WWE: Five More Things I Miss in Wrestling
Somehow these slideshows have become popular among many fans of Bleacher Report. I do appreciate that many of you feel the same sentiment that I do with some of these things that we no longer have in professional wrestling.
With that in mind, I want to take a look at some of the things I miss the most.
As always, please feel free to comment and leave your own suggestions and opinions.
5. The Real Saturday Night's Main Event
Many of the younger fans of the WWE do not realize that Saturday Night's Main Event was a special event that occurred every so often on NBC. Sure, NBC has had them over the past couple of years, but they do not come close to matching the spectacle that was the original SNME. Watching the video brings back fantastic memories for me, and the fact that Jesse Ventura had a major role in the night made it that much better.
The show that WWE/NBC puts out there now does nothing for me, besides feeling like I am watching Raw or SmackDown on a national news network. Superstars from both shows make an appearance, but at the end of the night, I do not feel like I am watching any new wrestling programming.
I miss the days of SNME, and I wish those days would come back, at least for one more night.
4. Wrestlers Coming out from Under the Ring
I am not sure if this goes with my other lists in reference to superstars coming down to the ring and the crowd rising as one, but I used to love the surprise when a wrestler would come out from underneath the ring. Currently, if the teams are twins or wear masks (which is hardly ever), none of this happens anymore in wrestling.
The video provided is one of the best because it shows the Undertaker coming up out of the ring, which enhances his character and furthers his stature as on the greats of all time. To top it off, the smoke that rose from beneath the ring only added to the excitement as Diesel was pulled underneath.
The writers of the WWE are much more creative than I am, but it seems like the only time there is another wrestler interfering, it is started as the wrestler runs down the ramp. Let's mix things up!
3. Diverse Personalities and Costumes
Doink. Demolition. Koko B. Ware. Bam Bam Bigelow. Rick Martel. These, along with many other characters, had a unique personality to them, and were not like anyone else within the company. As marginal of a wrestler that he was, it was fun to watch Doink in action, then his little offspring, Dink.
Even though they are much more athletic, today's group of superstars tend to be from the same mold, and offer the same set of moves throughout their entire match. Has it really gotten to the point where we can predict the moves of John Cena and Randy Orton five minutes before they actually perform the moves?
The physical stature of the wrestlers seem to be the same, and with that comes a repetitive style of wrestling. From the beginning of each show to the end, the wrestling seems to be the same. Part of the wrestler's personality should be seen in each match, and as of right now, we are not getting that.
2. Referees Being Distracted and Influencing a Match
In all the years that I have been watching wrestling, I never got more upset as a child than when the referee would be distracted by a bad guy and the manager or partner of that guy would punish the good guy. As a child, I was livid, and even to a point now, I get infuriated. Yes, I know I just admitted that, but still, I have feelings.
I never could understand how the referee, even with the crowd yelling at him, didn't have the audacity to turn around and see the turmoil that was going on in the ring. Even the storyline of Danny Davis (above) added some spice to the late 80s and early 90s once the idea that referees might be on the take.
Davis turned his five minutes of fame into about seven minutes, but in the short term it made for some interesting television.
1. Alliances and Factions
Long before the nWo, Dx, and other groups in the Attitude Era, there were groups sprinkled around wrestling that supported one another. Sure, the groups above helped rejuvenated wrestling in the late 90s, but I am not sure if they would have been as popular if there were not groups such as the Four Horsemen, the Mega Powers, and other groups in the late 80s and early 90s.
There is still something cool about seeing the superstars of the company team up and take on each other. I know this is a singles driven company, but would it hurt to see Orton and Cena team up to take on Del Rio and Henry? Pay per views in the late 90s featured Austin and the Undertaker taking on Mankind and Kane and that was the main event!
It was cool to see the Horsemen walk out to the ring and surround the ring and intimidate their opponent with their presence. Flair's promos were fantastic during this time and the aura of the Horsemen and other groups provided much needed spark on certain nights.
I am not saying that it has to be every month, but with the struggle in developing tag teams, this might help some younger teams get over with the fans, and bring some stability to the division.
I chose the picture of the Undertaker walking to the ring because he is probably the last wrestler that is still that bridge between the past and the present. It would be interesting to hear some of the wrestlers from yesteryear talk about what they miss when they watch wrestling nowadays.
Thanks for reading, and I do encourage your comments. If you are getting tired of these slide shows, please let me know. If you would like me to continue with them, and offer some suggestions, please comment as well.