Random Thoughts from the Office: October 28, 2011

I can't say I blame Roddy Piper for wanting to feed poison to Vince. God knows after the shit we've had shoved down our throats for the past few years I'd want to poison him too....on the 0.01% that it might give him super intellect and make him see that what he's booking is fucking stupid. [He'd make a worthy super-villain in my opinion.] But that's just me.

Halloween is the time for evil it seems, a time when all the bad is brought home to roost. Satan, Witches, Big Show-Mark Henry matches. It all makes sense; I didn't care when the ring collapsed when Brock Lesnar did it, I certainly don't know.

That's not to say I don't care about Mark Henry however.

You see this is going to be one of those rare columns where I take time to give a little praise for something the WWE has done right, in this case the booking of Mark Henry as a monster heel champion.

Mizark has been with the company 15 years now, 15 loooooong years with a million shitty gimmicks. Sexual Chocolate, banging Mae Young, falling in love with Ashley Massaro, sort of being the living embodiment of Fantasy Booking Island. You can understand why one day he'd just snap and start randomly destroying people, except of course as I've pointed out before, a lot of times that can't happen in the WWE. But this time they started it out right by targeting him after the biggest guy on the roster, Big Show, and he squashed him and then "Pillmanized" his ankle, leaving Henry to set his sights on the champion Randy Orton.

I admit this is where I thought the push would die. After all God forbid we make Randy Orton look weak, especially by a guy like Mark Henry who's not over. Remember the catch 22 argument I made? You can't get over unless you beat a top star but you can't beat a top star cause you're not over? That was where you'd lay good odds of things dying, but wrestling does have a way of surprising us, and so when Mark won the title after the initial shock there was a sort of mixed reception.

You know I don't get that. I mean sure you can use the "It's Mark Henry" argument but at least it's someone different. How excited were we all when Christian won the title for the first time? A different face is not a bad thing, especially when you consider the alternative is so stale. And the monster heel champion can work. The monster heel is a staple of booking 101, has been since the days of Hulk Hogan; then when the babyface beats him it gets the fans so excited that they can't help but get over.....unless your name is John Cena.

The best thing the WWE could do is keep the belt on Henry through to WrestleMania, build him up as this unstoppable monster who destroys everyone in sight, hurts people in and out of the ring. Then you have the opportunity to create a new star, because who is "cashing in" his Money in the Bank at 'Mania? Daniel(son) Bryan. Instant new star, instant interest in your product, instant better things for the WWE in general.

Of course that would mean they'd have to put aside the LULZ they'd get from pissing the IWC off again when Bryan becomes the first MitB winner to lose....so of course that will never happen.

Clarence "Showstealer" Mason

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