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The following was sent in by Christopher Smith
Well for the most part i agree with what has been written so far about Raw, it is getting too predictable, and they don't seem to ever want to try and shock us or throw a match in the main event that we really want to see. I do have a big issue with what one reader said, but we will get to that soon enough. First let me say that Carlito/Primo being tag team champs are a joke, and to make it worse they have a match with Kendrick/Goldust. Those tag team titles mean nothing to the WWE i guess. I remember when those titles used to mean something, it was big for a wrestler to capture those titles. I believe they should step back and rebuild the tag team division. With real tag teams like we used to get. Like the Hardy boys, New age outlaws, people that really care about those titles and what hey mean and the history of them, not wear them around your neck like your some punk, not going to name any names - Carlito, sorry that slipped out. Santino can be funny at times, don't get me wrong, but two segments in one show come on. I hope that hole Santina thing is done i feel its run its course, its cool to have comedy to the show, but they never should have made him miss Wrestle Mania, another title that the WWE is making fun of, with all the divas that was there they couldn't find one that would of really cherished it that should of won, and now Vicky is miss Wrestle Mania, that's just not right.
I like MVP and think he will work his way up the roster, if he makes a few tweaks, he has talent and it will take some time for him to get the fans behind him after being a heal for so long, he needs a good feud with someone that we cant stand, to get him over. I was hoping it wouldn't be William Regal, which seemed where they was heading, but then he wants to attack Santina or what ever you want to call that, which i don't think sets up a feud between those two, what would that do for either one, his attack on Santina will be rewarded with a shot at MVP i'm sure. "Gay". Ill give the Miz some credit he has some promo skills, but i don't think i could ever pitcher him in a bigger role or ever getting taken serious. They seem to want to use him as comedy too, just like Santino and that's just two much.
My main problem with the tag team division is that exists without having any kind of connection with the audience. The teams you mentioned like The Hardy's, The New Age Outlaws, etc, those were teams that connected with the fans in the confines of their story lines and characters. Nowadays, teams are thrown together, hardly ever speak, and aren't involved in story lines that seems to have any real meaning or importance on shows. How could you possibly take the Colon's seriously as Champs when WWE doesn't?
Cena is the top baby face right now, or has been but yet, the fans most of the time want to cheer and boo him, its like there as almost as many people that dislike him as like him and that is a issue, need to change his image a little its getting a little stale i think. Batista is a animal, but they try to make him look weak one minute and dominate the next. I think that he should just run through people like Goldberg did a couple years back, he could dominate as a face or a heel, but a heel would be a lot funnier i think, i would want to see that. Who would want to fight a unstable mean and angry Batista. That way we wouldn't have to watch the same Randy Orton and Legacy speech week after week, i hope the age or Orton is coming to a close, i liked the super groups of the past, D-x, nWo, they was fun these guys are boring and im not buying it at all. Ortons a great talent but lets change it up, We cared about the super groups because who was in them, and nobody seems to care about these guys. Flair on Raw will always be cool, cause its Flair. Its history, the golden years when everything meant something and the matches told stories and we didn't have to set threw Monday night Comedy hour, that's what they should call it. Wrestling is in Flairs blood, and to death do us part.
Now back to what i think one writer was way off about. Our lovely Diva's Champ Maryse. I just don't think he gets it. Her facial expressions tell a story. She could be saying one thing, but we know its not true because of the look she makes. I love that she talks french, fits in nicely with her character. Half the time he have no idea what she's saying and that's fun in itself. I think she's very talented and will only keep getting better and better. I would like to see more and more of her on Raw. I love how she always does mean things and she's proud of it afterward; she pulls it off flawlessly. To me she has a great future ahead of herself. So lets mix it up. Lets have Batista turn heel, turn on Flair, destroy Legacy single handedly. Set up a great Summer slam feud with Triple H when he returns. Switch a couple gimmicks around, surprise us a little and lets have some fun...
I absolutely agree that WWE needs to shake things up a bit. A roster draft isn't going to help things if the programs we see week in and week out on TV are the same one's we've seen for years. Push the mid-card, freshen up some gimmicks, and we might see a turn around.
As for Maryse, I think the issue is that you might like her personally, but she's not connecting with the live crowd enough to illicit any kind of real response from them. The job of the heel is too incite the crowd, which, for example, The Miz is doing quite well right now. Maryse doesn't seem to have that incendiary quality, and that's something she needs to strengthen.
Thanks to Jerry Carfagno for sending in this awesome pic of Bubba Dudley rocking an electric guitar!
According to the email, Jerry was at a bar in Belmar, NJ this past weekend, and Bubba came up on stage and jammed a Guns 'N Roses cover with the Band Lifespeed who was performing that night. Jerry said Bubba was a really nice guy and that he took time to sign autographs and chat with fans. A nice guy? Really? I guess Bubba finally got his Prozac prescription filled ;)