On January 29, it was announced that Dean Ambrose – real name Jonathan Good – would not be re-signing with WWE. One of the reasons listed for this was the lack of credible storylines, or as one report put it: ‘Hokey S***’. It seems that Good is just the latest victim in a string of WWE talent that has had a run-in of their storyline being scrapped. The usual excuse is that there are investors that want WWE to keep its PG rating and image.
While investors certainly have an influence on the company, it can also be said with some certainty that they have no influence on the story writing and the pushes being given to some of the talent. Many of the talents have been on the receiving end of this: Rusev, Andrade, the Bar, AJ Styles, Dolph Ziggler, the list goes on and on.
It’s the same story nearly every time. A feud or a premiering wrestler will start out the gate hot and with great writing. Two weeks later because someone doesn’t like something superficial about them they’re relegated to lower mid-card if they’re lucky.
The saddest part, to me, is the fact that all of this is avoidable. It could have been better.
It could have been Dean remaining silent for a month. Seth demanding for answers night after night only to be beaten down. Then Dean after a month of silence would respond: “Seth, you were my brother, my friend, my comrade. Seth, you were family. And you beat me down with a steel chair and became my enemy for years! How could I just let that go because you realized you messed up?”
The potential that they threw away staggers me. A bad guy you can sympathize with is a character people love to watch, but they threw that away for a gas mask and a mysophobia complex.
This has certainly had something to do with the current situation we have. WWE has a habit of going around buying up the most talented wrestlers thinking that keeping them from other companies will stifle their competition.
This might work in the short term, but if they can’t or won’t find a working and interesting angle for them – they will leave. Maybe not immediately, but they will become disenchanted by the less-than-stellar storylines. Especially if they’re not in the main event.
Finally, I would just like to point out that it seems that WWE has forgotten the events that brought it to the height it has been falling from for the past few years. That the very best years of the WWE was during the Monday night competition with WCW. Without a serious competitor, WWE has stagnated. They do have good storylines but they have many, many, more that are less than decent. I hope that this mediocrity of wrestling will soon end.
With the coming of AEW I am hoping, nay, praying for a new golden age of wrestling. As things are though, without competition, what is the point? When all you’re doing is being just good enough not to fail, you have no reason to give it you’re all. Aren’t sports supposed to be about giving your all?