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    Posted: 18/August/2014 at 18:33
FSM, We Have A Problem…

Sunday, August 17, 2014. The night of Summer Slam, a mammoth event – after the fact, unfortunately – where every match on the card was very predictable, but it was the main event that was still a major talking point.

John Cena, WWE World Heavyweight Champion, faced off against Brock Lesnar, the guy he managed to overcome at Extreme Rules in 2012, who commanded a title match due to ending the Undertaker’s WrestleMania streak back in April. As already stated, the match outcome, as with the card, was already pretty well known to fans. It was, perhaps, the company’s most predictable Pay-Per-View for some time. There was no other possible outcome but for Brock Lesnar to win, for him to become the new WWE Champion. The way that would happen was perhaps not so obvious. Fans on forums and message boards felt that a clean win was unlikely, since this was, after all, Cena. Certainly, no one expected the match to be so one-sided.

But that match wasn’t the only thing that got outlandish comments and posts. Fighting Spirit Magazine, henceforth referred to as FSM, had many posts on their Facebook page by various posters that seemed to lack any sense.

Some, like the one to do with the outcome of this match at least came from a fairly obvious place. That Lesnar, the guy who is a part-timer, should not have won the title, especially if we are to believe that the current idea is for Lesnar to hold the belt until WrestleMania and either pass it back to Cena, or put over whoever WWE deem to be worthy of a massive main event push, currently said to be Roman Reigns, is not good for the product if the title is going to be off both television and PPV for weeks or months at a time.

Within that thread, though, were nonsensical comments about how Lesnar should not have won full stop. That a part-timer should never have won the title, nor have been given a shot. Obviously, we’re ignoring the Rock’s 2 month, transitional reign from 2013. A plan that was so full of fan hate in the build-up, that some people have still ignored that it was a successful reign, and that Rock only missed a couple of Raws for that entire time. The match was called a crush match, and that matches like that had no place on PPV, again, ignoring the build for legends like Goldberg, and the build that Ryback got at the start of his run. It made out Brock only had two moves, to Cena’s five, ignoring that Brock has worked several variations of moves into the feuds he has had thus far. Sudden concerns about how Lesnar will pass on the title, ignoring that the overall plan may be to build a new main event calibre star, who therefore does need to win cleanly over someone with the belt and the kind of heat and aura that Lesnar now has.

Cena apparently should have gotten more respect from the crowd during the match, again ignoring that he on a number of occasions still did his superman routine, no selling offence and beating to pull of one of his moves. It is this routine that has stopped the fans investing and respecting the character in the ring. A guy who is constantly labelled the Underdog makes a mockery of the moniker when he is rarely at risk of losing, and even then, never loses clean. John Cena, the man, deserves all the respect in the world outside of the ring for his work for various charities. John Cena, the character, deserves none as he is part of the reason the main event and title scenes became so stagnant and stale over the last decade.

Of course, if this was the only issue with FSM’s feed, that would be something of nothing. But it didn’t stop there.

A harmless thread about Bo Dallas, who appears to be suffering from the de-push syndrome, and Damien Sandow, who has been suffering from that same condition for a few months now, teaming together to form a tag team, or even a loose alliance, descended into pointless digs at both Bo’s, and his brother Rotunda Windham’s – or Bray Wyatt – physiques. When pressed by the writer about where, exactly, Bo jiggles as he runs around the ring, the poster put up a dumb “retort”, which had nothing to do with the question or his previous posts. But it gets bigger.

AAA’s Supercard, TripleMania XXII took place at the same time as Summer Slam, and was controversial for two reasons. The first being the former Alberto Del Rio cutting a promo about WWE being racists. I still fail to see why fans have gotten up in arms about this. Was it unprofessional? Under other circumstances, yes, it would have been. However, ADR was fired from the WWE for hitting Cody Barbierri, WWE’s Manager of Social Media and Live Events, who had made several racial slurs, either at ADR personally, against Mexicans, or both. Barbierri is apparently not liked within the WWE, but is well in with Vince McMahon, and as such, no matter that his behaviour was far more appalling than ADR for lashing out – for the record, the report states that Barbierri made the comments at the Smackdown taping on August 5, we have no idea if he has been constantly making such remarks since taking his position, and ADR just finally snapped – people have now jumped on ADR, saying he was unprofessional in cutting the promo.

