First off I’d like to send my congratulations out to Gene Snitsky and Heidenreich, yes those two. Since their debuts I’ve enjoyed watching them on Raw and Smackdown. Yes their in ring ability is sub standard compared to most of the WWE roster and their mic skills are just as bad, but for some reason I’ve enjoyed watching them.
My next congratulations is to Vince and the Smackdown writers for turning a guy who has only ever really had one gimmick in the whole of his WWF/E career into a credible champion. Not only that but a top heel that can be likened to the super heels of the late 80’s early 90’s. Yes it’s JBL; the guy has come into his own with this new gimmick in my opinion. He’s now held the belt longer than Guerrero and Benoit did and has managed to bring a new side to his character. Earlier on this year I did a column about gimmicks and it was my opinion that the best gimmicks are ones that are an extension of a wrestler’s personality. JBL has done this not only has he made the gimmick work he managed to do something not many wrestlers do with their gimmicks. He got mainstream media attention at the start of his gimmick and got everyone talking about him. The Nazi salute, 10 seconds of action 2 months of controversy, it’s impressive. Now I know it offended a lot of people, but like Goldberg holding the WWE championship, most people have forgotten about already and moved onto to new things to talk about.
This past year has also been the year of the underdog in the WWE, Guerrero, Benoit and Eugene being examples. For Benoit and Guerrero their years started off amazingly with success leading to championship reigns. These are two men that don’t “fit” the WWE stereotype. One is built like a Cruiserweight but held the championship. The other is a shorter, thinner but just as ugly version of Mick Foley. Both aren’t meant to be WWE champions if the history books are to believed, but they did it and were successful. It was a double hit for Vince, because not only did he has new and credible champions at the same time, but he actually did something to please the Internet Wrestling Community.
The final area I’m going to touch on with this look back and forward of the year is the rising stars. 2004 has been the year of debuts and super pushes for younger stars. Cena and Orton being the best example. These two have had great years being pushed to the sky and securing themselves has the future of WWE, even Muhammad Hussein seems to be a guarantee of competition for them in the years to come. WWE seems to be investing a lot of time in their youngsters, which is always good as it’s giving them a secure future.
As all writers on the net I too have hope for WWE next year. Nothing too extravagant but just enough that would make a personal difference to me. My first is that the Cruiserweights get some good PPV time. All I ask is that they get at least 1 match on PPV that is at least 15 mins long, just give these guys time to shine and you’ll be surprise at the reaction.
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