Random Thoughts From a Wrestling Fan
I've been writing for Bleacher Report for a few months now and absolutely love it. I've written articles on baseball, basketball, and tennis, but like all of you, I have a love of professional wrestling.
I have been hooked since I was a kid despite my dad constantly telling me it was all "fake". I didn't believe him, nor did I care if it was.
You couldn't convince me that Andre the Giant ripping the crucifix necklace off the chest of Hulk Hogan wasn't real. I was scared to death of Andre and always feared he was lurking in my bedroom closets.
I've started to read some wrestling articles hear and have noticed there is some sort of drama between several members of the community.
Now I'm sure there is a very good explanation for all of it, but I really don't care. It seems like some people take themselves way too seriously, and they have forgotten that we are all fans of a fantasy world.
I'm sure I'm like just about every person here when I have the belief that I could do a better job than everyone on the WWE creative team or that if Jeff Jarrett gave me the chance, I could help TNA really challenge Vince.
I wanted to share some of my core beliefs as a wrestling fan with you, so that you can all get to know the type of fan I am and I hope over time I get to know the same about all of you:
Wrestling is not nearly as good now as it was 10 years ago, but it wasn't as good then as it was when the territory system ruled the country.
Vince McMahon is a genius. He has done things I have not always agreed with, but the man had a vision for something he loved, followed it, and turned it into something bigger than anyone could have ever imagined.
Roddy Piper is the most underrated wrestler ever. He never held a world title, but he could move a crowd like no one else in history.
One week he could have you wanting to punch him in the face, and the next week he could make you cry and have you feeling great sympathy for him.
Chris Jericho is the closest current wrestler to Piper. Jericho is so good at what he does that the crowd forgets he's taking them on an emotional journey.
Ric Flair is what he says he was: the man. Even when I was too young to figure out what was going on, I liked him even though I knew I wasn't supposed to.
I miss Eddie Guerrero dearly. He was an amazing performer. The things he overcame in his personal life should be an inspiration to everyone.
Koko B. Ware should not be in the WWE Hall of Fame. Owen Hart, Brian Pillman, and the British Bulldog are long over due to be inducted.
No matter how much I watch wrestling, nothing compares to the ring entrance of The Undertaker.
Shawn Michaels is the greatest in-ring performer I have ever seen. HBK takes you on the journey that all wrestlers should aspire to.
I have never understood all the fuss over Jeff Hardy. I'll take Matt over Jeff every day of the week. Matt Hardy could be a great asset to the company if given the chance.
I'm a very passionate person and nothing in wrestling personified passion more than ECW. No, not Vince's version of ECW, the ECW that rocked the world out of a bingo hall in South Philly.
Samoa Joe and AJ Styles shouldn't have to take a back seat to anyone in TNA or pro wrestling for that matter.
So that's just a little insight into the mind of this wrestling fan. Like I said earlier, I look forward to getting to know more of you and becoming more acquainted to the B/R wrestling community.
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