IWC Help Or Hurt?, Rollins Needs Tweaked, Rose's Struggle, Cena Is WWE's MVP

Do you believe the Internet Wrestling Community is detrimental to the WWE product by altering who is supported and who isn’t?

I believe the Internet Wrestling Community helps, not hurts the wrestling business. The IWC will always have talent they like and talent they dislike but it’s one of the most passionate segments of WWE’s audience. The IWC watch no matter what and while they may hashtag Twitter they are canceling the WWE Network, they’re not telling the truth.

As long as a talent performs at a high level, they will gain the respect of the IWC. If they fall below those expectations, they’ll hear it. Roman Reigns is a great example. No one knew much about Reigns until he burst on the scene with Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose. He excelled quickly and had the fans behind him.

When WWE started to force him, failed to protect him and scripted him in terrible promos, the IWC reacted appropriately. Reigns has worked hard and in my opinion, has improved his standing greatly since the Royal Rumble debacle.

It is possible for a talent to never get over with the IWC and still succeed. John Cena is criticized every step of the way but is one of the most successful and accomplished WWE Superstars of our generation.

Vince McMahon refers to the IWC as the “vocal minority” and that’s probably spot on. The IWC is very loud but they’re not the majority of the WWE fanbase. If they were, promotions that cater to them, would surpass WWE in popularity.

Why does Seth Rollins always go over dirty? Doesn’t that cheapen his reign as WWE World Heavyweight Champion?

The reason for WWE always booking Seth Rollins over with help from J&J Security or The Authority is to push him as a heel that always finds a way to win. However, as WWE often does, they’re overdoing it. WWE fails to utilize moderation in many cases and as a result, what once worked and was a major factor in helping Rollins break out as the company’s top heel, makes fans begin to go apathetic.

Apathy is never a good thing in pro wrestling. In fact, I’ll say it’s better for the crowd to turn than to not care.

It’s time for Rollins to get some clean wins under his belt. I understand the need to continue his progression as a heel but WWE is overdoing it, like they do too often. Title prestige is built on successful clean title defenses. I’m glad the title is back on weekly TV but I do believe Rollins needs some clean victories.

After watching E:60 - WWE Behind the Curtain and learning about Adam Rose's struggle, it makes me like him more than any stupid segment with the bunny. Do you think WWE needs to do more behind scenes documentaries so fans can connect with characters in a different way?

The E:60 short film/documentary made fans care more about Adam Rose than his Rosebud gimmick ever did. The thing is, most knew the Rosebud gimmick was never going to work on the main WWE roster. Company officials seemed to sour quickly and the biggest thing I ever saw about it amongst the IWC was guessing who was in the bunny costume (which, by the way, we laughed at the entire time).

Rose had a short cameo on Raw — where he was making out with Rosa Mendes in the hallway — and stated on Twitter the Rosebuds are done and the party is over. He also worked a tag team match taped for WWE Superstars.

But back to your question, I like insightful documentaries like what we saw with the E:60 piece and believe WWE is offering more of that content with the stuff that airs on the WWE Network. I know many readers are already looking forward to Steve Austin’s new interview series. Does WWE need more of this type of content? They do and are offering it.

However, a bad gimmick is a bad gimmick. The Rosebud/party bus thing got over in NXT but I’ve stated time and time again, NXT is very different than the main roster. It’s an intimate atmosphere, a controlled environment and the emphasis is on athletic pro wrestling matches. Because of the specialized fan base and NXT’s development as a “super indy,” gimmicks and characters are not going to transition as seamless as some feel they should.

Do you believe John Cena hurts more than he helps up and coming talent?

I believe John Cena helps up and coming talent more than he hurts them. I understand people are concerned about Kevin Owens working with Cena out of the gate but I believe it helps spotlight Owens. What good did Rusev’s lengthy program with John Cena accomplish? I believe he’s a monster heel right now on WWE TV. What happens next will be critical to determine his future success.

WWE swung and miss in the elevation of Bray Wyatt with Cena last year but the opportunity is still there for Rusev. What will happen with Owens? At the very least it creates buzz.

For those that want Cena to go out and put all these guys over time and time again, that’s just not going to happen right now. Cena is still in the prime of his career and while he’ll do what he can, WWE is going to protect him as long as he’s their top star. It’s important to understand both sides and place some responsibility on the writers. Some people aren’t going to like John Cena no matter what he does but I believe Cena is the most valuable talent on the WWE roster.

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  • Pedro Moreno Pacheco

    Rusev went from being an unstopable force that no one can defeat to say I QUIT in vulgarian. and now hes in a skirt figth with ziggler for lana…yeah hes a monster heel now.

    • JR Texx (Jamie)

      Rumour hes got heat for losing property, not sure how true that is but if its true that would probably explain why.

  • bjohans

    I think they are dropping the ball with Rose after the E60 piece. Here we saw Rose wrestling to take care of his kid. So when they bring him back on TV he’s making out with Rosa. Think it’s a horrible way to try and gain him some momentum.

    • D Carter

      Gooooooood point. WWEs creative team for ya

  • jdl

    Cena most certainly is a road block to up and coming talent, and it’s not his fault. He defeats people he shouldn’t, makes light of people he shouldn’t, feuds with people he shouldn’t. It’s not Cena’s fault of course, it’s his booking.

  • Charles

    Kane said it best when he told Rollins that if the Authority wanted to they could have made El Torito WWE World Heavyweight Champion.
    Having the Authority controlling the Championship cheapens the whole thing.
    Even though the belt was hardly ever on TV when Brock had it at least it meant something especially given the fact he destroyed Cena on his own to get it.
    The way Seth Rollins is being booked right now how is he any more credible as a World Champion than David Arquette was?

