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 just 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.
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.