Friday, March 23, 2012

The Future of WWE Developmental

As you have found out, Florida Championship Wrestling is apparently not going anywhere, at least not for now. The television show on Brighthouse might be finished, and WWE is looking for a new network and also a better facility. Given the crowds in Florida Championship Wrestling do tend to leave a lot to be desired, given the fact that they are more dead than the Impact Zone. I was watching some FCW matches from 2008 and the difference for the crowds is night and day.

The Future of Florida Championship Wrestling and WWE Developmental in General

Of course, WWE goes into pull panic mode when this news is out, with Paul "Triple H" Levesque debunking the news that Florida Championship Wrestling is no more. Of course, given that WWE barely acknowledged developmental even during the days of OVW, and now they seem to be acknowledging a lot of about it, including promotion the developmental wrestlers on Twitter, does seem to reason that something will be up soon. Florida Championship Wrestling might not be shutting down now, but whether it is planned to in three months, six months, or a year, we'll just have to wait and see.

Triple H did confirm that developmental is expanding into different areas, which is a good thing. Working in front of a group of dead fans in the gym each week can cause people to stagnate. Only a select few developmental workers do go on WWE House Shows and that is only when WWE wants a closer look at them, when they are about to be called up, and not when they are developing.

Developmental is a problem, as shoehorning people into the WWE style. Which is essentially a watered down form of professional wrestling, with cookie cutter characters, rather suspect names, and rigidly scripting promos. CM Punk was one of the few exceptions that got to use the name that he was best known as and he really did manage to sneak in just before WWE really started wanting to change names of everyone coming up and at sometimes even the character. It is a wonder that someone who has a name like Dolph Ziggler got as far as he did, but it does show that true talent can rise above the shackles of creative, to an extent.

There are a few names in Florida Championship Wrestling that have, but Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, Antonio Cesaro, all have one thing in common, and that is they have spent years working outside of WWE. Take your average bum off of the street and train him down in Florida and there are things that he lacks. Which is not someone you should blame the talent for but rather the management.

We appear to be getting some changes in developmental, but it is obviously going to take a while to get the ball rolling in motion.

The bigger problem is the lack of stars coming up. The last batch of talent that really caught on to a huge extent was the class of 2002, that featured John Cena, Brock Lesnar, Batista, and Randy Orton, four men who I think that we can agree have done pretty good with themselves even if two of those men have moved on. CM Punk was the last big call up that spent an extended amount of time in the sun, but what made him interesting last summer has been shoehorned into just another flat WWE character. Many others have gotten brief runs with the top and snapped back down to reality, because in the end, no wrestler is bigger than WWE.

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