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Darkside Ron Garvin

How to Regain a Loyal Fan - Pt 8 What's my Worth?

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Let me set this blogs tone. I wrote this before taking my vacation this year. Slammiversary live was EPIC! I didn’t see the show through the big screen yet, so let me know how the show came across to those who bought it, or watched it online. I can tell you from being in the crowd; it was pure energy from the Joe/Aries match until Sting demolished Roode to end the show. Now, to the blog – This was written the Friday before the PPV so a few facts will have changed (i.e. Gail Kim holding the title, homegrown talent, main eventers, etc.) but the content was so passionate, I couldn’t justify re-writing the whole thing. So just keep that in mind while you read. –

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First and foremost, I am a wrestling fan. I put up with the backstage scenes and the AJ/Dixie angles because it is part of the show. The promos are supposed to be used in a way to “Help me” understand why these guys are fighting. Even if the angle turns out as a flop, I am very forgiving so long as the matches they produce are worthy of the time spent on developing the angle. I do not care so much that Brodus Clay gets a 5 minute entrance. I care that his 2 minute matches are not entertaining. I should not be waiting for his match to be over to be entertained by his character. I state this because the current wrestling dynamic has shifted the wrong way. Too much emphasis is placed on selling merchandise, rather than entertaining fans. When I evaluate the “Greatest wrestlers of all time”, in no way do I rank them based on how many t-shirts they sold, or commercials they were in. The closest form of merch that could be used to help determine this would be DVD/Blu-Ray sales. This means that a wrestler put on matched that were so entertaining, I was willing to go out of my way to get a copy of a DVD containing his greatest matches.



I know I might be an exception to this rule, but I feel that the “E Universe” is not interested in pleasing me as a fan with Raw or SmackDown! I am not going to act like I would be able to book shows better or write better storylines. I do believe that what we see on Raw isn’t the best product they could give us. I honestly feel that their house shows blow RAW out of the water FOR ME. At the house events, I do not have to listen to Michael Cole and John Cena for 10 minutes before a 5 minute interruption by Johnny Ace, followed by a 4-5 minute intermission before I get the entrances before starting the first match. At the house events, once we get the intro, we get a 5 minute promo cut, and then the action we paid $50 to see.




So how much am I worth as a fan? The “E” doesn’t need me as a fan. The outcry for change by the fans will continue to go ignored because the “E Universe” has other obligations to meet. Stockholders, Sponsors, Government Officials… These are the people with whom the cry for alteration to the product actually has authority to register. The fans might be the ones paying for the tickets, but we lost a LOT of our power years ago. The IWC would have you believe that our power is completely gone, but I greatly beg to differ. Our worth is what kept Danielson from being buried. It is what has kept the title on Punk. Our constructive effort we fans put into the business is what increases our worth.




Granted our cries for Hogan to leave and Bischoff to be gone have not come to complete fruition, but TNA has been listening to us quite a bit as of late. We begged for them to give their titles credibility. We have the seven month reign of Bobby Roode, 250+ days of Austin Aries, and lord knows how long Gail Kim has had her belt. We told them to push more homegrown talent. 4 current champs are home grown and the main event of the past three weeks featured homegrown talent. We yelled at them to quit the tapings. As a result, they are testing the waters with Impact Live for the summer. We told them we wanted more in-depth storylines that have a longer arc and more direction. We have Parks/Bully Ray that has been building since before Genesis in January and is just now approaching climax… And it has been entertaining for the majority of the angle. AJ/Dixie/Daniels/Kaz, although not as interesting, has also been going for quite some time and it has given us many excellent matches in the process.




I know that giving Impact credit is often the unpopular way to go in the IWC, but in this topic I cannot help it. Many things I have asked out of this company I have gotten… So evident that even my wife jokingly questioned if they have been reading some of my blogs. I might not have the 6 sided ring, they might still be in the Impact Zone, and Hogan might still be in 4 segments too many, but at least I can say they have done SOME things to make me feel like my opinion matters. I feel that if I pay the $35.99 for a TNA PPV, I will get enough quality wrestling to justify spending the three-quarters of a tank of gas. If I pay the $50 for the WWE ppv, I feel that MAYBE 2 matches would go towards the full tank of gas I just spent. Personally, I but PPVs for the wrestling because I can catch the “show” for free on weekdays; Then again, that’s just me being the 29 year old, 25 year wrestling fan that I am… How about you?




As always, feel free to comment and I will reply as I can. Have a different opinion? Make your valid points as I always enjoy hearing them. If you feel like you’ve missed the direction of this blog, check out the previous blog archives and catch up a bit on where my opinions are based from(this will also help you understand why I choose the word “loyal”) and what the goal of this series truly is; How to regain loyal fans.

