Written by Hustle Westbrook:
When you take a quick look at the current WWE landscape, you notice a few things right off the bat, but upon further review, one thing stands out more than anything else.
Being friends with Triple H pays.
Randy Orton is the WWE World Champion. Batista just won the Royal Rumble, and is scheduled to face Orton in one of the main events at WrestleMania. The New Age Outlaws came out of nowhere to become the WWE Tag Team Champions. Sheamus continues to hang around the main event scene.
Other than who they’re friends with, what is the one major thing that all of those names have in common? The average member of the WWE Universe doesn’t want to see them in the position they’re in.
To the average fan, Orton is “boring”, is “pushed too much”, and is holding the title while more “deserving” names don’t get an opportunity. Batista’s return has been an absolute mess from the first moment he came back, from his penchant for wearing size 22 skinny jeans to his lack of cardio, and everything in between.
The Outlaws are supposed to be heels, but are playing to the crowds with their face shtick, and aren’t bringing anything else to the table.
Sheamus is a solid in-ring worker, and is actually quite underrated when it comes to that, but he’s another person that the average fan is sick and tired of seeing getting push after push after push.
Let’s also not forget that Ric Flair and Shawn Michaels are always coming and going, even though they don’t add anything to the product in 2014. At this point, I’m thinking that AJ Lee’s lengthy reign as WWE Divas Champion is only so that she can have her epic title reign ended by Triple H’s daughter, Aurora Rose, who will be turning eight this July.
What’s “best for business”, for everyone involved, is to buddy up to WWE’s Executive Vice President of Talent and watch that rocket take you to the moon, whether you deserve it or not.