Make Reigns the John Cena Champion

Hey Scott,

After watching Payback, I started thinking about Reigns. I know it's just a matter of time before he's champ because WWE are waiting for the crowds to accept him. But, if John Cena has taught us anything, it's that the Smark contingent will change it's mind about a wrestler. Once you're a heel/face, in their eyes, it doesn't matter how well you're work or how well you're booked, you'll always be their first impression of you. So by that logic, Reigns will never be "ready."

But, if all that is true, why the heck does Reigns even need the title? Why not just make whatever match he's in the main event, regardless of what's at stake. In other words, make him the John Cena Champion. You could even christen this new era by having him beat Cena in a main event, while Rollins fight whomever. As you said, the title is not the title. As an added benefit, if Smarks start seeing Reigns fighting, and winning, in the main event enough, they might even became resigned the fact that, ehhh, who cares. Might as well make him champion. At this point, that's the best you can hope for, I think, with Reigns.

​I suppose they could always build up to him finally being the guy to win the John Cena Open Challenge, too.  But yes, in general if you start treating a guy like a main eventer, eventually fans will accept him as a main eventer.  Sometimes you just have to do it like HHH in 2000 and completely sacrifice a guy to get there, but it’s generally do-able.  It’s still a problem that Reigns is getting title shots and not winning, but at least fan support for him is becoming a tad more organic now without Bryan around. ​

How much do wrestlers make

Don't know if anyone's sent this to you yet. Pretty interesting. Figured it'd be good conversation for the blog. Amazing how much the WWE takes advantage of it's talent. I don't believe any other industry works quite like this. 

​Yeah, and the thing is that this article is based off mostly pre-Network salary structures.  So now they're getting boned even worse.  ​

Show To Make Your Friends Angry

Hi Scott,

MikeyMike from the BoD here. We've often had discussions on what wrestling matches or shows you'd show your friends to get them hooked on wrestling.

Conversely, what are some shows that you would show a friend to make sure they hated it so much they'd never watch again? Felt that this would make good blog discussion.

​Bash 91's scaffold match would be a good start, given the match makes no sense within its own context and is completely embarrassing to watch.  The other extreme is something like the Sabu-Terry Funk barbed wire match, where it's so sickening even for actual fans that non-fans would probably run away screaming.  Also, that match where the Mountie wins the title from Bret Hart, because you'd have to be really stupid or possibly brain-damaged to accept that as something that could happen.  ​

Test the 2ndary Title to Make Reigns

Hey Scott,

I was flipping through the 1st Warrior DVD and I had an idea: Is there anything completely stupid about just giving Reigns either the US or IC belt and having him run with the thing, beating people left and right until WM, THEN having him straight up challenge Lesnar and having them do a Title vs. Title Match?

​Yeah, because the US title is considered such a midcard geek title now that it would actually bring him down several notches to even want it.  If they start him down that road, there's no point in even putting him in the main event.  Those titles destroy everything they touch.  ​

Wouldn’t it make more sense for Batista to get the title closer to his movie’s release?

Howdy Scott,

I'm not convinced that WWE is intent on having Batista walk out of WrestleMania as champion.

If Guardians of the Galaxy isn't coming out until August 1, why do most people think WWE is hotshotting the title on Batista at WrestleMania? Right now he's only scheduled through Extreme Rules and considering his limited dates will probably not be scheduled for the mid-to-late May European tour, meaning if he has the belt he'd be missing approximately two weeks of dates, including the Raw/Smackdown in England.

I am assuming WWE wants Batista to walk around with the title during promotional appearances for the movie like The Rock did last year, so wouldn't it make more sense to put the belt on him at Money in the Bank (June 29) or Battleground (July 20)?


This entire Batista deal is crossing the line more every day from mere disaster into hilarious unintentional comedy, and the payoff will be the WM crowd shitting all over his title win like no other match.  You're right, the entire thing makes no sense on several levels, especially since no one knows how the movie is even going to do and the guy that's supposed to be the FACE OF THE WWE after Wrestlemania is doing one quick segment a week and not even being allowed to talk.  You just can't buy entertainment like this.

5 shows that would make the WWE network perfect

Hell, they're getting my money anyway but here are my 5 suggestions for the new network. From airing Georgia Championship Wrestling/WCW/WCW Saturday night episodes at 6:05 on Saturdays to "DDP Sober House," 

Jesus, is this WWE Network e-mails day or something?  Where's all the Daniel Bryan talk?  
I'm all about video game countdown shows on YouTube, and WWE's website geeks usually do an awesome job on them as it is.  

10 Mind-Blowing Finishes That You Didn’t Know Make Me Want To Punch Vince Russo (In the Face)

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Always happy to share the love.  Or the hate in this case.  

Intentionally lame material to see what talent can make of it?

Can you think of someone besides Bryan whose reputation was built so heavily on his workrate and in-ring performance that ended up breaking out as a bona fide star on the strength of his character/mic work/charisma to the degree Bryan has? Punk's always been known for his mic work. Angle's goofy character was part of who he was from the beginning. Eddie's "lie cheat steal" character helped him ascend to new heights in 2004 but that was always part of who he was, too. Bret didn't really ascend to any new heights with his amazing 1997 heel character even if it was a personal breakout for him in terms of depth of character. Austin was obviously a great in-ring worker who went into the stratosphere based off an amazing character/individual charisma but we'd already seen tremendous charisma and character from him in his "Stunning" and "Superstar" iterations in WCW and ECW, albeit in much different fashion than "Stone Cold."
Maybe I'm not familiar enough with Danielson's ROH work and I'm way off base here, but either way, help me out.

