by, 01-30-2013 at 08:46 PM (3449 Views)
On the heels of the WWE signing one of the best indy wrestlers in the world, El Generico, the heated point that all fans of him have made is this: Don't change a single thing about this guy. Mask, gimmick, wrestling style, nothing.
Of course, we all know his wrestling style will be tinkered with, but more importantly, we will all be waiting to see if he'll be El Generico or not.
I wanna talk big picture now. Because it's not just the recent signing and potential change of El Generico that gets to me. It's that now, every indy wrestler that comes in with a big background HAS to be repackaged. And it doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me.
But I don't remember it always being like this. Back just 12 years ago when WCW "invaded" and WWE soaked them up, outside of The Big Show, they didn't change ANYONE. From Eddie Guerrero, Chris Benoit, Rey Mysterio to when Hall, Nash and Hogan came back. Nothing changed.
Now, when any indy star comes in, outside of CM Punk, they change everything about them.
But why would they do this? Why not like Daniel Bryan be Bryan Danielson? Let Kassius Ohno be Chris Hero. Antonio Cesaro can come in as Claudio Castagnoli. Have Generico come in as Generico. Isn't that what got them their WWE contract? Being exactly who they are?
A good part of me thinks it's pride and arrogance on WWEs part. They want to stick it to indy fans because most indy fans probably don't watch WWE. When it's all said and done for guys like Punk, Bryan, Ohno, Cesaro and Generico, WWE wants to be able to say that they made these guys, not the indies. But they also want you to watch them monopolize wrestling. Taking up all the great indy talents that everyone loves. They can barely handle what they have now, yet they continue to stack on talent that they'll have no TV time for, no good feuds for. Of course, this isn't the case with every indy wrestler they've signed in the last few years, but i'm sure I can provide more cases of terrible repackaging and misuse than not.
Wouldn't it be better for the E' if they embraced these guys legendary indy track records? They can introduce these wrestlers to their audience and also have indy fans come on board. Wouldn't it make their PPVs watchable? Wouldn't it help sell merchandise?
I know what the common answer to all my gripes would be. If you don't like it, don't watch it. But that's not the point. All of us that complain about WWEs state were once fans of what they did, and hate seeing what it has become. We hold out to see if maybe there is a glimmer of hope that it'll change but so far it truly hasn't.
As a big sports fan over all, I can compare it to this. If you're a sports fan, more times than not, you're favorite sports team is the one that it's in your hometown. For me, i'm from New York so i'm a New York Knicks fan. Whether the Knicks are bad or good, I still love them. I complain when they're bad, and I praise them when they're good, but I never stop being a fan.
Same applies to the WWE. I've been complaining about them for years and haven't had too much to praise them for. But i'm still a fan. Wrestling is wrestling.