Feedback to Raw angle



Jerry Lawler made his return to Raw after a heart attack that almost took his life and it was a touching moment when "the King" spoke to fans after being gone for weeks. If those that are in control of the creative department of Raw had left it at that, it would have been one of the most touching and genuine moments in the history of the program. However, we, the viewers, got the touching moment then they turned the whole thing into an angle and a spectacle.
 
CM Punk and Paul Heyman came to the ring as Lawler wrapped-up his speech and the WWE champion cut a blistering heel promo. It was one of his best promos of the last few months in my opinion. Of course, it was easy to get heat by cutting a promo on the legend on a night the beloved star returned from near death. Maybe that is what made the champ's work on the microphone so great was it related to an actual real-life tragic event and not an imagined storyline but it was still an awesome promo. Punk had fire and the promo was intense then Heyman faked a heart attack and for a moment I was shocked. Were they really going to have a heart attack angle on the night Lawler returns?
 
Heyman rose from the mat after falling down clutching his chest and he let us all know it was a work and some twisted joke on Lawler. Just before that moment the thought of Fritz Von Erich and his heart attack angle in Word Class came to my mind. That was not a successful angle and tasteless. The angle tonight on Raw was tasteless in many ways as well but I was captivated by the angle, which is rare on Raw these days. Still, I think the segment should have been seperated by a commercial break for the sake of Lawler's emotional return.
 
Lawler could have made the touching speech to the fans then they fade to a break. After the break or even before the break for a teaser as they fade to the break, Punk comes to the ring and then he cuts his promo and they run the whole angle all after the break, at least seperating the positive, uplifting moment from the typical hype of a match. A commercial could play just before they come back from the break hyping the Survivor Series title match and the segment would have been way less tacky and tasteless and still built interest in the title match. Still, that did not happen. We got the touching moment but it was ruined by the angle and the heat that it caused is not the kind that draws buys for the pay-per-view.
 
Jerry Lawler made his return to Raw after a heart attack that almost took his life and it was a touching moment when "the King" spoke to fans after being gone for weeks. If those that are in control of the creative department of Raw had left it at that, it would have been one of the most touching and genuine moments in the history of the program. However, we, the viewers, got the touching moment then they turned the whole thing into an angle and a spectacle.
 
CM Punk and Paul Heyman came to the ring as Lawler wrapped-up his speech and the WWE champion cut a blistering heel promo. It was one of his best promos of the last few months in my opinion. Of course, it was easy to get heat by cutting a promo on the legend on a night the beloved star returned from near death. Maybe that is what made the champ's work on the microphone so great was it related to an actual real-life tragic event and not an imagined storyline but it was still an awesome promo. Punk had fire and the promo was intense then Heyman faked a heart attack and for a moment I was shocked. Were they really going to have a heart attack angle on the night Lawler returns?
 
Heyman rose from the mat after falling down clutching his chest and he let us all know it was a work and some twisted joke on Lawler. Just before that moment the thought of Fritz Von Erich and his heart attack angle in Word Class came to my mind. That was not a successful angle and tasteless. The angle tonight on Raw was tasteless in many ways as well but I was captivated by the angle, which is rare on Raw these days. Still, I think the segment should have been seperated by a commercial break for the sake of Lawler's emotional return.
 
Lawler could have made the touching speech to the fans then they fade to a break. After the break or even before the break for a teaser as they fade to the break, Punk comes to the ring and then he cuts his promo and they run the whole angle all after the break, at least seperating the positive, uplifting moment from the typical hype of a match. A commercial could play just before they come back from the break hyping the Survivor Series title match and the segment would have been way less tacky and tasteless and still built interest in the title match. Still, that did not happen. We got the touching moment but it was ruined by the angle and the heat that it caused is not the kind that draws buys for the pay-per-view.
Jerry Lawler made his return to Raw after a heart attack that almost took his life and it was a touching moment when "the King" spoke to fans after being gone for weeks. If those that are in control of the creative department of Raw had left it at that, it would have been one of the most touching and genuine moments in the history of the program. However, we, the viewers, got the touching moment then they turned the whole thing into an angle and a spectacle.
 
