Leaving A Legacy
by, 05-25-2012 at 09:59 AM (2754 Views)
What is up everybody!? So, I am taking the time to write just a random blog. I will be honest, there is an overtly blatant side I am taking in this topic, and it just mere thoughts and ideas that have gone through my head. I'm writing this, in hopes to stir conversation. Here is the thing with wrestling. It's rich history is something we as fans will always talk about. Whether it be Hulk Hogan's rise to stardom, Bret Hart and Stone Cold Steve Austins match at Wrestlemania, to The Rock cutting amazing promo's, to even John Cena rising to the top. All the time, there is things that occur in wrestling, that will forever stay in our memory. Here is the thing though, wrestlers come, and wrestlers go. The better question, and the question focused around this blog, is, can a legacy be truly tarnished by a persons actions. Now, before I go any farther, no....I will not be talking about Chris Benoits history, and anyone...and I mean anyone who tries bringing him up in comments to create a flame war, I will delete their post in this blog. You want to talk about Benoit, there are 3 other blogs to do so. Not trying to be a douche, but Chris Benoit is one of those topics that is better left unspoken now. So...without further adieu, I am going to go into it.
When i started thinking about a wrestlers legacy, and how it will be looked at as time goes on, asides from Benoit, Hulk Hogan was the next person that came shooting to the top of my mind. Now, let's look at Hogan. Hogan debuted in 1977, but it wasn't until 1984 that Hulkamania started. During Hogan's career, he has been known for a slew of things. Body slamming Andre the Giant, forming the Mega Powers with Randy Savage, turning heel and forming the NWO, going to TNA. The thing though is, Hogan's career has also had black marks. The steroid scandal, Hogan Knows Best, and most recently, this supposed sex tape. So, the better question is..what will Hogan's legacy be. 30 years from now, will people remember Hogan as the man who took Hulkamania to heights and had kids quoting him, or as the man who just didn't know when to quit?
Now, I like Mick Foley, and from the matches I've seen of Foley, I like Foley in the ring. Here is the thing though with Foley. He debuted to pro wrestling in 1983, and his last appearance in a ring was in January of 2012. Thats over 29 years as a wrestler. If you go from his last active time in the ring where he was a regular wrestler, that was his stint in TNA, so let's give it the year of 2008. That is a total of 25 years of wrestling. While it isn't uncommon for someone to be a part of wrestling for that long. Foley though....Foley was a different breed. He landed on thumbtacks, went through flaming tables, used barbed wire, getting thrown off of cells, losing an ear, and all other kinds of crazy insane things. Now Foley seems to be relegated to comedy bits and shtick. So, 30 years from now, will he be known as the hardcore legend of yesteryear, or will he be forever known as the silly man who wrote books.
The last one I am going to touch base on, is Scott Hall. Now Scott Hall was someone I never really got to watch, as the time when he was predominant, was when I didn't watch wrestling. Since that time though, I've caught glimpses of Hall's career, and his matches. He was also known as Razor Ramon, a former IC Champion, former US Champ, World TV Champ, and multiple time tag champ. He was 1 half of the outsiders, and 1 of the 3 original members of the NWO. He put on 5 star matches, that are still referred to, to this day. His career though, does have black marks. His battles with drugs, alcohol, and legal issues, have been something that has been in the public eye for quite some time. So the question now is, what will Hall be remembered for? As one of the original members of the NWO, or a shell of a great wrestler.
These are just three, whose legacies could be looked at either way. You have Eddie Guerrero, and his addiction to alcoholism and drugs which attributed to his heart failure, or Chyna and her recent stint into pornography. There are others too asides from the ones I mentioned. So the question to ask yourself, is this. If a person inside of the ring, does something that has wrestling fans talking about how great of a wrestler he/she is, but then years later, does something outside of the ring that is unfavorable, should it change the views of their past accomplishments? I look forward to any and all comments!