I’ve been a fan of professional wrestling since I was a kid. As an adult I’ve kind of gone away from it in large part to the fact that I’ve grown up and the product has gone younger. So I sporadically pop my head in, noticed John Cena is the new champion (again) and leave. The product has become very predictable. Nothing magical seems to happen anymore.
Last night I watched one of my all time favorite event, the Royal Rumble. To my surprise the Triple Threat match was one of the best I’ve seen in quite some time. It was well done and I LOVED it! It’ll probably go down as match of the year and I doubt anyone could or would argue differently.
Now the Royal Rumble is what pissed most of the audience off. I personally liked the Rumble. It was as enjoyable as it always has been for me. I got to see appearances from Bubba Ray Dudley, Diamond Dallas Page, and even the Boogeyman. It was a fun event throughout and the fans were engaged up until the point where Daniel Bryan got eliminated. That’s when it got ugly. The rest of the card was smattered with boos and Daniel Bryan chants.
Then Dolph Ziggler was tossed over the top rope like he was a bag of shit. The topping on this delicious event was Roman Reigns winning the event. The crowd went livid, and I mean fuckin LIVID! Not even a cosign from the Rock could smooth it all over. What makes this all odd for me was that last year Reigns was the runner up and the fans were pissed he didn’t win. Now he wins and the crowd is now pissed that he did win. So much so that #CancelWWENetwork started trending soon there after and still is this morning.
My critiques of the events are on the minor side and that’s if I forget all the matches before the Triple Threat match. I wished that Bryan and Ziggler would have had better showings. It was extremely underwhelming considering these are two really popular guys who have been paying their dues. I have no fuckin clue who Ziggler pissed off along the way, because that guy has been living under a fuckin glass ceiling for way too long. He’s given just enough to keep him relevant but then they cut him off before he gets too big.
With all that being said I’m not canceling my fuckin WWE Network subscription over it. In my most humble of opinions, I think that the WWE fan has become too smart for it’s own good. It’s mutated into what now looks like a giant spoiled child. I get that we have the right to cheer, boo, and cancel subscriptions however we want. It’s the beauty of being a fan of any sport, but it feels weird watching the fan now becoming a participant in the event. A very unhealthy participant at that.
Let’s all take a step back along with a deep breath. It’s just not that fuckin important. What else would you have been watching anyway, the fuckin NFL Probowl? Like the child that packed up their bag and told their mom that they are running away, take your aimless walk around the block a few times then make your way back to the couch. They know you’re not going anywhere, you’ll be subscribing again soon enough.