    • Snap

      I agree, the World Heavyweight championship doesn’t need to be the focus of weekly TV and WWE has proven that they CAN elevate the midcard titles but, in true WWE form, they failed to do so when it could have mattered most.

      I will agree that it would have been preferable for The Brock to have defended the title just a little more often than he did but during the entire time they had the World championship off TV, they could have been spotlighting the Intercontinental and US championships they way they are doing so with Cena. That would have been the perfect opportunity. Now, while it’s good to see, they have a World champion who is always there and only NOW have they decided that they shouldn’t make the midcard titles look like a joke, like they did with the IC title. My concern at this point is once Cena drops the US title, people are going to go right back to saying it is worthless and doesn’t mean anything.

      I feel, however, that regardless of how he is booked Seth Rollins is a far more credible World champion than David Arquette was from the simple fact that Rollins is actually a wrestler and not a celebrity who was given the title just to get some publicity for the company.

  • Rachel Miller

    IMO, Vince McMahon caters to the casual fan, mainly women and children. Most of the casual fans are not familiar with guys like Cesaro, Cody Rhodes, or Dolph Ziggler, but they pretty much know the likes of John Cena, The Rock and Brock Lesnar. Thoughts?

  • Jbreed Slay

    I don’t understand how losing to John Cena 3 out of 4 times can help anybody. Just being in the ring with somebody like Cena or looking strong even in a losing effort never gets anybody over. You go over by winning big matches, period. And it’s really time to move on from Cena as a top star. Cena’s only good at bringing in the adolescent. What we saw from the ex Shield memebrs in the main event at Payback is something we never saw from Cemna in his 10 years as a main eventer. It’s time to change direction.

    • JR Texx (Jamie)

      an where would Rusev be now without his matches with Cena? A match with Cena gives people the chance to stand out in great matches, look at Sami Zayn and Neville, they’ve been my favourite matches over the past couple of weeks.

      • Jbreed Slay

        Rusev was one of the fastest rising stars and on the brink of becoming the company’s top monster heel without ever stepping in the ring with Cena.

        • JR Texx (Jamie)

          He wasn’t going anywhere without Cena, he was just beating mid-card talent over and over again. Big deal.

          • Jbreed Slay

            He was climbing the ladder while he was beating the mid-card talent over and over again but now it seems like he has to start all over again.

  • Evon Callaway Bitterweed Reese

    Rusev and Cena should have never been booked in an I Quit match because Cena should never loose an I Quit match

  • D Carter

    Let’s go down the list:

    IWC is a fantastic resource, very informative people and at timeS very nice. I personally enjoy the conversations. On Reigns I mean if he didn’t have that freak injury I thin I’d like him more but for me that’s what to the wind out of his sails. He’s number 3 to Rollins and Ambrose but he is coming up nicely I think.

    Seth going over dirty: look guys, do you even know what a heel is anymore? Eye poking? Low blows? Pulling tights for the pin? Heel life

    I’m gunna stop on Cena: I like Cena, I think he is fine. What would you have them do with US Title. Everyone was whining about prestige and now it’s make with shades of Kurt behind it. Other than that springboard stunner Cena can keep going. I feel like an NXT Angle is coming soon to take down the king.

  • joe

    The only thing that cheapens the world title is the fans opinions of it, and by the way, Rollins doesn’t need to go over clean to be convincing, edge never did, Eddie cheated all the time as the champ, heels stack the odds to unbeatable faces defy them to be unbeatable, why doesnt anyone know what a heel is anymore????

    • Charles

      When Eddie cheated he did it on his own. Triple H used a sledgehammer.
      Edge was the ultimate opportunist.
      Ric Flair was the leader of the horsemen.
      Heels used to pull tights, use the ropes, foreign objects, marry the bosses daughter or the Smackdown GM.
      Not have Kane interfere throughout every match and the guy running the company hold their hand all the time.
      At least Orton was already established as a multi time champion before becoming the Authorities figure head.
      This is Rollin’s first World Championship.
      Right before he joined the Authority he ran with the Shield.
      He is the champion and he has yet to show he can at least cheat for himself.
      It just looks weak.

      • joe

        Flair had the horseman, Rollins has the authority, edge was the ultimate opportunist Rollins is the architect with a plan, you make zero sense as if Eddie cheating on his own makes it less dirty, get real.

  • Stoney

    Back in 2013, Damien Sandow had the whole package and the character to be the next biggest heel in the company, won money in the bank in and become the first mitb holder to cash in and lose against John Cena, that didn’t build him up that put him down, and then WWE gave him a ridiculous gimmick of impersonating other wrestlers.
    Even though they never really had a match, Zack Ryder was getting super over, then WWE paired him with Cena just to try to get Cena over, and Zack eventually got buried 2000 feet under.
    CM punks 14 month wwe championship reign took a backseat to John Cena and his feud of the month.
    Nexus lost to Team Cena at Summerslam and never ever recovered, even when Cena was forced to join them.
    He’s a road block in other wrestlers pushes, and it’s not entirely his fault, it’s Vinces fault for not having the balls to make new stars, one little ratings drop and it’s back to the tried and true method of Cena.

    • JR Texx (Jamie)

      Damien Sandow the biggest heel? come on now…

      Zach Ryder was never going to stay like he was with that gimmick.

      CM Punk hardly took a backseat to Cena, Punk was probably the most the most over person for the entire thing.

      Nexus ran its course and it was dull.

      Vince did the right thing with these, he replaced drawn out runs with Cena.