All Eyes On Vince

Vince McMahon w/ WWE championship belt

@TheATrainSTL

Vince McMahon knows how to get the attention. 

The chairman of the WWE couldn’t have picked a better week to get the national attention in sports. 

There was RAW’s 25th anniversary show on Monday night that featured great memories and nostalgic moments. (Aside from the following Tuesday’s Smackdown and Wednesday’s NXT events) Not to mention having the anniversary show in not one, but TWO venues with the Barclays Center and the original home of “Monday Night RAW,” the Manhattan Center. The eyes were on Vince. 

Then on Thursday afternoon, the long-awaited announcement from Vince on the return of the XFL, or as I previously stated, “The Rebirth.” Maybe it wasn’t that long (it was made in November), but it damn sure felt that way. Again Vince had the eyes for that one because pro football is a little vulnerable right now with the fallout of politics being entered into the game. Vince gave a basic overview on what to look forward to in the new league. NO GIMMICKS, NO POLITICS, JUST FOOTBALL. Again, the eyes were on Vince.

Then last night, WWE began another weekend of action with its brand NXT and its “Takeover” in Philadelphia. 5 stellar matches including the brand’s top championship match in which the champion Andrade “Cien” Almas retained against challenger Johnny Gargano. I must say that was one helluva match. It entertained from the start of the match to the end of it. I have watched a couple of these NXT pay-per-views and each time I enjoyed it. I need to start watching more of the brand. Again, eyes were on Vince. 

Then Sunday night, WWE capped it off in Philadelphia with the 2018 Royal Rumble with a history-in-the-making match. For the 1st time, a Rumble had 30 women compete and one of them (Asuka was the winner) will get the opportunity for a Women’s Title shot at Wrestlemania in April. Along with 8 other matches, that included the Men’s Royal Rumble match (Shinsuke Nakamura won and announced that he would fight AJ Styles for the WWE Championship at Wrestlemania)…once again the eyes were on Vince. 

Ronda Rousey

NOW, I understand that the Grammys took place at the same time but that did not stop Vince from banking in on the ones that truly watch his promotion. Especially when his promotion grabbed MAJOR news headlines when UFC fighter Ronda Rousey showed up at the end of the Royal Rumble pay-per-view which then prompted “The Worldwide Leader In Sports” to announce that she had signed with Vince’s promotion and participate full-time. 

Vince couldn’t have planned this past week any better. 

 

The A-Train

 

NOTE: If you read this and notice that I have used McMahon’s first name, it’s only for the sake of this piece.

The A-Train Rant Special – Survivor Series and the WWE

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It’s before Thanksgiving, so I’m deciding to serve up “The A-Train Rant Special – Survivor Series and the WWE.”

LET ME BEGIN WITH THIS…

  1. Survivor Series 2013 was the worst PPV I’ve seen in a long time. Very bad start for the “Road to Wrestlemania 30.” Very bad.
  2. Every match was predictable on who was going to win the matches…EVERY ONE OF THEM.
  3. The major championships (WWE and World Heavyweight) are being unified at the wrong time, should have at least waited to the Royal Rumble to pull of this trick and set it up to happen at Wrestlemania.
  4. As much as people love John Cena and Randy Orton, no one wants to see these two go at it in the main event…at Tables, Ladders and Chairs in December. These are two men that don’t even use a table, ladder or a chair unless Cena is the one receiving that pain. Orton only uses chairs, and he should because he’s a heel (bad guy).
  5. The direction of the company (in my humble opinion) is not going in the right direction. I’ve seen on wrestling boards and social media who say the same thing. My biggest question is: Why did the WWE end the Attitude Era? It’s time to introduce it again to this younger generation…with that said…
  6. Many WWE superstars are participating in various campaigns that pertain to children and try to connect with them as positive influences. To me that’s a major contradiction. It means that many heels (bad guys) are heroes to these kids, and they want to see them. Here they are promoting something positive, yet in the ring or on TV they are negative…yes, I understand that these guys are characters, I get that. But a young child liking a heel, what does that say? Bad guys are good, right? So what is the real reason for this direction?

I’m done with this. This is what I can think of for now, that’s why it’s a rant. More to come before Thanksgiving.

A-Train