I’ve been meaning to write about wrestling for a while, and I know there are plenty of people doing it, but here is some thoughts on WWE’s latest pay per view No Mercy, if you haven’t seen it, there will be spoilers ahead.
The Main Event for me, highlighted more than ever the change WWE has had in the last decade, and the divide between talent more than ever – the impact of roster changes and where WWE gets its talent is more visible than ever and it’s becoming bitter. I may be wrong, but since the arrival of talent from different promotions, particularly from Ring Of Honor merged with talent from WWE’s own training camps the difference between the standard of the wrestling is so visible, for example, those trained in OVW.
John Cena can be a good wrestler, I’ve seen Cena have some great matches, his Money In The Bank match with Punk and his match with Shawn Michaels in London in 06′ are a couple that come to mind, however it is clear that Cena has become a little passé. No longer really matching the standard that WWE has put in place in the last few years with the introduction of excellent independent talent and sometimes it seems out of place – he is however still extremely popular with kids, I do think we are entering a new age of WWE, moving on from PGWWE.
I think this is also clear in the Women’s division as well, the changes over the last year to the women’s division is extensive with women such as Becky Lynch, Carmella and Sasha Banks coming in, making wrestlers like Nikki Bella really show up their technical weaknesses more than ever, she’s a capable wrestler, but not on their level and in this day and age it’s clearer than ever.
However where some have sunk, some have been swimming hard, and the match between The Miz and Dolph Ziggler was awesome. Miz’s character is grotesque, and WWE timed his pride before the fall perfectly, building this story brilliantly on Smackdown. Their skill was on show, Ziggler working through an injury (or faking it incredibly well either way it was good) and bringing that match to an end. Though many believed Dolph would lose and take some time to create a new gimmick, I’m glad this didn’t happen.
These were in particular the stand out moments for me from the pay per view, it actually had a pretty strong card and worth watching particularly for Ziggler v Miz match.