Firstly, I want to say that before anyone asks me why do I still watch this stuff, let me remind you that you are talking to a guy who on a wrestling message board, meaning that if I take time out of my grown up day to post on this board, I'm obviously most likely the type who will always watch no matter what.
So don't waste your time asking me that, please.
Anyways, I've been discussing the whole Daniel Bryan thing with alot of you lately, and it made me think of a few things, mostly how sad I am that some of you never got to experience Pro Wrestling in it's best years.
Don't get me wrong, there are still alot of great things happening nowadays, and alot of great wrestlers and matches, but the era itself is just nowhere near close to being as great as it once was, and not for the reasons that you may think.
And yeah I'm sure alot of you guys will say, well you're just older now, and you just have nostalgia about the past, but that's so far from the truth.
The Truth is that this new school of Pro Wrestling suffers from the lack of competition between Wrestling companies which made Wrestling organizations like WWE/F, WCW, and ECW a democratic landscape, where the companies really did serve the people (the fans) and those people had a real voice that mattered and directly effected the programing in the organizations.
Today's wrestling is not a democracy at all, in fact it is a Dictatorship where the fans literally have no voice, no real voice, not one that gets listened to, because the WWE is the only game in town and if fans want their wrestling fix they pretty much have to just DEAL WITH IT, when it comes to the WWE programing.
Take this past Royal Rumble for instance, that whole farce involving Daniel Bryan would have never happened in the old days, of WWE vs WCW, because it would have been the death nail for the WWE in the war against WCW.
Remember the WWE/WCW war goes on longer than just the Attitude Era, so no this isn't an Attitude era vs Today debate.
But yes the WWE would have suffered a fatal blow if it went against the grain and chose not to put it's most popular star in the Rumble, and elected to pick a guy who's been gone for 4 years to win the match even though no one wanted him to.
Fans would have turned away from WWE in great numbers, and more importantly would have turned the channel to WCW, and WCW would have quickly capitalized on the failed PPV, by talking about how the WWE fans were angry with the outcome of the show, and how the WWE screwed it's own fans.
That's what was great about the old days, the threat of losing fans to the competition was always looming over the company and because of that the threat of losing fans kept the companies in line, and forced them to do what was ACTUALLY BEST FOR BUSINESS.
Lex Luger's American hero gimmick bombed, ok can't make him champion at the end of Mania, gotta go with the fan favorite Bret Hart.
Diesel isn't drawing alot of fans as champion, ok can't just tell fans to DEAL WITH IT, gotta put the strap on fan fav HBK.
Austin is set to be our top heel, but fans keep cheering him, ok we can't just change his character to make him more chicken shit, in order to force them to hate him, we gotta book him as a babyface since they love him so much.
See the voices were heard and the people got what they wanted and everyone was better for it.
Nowadays they just do what they want and tell you to DEAL WITH IT, by the way let me say what an incredible asshole Batista is, the guy knows he's hated right now and knows he's not wanted as champion, but he wants to be champion for whatever reason.
If you were Batista wouldn't you just say, hey HHH maybe I shouldn't be champion at Mania since they don't really want it, just pay me for the show, but keep the title.
Maybe he did say that and they didn't listen or maybe they won't do it anyway, but if they do go through with it, and he did have a say in what happens, that is some grade A asshole shit there.
Back to the subject it's a sad day when the WWE can book an entire Wrestlemania in a way that they know is unpopular but do it anyway, because that's just what they want to do.
Speaking of WCW, is the WWE actually trying to follow in that fallen company's foot steps, because they are doing alot of similar things that happened right before that company folded, like booking the card like shit to satisfy certain individuals in the company, or moving the main show to 3 hours and over saturating the product, or allowing some talent to book themselves even putting championship clauses into contracts?
Sounds like it to me.
In closing, I will say that the WWE can put Bryan in the main event this year and let him win, and that won't change my thoughts on this matter, because for far too long they've been getting away with not giving a shit about what fans think, because they don't have to worry about losing them to another organization.
The sad truth is in today's WWE what the fans what simply doesn't matter, only what the WWE want's and we as fans just have to learn to DEAL WITH IT!