D. Stokes Presents: "On My Wrestling Soapbox": First Edition

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D. Stokes Presents:

Many of my B/R brethren have their own catchy feature articles, like Joe's "Really" and Shane's "My Latest Gripe," so I thought I would introduce "On My Wrestling Soapbox." I will address my opinions on what's going on in the wrestling world here on the B/R wrestling section.

I want to first address some articles and comments I've read recently about the man who a lot of people on B/R seem to have a love affair with.  Yes, I am speaking of one—Randy Orton.

Orton gets plenty of "man love" on our page, and while I personally think he's a great superstar and the top heel on RAW, I've been hearing people say he's the next Stone Cold Steve Austin.  

In the words of Joe Burgett—really?  The next Austin?  I'm sorry folks, but I don't see it.  Other than a similar finishing move, there is no comparison. 

Oh! They both have nicknames that are the name of a snake.  Yes!  That's it!    

I have some issues with some of Orton's alleged antics as of late, if they are indeed true.

We have read a few reports about him having altercations with fans at house shows, but my main issue is with his influence with legacy.

Recent reports have stated that he went to WWE brass, and felt that Manu and Sim Snuka were not good fits for the group.  Why aren't they?

I'm pretty sure I can take a stab at this.  Orton, Cody Rhodes, and Ted Dibiase have the "look," and quite frankly Manu and Snuka do not. 

Manu and Snuka are bigger, and by bigger, I mean borderline fat.  They aren't muscular like the other guys and aren't white, at least Manu's not. I'm not sure if Snuka is or not.  I'm not one to throw out the race card, but let's call a spade a spade.

I've been hearing talk about Manu not being a great wrestler, but how can we be so sure?  How many matches has he fought on RAW?  Maybe five?  

Honestly, you can't judge a guy's potential on five matches.  DiBiase is being held as the next big star, and he's been on RAW for only a few months. Rhodes leaves a lot to be desired.  

All of these guys could have used a star like Orton to make them mainstays in WWE—just like Orton and Batista used Triple H and Ric Flair to make them stars.  It's a shame that they were "profiled," and it couldn't be that way.  

Moving on.....

What happened to guys paying their dues?  

Steve Austin had to do it, Shawn Michaels had to do it, Triple H had to do it.  

What makes our new superstars any different?  

I am speaking of the desire to see guys like John Morrison, The Miz, CM Punk, and Mr. Kennedy elevated to main event status because they are tired of the old guard in WWE.  

I like the new guys in WWE, and the four that I named above all have bright futures.

Vince McMahon has been doing this for a long time.  I'm going to trust that he knows what he's doing.  Look at how many stars he has created.  

Patience young grasshopper—patience.  

Lastly...

The road to Wrestlemania begins on Sunday with the Royal Rumble, and I for one can't wait!

Speaking of Wrestlemania, there have been a lot of fantasy cards from B/R writers.  Many would like to see a match that could have, and should have, taken place seven years ago. 

Steve Austin vs. Hulk Hogan.

It seems that there are mixed feelings on whether or not the match should take place.  Word is that it's unlikely to happen because Austin is unable to take any hard bumps. 

Why would anyone what to see this match?  One person said he/she hopes Hulk Hogan isn't involved in Wrestlemania at all.

What people need to understand is that Wrestlemania is historic.  It's just as much about the past as it is about the future. 

Hulk Hogan is the past.  Without him, there may not have been a future.  Hulk Hogan headlined the first eight Wrestlemanias.  Hulk Hogan is the most popular star in WWE history.  Wrestlemania may not have made it to 25 years if it were not for Hogan.   

Vince may have created Hulkmania, but Hogan was the man wrestling those matches.  He was the man doing the interviews.  He flexed his muscles, ripped his shirt off, and people loved it.   

Vince had no control over how fans would react to Hogan.  Hogan revolutionized this business, and should participate in Wrestlemania 25. 

Whether or not he actually should wrestle in a match is to be debated, but there is no doubt that people would want to see a match between him and Austin.

Why?

Because they are arguably the two biggest stars in WWE history.  Hogan in the 1980s.  Austin in the 1990s.  Who's era was the best? 

Sure, they're both past their prime, and the match may not be pretty. 

But I sure as hell would pay to see it. 

The purpose of this editorial is to generate debate so please feel free to comment.  Let me point out that I respect every writer in our section and my comments aren't meant to diss anyone.  Thanks for reading! 

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