How To Kill A Great Wrestler 101: I was conflicted about putting Simon Dean in the Hall of Shame. Especially the first one of 2005, because everyone would see it when they first hit the page. Well Simon Dean does belong in the Hall of Shame, just because they have botched the gimmick so badly up to this point (Mid-February). Nova is a fantastic wrestler and incredible performer, he is one of those guys that doesn't really need a gimmick. He remained under WWE developmental contract for over a year dominating OVW. So when he gets the call-up, they saddle him with this ridiculous gimmick. Usuaully a good wrestler can take a goofy gimmick and make it work, but the writers have to get behind it, and they haven't. As a result, Simon Dean has floundared in repeatitive segments that haven't gotten anywhere past Rosey. Simon Dean needs to rebel, and drop the gimmick and be NOVA again! Downsizing The Divas: Last year's WWE Hall of Shame was dominated by items involving Divas. The non-wrestling Divas at least. For whatever reason, Vince McMahon discovered that sex sells, okay okay, he's not the first, and he realized that a long time ago. Well the WWE Women's division began focusing more on Boobs and Bums than actual wrestling. WWE Woman's Champion Trish Stratus even got to take three vacations during the first half of 2005. Lita was taken out as a full time wrestler and starting "screwing" everybody in sight. Gail Kim, Jacqueline, Jazz and Nidia were ALL released. Leaving the working women's division very thin, leading to a shameful Trish vs Christy Hemme match at Wrestlemania 21. To Christy's credit, she IS working her ass off to train and be more physical. But that is not justification to keep Molly and Victoria at home. This led to one of the remaining workers, Victoria, to snap and turn heel and demolish all the T&A on RAW. Double "A" (Airhead Announcer): As adorable as she is, Maria Kanellis is the biggest airhead I've ever seen! The funny thing, though, is that it suits her. People are going to get on my case for saying this, but she could very well be the next Miss Elizabeth. That quiet personality, the overpowering cuteness, with an underlying aura of power. If she could just make it through a show without messing up her lines she may have a future in the business! The Masterlock Challenge (Stay Awake): There are times when I see these "weekly challenge" gimmicks on TV and I think, "who actually thinks this is making money". The highlight, for me, is seeing some of my favorite Indy wrestlers on TV. Even though they get demolished. I think everyone in the world has already realized that this gimmick is going nowhere, and The Masterpiece will be back in OVW by the end of the Summer. Everybody, except of course, the WWE writers and management. You Screwed Matt: This is truly shameful. Even by WWE standards. Matt Hardy was a veteran of the WWE ring when he went down to a serious knee injury. He sat at home and watched as his girlfriend, Lita, was put into a storyline where she was married to Kane. While this was going on, in the real world it was revealed that Lita was sleeping around with Edge (Matt's "best friend"). This was obviously a torturous piece of news for Hardy, who decided to air his thoughts about Edge and Lita on his website. He was later released by the WWE. Wow, a double-whammy! He loses his girlfriend and employment at the same time! If Matt Hardy wasn't such a positive-minded person, I'd be worried for him, but I know he will bounce back better than ever. Look for a Hardy reunion in TNA this summer. The Walking Kiss of Death: Back in the scripted world of professional wrestling. Lita was growing fond of her husband, who she originally dispised and publically wished he would "burn in hell". Kane became a gentler human being and paid more attention to his wife and treated her better. Lita was quickly becoming known as the "Walking Kiss of Death" with everyone coming into contact with her, eventually disappearing. Eventually though, Lita became just as sadistic, if not more sadistic, as her husband. She manipulated him into doing her dirty work. Fueling him with her very own affection. At the same time, chants of "We Want Matt" & "You Screwed Matt" filled arenas every time Lita was performing, causing some uncomfortable moments for Amy Dumas the human being.