Professional wrestling isn’t what is use to be. In ways, that’s a great thing. We’re not having nearly nude women walking around to leave a horrible impression on the young boys and girls who are getting into the business. There isn’t a blood bath every night anymore either, granted personally, I do feel like having one blood bath to add more to the story of a main event feud (or a feud that Creative is trying to push the people in the feud), I see that as a good thing.
Okay, I could go further and further with the list, but I’m sure you get my point. With everything being different from what got me into the business as a die-hard fan, I’ve lost a lot of interest in watching what’s on TV. I subscribe to the Wrestling Observer with Dave Meltzer and Bryan Alvarez, and if it wasn’t for their website, the last storyline that I would have known was the night Batista quit on Raw.
The memories that were remind me of why I became a fan. I’m starting to be a collector of late ‘80’s and ‘90’s pay-per-views. The traditional Survivor Series elimination matches, the feuds that were simple, storylines that lasted a full year to blossom, and the different types of pro wrestlers—they all keep me subscribing to the Wrestling Observer for the classic shows and all.
But why spend $10.99 a month? I’m willing to spend almost $11 a month to be entertained by a couple of guys who have similar interests in the business and personalities as I do over having to watch everything myself. And because I want the business to turn around again.
Talking about wanting the business to turn around again, what could the WWE (simply because they are the only company that really matters now, and directs where the business goes) do to get me back into watching them on a weekly thing, or even turn on their programming every couple of weeks?
Bringing back one thing that separated World Championship Wrestling from the WWE when they were the World Wrestling Federation: the War Games.
I’ve wrote a piece before about this “War Games: What the WWE Should Fill in for the Survivor Series” for this very site, but in ways, this piece is different from that one. At that time, Vince McMahon wanted to take out the Survivor Series as a PPV and I wanted to suggest a different PPV in its place. How is this piece different?
I ordered the 1993 and the 1995 WCW Fall Brawl: the War Games recently on VHS. The 1995 because I found an awesome deal for it and 1993 because I remember renting it on VHS in the mid-1990’s because I loved watching the “Nature Boy” Ric Flair facing “Ravishing” Rick Rude for the WCW International Heavyweight Championship and love watching the War Games on that PPV. The 1995 tape has Hulk Hogan in the two-ring cage as a babyface, and that catches my curiosity.
Okay, the War Games, the “dead horse” that I’m beating for a second article. Catch this: WWE wants to turn SummerSlam into the summer’s WrestleMania. The War Games debuted on the NWA Great American Bash tour. Why not bring the two-ring caged chamber back to the season it was birthed? If not, why not put it in the main event of Survivor Series? If it was placed in the main event of Survivor Series, it would fit perfectly with the original idea of Survivor Series, and that’s survival.
Why would the War Games bring me back to considering watching the business again? I know the current Creative team would cause it to go down the crapper. They need to put the main eventers in the two ring cage chamber. They need to put the match over. Yes, it isn’t a “Vinnie Mac original,” but it would bring back a lot of old-school wrestling fans like I and it would cause a lot of interest in the current fans. Heck, even if Vince puts out a DVD set of all the War Games matches ever did (even the Russo 3-cage one from WCW Nitro in 2000), I am sure people would go out and buy it and put it into the DVD player.
The Philosophical Stance: Bringing back the War Games would be sweet. Even putting a new twist onto it, like instead of a single fall victory, the whole team needs to be eliminated would cause the match to sell a lot of buys. It could fit perfectly into Survivor Series and the original concept that PPV was made for. But if Vince wants SummerSlam to become the summer’s WrestleMania, I would say put the War Games in the main event, have the two World Champs champion the teams against one another, and put the main eventers in the first few two ring cage chamber, and it will fly perfectly into the sunset each year. Just an idea and this idea would start turning my leaf on coming back on a regular schedule. This is Eric Darsie from Minnesota, chillin’ downtown, until next time, I’ll talk to you later.
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