Tuesday, February 2, 2016

AJ's Style, Roman's Reign, and Vera

You can probably tell from the title of this post that this has nothing to do with my adventure directly.  However, it does indirectly affect my adventure.  Especially, when I am yelling at the laptop or smartphone.

Unless you are absolutely not a professional wrestling (or sports entertainment) fan like myself, you are more than likely aware that World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) has acquired eventual Hall-of-Famer AJ Styles.  In an unusual move by the Chief Operating Officer (COO) Hunter Hearst Helmsley (better known as Triple H or The Game), Styles was placed straight up in the main roster and not into the development promotion NXT. Think of it as a very well groomed and respected international champion coming to your Major League Baseball team, and instead of going through the farm system (the minor leagues), your dude gets placed straight at the top, facing the other big kids.

Good move on WWE's part.

Now, this is where it actually gets kinda screwy.

The roster in WWE is so impressive right now, it almost mirrors the Monday Night Wars of the mid-90s to early-00s.  This translates to: there are too many big (named) kids right now.  What does Triple H do in this scenario; make some of the heavy names of yesteryear become jobbers (wrestlers whose job is to make the other wrestler look good in a match)?  I think he is doing that with some of the talent right now (ie Dolph Ziggler and Mike "The Miz" Mizanin), which sucks for them.

However, if I were Triple H, in a scenario where I actually have an excellent problem of having too much talent on the main roster, why in the holy shit would I pay AJ Styles out the azz just for him to wrestle jobbers like Curtis Axel and The Miz (I don't count Chris Jericho as a jobber, yet)?  The last time I checked, that's not "best for business."

Instead of putting AJ Styles in the main event for WWE's most successful weekly program in their history, WWE Monday Night Raw (usually called "RAW"), they have the current breadwinners in the main event in Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns.  For the record, I have no problem with Dean Ambrose being in the main event (instead of being in the first match of the night); give me two hours with that asylum agitator and you won't hear me bitch for 7 months straight. Roman Reigns, on the other hand, still needs that fine tuning.

Reigns is still a very good wrestler, and he deserves to be on the main roster.  But for fuck's sake, he had his WrestleMania moment against Brock Lesnar (which both got screwed by Seth Rollins, who is currently injured at this time), and he's already held the WWE World Heavyweight Championship belt twice within a few short months.  Reigns (and maybe Styles) needs to work on microphone skills (promoting) in order to sell his moniker better.

On the other hand, Triple H needs to quit teasing the WWE Universe (fans of the WWE) by having Dean Ambrose be so close to winning the WWE World Heavyweight Championship belt.  Dean Ambrose is no Daniel Bryan (in a reference of "The Little Engine That Could"), and doesn't need to be seen as one.  Ambrose needs to win the belt, and maybe, be the new boytoy for Triple H by turning heel (becoming a "bad" guy).  In this chess move, it allows Reigns to improve on his faults, and should clear a path for AJ Styles to be considered in talks for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.

I will add one more wrestler into the mix, and it won't be Brock Lesnar.  It's Kevin Owens.  This dude, Owens, is one amazing heel; destroying his opponents while talking trash to them at the same time.  Owens has a lot of respect from both the WWE Universe and indie wrestling fans alike.  And it's that type of quality that may give Styles to be put over (having Styles defeat Owens to gain more respect and notoriety).

So instead of having Triple H be the WWE champ, here is who really needs to be in the conversation right now:

1. Dean Ambrose
2. AJ Styles
3. Kevin Owens

That's it.  No Reigns.  No Lesnar.  No Sheamus (sorry, Fella).  Nobody else.

All the other big kids can have a seat and watch these three show how it's done.

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