Jamie Lithgow, Craig Wilson and Brian Damage
In the first ‘This Week in Wrestling’ of 2015 Jamie shares what wrestling taught him this week, Craig discusses the return of The Authority and Brian shares with us the best wrestling related images and videos he’s come across this week.
All that and more in this edition of ‘This Week in Wrestling‘.
“Let Me Tell You Something Mean Gene…”
- 2015 has started with Triple H and Stephanie in power, Big Show as a Corporate sell-out and John Cena set to collide with Brock Lesnar for the WWE Title….. I did say 2015, right?
- How do you announce the retirement of a former two-time World Champion who is still under contract and hosting your flagship show? Have Jerry Lawler quickly mention it and move on
- The Authority have returned, thus rendering Dolph Ziggler’s victory and Sting’s assistance at Survivor Series meaningless
- Ryback shits positivity
- Times have indeed changed if the suggestion of Lana naked only elects a lukewarm reaction
- It’s a good thing Survivor Series was free to most who viewed it, because the resulting stipulation of the main event – and main selling point of the show – lasted just five weeks
- He’s been known to kick out of an RKO, but one swift briefcase shot to the ribs can floor Christian for over ten minutes
- John Cena will face Brock Lesnar for the last time at the Royal Rumble…. well, until the next time at least…
- For an organisation that runs an anti-bullying campaign WWE sure is petty…
- Chances of The Ascension using the Heart Punch as a finisher…?
The return of The Authority shows the WWE’s over reliance on heel authority figures
There are a number of drums I beat frequently on this blog. The poor state of tag team wrestling, the ever dwindling prestige of the mid-card titles as well as the fact that there are far too many titles in the WWE.
Another that can be added to that list is the over reliance on heel authority figures. It’s something we’ve seen time and time again. From Eric Bischoff thorugh to the Mr. McMahon character after the Montreal Screwjob, Dixie Carter in TNA and whole plethora of others that have taken on that role.
Whether it was Johnny Ace, the Coach or an anonymous computer the structure was basically the same. Bad guy authority figure wages war on face roster setting up what, on the face of it, appears to be insurmountable odds.
We’ve written about it plenty on here, other wrestling writers have waxed lyrical about it as have other commentators. It’s become almost like the WWE have either forgotten or don’t know any other way of creating fueds and title shots without a heel authority figure manipulating things and making life hell for the popular good guys.
Since the explosive finish to the Survivor Series, which saw Sting cost The Authority their “job” – all of five weeks ago – they have been off our screens. The stipulation, inserted by Vince McMahon, was that only John Cena could bring them back.
On the face of it that presented two outcomes: 1) A John Cena heel turn and he brings back Triple H and Stephanie or 2) The Authority would be off our screens for some time.
Instead, it’s neither. Just five weeks was all that the WWE could manage without Trips and Stephanie on our screes. Five weeks in which we saw a series of guest hosts and even a hint that the anonymous GM could be set to return.
In the end, and apparently not to tackle flagging ratings, The Authority were brought back. On one hand it makes sense if, as is widely rumoured, the end product is Triple H vs Sting at Wrestlemania 31.
After all, it’s difficult to create a feud the fans are interested in with one man banished from our screens and the other making sparrodic appearances only.
Still, they could have held out a bit longer than just five weeks, right?
On the right is a screen cap from the video game…’The Last of Us.’ As you can see, while playing the game, you will see a Survivor Series poster (At least the Survivor portion of it) on the wall. I wonder if Vinnie Mac is aware of this?
The original cast list for the WWE’s Flintstone movie from IMDB had some interesting names on it…mainly Goldberg and Chris Benoit….
What kid wouldn’t want a ‘Madman from the Sudan’ Abdullah the Butcher doll?!?
For those who do not remember, WCW Monday Nitro use to have commercials…
Just in case this MMA thing doesn’t work out for CM Punk…Would TNA be a viable option? Let’s hear what he had to say to a fan in 2011….
Next Week in Wrestling
In tomorrow’s Sunday Sermon we look at whether or not Roman Reigns is dead cert for the Royal Rumble, Monday Night Wars covers the first Raw and Nitro from 1999, Craig looks at the career of Brian Lee, Brian continues with ‘Wrestling with Sin’ and we look at the best gimmick changes in wrestling history.
‘This Week in Wrestling’ columns can be read here.