Watching Our Heroes Pass Us By

Matthew HesterSenior Writer IFebruary 20, 2010

I was watching Smackdown last night, and during the Kane vs. Ziggler match I couldn’t help but think a couple things. The first thing that popped in my head was how sad it is that my Friday nights entertainment has been reduced to wrestling. Once I got that depressing thought out, I then asked myself what has happened to Kane. At one point Kane was one of the most dominant big men in the business, but he is now regulated to doing jobs for just about every up and comer who steps in the ring.

That was when I realized what has and always will happen to are favorite wrestlers at certain point in their careers. We as fans must accept the fact that even the biggest stars in the business get old. Just take a good look at things the way they are now. Over in TNA you have guys like Flair, Hogan, and Nash grasping at a final moment of glory. It is a really sad moment when your hero’s are really just humans after all.

Now before all of you younger fans cry out for me to stop waxing the past. What you need to realize is that if you stay a wrestling fan long enough this will happen to your favorites, and if you think it wont you will only be kidding yourselves. It won’t be long before we are throwing guys like Jericho, Angle, HHH, and Mick Foley into these same kinds of conversations. They are either pushing 40 or in their 40’s.

Like in most facets of life age is an enemy that will never be defeated. Even the most pristine athletes eventually have to man up and pay their dues to father time. That is why it is so important that you appreciate what these great athletes give to us on a weekly basis. They give their body, mind, and souls to entertain all of us fans. Sure they love the money and the fame, but when it comes right down to it they love this business and everything it stands for.

I know some of you are saying that I am full of crap, but in your heart of hearts you know I’m correct. That is why we need to think before we decide to just insult a vet and proclaim him washed up. Because like our heroes we also grow older, our hair gets a little grey, our body’s start to ache more, and sooner or later we will be old. It has to make you think a little bit. If we can say or proclaim another person as washed up and done. Who is it that says the same won’t be said for us later in life.

For the younger generation of wrestling fans coming up, this is your time to enjoy the Morrison’s and other guys who still have the tank at full. All I will say to you is enjoy it and appreciate it. Because at one point you will the one saying I remember this guy in his prime. You will be the one that will age and be passed just like your hero, and just like you are now, there will be a younger fan watching and loving wrestling. It is a vicious but unavoidable cycle that our fathers, we, and our kid’s kid’s will all suffer.