COMMENTARY | The WWE's current storyline involving Triple H and Stephanie McMahon's heel turn is drawing strong opinions from professional wrestling fans.
Some fans are comparing "best for business" to the WWE Attitude Era when Vince McMahon feuded with Steve Austin for several years. Other fans are happy that Daniel Bryan is finally getting a major push as he is about to headline his fourth straight WWE pay-per-view. The storyline also gave Cody Rhodes a nice push, brought Goldust back to the WWE, and even gave young wrestling fans a glimpse of the great Dusty Rhodes.
On the other hand, some Attitude Era fans believe that Mr. and Mrs. Helmsley aren't portraying their heel characters nearly as well as Mr. McMahon did. Many wrestling fans also had a hard time tolerating Big Show crying on WWE programming. And although Daniel Bryan is headlining pay-per-views, he is not getting the best of his bosses as Stone Cold did 15 years ago.
Take a closer look at the winners and losers of the WWE's "best for business" storyline.
Goldust wasn't even wrestling in the WWE when this storyline began. However, the Cody Rhodes firing angle brought Goldust back to the WWE with rave reviews. Goldust worked an incredible match on Raw against Randy Orton and he now has a WWE contract. Although he's been wrestling for over 20 years, Goldust is only 44 years old.
2. Randy Orton
For years, WWE fans have been hoping for a Randy Orton heel turn almost as much as a John Cena heel turn. Orton was an amazing heel when he was attacking wrestlers backstage and giving everyone punt kicks. Now that he's channeling his former character, Orton is once again one of the most feared wrestlers on the WWE roster.
1. Cody Rhodes
Cody Rhodes had a nice program going with Damien Sandow before Triple H's "best for business" storyline began. But Cody's firing and rehiring has turned him into one of the WWE's top stars. Cody has always seemed to be destined for greatness in the WWE. But the creative team may have finally given him the push he needs to get over.
3. The Shield
The Shield has gone from being a hot WWE faction to being the McMahons' attack dogs. Also, with Triple H and Stephanie McMahon doing all the talking, we rarely hear Dean Ambrose's great mic work anymore. Each member of The Shield still has a title, but they were all wearing gold before getting caught up in what's "best for business."
2. Big Show
After Big Show had literally cried me a river for the last several weeks in the WWE, he finally got a taste of revenge at the conclusion of the October 7 edition of Raw. But one of the most physically imposing pro wrestlers in history will forever be remembered for all that ridiculous crying. Perhaps he will continue to get revenge over the coming weeks.
1. Daniel Bryan
Some fans will disagree with me for putting Daniel Bryan in this half of the article. After all, few WWE wrestlers not named John Cena ever headline four straight pay-per-views. However, he's not getting the best of the McMahons like Austin did. And I don't think Bryan is as over as he was during the summer with his weekly wrestling classics on Raw.
Patrick Michael lives in New Orleans and has always been a big fan of pro wrestling. Patrick's favorite wrestling promotion was Mid-South Wrestling back in the 1980s. Patrick's favorite wrestling angle of all-time was the NWO and his favorite wrestler is Roddy Piper. Follow Patrick Michael on Twitter at patmichael84.
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