MR. TITO: Why Do Wrestling Fans NOT Want CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, John Cena, Brock Lesnar, and Others to Return?

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Recently, I wrote a column entitled “Returning Live Crowds Won’t Matter for WWE or AEW – Their Creative Still Sucks” and boy did that piss off both WWE and AEW fanbases. The beauty of my columns is that I’m an equal opportunity hater. If your wrestling promotion sucks, I’m going to call it out without any filters. I owe nothing to WWE or AEW and writing these beautiful columns on a voluntary basis doesn’t tie me financially to either promotion.

Right now, I want to point the FINGER OF SHAME at both WWE and AEW fans.


Because all of you are failing to look a gift horse in the mouth.

We have a distinct possibility that CM Punk and Daniel Bryan are going to wrestle for ANOTHER promotion and greatly IMPROVE that promotion by joining it. In the case of CM Punk, he has not performed in the ring since Royal Rumble 2014 and is the ultimate anti-WWE guy based on his 2014 exit, his Colt Cabana Podcast comments, the WWE lawsuit, and how they terminated him on his wedding day. Daniel Bryan has been misused from day one by the WWE and has been barely used since dropping the World Title to Kofi Kingston.

On top of that, John Cena is freakin’ back. He is one of the GREATEST WRESTLERS OF ALL TIME and he’s back. Not only is he back, but he’s actually sacrificing his Hollywood career just to entertain us.

Yeah, Bill Goldberg is back… But you know what, folks? Many of us were watching during 1998 and that man kept WCW running strong for another year. Sure, his matches are short and unwatchable… Bill Goldberg is a Monday Night Wars ICON and he brings all of us older fans back, each and every time.

And then you have someone like Edge coming back from a major neck injury to keep performing for us.

Is everyone excited to see these major superstar veterans participating in the WWE vs. AEW war to help boost the QUALITY of both promotions?

No… I’m seeing nothing but complaints.

“Daniel Bryan isn’t a draw”

“CM Punk is older than Hogan when he was in WCW, got beat up in UFC”

“Goldberg is oldberg”

“Edge is old and is taking main event matches away from the roster”.

“John Cena will go back to Hollywood soon”.

FINE – If you believe that Cena, Edge, Daniel Bryan, Goldberg, and CM Punk are NOT WORTHY of taking a roster spot to fill FIVE HOURS OF RAW/Smackdown and sometimes an additional 3-4 hours of Pay Per View, along with TWO HOURS of AEW Dynamite plus their many additional 1 hour shows…


Oh wait, you can’t…

Because all of you struggle to decide on which guy should be the next up and comer as a Main Eventer. None of you can agree on who the next big guy should be.

Many of you are upset at the treatment of Bobby Lashley as WWE Champion right now. Have you seen RAW’s viewership numbers lately? We were seriously pushing going UNDER 1.5 million viewers with Lashley as champion. There was a reason why he didn’t draw in the past, no matter where he went. MVP is helping to market him more than people know. Drew McIntyre was terminated earlier in his career and drew nothing as WWE Champion.

You have Roman Reigns holding up the Smackdown roster. FACT is that Smackdown’s viewership was trending South below 2 million viewers until Roman returned at SummerSlam 2020. He has NO OPPONENTS besides veterans such as Edge, Daniel Bryan, and now John Cena.

This is what I’ve been POUNDING the table about for years. WWE’s Talent Relations and Developmental System has failed the WWE since Triple H took over the function. Besides Finn Balor and Kevin Owens, and Finn Balor was demoted back to NXT, NXT is not supplying the WWE with MALE wrestlers to potentially become World Champion. Furthermore, most of the recent CUTS made by the WWE for the past 2 years were Triple H signed guys.

Apollo Crews? Baron Corbin? Finn Balor now that he’s back from NXT? Maybe Samoa Joe could rejoin the WWE roster eventually? Karrion Kross looks very exposed without the hot chick and elaborate entrance. How did Bad Bunny help Damian Priest again? I’m still waiting for that popularity boost. Aleister Black and Andrade are now in AEW… Bobby Roode is a midcarder, as is Nakamura. Ciampa, Gargano, and Cole don’t want to leave their NXT comfort zone.


