Awards Moderator HarmonicGenerator Posted March 6, 2017 Awards Moderator Share Posted March 6, 2017 "In every generation there is a Chosen One. He alone will be pushed against the midcard, the veterans and the rest of the roster. He is the Project." Terrible Buffy reference aside, there's a prevailing idea of wrestling, and WWE in particular, having a 'Chosen One' on their roster, a guy they pin all their hopes on being a massive star, the face of the company, the marquee act, etc etc. But recently, that idea's been failing - with live crowds, anyway. The latest incarnation of the Chosen One is Roman Reigns, and that idea is one of the reasons people tend to give for booing him - because they're 'supposed to' cheer him, because he's being pushed 'down their throats', because he's the 'chosen one' and they don't like being told who to like. John Cena has suffered with the same thing for years. But it seems like the idea of a Chosen One has been a thing in WWE for decades, and it's never really been that much of a problem before. You find a guy who has 'it', you build him up, you push him to the moon, and business is sorted for the next few years. It's an almost fundamental unwritten rule in WWE. Doing my big Kurt Angle rewatch and reaching 2003 has made me remember that Brock Lesnar pretty much got this kind of push from the off when he arrived in 2002. Almost immediately positioned as the 'Next Big Thing', bulldozed over everyone, and was the Undisputed Champion five months after debuting, and one of the most prominently featured people on TV after that. I also remember having a similar kind of feeling to the one described above - Brock didn't 'deserve' to be pushed so high so quickly, they were trying to 'force' me to get on board with him, they just 'gave' him the title and he wasn't a 'real' champion, he was just the Project. I was such a twat I only ended up liking him when he turned heel again in summer 2003! I sound like wan of dem. But I was a minority on that, it seems, because the crowds generally seemed to go along with his push. Austin and Rock both got 'Chosen One' treatment as well. The popular narrative is that their rise to the very very top was totally organic, built on natural crowd reactions that just got bigger until they had no choice but to make them the top guys. But listening back to all the SCG timelines, I can't see that. They both caught on, organically, sure, but once WWE knew what they had, they both had a rocket strapped to them - these guys were destined to be the top guys as far as WWE were concerned, and they were absolutely instrumental in cementing it and making it happen. As far as I can gather anyway. Then you go back to the late 80s/early 90s and Ultimate Warrior absolutely seems to have had a 'Chosen One' push. They needed a 'new' Hulk Hogan (who was probably another guy to receive the treatment) and they got it in Warrior, they built him and built him and made it so. Or they did with me anyway because Warrior for life, Hogan's rubbish, boo Hogan yay WrestleMania VI. With all of those, the fans got on board with what was happening and helped to propel these Projects to success. And it was good. Now, they will tend to - not always, I guess, but I struggle to think of a recent example otherwise - they will tend to actively turn against anyone who they suspect is even getting an inkling of one of these pushes, sometimes purely because they appear to be getting one of these pushes. Even if they liked them previously, or liked them so much WWE decided they were a Chosen One. What changed? Is it exposure? Are guys just on TV so much now that it's that much easier to get sick of them? Is the model outdated? Do WWE need to push their top prospects as heels to get the fans to like them? Are the live crowds a misrepresentation and the acts are actually successful? Is it possible for there to ever be another 'Chosen One' that will become the megastar of WWE? These are the questions I ask, in the hope that others will answer and not just tell me I'm wrong. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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