The great debate falls short

October 01, 2012|By Adam Testa

"This debate is completely ridiculous. There's no reason for a debate."

It's an election year. We all know how the McMahon family loves itself an election year. But I think it's fair to say Big Show sufficiently covered all the bases with those two sentences.

On Friday's Smackdown, Big Show defeated Randy Orton to become the No. 1 contender to Sheamus' World Heavyweight Championship. On Raw, the two were engaging in a debate, arguing about the Big Show's body odor and whose finishing move is move devastating.

This segment accomplished nothing that these two couldn't have done in a traditional promo exchange. I'm not one to stifle creativity and stick to the status quo, but this was pretty much a waste of time.

"This isn't funny," Big Show declared as the segment neared its close.

Big Show wins this debate on pure principle of speaking the truth. Sheamus retorted everything saying he beat Daniel Bryan in 18 seconds, when Big Show lost to Bryan in 45 seconds. This only further adds a problem to the situation, as it's reminding fans that one of the tag team champions was made to look like a joke at WrestleMania.

The segment ended with the threat of a fight, but Big Show bailed before it could begin. That's one decision I can agree with, as champions and challengers too frequently have contact before their title match. With this being billed as a first-time-ever match, it's best to keep them separated.

Overall, the segment wasn't overly long, and anyone claiming it ruined or killed the show is over-exaggerating. But one has to question whether a debate - or an arm wrestling competition or dance-off, for that matter - does anything to get fans interested in watching a wrestling match.

It may sound hypocritical to blast a concept like this when fans always clamor for the creative team to do something new or original, but there are ideas that should be ruled out before leaving the conference room.

When promoting a match between a tough Irish brawler and a monster giant with a deadly punch, there are probably better strategies than political satire.

Quick Hits

  • The opening segment was such a train wreck, but it was also highly entertaining. To hit the high points: Vickie Guerrero and Paul Heyman want to be general manager; AJ is under probation as the GM; Kane and Daniel Bryan are individually and jointly the tag team champions; Punk believes Mick Foley disrespected him; and Dolph Ziggler continues to be directionless. Oh yeah, and AJ booked a tag team match for later in the show.
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