Have you not observed how RAW’s viewership went from consistently drawing above 4 million viewers to struggling to hold above 1.5 million viewers? Seems like things really began to go downhill after the WWE foolishly decided to murder John Cena’s starpower with that Brock Lesnar squash at SummerSlam 2014. They tried to make everyone become World Champion, including guys like Jinder Mahal and Kofi Kingston who are just midcarders for life. Now, they are trying to sell Big E as the next midcarder 4 life attempt. I love Big E and see potential in him, but not with the current WWE Road Agents/Producers giving him bad advice and poor scripts. He is stuck forever as a member of New Day.

And then you have AEW… Guys, you’re stuck at a range of 800,000 to 1.1 million. You are WCW during 1996 when they needed a big artificial boost. That came in the form of Scott Hall and Kevin Nash and then joining forces with Hulk Hogan. But here is the REAL DEAL of Hall & Nash joining with the great NWO angle and Hogan turning… You tuned into the NWO but you got to see the WCW Cruiserweight Division, the loaded tag team division, and future generations of stars that the WWE would eventually employ. That is what ALL of the AEW marks are missing. CM Punk and Daniel Bryan will cause a ton of people to try AEW. In anticipating Bryan and Punk’s segments, THEY’LL WATCH THE OTHER STUFF. Just like wrestling fans wanting to watch the NWO got to see Cruiserweights, Jericho, Benoit, Malenko, Rey Mysterio, Eddie Guerrero, Harlem Heat, DDP, and so much more!

Think of Punk and Bryan like Gas Stations outside of Kroger and Walmart. Reportedly, both stores don’t make much off of their gas stations. However, especially in the case of Kroger with their points added to their cards, there is incentive to use the gas stations at the stores because they are tied into what you buy inside the store. Kroger will knock off a few cents per gallon based on your purchases. Thus, the Gas Stations are “Loss Leaders” for these stores, as they exist to create the allusion that you’ll save more at the pump by shopping more in their store.

The HYPE of John Cena vs. Roman Reigns will cause more people to (a) watch more Smackdown and (b) watch SummerSlam 2021. Thus, to eventually see the Cena/Roman segments, you have to watch the rest of the show. Ditto for Daniel Bryan/CM Punk. You tune into to see them but have to watch the rest of the show just to get their segments.

People still complain about Brock Lesnar appearing in the WWE, as many are hoping that he doesn’t return and even AEW fans are calling for him to never join their promotion. Huh? He’s the most believable Pro Wrestler out there today. Why do you not want MORE of that guy? Lesnar is a legit draw and actually puts over other wrestlers. Look at his losses, folks… Cena, Roman, Seth Rollins, Undertaker, Goldberg, and Drew McIntyre. He’s trying to put over your darlings but then you get nitpicky about someone like Seth Rollins taking the top spot after defeating Brock Lesnar.

Today’s wrestling fanbase doesn’t know what they want… They are constantly changing their “internet darling” picks and that causes WWE’s metrics of merchandise sales and quarter hours to become mixed on everyone. Back in my day, everyone was nearly 100% behind Stone Cold Steve Austin. John Cena had most of the audience in his hand from 2005-2014. Now, wrestling fans are scattered between many wrestlers and thus nobody is fully pushed to succeed.

Getting back to my point… If you cannot present legitimate wrestlers who should obtain those top Wrestlemania, SummerSlam, or Saudi Arabia shows instead of the veterans… Then you should shut up.

Today’s current WWE roster lacks top level draws and that is the blame of the WWE Talent Relations & Development since mid 2012 when Triple H took over. On top of that, HHH would just shrug his shoulders when he was EVP of Creative from late 2013 through 2019. HHH didn’t protect or elevate his own guys that he signed.

WWE and AEW needs these top veterans to come back or else they cannot get you to watch. Period.

So just chill… Until the next episode!

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