It was a great time on Saturday at the Metro Centre in Rockford. I have said this before that the crowd in Rockford at every event is pretty damn good. Bell to bell, it’s a very rowdy crowd. Chicago still has the best crowd but if you are looking at tops in the country, Rockford has to be in the discussion. Brock Lesnar Guy along with Frank The Clown were also at the event sitting right down from us. You can always expect them at these shows since Chicago isn’t too far away and they will be in St. Louis for Raw this week.
WWE split the roster with shows on Saturday (the other being in Louisville) so we didn’t get to see Cena or the Wyatts but the show was still very solid. The main event was The Shield against Randy Orton, Ryback and Curtis Axel. Chucky said it best and The Shield can really wrestle, Reigns and Rollins especially. With Ambrose, he was actually the most talked about guy in the minors about two years ago. When all three were called up in late 2012, you could tell these guys were ready to go. Reigns and Rollins should be main eventing in singles matches in the next two years. That would be something to see. I feel bad for guys like Dolph Ziggler, Wade Barrett, Jack Swagger and Damien Sandow because I thought all five were going to be in those positions years ago, but it seems like management thinks otherwise.
During this show also, it was a women’s tag team match with Natalya and Paige going up against Tamina Snuka and Rosa Mendes. Mendes had no business being in the ring but I will say this, the women’s division is starting to get better. It’s been very painful to watch a lot of the women the last four or five years but I am glad these younger ones are getting a chance. I still they gave the belt too early to Paige. For sure, I thought Tamina should have won it from A.J. Lee after Wrestlemania. With Emma and Paige on the main roster now, Charlotte Flair will be called up in the next year so things will only get better. I know Triple H has received a lot of criticism over the years (some fair, some unfair), but he’s doing the right thing here so far.
We also saw minor league guys Bo Dallas and Adam Rose. Bo is the Bray Wyatt’s brother and the son of I.R.S. I am not really sold on Adam Rose just because I think his character sucks but at least some new guys are getting the call-up.
I still think the roster is too saturated with talent. This has proven to be a bad problem because only so many get a chance with others getting put to the side. I mentioned above the guys such as Ziggler, Barrett and the rest. It sucks to see that happen because they were deserving first. I don’t want another roster split with WWE because the ratings will take an even further fall. I don’t know what the easiest solution will be. I would say to cut a chunk of the roster but after reading all of these stories lately of how Vince McMahon goes out of his way to make people happy, it seems like he wants all of these guys to have a job. So good for him in that aspect but to say that a saturated roster isn’t hurting the company, is an understatement.
The last think I will say is that WWE has too much programming. I have said this before but it needs to repeated. Along with the roster being overflown, so is the programming. This isn’t 1998 where fans are just starving for wrestling four nights a week. I cannot tell you the last time I watched Raw from start to finish. I usually watch it on the DVR halfway through so I can fast forward through the terrible spots (There’s a bunch of those too.). Give me two hours of Raw and Smackdown! respectively and I am good. If they want to put a one-hour show on the weekends featuring the low and mid-carders, fine.
They have the Network now where they may go balls out with the schedule. And with their new TV deal that is imminent, it’s going to be one of the biggest TV deals in history for sports. In the last two years, WWE has made the USA Network over $1 billion. I pray they make the right choices though because even though they are going to get their money, they don’t want to piss off the sponsors with poor ratings.