Somehow I'm already up to my 75th article! I figure that's somewhat of a milestone, so I thought I'd do something special. Something a little different.
I read a lot of articles on Bleacher Report about wrestling, in particular WWE and TNA, where the writer isn't happy with what just happened on the latest episode of RAW, or they don't like what TNA just did with one of their story lines.
I think that everyone should take two giant steps back and look at wrestling as a whole. We shouldn't be overly critical of the thing we love to watch. We should enjoy it for what it is. Sports entertainment.
We hardly ever read about the positive things in wrestling, so I'm going to prove to you that there are many reasons to watch and enjoy it. I'm going to take on the massive task of providing you with 75 reasons, in no particular order, for why we enjoy professional wrestling.
75) To ride the highs and lows of WWE. At times, being a fan of WWE is a lot like riding a roller coaster. There are the incredible highs such as the attitude era, and then there are the abysmal lows like the last few years. The best part about that is the ride.
74) International wrestlers. Finlay, Great Khali, William Regal, and Vladimir Kozlov help break up the monotony of stereotypical American wrestlers.
73) Tag Teams matches. There's just something special about tag team matches. The "hot tag" is something that we all wait to see in these matches, and the suspense of waiting for that tag can make the match even better.
72) Survivor Series. The annual elimination tag team match is unique. WWE's second oldest pay-per-view, and I know I look forward to it each year.
71) The high impact moves. The powerbombs, chokeslams, and clotheslines in wrestling can make you wince after hearing the noise of the canvas as the wrestlers hit it with a tremendous force.
70) To support your favourite superstar. It doesn't matter if your favourite superstar is Triple H or Hornswoggle, we all watch wrestling to support them.
69) Lethal Lockdown. The TNA match that only comes once a year. There have been some memorable moments in this match in recent years. The AJ Styles spot on top of the cage roof a few years ago was insane!
68) John Morrison. He is undoubtedly the future of WWE. He has so much potential as a world champion that it's just a shame he's been stuck in the tag team and Intercontinental divisions for all this time.
67) The build up to pay-per-views. If a pay-per-view has a bad build up, it can diminish the overall quality of all the matches on the card.
66) Blood. It may sound sadistic, but having blood in a wrestling match every now and then can be a good thing. Some of the classic matches over the years have involved blood and wouldn't be the same without it. Steve Austin vs. Bret Hart at Wrestlemania is a perfect example.
65) Comedic wrestlers. Santino Marella, Goldust, Festus, and Hornswoggle, all provide the fans with entertainment. Whether it's Goldust stuttering or Festus singing, you have to admit that you have a chuckle or two.
64) The history. The record championship reigns, the classic matches, and the memories of all that has come before them, all add up to make wrestling what it is today. It adds an aura to wrestling that is hard to find anywhere else.
63) Vince McMahon. We owe a LOT to this guy. He is a true icon in the business and a very smart business man. He's currently 63 years old, so what better position to put him in than 63rd?
62) The good looking women. Let's face it. The good looking women aren't exactly a bad thing, are they? Sure, some of them can't wrestle, but at least they look good flailing around in the ring!
61) The good looking men. There are a lot of women that watch wrestling too. Most of them like to look at the guys, as much as the guys look at the girls.
60) Jeff Hardy. The charismatic enigma has been, and always will be, my all-time favourite WWE superstar. The way he can risk everything just to pull off one amazing move is inspiring.
59) Divas/Knockouts. The women of wrestling have proved over the years that they are just as good at wrestling as the guys
58) The celebrities. We've seen many celebrities get involved in pro wrestling. Mr. T, Pamela Anderson, Mike Tyson and many, many more! They help wrestling get some mainstream media attention, which can only be good for the sport.
57) Gimmick pay-per-views. WWE's Night Of Champions and TNA's Lockdown are good examples of a gimmick pay-per-view. I find them entertaining, and they help break up an otherwise pretty boring schedule.
56) Evan Bourne. When he goes for "Air Bourne" he makes it look effortless and mesmerizing at the same time.
55) Backstage Interviews. Who doesn't like to get a bit of insight into the what the superstars are thinking? Or even to see a superstar tease the interviewer?
54) TNA's X division. It might not be as good as the past, but it can still be damn entertaining to watch.
53) The General Managers. They can come up with some of the biggest shock decisions during a wrestling event.
