We all knew that it wouldn’t last forever… But 48 hours?
**If you hate spoilers, and are reading this before May 6, 2011, please click away from this post now.**
Welcome back to The Wrestling Times. For those of you who have decided to read on probably already know what will occur on SmackDown. Many people are upset over what happens in the main event. Some are choosing to boycott, while others feel that their voices cannot be heard. I’m here to tell you that we do have a voice. So let’s discuss SmackDown.
Christian realized his life long dream of winning a WWE World Title at Extreme Rules. In the early years, Christian steamrolled through the Tag Team division alongside his best friend EDGE, and even earned some singles gold along the way. But without the World Championship, his career was unfulfilled. Last Sunday was indeed the culmination of his career, and within two days, the dream ended.
In his first title defense, Christian loses the belt to Randy Orton. I won’t lie, first time I heard the news I was outraged. This man clawed his way to the top of a ladder to make sure the belt stayed on SmackDown. And instead of Christian going into SmackDown as the “Man to Beat,” WWE decided that the belt would be better on Orton.
We all saw the writing on the wall. The WWE Draft straight-out told us: Randy Orton was drafted to SmackDown to be the face of the brand. Similar to the end of WrestleMania 21, WWE established this week who the two faces of the company are: John Cena and Randy Orton.
With EDGE retired, and The Undertaker no longer on a full-time schedule, WWE needed a big money-draw for SyFy. Let’s face it, Christian isn’t exactly drawing in new fans to the product. The loyalty lies in the older demographic who remember Christian as Captain Charisma, and maybe even CLB.
So that’s it? Randy Orton becomes champion just like that? Vince will do what Vince does and force down what he thinks we should want. And we as wrestling fans have no say on the matter, right? As EDGE once ranted, “Well guess what?! You are all WRONG! WRONG WRONG WRONG WRONG WRONG WRROOONGG!”
We do have a voice, it’s the reason why John Cena and Randy Orton are considered the two big money-draws. They push the most merchandise and sell out the most tickets. You cannot fault them for that just because their not your favorites.
We as wrestling fans as a whole, not just the Internet fans, determine more or less what goes on in our weekly programing. Because of us, Jeff Hardy became a 3x WWE World Champion. Because of us, Daniel Bryan was rehired, and earned a run as United States Champion. Because of us, WWE has been experimenting with new talents in the World Title picture. Because of us, Christian can become champion again.
Even Zack Ryder knows the power that is a unified wrestling audience. His YouTube videos have once again sparked interest in his character, and has rallied fans to bring signs and buy out his merchandise. Whether or not WWE decides to place Zack Ryder back on its main roster, he has been appearing more frequently on WWE.com’s newest defunct show WWE Superstars. If the fans really want Zack Ryder, they will have to overload WWE.com servers with views.
Same goes with Christian. If the wrestling fans truly want Christian, use the hashtag #IWantChristian on Twitter. Go to WWEShop.com to buy his merch, bring signs to WWE Live events and TV Tapings, and continue to chant his name at all WWE events.
It’s time for The Peepulation (Christian’s Peeps) to take a stand and demand that we want our Captain as the WWE World Heavyweight Champion.
That’s it for this post. For more ways to support Christian, or more on the topic: Check out Dave Lagana’s recent post at IWantWrestling.com. Click here.
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