What Happened To The Good Ole Days Of Wrestling

Really?
Really?

Where's The Wrestling I Grew Up With

First off let me say that I am a wrestling fan. So much that at one point I wrestled professionally for a living. I remember the days of matches like Sting VS Ric Flair and Legion of Doom taking on Demolition. Now we get matches like Gail Kim and the Miz vs some twin girl and a fake Spaniard. What the hell is going on? I admit the old days of wrestling had it's fair share of stupidity. Few of us can forget the Undertaker bringing lightning down from the sky like Zeus pissed off at the pizza boy for being late! Of course we also have trouble forgetting Sting introducing the Shockmaster just to have a guy in a sparkly storm trooper hat fall down and struggle to get back up, but at least there was wrestling then. I tuned into RAW on Monday for the first time in a good while and I kind of wish I hadn't! A two hour show is a fair amount of time for some wrestling matches to go on. WWE however does not seem to think that time is good for wrestling but for talking and story line set ups. It is annoying that we are starting to have to buy pay per views just to watch a wrestling show because the weekly show focused on John Cena picking on someone with a childish name and a catch phrase that makes as much sense as wiping one's but before they use the rest room. "You can't see me". What the hell, you are right there. I see you fine.

Granted there were some dumb ones in my day, mostly spoken by the Rock. I miss the days of true wrestling. The days of the Rock and Roll Express who became the basis for WWE's very own Heart Break Kid Shawn Michaels. What happened to the days when the world championship belt meant something. Now every Tom, Dick, and Miz have had their hands on it and it is forever cheapened. Is the Miz awesome? As awesome as a hernia at a weightlifting show.

I try to tune in to TNA when I get the chance. They are a bit talky to but the wrestling is still the focus there but what are they doing with the talent. They have guys like Chris Daniels and he takes a back seat to WWE's unwanted superstars. I don't get it. There for awhile it looked as if they were going to face WWE with ruthless aggression and possibly win the wrestling wars and what did they do? They brought in Hollywood Hulk Hogan and Eric Bitch Off, I mean Bischoff. Now wrestling does have a way of repeating itself. D-X comes back periodically to stir up that silly feeling, the high flyers bring out the new age of wrestling and so fourth but the guys at TNA decided to abuse a dead gimmick. They brought out the NWO. WCW failed with it, WWE failed with it and TNA failed with it. Thank God there are no other outlets for this horrid storyline to resurface in, or at least none we will have to observe.


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lorddraven2000 5 years ago from Wheelwright KY Author

Come on guys, vent with me, you know you hate it.


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poetvix 5 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

I have to agree with you. I miss the days of Dusty Rhodes, Jake the Snake Roberts and many other true wrestlers before the WWE was thought of and it became all about shock value trash talk.


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lorddraven2000 5 years ago from Wheelwright KY Author

As a kid I loved Jake Roberts. he had everything a wrestler should be. I agree with you completely.


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James E. 5 years ago from Seattle, WA

Steamboat and Hitman still remain my favorites even with so many new upcoming talents...your right, wrestling has lost the flavor it once had, but at times WWE has moments that give you a taste of it back. Great article by the way.


rmcmillen 3 years ago

What happened? I'll tell you what happened.

Competition went bye-bye and Vince got lazy. It's almost as if he went out on the street and just walked up to people and said "Hey, you wanna be a wrestler?"

He started only caring what the kids with horrible attention spans wanted and stopped caring about what the kids that got him to this height wanted... you know?.... the kids that were now all grown up............ you know?....... US


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lorddraven2000 3 years ago from Wheelwright KY Author

I agree. To me Vince seems more occupied with how many shirts a guy can sell. he has talented wrestlers who are just not getting any due because of his failure to attempt to market them.


rmcmillen 3 years ago

Talented wrestlers? Other than Taker, Triple H and a few others that have been around since before the WCW take over.......... who? Who does he have? He's got bupkis..... he's got Swagger, he's got Cena and he's got Punk.... no one else he has is on any sort of level other than "Him? Eh, he's ok I guess"............. take those three guys and a hand full of surviving ring vets off the card at any house show and he wouldn't fill the Sioux Falls Arena in South Dakota let alone some place worth actual mention.


