WWE News WWE/TNA News: RVD talks joining WWE or TNA in interview, RVD says bring back jobbers!
Jan 29, 2010 - 10:22:33 AM
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By James Caldwell, Torch assistant editor
Free agent pro wrestler Rob Van Dam says it's important for him to take his time before deciding to return to WWE or TNA and being featured on their TV because he's very protective of his character and he wants a real storyline to jump into rather than being seen as a guy "fading out" of his career.
"I mean, it's possible that I could be interested in either TNA or WWE if it was the right amount of work vs. pay ratio. That's basically what it is, and I haven't had that deep of conversations with anyone yet, really," RVD told Tom Herrera of Fanhouse.com. "It's one thing to just be remembered for what I've done, and I am fine with that if that's what happens, and if not, then I wanna go in there and start a whole new level, a whole new chapter and not just be seen fading out."
RVD also talked in-depth about the one major change he would make to today's pro wrestling, which would be re-incorporating jobbers - enhancement talent - into the TV wrestling presentation.
RVD's point was that WWE and TNA need to make their stars larger-than-life and build to match-ups between big stars. Also, TV matches wouldn't need to a "political finish" for wrestlers to save face.
"Bring back the day of the jobber. When I was a fan, when I was younger, wrestlers were larger than life because I would watch them totally annihilate some local scrub, some guy that was in the ring, I didn't know who the jobber was. ... That to me was how you build the wrestler, and when I found out two of these superstars would be battling each other, whether it was near me at a live show or when it was on Saturday Night's Main Event, that was huge and it drew great interest and enthusiasm because I got to see these two big wrestlers who I've seen just destroy everybody actually face each other," RVD said in an interview with
RVD said the Monday Night Wars changed the formula to present PPV main event-caliber matches on TV and he would like to see WWE and TNA go back to the previous formula of making star vs. star matches a bigger deal when they actually do occur.
"Ever since Monday Night Wars, every single match from the bottom to the top of the card seems like it has to be main-event quality -- superstar vs. superstar, superstar vs. superstar -- and then you gotta find a political way to go into the finish, you know, to try to deck one guy while doing what you want with the other. It's a bunch of bulls--- I think."
Caldwell's Analysis: Be sure to check out the complete interview from the Fanhouse link above. Good interview. I agree completely on using the enhancement talent approach to build stars, get over their moves, then build to match-ups between stars that fans anticipate seeing. I know the game has changed since the 1980s and people are afraid viewers will tune out if Sheamus takes five minutes to run through a jobber, but the key is putting another star in the element with guest commentary to keep viewers tuned in.
WWE used this formula on ECW to build intrigue for the Kozlov vs. Ezekiel Jackson program a few months ago. They each squashed a jobber, then WWE built intrigue to see what would happen if they went face-to-face in the ring. The only problem is...it was Kozlov and Jackson. At the time, they were two of the least charismatic individuals on the entire roster. This gets into the idea that they needed mouthpieces, which WWE addressed with Jackson by giving him William Regal.
If WWE is building to MVP vs. Miz for the U.S. Title, then have MVP run through a jobber with Miz on commentary, then have Miz run through a jobber with MVP on commentary. Instead, we had a situation on this week's Raw where MVP was squashed by Big Show and Miz lost to Kofi Kingston. The title was de-valued, the top challenger was de-valued, and the entire feud was de-valued. It was backwards and due to WWE having to find a way to get Big Show and Kofi on TV without hurting them while at the same time trying to build up the U.S. Title feud. It was a mess.
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