of you that don’t know, Al Davis was the owner of the NFL’s Oakland Raiders. At one time, the Raiders were one of the most successful and feared teams in the entire league under Davis’ ownership. Then, well, Davis got old and the game passed him by. He began to make decisions that didn’t make any sense, and he turned a once great franchise into the laughing stock of the NFL.
The best example of Vince McMahon being old and out of touch is his original idea for the main event of WrestleMania 30, which was Randy Orton vs. Batista for the WWE championship, with Batista winning the title. So, Vince McMahon thought that WWE fans were dying to see two guys who debuted in 2002 main event a WrestleMania 12 years later, and have a guy who hadn’t been in the company for four years, who was in his mid 40s, win the WWE championship at a landmark WrestleMania.
Meanwhile, Daniel Bryan, who had been by far the hottest the wrestler in the WWE for six months, give or take, would have just been in a mid-card match at WrestleMania 30 against Sheamus.
McMahon is WWE’s head writer. What that means is that the WWE’s writing staff writes scripts for the shows during the week [Raw and SmackDown] and hands them in to Vince. When Vince sees the scripts, he tears them up and writes his own show from scratch.
One of the most well-known issues in WWE’s creative process is that Vince McMahon is constantly changing his mind, like by the hour, therefore causing a lot of storylines to have plot holes and not make a bit of sense.
If any of you have watched NXT, which is written by Triple H, it’s what professional wrestling is supposed to be. Nothing is more important than the NXT championship, title contenders are properly built, and wins and losses matter.
Meanwhile, in WWE land, John Cena can lose a match to Dean Ambrose where the winner earned the right to wrestle Seth Rollins, and get a match with Randy Orton where the winner gets the right to face Brock Lesnar for the WWE championship. Meanwhile, Ambrose, who just beat Cena, faces Rollins where the winner gets, well, nothing.
What was Vince’s last conceptually genius original idea? Creating WrestleMania maybe? Well, that was over 30 years ago. Some people may say it was the “Attitude Era,” but that wasn’t a Vince original idea. It was an idea that was beaten into his head by the WWE roster.
The last Vince original idea as far as I know was Fandango. You know, the guy who loses to everyone and has been off of WWE television for some time now. Yes, he’s returning at Survivor Series on Sunday, but we all know he’s not winning.
Look, the point is this, because of Vince McMahon the WWE has become inorganic. Everything on WWE television is overproduced, overwritten, nonsensical drivel, and that’s being kind.
Unfortunately, there’s never going to be a time where Vince admits that the business has passed him by, and he’ll likely be WWE’s final decision-maker until the day he dies. Much like Al Davis.
The sad irony of Vince McMahon is that he was the genius responsible for making WWE the international juggernaut that it is today. But if he doesn’t step aside, he could very well be the one who brings WWE down.
Honestly, I’m just a wrestling fan who wants to see good wrestling. WWE was a big part of my childhood, and I’d hate to see it go away. Unfortunately, if Vince McMahon is the head guy for very much longer, there’s a chance WWE will take a big nosedive.
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