Monday, January 30, 2012

Mike Tyson entering the WWE Hall of Fame, what a joke

I do not write very often about the current world of professional wrestling.  I will be honest, I am very fond of the “old” days of pro wrestling.  That does not mean there isn’t extremely talented workers out there doing their thing day end and day out.  For every one that makes it to the WWE there are several more on the independent level that should be and have the talent.  They harleyjust haven’t been given the opportunity.

But, with that being said, I think for the most part the “big time” has lost its focus.  After nine years in the ring as a professional wrestler, I feel that I have a right to my opinion.  What do I mean by losing its focus?  I think in a way they have watered it down.  The product is as extreme now as it has ever been, but I think it has also lost sight of the base it came from.  Maybe the market has changed and there isn’t the support to fill the houses with the old style.  That might be the case.images (2) images (3) images (4)

How has it been watered down?  I provide the induction class of 2012 to the WWE Hall of Fame.  One inductee stands out, Mike Tyson.  Really? Mike Tyson!  I know what difference does it make it IS the PRO WRESTLING hall of fame.  It does make difference.  It is what has been established by our profession to recognize the greatest that our sport has seen.  I think it is a great idea.  However, when Pete Rose, Drew Carey and now Mike Tyson are made members, I think it loses some of its steam.  Putting them in the WWE HoF is like putting someone in Cooperstown for throwing out the first pitch at a ball game.  It is ridiculous.

When you look at the past inductees, Harley Race, Ric Flair, Hulk Hogan, Dusty Rhodes, Andre the Giant, Stone Cold and Abdullah the Butcher to name just a few, do these others deserve to be honored the same way?  Absolutely not.  I know to some this may seem like a ridiculous article and couldn’t care less.  That’s fine.  I just hate to see something that was such a big part of my life, something I spilled a ton of blood doing, resort to this.  Professional wrestling does enough to make a mockery out of itself with out putting convicted rapists in their Hall of Fame.

4 comments:

  1. man be careful he will bite your ear off !!!!

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  2. You remember when we worked together and would talk a lot about pro wrestling. I told you many times how my sons and I would do to the old Arena and Savvis to see it live and how much fun we all had doing that.

    Even though we would joke and make fun of how "phony" it was we still had a great time and spent some great time together. We couldn't wait for "Raw" to air every Monday night and try to figure out what ridiculous story line they were going to come up with. Even though my boys are grown, my youngest and my oldest actually went to Savvis last night to see the Royal Rumble and they loved it.

    Hacksaw was there and so was Foley. Two of the greats. They hammed it up and did what they got paid to do, playing to the crowd. Both of them got a really nice "pop" when introduced also. But even though we knew it was fake, and all those guys were putting on a show, we still realized that they were professional athletes and actually some of the best athletes you will ever get see. They took a lot of bumps and a lot of silly chances simply to please the crowd. What I'm trying to say is we always RESPECTED those wrestlers. Something the WWE is NOT doing by inducting Tyson. What a slap in the face to all the wrestlers working their tales off every week. I have not lost any respect for the wrestlers but I have lost a lot for the organization.

    What a joke.

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  3. You remember when we worked together and would talk a lot about pro wrestling. I told you many times how my sons and I would go to the old Arena and Savvis to see it live and how much fun we all had doing that.

    Even though we would joke and make fun of how "phony" it was we still had a great time and spent some great time together. We couldn't wait for "Raw" to air every Monday night and try to figure out what ridiculous story line they were going to come up with. Even though my boys are grown, my youngest and my oldest actually went to Savvis last night to see the Royal Rumble and they loved it.

    Hacksaw was there and so was Foley. Two of the greats. They hammed it up and did what they got paid to do, playing to the crowd. Both of them got a really nice "pop" when introduced also. But even though we knew it was fake, and all those guys were putting on a show, we still realized that they were professional athletes and actually some of the best athletes you will ever get see. They took a lot of bumps and a lot of silly chances simply to please the crowd. What I'm trying to say is we always RESPECTED those wrestlers. Something the WWE is NOT doing by inducting Tyson. What a slap in the face to all the wrestlers working their tales off every week. I have not lost any respect for the wrestlers but I have lost a lot for the organization.

    What a joke.

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    1. Very well said G. You are right it has always been about the show, but the wrestlers of yesterday went out and laid it on the line for the fans. There was a level of respect for what was being done in those days. It has changed so much through the years.

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