The Musings and Ramblings of a Long-time Fan
by, 03-12-2012 at 07:41 AM (2355 Views)
It’s been I while since I have blogged, simply as I haven’t really had anything noteworthy to say! However after reading countless blogs and forums discussing Rock v Cena, I decided to out my thoughts on ‘paper’.
DISCLAIMER – I have just reread the blog and I do deviate a little – so if you are the sort to get annoyed by that stop reading now, please don’t read it then bitch at the end. Thanks!
I am 29 years old, rapidly approaching 30. I tell you this because I have had the pleasure of being a wrestling fan through the Golden Era right up to now, what possibly looks like the end of the PG era. Growing up in Surrey, England in the late 80’s I never had the opportunity to watch much wrestling – we didn’t have sky back then – I had to make do with picking up a VHS form the local market if my mum would allow. WM 4 was my first purchase and I still have the tapes (it was a double box as WM4 went on forever). So although I tried my utmost to follow wrestling I never really classed myself as a true fan.
Then at the age of 11 we moved into a new house and my father changed everything – we got Sky. Sky One on a Saturday morning was the best time I can remember. WWE Superstars (I think) as well as maybe a couple of other WWE programs were on - I can’t remember what they were called – gave me what every frustrated fan needed. This was the time between the Golden and the Attitude era, and from what I can remember things were much the same as they are now with regards to storylines/feuds. If I am to be completely honest I can’t remember any of them! That isn’t to say they weren’t that good – just none of them have stuck in my mind. The only feud I can vividly remember though is Razor Ramon and HBK, which cumulated at WM 10 with, in my humble opinion, the best ladder match EVER.
To summarize by 1995 I had missed massive chunks of the Golden Era, and been left nonplussed through the ‘Transitional Era’. Not that I am in any way complaining, simply having the capabilities to watch wrestling weekly was a joy, and at the time I probably would have sworn that wrestling couldn’t get any better. However then everything changed, with one small but infinitely massive promo by SCSA. No one could have predicted that those few words “Austin 3:16 says I just whipped your ass!" would completely change the landscape of the WWE, and usher in what I would call the best TV programming ever. I was fortunate enough to be 13 years old when the Attitude Era began, and am proud to say my teen years were spent watching edgy storylines, scantily-clad augmented ladies, violence, true Hardcore matches, not the watered down versions we get today, and wrestlers of epic abilities, in-ring and on the mic. As with most fans of the Attitude Era, in my eyes there were always two that stood head and shoulders above the rest – Steve Austin and The Rock. Again, in my humble opinion, these two had the greatest rivalry of all time. It didn’t matter which one of them played the heel or face, I didn’t care. Call me fickle but as long s I had one of them to cheer for I was happy.
Then inevitably the times changed, not just in wrestling, but in the world in general. Top draws like SCSA couldn’t go on, The Rock left for Hollywood, and the corporate heads at WWE decided to head in a more family friendly, streamlined approach. I have never been a he fan of the PG era, watching a cage or a ladder or a TLC match without blood defies belief. I would however be more comfortable letting my children watch nowadays though, so it isn’t all bad! I have, of course, found it hard to like the man that encapsulates the PG era, a Mr. John Cena. I am not going to go off on one bashing him, as everything negative you could say about the man has already been said countless times. Needless to say I have never been, in any way, a Cena mark.
When the Rock returned as the guest host of WM27 last year I almost shat my pants. It was a glimpse of my childhood, a return to what was before the target audience of the WWE was 7-12. The challenge was accepted, and I couldn’t wait for WM28, and hopefully Rock destroying Cena. When he gave Cena a Rock Bottom at WM I was thrilled, about the only time I was throughout the entire event, but that is neither here nor there.
Everyone knows what has gone on, or not, since then, so to get to my point (at last) I have had a complete change of heart with regards to The Rock v Cena match. Although I am almost ashamed to admit this as a child of the Attitude Era, I really hope Cena wins. Recent events/discussion has opened my eyes to what the Rock is really about Business, or in other words = Money and Fame. His tweet regarding one of the other wresters bitching about him, saying that they don’t understand the ‘business’ side of things was what finally made my mind up, he is back because of business. Not love for the industry or the fans, he is rich enough never to make a movie again and go back to wrestling full time. But he won’t, as movies make him more money and more famous. I think this is a bit of a slap in the face of all true wrestling fans who have followed him since arriving as a young, green Rocky Maivia, through countless heel/face turns, title reigns, feuds, right through to when he left for the bright lights of Tinsel town.
Cena, however, when you boil it down is everything a wrestling fan should want. He may not be the best technical wrestler, but what he lacks he makes up for in enthusiasm. As he says he is always there, even when making a sub-par movie he is there. He does shed loads for charity. He stands up for what he believes in. I’m not sure if he says his prayers or takes his vitamins though…
When the Rock left I was gutted, now he is back I almost wish he wasn’t, simply because it has been a cold hard dose of reality. For years I have pined for the Attitude era and hoped some part of it would return, then when a big part of it does you realize you may be better off with what you have now and the memories of what was.
Never in a million years did I ever think I would say what i just have…thanks for reading.