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#1 Posted on 23.2.02 0641.47
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I just read one of the best articles at pwtorch.com It summed up everything I felt. I hope neither if the Heads get mad at me for pasting this. For once I give props to the Torch.

By Jason Powell, Torch assistant editor

February 22, 2002 1:06 pm

-Triple H hit the nail on the head he during his recent WWF.com interview. It's time for the WWF's mid-card wrestlers to get a grip and realize that the WWF is not becoming WCW. In other words, the top wrestlers are not conspiring to hold them back.

The latest mid-card and internet complaint is that the NWO members are taking the spots of deserving mid-card wrestlers on at the top WWF cards. In reality, those spots never belonged to the mid-carders. The mid-card wrestlers are working to earn those spots, but most are still at least a year or two away from earning them.

Anyone who uses the argument that the mid-card wrestlers have WWF seniority is just being foolish. Steve Lombardi has been with the WWF for 20-plus years. Using the seniority logic, Brooklyn Brawler should be main eventing this year's WrestleMania. The WWF is part of the entertainment business, not a nine to five union job.

Forget the Oliver Stone conspiracy theories. Hogan, Hall, and Nash were given top spots because Vince McMahon has more trust in their abilities to draw than he has in his mid-card roster.

Right or wrong, McMahon is simply doing what he feels is best for business. He knows he is living on borrowed time with the aging NWO wrestlers, and realizes there is no sense holding grudges and trying to force the group to prove themselves to a skeptical WWF locker room.

Wrestlers and fans were right to question McMahon for rehiring the troubled threesome. But now that he's made the move, it's ridiculous to question his decision to push the group as main event attractions.

Hogan, Hall, and Nash didn't come cheap. McMahon is simply trying to get the most out of his investment. Any fan or mid-card wrestler hoping McMahon signed the group with the intent of making examples out of them is living in a fantasy world.

The WWF has promoted from within, as evidenced by Chris Jericho's rise to Undisputed Champion. For years, Jericho was the internet's poster boy for a good wrestler that was being held back by the "evil main event wrestlers."

Although Jericho may have agreed with his internet followers early in his career, he clearly wasn't ready for a main event push. It took him a while to pick up the WWF's in-ring style. In recent months, he has admitted as much to friends, and even thanked some of those "evil top guys" for helping him rise to the level that he is at today.

Out of the current mid-card group, Rob Van Dam is the only wrestler on the verge of breaking into the main event ranks. The live crowds are noticeably into his act, and it appears that he's finally toned down his in-ring stunts to the point that he's no longer injuring his opponents. Van Dam may not be main eventing pay-per-views, but he isn't being damaged or misused.

In recent months, the WWF has given Edge, Christian, and the Hardys chances to climb the ladder. Unfortunately, Edge stumbled, Christian fumbled, and the Hardys needed to be humbled.

Some of the blame for those setbacks falls on the shoulders of the WWF's writing staff, which treats mid-card feuds as mindless filler. If anything, the mid-card wrestlers should be complaining about the scripts they're forced to work with instead of wasting time worrying about a ridiculous conspiracy.

The mid-card wrestlers also need to accept their share of responsibility for their lack of progression. All are missing at least one of the many intangibles required to be a main event drawing card.

Some need to improve in the ring, and all need to step it up on the mic. Edge and Christian may cut funny promos, but neither have shown the ability to cut a money promo.

The mid-card wrestlers are on right track. They are putting in their time and developing the skills needed to become main eventers just as Rock, Austin, Triple H, and even the NWO members did before them.

All of the hard work will eventually pay off for the mid-carders. Before they know it, they'll be main eventing pay-per-views and hearing the whispers from younger wrestlers accusing them of politicking to save their spots. That's how the wrestling business works.

-Yesterday, Linda McMahon stated that the company is planning to double its writing staff. Meanwhile, this week's Torch Newsletter features an item about Les Thatcher asking Tom Prichard and Raven to book several weeks of television for the Heartland Wrestling Association.

With all of the problems the WWF's writing team had last year, you'd think the company would be doing more to find and develop quality writers. My suggestion is that the company use its developmental territories to train potential writers, especially those who lack pro wrestling experience.

I make that suggestion fully realizing that the next great wrestling scam will involve indy promoters charging student bookers $3,000 to "train" at writing camp.

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#2 Posted on 23.2.02 1029.04
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Sorry, Seven, but that type size and color are just way too hard to read. If you have a point to make, my eyes can't read it!
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#3 Posted on 23.2.02 1042.06
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Is dat better?
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#4 Posted on 24.2.02 1211.07
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Yes, that's a lot better.

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