COMMENTARY | With WrestleMania XXX only two months away, time is running out for the WWE to build interest in pro wrestling's greatest event.
Although key WWE indicators such as ratings, pay-per-view buyrates, and stock value are doing very well, there is a groundswell of discontent slowly building among professional wrestling fans. Batista's return to the WWE has failed to capture the imagination of fans as The Rock's return did. Daniel Bryan's legions of fans are not satisfied with his spot in the WWE. Many fans are tired of seeing John Cena and Randy Orton in the WWE title picture. And CM Punk has left the WWE. If ever a ship needed righting, the WWE needs a captain now as WrestleMania XXX comes into sight.
Currently, Triple H and Stephanie McMahon are playing the role of on-air authority figures. The duo is generating a great deal of heat, which heels are supposed to do in wrestling. But their reign of terror isn't cultivating the same kind of fruit that Vince McMahon's did in the late 1990s when he played a similar role. Although McMahon is clearly trying to wean himself out of being an on-air authority figure, he must return to WWE television as soon as possible.
The difference between Vince McMahon's heel wrestling character in the Attitude Era and how The Authority is running the WWE today is that McMahon was the kind of guy you loved to hate, whereas some wrestling fans seem to legitimately hate The Authority. This difference is both slight and significant. McMahon's character made you want to tune in to see him get his butt kicked. The Authority just makes you want to tune out.
It is quite possible that The Authority's reign of terror is nothing more than the opening act of a complex storyline that could see the WWE's power couple ultimately lose the war. In fact, the timing couldn't be riper for Vince McMahon to return to the WWE to restore law and order. Despite every despicable thing that McMahon has done in the WWE, he always gets a huge pop from wrestling fans when he returns and he'd be the perfect babyface rival for The Authority.
The problem is that I am hearing absolutely nothing about a possible return to WWE programming for Vince McMahon. I meticulously follow every wrestling spoiler, internet wrestling website, and social media to stay in the loop about what's happening in pro wrestling. To my dismay, there are currently absolutely no rumors circulating that Vince McMahon may be returning to WWE programming.
I hope this is nothing more than the WWE silencing its backstage sources about what would be a great surprise and an outstanding wrestling storyline. It could also be possible that McMahon is planning an imminent return, but he isn't telling anyone to ensure it remains a secret. The combination of WrestleMania XXX approaching, the launch of the WWE Network this month, and the bad press over CM Punk's departure demands the return of Vince McMahon.
Otherwise, the WWE may have "no chance" of appeasing its wrestling fans.
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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