Usually, I have enjoyed playing the heel of the Wrestling Community.
I call out certain individuals, and they scream at the top of their lungs: "I am not a nugget!" I call out others, in a good way, and they prove me right on those marks.
But when I called out guys like the PW Community Head Honchos, they did something bigger.
They brought their "A" Game to the table.
This is why I am not insulting or chastising the current Community Leader. I am singing his praises. From his hit radio show, "Hit The Ropes," to his constant belief that this section can withstand the tyranny of the "Outsiders," Shane has kept his game face on with as much productiveness as expected for someone with a hectic lifestyle.
That in itself is worthy of admiration and respect.
For that, I do thank him for showing me that he can handle the pressures that come with being the leader of a huge entity such as this. He has the potential to make WWE Writers and TNA Writers look like kindergarten students at your local elementary school.
And this isn't blowing smoke up his ass for sure.
Anyone who knows about the war of words that Shane and I have had in the past, and know that "kissing ass" is not anywhere on my resume or a part of my reputation as a writer or person.
But in Shane's case, this is about a mutual admiration that I have for the guy.
He has proven me wrong on several occasions. I called him out on his constant advertising of TWD (or The Website Formally Known as The B/R Pro Wrestling Section), and he came back with an address thanking all of the wonderful writers of the B/R Pro Wrestling Section.
Now how many guys do you know can pull that off with a straight face?
There have been times that I have wanted to contact his wrestling show to give credit where credit is due, but because of my own personal obligations, it's been hard to do so.
So instead of waiting until the next Hit The Ropes, I actually decided to call out Superman one more time. Because of my constant appearances and disappearances, I have dubbed myself The Flash. Sure, Green Lantern would have been good, but no one knows whether the original was truly black or white.
Kind of like Michael Jackson, in some cases.
But this isn't about me, or anyone else in the Section for that matter. This is about Shane Howard doing what he does best: Taking the ball and running with it. I admit, when I was CL, I dropped the ball countless times. But with a strong offensive line, I was able to save some face until I was forced to watch from the bench.
As a Senior Writer, I may not have the fanbase to back it up, but I earned that title for the hard work I do on this site. I may not write as much here, but I do write when it counts.
That is why I am putting myself in the spotlight one more time. I will no longer write recaps of wrestling shows, mainly because it's not really original. The basis of them was to show that we can write better recaps than the guys who are getting paid. Period!
And have we not proven that?
Ross, Joe Burgett, Elisa Taylor and a host of others have manged to show that the Bleacher Report Wrestling Section is the real Justice League. I'm not sure who would be Wonder Woman, but we do know who Batman, Captain America and the rest would be.
But in the end, Shane is the Superman of the Wrestling Justice League.
He is the man responsible for making this section truly better, because he tells the critics: "Hey Boys! We're here, and we're not going anywhere!"
That's the mark of a true Community Leader. That's why he is who he is, and that's why he's in the position that he's in.
With football season approaching, it's better that it's not me running the Community anymore. I may have had a hand in getting it started, which no one can take from me, but it's better that someone else take the reigns so I can focus more on the upcoming gridiron season.
With that said, I will continue rooting for the underdogs known as the Pro Wrestling Section, because no matter how much someone wants us to go away for good, and no matter how much respect they don't give us, we'll take what is ours and we'll get our respect by increasing the numbers that are already substantially higher than originally advertised.
So Shane, on behalf of one of the creators and the original CL, I applaud you and say that I am truly happy to be passing the torch to you.
I couldn't think of anyone better to pass the torch to than you.
PS: Sorry about the Tebow photo. But he's considered Superman, you know.