Do We Really Need Tournaments of Death in Pro Wrestling?

Frankie GargiuloContributor IIINovember 18, 2011

There are two things in this world that I can’t stand. The first are liars. The second is pure stupidity.The first topic has absolutely no involvement towards this article. In fact, I just mentioned it because I could not just start my intro with just one thing I can’t stand in this world. The main purpose of this article is to speak about my overall thought and opinion dedicated to Combat Zone Wrestling.

Now, for those of you who think I don’t enjoy the Hardcore lifestyle; I have. In fact, I attended the “REAL” ECW house shows at the Elks Lodge in Queens, NY. So let’s first get this out of the way, there’s wrestling, there’s hardcore wrestling (ECW) and then there’s…a bunch of nonsense that can be called a crime.

I know as of right now, many of you will comment this article. But before I go into any details, let me first start off by saying, there is a c-o-m-p-l-e-t-e difference between the hardcore matches in the late 90’s and early 00’s, compared to the matches now-a-days. For example, tables and chairs–Fine. Ladders–Fine. Thumbtacks and Barbwire–FINE!

But what the heck is up with these tournaments of DEATH? When did it become necessary for us to look upon massive amounts of blood loss, broken bones that rip through skin and the occasional massive sliced wound that needs over a hundred stitches. Now I love wrestling. Don’t be fooled. In fact some matches that both Necrobutcher, and the late Trent Acid took part in are just phenomenal. But I just don’t get it!

Am I supposed to enjoy another human being, being thrown through panes of glass for my enjoyment? Am I supposed to say “Hey, this guy is really doing something with his life, maybe I should try this out?” Or should I just keep my mouth shut? Never opening it to speak my mind and never looking at another Tournament of Death for the rest of my life?

Whatever the fact maybe, the question I would like to state are: why does this need to be involved with wrestling? Why do men need to punish themselves like this for our enjoyment? And finally, should this be considered a crime? Whatever your thoughts maybe, I’d like to hear them.