52) The innovative moves. Each year it seems that we witness the superstars push the envelope just that little bit more, and the result is some fresh new moves for the fans to enjoy.
51) The ring attire. Just two words. Zack Ryder.
50) Sting. The 50-year old veteran can still mix it up with the younger wrestlers on TNA and put on a clinic.
49) Multiple person matches. Whether it involves three, four, six, or even more superstars, multiple person matches are great to watch and are so unpredictable.
48) Weapons. It doesn't matter if it's tables, chairs, kendo sticks, or a fire extinguisher, weapons can add to a match. It could be the difference between a good match and an epic.
47) The rags to riches stories of the superstars. You'll often hear superstars talking about when they were young and didn't have anything and wrestling has provided for their family. It makes it seem possible for anybody to get into the business.
46) CM Punk. His slow heel turn has been one of the best story lines in WWE in quite some time. His character is suitable for a face or a heel, so it will be interesting to see which side of the fence he ends up on.
45) The five star matches. Just look at the Shawn Michaels vs. Undertaker match from this year's Wrestlemania. Straight away, people were saying that that match could possibly be the greatest of all time. It had the build up, the crowd was emotionally invested, and the skills that were shown by the two competitors were second to none.
44) Wrestling legends. Ric Flair, Hulk Hogan, Ricky Steamboat, Randy Savage. These are some of the biggest names in the history of WWE, and whenever they get involved in current story lines you get a real feeling of nostalgia.
43) The celebrations. There are some special moments in wrestling that celebrate all that has come before them and how they got to where they are. As an example, Eddie Guerrero and Chris Benoit at Wrestlemania XX, or Ric Flair's farewell on Raw.
42) Steel cage matches. They have become a staple of wrestling over the years. To this day we still enjoy watching the superstars going head to head while surrounded by steel.
41) Petey Williams' Canadian Destroyer. That finisher made him a star.
40) Triple H. The King of Kings has done it all in the business. He's a multiple time world champion, Royal Rumble winner, and has one of the most devastating finishers in the pedigree.
39) The promos. In my opinion, nothing beats a good promo. Just look at the most recent one that CM Punk did at Night Of Champions. That was a classic!
38) Cheering for the faces. Who doesn't like to join in and pop for the good guy?
37) Booing the heels. As soon as those arrogant people come onto stage, you just want to boo them out of the building.
36) Booing John Cena. I can respect what he's accomplished in WWE, but his current character is so stale it's getting beyond ridiculous. Boo!
35) Ultimate X match. One of the best ideas to come out of TNA is the Ultimate X match. It's a pretty simple idea when you think about it. It's just a ladder match, without ladders!
34) Managers. From Bobby Heenan to Sensational Sherri, each manager has put their own spin on the role. They are an integral part of professional wrestling.
33) The catch phrases. We all used to join in with The Rock whenever he did a promo. Now we yell out in support of guys like Kofi Kingston, MVP, and John Cena. Catch phrases are such a big part of pro wrestling.
To this day, whenever someone hits a knife edge chop you'll still hear at least one person yell out "wooooo!"
32) To share the experience with others. We all enjoy talking about wrestling as much as watching it. That's why we're here on Bleacher Report.
31) High flyers. They are the most exciting type of wrestler in many ways. They usually have fast paced matches and have a lot of aerial offense.
30) Royal Rumble. The event is famous for it's 30 man over-the-top-rope battle royal, and it is awarded with 30th spot.
29) Edge. "The Ultimate Opportunist" has won a total of 29 titles during his impressive career in WWE and that earns him 29th spot.
28) The wrestler's journey. There are some occasions in wrestling when you see a guy in the ring and you realize his great talent level. Over the years, he develops into a main event wrestler, but you knew he was something special after his first match.
27) Hell In A Cell. Satan's structure provides some of the best matches in WWE. It's also the perfect way to finish a feud. If they can walk out of the Cell as the winner, then you know that they've earned it.
26) Kurt Angle. The Olympic gold medallist has proved to be one of, if not the, best wrestler of this generation. He can cut a mean promo and he has the in ring skills to back it up. It's a shame that he's still stuck in TNA.
25) Wrestlemania. There have been 25 of the yearly event to date, with plenty more to come. The granddaddy of 'em all signals the high point on the WWE calendar, and it usually delivers.
24) The crowd. They are one of the most important parts of a good wrestling match. You could have Kurt Angle and Bret Hart going at it in the ring, but if the crowd is booing, it can spell disaster for the match.
