Last night I was given the privilege of watching my Ottawa Senators drop their second straight game to the Pittsburgh Penguins. With the race for the wild card spots being tight in the Eastern Conference, this loss was extremely frustrating. Eventually I began to think about the times wrestling may have gotten me this frustrated, and oddly enough, I couldn’t think of anything. When watching your team slowly fade away in the standings, there’s nothing you can do, but I can’t say the same thing for wrestling. For this week’s WWA, I was planning on discussing a potential match involving the Rock and the New Day, however I’d like to discuss why wrestling will never be as bad as some fans make it out to be. Simply as an angry sports fan, I believe I can put negativity towards the wrestling in a different perspective.
Before I continue this rant, I’d like for my readers to know that I’m more emotionally invested in professional wrestling than I am hockey. There’s a reason I blog on the WWE and not the NHL. However, I’m aware this post may resonate more with wrestling fans that are also fans of other professional sports.
After the WWE screwed up the 2015 Royal Rumble, or even the 2015 Survivor Series, I was extremely upset with their booking decisions. At the same time, I never entirely lost hope, because decisions like this can be changed very quickly. I don’t think I can say that for the Sens. If this team stays at .500 (50/50 booking for you wrestling fans) pace for the season, it’s almost certain nothing will change, barring a miracle run. With wrestling, all they have to do is stop booking in certain ways, maybe throw in a surprise or two. The day after the 2015 Royal Rumble, can’t it be argued that the WWE found a way to intrigue fans on the idea of Roman vs Brock? Not just that, they were able to book an awesome feud between Reigns and Bryan leading into the event.
Sure, most hardcore fans hated the idea of Roman winning at Wrestlemania 31, but guess what? It never happened. Same can be said about Randy Orton and Batista headling Wrestlemania 30 in a singles match. We hate so many of the booking decisions this company makes, yet there’s many occasions where they actually listen to us. My favourite hockey team lacks quite a bit on defense, and while they can do something about, they choose not to. After thinking about this, it made me appreciate wrestling a lot more. The Sens aren’t the only team in professional sports that stick to a losing formula, it can be seen all over. If you’re a fan of the Maple Leafs, you’re probably very familiar with what I’m talking about. We may criticize the WWE for it’s lack of originality at times, but they do try to change more often than less.
While I am ranting about my frustration with a hockey team I follow, I also trying to show fans how I can always turn to wrestling to cheer me up. Usually I can allow a wrestling show or match to entertain me. While I’m critical, I don’t ever to worry about any wrestling product falling into a deep abyss (unless you follow TNA), like many of our favourite sports teams. For the most part, I know if I’m not satisfied from the product on television, they’ll most likely listen to me complaining online.
This may not be the most insightful post I’ve done, but I felt like sharing something that was more personal. After all, if you’re reading this, wrestling is personal to you as well, and I’m hoping you’ve found a way to relate to my post.I came to the conclusion that no matter how bad the booking can get, professional wrestling will never get that bad .However, if you’re a fan of the New England Patriots, San Antonio Spurs, or Chicago Blackhawks, your opinion on this article might be reversed.
I’m aware that I’m limiting my examples to WWE and a small market NHL team, but if you mainly follow ROH or NJPW, chances are that you’re happier on a regular basis. Those two promotions tend to book their shows with simplicity and logic, which would keep any fans happy.