We all know the whole thing that WWE and Impact Wrestling’s doing, or should I say we know what WWE’s doing and Impact Wrestling is reacting to it. Vince McMahon officially took out “wrestling” out of the WWE. I guess it’s the final step into “sports-entertainment.”
Total Non-Stop Action Wrestling “changed” their name to Impact Wrestling. To go along with their “slap” to WWE’s face, Impact Wrestling’s latest tag line is “Wrestling Matters.” Really? Does wrestling matter in Impact Wrestling? If so, why did Jeff Hardy come to the ring under the influence of something? Why was Sting their World Heavyweight Champion? Why is Ken Anderson their current World Heavyweight Champion? Sting’s past his prime, Anderson is over-pushed, and Hardy should be in jail months ago.
Okay, okay, with the last paragraph, could guys like John Cena and Randy Orton draw in fans for future stars could bring in another “Attitude” Era? I’ll be surprised and don’t expect another “Attitude” Era to happen again. I never been a Cena or Orton fan and I’m not saying this to bash them, I cannot see it in their personalities that is able to draw as much attention to the business that generations of wrestlers before did like Hogan, Dusty Rhodes, One Man Gang, Andre the Giant, and so forth.
Thesis of this blog: Why wrestling should matter. Argument for the thesis: Wrestling is what drew people in in the ‘80’s and the ‘90’s. The colorful characters helped out to catch people’s attentions, their personalities gave the sugar to keep them on the channel, and the wrestling is what stole their hearts. That’s what happened to me. Hogan’s larger than life personality and his neon yellow and neon red attire is what caught my eye, and guys like Ric Flair, Rick Rude, and Shawn Michaels captured my heart with their wrestling ability.
If I can, I get VHS tapes of ‘80’s and ‘90’s wrestling because they had many different body types for the professional wrestlers! Bam Bam Bigelow, King Kong Bundy, One Man Gang, Big Boss Man, guys like those represent a good portion of America these days. I don’t know anything about the body types of other countries, but here in America, a lot of us are overweight. If WWE and Impact Wrestling want to reach out to their fans, they should bring in wrestlers that are similar to their fans.
I want wrestling and wrestlers like what captured my heart years ago.
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