WWE and TNA: How the Twitter Generation Has Overused the Word 'Bury'
The world is all about politics. In the work place, scholastic environments or even the world of sports, politics plays the biggest part over everything.
When it comes to politics, there's a pecking order, a chain of ranking, if you will. In every pecking order, the one constant is that the one on top has the most power. There are several huge downsides of this. One of the most prominent instances is people who are most deserving of recognition and reward get pushed further and further down the chain because of something they did, didn't do, said or didn't say to the people atop the chain.
One place we see this, aside from the actual world of politics, is the world of professional wrestling. Over the years, countless men and women have been held down and back for silly, nonsensical reasons. Whether it be their size, their image or the fact that they took the last piece of chicken at lunch, talent gets overlooked due to politics.
There was once a time in professional wrestling history when men and women would come to the ring every week and lose their match in drastic fashion. Now, this never had any real purpose. It didn't make the winner of the match any more successful. What it really did was teach a lesson to the person who got buried that night.
However, these days, what I like to call the Twitter generation has fully changed "wrestlers getting buried."
Typically, I spend my Monday nights watching Raw and chatting with my followers on Twitter. Occasionally, I'll chat during Impact on Thursday nights as well. On both nights, one of the constant themes I read about is that someone has come out, lost a match and is now being buried.
I remember growing up watching wrestling. More often than not, I'd watch my favorite wrestler come out and lose a match. My first thought was always "Oh man, what a bummer! I hope he gets revenge!" Now, typically, my wish would come true. The following week, my favorite wrestler would beat the man who beat him the week before. I'm not saying it was always a clean win or even a solo win, but one was still put in the "W" column.
The greatest thing about that is that the two wrestlers would, over time, trade victories back and forth. This would go on for weeks, sometimes months or even the greater part of a year. My friends and I, and most other wrestling fans we spoke with, refereed to this as a "feud."
It seems these days that "wrestling fans" either don't want feuds and only want their favorite wrestler winning all the time. Part of what makes a great wrestler is how he works with others in the ring and on the mic. Another part of what makes a great wrestler is how the fans react to the action in the ring and on the mic.
Recently, while upon the Twitter world, Christian had defeated Cody Rhodes for the Intercontinental Championship. Somebody I follow tweeted something along the lines of how Rhodes was being buried now. Since then, Christian and Rhodes have had several interactions, whether it be in singles competition, tag competition or through interference.
To me, I see no man getting buried here, nor do I see an ultimate loser. Rhodes is a great wrestler who is working his way to the top. A feud with the veteran Christian helps get him there. Again, Rhodes is a great wrestler and a future WWE Champion. Having a feud with Rhodes helps solidify Christian as a future member of the WWE Hall of Fame.
Austin/Rock, Michaels/Hart, Hardyz/Dudleys/Edge and Christian. These were some great feuds that lasted for years. Not once were any of these men considered "buried" when they lost a match in these feuds. Instead, they were always building toward something bigger, and the fans appreciated that.
One of the biggest reasons wrestlers get buried is because when they lose a match, the Twitter generation jumps right to "he's getting buried!" What they need to do is take the time to let a feud develop, which, ultimately, will give the fans a better product and a show they can have more of an appreciation for.
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