Hello WNW people! Mitch “Big M” Adams here welcoming you to my fortnightly editorial on Wrestling News World called…THE HOUSE OF “M”. This being my house, I get to talk about what I want to talk about and share my opinions on the art form known as Pro Wrestling. Although, I should point out that I’m only renting this house from WNW, so obviously the views I express here are solely mine alone!
If you don’t agree with me, I’m more than willing to hear you out as you are as entitled to your opinion as much as I am entitled to mine. But, just remember you're a guest in my house, so try to keep things civil!
I’m not going to sugarcoat this guys! In my opinion, WWE Battleground will probably go down as the worst Pro Wrestling event of 2017. Excluding the Tag Team Title match and the Women’s Five Way, the whole show was badly written and horribly booked. Let's face it, archaic concepts like Flag matches went out with the cold war, and I will NEVER understand how anyone could have thought the third time would be the charm for the Punjabi Prison!
Anyway, after the show, like most of you, I went to social media to vent my frustrations towards WWE (maybe not the most mature thing to do, but that’s the age we live in) and I saw a curious hashtag that was trending at the time. A hashtag directed at a certain member of WWE’s creative team who has a hand at Writing Smackdown shows each and every week. That person is better known to Wrestling fans as Road Dogg, and the hashtag was #FireRoadDogg.
Now look, guys, I get it, I really do. I, like the rest of you firmly believe people behind the scenes in WWE need to change their philosophy to writing and booking shows. I've been a fan for 20 years, and I can't remember a time when they had such a diverse roster overflowing with unbelievably talented people. And yet, I just don't enjoy the majority of shows they are putting out these days. I have felt this way for a long time now, and quite frankly, if it wasn’t a part of my job…I wouldn’t watch WWE anymore and instead get my Pro Wrestling fix from other promotions like New Japan.
I also and especially understand your frustrations towards people who work behind the scenes of WWE like Road Dogg. Who seem to devote WAY too much time to dismissing your opinions on WWE’s current product with statements like “You’re just a vocal minority” or “Profits have never been greater so what we’re doing must be working.” Both of which could be argued to be not 100% true statements if you start looking a little deeper. But asking for one man who actually plays a very small role in what is put on your TV screens each and every week to be put out of the job is simply put ridicules! Road Dogg’s writing of Smackdown shows is not the reason why you and I don’t enjoy WWE anymore. The problem goes far deeper than that and will be the subject of a follow-up article.
The fact that the #FireRoadDog trend has been raging for over a week now even after the Smackdown that followed Battleground was a very good show that did a lot to repair the blue brand's image is nothing short of a hate campaign. Road Dogg tends to cop a lot of criticism from fans on social media (some of which, I will be the first to admit is actually deserved) but the harassment he has endured over the last week is simply put despicable. And shows that for every one fan that has a legitimate criticism of WWE’s product and the people who work behind the scenes, there are ten trolls who just like to knock everything and to tear people down to make themselves feel big!
I don’t wish to delve into Road Dogg’s past too much as I don’t know him personally (even though he has been completely open about his past struggles) but this is a man who has been through more than most. He found redemption in an industry he loves just as much if not more than you do. More to the point, he has a difficult and thankless job that requires him to be ok with receiving little praise when things go well and a lot of the blame when they don’t. I don’t know about you, but that’s a job you or I wouldn’t want no matter how much we were paid.
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