CM Punk and Paul Heyman came to the ring as Lawler wrapped-up his speech and the WWE champion cut a blistering heel promo. It was one of his best promos of the last few months in my opinion. Of course, it was easy to get heat by cutting a promo on the legend on a night the beloved star returned from near death. Maybe that is what made the champ's work on the microphone so great was it related to an actual real-life tragic event and not an imagined storyline but it was still an awesome promo. Punk had fire and the promo was intense then Heyman faked a heart attack and for a moment I was shocked. Were they really going to have a heart attack angle on the night Lawler returns?
 
Heyman rose from the mat after falling down clutching his chest and he let us all know it was a work and some twisted joke on Lawler. Just before that moment the thought of Fritz Von Erich and his heart attack angle in Word Class came to my mind. That was not a successful angle and tasteless. The angle tonight on Raw was tasteless in many ways as well but I was captivated by the angle, which is rare on Raw these days. Still, I think the segment should have been seperated by a commercial break for the sake of Lawler's emotional return.
 
Lawler could have made the touching speech to the fans then they fade to a break. After the break or even before the break for a teaser as they fade to the break, Punk comes to the ring and then he cuts his promo and they run the whole angle all after the break, at least seperating the positive, uplifting moment from the typical hype of a match. A commercial could play just before they come back from the break hyping the Survivor Series title match and the segment would have been way less tacky and tasteless and still built interest in the title match. Still, that did not happen. We got the touching moment but it was ruined by the angle and the heat that it caused is not the kind that draws buys for the pay-per-view.
Chris Aiken


 
I have finally realized that at the age of 45, the wrestling I grew up with here in StL is dead. After watching the appalling video of Lawler with the enhanced snore I became disgusted and reflected on the past. I remember when wrestling was where you went to forget the bullshit in your life. It was where you went on the weekend to drift into a fantasy world and forget a rough week at work, it was where you went to forget, if only for a few hours, the bills piling up, it was where you went to escape relationship problems and even where you went when you received bad news from a doctor. It was where you were able to drift into a fantasy where two giants in ability or size just had to prove who was the best and you could cheer for whomever you wanted and forget life's problems for two and a half hours every three weeks.


Those days are gone as sports entertainment is here to stay and designed to remind us, not relieve us, of the problems causing grief. We are bombarded with what McMahon, Eric and others claim is reality and they are correct. The problem is I don't want to pay somebody to re-enact life's woes to which I can't escape from for a short period of time. Why would anyone believe that the heart attack clip was necessary? Why do we need relationships drug into a storyline? Why do we need employees feuding with a boss? It's all ridiculous as wrestling booking is simple to gain success. Personalities come across in the promos and it is a competition. Line two people on a path to a match and have them battle it out for who is the best with all building towards a certain goal and God knows with all the titles flying around, you have a goal for all of them. We don't need people stealing items, hacking phones, motorcycle gangs, or women raping men in hotel rooms to gain interest in a angle. They are in competition with each other for a similar prize and that is what wrestling was in the past and sadly isn't any longer. After watching the show last night, I pray Owen Hart never gets inducted into the filing cabinet that Vince calls a Hall of Fame because I fear the footage that he may drag out and show the world.

John Brooks

Hi Dave,
I heard about the Punk-Heyman-Lawler skit and was absolutely disgusted by it. But I had to watch it on YouTube just so I have every right to comment, and it was even worse.
Eight weeks after the Lawler incident, I had the unfortunate experience of seeing a woman die of a heart attack right beside me at a public event. This was only last week. I try not to think about it anymore, but reading about people mocking a similar situation, then watching it brought back very uncomfortable memories. I am so sick of the WWE continuing to present distasteful things like this. Never mind that Eddie's death anniversary is on Tuesday; I wouldn't have been surprised if that fact had found a way into the storylines. I think that says a lot. This is what they call entertainment. I'm not entertained one bit. But at least this lifelong wrestling fan can proudly say that because of garbage like this, I've only spent less than $15 on this company in the last 10 years.
Jerome Geronimo