One of the major talking points from Monday Night Raw in recent weeks has been the feud between Randy Orton and The Fiend and Alexa Bliss. On the January 18th episode of the show, Randy Orton responded to being burned by Alexa Bliss the previous week, complete with a Luchadore mask. Now in response to the segment, former WWE Superstar and producer Lance Storm has asked if he could be serious for a minute.
Speaking on the Figure Four Daily podcast with Bryan Alvarez, Lance Storm explained how he couldn’t get to the end of the show due to the abundance of supernatural and cinematic elements.
“I didn’t get through the show to be perfectly honest. I mentioned it before, I guess it when I was looking at the Abadon/Shida match that I said I don’t want any more zombies. I’m tired of the supernatural unrealistic, you have to suspend your disbelief to another dimension stuff and the Randy Orton promo with the mask being all burnt I thought was pushing my level of suspension of disbelief, but when it got to her sitting on the playground and stuff I’m like, ‘I can’t take this.’ And it’s, again, it’s not just WWE, it’s IMPACT did the ‘dark realm’ and the ‘murder mystery’ and AEW is doing the Abadon thing and WWE has done all kinds of theme-related things and again, maybe it’s working for some people that they’re having to branch in a new direction for the pandemic, but it’s just not something that I like in wrestling and I can’t get around…
“I think the thing for me, that really did it for the Alexa segment was at some level, I still on some level want this to be a wrestling show, or shit, even just a TV show based in reality, and I just can’t help but think that if I was the owner, the director, the guy in charge of the Monday night television show and this woman shot a fireball at a dude’s face and burned him up, I wouldn’t go to commercial break and send the people out to set up her playground set. It’s too much for me and it takes me out of the show completely and I struggle with it and again, if it’s pulling ratings more power to them.”
Storm went on to detail that while he had an admittedly rigid view of what he wants his wrestling viewing to look like, he wondered what he may have done with the segments if he were still a producer on the show.
“Again, I have a very rigid view of what I think works and what is good wrestling. So there was often segments that wouldn’t fit with my mentality and there was times where I would, rather than critique it because I didn’t just want to be too negative it’s like, I’d be like, ‘Well, what about this instead?’ And rewrite the entire segment. It’s like ‘Hey, just as alternative.’ And I wonder what I would do with these.”
Lance Storm is a former Intercontinental and multiple time Tag Team Champion, and had been working backstage in WWE as a producer before being furloughed in April 2020 as part of the company’s VOVID-19 cutbacks. Prior to returning to WWE in 2019, he had previously been running his own wrestling school, the Storm Wrestling Academy. Storm relaunched the school in an online capacity in November 2020.
You can watch the full clip from FFD above, with a h/t to Wrestle Zone for the transcription.