time a very Batista like rise. So what happened? Even before his groin injury the crowd was turning on him and Bryan wasn't even around at the time. Why did everyone seem to turn on this guy so fast?
Is Jeff Hardy close to coming back from his injury? He'd make a great surprise entrant and a believable winner. Styles/Hardy is a believable title match also.
Not sure I agree 100% with your detective work there. Jeff was basically a midcard scrub going nowhere in a tag team when he left, and it would take some effort to heat him up again.
Hi Scott,From the Observer recap, there's a comment that 'Wrestlemania XI is currently penciled in for Trump Plaza in Atlantic City, site of the two worst Wrestlemanias ever.' Did Wrestlemania IX fall over time to be considered worse than Wrestlemania V? The MegaPowers Exploding seems to be remembered more fondly than Hogan returning to regain the title over Yoko and Bret Hart.
Why didn't they have it reverse where Hogan knocked Sid out and Sid snapped and helps Flair eliminate Hogan. On a purely logical level Hogan comes off as a whiny complainer heel and the crowd is right to cheer Sid who was cheated out of a title win
Still, it's the best Rumble though
Rumble 14, (Bootista)
Rumble 15, (They even boo The Rock)
Brock/Goldberg @ WM20 (both are leaving)
Cena/Orton at Rumble 2014 (part 1,000,000)
Sheamus/Orton on Raw after Mania I think 2013, where the crowd first started taking over.
Loaded with talent, from serviceable midcarders (Owen, Bulldog, Rocky, HHH, Mero back then. Guys like Balor, Gable, Rusev, Bar, Usos these days. Much better workers these days obviously) to excellent main eventers (Bret, Shawn, Taker, Austin, Vader back then. AJ, Cena, Owens, Miz, arguably Brock and Braun now).
The problem is the same: horrible repetitive, mostly bland or offensive/cheap/crappy out-of-touch ideas, characters and feuds.
Back then, Vince ans Vince stepped it up and tried to create something different, even though the overuse of brutality, raunchy quarternaked women, blood and cursewords was a sign-of-the-times zeitgeist thing. Why not repeat that, do something different (see Lucha Underground as an example), create unique characters, angles and situations. Why rely on old ideas all the time? How low can viewership for the TV shows and show attendance (outside of the big attractions) go before Vince tries to get TRULY creative again?
I know stuff like Woken Matt Hardy (yeah inspired by his TNA run but why, not), wacky Bray Wyatt angles (not the best execution, see last year's WM and House Of Horrors), Cruiserweight division (old concept, good idea, again bad execution) passes as new and fresh, but execution is lacking…