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Corporate Tyranny: Too Far or Not Far Enough?

There has been one constant since WWE Money in the Bank winner Randy Orton cashed in at SummerSlam, with a major assist from HHH. That constant has been the overbearing, dominant corporate tyranny that has been prevalent throughout all WWE programming since Bryan lost his newly earned gold.

In those weeks, we have seen HHH and Stephanie in particular get personal. Extremely personal. Sometimes uncomfortably so. So it must be asked. Has this angle actually gone too far, or has it not  yet gone far enough?

To understand the limits and boundaries, you must first acknowledge one intent of any angle worth a damn-to get heat on a wrestler or faction, while enabling another wrestler to get over. Sometimes the angle is done more to gain heat or getting someone over, but in this instance, its safe to assume that the true intent is both. In cashing in on the super-hot and over Daniel Bryan at SummerSlam, Orton was finally turned heel-much to his satisfaction. In turning him with a massive assist from HHH and making Orton appear to be in the Corporate pocket is putting him over as a monster heel, along with The Shield, Hunter and his wife. The weekly Corporate beatdowns, the on screen neutering of the company’s top faces-all done to continue to get tons of heat against the new Corporation. It is, after all, good for business. You need the monster heels, otherwise, who else would the babyface hero vanquish at some point down the road.

But, speaking of the babyface, eventually at times you must give the face a taste of victory before ending things once and for all. And until the September 9th RAW which saw Bryan cleanly pin Dean Ambrose, avoid a Big Show Knockout Punch and close out the show holding the belt over a woozy Orton, no face has been allowed to enjoy much at all.

They’ve made life hell for a number of superstars. Miz, Ziggler, Mark Henry and Kofi Kingston, for example. Cody Rhodes was “terminated” as a way to give him time off for his nuptuals. Big Show had financial issues aired on national television. Edge, on RAW from Toronto, in front of his home town fans, had his manhood questioned numerous times, with HHH using his tragic neck injury that ended his career to great heel benefit.

Is it too far? I am not really a fan of how personal it has gotten, but it is accomplishing its intent. Bryan is as over as ever. This new Corporate lineup is as hated as the most villainous heels in recent memory. The WWE has also managed to set up opportunities for the Big Show and Cody. In other words, so far, so good.

Will they go further? More than likely. There’s surely more to come within the Rhodes dynasty angle alone. Orton and Bryan will not likely conclude their program with their match on Sunday at the Night of Champions PPV. So I expect things to get even more heated. But should it? As long as certain boundaries of good taste are respected, and as long as the nature of things serves a purpose, I can’t see why not. Eventually, the faces will begin to get their revenge-perhaps some more returning faces a la Edge. Perhaps Bryan or another face claims a title and shifts the spotlight just a bit. WWE has plenty of options at this point, but the key for them is executing wisely. Done right, this will more than likely be your predominant feud until WrestleMania.

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  • Macho Man

    I’m sure all of the storylines and personal attacks are approved by all the people involved before they hit TV and are broadcasted to all of us. I’m sure some things are not approved as well. If the people/wrestlers involved in portraying these angle’s/storyline’s have no problem with doing them then why should we?

  • Tsall13

    With Cena out I would expect this story to hit even harder now with MNF back… Vince doesn’t like losing and he hates the NFL with a passion so it’s safe to say after NOC this storyline is going to get a lot more personal, a lot more heated and a lot more controversial adding new faces to the mix and there’s no reason why it shouldn’t for the simple fact that it’s all good for business, appeals to more of the true fans that want real talent at the top and it’s not something that should bother us anyways cause it’s all for entertainment… people crying over this type of storyline aren’t getting the big picture and for the sake of the real fans that do get what there trying to accomplish we all better hope it works or Cena will have the title back at Mania…

  • Devon

    I like the story. Best story right now is the story wit Punk & Paul

  • Daniel Vollmer

    who cares about taste being respected? it should go as far as possible, get out of the PG era finally.

