After reading the article above; Here's the perspective from a person who's know Logic. WWE, when you start talking sense, we'll do Lunch.
Situation: the product is performing poorly. Rather than continue on as normal and doing the same thing expecting a different outcome, which is textbook insanity, jsyk, you address the faults, remove them, look at what performs better or efficiently (depending on your preference) and then apply that to the product and then bam. Improvement.
WWE have the Wrestlers and knowledge to put on a good performance for the brand, but they choose to continue as they do regardless of the fact that they know they're under-performing.
Former Wrestlers like Edge have not watched the product since retiring, although to be fair this in major part to the fact that wrestling was his life and finds it difficult to watch as a fan and the likes of Mick Foley & Steve Austin have openly criticised the product for the less than pleasing results it has garnered in the last few years.
Not to put myself on a pedestal here; but if I find something that isn't working I address the faults and ask the audience what they'd like to see less and more of. Think of the product is as a machine. Something gets in the gears and it slows down or stops it; you remove the problem and put improvements to stop future inconveniences and the machine moves again and progress resumes. That's addressing the problem and correcting the fault.
If you don't connect with your audience and accommodate what they want, then they'll leave you.
If I had it my way, here who's I would have as the writing staff for the WWE:
1: Paul Heyman.
2: Mick Foley.
3: Triple H
4: Steve Austin.
Heyman because the man is such a competent writer. Just look at SmackDown in late 2002 for the Tag Title situation with the Guerreros, Benoit, Angle, Edge & Mysterio.
Foley because he has a much clearer perspective on how the Women's division should go. Love him or hate him, HHH has such a mind for the business knowing what works and should be left in the writing bin and Stone Cold for the experience and forthright Attitude on knowing what doesn't work and will speak his mind if he thinks something sucks.
Things will only improve when Vince steps down because he has no clue on what works anymore.
If this was McMahon of the Attitude Era; he would have thrown these current asinine ideas they have into the trash. And that speaks for itself.
Has it really been 12 years since this took place when WWE was almost in a full year since the Brand split?
When you hear the crowd from then to today; it's almost a huge contrast. Back then; the WWE gave you a reason to go wild and crazy in attendance. Today? you'll only get that if either a Legend makes an appearance or Daniel Bryan enters the Arena that gets people into a frenzy like the fans in this segment from Late Spring 2003.
The decision to make Steve a Co-GM of Raw back then was just a no-brainer as Stone Cold could not wrestle any more which broke a few fans' hearts, including mine as he was the reason I became a wrestling fan. And secondly, Bischoff needed to be taken down a peg because he was border-lining the kind of ego-maniacal stance that Vince McMahon was known for as a heel.
I don't know what kind of "creative" thinking was behind retiring the Intercontinental Championship at No Mercy 2002 because from a story and the fans perspective it was asinine. It limited the opportunities on Raw at that time to just either the then World Tag Team Championships or HHH's World Heavyweight Championship.
Austin reinstating it made for more entertaining and competitive stories on Raw and giving wrestlers something to fight for as well. The purpose of the IC Title is to prepare wrestlers for the World Title main event picture and when you consider that the Intercontinental Championship was the first singles belt he ever had. Those that remember from the pre-Attitude Era that he won it from the late Owen Hart at SummerSlam 97 in a match that almost paralysed him. How he came back 3 months later to win it back is a miracle in it's own right. Hence, why he recognised it as one of the most important Titles in his life.
Also, Steve & Eric had amazing chemistry with each other during 2003 as they would find new ways each week to try and get under each others skin and attempt to 1 up themselves.
Anyone who remembers watching Judgment Day 2003 when the two shared Stone Cold's personal sky-box in the Arena will remember the comedy gold between them as Austin was giving Bischoff a hangover and indigestion with all the beers, hot-dogs and the jalapeno pickles and to when he spewed chunks from the sky-box window. I really feel sorry for any in a row below that caught Eric Bischoff's vomit.
This was what made Raw the show to watch. Although SmackDown was fairing well with the feud of Lesnar & Big Show & Vince having issues with Hogan (kinda foreshadowing for future events), Raw had that unpredictable and fun factor that it had been sorely lacking for some time before this point.
You know never knew what would happen and it was essential to tune in each week just to see what Austin would do to give Bischoff as many headaches possible by throwing wrenches into his plans and doing the right thing for the fans and the Wrestlers.
A couple of final notes to remember from this segment:
1: do not argue with Austin.
2: Don't forget number 1.
And that's the bottom line - MJ
Found this on Sportser's page, which you can find here
The thing I find to be a double-edged sword is you get what Martha is saying, but the flip-side is that WWE own the footage and it is theirs to do with as they see fit.
she left a statement on whatculture.com
My children and I were unaware of this project until May 7, when it was brought to our attention by a friend who had read about it online. Contrary to your report, we do not back or support it in any way, nor has WWE requested our backing or support. From what little we know of the project, it seems to be another attempt to exploit Owen’s memory, and his tragic death, for commercial gain. We have resisted that kind of initiative for almost 16 years. If WWE really wanted to honor Owen’s legacy, it would just let him rest in peace."
This is where I'm on the fence with this; I get where she's coming from with this. What happened to Owen at Over the Edge 1999 was tragic and in retrospect the show should have been cancelled after that accident that night.
The following night on Raw was very fitting to make a tribute show to the man with Wrestlers told they didn't have to compete if they didn't want to, and various Wrestlers gave their tributes of what the man meant to them.
And to top the night off; who should be the last man to pay his respects to Owen?
Austin. Stone Cold came out, didn't say anything. Merely toasted a beer to Owen's picture on the Titan-tron and Raw finished off that way.
The other flip-side is I think Owen at some stage would have wanted his own Bio home title. I say I think he would have wanted. I do not know that for fact.
I do think it's ghoulish that WWE are looking to profit commercially from his legacy but via the same token his matches and rivalries would be introduced to a whole new Generation that have no idea the kind of talented athlete he was back in the day.
He was already an accomplished Wrestler by 1999 with so many years left in the tank. I think he would have become World Champion eventually. Because he was more than good enough for it. My opinion.
So again. I'd like to see this DVD be made but I get what Martha is saying as well. Say your piece in the comments section below or in the Official RDR Forum
I can see this one being a big discussion - MJ