C-. There was never consistency in a positive way. Closest thing was on Smackdown before the midnight draft attack and the injury bug. Raw sucked 80% of the year, ECW went from great to boring to great to boring the great to boring again, and Smackdown was fantastic up until the beginning of Summer before the aforementioned destruction from within took place. Some good PPVs, some terribly disappointing ones. Not a great year.
I'll go ahead and give 2007 a C. It was an average year.
Although there was a lot of good material and matches (especially Raw XV, which was the best show of the year for me), I thought that the negatives outweighed the positives.
For example, WWE could've done much more with the illegitimate son - if it had been Kennedy, I think that Raw would be much better than it is today. Instead, making the son Hornswaggle ruined what could've been a good storyline. Also, ECW and SmackDown have been painfully average this year - the latter only started to pick up with Edge's title victory in December.
I think 2007 was a sign that things are improving, though. 2008 should prove to be a crucial year for WWE, as I believe we'll be looking at another hugely successful boom period in 2009. They certainly have the talent for it (MVP, Jeff Hardy, Matt Hardy, Elijah Burke, CM Punk and a few others).
It'd have been the usual C, but considering Lady Luck wasn't on WWE's side this year, a bit of encouragement is due.
RAW was, as usual, swinging from interesting to same-old-stuff for most of the year The SmackDown curse went on, and the draft didn't help much, leacing the show with very few people to rely on ECW, meh.
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Post by Dr. Marzvon Zombie M.D. on Dec 29, 2007 11:26:16 GMT -5
I gave it a b+, was a solid year for wrestling matches(taker vs batista. cena vs shawn) SOme great storylines(mvp vs matt hardy). Only let down this year was the number of injurys and how it interupted the storylines, that and to much Khali headlining matches.
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Post by Aaron E. Dangerously on Dec 29, 2007 14:53:19 GMT -5
B. Great effort by them to fix new mistakes, but not enough to fix old ones. I thought the McMahon story could've gone somewhere, same with the Bastard Child storyline, but unfortunately both were derailed. They've been doing a good job with Hornswaggle though, up until the point where they decided to have THREE MATCHES with him.
I also applaud them on finally taking action with regards to suspensions. Better late than never.
But they made some mistakes: Batista's title reigns and infinite title shots, monsterous botching of the tag and cruiserweight divisions, and a poor rookie class. The tag and cruiserweight divisions need to be reestablished and upgraded.
Also, there's a clear like of attention and effort given into the ECW brand. It's a bit upsetting, since they have a lot of talent on that brand.
Really average, from the wrestling to the entertainment the good points IMO were few and far between. There was a lot of unrealized potential (the Jericho return coulda been better, the McMahon son coulda been better etc etc etc).
There was a lot of suck, plenty of lackluster TV and there was not one PPV (not even Mania) worth the price this year except for maybe the Rumble. However, there were a few bright spots here and there. We'd still be overdosing on Cena I bet had he not gotten injured. Not that I wish him to be hurt, but having him out of the scene for a while I thought would give it a nice life injection, but instead we get Boreton.
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Post by emoney3265 on Dec 29, 2007 15:28:57 GMT -5
They definately need to improve. The ratings have dropped massively from last year. They need to lighten the schedule and fewer PPVs. If they have 6 PPVs a year, then the $40 would seem understandable.
They also should get better writers... you know, ones who don't do the same crap over with different people. Use some originality. Revive each of the divisions with new superstars in each division. They need to push newer people. I'm tired of the same 3 people being in the title chase on each show.
I'd argue that they have too many titles but with the amount of superstars they have, it's kind of justified.
Also... Vince should get a new gimmick... stop being the "angry, mean boss" you've been the past decade. Change some other stars from face to heel and heel to face. It would freshen things up a little and open the windows to new storylines.
Post by Big Van BRAINFADE on Dec 29, 2007 16:07:16 GMT -5
A bad year for WWE, but i think they have the talent and growing storylines going into 2008 to make improvements. There was some pretty bad stuff this year, Batista's seemingly never ending title shots getting my vote for stupidest booking of this year, but there was also a few nice spots, such as the tremendous HBK/Cena feud, the MVP/Hardy feud, and the genius of Santino Marella. Still, i think the bad far outweighed the good this year, and improvements need to be made.
Post by General Zod on Dec 30, 2007 0:04:11 GMT -5
Horrible "swerves", continuity issues, drug and wellness issues, too many injuries, Bobby Lashley and Batista, the Benoit murders, none of it was good. Especially the latter. And from an in-ring perspective, only two matches stick out in my mind all year as being even close to passable, and one of them featured the talentless John Cena.
The two things that I find funny about this last year - All of their good programing has either been "specials" in the form of WWE 24/7 Roundtable discussions, and the DVD releases have been consistently good. Which, in my mind, says everything I ever could about the current product. It sucks so bad, no wonder people find themselves shelling out bucks for the old stuff - the GOOD stuff.
Vince McMahon isn't a wrestling genius. He's a bonafide moron/borderline criminal who happens to own a large tape library.
I honestly thought this year would find itself, even in the wake of the Benoit murders. I found myself supporting Vince McMahon and applauding his tenacity and steadfastedness. I even heralded him for taking a stand, and trying to rectify the drug issues that plague the industry. When I saw that he was just giving the press lip service, I lost the very last shred of respect I had for that son of a bitch.
And if he truly was a genius, everything he touches would turn to gold. And yet aside from wrestling, every other business venture has failed - boxing, bodybuilding, football, restaurants, hotels and theme parks.
Ok, really now, seriously?
The smartest people ever didn't get everything right, and the best businessmen still flopped on occasion. He took risks and they didn't work out, fine, but were he not a good businessman, his company wouldn't exist anymore. Saying that he's not good because everything he does isn't a success is ridiculous.
Not liking the product is fine. Thinking Vince doesn't know how to really run a show is fine, but the last statement is rather asinine.
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