  • fj2305

    As good as the storyline is i am afraid of Cena saving the wwe of HHH’s regime maybe with a match @WMXXX. That ending would suck, cause do you really wanna see Cena (as VKM’s chosen one) vs HHH for the dominance of the company? Not me? But as i know the WWE we won’t get Austin vs. Punk, Brock vs. Rock, Taker vs. Cena or finally a Main Event involving CM Punk or Daniel Bryan at WM, No, mark my words I got a feeling that we will see Cena vs. HHH at Wrestlemania or what i would prefer is Daniel Bryan vs. HHH.

    • james clinton

      Bryan V. punk to main event WM30!
      After NoC, trips could talk to punk and be all “look i helped you get even with heyman, you help me now”
      Then BAM, orton gets owned by bryan and we get a truly spectacular WM main event….

      a guy can dream right?
      But nah, it’ll be HHH v. Cena, you are completely right.

      • cubfan4life

        If I could magically have the chance to book WM30 as the big payoff to the angle it would be Bryan vs HHH. Then of course there would be interference and here comes Cena to make the save. Until he hits the AA on Bryan allowing HHH to get the win. That would give WWE another long running angle post WM. Hopefully VKM sees that other guys can run as the top guys with Cena out right now and that he can take a chance with his character upon his returning. Like you said. A guy can dream right?

    • JMD

      I really don’t think Cena is the answer….unless they expect us all to forget the bits before summerslam, when both HHH and Vince said they didn’t like cena, but they didn’t want bryan either.

      something would have to go really off the rails with HHH and Steph turning on vince, for vince to effectively swallow his storyline pride and team up with cena against hhh and his faction.

      plus, more important, booking Cena to vanquish the problem is just too easy, too convenient because of his injury return date etc.

      what i would probably be most mad about though, would be if they booked daniel to lose to whomever, like the bret hart/yokozuna match from ‘mania at ceasars palace. bret loses because mr fuji tossed the powder in his face. hogan comes down, objects, challenges yoko on the spot and like 90 seconds later, hogan is back as champ (and hogan was only booked with brutus in a tag champ match against IRS and DiBiase).

      sometimes, you don’t need to overly complicate things, and WWE has a bad habit of forgetting the KISS principle at times.

      • fj2305

        For me it seems like it will come to this, because I don’t see what storyline Cena will get for Mania. He is the the top face of wwe, currently DBry is and if the corporation 2.0 storyline continues til WM there is no other way Cena will be involved only if wwe decides Cena to face Taker for the streak. The Nexus storyline 3 years was good in the making and a big disappointment in the ending, cause the stable split and cena once again stayed the face of the company. WWE did great with this storyline because we really have no idea what is coming next and what else will happen when we will have WM around? I still predict Cena vs. HHH will happen (although Bryan vs. HHH is more logically), but we will be again sure when April 2014 is among us;) I am curious if I am right or wrong.

  • JH

    I love how personal it’s gotten, I think it sells better on tv when they play off of real life situations like Edge’s neck. It’s not like it was a closely guarded secret or anything.

    I don’t like the big show’s broke gimmick, that’s too hard for even my 8 year old nephew to believe. I think it would be much better if they said he’d breach his iron clad contract if he didn’t do as he’s told, and being a babyface he wants to keep his job so he can perform for his beloved fans.

    • james clinton

      They did say that on raw like 2 weeks ago.
      “Your contract doesn’t mean anything if you don’t perform your duties”
      So yeah, I really don’t know why they had to add the going broke thing, I guess to make it seem like more of a moral dilemma for him.

      • jcice13

        no, it makes them look more manipulative and evil

      • cubfan4life

        They had to add it in order for it to be more believable that losing his contract wasnt something he could afford. So for that reason i understand why they did it. But it still seems a bit superfluous at times.

        • JH

          The being a giant and wanting to secure his family’s future because he’s afraid of dying early because of his size accomplishes all of that just fine. But big show being broke and crying about it? Totally unnecessary and unbelievable.

  • jcice13

    it’s not that it’s too far already, it’s just not the best written and as I said last week..we know bryan is the underdog, stop with all the extra piling on him, that’s just too much, it could have been done just as well with half the people doing the beatings, let’s face it it’s not like orton is a jobber, he doesn’t need show and the shield and HHH..just too much

  • Mathiziane

    The first five months of next year it should be Punk instead of Bryan. Way more talent, way more exciting promos

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