Why do we Hate our Wrestling Era?
by, 06-22-2011 at 12:01 PM (3016 Views)
I loved the attitude era like must of you have already expressed in previous blogs or comments do too. We loved the wrestlers, the storylines, the Monday night wars, etc. We loved everything about it and got behind it. We got to see wrestlers start at the bottom, become solid mid-carders, and eventual main-eventers.
Here are my reasons why I’m not a big fan of today’s wrestling.
1) I’m no longer a kid. I don’t believe that wrestling is real anymore. I was a child/teenager when WWF/E was entering the attitude era and at the height of the Monday Night Wars. I remember switching back the channel from show to show so I could watch the better wrestling match or promo. When I was a kid not only did I think wrestling was real but I chastised anyone who said it wasn’t. My arguments where if it wasn’t real why do you hear the sound of a chop going across the wrestlers chest and see the hand marks, that wrestler went through a table, they get hit with chairs or other various weapons, and why do they bleed.
2) I no longer have the same love for wrestling that I once did. My brother, friends, and I would make our own rings out of old bed mattress’ and make a championship belt out of cardboard and set up wrestling events. We would do all the wrestling moves on each other and our favorite wrestlers finishing move to win the match and the title. We couldn’t wait for a different wrestler to enter the main-event status so we could be them. If we were all kids know all we could be is Randy Orton or Cena. When I would watch the shows or ppv I would be at the edge of my seat and jump up and down if my favorite wrestler won and screamed if they lost. None of today’s wrestlers make me want to do that.
3) I no longer believe the storylines. When I was a kid I believed the storylines were real just like I thought wrestling was. I really thought the wrestlers hated each other. I didn’t think they liked one another. When I watched the SCSA vs. Vince I truly believe they hated each other and would do anything in there power to hurt the other person. There is always that one person you know that you just can’t stand because they have nicer things, get all the girls/boys, are better at sports, or whatever. Whatever it is, just bugged the hell out of you and you’d sell your soul to get one chance to be better then them. This is how I felt about the feud they had. I also felt a great connection with the HHH vs Rock. You knew that they were going to be stars but you didn’t know who was going to get there quicker or be bigger and you wanted it to be the one you loved because you couldn't love them both. The one reason why I think the storylines suck more then anything is because you have wrestlers on 2 separate shows instead of being on both. The story lines can’t evolve if you have 4 shows and then a PPV. You need to go back to 8 shows and then a PPV. This is why you get the same wrestlers wrestling each other over 2-3 ppv because the writers and wrestlers don’t have time to evolve the storylines if they only have 4 shows before the next ppv. By the time you get to the 2nd or 3rd ppv were so over the feud that we want them to move on to something else. There are 2 solutions wwe could do. Go to one roster for 2 shows, or drop ppv. They won’t drop ppv because they’ll lose money but if they went to 1 roster for both shows you’ll have more wrestlers competing to be main-event status. Wrestlers will improve to stay or move up to main-event level because they’ll have more competition then there is know. The Pros…You’ll have better shows, better storylines, not the same main-eventers for every ppv, better competition, and better ppv. You won’t lose any money on shows because you’ll still have 2 shows. The Cons…Some wrestlers won’t be used but the way to help this is to finally start WWE Network and put Superstars on it. Use the show as a why for mid-carders to hone there skills. Use the US or Intercontinental title as a way that shows that the superstars are close to making the step up to the big leagues. This would give the title incredible meaning to all the wrestlers on Superstars because they know that they are getting close to making it to the 2 shows.
4) The wrestlers. I no longer feel like I have a connection with todays superstars. The superstars that I grew up with are no longer wrestling, dead, or way past there prime and feel they are tarnishing there image by still wrestling (HH and Ric Flair). The reason why the Monday night wars worked was because WCW had more of the popular wrestlers and in there prime (HH, Flair, Sting, Nash, Hall to name a few) and WWF had all the new wrestlers (HHH, Rock, Shawn, Undertaker, Christian, and Edge to name a few). I loved the wrestlers that WCW had but I watched WWF because the new stars were edgier, brought something different to the table, and had better mic skills. The superstars of today don’t offer anything new to the table. It all seems like the same stuff every week. I want something different.
The 4 reasons I listed above I feel have contributed to wrestling becoming bland in this new era of wrestling. Feel free to leave any comments if you like.