The WWE has arguably the deepest roster it’s had in years, with no shortage of talented wrestlers on both main roster brands and in developmental. Women’s wrestling is finally being taken more seriously, as opposed to those days of eye-candy “Divas” with little to no formal training. Storylines are still hit-or-miss on many an occasion, but since when have storylines not been hit-or-miss? It’s a pretty good time to be a fan, for the most part.
Then again, you really can’t please everybody. The internet wrestling community is still packed with fans who pine for the days of the Attitude Era and Ruthless Aggression, those long-gone days when WWE was still allowed to push the boundaries, or even trample on them. And while one could say that these fans complain too much, you also can’t argue with their points at times.
Oftentimes, these points are made through memes, and with that in mind, we’re now bringing you five of the most savage memes that describe what today’s WWE product is all about.
5. Raw Vs. SmackDown, According To The Donald
Of course, that’s not actually WWE Hall of Famer and U.S. President Donald Trump making the above tweet. But we would guess that the person who made this meme thinks he can make Monday Night Raw great again by cutting down on the fluff (overly long promos, product shilling, matches nobody cares about, etc.) and reducing the show’s length from three to two hours.
Even with Raw having arguably improved big-time since the 2016 brand split, with SmackDown producing more duds than usual these days, fan sentiment remains largely the same – the red brand is too long and boring, while the blue brand gets more out of less airtime.
4. Call The Damn Match!
For the nth time, we’ve seen Vince McMahon bring Jim Ross back to the fold, albeit mainly on a part-time basis. And while the likes of Michael Cole are glad to do as McMahon says by shilling the WWE Network and talking about WWE-related stuff that’s trending on social media, it’s always been all about the wrestling for Good Ol’ J.R.
We can imagine him asking somebody to “please call the damn match,” to paraphrase one of his most memorable lines, if and when he gets fed up with Mr. McMahon (and Kevin Dunn) asking the announce teams to focus on social media engagement, product plugging, or whatnot.
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3. Chris Jericho’s Other, Older List
Younger fans might not remember the fact that Chris Jericho‘s infamous “List” was preceded many years prior by another one—his list of “1,004 holds.” Granted, the armbar made up a generous chunk of the holds on that list, but since the much-younger, long-haired, WCW-era Jericho is apparently listing something else, we might as well look back at the things WWE was able to do in the Attitude and Ruthless Aggression Eras that are forbidden in today’s PG-rated times.
The Godfather and his “hos.” Kaientai threatening to choppy-choppy Val Venis’ pee-pee. Swearing on live TV. Blading. Beer-drinking. Chair shots to the head. Penis jokes. Live sex celebrations. We could go on here, and while some of those banned things were legitimately entertaining, the WWE is better for doing away with a lot of those other things we mentioned.
2. Part-Timers And Cena In The Front Row
Back when WWE released its poster for the 2017 Royal Rumble, a lot of fans gave the company a hard time for the placement of certain wrestlers. It’s hardly surprising why – the front row features part-time workers The Undertaker, Goldberg, and Brock Lesnar, with longtime franchise player/would-be part-timer John Cena on the extreme left. Meanwhile, then-WWE Champion AJ Styles is out there in the back row, sandwiched between Sasha Banks and Rich Swann.
Indeed, this poster-turned-meme gives you a good idea of the people WWE thinks of as big draws these days – those who only show up a few times each year.
1. Be Careful What You Wish For
When Randy Orton beat Bray Wyatt for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania 33, many fans were unhappy at seeing a 15-year WWE veteran win a title he doesn’t really need at this point in his long career. But since SmackDown Live is the “land of opportunity,” WWE decided to give a long-suffering mid-carder a chance at holding the belt. Was it Sami Zayn? Nope. Dolph Ziggler? Try again. Rusev? Not him either.
Of course, we all know that it was Jinder Mahal who ended up going from zero to hero almost overnight. Calling him a “hero,” however, is stretching it. Not only does he play a heel, he’s also reviled by most of the WWE Universe for being an undeserving, Vince McMahon-approved musclehead. He may not have lost his title to Shinsuke Nakamura at Hell in a Cell , but you can see it in the fan reactions—Mahal’s WWE Championship run was a downright unpleasant surprise for many.
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