Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Rant #366: WWE: Woo, Woo, Woo

Fresh off of going to the Knicks' home opener at Madison Square Garden, my son and I went to Nassau Coliseum to see last night's live Raw show.

Months ago, I bought tickets for this show, and then entered a contest for tickets to the show. Lo and behold, to my surprise, I won the tickets. We sat all the way down, probably about 20 yards away from the ring, and these seats were by far the best we have ever had.

(I gave the tickets I had to a co-worker.)

My son and I have been to numerous WWE shows before, including a few Smackdowns, pay per views and one house show.

Say what you will about them, but the WWE knows how to put on a good show.

Right now, the big storyline is the NEXUS, a gnarly bunch of brow beaters who are trying to rule the WWE. John Cena, the all-American boy of wrestling (sorry Jack Swagger), has been pulled into the plot, because due to various circumstances, if he does not do what the NEXUS demands that he do, he will be gone from WWE.

He keeps on getting involved with matches revolving around various NEXUS members, so what's a poor boy to do?

Last night, Cena was a referee in a tag team match between NEXUS leader Wade Barrett, and fellow NEXUS member David Otunga versus popular wrestler R. Truth and the champion, Randy Orton.

Cena had to balance being a referee and leaning toward the NEXUS to win the match. And in true WWE style, Cena went for the "right" thing, and Truth and Orton won the match, to the consternation of the NEXUS bunch.

Yes, as you can see, wrestling hasn't changed, and it will never change.

It's still a soap opera for boys, although there were plenty of females in attendance.

I have been watching wrestling for probably about 45 years, and you still have the element of good vs. evil, and right now John Cena is somewhere in the middle.

He is the good guy, but because he has been dealt a bad hand, he now has to delve into being a heel.

But that's the way things are in professional wrestling. Things are never as they seem.

It's like they operate in an alternate universe ... and they do.

The WWE has come under additional scrutiny as we vote today on Election Day as Linda McMahon, the wife of WWE Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Vince McMahon, is running for a Senate seat in Connecticut. By all indications, she has spent about $50 million of her own money on the election, and she is supposedly trailing badly, if you want to believe the polls.

This point was brought up last night by a video showing Vince M. waking up from a coma to hear that Linda M. was running a political campaign and was spending all of this money. Vince M. almost went into cardiac arrest when he heard about this, but had to go to the bathroom first.

Yes, this is an alternate universe, and if you buy into it, as millions around the world do, you buy into the craziness, both real and written, that surrounds the WWE and professional wrestling in general.

Last night, the matches were good, pretty crisply orchestrated, and continued all the storylines that are in place now.

And Pee Wee Herman was the show's guest, promoting his Broadway show.

I mean, is this a circus or what?

But it was a fun evening, and I know my son and I will definitely do it again sometime soon.

(P.S.: First, congratulations to the San Francisco Giants for their World Series win, the team's first in 56 years and its first in California. Also, don't forget to vote today; it doesn't matter who you vote for, in my book, as long as you go to your polling place and vote.)

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