“When the legends die, the dreams end; there is no more greatness“. -Tecumseh.
If you didn’t already know from previous Blog Entries; am a massive fan of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).
Many people ask why I follow something I know is faked & staged? My response is always; that millions of people in Britain are devoted viewers of ‘EastEnders’ & ‘Coronation Street’. Soap operas that depict the fictional lives of working class people based in London [‘Eastenders’] & Manchester [‘Coronation Street’]. Both are the most watched Television Programs in the UK & a large percentage of the population know the names of each individual character but NOT the name of one member Cabinet of their own Government..!!
The following shows how obsessive; certain viewers can become confusing TV fiction with reality..!!
A British Fan of ‘Coronation Street’ wearing a T-Shirt in a campaign to free from Jail the character ‘ Gail Platt’.
An actual campaign resulting in some people even making communication with their local Minister for Parliament on behalf of ‘ Gail Platt’ demanding her instant release..!! This is the UK, a nation that’s 6th largest in the World for GDP.
Therefore; being a fan of WWE isn’t really to be mocked at; as at least the individuals involved are a mixture of Athletes, Actors, Comedians, Movie Stunt Performers, Circus Performers even Entrepreneurs.
Official T-Shirts made by the WWE are more fashionable than what can be seen above Photo.
Selling oneself as a Wrestler is vital; get the other 5 points on point, then have a creative say in your products more Merchandise of that Wrestler get’s bought = more time on air / Main Event entertainer.
You can’t help but admire everybody involved in that profession that attempts to be 6 different things at once.
Then in addition; the organization’s Travel Schedule is without doubt the toughest in ANY Sport or Entertainment Industry…
Each year – 300 days going to nations as varied as Chile, Romania, China & New Zealand.
Have a look at this & one word comes into play… major Jet-Lag: http://www.wwelivetour.com/eventlistings
Hilary Clinton in her current role does some Air-Miles yet she doesn’t then have to give an energetic performance in a handicap match against Lay-Cool.
The WWE has had some unforgettable individuals, my own personal favourites being…
Slick – a sort of 70’s pimp gangster lean Don King type of guy that was a Manager of numerous Wrestlers in the late 8o’s / early 90’s.
Jim ‘The Anvil’ Neidhart – the nickname gives a good indication but with a personality similar to ‘The Thing’ of ‘The Fantastic Four’.
Macho King Randy Savage – a former fan favourite that became bitter & paranoid due to his feelings of a conspiracy against him.
Yet, the most unforgettable is without doubt The Rock; I’ll let the Video explain during his late 90’s / early 2000 prime…
He left the WWE to pursue a career as a Hollywood Movie Star & has had a decent time. It could have been an embarrassing move but instead has been credible whilst NOT spectacular.
Yet, for some unknown reason at the age of 38 he decides to make his return to the WWE & face perhaps the Wrestler that’s has the best stamina in John Cena. Whilst this is puzzling what more is that the actual match will occur at Wrestlemania 28 on April 1st 2012?
By the WWE already announcing this match one year in advance; it’s placed itself in a hard place. In the age of the disposable; can fans be expected to have an… ‘almost childlike urge for the next Christmas Day on Boxing Day type of excitement‘ for this match?
What can possibly occur to make this match actually reach the levels of hype that it has already created especially via Social Networking? The old saying is ‘strike whilst the iron is hot’ yet the WWE Universe will have to wait an entire year… very strange decision.
Another negative; is currently the WWE has a roster of real talent of that would easily sell the Championship…
The Big Show, Alberto Del Rio, Dolph Ziggler, David Otunga, John Morrision, R Truth, Rey Mysterio jr, CM Punk, Randy ‘The Viper’ Orton, Christian, Ezekiel Jackson, Kofi Kingston, Mark Henry, Cody Rhodes, Wade Barrett & Kane.
Whilst looking for a YouTube Video to provide evidence of the above, I came across Glen Jacobs a.k.a Kane speaking on his personal political beliefs. He’s highly impressive in the manner that he explains his opinions:
So, actually being a long-standing WWE Champion wouldn’t be a problem for him to push yet WWE seems to stick to both favourites & keep returning to established stars of it’s past? How must the rest of the roster feel, am puzzled as a Fan yet they live it daily?
