In the early years of wrestling, there were many iconic wrestlers who paved the way of wrestling today. However, I have currently been watching a lot of vintage wrestling and noticed one thing. History repeats itself! Mainly with superstars who really are not that good technically, but young fans seem to enjoy them, so Vince does what he usually does and crams them down our throats. So the question remains: Do wrestling fans actually steer the wrestling industry or do we just accept what Vince gives us?
In the early years, there was the “Real American” Hulk Hogan. Here is a guy who was able to totally exhaust his opponent by a leg drop. He was geared to younger children and always gave the message to “eat their vitamins and drink their milk.” But this all came crumbling down when he was hauled off to court to testify about the WWF and the steroid scene. Regardless, looking back, Hulk Hogan was defeating wrestlers who he should have never beaten. Just like Brett Hart, Yokozuna and even Andre the Giant. A guy like Brett Hard had to totally work the match because Hulk Hogan was too useless to really do anything. This also became more apparent when he came back and tried to take on the Rock at Wrestlemania. The Rock was dancing circles around him and he could barely move. Granted he is much older, but his wrestling ability appeared to be the same as its always been.
Since Hogan, we have also seen the light of Stone Cold Steve Austin. Another iconic wrestler of the early 90’s who made it cool to be bad. Was he really that far over with the fans that Vince had Austin on everything? Looking at ticket sales and merchandise, yes. However, lets look at who was there to help Austin. Huge names like The Rock, Triple H, Shawn Michaels and the Undertaker. Some of these names are still around today, but back then, they were in their prime. Again, I ask the question, did Vince just continue to push Austin down our throats or did he actually win us over?
Finally, we come to John Cena. Here is what I like to refer to as a robot wrestler. He is a wrestler, who can’t sell a move, can’t sell an injury, thought he was a rapper, but then realized he was in the military and frankly can’t SEE how terrible he actually is. He has a great physique, and that’s it. No matter what is going on in the match, out of no where, John Cena will pop up of whatever move, full of energy, do three moves and win the match. Again, here is a wrestler who gets booed of out some arena’s and Vince continues to push him down our throats.
Why do we continue to watch wrestling when we know that a robot wrestler, like John Cena is always going to win everything? Where is our say? Why don’t the fans reaction get to persuade what actually happens on Raw or Smackdown? (ECW really isn’t a brand – lets be serious) When are our voices going to be heard instead of getting caught in the ‘attitude adjustment’?