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IS THE SURVIVOR SERIES LINEUP WORTHY, WHAT WWE SAYS VS. WHAT THEY MEAN, HOW TO BOOK A COWARDLY HEEL CHAMP AND MORE

By Dave Scherer on 2012-11-06 09:59:00

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With all the talk of Punk not looking like a "strong" or "credible" champion, I have to say that I don't have a problem with Punk working as a chickensh*t heel - it draws heat and he's great in the role. Ric Flair made a career of being a cowardly heel champ and his willingness to look like a wuss who could only win by cheating is what elevated guys like Sting and Luger from mid-card to superstars. That said, WWE has done a poor job of using Punk to that effect thus far - but is it really so bad in principle to book him as a cheating coward? It's a textbook old school heel character in my book.

I don't have a problem with a guy being booked as a "cowardly heel" as long as he does it as a way to sucker someone in.  Flair did it for years, he begged off so he could nail a nut shot and then beat someone up.  They just book Punk as a guy who is a coward, period.  It can definitely be done but it has to be done properly.

Ok, so WWE is looking to push 3MB as a comedy act that gets over with a younger demographic. What gets me is that WWE already had a comedy act that got over with a younger demographic: Zack Ryder. He was incredibly over and did it all on his own, in effect handing Vince a money maker on a silver platter. But Vince didn't get it, he mangled it, and ultimately killed it. It was infuriating, and when I look at 3MB it's the first thing that comes to mind. What's your take on this?

The big difference is that he took WWE leaders' advice and tried to make a name for himself, and it worked.  They didn't do it for him, so despite what they say about wanting guys to step up and break out, when guys do it or achieve it in a way WWE didn't intend (see Alex Riley, Daniel Bryan's YES, CM Punk being turned into a sugary babyface after his shoot promos, etc.) they seemingly always destroy what got over.  It's ridiculous.

So does WWE seriously expect us to buy a Pay-Per-View based on what projects to be a Cena vs. Ziggler grudge match, a US Title Match, a Divas Title match, a World Title Match, a Traditional Survivors Series match, and probably a few random last minute fill the card matches? Mind you WWE is essentially saying that the two other male titles are essentially irrelevant because they are not included in that monster of a Survivor Series match.

Well, they hope you will pay for it anyway.  Honestly, is this that much worse than the lineup for HIAC?  It is what it is in WWE these days.

Do you think that Joseph Park could be the leader of Aces and Eights?

Anything is possible but I think it would be ridiculous if they made him the leader.  Totally ridiculous.

I've had the opinion for a while now that Vince's warped definition of "elevating" young talent is by merely putting them into a program with a top guy (usually Randy Orton) only to have them lose. Do you think this opinion is valid? In recent months Alberto Del Rio and Dolph Ziggler and before them Cody Rhodes & Kofi Kingston have been put in programs with Orton only to emerge in a worse standing than they were before the feud started. Do you think at some point Vince will realise you can't make young guys without big wins against established guys, or should we expect similar booking for young guys before some of them win MitB and get hot-shotted into Title reigns like Swagger did? On the same sort of concept, given Daniel Bryan was booked similarly after winning money in the bank to what Dolph Ziggler is now (losing to all and sundry), do you think that despite marking them as a prospective World Champion for some inexplicable reason Vince feels the need to test certain guys (again) before they cash in?

I honestly can't give you my opinion on Vince's process with young talent because what he does makes absolutely no sense to me almost all of the time.

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