The X-Factor: Payback '17 - My take on douchebags
Submitted by Victor Mariscal on 05/04/2017 at 07:47 PM

Payback 2017 happened. Wasn’t amazing but won’t make “Worst of the Year” lists.

Well, the House of Horrors match likely will, but let’s try to forget that, shall we.

Not only did Samoa Joe and Seth Rollins have to follow that, those two had bad chemistry in the ring. Come on, the second coming of HBK couldn’t give us a good match?

It could be said that Alexa Bliss making “history” was a good move since Bayley is more sympathetic when she’s chasing gold. I’ve known forever that WWE loves to get heel heat by having the hometown heroes lose.

Wasn’t a shock, but they’ll be looking to have Sasha Banks get the heat transfer heading towards Brooklyn in August. Will it be Banks avenging her loss of the NXT Women’s title, or will it turn into Eddie Guerrero vs. Rey Mysterio from 2005?

I think it’s been established that, for all the red-hot reactions he’s gotten, Roman Reigns actually has fans. They’ve just been drowned out. All those past arguments that he can’t wrestle, can’t talk well, and has no charisma are unrealistic. Reigns can deliver a great match, and as for the other two, look at the environment he’s in.

Everything is so damn scripted and micromanaged that it’s tricky for the stars to establish a connection with the audience. Of course, if your name is The Rock, Triple H, Steve Austin, John Cena, or Undertaker, you could go off-script and then just walk backstage like it’s no big thing.

Of all those names, only one of them is guilty of going off-script for his own benefit. Guess who it is. That actually brings me to my next point.

Nothing would make me happier right now than to read that JBL has been “future endeavored”. His presence is also an indictment on the state of the industry itself. It’s full of douchebags. Sometimes you have to be, other times it’s by nature.

I mentioned Triple H, and he’s a member of The Kliq. That group is credited with revolutionizing the business through the two factions they spawned: the New World Order and D-Generation X. It’s been touched upon more than once that those five had helped the business, but they hurt it too.

We all know that Kevin Nash and Scott Hall went to WCW for sweet deals. Those two were in it for the money – they were honest about it – but they spent too much time looking out for themselves rather than the industry. There was also Shawn Michaels who – before he found God – was a total douchebag in the WWF to anyone who crossed his path.

When Bret Hart signed with WCW, Vince made the infamous decision to screw him in Montreal. Who told him he should do it? Triple H. He didn’t tell Vince to screw Bret for the benefit of the WWF title. History will tell you otherwise.

Hulk Hogan, Warrior, The Fabulous Moolah, Bill DeMott, Stephanie McMahon, Vince Russo and Kevin Dunn have also earned a place on “Most Hated” lists.

Hell, as much as The Undertaker deserves respect, he’s the reason why Diamond Dallas Page’s WWF run isn’t talked about today. He even took the W.H. title from CM Punk due to his dismissive attitude over the dress code.

Like I said, there’s a lot of douchebags in the business.

Don’t mess with the X.

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