Mysteriously Unknown: The Art of WWE's Success and Why Some Tried to Bury It
We all ask, what is the cause in which the reaction is taken?
Why is it that we jump over inaccuracies because they are easier than the truth? We speculate instead of navigate.
Is it that we are afraid of something being so far outside of its box that we bury it before it can breath the fresh air of success? No matter the coffin or how deep it's buried, those who wish to succeed and work for it shall reach success. Simply, we must try.
It seems that over time, life hit fast for some Pro-Wrestling promotions.
WWE and WCW were big back in the '90s. WWE was big in the '80s too. No one seemed to care about WWE back then because they thought, it's okay for them to be where they are. Sure, let them run around with their gimmicks and fake fighting. Allow kids to watch and enjoy. We adults will be over here with them, enjoying the show too. It's fun, it's ENTERTAINMENT!
Yet the moment WWE branches out and does things outside of it's box, such as going into entertainment or political arenas, they are suddenly seen as outsiders. They are seen as below the rest. They are highly popular, but we cannot allow them to go too far. If so, they will take over.
Some believe just because a former Pro-Wrestler goes into MMA that it will suddenly become scripted entertainment. I can't tell you how many times I heard things about Brock Lesnar coming in and MMA fans thinking UFC is going to be fake.
They thought that because Lesnar was a former WWE Superstar, WWE was coming in to take over UFC—and everything was going to be scripted fighting.
Some moronic imbalances led them to think that UFC could have always been like this, and this was a way of just throwing the fact out there for all to see. Sort of like how Pro-Wrestling was thought to be real for decades, and then it was revealed that it was scripted all along.
Yet apparently no one heard of Josh Barnett, Ken Shamrock and countless others who were in MMA for years—and also did Pro-Wrestling.
But the moment a big name comes in, it has to be scripted right?
Before this, we heard of the XFL. It was a new football league Vince McMahon came up with to get into the real sports world. It seemed to be an interesting concept, and many were interested.
It had a mix of both Australian football rules and standard American football rules.
Vince did an infamous interview with Bob Costas regarding the XFL in which Vince was asked if it was real or not. Vince replied, "you cannot fake someone catching a ball, can you?" Legitimately, some thought Vince was trying to script football.
How in God's name could one script a sport like football in a live format? It's impossible to execute every move without one mistake. Sure, movies do it, but if you watch them being made you'll see that sometimes it takes actors 20, sometimes 30 takes to catch a ball.
We also never bring up how this changed how the NFL now presents football. The XFL brought us sideline talks and huddle interactions, as well as new age camera angles. Ultimately, the XFL changed how we will forever see one of America's most famous sports.
This interview also brought us the Trish Stratus striptease. Trish was told by McMahon that if she didn't bark like a dog, she'd lose her job. She was then told to strip for the live crowd.
The same type of programming can be seen on TV right now, in a worse fashion—and not just on cable either. Even back then there were lines being crossed by TV shows, not just WWE. But because WWE was WWE, they got into issues with people.
Some thought WWE degraded women with the Trish storyline. But the thing about it, it was a storyline and people were seeing the middle of it. Try and watch House in the middle of a show and see if you can get it.
See what I mean? What idiocy do some people have in their hypocritical minds that allowed them to think that WWE was doing anything worse than what was seen during the same day on cable? In fact, we saw nudity on HBO and other places, yet that never crossed the line did it?
Almost a decade later, people are still talking about the same storyline with Trish, as well as with other women. No one even begins to see the entire story with a woman, and would rather begin in the very middle of a show and nitpick until they get all they want to prove their point.
Probably the biggest form of burying Pro-Wrestling, especially WWE, was when Linda McMahon ran for the Senate.
I couldn't tell you how many times I saw the Trish storyline come up, not to mention the other women—and the jokes made on TV. Then that got women up in arms because Linda supported what WWE did as a high seeded member of the company.
Realize, however, that all points made were from the middle of each storyline.
Keep in mind that Linda was never in control of story lines. That was all Vince McMahon and company.
However, Linda handled many other aspects of the company. She was the one who actually got WWE to go PG. This was before her campaign for the Senate, too. So don't think it was just something WWE did to get people on their side.
They also make millions more per year by being PG. So doing this was a good move overall.
Yet over a decade later, story lines from the '90s are still being brought up, and not even in a fair fashion. Seriously, it's like the people decided to totally dismiss everything good about a storyline and focus on its worst parts.
What WWE did back in the '90s is the standard now, and not even close to crossing a line. WWE did cross the line a lot, but they did so on cable—along with others who also crossed the line. And when they brought SmackDown to regular TV, they kept the same edge. But they did take it back some to fit with the style they were going for.
But even now, they were just as scandalous as any other prime time show presently on TV. Yet Linda McMahon was buried because of that?
I guess we can't allow Al Frankin to be in any office anymore, with his SNL ties.
WWE is a live stage of entertainment with an athletic form. It has forever changed pop culture, as well as the way television and overall sports and entertainment is presented.
Yet why do people bury it?
To not be a fan of it is one thing, and it's something that can be respected. Not everyone can be into WWE or even Pro-Wrestling as a whole. But why try and stop it from getting to new heights?
In the end, what's the point?
With two lockouts coming up, Pro-Wrestling looks to be reaching an all time high. WWE should be able to reach a new level some never thought possible, seeing that it is the most popular Wrestling Company in the world—even if some want to call it an entertainment company.
The Cause has been revealed, but how will the reaction come to light?
The Cause is people wanting to stop what they don't understand. The reaction will be that they will try to stop it. All the struggling will just make companies fight back harder and become even bigger.
You can be on either side of the fence. But it never fails, those who fight for success and have a Cause in their own right have a positive reaction.
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