Ramblings of a Madman: The debut blog
by, 06-10-2012 at 01:06 PM (2445 Views)
I actually look forward to reading blogs on here. Some are entertaining, some are informative but every one of them is thought provoking, and that is what I think a good blog does – makes people think.
For me, the ones that get me thinking the most are blogs that compare ‘what was’ to ‘what is’. It’s great to think about times gone by, but I am more interested in the future. I am, and always will be, an advocate of what is coming because if things stay as they are, or they try and go backwards to the glory days, then the wrestling industry would die on it’s arse wondering what the hell happened. It’s the basic concept of evolution. I’ve written similar things on the forums here on eWN, and I figured that it is a topic worthy of a blog.
I see plenty of members of the eWN forums say that we should bring back Jim Ross to the announcer’s table because Michael Cole is no good, or how much better the Attitude Era was and it should be like that now, or that Triple H should be a full time wrestler again and not a suit, and it actually makes my blood boil. By no means are these opinions right or wrong, and they certainly don’t hold any less validity than my opinions, but I absolutely despise the idea of going backwards.
It seems to be the general consensus that the WWE product is not at a place where it should be. We all know that. But here’s the thing – it’s got nothing to do with Michael Cole’s commentary. Granted, he’s not JR, but then who is? Jim Ross is a great announcer, no doubt about it and he will forever be in our hearts known as the greatest. The thing is, he’s not the lead announcer anymore, nor is not the answer to Cole’s commentary issues (although, in my opinion, I think Cole is a decent commentator). The answer is to look out there and see who can be our announcers for the next 10-15 years.
Bringing back the Attitude Era wouldn’t help either. The AE would not work in this day and age. We now live in a world it’s all about being politically correct, and to not be offensive in any way, shape or form. That’s why the WWE is rated PG nowadays – it’s the safest ground to be on to appeal to the largest audience possible. Like it or not, the 18-30 male market is no longer the target audience – it’s the moms and dads, and their kids. That could be a reason why we don’t enjoy it as much as we used to.
The talent that is there now, and the guys and girls who are learning the ropes (be it through the development territories or the independents) are what the WWE should be focusing and relying on. In the last few weeks, we’ve seen a considerable knock to the WWE with suspensions and injuries. Now, while there will always be a place for the likes of The Undertaker, Triple H, The Rock, Stone Cole Steve Austin etc., they should never be the answer to solve any problems. Use them to help develop story lines, and to help develop the talent, but that’s it. Don’t have them as the focus anymore. No more main event status for you. We thank you for all your hard work within the industry, and God bless you for the strides you have made to help make wrestling what it is today, but your time is done. It’s now up to this generation, and the future generation to take the relay baton and run with it.
And what better time than now for this generation to step up. How fantastic would it be to see Dolph Ziggler and Cody Rhodes take full advantage of this? Or any other talent, for that matter? Miz, for Christ’s sake, here is your chance to stop jobbing! If/when the suspended or injured guys come back, don’t make it a certainty that they get their spot back too. You’ve got this chance, so take it and if the returnees get arsey because they lost their spot – fuck ‘em. The developmental guys and girls should also see this as their chance to be promoted to the main roster. When Cody and Dolph become Main Eventers, there will be some spots opening for others to fill.
The answer is not looking back at what was – it’s looking forward to what could be.