World Wrestling Entertainment has taught me much of life since my adolescent years. They helped me gain confidence to stand up against unwarranted foes. It was the heart wrestlers showed when they stepped in that squared circle.
If professional wrestling, especially WWE, taught me anything, it has been the emotion displayed each and every night.
During the days of Dusty Rhodes, Lou Thesz, Abdullah the Butcher, Bruno Sammartino, King Kong Bundy, Jerry Lawler, Ric Flair and many others, emotion was poured from their souls into every match.
The man most famous for his driven heart is none other than Shawn Michaels. Never before have had I seen a man with so much pent-up aggression and heart inside that ring. There have been men and women who went through the trials and tribulations but never showed his passion for the game.
Only a select few wrestlers have that "it" factor that bleeds passion. Every bit of tears, sweat and blood is poured into this business and only the best of the best can say they have achieved their dreams.
That takes me into today's World Wrestling Entertainment. I used to be able to list many people who showed that passion and heartfelt emotion in that ring. These days, I can only pick out a few.
What has happened to professional wrestling? Is it that dark secret in which many believe professional wrestling is a dying art?
I tend to think erroneous on both accounts. The art will always be there and as long as the fans are in the stands, wrestlers have no excuse of putting on a passionate and emotional match where the wrestling tells the story.
I and others are sick and tired of the same old match that ends way too quickly with no passionate drive by either wrestler.
It seems some superstars go out just to do their job and make money, rather than put their soul in this business. By the time a "real" wrestler is done, his life will have been dedicated to that ring.
I completed an article a week ago on the wrestling in WWE. There has been a lack of technical spectacles and letting the match do the talking. Wrestlers like Shawn Michaels, Superfly Snuka and Undertaker told a story in the ring.
Jack Swagger, Mason Ryan, Mark Henry and others don't have that capability. Fans of this generation don't have the advantage of witnessing the true essence of professional wrestling.
Vince McMahon doesn't seem to remember what that is, either. More recently, CM Punk vs. John Cena at Money in the Bank was the best match of the year so far. John Morrison vs. The Miz for the WWE Title is a close second.
Those were real matches. Every part of both of those showcases gave the fans what they wanted. Emotion was pouring from their souls after every punch or bump.
Chris Jericho and Eddie Guerrero were two of the best at this fine art in the more recent future. Of course, there were many more, but let me highlight these two.
Each match they participated in was phenomenal. You could tell that every match was wrestled like their last. That extra motive gives you that "it" factor HBK has mastered.
If any of you have read my more recent works, I have been a stickler for wrestling and the "art" it entails. I have asked my readers at the end of each piece where the art went.
I'm a firm believer in the WWE and maybe that is the adolescent child in me with the big eyes of glory and hope. The art has never left.
It will indeed come back.
Thank you all for reading this piece. I appreciate your time and every bit of feedback I get is definitely appreciated. Take care and have a splendid weekend!
The art is missing; it's our job to find it.