by Martin Dixon (@BunnySuicida)
Welcome to a little something where I’ve collected some thoughts & musings that really aren’t big enough to fill a whole article, but I feel needed saying. So without further ado, on with the show.
When Triple H sat down with Michael Cole on Raw & proclaimed that WWE was entering what’ll henceforth be known as “The Reality Era” I smiled to myself. Not because I like the term, because as a matter of fact I dislike it immensely. No, a wry smile crept across my face because nothing could be further from the truth, we are not in “The Reality Era”, we are instead living in a “Surreality Era”, one designed to play with our perceptions of what is a “shoot” or not, just in a way not seen before.
Instead of the “worked shoots” of years past, overblown attempts to trick a fanbase that largely knew of Wrestling’s predetermined nature into thinking they what was been presented on screen was deviation from the script or a genuine accident, what we now have is a general notion that we as IWC members (like that term or not, we are wrestling fans on the Internet) can influence the direction of WWE as pertains to it’s talent. We do to some degree, but I doubt anyone has had a push solely on the reaction of social media. This isn’t meant to be an attack on any fans, I just wanted to highlight that I think WWE is continuing it’s master stroke of “New Kayfabe” building talent in a far better way than it has for years. It’s still early days but I applaud WWE for being committed to it’s youth movement, at least for now.
P.T.S.D. (Post Traumatic Streak Desolation)
I always believed three things in life were certain: death, taxes and the Undertaker always wins at Wrestlemania. Imagine my shock when Brock Lesnar pinned “The Deadman” and broke the Streak, leaving the records at 21-1. Some called it necessary, a signal that the old ways were gone and a new generation was taking it’s place at the forefront of WWE, I however maintain the belief that the streak should’ve remained unbroken, and let The Undertaker ride off into the sunset with a permanent Wrestlemania record. What better way to usher in the new blood than the absolute personification of the “old ways” taking his legacy with him, leaving with head held high and closing the door on his era. Instead, the grass isn’t as green as I remember, the sky isn’t quite as blue, and sugar doesn’t taste quite so sweet anymore.
The Long & the Short of it.
I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I’m completely sold on the Hornswoggle vs El Torito feud that played out across Main Event & Smackdown this week, I’ve been transfixed to my monitor watching those two have a really fun altercation on Main Event, equal parts comedy & heat as Swoggle was first enrolled in 3mb, and then the two mascots clashed during a match with Los Matadores, and then a singles match between the two on Smackdown that was better than it had any real right to be. Well booked, well performed & well worked, that was a genuine highlight of my wrestling viewing week. If you’ve yet to see it, please seek out the Smackdown match & be entertained!
“Evil environmentalist with a chip on his shoulder” is certainly a gimmick I’ve not seen before, but dammit if CJ Parker on NXT doesn’t have a remarkably fascinating character right now, ostensibly a hippy stereotype, Parker has begun to be frustrated by the “Bo Dallas” reactions he’d been getting, and took it out on the fans, berating them & us for our polluting ways. It’s astounding to think that what is normally such a “positive” message can be twisted in such a great fashion, any gimmick that can inspire a “Global warming” chant must be hitting at least some of the right buttons. I’m no fan of Parker’s in ring work, but I’m intrigued to see just how far the character can go.
I hope you’ve enjoyed these random thoughts & ideas and if you’ve any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me via twitter where I’d be happy to answer them.