WWE announced the following today:
“WWE has come to terms on the release of WWE Raw Diva Maryse as of today, October 28, 2011. WWE wishes Maryse the best in all of her future endeavors.”
Maryse commented on Twitter:
“I’M OUT and sexier than ever! Thanks to all my fans, colleagues and @WWE Universe. Im Happy, im Smiling, and FREE, now its time to get Naughty …………BE SEXY”
Now my opinion is that along with Beth Pheonix she was the best heel-Diva in the company, and that she really improved her in-ring the past year (in the rare chances we actually got to see her). However looking at this trend it seems like being able to work is the downfall for a lady in the WWE. How is that that Melina, Gail Kim and now Maryse are no longer a part of the company when “DIVAS” like Rosa Mendes, Eve Torres and Kelly Kelly are? Now, if it’s only “The Look” they’re after, releasing her should be the last thing you do! She should’ve been pushed as the top Diva in the company… because she’s HOT!
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Now I know that when it comes to Pro-wrestling and MMA, for the most part people are fans of one and not the other. Most people think the two products are entirely different, and that one has nothing to do with the other, which is very true to an extent. One deals with “good guys” and “bad guys”, who have feuds together for several months to build up rivalries and put on
shows. The other one…is professional wrestling 🙂 Point is, the UFC has done pro-wrestling even better than pro-wrestling the past few years (if that makes any sense at all).
While the two worlds may seem different, true wrestling fans that enjoyed the product of the late 90’s would really appreciate what the UFC has done, and how they have done it. What was offered to Vince McMahon for 2 million dollars back in 2002 has gone on to become a billion dollar company. They have taken the WWE template in terms of marketing their fighters, growth in foreign markets, and storytelling to deliver something new and creative. They have marketed their fighters the same way that Vince McMahon has marketed his characters. Now I’m not saying that UFC fighters are necessarily “characters”, but a lot of them are personalities that the fans are engaged in to the point that you would pay to see them settle their conflicts. These are what the grassroots of pro-wrestling and MMA are; selling conflict for a resolution that you will pay to see the answer to. That being said, they’re not over-the-top characters like we are used to seeing in pro-wrestling, but that just makes fighters more real and presentable to the average person.
The formula is simple: “You have the title, and I WANT IT.” Two guys fight for a title, and that’s it. Getting personal with all that competition obviously does engage the fans more, but it appeals to them because it is true, unscripted animosity that is real even outside the octagon. What’s amazing is that there is no 1 dominant champion, each division has their own title and all of them actually have credibility that the fans genuinely care for, which says a lot considering that there are 7 of them. You would think that having only 2 dominant titles (like in WWE) would mean people would care like they did a decade ago.
When it comes down to business, promotion, and basic structure of the companies, you’ll see that the two products definitely have a lot to do with one another. There is no reason why we can’t be fans of both of these great forms of entertainment.
A perfect mix of the two is Chael Sonnen. Here he is cutting a great promo after his fight at UFC 136.
In his prime, Scott Hall was a mountain of a man – 6-foot-7, 290 pounds of solidly sculptured muscle, appearing as close as invincible as they come. As Razor Ramon, he was one of professional wrestling’s biggest names and most villainous villains, busting chairs with the likes of Randy Savage, Bret Hart and Hulk Hogan in front of tens of thousands of screaming fans in sold-out arenas. And he loved the life that came with it: the parties, the women, the celebrity. But the high life soon started to slip away, and Hall has been desperately doing whatever he can since to hold on ever since. Hall’s slide seems to know no bottom – from his deteriorating physical and mental condition, to his ongoing battle with alcohol and substance abuse that has crippled his family life and resulted in pathetic public appearances in school gyms. But he’s hanging on, somehow. Now his only son, Cody, wants to follow in his father’s tortured bootsteps. E:60 chronicles the heartbreaking story of a man who is a shadow of his former self and desperate for one last taste of the glory days.