INDUCTION: Drew McIntyre vs. El Torito – Want to Know Why WWE’s Ratings Are in a Free Fall? Look No Further!

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WWE, 2014

In case you’ve not heard, WWE’s ratings are currently are in something of a slump, with some of their key demographics down as much as 25% in the last twelve months alone. While the company loves to point out viewership across the board for television is in a decline, there are other popular shows that are bucking the trend. Amazingly, Rawfeaturing seemingly never-ending Baron Corbin matches isn’t in that group.

While I pointed a finger at Corbin there, let’s be fair: it isn’t just his fault. The entire product feels completely stagnant. The basics layout of the show, be that the set, the commentary, or the matches themselves feel like they’ve not changed in a decade. Wins and losses mean nothing, and stipulations are brought up and dropped with no rhyme nor recourse. And of course three hours is just too long for a weekly wrestling show.

I think more than anything, though, there’s just no major stars casual fans feel are worthy of their time. I am behind Becky Lynch more than the next guy (ewww, that didn’t come out right), but I’m also the first to admit she’s not a Steve Austin, Rock, Hulk Hogan or even a John Cena. Without a key player like that, there’s not going to be a boom period. It’s something the company woefully needs.

Even upper card guys these days are in short supply – hence we are seeing guys who were essentially jobbers now asked to play major roles. Jinder Mahal, who was fighting to get a chance to stare at the lights on obscure shows like Saturday Morning Slam, was elevated to World Champion status a couple years back. No one bought it. Seriously, how could you? It was made very clear he was no one important, then all of a sudden one day they put the world title on him. We were to forget his entire WWE history and view him as a mega star.

And now we’re seeing that happening again with a guy by the name of Drew McIntyre.

Prior to Vince’s newfound fascination with the guy, I remembered him for two things:

Being with Jinder and Heath Slater in the goof troop known as Three Man Band…

…and his at the time smoke show wife, Taryn Terrell (aka Tiffany of ECW fame).

You can guess which I remembered more vividly.

Wait, there was one more thing I recall now that I think about it: a horrible match that will be fodder for today’s induction! Lucky you!

On a random Raw in May of 2014, Drew and his flunkies were in the midst of a feud with Los Matadores. I’ll go out on a limb and guess that a lot of the folks reading this had totally forgotten about this team, which would have been one of the 37 incarnations for Primo and Epico. You’d think that reviving a gimmick so dumb that it earned the incredibly underrated Tito Santana an induction here at the Crap would be a lot point for these poor guys, it was in my opinion a step up from when they’d spend time on WWE television hocking timeshares.

Have I mentioned this company has 37 (yes, THIRTY-SEVEN!!!!) writers?

Long story long, both of these factions had a mini in their ranks: Hornswoggle with the Drew crew, and El Torito with the Colons. Instead of having the little guys battle each other this night, the decision was made to have El Torito take on McIntyre.

This ***** Dave Meltzer classic begins with the little bull drawing a line in the sand and daring Drew to cross it. Ok, won’t lie, that’s kinda funny. I actually chuckled a bit at it.

Not so much at the hip thrusting. Jeez, Drew, keep that thing in your pants!

Wait, you’re not wearing pants.

So I guess, I mean, put some pants on. And never ever do that again. That’s just plain old fashioned nightmare fuel.

It doesn’t take long for Drew to catch the little guy, and he promptly throws him approximately fifty feet in the air.

Somehow, Drew winds up taking a bump in this equation. I’d note that kinda defies logic, but I am too amazed these two guys were able to make that look so good. No wonder Vince decided to give him a push!

I mean, it was five years and a stint of being gone from the company before it actually happened, but still.

It doesn’t take long for Drew to corner the guy and start laying a beating on him, much to the delight of his stable mates. Jeez, look at those geeks. Seriously, had someone told me in 2014 that Jinder Mahal would be world champion I would have told them they were high as a kite.

Kinda makes you wonder if perhaps Vince himself was getting all hepped up on goofball at some point.

Up to the top (err, second rope) we go as Drew works to finish Torito off with a superplex. The men in green jump to his aid but never have the chance to make the save, as Slater and Mahal knock them off the apron and begin a fight outside the ring.

Keep that in mind – the Colons did NOT touch Mcintyre in any way, shape or form.

Instead, he gets lightly tapped from behind, collapses into the turnbuckle, and is pinned clean as a sheet. Couldn’t have Torito at least done a splash or something to the poor guy?

Following the match, as Drew was attempting to recover from…ummm…I guess being a clumsy oaf…Jinder, Slater, and Swoggle trapped Torito and do the unthinkable:

They rip off his tail!

It was an act so heinous it recalled the time Casey and I were booking an indy show and had one guy steal another guy’s hat thinking it would get biggum heat. Amazingly, both events garnered roughly the same reaction from the crowd: utter silence.

Look, I have nothing against comedy matches – and to be fair, these guys did a good job doing what they were asked to do. But the problem is, now we are supposed to forget all that. We’re supposed to forget Drew was a laughingstock losing to midgets on Raw.

I like to think that wrestling fans aren’t that dumb. Maybe I’m wrong.

