First Post, About Me, Wrestlng Perspective
I'm Mike, just a little background to start about what I'm trying to do here. I love wrestling, and for a long time I've wanted a platform to really talk about wrestling and I tried YouTube before as wrestling platform and it didn't feel right. It wasn't the right fit. I'm working on something else for YouTube, that isn't going to be solely about wrestling.
So a bit about me and my fandom, I've been watching wrestling for a little over 20 years, I watched on and off around when I was seven. I remember being nine maybe ten when I started watching full time. I never looked back. Wrestling is my escape, back then two hours on Monday and two hours on Thursday. As the years went on I love it even more and I've tried to watch (and attend) as much as possible. WWE (and NXT), TNA (not anymore), ROH, NJPW, and I'll certainly be watching AEW when it is up and running. As far as favorite individual wrestlers the all time list has changed a lot over the years but, I always loved Undertaker, Shawn Michaels, Mick Foley, Chris Jericho, Steve Austin, The Rock just to name a few. Currently I love a whole bunch of people from different companies like, all members of The Shield, Finn Balor, AJ Styles, Drew McIntyre, Aleister Black, Adam Cole, Johnny Gargano, Ricochet, Velveteen Dream, Kenny Omega, Cody, Young Bucks, Marty Scurll, Jay Lethal, Kota Ibushi, Tetsuya Naito, Jay White, Tama Tonga, and the list is much longer and goes on for a while (just wanted to give an idea of my favorites from each federation). I love it all in their own way, but like any wrestling fan I have concerns, pet peeves, complaints etc.
Every week, every show, every "special event" or pay-per-view, there is something in every fed as they are called by most, that us as fans aren't fond of or on board with and I'm no different. I dislike a lot in the current landscape, that's not to say there isn't a list of things that I enjoy because there is. As far as WWE goes (not so much NXT) I wish they would stop this lazy booking, lazy handling of new talent, and lazy storyline.
As an Attitude Era fan, I'll be the first to say that the reason it succeeded is because of the "push the envelope" mentality of the booking and Vince McMahon saying no to the "too over the top" stuff. Even so not everything about that era was great same goes for the following era where it was more about the wrestling and less about storyline. Why can't we find a happy medium, where both are on point. Why does the current product need thirty writers who have to run everything by Vince McMahon anyway? Why do I have to sit through three hours of Raw every week only to get forty minutes of something worth talking about (if I'm lucky)? Now you can say "Well just stop watching then." but I'm a real fan if you don't sit through the bad to get to the good your not a real fan. It doesn't mean I have to accept the bad though.
WWE (and Vince McMahon) needs to understand that true fans like myself aren't going anywhere but in order to really keep the people that don't stay no matter what, the story has to be told inside and outside the ring. If there's a true blood feud going on I don't want to see rest holds and mat wrestling, I want the match to be told as personal as the story warrants it to be. If a wrestler has a storyline injury that must be sold to truly tell a story that person shouldn't be doing three consecutive suicide dives because they got "a burst of energy and it was like they turned it up to eleven for that last ditch effort." It's a new landscape, and cartoony doesn't sell anymore, realism sells. The reason The Rock versus John Cena sold was because it felt real there was legitimate heat there for a time. The reason Becky Lynch is so over is because her struggle was legitimate and her feud with Charlotte and Ronda though it hit some peculiar bumps it's real because she is the one that had to fight to get here.
I don't want to rant for too long this might be too long already but there's a lot about WWE especially to be proud of we just need them to find a true medium for it all to be good and not just some of it.
I think I rambled long enough, just know this I wouldn't say these things if I didn't want WWE to truly succeed, look out for more as I'll have plenty more good and bad to talk about all things wrestling going forward, this won't just be me talking bad about WWE, New Japan has some bad too so don't you worry there. Also there will be updates, down the line about the YouTube channel that I'm working on (the name of the show is the background of this blog).
For now, I'm MikeJC signing off.