It’s the best time of the year, the NFL Playoffs are in full effect, it’s less than 35 days until pitchers and catchers report and most importantly WrestleMania season is in the air. The time has come for the part time big drawing names to come in, collect their big money paychecks and cash them sooner than Big Show’s 48 second title reign. The Rock returns to television and the next three pay per views, the rest of Brock Lesnar’s appearance dates are sure to be used over the next few months, and somewhere Triple H and the Undertaker are contemplating their WrestleMania plans.
This may be money making season to Vince McMahon and the WWE stockholders, whomever you maybe, but ‘tis the season for giving. It’s time to give the guys who work their asses off to the point of emergency knee surgery the better end of the WrestleMania Season stick.
Like most of you I was a fan of The Rock during his prime, we all loved his promos, and he was one of the best workers of his time. Now a day while it is nice to see The Rock, I find it not only bad booking on creative (VKM)’s part but a slap in the face to the guys in the back, even John Cena to see another part timer steal the easy spotlight. It made sense for The Rock to go over Cena last year to set up his run this time around but does it make sense to have Dwayne end Punk’s long time reign, just to see him lose it to more than likely Punk himself at WrestleMania?
In my mind Brock Lesnar is sitting on a beach on an exotic island laughing to himself about how he bamboozled the WWE. Unless he appears almost every week he is making around $100,000 an appearance but don’t quote me, I suck at math. Brock proved he can help draw ratings, he proved he can have a good match or two but unless Brock can be lured into another big money contract Lesnar doesn’t mind jobbing between here and WrestleMania just as long as those checks keep coming in.
Triple H let us all know that The Undertaker was still alive, thanks by the way Hunter, but is he in good enough shape to keep the streak going with another stint against anyone other than Triple H?
The Undertaker does contribute to WrestleMania buys, he is a known name to every part time fan so the streak is a good thing but the down fall to part timers like the dead man is he isn’t in the shape that The Rock is, or even Triple H is. He is past his prime and creeping into coming back one too many times just like Muhammad Ali did. The best pitch I could come up with for The Undertaker is to have him beat Lesnar (unless he resigns then it’s back to square one) and have the streak go down to Punk next year.
Speaking of Triple H, I can’t imagine WrestleMania without Hunter putting himself in a match just to hear that pop one more time. If Hunter can manage to quote pass the torch I would love to see him against Ryback. It helps keep Ryback not only relevant but he won’t get lost in all the madness that is PartTimeMania. If you read my column you know I’m not the biggest fan of Ryback, yet. He just needs time, and being rushed to the main event isn’t the answer.
Things tend to get crazy around this time of the year; people tend to forget that there is nine other months in the calendar and as soon as WrestleMania madness ends booking is back to square one just so we can all ride the roller coaster that is the WWE one more time. It’s the season of giving in the WWE Universe, so the powers that be need to give us, the WWE Universe a reason to keep tuning in after WrestleMania has come and gone.’
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