In 2014, “sports entertainment” bears little resemblance to what “pro wrestling” was decades ago. In fact, many of the traditions that have continued in pro wrestling through the years no longer work today. And some of the more recent trends in wrestling don’t make sense either. Take a closer look at the top five things pro wrestling must abolish.
5. No title changes at house shows
A house show is a wrestling event that is not aired on television. House shows are very entertaining, but storyline development never takes place. This leads to sparse attendance at most house shows. Another recent development about house shows is that titles virtually never change hands there. I agree that storyline development should be on television, but if wrestling fans thought title changes were possible, house show attendance would skyrocket.
4. No-disqualification tag team matches
You may have never noticed why no-disqualification tag team matches must be abolished. A few years ago, I noticed why these matches don’t make sense. The wrestlers were hitting each other with chairs, throwing closed-fist punches, and refusing to break in the ropes. However, they were still tagging their partners in and out! What’s the point of tagging in a no-disqualification match? These matches should be changed to Texas Tornado rules.
3. Naming finishers
The necessity of naming your finisher is one of the most ridiculous developments in the modern era of wrestling. In the old days, moves such as the sleeper hold, brain buster, and DDT were referred to as such, regardless of which wrestlers executed them. Today, many wrestlers use the same finishers, but they have different names. Imagine if a Peyton Manning TD pass had to be called the “Man Killer,” but a Drew Brees TD pass was called the “Cool Breeze.”
2. Cage matches
As someone who loves old school wrestling and The Attitude Era, I can’t believe I’m calling for cage matches to be abolished. However, cage matches today are just too fake. You could play a deadly drinking game if you had one every time a wrestler had an opportunity to escape the cage, but chose not to. Also, wrestlers often jump off the top of the cage onto their opponents instead of leaving the cage. The booking of cage matches makes no sense today.
1. Contract signings
Pro wrestling must abolish contract signings for several reasons. First, we all know every on-air contract signing is going to end in a melee. There’s no drama in it. Second, wrestling fans know contract signings aren’t necessary for a match to take place. Finally, the contracts are kayfabe and what’s actually on them is nonsense. This was revealed to fans when the cameraman caught a shot of a phony contract on the May 26, 2014 edition of WWE Raw.
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