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A Blog With Balls: Tribute to Wrestling! What?

Posted on: February 1, 2011 2:09 am
 
Welcome to the third edition of A Blog With Balls.  Now, as I have one follower, but feel the need to write anyway because it passes the time, and really, my time isn't valuable, I am going to write about a topic that doesn't involve the "normal" sports we are accustomed to here. 

Later this week I will pay homage to the Super Bowl, as well as make my predictions.  Maybe I'll include some prop bets.  Maybe I'll include a video of me singing Enrique Iglesias.  Just stay tuned.  After all, this is what it's all about.  Unpredictability.

Instead, I am going to shift my focus away from sports and move into the industry of straight entertainment.  That's right, today I will talk about "the man's soap opera" professional wrestling.  Let's get started.

I am 25 now, and started watching wrestling in the late 90s mostly.  As a matter of factly, I started watching wrestling right around the time wrestling greats like Hulk Hogan, Scott Hall, and Kevin Nash were forming the nWo.  Now, if any of you are wrestling fans, then you know what the hell I'm talking about.  Hell, it's even possible that if you aren't wrestling fans you know of the nWo.  For a long time, the brand of WCW and WWE were rivals.  They had competing shows every Monday night to see who was ultimately the supreme brand.

Now, fast forward 15 years later, and it's obvious who won.  If you are a follower of the "entertainment" known as WWE, then you know that Vince McMahon bought out the WCW, robbed them of their talent, and implemented essentially an unbeatable wrestling brand.  Nothing wrong with that.  It's just business. 

The reason why I am paying homage to probably my favorite thing to watch other than the NFL and The Office is because just here recently I started watching again.  I was a teenager when I watched it, then as I got a little older and started getting into boozing, ganja, sex, and boozing some more, I stopped.  Not only that, but the stars I watched as a kid were becoming older, retiring, and weren't watchable anymore.  Throw that in with the fact that there was no competition and it became bland.  When I was a kid, I lived for the flipping of the channels, the competing brands.  When you have no competition, you can cruise.  And for a long time, that's what happened.

Then when things changed and new brands started rivaling and bringing back some of the older stars, Vince McMahon was forced to make changes.  And he has. 

Now, if you watch wrestling, you know of the favorites like John Cena, Randy Orton, Edge, Undertaker, etc.  However, the WWE has taken great strides to put fresh young faces in the spotlight.  As recently as November, somewhat fresh newcomer, the Miz won the WWE title, ans as of last night, Alberto Del Rio (Mexican wrestling legend, btw) won the Royal Rumble match on PPV. 

I've said it before, and I'll defend it;  this sport is scripted, and yes the outcomes are pre-determined, but these are not slouches in the ring.  They are athletes.  True athletes.  Just look up John Morrison's manuever to avoid getting eliminated in last night's royal rumble.  It was crazy.  These guys truly are remarkable athletes.  Now, they may not throw touchdown passes or sack the QB (although some, like Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, who started in front of Warren Sapp at the University of Miami before a knee injury and UFC/former WWE superstar Brock Lesnar who did have a stint with the Vikings) but these guys are great athletes.  If you've seen some of the things they do to put their bodies at risk, then you'd understand.

Let me say this again:  I understand it is pre-determined and scripted, however, these guys put their bodies at risk every night.  Look no further than Chris Benoit.  After he became addicted to painkillers, he murdered his wife and child, then killed himself.  Autopsy's on his brain showed his brain was basically that of an Alzheimer's patient from all of the chair shots he took to the head.  Eventually, these things catch up to you. 

I think the sport has always been overlooked to some level because most people hate the idea of it being "fake."  Well, a lot of things are fake on television.  Sitcoms, movies, reality shows Wink.  Yet, people watch these all the time.  Maybe it's the idea of wresters wearing tights.  Maybe you've missed NBA players wearing wifebeaters and shorts, or football players and baseball players wearing what should be spandex pants for 3 hours every week.  To each their own, but it is just like a sitcom.  There are storylines that change on a continual basis, and they always throw curves.  It is actually compelling to watch in my opinion. 