I attended the annual WrestleMania Party at my friends due to the way the English School Calendar was this week due to Half-Term; I watched it with his 9yr old & Wife along with 9 other guests. Whilst eating take-away from Pizza Hut & KFC, laughing at when rival wrestlers got beat. My the hosts 9yr old wasn’t to impressed with me when Rey Mysterio jr lost to the Cody Rhodes.
Yet getting back to the point, debate at the WrestleMania Party began on the WWE’s instance of constantly playing it safe instead of giving it’s current considerable talent an opportunity to shine.
WrestleMania 27 was Triple H, The Undertaker, Stone Cold Steve Austin & The Rock ALL on the same Card… it’s not 2001.
Maybe, it’s the alleged favouritism that the McMahon Family hold within the organization… if they like you; then you’re ‘in’ BIG Time.
Personally, am not that impressed with The Miz as a complete package due to all the previous great Champions not needing a support act unlike him with the annoying Alex Riley.
Maybe, that’s the angle in having The Miz as Champion in that Fans will always question his ability… The Ultimate Heel.
Yet, if I was on the WWE roster I wouldn’t be to happy that Vince McMahon & the Family seem to view The Miz as their ‘Blue Eyed Boy’.
I also don’t buy all this NEW found respect that everybody has for The Miz; he has adequate in-ring ability but great communication skills that actually sell arenas & Pay Per-Views. People have to remember that in terms of pure Wrestling ability; John Morrison is superior. Yet this proves what’s currently wrong with the Talent Scouts & / or those that direct the Story-Lines at the WWE.
My solutions are…
Let’s have a WWE; that has gives ALL its talent equal opportunity & confidence in that ANY of them can be Main Event material especially at Wrestlemania. More importantly, I’d like to see more unpredictability within the organization such as…
- ALL Championships changing hands at House Shows especially on foreign tours (non-televised events) such as Liverpool.
- Stop having guaranteed Elite Wrestlers e.g Edge, John Cena & Sheamus getting all the decent exposure along with story-lines.
- Invest in actors / comedians teaching talent how to better project themselves / persona’s by going on the road with the WWE.
- New & current WWE African-American talent to be better promoted; after the last Election am sure White America can deal with a World Champion of any racial background & nationality.
- Bring back the old style WWF recorded Promos & having less Mic In-Ring Time as not everybody’s a good live on the Mic e.g Daniel Bryan, Chris Masters & Heath Slater etc. have In-Ring ability but terrible on the Mic.
- Cyber Sunday needs reinstatement, as an event that perfectly connected to the 21st Century Digital Age but was scrapped?
- Championships changing hands on Raw, Smackdown & Superstars. As fans know they ONLY occur on Pay-Per-Views.
- Gobal WWE Fan Panel Forum, a contest could be created. These travel with the WWE & delivering reports on improvements / suggestions.
As a Kid when I first fell in love (that’s the correct term) with the World Wrestling Federation, due to it’s unique energy with amazing personalities
The fella below was the first Wrestler, I connected with & became a fan of due to having a personality but excellent Wrestling ability; as seen in the below Video:
Yet, was never given the push to become a World Champion. I hope this doesn’t happen to any of the current roster…
‘always Best Man but NEVER The Groom‘.
The WWE seems not to get talent like Mr. Perfect these days? Now, it seems talent is coming from those that couldn’t make it as Pro NFL or NBA Players, Reality Television, Good Looking Females e.g The Bella Twins.
The Miz being a prime example of this new approach to WWE Recruitment; he might be awesome but he’ll NEVER be Perfect.
Back to the theme of this Blog Entry…
The Rock had his day & next year in his Home Town of Miami; I predict he’ll make a fool of himself & tarnish that legacy of his.
He should have never returned & left Professional Wrestling in his earlier superb prime.
Maybe he should get a book about Tecumseh & learn about a real legend.