WWE Summerslam 2014 Buildup: Can WWE Creative Only Keep Things Creative Once a Year?

WWE Summerslam

If you had caught the July 1st edition of the Wrestling is Real podcast, you had heard me mention how the post-Battleground edition of Raw was full of hot shot booking for this year’s Summerslam. In retrospect, that type of booking is indicative of WWE Creative at any time except for Wrestlemania season.

The Intercontinental Title still has not been given a lot of time or a lot of relevance except to rebuild the Miz’s new Hollywood persona. So, with two weeks ago and some second hand involvement in the Dean Ambrose/ Seth Rollins storyline we get Dolph Ziggler facing the Miz with not much of a story to go with.

Chris Jericho and Bray Wyatt started off good leading into a win for Jericho at Battleground, but aside from a locker room attack and some random matches with Rowan and Harper, there hasn’t been much added to the match. Rusev and Jack Swagger is basically running on auto-pilot.

Randy Orton and Roman Reigns can be summed up in one huge beatdown by Orton to Reigns. The simple story that as long as Reigns is in the way, Randy will not get his rematch for the world title is simply weak.

On the positive side, AJ vs Paige in the Divas title feud has been picking up nicely from week to week. Paige’s heel turn has really helped get over more than when she was champion. Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose I would say their buildup has stayed strong.

The Brie Bella/ Stephanie McMahon featured attraction has been very good solely because of the great work Stephanie has done in the storyline. She definitely has learned a lot from daddy Vince on getting great crowd heat. and taking humiliation like a McMahon should.

Finally, even though Lesnar made one appearance post Battleground, the story for his world title match with John Cena has a great story built in going back to Extreme Rules 2012 adding in the breaking of the Undertaker streak. Cena/Lesnar is the money match for Summerslam that creative could not possibly screw up. I think that is the only match that WWE Creative did not have much to do with.

Even WWE Creative is not hitting home run compelling storylines, I still feel lucky because of the ongoing evolution of new stars like Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose, Rusev and Bray Wyatt into the fold, I’m still very excited about Summerslam because there will be some memorable moments.

Speaking of moments, hope everyone has forgotten that horrible Ring of Fire match from last year. Oops!- KOP

TNA on TV Life Support; WWE Summerslam Shaping Up

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Praying for a Programming Hail Mary for TNA and Impact Wrestling

Impact Wrestling

TMZ has just reported Sunday night that TNA’s Impact Wrestling television program on Spike TV has been cancelled and will be off the network lineup sometime in October when their contract ends.

While Spike TV decides how to fill two hours of programming on Thursday nights, TNA hopefully has made some inroads to begin negotiations to find a new TV home.

Now, with this announcement comes what really irks me about the polarizing Internet Wrestling Community, and how they will use this announcement to give TNA a premature “funeral” after being on television for over 10 years on Fox Sports Net and Spike TV.

Impact Wrestling

Let’s talk about what this means for those wrestling podcasts hosted by simply put…TNA haters. The same ones who are simply critical of the TV product and assume they have the ultimate solution how to blow up the current incarnation of the product and start all over. The ones that compare WWE as the New York Yankees and TNA as a minor league baseball team. I say to you take all your pot shots and bury Dixie Carter, Vince Russo, and all of the repeated boneheaded moves that TNA has made. Talk about how they have never turned a profit, and how they have never grown an audience in the 10 years they were on the air. Talk about all the bad storylines and gimmicks, their WWE like approach and their WWE-developed stars that found a home in TNA after being future endeavored by WWE.

I hope you get to laugh and giggle and snort to your heart’s content along with all of your listeners. Have a celebration or a wake on your show, go ahead.

But ask yourselves this….seriously….what was so wrong about just simply being content with having an alternative to WWE on TV. WCW might have been a laughing stock at the end but it was at least to me another entertaining wrestling show on TV, whether it was a train wreck or an occasionally good episode with a different roster and a different product.

Sorry guys, but I will choose to reflect on how a load of talented wrestlers and their devoted fans will now be led to slaughter and ridicule at the feet of the IWC because they think WWE is the only product that matters and that there is no room for any other large scale promotions. Tonight is a sad night to be a wrestling fan that loves Wrestling good or bad.

Tuesday night, I will take a good chunk of time to discuss the TNA TV cancellation, and I welcome your feedback on the Wrestling is Real Podcast. I will post the episode for download early Wednesday morning.

Regardless of any diehard or casual wrestling fan’s reservations of this announcement, I for one hope that either TNA finds a new cable home or Ring of Honor starts shopping around and fill the void. I for one hope that ultimately will not mean an inevitable end for TNA -KOP