November 29, 2007
I want to offer a follow up and a bit of a clarification on something I wrote in my “Excited” commentary. I wrote a rather stiff review of “Wrestling Reality” an original series on The Fight Network. I’ve gotten some feedback and gone back and re-read what I wrote and I realize now I was far stiffer than I needed to be, and not as clear as I should have been. I think I tied in some frustration and anger I had on other similar wrestling related topics and I should amend what I wrote.
The point specifically I want to clarify is the comment I made about the guys involved in the show.
“The main guys behind the show, and the stars of the promotion (go figure) give us their insight into the wrestling business, like all knowing “Yodas” of wrestling, despite their never making it anywhere, or to the best of my knowledge, ever amounting to anything in the wrestling business. It drives me crazy when people think that persistently failing at something long enough somehow extends them veteran status.”
The “persistently failing” line was uncalled for, and likely should have been more to the effect of, “just remaining in the business for a long period of time does not extend them veteran status”. The original line was excessively stiff and I apologize for that.
The “never making it anywhere or…amounting to anything in the wrestling business.” Came off worst than I intended it to and a lot of people read into it something I did not intend to. I did not mean to imply that these guys haven’t worked anywhere and have no experience, or for that matter that they can’t work.
To clarify let me use the following example. John Cena has made it in WWE yet Cody Rhodes (at least at this point) had not. John is a big league star in WWE and has made his mark and stands out as something special. Cody works there but as yet has not broken out and accomplished anything of any significance.
This is where my offense to the Wrestling Reality show comes from. It doesn’t matter how many places they’ve had matches or how many matches these guys have had, they carry themselves in a manner they shouldn’t and it disrespects this industry. When I worked in Europe for CWA, Dave Finlay was the MAN. He was not only the best worker there, he had the most heat, the most presence, drew the most money and had the most respect. He carried himself as a veteran and gave this business credibility and earned it respect as a result. He had never been to WCW, WWE, TNA, at that point, but it didn’t matter he was somebody and had achieved a lot. It isn’t just about where you work it’s about what you accomplish there.
When it comes to actually working I am a far more talented worker than John Cena. I’ve worked more places, and am far more skilled. That does not mean I’ve amounted to more in this business than John, because I haven’t. John is a MUCH bigger deal in this industry than I am and as a result amounted to far more than me. When you look back at the wrestling industry John Cena will leave a far bigger mark than I will despite not working anywhere near as many places as I have or being as good a worker. Amounting to something in this business is not measured by number of bookings or skill level. I am a better wrestler than Hulk Hogan, but when it comes to amounting to anything in the business, I am but a lowly jobber compared to the Hulkster.
When I watched this show and the interviews conducted in it, I saw guys who haven’t broken through, or made a mark on this industry explaining the industry to others like they have a complete grasp of the industry, which clearly they do not. I’ve seen more of this business than they have and had guys like Ric Flair, Ricky Steamboat, Dave Finlay, and the Undertaker share their views of the wrestling industry with me, and you know what, they didn’t carry themselves as all knowing as the guys on “Wrestling Reality”, and that is what most offends me.