The Ideal Wrestling Promotion
Since the demise of ECW and WCW, wrestling has garnered many complaints from its fans.
The lack of serious competition, good storylines, and effort from the creative teams gives fans a plethora of complaints in about the wrestling world.
Many are tired of "untalented" guys like John Cena constantly holding championship gold. Some want TNA to put more effort into their storylines, along with dedicating more of the show to actual wrestling, instead of the usual thirty or so minutes.
A handful want women's wrestling and tag team wrestling to become a main priority. A good majority of fans want the WWE to get rid of the current TV-PG rating, and just about all of us want to see the young guys pushed to the top.
Although WWE and TNA will seldom make decisions based on their fans, It would be fun to see how others perceive the "ideal" wrestling promotion.
Hereabouts are the factors that I believe would make for the ideal wrestling promotion.
First off, you can't have wrestling without wrestlers. In the ideal promotion, mat skills would be a requirement.
No matter how tall, heavy, or genetically gifted you are, there is no place for you if you can't brawl, grapple, and be somewhat technically sound. There is no using the same five moves, in the same order, every show.
Despite having to have a good amount of skill in the ring, the top wrestlers would have to have that superstar look. Current wrestlers who fit this mold would be Randy Orton and Triple H.
Women have been a staple in wrestling for many years now. There is nothing wrong with looking pretty, but in the ideal promotion, they too would be required to actually know how to wrestle.
Women wrestlers would be referred to as women wrestlers, not Divas or Knockouts. The same amount of effort would be given to their storylines, and they would always be assured at least one spot in pay-per-views.
Current women wrestlers who fit into my ideal promotion are Mickie James and Angelina Love.
Tag teams were once abundant in the late nineties and early two thousands, however, tag team wrestling for the most part has fallen off of the map, especially in the WWE. A tag team has to have chemistry.
Two wrestlers who have worked together for a while and have the will and desire to reach the pinnacle of tag team wrestling. Anywhere between five to six actively competing tag teams makes for good competition and adds prestige to the belts.
Current tag teams that have a place in the ideal promotion are, Team 3D, Beer Money Inc., The Colons, The World's Greatest Tag Team, and DH Smith and Tyson Kidd.
What would the soap opera known as professional wrestling be without storylines? I like good storylines as much as the next wrestling fan, but sometimes the storlines and gimmicks are too much for fans to handle.
Angles where dead wrestlers are being exploited, paternity tests are involved, and two wrestlers have a live sex celebration are unnecessary in the world of wrestling.
Although fans like to see creativity in the storylines, there is such thing as being just a little bit too creative when it comes to writing a wrestling show.
In my promotion, storylines would be used for the progression of feuds and the development of characters, but nothing overly dramatic would occur. The focus would be on the actual wrestling.
Last, but not least, a big issue in wrestling today seems to be the battle between the youth and the elder statesmen behind the scenes.
In TNA, the older wrestlers, for example, the fifty-year old Sting, are the ones holding the World Championship while the younger, and for the most part, more talented, wrestlers are anxiously waiting in line for their turn to hold some gold.
Ideally, an equal amount of veterans and younger wrestlers who are ready to be pushed to the main event should be in the World Title scene.
WWE has the right idea with wrestlers such as Edge and Jeff Hardy competing for the belt, however, it is never long before a guy like Triple H is back in the title picture.
On the other hand, TNA likes to keep their belt on older guys instead of the younger talent who built the company and the ones who are more likely to still be around in 10 years.
More wrestling than talking, a legitimate women's and tag team division, equality between veterans and up-and-coming stars, and believable storylines all mixed together make for my ideal wrestling promotion.
Although we my never see what we believe to be the ideal promotion, it doesn't hurt to imagine.
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