If anybody caught the “WWE 10th Anniversay Show” last night, wow, was that weak or what? The only stars in attendance were those currently with the company (and a frightfully small amount, when you looked at how many were really in the room). No ‘legacy’ heroes came back, like Foley, or Bret Hart, or Austin, or even Chyna. It’s like they only cared about those who weren’t on the outs with the company at the moment.
As for the ‘award recipients’, half of the time they were picked just to further angles going into the next PPV, which doesn’t make much sense for something that’s supposed to be a stand-alone hallmark of 10 years of progress. And weirdly, the other half of the time they picked people who aren’t even with the company anymore (Austin, Foley, and Rock) and apparently didn’t show up. I can understand Austin not showing, but Foley? Hrm.
But the hands down funniest moment of the night had to be the ‘live’ awards acceptance speech by The Rock. Blatantly pre-taped from the set of whatever movie he’s working on, but with some ‘interactive’ bits with Jericho and Angle which were just timed and orchestrated, he did his standard gimmick of catchphrases without any real passion at all… and THE CROWD BOOED HIM RELENTLESSLY. Rocky Sucks chants, “Boring!” chants, and a few stray calls of “Turn it off!”. And here’s Rock, on screen, acting as if the crowd is really loving what he’s saying and singing along since he’s live on tape… the incongruity was flat out hillarious. Rock is not going to survive coming back to wrestling unless they make him a heel at this point. Go figure, eh?
But overall, a pretty sad showing, and indicative of WWE’s short-term vision as of late. Oh well. Enjoy the escalator to hell, folks, they’re not going to rise from the ashes for another 2-5 years at my guessing. (But they will rise eventually. The business comes and goes in cycles, always has.)