This past Monday, the 15th of November, featured a Monday Night Raw from the WWE that was supposed to be like none other before. Reason being because it was the celebration of all of the WWE legends from the past, as well as a few from the present.
You can look at most of them and remember many, like “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan and his “Ohhhhhh” chant, and Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka and his hang loose pose. Those are all well and good, but the event did lack a bunch of superstars that should have been there and should have been invited.
You cannot have a WWE legends night without Hulk Hogan, I am sorry. Hogan is arguably the most popular wrestler still alive today, and is active with reality television and commercial advertisements so that you do not forget about him. The Hulk’s golden goatee and gigantic “pythons” alone make him recognizable, and since everyone from the 1980s until the early 2000s remembers him and how kid-friendly he was, he should have been invited.
Now I understand why the Rock wasn’t there, as he was probably filming a movie and enjoying his multi-million dollar lifestyle. But he still should have come because he was the man everyone came to see when he was a wrestler, and his stage promos are still the best in the business today.
So there is no Rock, and there is no Hulk Hogan. All is well and good, right? Wrong. The WWE decided to put Irwin R. Scheyster (IRS), “Cowboy” Bob Orton, and Arn Anderson out there instead. Give me a break. I understand the honoring of such greats as “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, Nikolai Volkoff, the Iron Sheik, and even the “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase, because they were memorable and such outlandish characters in their day.
What I do not understand is the lesser known stars being invited for such a special occasion when they aren’t even that special to begin with. You cannot tell me that “Cowboy” Bob Orton was more popular than “Macho Man” Randy Savage, or that I.R.S. was more popular than “Stone Cold” Steve Austin. Savage and Austin were true superstars, and they deserved to make the evening even more special.
Where was Bret “The Hitman” Hart, or the “Heartbreak Kid” Shawn Michaels? Come on Vince McMahon. If you want better ratings, and you want to honor past exceptional talent for all the millions that they have made for you, honor the wrestlers by inviting them to an event like this.
Half of the former wrestlers at the special three-hour Monday Night Raw did not even make as much money as “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and the Undertaker put together. It is just a shame, and the event was such a let down because of so many factors. The “real” talent should have showed up there, not a bunch of filler people. The matches should have been more entertaining and the drama should have been more dramatic.
The reason why professional wrestling has lost its luster over the years is because of the fact that the head promoters of the big events do not understand a good storyline anymore. And if you’re going to put on a celebration of sorts and invite all the great talent from the past back, at least bring back the real stars like Ric Flair, Undertaker, Shawn Michaels, Triple H, and the “Macho Man.”
Bring back the stars in the action figures, not the ones we forgot about but had to remember with video clips. That is how it should be done, WWE upper management. Hopefully you will now start to listen.