“It’s all fake right?” This is the probably one of the most common and irritating questions regarding the topic of Pro-Wrestling. Back in the day, everyone was raving about names like Bruno Sammartino, Hulk Hogan, Steve Austin and The Undertaker. Back then, we sat down in front of our TV sets and raved about who’s gonna win the Royal Rumble and challenge the champ at WrestleMania. Now there is still a big audience, but the topic of comparison, being “all for show” and “not as good as before” never leaves. There was a time when wrestling was more important than anything else for the company.
February 24 of this year, World Wrestling Entertainment has launched their much-awaited network. The web network promises accurate updates on current shows, PPVs and trips down memory lane on past shows like ECW, WCW and even PPV Events from the past.
I immediately logged on the WWE site to check out the said network and update myself on what’s happening. As a long-time wrestling fan, I always watch wrestling but I haven’t gotten the chance to do so this past few weeks. After checking out the news, I watched old WWF clips on the site. It was all suddenly nostalgic. The feeling of being able to hear and see The Rock deliver a promo, Hogan rip his shirt off or Austin suddenly delivering a Stunner to anyone is just so extraordinary. Those are the days we won’t see happen again. Now we would see a 35 year old man in shorts delivering 5 moves in an hour-long match and being the main event for ten straight years.
The Audience and the Reality
Let’s face it: We all know it’s staged. It was all exposed years ago to be “fake”. We all know someone behind the cameras and stage lights write what’s going to happen, how they’re gonna fight, what they’re going to say, who’s gonna win and who’s gonna be champ. But the fact it’s all staged shouldn’t hinder people to watch wrestling. The main reason we watched and still watch pro-wrestling is because we loved the stunts and the storylines. It might be staged, but faking a piledriver or a chokeslam through a wooden table isn’t easy. Pro-wrestling sucks because it’s “fake action”? Yeah sure, and “The Expendables” was a real life documentary.
The Product (Or to make it simpler, “The Show As Of Now”)
Let’s put aside the fact that the WWE has been running the John Cena Show for ten years. Many WWE fans, including me, are getting fed up of the so-called “PG Era”. Nowadays, Indie Wrestling is more interesting than the WWE for many fans who want THE wrestling. The WWE is too “sugar-coated” nowadays in my opinion. We don’t see as much of THE wrestling as we did.
We want more of the fighting. Less of the cheesy talk and the hype. Pro-wrestling isn’t and never was a sport intended for children. It’s up to them if they want to hurt and/or get hurt. (Parents are concerned that too much violence in pro-wrestling would make their children violent? Then again, if your TV influences your child more than you do, what kind of parent are you?)
I understand the fact that the ‘E is doing it for the safety. But don’t you think this is too much of safe-playing?
The Wrestlers, The Wrestling and The Politics
We hear wrestlers lose their opportunities because they’re not “big enough”, figuratively and literally. The WWE doesn’t care much about wrestling anymore. They’re just interested in the wrestlers. Don’t get me wrong, I understand that image is just as important. But I also wanna see technical wrestling and talent IN fighting. Small guys can’t wrestle? Yeah, and Eddie Guerrero, Shawn Michaels and William Regal never existed.
It’s all business. No matter what we say and do, at the end of the day, it’s all about the business. It’s all about who attracts money. The sad part though, is that they are failing to see the bigger picture. The more they keep up what they are currently doing, the more fans they are slowly losing. But even if we abandon the WWE and the entire Pro-Wrestling business, it’s gonna be here. More fans will come. The children watching now would replace us. Who knows? Maybe one of those children would make the change we are all wanting in the future.
Let’s just hope the IWC doesn’t start hating him soon.