I remember when I first began watching the WWE. I saw guys like The Sandman, Sabu, and Tommy Dreamer. Yes, I was an ECW junkie, and in the end that extreme image was why I began to love the sport of pro wrestling.
Let me get one thing straight before I move forward, I am not an extreme, bloody wrestling fan. I don’t watch that stuff over in Japan where they blow up things and there’s people being broken over glass and there is blood everywhere. I like the wrestling, not the blood.
But let me begin by saying I am sick of seeing this "PG" era in the WWE. I’m sick of seeing the matches that will bore you so much they put you to sleep. There is a lot of talent in this business and its being completely wasted.
There are tons of people who don’t like John Cena, and believe that he is the major reason for the "PG" era. I hate John Cena as well, but as much as I hate to say it, the guy is the face of professional wrestling. His face is all over billboards and kids across the country love him, so I try to leave him alone when I can help it.
I’m a guy that believes that the veterans hold the titles, and the rookies work their way up the food chain. I love the idea of heels (bad guys) holding championships. The age of Orton never really got picked up, and I'd love to see them pick up that angle again. I love Y2J as a champion, he's one of the top heels I have ever watched, and he gets so much heat.
I cannot stand seeing Jack Swagger as champion. The guy’s character still hasn’t developed anymore since when I originally saw him in ECW, and I think he has hit his maximum potential. I love the Big Show, but I'd rather see them punch Edge, or Orton (who actually meet at the name of the crappy "PG" pay per view name I just cannot seem to remember).
I know its been said a million times, but who else is tired of the Batista vs. Cena storyline? Seriously, I get that they are both big names, but enough already. Even kids have to be sick of seeing this headline match up. Maybe push a Cena vs. Undertaker match up, even a Cena-Batista because even though its been done, they put together a great match every time.
There are a few kids in the organization that I enjoy watching. I love Kofi Kingston, Evan Bourne and the Hart Brothers (Tag Champs). They all have amazing skill and are so much fun to watch. I can see guys like Sheamus making it as a big time heel for a while, but the guy needs a serious tan.
There is a show of young talent and I think the idea is just plain stupid. Who wants to watch a ton of juiced up guys that nobody has ever heard of before (not that the WWE is much different, haha).
There is the element of extreme that is missing from pro wrestling though, and it just seems like that is the reason I cannot turn on Friday night Smackdown or Raw anymore. I haven’t seen an extreme rules match, or a hardcore match, or anything more exciting than a triple threat match in such a long time. It’s all about the pay per views now and I can’t afford to dump 50 bucks every month on a match I've seen 500 times.
I know the company was looking for something new and exciting when it started NXT, but it’s not what most fans want to see. I don’t want blood and gore, I just want to see some hint of the old days again. Where you didn’t need to spend 50 bucks to see a ladder match. I miss those extreme matches; the Rob Van Dam vs. Cena at One Night Stand was one of the best matches I have ever seen. I miss that ECW crowd, and I think when they got rid of that show, they got rid of me partly as a wrestling fan as well.
I still love the sport of pro wrestling, and I kind of understand the reasoning for the PG rating. There are a lot of kids who watch the sport, and it’s understandable to want to keep them from seeing blood, violence, and sex. I remember the Edge and Lita stuff, which was just ridiculous. But in my opinion, the WWE is just a violent sport. Whether you want it to be or not, its going to be viewed as violent. Even though there is that ad before every show saying "DONT TRY THIS AT HOME", there are kids in this world that idolize these guys, and they're always going to try to imitate.
The WWE has to understand that it’s just not a PG show. It’s a violent sport where people get hurt, whether it’s planned or not.