Pro Wrestling: My Opinion on the Sport's Black Sheep

Shak WilliamsContributor IDecember 19, 2009

LAS VEGAS - SEPTEMBER 19:  WWE wrestler Triple H poses in the ring after Floyd Mayweather Jr. defeated Juan Manuel Marquez in a unanimous decision at the MGM Grand Garden Arena September 19, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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I'm going to start off by admitting that this is entirely, this article I mean, opinionated. For I feel that I have built up much animosity towards wrestling as a whole. Not just WWE but TNA as well.

Since I don't keep up with indies (with the exception of sporadically watching recordings of ROH and WSA/SHIMMER) I have nothing to confess pertaining to that side of the sport.

First off, why not start with the huge "buzz" going from ear to ear and through everyone's backside: Hulk Hogan's arrival in TNA. Honestly, it makes me sick to my guts.

Here you have a company that has garnered so much endless potential with their superstars' individual styles and personalities. People like A.J. Styles, Daniels, and Joe who all differentiate in terms of style, but all are in unison about making a definite competitor in the imperialistic world of sports entertainment.

Hulk Hogan, again in my opinion, is nothing but an old washed up, fame driven, reality television whore who does not know when to pull up the white flag, pass the torch, and move on. 

I don't feel that his presence in what could, with time, be the No. 1 brand in the world of kayfabe wrestling will help. His recent comments on bringing in some old guys disgust me.

Old guys for what? Stealing the spotlight? Pushing away potential talent? Burying the promotion?

I am not the biggest mark for wrestling, but I have to admit TNA has drawn me in for the past two years. I don't want to see that light glow blurry.

Secondly, why not comment on WWE's recent indirectly direct corpulent remarks of their No. 1 female entertainer. Granted, I am not a major fan of Mickie James. However I do have the set to admit that she has risen above the crop and continues to keep the fans cheering her name.

The image being set out to kids by a supposedly PG kid-friendly show is horrendous. Since when did someone who is no more than 135lbs. considered to be morbidly obese?

Comments made by the commentators of WWE's major brands praising the thinner side of their female roster while blasting Mickie James who has outshone every one of them is tedious and furthers shows what WWE does best and that is abuse their talent.

This is a bit late, but better now than never. Onto my third subject: Sheamus. Being creative in many fields myself, I will admit that I admire many of WWE's creative endeavours regardless of the outcome.

Like many, I respect Cena, but have had it up to my ears with his continual title reigns and contender-ships, and his invulnerable under-doggish Kal-El performance.

I have not watched RAW often within the last year, yet, when I read that a new face will be brought into the title picture, I tuned in to see what was to come within the following weeks.

To my surprise (yes, I was surprised) a seemingly unknown red haired fellow from Ireland was build up to be a major threat to the title.

Now, I was expecting someone like Kingston, or my less favored Swagger, but instead given this. I am no hypocrite, and appreciate WWE's decision to place the belt on Sheamus.

After constant complaining over the regular figures in the title picture, I don't feel that it's fair for me to bash whomever WWE decides to push as a main eventer.

Yes, it was unexpected but if WWE is good at one thing it's surprising us all with some strange title win after months of predictable back and forth stories.

On a side, apologetic, note I want to take time to admit that I had major dislike for HHH for the last eight years.

You see, for the longest, I felt that HHH was undeniably responsible for my childhood hero's, Chyna's, departure from WWF not to mention was the sole reason why many young stars never made it to the big time.

Although it doesn't mean much now, during her time, Chyna was a trailblazer and I idolized her. After some growing up and reevaluating my previously beliefs I've come to terms that not only one side is responsible for a crime that more than one person had their hands in.

Though it has nothing to do with me or my life, nor HHH's, I want to apologize for continually knocking him. Sure, he's this or that, but I don't believe he's generally a terrible guy that would ruin someone else's career just so he could sustain his own.

Finally, I want to conclude this in various random rants to the many marks that constantly force the idea that their favorite superstar should be this or that.


1. Randy Orton

I have to admit, Randy, along with Edge, is the sole reason of why I got back into WWE programming back in 2005. Of course, he isn't why I stayed tuned in, being the major Edge/Lita mark that I once was.

For those who nag that Randy needs to be champ again, I say this: RANDY IS A BORING CHAMPION.

As a face, he doesn't exhibit any charisma or entertaining persona. The same DOES not apply to his heel character obviously. I was bombarded with happiness when he won the title back in...I don't know 08, but after he got the belt he sucked big time.

Where did all that momentum leading up to the reign go? Out of the door. He's best being the major heel threat that is a possible contender at taking the title away, but never least not all the time.


2. Shelton Benjamin

Every time I see Shelton perform, I sit mesmerized by his athletic prowess and his limitless potential. Benjamin is a shining example to all who believe wrestling is dead; showing all that it is alive.

Granted, it’s not well. However, Shelton lacks the star power that others possess, which prevents him from rising to the top. As many should already know, it takes more than ring skill to make it in this industry.


3. TNA

Hiring guys like Kurt Angle is one thing, but when you overshadow your talent with WWE releases, you lose the future. Sid Vicious? Come on.


4. Maryse

Plays the perfect heel character since Trish's heel run. Decent in-ring skills, and awesome mic skills...Canadian superstars never fail to impress.


5. Batista

As a pure animalistic brute, who happens to be virtually unstoppable, he's great. Sadly, the days of "Evolution" are over.

Playing a Kanye West-type character months after the issue subsided does nothing for your persona.


6. DX

I have to admit, it's nice to see that they can still get huge pops considering that it's coming from kids mostly.

However, in a way, I feel as if the 'new' DX takes away from the established history the team has. Then again, a majority of the audience could care less, right?


7. John Cena

You knew it was coming. No, I am not a Cena fan in any way, but as I've said in a previous article: He is this generation's flagship superstar. Why do we call them "superstars" anyway?

In any case, him dropping the title to Sheamus does not discredit him in any way, considering that it WAS a tables match and he wasn't pinned or forced to tap out. What is Cena's kryptonite? Not that I would use it against him.

I don't want to further spoil my article with ludicrous writing and please these are all JUST my opinions, that I am entitled to after all. Your opinions would be very much appreciated. Thank you for reading.


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