WWE Nonsense: Thumb to the Eye is Now a DQ


As much as I keep wishing I could wake up and find that it's 1998 and the Attitude Era is back in the WWE, I guess it's never going to happen. Unlike fans of sitcoms, dramas and reality TV, wrestling fans don't have as many options. On Monday nights, it's WWE or bust.

The latest WWE nonsense took place on the December 19 edition of Raw. No, I'm not talking about another two minute Divas match with the pointless promo that followed. I've already written about poorly the WWE creative team manages the Divas.

Wade Barrett vs. Randy Orton

Early on in Raw, WWE fans (I mean, the "WWE Universe") were presented with another Wade Barrett vs. Randy Orton match. This feud has made Orton, whose in-ring style once matched his nickname "The Viper," look more like a gecko.

Thumb to the eye = DQ

However, my dismay came at the finish of this match. Much to my shock and horror, Wade Barrett was DQ'd for a … thumb to the eye! Yes, it's true! I can't make this up. Clearly the DQ was the planned finish because Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler acted like WWE wrestlers get DQ'd for a thumb to the eye every day.

If I had a dollar for every time I saw wrestlers like Ric Flair and Roddy Piper get away with a thumb to the eye in full view of the referee, I wouldn't need any Christmas presents this year. I wish I could see the WWE's rationale for this change, but I don't see it.

I probably shouldn't stress about this so much. I doubt the WWE Board of Directors and CEO are worried about how fans are reacting to the DQ. The WWE creative team probably just came up with an uncreative way for Orton to win by DQ and still have Barrett get over by beating up Orton.

What I wish the WWE would realize is that a sizeable percentage of its audience are true pro wrestling fans. Maybe most of their fans are just casual onlookers in search of TV entertainment. As a rival promotion likes to say, "Wrestling matters." But on nights like this, I wonder if it matters as much to WWE execs as it does to WWE 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 angle of all-time is the nWo and his favorite wrestler is Roddy Piper.


Personal knowledge of pro wrestling

USA Network broadcast of WWE Raw on December 19, 2011

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Updated Monday, Dec 19, 2011