This Show is Not Awesome

Monday Night Raw is a disaster right now.

When your tag team champions get punk’d out by a bunch of green rookies, you know there’s a problem.

When one of your best wrestlers is used in a weird, sadomasochistic role when he’s supposed to be a levelheaded straight-edge elitist, you know there’s another problem.

When your World Champion is embroiled in a feud with a 60-year-old, you know there’s a huge problem.

It gets better though.

The fact that so much time is given to Alberto Del Rio, between his mariachi-singing announcer and his interference with Shawn Michaels goes even further in showing this creative team doesn’t have a clue. Why would you let Del Rio, a guy you’re pushing to be a top-tier guy, get pissed on by Michaels, a guy who is retired and been out of the ring for months? It’s bad enough the guy has a horrible finisher and is annoying on the mic; now you just made him a joke.

Because of all of this, this week’s Raw was so abysmal that even the biggest mark for the company has to start seeing that whoever is writing this drivel is completely out of ideas.

Wasting a quarter of the show on an idiotic angle with the “new” Nexus and capping it off with CM Punk mocking the audience for thinking he was going to jump off the top of the Titantron was complete fodder. Seriously, if their was ever a time to make a sandwich during wrestling, that was it. But lets be fair here, Punk is a great athlete and has talent on the microphone. This type of writing just doesn’t play to his strengths.

In all honesty, the only wrestler that could have played that scene the way it deserved to be was Brian Pillman. The fact that anything like that would even be tried is utterly retarded. Any reasonably smart fan knew from the beginning that this was just a bad angle and was forced to sit through it.

Good wrestling suspends disbelief.

That’s something the creative team behind this show doesn’t get. Right now, Raw is like a terrible soap opera.

Remember, wrestlers aren’t actors, they’re athletes. Athleticism has to be the first thing stressed before a storyline can truly get over. Get fans to care about what happens in the ring and then develop a storyline around people that have chemistry together. That’s how good wrestling shows should be produced.

Two guys who could have a good match together, Daniel Bryan and Ted DiBiase Jr., are pussy-footing in the ring for a few minutes in a shoddy tag match is not enough.

Real fans of this show deserve real in-ring action.

The same thing goes for what the company is doing with R-Truth. Let him say “Wassap!” a few times and then get him get in the ring. While the guy is an amazing athlete, he’s not and will never be a decent rapper. Why do we have to hear him rap for two minutes every time he comes to the ring? It’s repetitive and bland, cut it out already. A few months ago it was alright, but now that the guy isn’t involved in any real angle and isn’t being pushed, why would you do that to your audience?

The fact that the creative team behind this show doesn’t know this and everything else that’s horribly wrong with this show is sad. They also seem totally incapable of bringing out the strengths of their superstars besides John Cena.

That being said, this is going to be a long year for the WWE.

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Patrick Hickey Jr. is the Founder, Editor-in-Chief, Master Jedi and Grand Pooh-bah of and is the author of the upcoming book, "The Minds Behind the Games: Interviews with Cult and Classic Video Game Developers," from leading academic and non-fiction publisher McFarland and Company. He is currently the Assistant Director of the Journalism Program at Kingsborough Community College and is a former News Editor at NBC Local Integrated Media and a National Video Games Writer at the late He has also had articles and photos published in The New York Times, The New York Daily News, Complex and The Syracuse Post-Standard. Love him. Read him.

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