The second incident was a video by Rey Mysterio – he of permanently injured WWE fame – which included the lovely Twitter hashtag #FreeRey and the not so cryptic line from Rey to the AAA audience that he will see them soon. Now, this is unprofessional. Mysterio has been out of action much of this current contract. WWE have a clause in ALL its performers contracts that if they are out of action, due to injury or any other acceptable reason, then WWE are able to add time on to when that contract would normally have ended to make sure they are compensated and get the worth out of the performer for what they duration of the contract should have been.

Yet, the same people who decry ADR for being unprofessional in his promo seem to see Rey as a victim here.   Let’s be clear; Rey has held WWE to ransom in the past. He is a massive merchandise shifter, with masks and tees selling to young viewers in spades. Because of this and the link he has to the Hispanic market – irony is not lost here with the comments of the above mentioned Barbierri – WWE have always bowed to Rey’s demands. The demands he made are part of this current contract. This isn’t something we’re just finding out about now, because of the “unfair” treatment of Rey; both CM Punk and Batista had their contracts run over their original end date to cover time they had off for injury. Admittedly, no one complained there, since it allowed the former his match at Money In The Bank, and the latter his best run ever in WWE as a monster heel character that was effectively David Bautista turned up to eleven. This will obviously not happen with Rey, whose knees are so damaged that he most likely risks another severe injury and surgery if he so much as jumps up and down. Chances are, after this, WWE will either fire Rey, as this will have been a breach of his WWE contract, or will keep him off television and live events until the added year of his contract is up.

Personally, I’d go for the latter. People seem to forget that one of Rey’s best friends is Matt Hardy, who has never been the most media savvy of people. Using YouTube to get yourself released from your contract is something that WWE will only go for once. Rey will still make a tidy sum if WWE simply stops promoting him; he is a hero to kids all over the world, and particularly in those Hispanic markets and his home area of San Diego. If WWE, however, pull all his stock – unlikely, as WWE make more money out of the merchandise than the percentage Rey is given, so why cut off your own nose to spite someone else – while this writer certainly wouldn’t blame them, that people are saying what is happening to Rey is unfair right now doesn’t bode well for WWE to do whatever they feel they need to to teach the spoilt luchador a lesson.

We then move onto the alleged locker room notice given by Bully Ray, Mark LoMonaco, that once his TNA contract is up, he is leaving the company.

Now, I personally am a fan of his work as Bully Ray in TNA; it has been a breath of fresh air at times. Mark, himself, has come on leaps and bounds in all aspects of his art form. His promos have been crisp – I still miss his Twitta machine – his ring work looks less like the brawler style that has been his trademark since ECW, and his fitness regime has made him look the part of a decent, muscular big man.
However, the comments have been ridiculous. The very notion that WWE would even sign him again, after he was with the company for so long, and was the recipient of a failed singles push while there – which I will say was not his fault, but to Vince and WWE, they’re not going to blame the writers’ unless they’re firing them, and as none of those writers’ were fired for his failed push, it’s fair to say they see the blame falling squarely with Mark – is perhaps deluded markdom of fans, ignoring reality as it doesn’t favour their particular top wrestler. However, there was a bizarre notion that he could come into WWE and realistically feud with top paid stars like Bryan, Cena and Lesnar.
Now, to be completely honest, if Mark had done all this work in a lower promotion, such as RoH, or, hell even Combat Zone Wrestling, then I believe he might – MIGHT – have been called back to WWE, and given a chance. That would depend upon whether he created buzz – which, hard to believe, he simply hasn’t within TNA, or at least not to the extent for the WWE higher-ups to take notice – and whether he managed to draw audience figure and PPV buyrates. Sadly, he hasn’t done so in TNA.

Again, this isn’t something that is Mark fault; TNA have bought in numerous big names, such as Sting, Hogan, Nash, Hall, Jeff Hardy off the back of his most successful run in WWE, and none of it has made people tune into the program beyond their solid one million viewer base. Of those million, less actually paid for PPVs from TNA, even before Dixie dropped eight events off the calendar. None of this is down to Mark, but to the TNA systems as a whole, whether it be booking, PR or even talent relations and acquisitions.

