This week’s Wrestlezone Stars in Progress talks Stephanie McMahon and Brie Bella’s road to SummerSlam, my lost respect for TNA Wrestling, the all-black WWE faction that’s rocking the roster, and NXT’s new international flair.
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Step Up – Stephanie McMahon vs. Brie Bella
I remember a month ago when the reports starting coming out about the proposed Brie-Stephanie match at SummerSlam, and everyone was rolling their eyes and enraged that a spot was being “wasted” on such a high-profile PPV. I’ll admit I was skeptical, but I do enjoy being proven wrong. Brie and Steph work really against each other – McMahon has enormous heat from the last year of building the Authority, and the fans can channel their love and support for Daniel Bryan through Brie. It’s a personal story that’s being told well on Raw each week. I do worry about how the eventual match will be executed. Neither their story or their ability calls for a “wrestling match” – Brie has improved exponentially since coming back to WWE, but Steph is a 37-year-old mother of three, who hasn’t “wrestled” a match since 2003. I hope they can pull something entertaining together for SummerSlam, and I’m digging this feud on TV, but I worry there’s not a lot of conclusions to this whole deal that will satisfy invested fans.
Step Down – TNA Wrestling Management
This is a personal thing, and I can’t really go into detail about WHY I’m upset with certain members of TNA management, but man… I lost about 90% of my desire to see that company succeed this week. Backstage politics and petty egotism and fully grown adults not being able to tell the truth – normally the comparisons to late-WCW are laughable, but after my experiences this week, I’m starting to think the cynics might be right. My only desire to see Impact Wrestling find a new home right now is so that my friends, acquaintances, and people I enjoy watching don’t lose their jobs. The people in charge, however, have permanently lost my respect and empathy.
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