Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Telling the Story

One of the great things about professional wrestling is that a story is told to draw interest into a match. Many of the stories reflect real life, so we, the audience, either have a stake or something to learn from the story.

One problem lately is that maybe two stories are told leading up to a PPV, and then the rest are thrown together seemingly last minute. With the two major PPVs, WrestleMania and SummerSlam, it's more of the finale of the season.

While the Kane v. Bray Wyatt match for SummerSlam was put in stone last night, it is a story that has been building all summer, and has a sort of summer horror movie feel to it. The CM Punk/Brock Lesnar/Paul Heyman story is a major one that you could say has been brewing since January. Ever since Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow teamed up, we've been waiting for typical bromance break-up.

It seemed out of the blue when John Cena chose Daniel Bryan as his opponent. Then, we saw the premiere of Total Divas. And, then there was this week's Total Divas. And, then, last night, I didn't understand why this story was taking up so much air time on Raw when there still only five matches set for SummerSlam with less than two weeks of story-telling time.

See, their story, in case you missed it, is playing out on Total Divas. Although they seem to be getting along dating twin sisters, the comparisons are being made. Bryan gets a ride on Cena's private jet, walks into Cena's closet that is bigger than his apartment, and then, to top it all off, gets schooled by him in wood chopping. And, how hard did Cena try to look better than Bryan? He did already have to deal with repercussions of Bryan being ready to put a ring on it.

I don't know why, with all the ways WWE tells their stories nowadays, they didn't just let this one play out on the reality show, and then show clips on Raw to those who may have missed it. It is unfolding there, and resources could have been used to work on the other matches for the card. Plus, as they have done to promote their various forms of social media and app, promote the reality show as an extension of the story telling for Raw and SummerSlam.

Meanwhile, TNA had two real life moments in the past few days.

First, Kurt Angle was arrested for his fourth DUI. He tweeted that he would enter rehab, and Dixie Carter confirmed yesterday on Twitter that he did, in fact enter a rehab facility. We hope, as Angle tweeted, that he will "overcome this." Since Angle is such an major part of the main TNA storyline, it will be interesting to see how this affects the Main Event Mafia...

This morning, on a more fun note, Hulk Hogan made a surprise visit to one of his biggest fans. Here's the video:

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