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Pro Wrestling SHOULD Matter – Downtown with Darsie

Rick Rude is why wrestling mattersWe 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.

I wanted to write this piece to vent my distaste towards not just Impact Wrestling, because that’s unfair, but to WWE as well. The business of professional wrestling isn’t what it once was. It’s not a bad thing that it’s directed towards kids, because that’s how my generation and older got into the business, it was targeted towards us. Hulk Hogan, Randy “Macho Man” Savage, “Nature Boy” Ric Flair, Rowdy Roddy Piper, among others, drew us in with their bright attires, larger-than-life personalities, and their wrestling abilities. Later came “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, the Rock, Triple H, and others, who drew in the “Attitude” Era (or to Joey Styles on Twitter, the “Extreme” Era) that caused the biggest push in the business history.

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.

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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.

Philosophical corner: Wrestling isn’t what it used to be. Everything changed over time. For the better, but for the business, not so much. I believe that what could help getting wrestling out of the slump that’s it’s in is turn to what worked in the ‘80’s and ‘90’s, and that’s catchy attires, catchy personalities, and wrestlers who can actually wrestling, not the same body type of wrestlers and the same type of moves for everyone. That causes people to be bored, and people to fall away from the business. I am Eric Darsie, until next time, keep cool.

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Eric is the owner and editor-in-chief of the Camel Clutch Blog. Eric has worked in the pro wrestling industry since 1995 as a ring announcer in ECW and a commentator/host on television, PPV, and home video. Eric also hosted Pro Wrestling Radio on terrestrial radio from 1998-2009. Check out some of Eric's work on his IMDB bio and Wikipedia. Eric has an MBA from Temple University's Fox School of Business.

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