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Dreaming: Change needed in Pro wrestling
Jan 30 2006, 04:52 PM
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Back in the mid 80s I asked "why aren't there more tweeners (not face nor heel) like Roddy Piper (I remember Piper went both ways for a short time). I really got sick of good vs evil match ups. Then came along Stone Cold Steve Austin and The ROCK and they made "heels" cool in the late 90s. Since then the face/heel lines aren't as defined as the past and I thoroughly enjoy it.
Now I think it's time for a change again - and that is push the jr/cruiserweights as THE stars instead of roided up freaks like Chris Masters, HHH, etc. In the past wrestlers were supposed to be larger than life - huge chiselled bodies that a normal person couldn't attain. Well, it's not like that anymore as kids nowadays are taller and bigger than before.
Anyway...I think it's time - when Rey Mysterio becomes the CHAMP and for normal people to idolize someone their on size. Look at MMA in Japan in the last few years, the lower weight competitors now are the top draws and garner more TV ratings than the heavyweights. That's saying alot for a country that's been enamored with the David (Japanese guy) vs Golith (larger foreigner) match ups for decades.
We, as fans all love the old days of high flying WCW jrs as well as TNA X Division, should now demand that the wrestling organizations let us see what we want and that's athletes have have more normal size and height and are STARS based on their abilities. The WWE are moving in the right direction, as both Geurrero and Benoit both have been champions, now take the NEXT REALISTIC MOVE!
Although the American wrestling scence has been in a lull the past 3-4 years, I seriously think the next boom in American wrestling may be lead by Rey Mysterio followed by the cruiserweights such as Styles, Daniels, Mexican/Japanese stars, etc. I can dream...but reality would be nicer.
Another factor in this equation is that SOMEONE (govt) needs to monitor steroids and other physique enhancing drugs use in wrestling. Without monitoring the industry will continue with the freak show and ultimately continue to have alarming death rates among it's wrestlers.
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