I think Bryan's pretty unique in that regard.  To a degree I'd also say Mick Foley because he was known for amazingly crazy in-ring performance but didn't really break out past goofy midcarder until the WWF run, but at the same time he was still showing some impressive personality in WCW.  But the way Bryan has taken the simple "Yes" thing and turned it into an ongoing war with the fans is nothing short of spectacular.  

Why Do Rappers Make Good Actors?

I was 16 years old when some bastards kicked me out of Eminem’s 8 Mile at Taunton’s Silver City Galleria. This was during a particularly nazi-esque regime at the theater, where all under 17 patrons needed to be accompanied by a blood relative in order to enter R-rated movies. I was pretty pissed off at the fuckers, too (having fallen in love with the phrase “pissed off” and “fuckers” after hearing them used so wonderfully on Eminem’s records). Eventually I made my way to a theater in East Bridgewater that cared as much about rules as they did about copious amounts of popcorn butter on the floor, and it was there that I became engrossed in Eminem’s silver screen debut.
The role wasn’t a particular stretch for Mr. Mathers, a white rapper from the ghetto of detroit, who in the movie plays a white rapper in detroit’s ghetto. Probably not the greatest of acting challenges. Still, the fact he wasn’t a complete disaster in the role sparked something in the minds and eyes of Hollywood. Rappers could act!

Rappers have been in movies before, of course. Vanilla Ice was in the second Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, and Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, and DJ Pooh starred in the 2001 comedy The Wash. Of course, Vanilla Ice was basically a cameo in TMNT2, and The Wash was a movie targeted to rap fans and stoners who weren’t expecting much beyond seeing their favorite rappers palling around.
The first breakout role for a rapper in a movie (like a real movie, with a plot, and production value and such) was Ice Cube’s turn in Friday.That movie, about attempting to scrounge together 200 dollars to pay a drug dealer – or else – was a vulgar-but-sweet comedy about the largely dead-end lives of two stoners in South Central Los Angeles. It cost about four million dollars to make and ended up grossing 30 million dollars, roughly 1.5 million blunts, domestically. A run-away success.
Friday was successful because it was funny, compelling, and most importantly, authentic. This was a story audiences would buy Ice Cube in. Sure, things get a little crazy toward the end, involving a ghetto beat down using a brick and sub machine guns, but at it’s heart, it was a movie about two kids hanging out on their stoop, trying to figure out what to do with their lives. It spoke to people.
Would the movie be as successful with a different leading man? If Cuba Gooding Jr took over puffing the J for Ice Cube, I doubt the movie would be any worse for the wear. But Ice Cube was an established brand with established street cred. Audiences bought him in the lead role without even thinking about it. In film, this sort of credibility is hard to come by.
Flash forward to 2012, and rappers are everywhere and doing everything. Method and Redman kept up the silly stoner comedy torch aflame with How High (get it?) and Soul Plane. Rapper Common popped up in a few movies including the Steve Carell / Tina Fey action comedy Date Night before making a star turn as NBA-Basketball-player-on-the-mend, Scott McKnight in the romantic comedy Just Wrightopposite Queen Latifah (another rapper turned actress). 50 Cent has been in a number of movies, including the semi-autobiographical (but entirely terrible) Get Rich or Die Trying. And who can forget LL Cool J in “Deep Blue Sea”?
The quality of these movies aside, it’s obvious rappers have taken Hollywood by storm, and have largely done a pretty good job doing it, too. Why? Credibility. In Hip Hop, more than any other genre, your reputation is important. Where you come from, how hard you spit your lyrics, how much they mean, are of paramount importance to having a critically successful record. In the best songs of the 90’s and early 2000’s the lyrics were important and teeming with emotional meaning and showmanship.
This is a form of acting. Sure, Fiddy Cent isn’t going to make anyone cry on his next LP, but when it comes to rapping a great deal of emotion and passion go into making the words. Otherwise it’s just a guy talking, ya know?
In much the same way a 6th grader reading Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl” would be horrifying and hilarious, Rappers are careful to take roles that they (and audiences) would be comfortable in. A rapper’s first role isn’t going to be a tour-de-force performance in a David Mamet play. By giving rappers roles that are authentic to their experience (and audiences expectations) it’s less of a risk for producers who take a chance on Hip Hop stars looking to dip their blinged-out toes in the acting waters.
Some rappers have since branched out into unorthodox roles. Method Man has appeared in an episode of ‘The Good Wife’ and Queen Latifah is one one of the more coveted actresses in Hollywood. But the explosion of hip-hop stars has been intriguing, – and profitable – for studios. For audiences? They get a chance to see someone they’ve only heard on the radio display some character and (hopefully) light up the screen.
And for The rappers, well, they get a chance to expand their brand and reach audiences that wouldn’t have heard of them otherwise. Of course, if hip-hop is to be believed, mo’ money mo’ problems. 
Next Time: Why Do Wrestlers Make Crappy Actors? 

Cena – Make A Wish

No one ever said Cena wasn't an awesome guy, he's just an incredibly stale character who's booked like Superman.