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Welcome to an all new edition of the Perfect Perception. Now I realize that it has been a few months since there has been an update to this site, but from the looks of things, we continue to get traffic now. With that being said, why don't we take a look at the current state of the WWE. Actually, it will mostly center around Raw, because the area where I live in doesn't carry UPN, thus I do not get to see Smackdown too often.

I have come to accept the separate rosters. I like Eric Bischoff being on Raw. It is so great to see him week in and week out on television. However, I have a major problem with what has been portrayed on that show in the past couple weeks (but with a lesser degree this past week). That is the over the top sexual content on the show. All of this talk of HLA is sickening. When I tune in to TNN on Monday nights, I want to see some good wrestling action, not a couple of floosies trying to make it in the big time. Raw has some very talented people on its roster (although I know everyone is heartbroken over the release of Planet Stasiak), and could put them to good use. Smackdown has done that to a degree with people the likes of Brock Lesnar and John Cena. Raw should utilize the in ring talents of guys like Lance Storm, Steven Richards, Tommy Dreamer, D'Lo Brown, and give Shelton Benjamin a chance. I've seen this kid on Heat a couple times, and he is pretty impressive.

Basically, all I'm saying is that Raw has the talent to make it successful again. However, they need the right storylines, not the over-the-top crap that just doesn't work anymore in 2002. Going all out with crazy stuff like HLA, gay weddings (I know, it's Smackdown, but it's still WWE), pillow fight matches,etc. week in and week out will just tire the core of the WWE fanbase. I was quite content with the Raw this past week. The only part I did not fully understand was that Jeff Hardy and the Big Show were sitting next to each other laughing in the locker room, but then were thrust into a match where it was said that Big Show was in a bad mood and hated Jeff Hardy. There's no sense in that. Make up your mind. There was less sexuality, more action, and some development of storylines.

Now, for the fun part, here is what I deem right and wrong with the current direction of Raw. Mind you, I'm just a fan, not an insider or anything like that. For your "insider" news, I suggest either reading the Ross Report or go to Lords of Pain.

What's Right with WWE (in no particular order).

1. The Triple H/Ric Flair Alliance.
2. No more talent raiding, thus allowing for more set storylines.
3. Young stars like the Hurricane and Randy Orton coming to Raw. Hopefully they will shake things up somewhat.
4. Potential Tommy Dreamer/Chris Nowinski feud. When the young Harvard grad returns from jaw surgery, if played out right, this feud could be quite nice.
5. Booker T and Goldust. Two very popular guys right now, who should be utilized to the max.
6. Eric Bischoff. Period.

What's Wrong with WWE (in no particular order).

1. The over the top sexuality on shows.
2. Triple H being on EVERY segment within a show.
3. Lawler talking about sex and puppies.
4. No explanation for matches after a locker room segment (a la Big Show and Jeff Hardy this past week).
5. Jeff Hardy. He has become so boring as of late. If I could watch Smackdown, I think Mattitude would be much better.
6. Underutilization of guys like Richards, Dreamer, Brown, just to name a few.

Well, that's all for now. Hopefully the website will be updated more frequently. I have re-opened my e-mail account. You can e-mail me at this address here. Until next time, I am the PerfectOne.

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