Friday, November 18, 2016

How the Brand Split Could Save Survivor Series

As a lifelong wrestling fan, I look forward to what is known as the WWE's "Big Four" pay-per-views each and every year. These pay-per-views include Royal Rumble, WrestleMania, SummerSlam and Survivor Series. The Royal Rumble is a must-see show for even the casual wrestling fan due to the excitement of the Royal Rumble match. WrestleMania is WWE's #1 priority year after year and it is a worldwide spectacle that has storylines that are set up months in advance. WWE has recently been attempting to make SummerSlam into WrestleMania 2.0 by making it the 2nd biggest spectacle of the year. And lastly, Survivor Series has become the red-headed stepchild of the WWE's "Big Four" which used to be known for its special Survivor Series matches.

Over the years, rumors of getting rid of Survivor Series, the 2nd longest running pay-per-view in company history, has floated around on a yearly basis. The Survivor Series pay-per-view has been manipulated and messed with so much to the point that it has even went without a traditional Survivor Series match involved on the show. Could you imagine a Royal Rumble pay-per-view without a Royal Rumble match? Or even a Money in the Bank or Hell in a Cell for that matter? Sounds ridiculous, doesn't it? Then why would they remove the Survivor Series matches from its own pay-per-view? The fact of the matter is, it seems like they find these matches way too much work to build upon and the recent brand split may have been just what the doctor ordered.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Jordan Matthews: Expecting Greatness From An Above Average Player

Over the years, fans of Philadelphia sports have underappreciated certain players due to their need for those players to be bigger stars than their abilities have allowed. Philadelphia wants the next big star. A good player can only be a good player if we already have that great, transcendent player already on the roster. We have loved players like Shane Victorino, Jayson Werth and Carlos Ruiz because we already had Ryan Howard, Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins on the roster and in the limelight. Theo Ratliff and Eric Snow were cheered only because Allen Iverson was there to take on that star role.

This city will take a young player and destroy the good that they do, only because they feel like the player should be better than what he clearly is capable of being. Currently, we are in the middle of doing this to a good young wide receiver that the Philadelphia Eagles drafted 42nd overall in the 2nd round of the 2014 NFL draft, Jordan Matthews. Unfortunately for the Philadelphia media and fan base, it is quite possible that Jordan Matthews is exactly who everyone thought he was to cause him to fall to the 42nd overall selection. He was the 7th WR taken in the draft. I know that sometimes teams are wrong but to be honest, this may have been one that was correct. Jordan Matthews has played well, just not the next best wide receiver in Eagle history. He's not Terrell Owens. I would even go as far as saying he may not Desean Jackson or Jeremy Maclin. But to be honest with you, that's okay, and I'll tell you why.