+++ RETURN OF VINCE MCMAHON MEANS? The ratings were a lot better for all three hours then expected and since it was the return of Vince McMahon to television and he was all over the show you can pretty much figure out what that means. Was it just a lot of fans tuning in to see what happened with McMahon's evaluation of "Big" Johnny or because McMahon was back? Does it last a lot longer then a few weeks? If given the proper storyline it could mean increased business to the show on a weekly basis for the next few months. Right now you can obviously figure out that the return is either leading to John Cena being "fired" yet again (which has been done a few times and never worked based on him never missing one television show any of the times he was "fired" in the storyline) or "Big" Johnny being "fired". It is interesting to note that "Big" Johnny has lost a lot of power behind the scenes with WWE and at one point there was a plan to actually change his storyline job title
to reflect the reality that "Big" Johnny is no longer the "WWE Vice President of Talent Relations" as HHH has replaced him (which means that "Big" Johnny isn't as powerful as he was when there wasn't anyone within any circles known to WWE that could replace him unless they went back to Jim Ross. There is a lot of debate within WWE whether or not it is "Big" Johnny himself that is the reason why the developmental system has been a total flop in recent times. More on this in a bit.).
My gut tells me that "Big" Johnny's run has ran its course and one of the original storyline progressions was to run with some type of a power struggle storyline where the "WWE Board of Directors" either backed "Big" Johnny over Vince McMahon regaining power or even HHH regaining power and that led to "Big" Johnny's forces v. HHH/McMahon's forces. But there might also be a bit to the idea that "Big" Johnny has gained a lot of power behind the scenes and is attempting to take over WWE in the board room. Whatever they come up with I think it would obviously involve John Cena, Big Show, Brock Lesnar, Paul Heyman and maybe one or two other players leading in to Wrestlemania in New Jersey. But it has become really painful to watch them continue with the "Big" Johnny segments because they are so bad and don't work at all. Playing off of McMahon this week they worked big time because "Big" Johnny was so bad in them that it made it pretty apparent by the end of the night McMahon
was going to have no choice but to terminate him. But instead they are trying to squeeze a "B" show PPV buy rate spike out of the tease of either Cena or "Big" Johnny being fired due to the main event and whether or not McMahon actually does show up for the show or not (the tease is he won't due to be ko'd by Big Show, but typically that means he is a lock to appear on the show at some point during the main event.).
So the entire three hour show was a total wash with the exception of setting up the new challenger to Sheamus (Dolph Ziggler) and running with the Cena/McMahon stuff. And the same is with Smackdown tonight at 8PM on SyFy as the show is there to pretty much set up the final stages of the PPV. They did the typical PPV build and ran with segments devoted to all of the matches on the PPV and really did not do anything else worthwhile on the show.
+++ LINDA MCMAHON DEBATE. What I gained out of watching the Republican CT Senate Debate was two fold: First Chris Shays is a total idiot in my opinion and the typical politician that hits on key points, dodges questions and tries to play "dirty" politics while claiming he is against it. He kept harping on the key points of WWE being "pornography" and "killing young men.". He was challenged on whether or not what WWE did was "illegal" and he said it wasn't and it was "entertainment" but he would rather not have someone that did that type of "entertainment" in the Senate. He brought up the Trish Stratus barking like a dog segment and said that WWE 'forces' women to strip naked and do things like kiss a man's naked butt and bark like a dog to keep their jobs (which is factually not accurate because at no point during any of the segments were the women actually going to be terminated in reality if they didn't do those things but they were 'forced' in the storyline to do them.)
. Shays kept harping on Linda belonging to "fake reality" and him belonging to "real reality". Linda boldly ignored any mentions of anything pertaining to WWE and instead countered by saying there are MAJOR ISSUES to discuss (good idea but part of me (the wrestling fan in me) wanted Linda to tell Shays to get real and rip him a new one. I think that would have been awesome but likely not the way to win the debate or election.). In the end it just struck me as completely odd that Linda was even doing these debates when Shays own party already endorsed her and it isn't as if they are going to back track all of a sudden and recent polls show McMahon now has a better all around chance to win then Shays has these days.).
Linda still hasn't done much if anything to change the feeling of female voters and I think that is going to once again be her total downfall.
+++ WWE KNOCKS DOWN RESTRAINING ORDER. Jerry McDevitt successfully got the restraining order barring WWE from negotiating with former TNA talent knocked out of existence during a hearing when TNA couldn't support their claims using any other talent outside of Ric Flair as a prime example of talent WWE may be interested in using. WWE in the hearing claimed they had no interest in signing Flair or any other former TNA talent (which likely means they won't attempt to sign anyone from TNA that has their contracts expire until well after this issue is dissolved).
+++ HHH IS THE NEW WWE VICE PRESIDENT OF TALENT RELATIONS REPLACING "BIG" JOHNNY. WWE has demoted (I would term it as that as certainly with out the power it really means "Big" Johnny is simply a television character these days and nothing else within WWE as he has lost all of his powers.) "Big" Johnny and promoted Paul Levesque (HHH) at his expense. HHH will now do all of the talent acquisitions/hiring and stock the developmental system (that makes sense since he controls it). It appears that HHH is going to attempt to sign "athletes" within any type of athletic background (including amateur wrestling but not exclusive to it as they will look at any sport) and attempt to teach them to be good professional wrestlers. The theory is based upon numerous 'athletes' making it "big" in pro wrestling circles (Austin, Rock, Angle) in a short period of time after being trained to be professional wrestlers while not being set to be pro wrestlers from day one (Austin is a different
story as it was clear he had a passion to be a pro wrestler but he was a good athlete outside of pro wrestling first.). The theory is that if a good to great athlete picks up the basics they can and will translate in to being spectacular talents. While a certain percentage of those seeking to be pro wrestlers from day one may not have the pure athleticism and while they are trained to be good to great pro wrestlers they are limited by their lack of athleticism. The short here is that the talent that is signed will either be better or worse then those "Big" Johnny signed (and it appears John's acquisitions were more or less really bad ones from day one.).
It will take two to three years to see if HHH is better then Johnny or Jim Ross even. Ross typically went for college football players and amateur wrestlers and had the greatest success at it. My gut tells me that HHH selecting from all sports will have some SURE THINGS and some that don't make it. But there is no good reason to disqualify a great athlete simply because they aren't football or wrestlers to begin with if they have the ability to translate in to becoming top pro wrestlers down the road. It will as I said take two to three years but we will see the forming stages of the talent in developmental.
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