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My last event as a WWE fan

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Hi everybody, this isn't some overreaction. I decided that this year's Wrestlemania would be the perfect way to bow out of being a pro wrestling fan. If the show lived up to the hype there is no doubt I would be eating my hat and watching tonight's raw and invested for the future. Luckily I am okay with leaving this show behind. I try to defend WWE time and again from the barracking that the IWC has in store for them. Mostly just because I like to piss people off, it makes me feel like a big man. Seriously, I still love wrestling for what it was, and just get abit ansey at reading all the negative bile reserved for wwe. But I agree with ya all in theory. I hate seeing people do the usual "WWE has f'ucked up XXX's push here's what I would have done" kind of stuff but to be honest your idea's generally trump the one's the professionals come up with. Wrestling though has been getting to new epic area's of "GAAAY" over the last few year's, which I have been finding increasingly hard to handle. Nothing against gay people, I hope any gay people or those with gay friends reading this know I mean gay as south park would define it, as in Wrestlemania was gay as shit this year aka. it was shit. Anyway, I am going to fast forward through Raw tonight, see how all these angles end and get the fuck out of "THIS BUSINESS" for good. I love blogging, I love reading blog's (especially the Best and Worst of Raw, look it up) and of course going through the vast Youtube archives. Hell, I even like the dirtsheets. You know there's a problem when you look forward to all the other things WAYYYY more than the actual TV/PPV show (I know this is popular, but wwe fucking nailed money in the bank last year - PPV should be like that ALL THE TIME). Let's get to this review anyway you crazy Next Big Thing-anites-anites-ites.

1) Sheamus v Daniel Byran for the World Heavyweight Championship

As soon as this farce happened I knew my soon to be wrestling death would not be in vain. What a way to shit on everybody Vince, or whoever the fuck came up with this idea. There have been few things I have enjoyed more in the last few months than Daniel Bryan's descent into the most original heel in year's. His "YES!YES!" schtick has caught on in a big way and the crowd were definitely interested in him last night. Whatever about creating characters and storylines, just don't job your champ out in 18 seconds. It's a shame that Vince McMahon is so insecure by the internet that he needs to play an april fool's on them. That's him all over though. If you can find this on youtube look it up, I tried linking it but I couldnt find it. It's Vince on Conan back in about 1999 at the height of the attitude era. It is one of those "Something said, not good" moments, where Vince says something about wrestling being an actual sport (this is as high as it has ever been remember) and there is mocking laughter from the audience and Conan and just for a split second you see Vince become very small. I shit you not. You can see that Vince is totally embarassed to be in this wrestling mullark. Genius yes, ashamed, unfortunately yes.

2) Kane v Randy Orton

Politics eh? Orton said in interviews very confidently that this would be the bigger match than the world heavyweight and he was dead right. I actually liked this match, I didn't hate the feud either but that's because I've been drinking the wwe koolaid for the last 10 year's, and would watch whatever the fuck they put on. You become conditioned by them to just accept what is on the tv. I was happy to see Kane get the win, cause I love that guy. For you people still interested, you can be happy that Kane is still in dominant heel territory.

3) Cody Rhodes v Big Show

I liked it, I really really did. Good to see Big Show get a Mania moment, which is what this was all about. Cody Rhodes is the one guy I see being a proper superstar in the future. He has that shit eating grin that I just adore in a heel. I hope they don't bury him. Which they will.

4) Divas Match

Even when Trish, Lita, molly holly, victoria and whichever women could actually wrestle where wrestling back in the day there was no guarantee I would watch it. Kelly Kelly and Eve are severely smokin', but I didnt even really pay attention. I was on the dirt sheets, which have been more entertaining to me than wrestling for a very long time.

5) Triple H v Undertaker

By far in my opinion the match of the entire night. It made the whole thing more worthwhile for me. Quite similar to last years No Dq, but just with a bit of extra brutality on top. The kind of shit that they were doing in this match, that is the kind of shit that is going to be more and more what "wrestling" is actually about. All the talking to each other, the shocked faces etc. It will be less about brutality and manoeveurs and more about emotions. That is why wrestling doesn't work for me anymore. But it all had it's place in this match because of who was involved and what the setting was. I would say Shawn Michaels was the mvp - He really is the showstealer. I loved the unpredictability of this match, and there were a few times I thought Hunter would win, even though we knew Undertaker would win. I've got a huge list of my favourite characters in wrestling history but Triple H is by a mile long my favourite heel of all. That 2000/2001 HHH, There were times it looked like he was back. Undertaker is a fucking machine. He looked ferocious out there. The end was quite brilliant. The three walking up the ramp together, truly end of an era. Much as it is the same for me. Thank god Jim Ross was present for this entire match. He really is the god of announcing, he called this match like he has never missed a beat. Perfect way for all three men to bow out of their careers, which I think has now happened.

