Sorry, keep forgetting to do these. Damn other thoughts….
But anyway, let’s chatter about that abomination from Monday, where Brad Maddox, Chris Jericho, The Miz, and Wade Barrett had a wholly godawful talking segment, spurred by four issues.
-It was nothing more than a bit of business to promote 2 in-house movies (one of which made $5.4M its opening weekend on a $30M budget).
-Brad Maddox’s awkward talking style, mixed with him hardly being used as a heel character, went over flatly with the crowd.
-Cole and Lawler buried it excessively and with no subtlety.
-Cole and Lawler’s burial came off as forced, obnoxious, and repugnant, since they were under Vince’s command to kill it off.
Thinking about it, I have to say the ones who should be falling on their sword should be Vince and creative. John Morrison comes to mind here: in YouTube videos and other projects, he comes off as an effective and confident talker, but when handed a WWE script, he’s more wooden than the Santa Maria.
Same thing goes with the likes of Miz, who comes off as likable and charming on talk shows (Really? Really), but in WWE’s confines, he just sounds obnoxious and stilted. Barrett may be worse in this regard, and Maddox’s style doesn’t jive with reading things word for word.
Shouldn’t the creative staff take the heat for this instead of Maddox, who sites are claiming is being scapegoated for dropping the ball? Or better still, shouldn’t WWE look at themselves in the mirror and ask: why are we risking the credibility of our performers with transparent movie plugs (excessively presented, might I add), asking them to make the shilling come off as a natural extension of our storylines, when inexperienced talkers like Maddox and Barrett are likely going to bomb out there.
Having Cole and Lawler call attention to the horridness of it only magnifies the problem. When they’re telling the audience that Barrett and Maddox and whoever are droning on and not hitting the target, what good does that do? Cole and Lawler, speaking via Vince, are telling us, “You’re an idiot if you’re enjoying this.” Aren’t the commentators supposed to calmly and deftly salvage the burning wreckage?
What say you? What did you take from the Highlight Reel segment on Monday?