You know, I blame WWE and TNA for my lack of being able to write a weekly article. Call it a cop-out, but seriously. I cannot find anything interesting to write about regarding either promotion. And it's increasingly hard for me to follow other promotions such as ROH, NOAH, and various others due to monetary restraints and lack of a proper internet connection for other means of acquiring them. So I'm in quite a rut here. Haven't wrote an article since June 20th. That's just sad. So I began watching No Way Out 2003, as a means of an easy write-up. Just review an older PPV and be done with it. Then I came up with something.
Back in 2003, I was on many wrestling message boards, as I am now as well. And just as it currently is, people were trashing on the modern product. It seemed completely valid at the time. Scott Steiner vs. Triple H was the main feud of the RAW brand, and that was a damn joke. However, I noticed myself having a very nostalgic and positive feeling during nearly the entire show. It wasn't as if that match was magically good, or that The Rock vs. Hulk Hogan II was now a 5-star match. It was more of a "I missed this era" feeling. And I still haven't quite been able to figure it out.
It led me to wonder, in another 6 years, will I look at the current era of WWE in the same light as I'm seeing the 2003-era now? Does anyone else get this same feeling when watching a show from a "condemned" period of wrestling? All I want to do at this moment in time is watch a bunch of Raws and Smackdowns from the year 2003. Mind you, Smackdown's big feud at the time was Brock Lesnar vs. Kurt Angle, which led to an awesome match at Wrestlemania XIX. The build-up didn't seem half-bad either. So I suppose it's not as if the year 2003 was ALL bad. At the time however, it felt like torture watching the product. I remember many times just debating quitting watching altogether.
This was the same year that Goldberg, possibly the biggest star from the old WCW, was FINALLY brought into WWE. And they fucked that up just like they did the nWo and the Invasion angle. Looking back, it really seems as if Vince wanted to do everything he could to absolutely destroy WCW's legacy. He did the same with ECW when it regained popularity following WWE's revival with One Night Stand. He completely WWE-ized ECW. By the way, I'm just fucking ranting here. I said all I had to say on that above subject, and now we're on this one. Get over it, I have to fill up an article here. I just thank my God everyday that Vince never got his hands on the genius of a character that was Ralphus.
Now that you've surely got past your problem with me jumping around wildly with ideas, let's continue. Whatever happened to King of the Ring being a major WWE event? WWE's changing all these Pay-Per-Views in the fall to things such as "Annihilation", "Breaking Point", "Hell in a Cell", and some other garbage, yet they have not brought back the King of the Ring pay-per-view yet. Sure, they've had it the past few years on Raw/Smackdown, but it just isn't the same. I miss the build-up and tournament matches on the weekly shows, followed by the final 3 or so matches on the main KotR PPV. Make it happen WWE.
Also, watching this No Way Out PPV, it had a great match for the Cruiserweight title with Billy Kidman vs. Matt Hardy. What the goddamn hell happened to the Cruiserweight title. They bastardized it by giving it to Hornswoggle, then just completely got rid of it. I call bullshit on that. Bring it back, get some of these guys doing absolutely nothing and reform the Cruiserweight division on Smackdown. Back in 2002-2004 there were some AWESOME Cruiserweight matches on Smackdown. Hell, I'd love to see them put the belt on JTG from Cryme Tyme. Don't break the team up though.
That's another thing. Remember when a tag team would STAY a tag team but still compete for single titles as well? Like Jeff Hardy being Intercontinental Champion when still with Matt in 2001. Bring that back too goddammit. I hate you so much WWE.
These paragraphs are getting shorter and shorter, so I'm just gonna end it here. I think this random ranting may just be the new format of my weekly column. Until I come up with an actual viable idea that you guys may want to read. That's assuming you want to read the pile of garbage rant I just went on. ENJOY!
Now, until next time, grab me a copy of Blackest Night, a shovel, and some embalming fluid, and meet me at the cemetery....what? You know the one, shut up. Now come along, Moldy!