I've got a couple answers for you. First off, yes BUY WRESTLEMANIA. It won't dissapoint you. Now about the whole glass ceiling thing your talking about. Yes I said glass ceiling get over it. What your saying is the guys from WCW are not taken seriously with the top echelon of the WWF. I say, Why the Hell should they?
Austin and Rock have earned thier spot at the top of the card. When Benoit and Jericho(to a later extent) came over they had to earn their way to the top of the card. So why should the nwo have it any easier. If they did the back would probably complain about politics and you would have what caused the death of wcw.
Anyway what I'm getting at is that I will give up nwo beatdowns and nwo raw if it means the nwo will have to earn their respect and spot with Rock and Austin.
I think this nWo angle is different in that much more is expected from it than your average angle. Jericho and Benoit had to earn their spots and they did/have. BUT they also had relative youth/time on their sides. Plus, they are both better workers than anyone currently in the nWo.
That being said, Hogan, Nash and Hall obviously don't have to go through the traditional "earning" period. They are all too old and Vince has paid too much for their services for that. They were expected to make an immediate slash and totally shake-up the TV programs.
I'm still waiting (if I can quote Jodeci).
I just feel that the nWo have been used pretty ineffectively given their limited shelf. So much more could have been done, especially considering that when WM:X-8 rolls around, the biggest thing they've got going (as of right now) is that I expect some interference or a turn from Michaels. Sure, either Austin or Rock will lose, but who out there won't consider it a fluke given their whup-ass segments on TV the past few weeks?
The names HOGAN and ROCK may sell tickets, but good matches with unpredicatable outcomes keep people watching.
I was late starting the tape, so if anything happened before the opening pyro (like packages, whatever) – who cares? We are in Grand Rapids, Michigan for the first Smackdown! since Paul Heyman’s departure!