Ken Resnick wasn’t impressed by the Monday Night Raw following Backlash

Jun 26, 2020 - by Steve Gerweck

On the latest edition of Wrestling with History, Ken Resnick and Bruce Wirt talked about the lack of reality based storylines in pro wrestling, and the difference in booking styles over the generations. Here is some of what former WWE/AWA broadcaster Ken Resnick had to say:

On the most recent edition of Monday Night Raw: “They call it World Wrestling Entertainment, and it’s entertainment but it’s become more like a sitcom with action…if it was like a drama that all fit together you could understand that; but this is like a drama where nothing fit together.”

On the lack of energy coming out of a major PPV: “Everything aside, to me the most noticeable difference – certainly in my years in the 80s and 90s, when you came out of a PPV…whatever PPV you came out of, coming out of that PPV there was always one major storyline that you were going to build on as a result of something that happened at the PPV… – Here they had the PPV Backlash the night before, and there was nothing that came out of that PPV that they could really build on. They were (just) rehashing…that I think is the biggest problem. The old school
philosophy is just gone.”

On the lack of a major storyline in WWE right now: “Here there was a PPV the night before and there was really no big storyline that Bruce (Prichard) and his new team had…even after Backlash (and) after Raw, what is the major storyline? I don’t know. I think that’s the big problem.”
On the 50/50 booking style: “Right before they gave Drew McIntyre the title, he’d been beaten like three or four or five straight times. And all of the sudden (he) got a big push.”

On how Vince McMahon’s booking philosophy when Ken was there in the mid 80s: “When I got to the WWF, it was really apparent that Vince knew the next main event for Wrestlemania or Summerslam or King of the Ring, this is what the huge matches are going to be and we worked backwards to build to that. There was that much planning and he was that smart. He knew Wrestlemania 3 it’s going to be Hulk and Andre, and he would start building and little issues would come up months before to build to that crescendo. That also doesn’t seem to be the case (anymore); part of that could well be that there’s just no great superstars or flag bearers.”

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