I want to stop fast forwarding through this Mediocre Era
by, 02-22-2014 at 06:08 AM (2119 Views)
Thank god for VCR to DVD recording. Thank god that my ex didn't throw my most prized collection of tapes and thank god all those hours I spent transferring my tapes to DVD were not in vain.
I was recently watching episodes of Raw and Smackdown in order of course from the time HHH came back from his first quad tear all the way through Wrestlemania X8. I particularly like those few months because HHH was a face and he had been away for a while, The Undertaker was killing it with his big evil biker badass heel persona. Remember when he beat up David Flair at the gym. Kurt Angle was at his best headlining Raws and Smackdowns against Austin and HHH. Chris Jericho was the first Undisputed Champion and was fueding with Rock. The What chant was fresh and Austin was hilarious. Stephanie Mcmahon was pretty good here too. Fake pregnancy, fighting with Debra, split from HHH, aligned herself with Jericho. She was pretty busy. Booker T was getting stink faced by Rikishi and was having funny moment after funny moment. Hell we even saw the Undertaker fued with Rock. Does anyone remember Taker teaching everyone the word RESPECT? We saw the return of the NWO and it was really good until Hogan turned face and Scott Hall got canned and Kevin Nash got hurt again. Stacy Keibler was with the Dudleys and wow. Trish was women's champion. We had badass bitches like Jazz and Jacqueline. Ric Flair was playing co-owner of the WWE. That great tribute video with Kid Rocks Lonely Road of Faith. In my opinion it was the greatest tribute video ever in the WWE.
Ok thats enough my point has been made. Every segment was entertaining even those Billy and Chuck segments. Its been many years since I have watched a full episode of the current product and not had to fast foward through most of it, if not all of it. The only reason I keep watching is to keep my collection going and to hopefully not miss something awesome like CM Punks promo, Lesnar returning, Edges farewell speech, Bret Hart coming back. I mean can the WWE get anymore stale? Can they become anymore mediocre?
I fear the answer is Yes, Yes, Yes!!! How do they expect to keep their fanbase paying $9.99 a month for this WWE Network if they are going to be putting on this type of performance week in week out. If anything there shows and pay-per-views will only get worse under pressure. I don't have the answer to what will be the next big thing to lift up professional wrestling but I do know I'm not the only one fast forwarding through this mediocre era.
Professional Wrestling used to be a Saturday morning event when I was a kid. It was a huge party when I was a teenager. I remember we used to have Raw and Nitro parties and we would have big parties for their pay-per-views. It was something too look forward too. Most of my friends that used to watch don't watch anymore and I really don't blame them. I ask myself sometimes why do I keep watching. The answer is simple its not just the WWE that's gotten mediocre. Most t.v. programs are mediocre as well. Do I want to watch one of the million reality shows out there? Nah, unless its Hardcore Pawn, that show is awesome. So might as well watch the only wrestling program out there. I know theres TNA and I do watch that as well but they never get through a storyline. Wrestling is one big storyline and that company thinks 5 star matches is going to get and keep an audience. I do think they have a tremendous roster and hopefully they can get some momentum going.
Theres a million CSI shows, theres so many talk shows, cop shows, vampire shows, reality shows, political shows. Every type of show you can think of, theres at least ten more like it. There's so many of the same out there in t.v. land. Theres only two wrestling shows out there. Ok before everyone starts screaming ROH or some other promotion the only shows that are being considered here are WWE and TNA. Would I like another wrestling promotion to come up and start competing? Of course I would but until that happens lets hope that we can get through this mediocre era and still have at least one professional wrestling show to watch.
Do I still record Raws and Smackdowns? Yes I have quite a library. Its gotten easier to collect these the past 10 years but believe me when I tell you it was quite a hobby getting my collection in order.