Jay's Ways - WWE In A Slump But Why? Submitted by Justin Watry on 05/11/2017 at 05:27 AM
"I have been reading your stuff on 411mania and nodq.com for the longest time now and I have never felt inclined to email in. The general consensus of you not being most popular is harsh at times but also can be well-founded too. But I still read your stuff because I do enjoy your articles and find your perspective interesting most of the time.
That said, your article about your friend Megan and trip to Wrestlemnaia was the greatest thing you have ever wrote. Forget about the predictions you brag about getting right. This is your crowning piece. Maybe it is because I can relate as going to Wrestlemania is my ultimate dream and it will be happening next year. But I genuinely loved your article.
Thank you for the great stuff."
- Jay's Ways reader
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The Misconceptions Of Roman Reigns was my newest 411mania column. I list every complaint against The Guy and knock them all down. One by one, I tell you how foolish all the criticism is about Reigns in WWE. Here is the link, check it out:
RAW - No Brock Lesnar and Universal Title. Finn Balor still heating up and getting put in a top position. Bray Wyatt doing nothing. Dean Ambrose and The Miz continuing their feud from the blue brand over to the red brand. Same tag teams going at it, just with The Hardyz sprinkled in there. Braun Strowman and Roman Reigns off television last week and been going at it since January (almost time to end the feud boys). Sasha Banks' heel turn being dragged out. Sorry to say, but I believe the biggest offender is Seth Rollins still being on Raw.
I don't know why really. It just irks me he stuck around on Monday nights. Been champion. Main evented. Face, heel. The Shield and on his own. Just finished his long-term story line at WWE WrestleMania 33 against his biggest foe. It was time for a true superstar shakeup with him. Rather, he is on the same brand fighting the same battles with the same opponent (Samoa Joe), and there does not appear to be an end in sight.
All of this points to a dull product heading into the summer. Minus a BROKEN Hardyz thing (not even a fan personally) or something with Kurt Angle, I am at a loss as to what is next. Brock Lesnar, you ready yet?
Smackdown LIVE - This is the show that gets all the love. Well, I am not seeing it as of late. Daniel Bryan is gone for his family. Congrats by the way. Shane McMahon tends to come and go - no issues there. American Alpha has been underused since their WWE Draft call up in 2016. They needed a move to Raw big time. James Ellsworth is still on TV for some reason, ruining Carmella and any future she may have. The Jinder Mahal experiment was worth a shot and still could work wonders, but the results have been iffy at best. Erick Rowan and Luke Harper are fighting because they just are, and ROWAN IS BEATING HARPER!
AJ Styles is great, Kevin Owens as United States Champion fits, Baron Corbin is improving every week, Sami Zayn is his usual entertaining self, and Randy Orton as WWE Champion may feel like nothing now but is okay if the proposed future goal is accomplished. Like Raw, none of that equals must see television. You can't be stumbling during a UK Tour or when single branded WWE Network live specials happen so frequently or worse for the company - when sports are all over TV and easily grab viewers away. Can't phone it in like that.
The Mania buzz is gone, as is the wild card ace in the hole Superstar ShakeUp. No more tricks to play. Just going to need solid writing and a worthy roster. We know the wrestlers there are more than capable. Now it turns to the presentation and feel of the program. Ratings surely can't go much lower...right?
NXT - Okay, let's end this on some positive vibes. NXT found its groove again. The rebuilding will be difficult with all the stars that have left recently, but they are getting. The Chicago live special is sneaking up on all of us, but the card looks promising, and weekly shows have been intriguing in the buildup. If Raw and/or Smackdown LIVE have faltered, go give NXT your view. Only an hour and plenty of goodness in there. Well worth your time.
Full disclosure: I had a pizza and huge bottle of orange soda on Monday at work. One of the managers offered to buy for all of us, and I splurged. Heck, it was actually MY idea! I brought it up actually and knew exactly what I was doing with the suggestion. It was time to dive back into a soda and pizza after nearly a month of quitting cold turkey, and you know what it tasted like?
The pizza was excellent, and I literally smiled like an idiot when I chugged the two liters of soda. Ah, it was great. Like the weight of the world was off my shoulders.
Now, here is the real point of the story: I got my 'fix' again, and I was satisfied. Didn't have any more pizza, even after being tempted at the bar later that night (free too!). Same with soda; I was able to resist. For the first time in almost a month, I had alcohol. That, along with candy, was also a part of this whole deal. I drank water all week, milk, and some of those lovely protein drinks. No soda. As much as I loved the taste, that was just to get the monkey off my back and see how I reacted.
As mentioned before, this was never intended to be a 100% kind of deal. Heck, I'm already planned to go out for pizza later this month. I said from the very beginning it wasn't a permanent ban - just something I needed to do for myself and know that I COULD do it.
Like my journey to Orlando and attending my first ever WrestleMania, I had an idea in mind, made myself do it, and saw the plan through.
For myself, it was about soda and pizza (and other junk food) to be eliminated from my diet heading into the summer.
For others, it may be joining a gym, leaving a toxic relationship, auditioning for a reality show, moving to a new city, starting a new job, or even something as simple as giving up soda and pizza.
You can do it. Truly, you can. To steal a meme quote I found the other day: Don't talk yourself out of it; talk yourself into it!
Make your plan, wake up the next day (or whenever is best), and follow through. The biggest regrets in life are the choices you don't make rather than the ones you do.
Don't simply be a statistic. Don't be Megan. Do you. Be you.
With that out of the way, June is near...
The return. It's happening.
Stay tuned to @JustinWatry on Twitter for more details. Coming soon.