Someone on twitter following Raw this past Monday, a wrestler who I won’t mention said that we shouldn’t over analyze pro wrestling. We should just watch it and enjoy for what it is. And to an extent, I agree with that. I think people analyze it way too much. They look for things that aren’t there. It doesn’t feature deep, branching storylines like popular scripted televison does. Most of the time, it’s a simple story of good versus evil, and if they’re booking right on that day, usually good triumphs over evil. Unless you’re Vince Russo that’s usually how the story works out. Basic, streamlined storylines have been WWE’s thing for years, and for the longest time it has worked.
But last Monday’s Raw was a different story. You didn’t have a simple storyline. The entire Big Show storyline involving Stephanie McMahon made absolutely no sense no matter how much you try and figure things out. She said when she sees Big Show she remembers the 12 year old girl who used to be close to her giant. Maybe this was an illusion to Andre the Giant, but considering Big Show and Stephanie McMahon started to be on screen characters in 1999 when they were both adults, this was massively confusing. Also, the iron clad contract. This was Big Show’s excuse to turn heel last year. Normally, WWE would probably ignore this and while some people would probably be upset, whatever, it’s not part of the story and they’re conveniently getting rid of it. But the problem is, Triple H mentioned it on Raw. Then Stephanie mentioned it again later on in the show. It was never made clear, but their verbiage indicated it’s not really an iron clad contract. See, if they ignored that stip from last years storylines it would have made ten times more sense. Instead, they made it convoluted, weird, and just made you left thinking what the hell was going on. They were openly contradicting themselves on air and no one had any idea what was going on.
You can say Big Show’s performance was good, but I thought it was kind of contrived. Big Show has turned yet again for the 132nd time for no real reason, has been on TV for approximately two weeks and all of a sudden he’s now a sensitive babyface who doesn’t want to do the McMahon’s bidding. Maybe if he explained his reasons why he decided to “embrace the WWE universe” again or something I would have understood it more, but nope. WWE doesn’t need to explain character changes anymore, they just happen. I don’t think i’m over analyzing when I’m asking simple questions like-
“Why should I care about Big Show’s situation if just two months ago he was a bad guy and hated everyone?”
“Why is a iron clad contract not a iron clad contract?”
“Why is Big Show now a crybaby when two months ago he was an unstoppable monster heel?”
“Why are Stephanie McMahon insinuating she’s known Big Show since the age of 12 when they both made their TV debuts the same year as adults?”
I think those are questions that should be answered, or at least clarified. I know WWE thinks most of their fans are stupid, but if you have that insinuation at least take their hand and walk through the story you want to tell them, not throw a bunch of stuff at them without bothering to explain everything and leaving it to us to figure out just what in the hell is going on. Because if they do that, then people ARE going to over analyze and are going to go to conclusions. It’s the only way most of the WWE’s storylines make any sense sometimes- you have to go out of your way to think because most of the show’s storylines require you to do so.
I can understand the situation WWE writers face. They go through numerous scripts, have a very short time to do so and above all else they have to cater to what Vince McMahon wants. But I still think there’s room for quality control somewhere. There have been many storylines that have taken drastic turns with little explanation and it’s left people scratching their heads. I’m not saying write an elaborate explanation for what goes on- just GIVE ONE. I’m not asking for twenty minute promos going through every little detail. I just want to know why Big Show is a face again. I want to know why an iron clad contract can be thrown out. It’s just common sense, something some WWE storylines have not had for quite a while if you ask me.