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lorddraven2000 3 years ago from Wheelwright KY Author

I have to disagree. I think guys like Dolph, Koffi, and Sin Cara have the talent but not the size Vince has promoted. He has basicly created a fed of monsters and the little guy ends up getting moved on down the card. I like Antonio AKA Claudiio Castinoli as well but feel putting him as heel may have been a mistake. I see where you are coming from though. Vince is relying way to much on a few guys and ignoring the rest.


rmcmillen 3 years ago

well.... there are a small hand full of others I did not name, but not many........... Antonio has potential, but he has a long way to go before he goes anywhere from just being "good" or "alright"........... I disagree with you on Dolph and only a little less on Koffi, but I think given the right angle and marketing Sin Cara could be great given time....... right now he is just in the "holy crap, did he do that" kinda 'good' category... nothing more....... he's right up there with your ECW mid-carders................. it will take a good push and a little work to make him GREAT


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lorddraven2000 3 years ago from Wheelwright KY Author

I can agree with the Sin Cara comment. I think Dolph is a great worker. I know I would have loved to wrestle a guy like that. I really feel Vince should start pushing for a few smaller guys to move up. I like Del Rios but I don't see the star potential Vince does there. I do see a very keen amount of support for the Shield but once again I really don't feel either of them is great in terms of anything they do in the ring.


rmcmillen 3 years ago

The Shield could reach nWo status if treated right...... but Vince hasn't treated something right in a long time..... Dolph is a great worker just like so many..... but great in the ring does not a good wrestler make.

He is also only as good as those that are in there with him putting on a show, but again... good in the ring does not a good wrestler make.

You need to be just as good on the mic as you are in the ring to be GREAT.... and in my opinion there are very few that have that combo down..... even Swagger who I said has GREAT potential does not have that combo down and even needed a mouth piece like Dutch Mandell


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lorddraven2000 3 years ago from Wheelwright KY Author

I can't say I agree. By today's standard unfortunatly wrestlers have to work the mic and that is where they get the big breaks but for me, maybe because I was a wrestler, I feel in the ring ability is better. I could care less about which superstar is doing who or any of that backstory crap. I think it is needed but what happens in the ring should be the big focus. Mic workers right now are pretty bad. Punk is about as one tracked as a person can get and Cena is getting worse and worse. I think wrestling needs a complete remake.


rmcmillen 3 years ago

In ring ability is better by far, there is no disputing that. I am just saying as a fan of 25 years, but as someone who has a library of videos dating back to the 70's, I would think that ability on the mic is just as important as ability in the ring...... I couldn't give less than a big pile of poo about a match between two gifted individuals in the ring IF both don't also have amazing ability on the mic in order to draw me in to the storyline and get me at least a slight bit emotionally invested....... without that, a match is a match is a match....some are longer, some are shorter, some are bloodier...... but without BOTH aspects, MOST TIMES (not all) it seems just not worth it as a fan


rmcmillen 3 years ago

I have to say, considering I normally comment just to shamelessly plug my articles "A Call To Arms... Sort Of" and "Six Myths About The Beatles That Are Complete Bull".... its a lot of fun to go back and forth and ramble a little about something that I have loved since I was young like wrestling or comicbooks.


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lorddraven2000 3 years ago from Wheelwright KY Author

LOL, not a shameless plug at all my friend. I have really enjoyed this discussion and am very glad to see wrestling fans still exist.


rmcmillen 3 years ago

I've been a fan since flair and Harley Race faced off in a cage match for the title


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lorddraven2000 3 years ago from Wheelwright KY Author

That is awesome. I started watching with my dad and it grew into an obsession and than a career. Still tune in weekly.

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