Bigger, Better, Or Maybe Just……Different
I never thought the day would arrive when I would find myself at a crossroads; a crossroads that forces me to make a decision about the modern day American Theatre that I love. Yes, ironically, I am talking about wrestling.
I want to preface this by saying this: I hold no qualms or bad will, ill intentions, etc. towards wrestling, or more specifically, WWE. Usually when someone says something such as “I’m no longer watching wrestling anymore” they say it in anger; spur of the moment hatred, etc. That isn’t me. I don’t hate wrestling, I don’t hate WWE, and hell, I honestly don’t have much to complain about in the modern day product.
That being said, there comes a day in every person’s life when things get prioritized. For those that know me, and have known me for years, they know these things to be true of me in my rankings of importance:
4.) Writing / Poetry / Arts
That’s right; wrestling is fifth on that list. I have put wrestling ahead of relationships, business deals, and at times the complete future of my life. So as I write this I want you all to understand that wrestling, in all its glory, futility, etc. hasn’t changed; the Old Buzzard, however, has.
I canceled my WWE Network about a week ago and I knew this day was coming after attending WrestleMania 32. The nostalgia wasn’t there for me. The excitement, fun, wonderment and bewilderment of childlike spirits wasn’t there for me. It just…. wasn’t…. there.
So I decided to stop watching, specifically WWE. I may catch Lucha Underground every once in awhile, when I am home and think about it. But no longer am I going to try and schedule my days or evenings around wrestling. I love it, I always will, and I always have.
MY MESSAGE TO YOU – THE FANS
For those of you that hate WWE and bitch and complain – grow up, watch the product and enjoy it for what it is, or simply change the channel. There’s far too much in this world that is more important than getting your blood pressure going through the roof over a damn scripted show.
For those of you that still love WWE but think it is stale – give it time, folks. Sincerely, I really mean this. WWE, like any other company, goes through transitions. Sometimes they do so too fast and people get lost in the mix. Other times they take so long that we all think we see something that they are missing. Fact is, Vince McMahon rarely misses anything. He may not pull the trigger, whether it is out of spite, ignorance, or just plain incompetence, but he sees it. He sees all of it. You can always bet on that.
For those of you that are still die hard WWE fans and think the current product is the best damn product ever – Stay that way! Keep that feeling and love for as long as you can! Truly, wrestling is, to the fans like myself that love it unabashedly, like your family pet. You never want to see anything bad happen to the family dog or cat, snake, or whatever it is you have. At the same time, you have to remember that wrestling, like your pet, grows older than you do at a faster rate. Therefore, when you think it is stale and stupid just try and remember that it ages faster and therefore it cycles around to the same thing over and over again faster than you’d like.
Think of wrestling as Mercury, and us as Earth. Mercury circles the sun a lot faster than we do. Mercury is also a lot older than we are. 😉
THE GOOD NEWS!!!!!!
So here’s the good news: all is not lost! You have a ton of new (albeit old) faces coming into the scene! It always baffled me that people bitched that they wanted a “new guy” to be “pushed” but everyone are in love with Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, AJ Styles, and the like. They aren’t “new guys” in this business. They have been around for many years. They are just new to the WWE spotlight. So quickly are the fans to throw a guy like Sandow (who was just released) to the side in favor of an aging AJ Styles. It is just proof that wrestling fans really are just fanboys of the worst kind.
But all is not lost! WWE are transitioning. We had the “golden era” and then the “attitude era” and a “ruthless aggression era” followed by a new “pg era.” Now, the times are changing as we are coming into a Triple H era in mentoring, showcasing, booking, and the like. If you have been watching NXT then you already know that Triple H knows what he is doing. When Vince gave him full control of NXT a little over a year ago, the product shot off into outer space and still hasn’t come back. The fans love it, the talent love working the shows, and every week it gets better and better.
As Tears for Fears once said: “All around me are familiar faces, worn out places, worn out faces.” That is what the WWE locker room is like right now. Familiar faces, worn out places where they’ve performed, and worn out faces from the endurement they continue to have while entertaining you; the fans.
Wrestling isn’t dying. It is changing. Hell, it is ever changing, even if slowly. So don’t give up on it – but if the day ever comes where you find it is just no longer appealing to you, make sure you stop and ask yourself why. I could very easily say something like “I am tired of wrestling because they got a no talent hack like Reigns as champion and he doesn’t know a wrist watch from a wrist lock!” Sure, I could say that, and while I do believe that he is a shitty wrestler, I also believe the sky is the limit for him if he keeps getting better. But what I know above everything else is that I’m not stopping my watching of wrestling based on a storyline or some other tepid shit. I’m stopping it because the realization hit me that it just isn’t that important to me anymore. Even at $10.00 a month, there just isn’t anything for me in the WWE Network. The PPV’s are no longer appealing, etc….. and that isn’t WWE’s fault. It’s not even my fault. It is just how life is.
I am just happy that I hung around long enough to see Shane McMahon return. I’m also sad that I’m leaving this product before Undertaker, who should have left 10 damn years ago but he, like a lovestruck puppy that married a prostitute, is just holding on for dear life to whatever threads are left.
Maybe I’ll return one day and watch the product. It won’t matter one way or another as I’m certainly not making or breaking WWE’s bank account… (unless you want to count that one time I started the #CancelWWENetwork trend on Twitter…..) Point being, I may return one day, but it won’t be in this role. No longer the writer or participant in wrestling blogs, sites, podcasts, etc…. I have found my role in life and it is where I always knew it would be; with my first love in the arts of the world: MUSIC. And that, my dear friends and fellow wrestle-holics, is what I shall focus on.
So for the last time, and without telling anyone else on the site that this was coming, I bid thee all adieu. Bray Wyatt, one of my favorites, loves to say “We’re Here.” Well folks…. I was once here, but now… “He’s Gone.”