So, if you've ever had that doubt about it, because you think it's fake, try turning it on sometime.  Look up high flying wrestling moves on youtube.  Do whatever you want.  You will see some pretty remarkable things.  Not to mention, there is some good comedy from time to time, and hot female wrestlers every week.  There is a little something for the entire family.  And it is rated PG, so even your little kids can watch.

There is a reason the WWE has been around as long as it has.  And it's because people expect quality when they watch television, and instead of the same old boring used up sitcom dramas (How many CSI sitcoms can there really be?), they have something new and fresh essentially every week.

That's all I've got.  If you don't like it or do like it, feel free to tell me about it in the comments.  I won't give two shits about your opinion anyway.  Laughing
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Manager17
Since: Nov 9, 2010
Posted on: February 3, 2011 8:42 am
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Since: Jun 22, 2010
Posted on: February 2, 2011 8:16 am
 

A Blog With Balls: Tribute to Wrestling! What?

.  And I really can't believe you're younger than 25 B.  Jesus.
What the fuck does that mean?



Since: Jan 29, 2007
Posted on: February 1, 2011 6:09 pm
 

A Blog With Balls: Tribute to Wrestling! What?

I know of all those guys.  I watched from time to time when I was really young, but I wasn't really into it in a major way till I was a teenager.  But I've seen the great matches like HBK v Bret Hart Iron Man amongst others.  I just didn't follow it hardcore until I was older.  And I really can't believe you're younger than 25 B.  Jesus. 



Since: Nov 9, 2006
Posted on: February 1, 2011 6:05 pm
 

A Blog With Balls: Tribute to Wrestling! What?

You missed out on Macho Man Randy Savage, The Ultimate Warrrior, Coco B. Ware, Ravishing Rick Rude, The Honky Tonk Man, Tugboat, Supa Fly Jimmy Snuka, the Million Dollar Man, IRS, Shawn Micahels, Brett "Hitman" Hart (my fav), the Hart Family, The Road Warriors, Mr. Perfect, Farooq, Razor Ramone (in the WWF), Diesel (Steve Nash in WCW), Andre the Giant, Sid Vicious, Tatanka, Elizabeth, The Bushwackers, the Rockers, the Iron Shiek, Earthquake, Hacksaw Jim Dugan



Dont forget Junkyard Dog, he was black like b, and Razor was Scott Hall. And Kerv you're only 25? And B you're younger than that? Fuck I'm 28.



Since: Jun 28, 2007
Posted on: February 1, 2011 9:20 am
 

A Blog With Balls: Tribute to Wrestling! What?


I am 25 now, and started watching wrestling in the late 90s mostly.  As a matter of factly, I started watching wrestling right around the time wrestling greats like Hulk Hogan, Scott Hall, and Kevin Nash were forming the nWo.  Now, if any of you are wrestling fans, then you know what the hell I'm talking about.  Hell, it's even possible that if you aren't wrestling fans you know of the nWo.  For a long time, the brand of WCW and WWE were rivals.
Damn, you suck...I'm younger than you are, not by much, but you missed when "wrastlin' was good"...


You missed out on Macho Man Randy Savage, The Ultimate Warrrior, Coco B. Ware, Ravishing Rick Rude, The Honky Tonk Man, Tugboat, Supa Fly Jimmy Snuka, the Million Dollar Man, IRS, Shawn Micahels, Brett "Hitman" Hart (my fav), the Hart Family, The Road Warriors, Mr. Perfect, Farooq, Razor Ramone (in the WWF), Diesel (Steve Nash in WCW), Andre the Giant, Sid Vicious, Tatanka, Elizabeth, The Bushwackers, the Rockers, the Iron Shiek, Earthquake, Hacksaw Jim Dugan..

Hell you missed out on the original Sting in WCW, Ric Flair (what he is, 25 time champ now?), Dusty Rhodes, Buff Bagwell, Sabu, Cactus Jack (Mick Foley, Mankind in WWF)...


Damn Kervin, I'm sorry but you shouldn't have even brought this up...


You're still my boy though...


Manager17
Since: Nov 9, 2010
Posted on: February 1, 2011 7:52 am
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