6) Team Teddy v Team Johnny

Wow! There must have been 19 people ringside for this match. Thank fuck for the Bella twins anyway, they looked durrrrrrty last night. That's all I'll really say. Mark Henry angrily threw Hornswoggle on the ground, which should happen at every show,and there was a triple plancha from Ryder, Kofi and R Truth to guys on the outside that was pretty cool. Miz got the win when Eve distracted Ryder. Then Eve kicked Ryder in the balls. Right now, my wrestling ban is seeming to be easier than ever. The Hell In A Cell was all I'll ever ask for out of 3 of my favourites but it's clear that brilliance is either over indefinitely or coming to an end. The Eve era is now here. I am glad I'm not going to stick around to find this out. I'm sorry to tell you, but Eve is going to be a woman's John Cena - You will like her and you will watch her. We get it, she's a woman empowered and she's a bitch. Brace yourselve's people, wrestling just got really shit.

7) Chris Jericho v CM Punk

Before this, Johnny informed Punk that he could lose the title via dq. It kinda pissed me off at the start because I thought it would be Jericho spitting at Punk and making him MAAAAD and getting him DQ'ed. I didn't think the match needed that kind of stip but it's nice to see feud continuation between Punk and Johnny. The match was pretty good in my opinion, I enjoyed it, deffo second best match of the night. I don't care about the finish because I'm done, outta here. Thanks for putting on a decent match though, this is what wrestling should be.

8) The Rock v John Cena

The main event. They built it up so well but it just reminded me of how corporate and "GAAAAY" wwe has become. First off, the entrances. I don't know who Machine Gun Kelly is but I assumed for the last few weeks that was a Rihanna song, cause they all sound the same. And I fucking hate that song. I was in wrestleania mode the last couple of days and I couldn't get that song outta my head at all. Fucking horrible. It's even still in my head. Thank god for Youtube and an endless supply of brain damaging drum and bass to ease my pain to. I'm obviously not the kind of fan wwe caters for anymore, that's why I'm throwing in the towel. I avoid all the shitty television and the shitty music pretty successfully and the only one thing that drags me into this pit of despair is wrestling. It has changed so much. The last time I really enjoyed wrestling was back in 2003, that's pretty insane for a wrestling fan. I've obviously enjoyed bits here and there but it has generally involved suspending my level of belief to incredibly epic proportions, particularly the last 4 years. Where are the Macho Man's, Triple H's (I know he's still there, but I'm talking bout young mega heels like him in his prime). There certainly are no Stone Cold's any more. Anyway, back to the entrances. WWE couldn't possibly pass up this opportunity to have Cena shill out his new shirt. Then The Rock's entrance. Flo Rida. Another guy I know nothing about, performs not one but two songs. If WWE had any sense they would listen to their fans. They didn't give a crap about either guy. Hell, they cared more about making him look superior to their employee Heath Slater. Always sucking up to celebrities.I liked MGK's slight at The Rock's ego at the end of his performance for Cena, it got good heat so fair play to the little scrawnbag for that.

It was an okay main event, but definitely not the best match ever. Jerry Lawler made it fucking worse though. Another example of how bland wwe has become, look no further than Jerry Lawler. He was an awesome heel and an even better heel announcer, and he has been phoning it in for year's now. Him constantly telling us that this is a great match is just another fine example of WWE propaganda. Not a bad match by any means, but certainly nothing mega memorable. If something big happened in this match there is not a doubt that WWE would have retained my loyalty. If fucking Cena cheated dirty to win, it would have been worthwhile me coming back for me. The big thing is going to be John Cena saying "I failed you all.... I don't deserve to entertain you anymore.... But I want a rematch.....etc.". As the fans would chant "same old shit".

I will say I actually jumped in the air when The Rock got the pin though, and was properly excited that he got the win. I just don't care for the second in a lifetime rematch thats going to be on the horizon.

FINAL THOUGHTS

I am stopping watching wrestlling for several reasons. First of all, I am moving out of Ireland for good and going back to Canada, where I was born. Watching wrestling and going on dirt sheets, reading and posting blog's is not going to help me get my shit together in the upcoming months and years. It was also an easy decision thankfully. I was very comfortable that it truly was the end of an era, not just for the three hell in a cell behemoths but me as well. WWE is not wrestling anymore. It is entertainment. Last night was a complete shill. WWE has become total propaganda. I am 28, I loved watching Macho Man, Hulk Hogan, Ultimate Warrior, Million Dollar Man, Mr. Perfect, and fuck it every single guy from the roster in those days. They lost me at one point when it just became sorta boring cause none of those big guys worked there anymore. I also remember I REALLY hated Vince McMahon and the way he made everything sound absolutely incredible. I felt pretty insulted/massively underwhelmed. When I came back, wrestling was better than it ever was, it was completely different from everything I knew again. I loved Triple H the most, but still got excited for Stone Cold, The Rock and fuck it everyone from that particular era. So much so that I still have watched until today. Vince had me at attitude era.