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  1. LostOmega's Avatar
    I agree with this blog. I feel as though WWE doesn't really care what we think majority of the time. Maybe once this senate run thingamajig is over we can finally get some quality wrestling again, but I feel like that's wishful thinking. I applaud Impact because they keep me entertained with quality matches on a regular basis and they pay attention to the people who buy their products. I hope they keep doing what they're doing.

    Great blog, man! I love the entire series. I'm waiting for the next one!
  2. Darkside Ron Garvin's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by LostOmega
    I agree with this blog. I feel as though WWE doesn't really care what we think majority of the time. Maybe once this senate run thingamajig is over we can finally get some quality wrestling again, but I feel like that's wishful thinking. I applaud Impact because they keep me entertained with quality matches on a regular basis and they pay attention to the people who buy their products. I hope they keep doing what they're doing.

    Great blog, man! I love the entire series. I'm waiting for the next one!

    Thanks man, I appreciate the feedback and I am glad I am not the only one to see things in this light. I really am glad to see people enjoying this series. I know akbar has been reading them all and I am happy to know there are more. I do have to agree with DK Wrestling Savior though in that if people don't subscribe to your blog series, it's kind of hard to get people to read them. Rob brought up a good point that the blog page has been getting crazy as of late and it really sucks to open up your blog 2 hours after posting, just to see that it is no longer on the main page because people, who posted a blog yesterday, felt that NEED to post another blog today... or that there was another "Top 10" list that just HAD to be written and posted, even though the same topic was discussed last week.

    Not trying to rant, and I truly am glad there are people who are getting something out of this series, but with the way the blog world works right now, I'm not sure if I'll be returning once I complete this series. I have gone through 8 so far. I have points 9 thru 12 to finish and my final closing blog but after that, who knows. No matter what though, if I do start a new series, I promise it will be as creative as this one and that I will keep my logic of only 1 blog a week to help avoid the cluttered mess that are "blogs" (I am sorry, but how are "top 10 lists" considered blogs unless they are in blog wars? And how is it a blog if you can't even follow the words long enough to get past the first run-on sentence, or have to interpret what you THINK they were trying to say because people don't know how to copy and paste things into a Word document and then spell check the mother fucker before posting it!? Maybe I am just in the mood to bitch. Where's my Midol?) now adays.
    Updated 06-28-2012 at 09:51 PM by Darkside Ron Garvin
  3. Edgehead_14's Avatar
    I have been reading your blogs ever since you started. Let me start off by saying your blogs are top-notched and it has inspired me to create by own blog series called The Cutting Edge. It's first blog episode will be released soon. This blog is top notch and can I ask you will you be my first guest on the show if you are interested. If not, you can be on a later show. I and Tommy Thunder are hosting the show and it will be lots of excitement. Excellent blog!
  4. akbar's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Darkside Ron Garvin
    promise it will be as creative as this one and that I will keep my logic of only 1 blog a week to help avoid the cluttered mess that are "blogs" (I am sorry, but how are "top 10 lists" considered blogs unless they are in blog wars? And how is it a blog if you can't even follow the words long enough to get past the first run-on sentence, or have to interpret what you THINK they were trying to say.
    -I don't mind 'top 10' blogs because a blog is a way to express an observation or opinion and a top 10 does that, it's when it becomes repeated then the problem starts.
    -What I'm against is prediction blogs, the forums is just a better place for that, same with 'how I would book' blogs.
  5. Darkside Ron Garvin's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Edgehead_14
    I have been reading your blogs ever since you started. Let me start off by saying your blogs are top-notched and it has inspired me to create by own blog series called The Cutting Edge. It's first blog episode will be released soon. This blog is top notch and can I ask you will you be my first guest on the show if you are interested. If not, you can be on a later show. I and Tommy Thunder are hosting the show and it will be lots of excitement. Excellent blog!
    Wouldn't mind at all. Already PM'd you about the ordeal. And thank you for the compliments man. Means the world since I am still VERY new at this and I am humbled when I get people that compliment my thoughts... After all, that's all that this series really is. Just my thoughts

    Quote Originally Posted by akbar
    -I don't mind 'top 10' blogs because a blog is a way to express an observation or opinion and a top 10 does that, it's when it becomes repeated then the problem starts.
    -What I'm against is prediction blogs, the forums is just a better place for that, same with 'how I would book' blogs.
    I understand akbar and you are right. I guess I am just tired of always clicking on the main page and seeing 10 ten this, top 5 that. It really came from when Rob announced he was stopping his blogs, but since he retracted that and they are revamping the approval process for blog posts, I have gotten over it a bit. I guess I went a little overboard with my rants, but I am better now... Or at least as well as I possibly could be mentally

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