It is well documented we as wrestling fans are very fickle, however there is a problem with this. We are, as a community, keeping the wrestling world from moving forward. How? Well there are multiple ways, let me explain.
1) Clinging to period of time
I see it everyday weather it be in a comment on our youtube videos, on yahoo answers or even here on bleacher report.
Fans are helplessly clinging to the attitude era with some ridiculous hope that if they complain enough Stone Cold will magically heal and be able to wrestle again, or The Rock will return to the ring better than ever before. It is these ridiculous hopes that keep young talent down.
I will not place all the blame on attitude era fans though, as it is something even the '80s fans are guilty of. They cling to their old matches and favorites.
Don't get me wrong, I unfortunately wasn't alive to see that era, but I have seen more then my fair of matches, they are classics, there is no disputing that, but many of those guys can not step into a ring ever again, and indeed more than a fair share of them are dead or injured.
Take Lex Luger for example, I respect the man for what he has accomplished but he can barely walk, let alone wrestle.
Many refuse to look at the current era for the sole reason that it is not the era they grew up watching, and look for remains they can cling too, like the Main Event Mafia, for instance.
2) Comparing current wrestlers to ones of the past
This partially ties into the previous section but it is a very large problem. We as fans aren't really giving the new generation stars much of a chance. Many fans aren't getting behind some of this generations stars and the ones fans are getting behind are based simply on the fact that they remind them of someone from a a different era.
An example of this is people are seeing John Morrison as the next HBK instead of the first John Morrison. Everyday I hear from an Ortonite(I don't remember where I heard this term, but I really like it!) that Randy Orton will take us out of the PG era and become the next Stone Cold.
I highly doubt it. Randy is looking to forge his own Legacy, not recreate an already established one. You do not become a legend in the wrestling world by being a clone.
I find this very disrespectful because we are almost looking for people to replace our former heroes, and when we do find the replacements, they are forever doomed to walk in the shadow of who we originally compared them too.
My favorite wrestler of all time will always be Bret Hart but I'm not getting behind some of the wrestlers because I want them to be the Next Bret Hart. I get behind them because I like the way they wrestle or I like their character.
It is something we as wrestling fans should learn to do, respect and remember our favorites but do not look for replacements.
This is one of the many things that is documented and seen as being wrong yet heavily followed anyway. On the top five list of things that are just plain wrong with the wrestling business, Insiders can be attributed to two through rive, and they are No. 1.
These asses are also largely responsible for making current generation superstars live in the shadows of past superstars. They also seem to be for the complete damnation of the WWE, criticising what they do wrong and ignoring what they do right.
4) Promo comparisions
Another of my favorite things is when John Cena's promos are compared to the Rock's. I find this rather hilarous because the two cut entirely different types of promos. Its rather pointless comparing the two as they are on completly oppisite sides of the spectrum.
It's almost as pointless as comparing Hulk Hogan's wrestling ability to Bret Hart's.
When we hold all promos to a standard of arguably one of the best promo cutters in the business, we take away from the entertainment that the promo does have. Its a ridiculous concept because promo skills are always something that can be improved just like in ring skills.
And may I just say that if the Rock is the standard then everyone in this generation of wrestlers, and no not just John Cena, and hell I'm so pissed at Cena haters right now, is an epic failure that should just give up because they don't hold up to The Rock (sarcasm).
5) Critism of the PG era
something that also ties into the first one, this is not only something that people complain about, they whine about it to the point where it makes me want to ram my head into my desk even as I write this. People find the PG era bland and often compare it to the Attitude Era.
Here is the problem with that, You are comparing an era that when wrestling was on top of the world and had three mainstream companies (WWE, WCW, and ECW) competing against each other neck and neck to an era that was produced when there are two mainstream companies competing and one is way above the other.
If the PG era sucks as bad as everyone says it does, well, then I don't know how TNA Impact, who seems to be as close to the attitude era as it can possibly be at this point, isn't outdoing WWE RAW every week.
We aren't not seeing the current generation for what it is and that is a mix of the past two that everyone is clinging too.
In the '80s we had some of the best wrestling in the world, and in the Attitude Era we had some of the best Promos ever spoken on a mic but with this generation even if we refuse to see it, we have a balance of both.
We have some freaking awesome promo cutters and we also have some quality wrestlers. We just to learn to not let our fickleness blind us to the truth of it.
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