Wrestling has not been that fun for quite a while though. WWE were struggling with their identity after they weren't the cool thing anymore. It was still good for a few years but the propoganda machine got bigger and bigger. Vince will always big up anything, he's a promoter. But it became all about perceived quantity instead of actual quality. The modus operandi of WWE has been 100% telling the fans what they want instead of listening to what they want. That's fucking insane. With me, that goodwill has now gone. It has happened to lots of other people and it will happen to more. The whole Daniel Bryan fiasco was a big Fuck You to the hardcore fans that made his company a success. Those hardcore fans are internet fans. Vince doesn't want any of us anymore. It's obvious. He wants the kids. Maybe he always wanted the kids, that was his target back in the glorious 80's. WWE is an entertainment company. It will never be a wrestling company again. The most important thing in WWE's mind is being seen with celebrities. That's it. It's pathetic in the sense that they latch onto whoever the flavour of the month is. I have basically been watching for years and years because of what happened in the attitude era. It was must see every show and every PPV. It has been years since it ended but I have stayed loyal like most. I read a comment last night. It's like being in a bad relationship with an abusive partner that you keep going back to. WWE is the definition of corporate shillery. That's fine for some but that doesn't fly with me. Being a WWE fan is about living in hope. It's not fun. WrestleMania is not the same show it once was. We have always been force fed it's the biggest show in the world but there was actually some year's that was completely true. Hence our undying love remained intact. Last night's show was about advertising, it was about getting new sponsorships. It was about getting P Diddy on WWE TV. It was about forming alliances with MGK and Flo Rida, because they are celebrities whose music is based on the propoganda of "you will like it because it's everywhere". Apart from the HHH-Taker match, there was no heart in it. It was still entertaining. All the other matches underwhelmed (even Punk-Jericho, especially Rock-Cena), while the yes men on announce Lawlor and Cole told us repeatedly that we are all having a great time and it was the best wrestlemania ever. They have to say that stuff, I know, but a little bit of integrity over the year's would go a long way. WWE are immensely proud of themselves, and rightfully so. They are a huge empire. But they are so smug and condescending about it, that I am extremely happy that they didn't do any kind of swerve to make me keep watching their tripe. I certainly don't care that Eve's still a bitch, which was the big swerve of the night. I won't watch new wwe programming ever again, because they treat their fans with no respect. And somebody should really fucking look out for wrestler's best interests. This man has blood on his hands. All those guys I loved growing up that are now dead before their time because of subrances, drink or whatever got that way for a) because they were fucking party animals, and b)they were on the road all the time. Good rest affects brain cells, which affect your state of mind, which affects the need to drink and do drugs, and on and on and on.

The WWE is now all about the top brass, and the guys below in the hierarchy who will grovel for the rest of their lives. Stuff the fans, they are just mindless drones who will watch what we tell them to watch.
that's my Wrestlemania review. Regardless of my rambling I still enjoyed the show. But only 2 wrestlemanias i have ever seen lived up to the hype, 17 and 19. The most enjoyable thing about WrestleMania is usually the hype. This year was the same. Next year will be the same, but I've had enough hype and I'm ready to give my wrestling boots away to the new generation of fans.

Best Match: Undertaker v Triple H - A fitting end to an era that I have enjoyed, but is at the right time to end. In my mind, there will be no more rematches. Nothing will live up to this. This will be my last memory of wrestling.

Worst Match: I fucked off somewhere else for the diva match, so it's gonna be Bryan v Sheamus. WWE love all these "WrestleMania moments", but the fans who have grown up as WWE fans (like me) want storytelling and ring action. We don't care about WWE's ego, we care about the people in the ring and their dreams.

Best Moment: Undertaker and Michaels dragging Triple H off the ground to give him his due. That was real, that's why we watch wrestling. We can suspend our disbelief but it's about being genuine.

Anyway, this'll be my last blog. I am going to read the Raw results tomorrow, but then thats it - I'm a goner. Won't be watching any more shows, won't be reading dirt sheets (which are far more entertaining now, imo they do wwe's job for them), and won't be doing any more blogging. Whatever the quality of the show, Wrestlemania 28 was going to be my last. It was good, but not enough to make me bail on my decision. It's just a money making machine. Sure it always has been, but it once had heart and personality. The wrestler's don't even have personality now which really sucks. They have video packages, entrance theme's and announcers who tell you their great, but they're all the same now. As I said, my last wrestling moment will be Triple H, Undertaker and HBK getting a standing ovation. I was excited for Rock-Cena, but it was no where near the Rock-Hogan ballpark. Miles away to be frank. I'm not bitter, its just television and I enjoyed it, but wwe has had enough of my undivided attention.

