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Boy, I enjoyed the Piper’s Pit segment last Monday on Raw… Piper was awesome but when he complimented Cena’s generation for surpassing what Piper’s generation had accomplished, I threw up a little. I would say that Piper was lying but I’ll give it a pass because of the setting. He was trying to fire Cena up so he had to lie to John a little.
If there’s a reason why fans crap on the WWE today, it’s for moments like this. You can’t lie to your customers. No one believes that the WWE of the 2005 to 2011 is better than 1984-1990. If Piper would have said, “John, you show respect to the forefathers who paved the way for the stars of today”, it might have served the same purpose but that wasn’t the narrative chosen.
Lying to the fans in the context of buttering up John Cena doesn’t help Cena either…
And if the WWE really believe that Cena’s generation was better than Piper’s, then why not let them show it?
I think when that line was written for Piper, it was designed to put over the WWE brand but fell short because no one cares how great the office is. No fan ever bought a ticket to see the office.
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