23) The Motor City Machine Guns. Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin have tremendous chemistry in the ring. It's an absolute travesty that they still haven't held the TNA tag team championship belts yet.
22) It's an escape from reality. It doesn't matter if you're watching WWE, TNA, ROH, or you're at a live indy show. It's good to forget all of life's little problems for that small amount of time.
21) Money In The Bank ladder match. It's the one time of the year where the mid carders get their chance to shine on the big stage, Wrestlemania. The first one was as a part of Wrestlemania 21, and that's why it gets 21st spot.
20) The athletic ability. How do guys like Shelton Benjamin and Kofi Kingston do what they do? The height of their vertical leaps is astounding!
19) Randy Orton. "The Viper" can hit you with the RKO at any time in a match. It keeps the fans on the edge of their seat, and once he hits it, you know that his opponent isn't getting up.
18) The grand entrances. The pyrotechnics. The lasers. The music. It all adds up to get the crowd excited and to set the tone for the match.
17) Undertaker's Wrestlemania streak. He's 17-0 at Wrestlemania and he takes 17th spot in this article. 17 wins in a row! Wow, that's phenom-enal (haha...that was poor).
16) All the different styles of wrestling. From Lucha Libre to American style wrestling, all types have some awe-inspiring moves to look out for.
15) TLC matches. They may be rare, but they are certainly worth the wait! People to this day still talk about the legendary TLC matches back in the day with the Hardyz, Dudleyz, and Edge and Christian. Nothing can top that in my opinion.
14) Chris Jericho. He's probably the best all around wrestler right now. He has the technical ability, the mic skills, and most importantly he can get a reaction from the crowd. It's always entertaining to watch one of his promos.
13) The "oh my god!" moments. They are almost always totally unexpected, and it's one of the only times that you'll hear an excited crowd go silent.
12) Summerslam. The biggest party of the summer has had some of the greatest matches in WWE history, and that makes it a must see event!
11) Shawn Michaels. He's been in the business for over 20 years, and in that time he has achieved more than most do in a lifetime. He has earned his respect from the crowd after stealing the show on so many occasions.
10) The video games. This year sees the tenth installment of arguably the most popular video game series in wrestling, Smackdown vs. Raw. The create-a-wrestler, general manager, and franchise modes make these games some of the best sports games on the shelves.
9) The feuds. A great rivalry between two or more competitors can add that special something to a match. Chris Jericho vs. Shawn Michaels, Undertaker vs. Edge, Triple H vs. Randy Orton. These have all been great feuds.
8) The Crazy 8 match. This match is unique to the Pro Wrestling Unplugged wrestling promotion in Philly, but if you've never heard of it, where have you been? There's three guys, a championship belt, no DQ rules, one side of a steel cage, scaffolds, swinging ropes, and even trampolines!
7) The Undertaker. His arsenal of moves is one of the most impressive in WWE. Old School, Chokeslam, The Last Ride, and the ace up his sleeve, the Tombstone Piledriver combine into a devastating move-set.
6) Elimination Chamber match. Six men walk in, but only one walks out the winner. This is one of the most brutal matches in professional wrestling today, but it's such a great spectacle to see!
5) The story lines. Yeah, they're sometimes a bit cheesy and unbelievable, but when you're watching a compelling story unfold it adds to the overall quality of the wrestling.
4) The emotion. How many times have you found yourself pumping a fist at home while watching wrestling? Don't you get even a little bit annoyed when heels, especially in tag team matches, find a way to cheat without getting caught by the referee?
3) The larger than life characters. The Legend Killer, The Samoan Submission Machine, The Deadman. They all make professional wrestling so much better for what they bring to the table.
2) The commentary. The best play-by-play commentator in the business today, Jim Ross, makes every match he calls that much better. He's produced some great lines over the years, and hopefully he'll continue to do so for many years to come.
1) The wrestling! If you took away the characters, the story lines and the fancy entrances, the majority of us would likely still be watching and discussing the same things.
A note to the wrestling community:
You may have read my recent article on the Australian wrestler, Mark Mercedes. I'm happy to say that he himself has read the article as I've been in contact with him. I have his mobile number and I was thinking of setting up an interview. Are there any questions that you'd like me to ask him?
If you have any suggestions, then please don't hesitate to post them on my bulletin board. Thanks!
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