Please leave your comments, I'd appreciate it, I care much more about what wrestling fans think than what wwe think, 100%.

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Updated 04-02-2012 at 10:24 AM by The Next Big Thing

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  1. The Next Big Thing's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Bagg
    Anyways, i swear i dont work for ROH, they just really really really helped me 3 years ago when i was fed up with Vince and insulted by Impact and i needed to keep watching something that had been my biggest hobby my entire life. Join the Ring of Honor, we'll have a shrimp cocktail.
    I'm also sold on their excellent reputation and will like be joining you
  2. The Next Big Thing's Avatar
    Anyway I can't do any more writing, enjoy raw guys, I will too. Hopefully they up their general game, but I'm not sitting through the entertainment era.
  3. thetheme's Avatar
    I hear ya. I am 34 and I have been a WWF/WWE fan since I was 2 years old. When certain things happen you sit and watch and say, "What? seriously? Well, it can't get worse than this, Can it?" Then you end up being proven wrong. I stopped watching and giving the WWE support when the dick magnet the miz got the title, didn't watch or knew what was going on for 10 months after that, then I was told that Mark Henry got a proper build up properly and got the World title then I started watching again but didn't take it seriously or get excited as a fan like I did before.

    In my opinion Wrestlemania 28 went to shit or "GAAAY" as you call it when team Johnny won. Of course there was the beginning match with the kick of doom that almost made me turn it off. I will watch tonight's RAW (or go to this site and read about it) to see what they will come up with before I decide to give up watching again, but I once again understand where you are coming from. In this business, you can't please everyone, but if someone keeps serving you crap and you keep eating it, they will think you like it and give you more crap. Sure many people complain, but they still eat it...

    You gave your reasons and I respect you for that instead of just saying, "Fuck WWE, I'm done. I'm never watching this shit again. I hate Cena and Orton. Cena sux, can't wrestle". So on and so forth...

    Take care man.
  4. Darkside Ron Garvin's Avatar
    Wow. Your points are very direct and to the point. I understand exactly how you feel on this. I am 28 and have been into wrestling since before I could walk. The decision you are making is one that I made back in 2004. I cannot pinpoint the one event that made me stop watching. Honestly, I think it was because I was getting so into the likes of NWA-TNA (this was back when it was good and before they became what we see now), ROH, and several other independents. I think it was more of the idea that I was getting what I needed elsewhere. If WWE is heroin, then ROH is the equivalent of Methadone. A man made synthetic that gives all the highs that you expect, only is far more addictive than what heroin is. NWA-TNA was my oxycodone. I found newer drugs that gave me the high I was seeking without the feeling of waking up with the sensation that I was a dirty junkie. Everything that I wanted the industry to be was in these new versions of wrestling companies. They were giving me angles that I could invest in. They were allowing their talent to showcase their skills on a microphone… but most of all; they were allowing their “superstars” to be WRESTLERS again.
    I understand your decision and I completely agree with your logic. I got fed up with the fact that I was being told what is “worth watching” and that “this is what wrestling should be” when it was a blatant lie. I have been watching for 20+ years. I grew up watching this industry and I have seen what wrestling should be. The idea for someone to tell me what I should or shouldn’t appreciate in something that I love is completely insulting. Much like you NBT, I walked away from the E, but I promise you that, being a fan of the wrestling industry, you have better options out there. They might not have weekly shows that you can DVR, but they do have shows and DVDs that are worth searching for on the net.

    I still catch up on WWE now and then, but for much different reasons. I watch to see the guys I have seen evolve through the Indys. I watch occasionally when I hear that Punk or Danielson are being used properly. I might only catch 1 or 2 RAW/SmackDown! a year but it's not for lack of being a fan. It's because that's about how often WWE gives me a reason to watch. I hope WWE has not raped you of all the passion you have for the business like they have so many others. But the choice you are making now is far beyond validated.
  5. ParagonOfVirtue's Avatar
    LOL at every single one of you that change your mind after watching Raw!
  6. wwe=awesome's Avatar
    oh c'mon now you have to stay! your damn name is "the next big thing" friggin lesnar just returned! STAY!
  7. The Next Big Thing's Avatar
    watched raw guys, was great seeing lesnar back, cole also sold his awesomeness like back in the day (he was always good at promoting lesnar on sd). what could happen from here? I dont know, hope everything goes well. I think its gonna get really good, but I'm going out on a high, best way to go i think. im sure it will get better right now but its lost its sparkle as far as im concerned.

    cheers for your repsonses lads, your a good bunch at this site.
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