"I'm back, and better than ever." The more I hear that song, the more I like it. For those wondering, that is Eric Bischoff's theme song. I have several items to discuss today, so let's get started.
First, where has the PerfectOne been since his last column? Well, after responding to the Laurer/Waltman fans, I decided to take a couple weeks off for the Thanksgiving holiday. Surprisingly enough, no response to that column. I guess most of you agree with me. I am glad to assume that. Let's get back to what's important, the current events in professional wrestling.
Rumor has it Vince McMahon has decided that "Shock TV" is dead. I hope this rumor is true. I like the sports-entertainment of the modern product, but many of the over-the-top antics were too much. Hopefully stupid gimmick matches such as "bra and panties matches" or "paddle on a pole" matches are history. Hopefully we will never have to witness Triple H simulate sex with a dummy again. What I would like to see is the in-ring product to continually improve and character identities to evolve for all of the superstars. This process, albeit slow, should be an effective way to catch the imagination of fans.
While this realization will not be enough to revitalize the product, it is a step in the right direction. Steiner is a step in the right direction. Dave Batista is a step in the right direction. Basically, a change from the status-quo is a step in the right direction. This is why I think Michaels is good as an interim Raw champion. If he can hold on to the belt this Sunday, I would be even happier. Triple H should not be Raw champion for at least another 6 months. This way other stars can be elevated and given a chance in the spotlight. Think about it. Steiner could come to Raw and feud with Triple H. Meanwhile, Flair is slowly building his new stable (whether or not its the new 4 Horsemen remains to be seen). All of these guys (Batista and Orton are some names that have been thrown around) can benefit from the star power of Triple H and Ric Flair. This will help in creating interest in the younger guys who can benefit the WWE much longer than Triple H could.
Needless to say, I'm glad that the WWE is possibly going to take this step in the right direction.
Other than that, there is not much to say as the Raw product has been rather weak as of late. I have not been motivated to comment for a while now, but hopefully tonight's show will change that.
Until next time, I am the
The Outside Influence
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