(Checks this week’s ratings.)

No, I don’t think I am.

And I can only imagine how Vince feels losing all those viewers.

Yeah, probably a lot like that.


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17 Responses to "INDUCTION: Drew McIntyre vs. El Torito – Want to Know Why WWE’s Ratings Are in a Free Fall? Look No Further!"
  1. Sean Bateman says:

    Poor Drew.

    • Si says:

      I’d argue that he’s really been let down by the main roster creative’s current circumstance – he reinvented himself and his rep on the indies, was treated as a huge deal in NXT, then his run on returning to TV from teaming with Dolph to finally doing away with him in a brutal cage match at the end of last year kept him strong and made him look what he should have been had Vince not got bored with him first time around. Then Vince seemingly got bored with him second time around (apart from that weird post-Smackdown tag match where he disappeared before the end supposedly because someone thought we wouldn’t remember he was on the losing team even though he wasn’t close to taking the pin), he got dragged into the Corbin vortex and here we all are again.

  2. C Boz says:

    Two comments:

    * 37 writers is a core problem with WWE these days. 37!!!

    * I remember the ninja turtle-looking matadors. I reckon all of us do. And I remember El Torito, and this stable (or was it a paddock) which never made sense: wouldn’t the matadors want to ‘off’ the little bull? It is in their names: MATAdors. If you don’t know Spanish, look it up.

    Actually a third comment:

    * I agree about Taryn being the one memorable thing about McIntyre at this time.

    Oh, and a fourth:

    * 3 Count was much better than 3 Man Band. Now let’s sing with 3 Count. “We like the Backstreet Boys. N’Snyc too. Britney Spears (get better soon) is kinda cute.” Yes I have typed those lyrics on this site before. But that was one memorable song.

    Unfortunately, this induction was one unfortunately memorable match.

    • RD Reynolds says:

      Loved that Three Count song. That’s why we use it on WrestleCrap Radio. 🙂

    • Lee W. says:

      Well you do know what they say about too many cooks…………

    • Efraim says:

      Well, of course Los Matadores didn’t make any sense, they were mostly used for attacks against logic, really. I mean, remember that time they trotted them out to celebrate Cinco de Mayo (I think their feud with 3MB was already going on)? Two Puerto Ricans playing Spaniards celebrating Mexico’s national festivity? Makes just as much sense as McIntyre throwing Torito in the air to end up eating an arm drag.

    • Saint Stryfe says:

      In a row?

    • Thun says:

      * 37 writers is a core problem with WWE these days. 37!!!

      Clearly, they’re gathering up writers to fill up a boss team for the XFL.

  3. Chris V says:

    See, now. I had completely forgotten this match even existed.
    I probably blocked it out of my mind for a reason.

    Drew McIntyre is probably the only interesting wrestler in the WWE at this point, for me.
    Seriously, the guy looks like a badass wrestler, and he can actually wrestle pretty damn well now.

    I’d say his character even explains something like the debacle that was Three Man Band. Drew got cocky, he didn’t work for his spot, he expected to get everything handed to him because he was “the chosen one”, and it showed.
    He got fired, went to the indies, worked hard to become a better wrestler, and now he’s back with a chip on his shoulder.

    I certainly wouldn’t say that pushing Drew McIntyre is what is hurting ratings.
    It’s the inconsistency.
    Drew is pushed like a badass out to hurt other wrestlers one week. The next week, he is being treated like just another body. Then, the next week, he is getting pushed hard again.
    There are no decent heels who are kept strong in the WWE anymore.

    That’s one reason I say McIntyre is the best thing that the WWE has today. He’s a heel who actually comes across as a threat, instead of a total joke.
    There aren’t any other strong heels in the WWE.

    Why are we meant to care about any of these matches, when the heels are complete jokes, unable to get over on the face?
    Where’s the appeal in that?
    Heel cheats to win. Heel acts like a chicken. Face beats up the heel. They have a rematch, and the face gets a clean win. Then, the face beats said heel twenty more times for good measure.

    At least it seemed like Hogan was in danger from the heels. The heel would do something dastardly to Hogan. It looked like the heel hurt Hogan.
    Then, Hogan would come back and win the big payoff match.
    It was formulaic, but it was better than what we see today, where heels have no chance to do anything against the faces.
    The heels are more likely to have something dastardly done to them by the faces, in fact.
    It’s just boring.

  4. #OPC says:

    This is reminiscent of the Chavo/Hornswoggle feud, itself a Gooker winner. With that in mind, it’s surprising this Drew/El Torito match only happened once!

  5. Al Boondy says:

    Their Wee-LC match was still the bomb, though …

  6. mitch says:

    I think Drew pulled a Matt Hardy Summerslam 05 and h’s head bonked off the ringpost, which is how he was kayfabe’d KO.

  7. Dave says:

    That last GIF makes it look like Drew got together with Jimmy and Jey and put Ucy Hot in El Torito’s baby bull suit.

  8. WrestleMeElmo says:

    LOL. this reminds me of the time RD got destroyed by Eric B at Starcast. RD was robbed of all dignity. Please induct. Thanks!

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