Add to this that Mark leaving is an unfounded rumour, that is getting people to put out unlikely, and completely unrealistic, scenarios for Mark after his time is up with TNA, the level of talk is almost as bad as the rumours for Kurt Angle.

Yes, Kurt most likely will end up in WWE. He has to; he knows he owes his professional wrestling career to Vince and the company. However, if rumours ARE to be believed, then Angle wants one last run. From the company that released him rather than allow him to compete whilst in the grips of his painkiller addiction.

Angle might be clean right now, but any form of full time work in the industry is going to be a risk for him. Angle has been a fan of risky, unproven medical procedures since his first surgery while with WWE for his neck. These quick fix surgeries have done far more harm than good for him, and his problems have been made worse by the fact that no one in TNA was willing to keep him in check while he performed there. He has done risky moves, including a somersault flip off the stage onto Samoa Joe and a concrete floor that WWE would simply have not allowed him to do, with good reason. If WWE did sign him, they would sign him to not compete, and not train. There would be no physicality to his contract, he would be a WWE ambassador, much like Flair was before he realised it wouldn’t pay for his costly alimony payments. Yet, if he did – and he won’t – agree to those terms, so-called “fans” would bitch and moan that WWE is being unfair, that he deserves one last run, and then bitch and moan for WWE giving him that last run if, during it, he injured his neck to the point where he ended up in a wheelchair for life.

I know being a fan of wrestling, and particularly WWE, is about contradictions, as much as WWE is about contradictions too, but this really is too far.

The final post that caused an issue for this writer was a notice of a TMZ report about Titus O’Neil’s activities whilst in Los Angeles for Summer Slam weekend. Showing nothing but compassion for his fellow man, O’Neil befriended a homeless guy called John whilst handing out leftovers from his dinner. He hung out with John back at the hotel the WWE performers were staying at, and had breakfast with him the next morning.

Rather than see this as an act of kindness, as it would be, this was instead used as a reason to say that O’Neil would receive a push, and lambast Vince and the WWE, who would quickly then tire of it, and O’Neil would be back to mid-card obscurity.

This is my biggest problem with wrestling fandom right now; this ability to blow things out of proportion, to make issues where there are none, to not stand up and support guys who deserve the support, and then make out others are more of a victim of the machinations of the WWE than anyone else. To effectively shit all over the booking that, while not great, is at least logical, again, an issue this writer and others have made against the WWE, but at least this writer has the ability to understand not every issue is black and white – pun not intended in an article that touches upon the racism within the WWE – and that WWE is not always the bad guy.

I still enjoy wrestling, I can watch it 24/7 right now, after having been burnt out from the industry and product for some time. However, while I will always respect the opinions of fans, whether I agree or not, when it gets to the point it has on the FSM page over the past 48 hours, it’s difficult to feel connected with people who call themselves fans.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Baz Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18/August/2014 at 20:19
A lot of wrestling fans in general just need slapping lately to be honest lol, you just can't win with some of them so why bother?

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote ihatethatmonkee Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18/August/2014 at 21:12
that has been the thing; the page has normally been pretty good, and the regular crowd that are there, aside from some rogue characters *cough*TNA marks*cough*, it's normally a pretty reasonable group.

I'm sure on closer inspection, i'll find some free porn sites went down over the weekend, which will explain the wankers.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote John The Baptist Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20/August/2014 at 18:23
Two major wrestling magazines have died this year, we can only hope for a third.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote ihatethatmonkee Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20/August/2014 at 21:11
it's still selling well, so I can't see it going under, the FB is always pretty active, it was just the number of sheer dumb posts and comments within that pissed me off.

there was no "spoilers" warning on the AAA Triplemania post for those who may not have watched it yet, and there would have been no need for one, as it barely gets a mention at the best of times, if not for the promos by Rey and Alberto.

dumb trolling for no rhyme or reason - someone trying to say Bo Dallas "jiggles"?! - means someone can't be called a retard of a fuckwit. I love that I got warned for what I'd put on there, yet nothing for anyone else. apparently, you have freedom of speech on there until you point out that a comment is dumber than Katie Price teaching Harley to read.
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