I went to a show in the early part of October and saw a young talented man debut at this promotion. He came out simply ready for a fight, no flash, no flame, colorful attire, or snappy comebacks blowing smoke, just ready to fight!

The young man did win his match and I had to make it a point to tell him how he did; he completely made the night worth coming to see. I walked up to him during intermission and said, “Your match was fantastic! You kicked ass!” He appreciated the comment and I then added, it’s so good to see not every wrestler come out with a gimmick/characterization and just do damage and become so over with the crowd! He appreciated it and agreed with me. It made my night.

I simply love all facets of wrestling from the ticket booth at the front door to the janitor cleaning up in the back, and I love seeing the different backgrounds and characters that grace the ring to amp up the crowd. But it appears that there are countless self-proclaimed bad-asses, prissy whining princesses, pop culture referenced individuals, brutal brutes, know it alls, ignorant naive assistants. Is there anyone out there who just wants to have a good time or want to just fight, with pure humble beginnings? There’s rarely a clear cut down the middle of who’s who. To simply put, the talent switches the kayfabe so much that fans aren’t able to focus on the match that the wrestlers put their bodies through for fans, but what they say when they speak or wrap themselves in the fan interaction.

To give an example I’ve seen many talents spend so much time on glitz and glam, props and costumes and making insulting comments to fans but when we see a promo or a match the moves look super dangerous and not well thought out and the promos that are cut can be wack.

No, I don’t expect perfection from everyone. It’s a constant learning experience whether you’re a fan or a wrestler. But it becomes redundant throughout most promotions today to see matches booked where it becomes a shouting match instead of a wrestling match.

Bet your bottom dollar that I’ll shout and make comments like the rest of them. Yet at the same time it’s  a growing trend to heavily concentrate on the entertainment side instead of the sports side.

But it can help grow and strengthen a wrestler and establish who they are in their career and where they want to start or make change.  I can’t help but notice the shifted balance and personally it ruins the fun of watching sometimes. What do you say? Are you noticing it across the board or are things staying the same where you are? Just something to think about.

 

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