Watching sports entertainment in the form of wrestling is a task of faith. With no off-season, there is never a lull in the ongoing drama. But there does tend to be a lull in the overall quality of the program. I think back to my favorite time in Sports Entertainment history, when WWE battled WCW for ratings supremacy, and there was never a lull in the entertainment!
Remember when the Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin were tearing the house down week after week? How about Hollywood Hulk Hogan, who turned his back on his unreliable fans, and then later spray painted his way back into our misguided hearts? Ahh, the Attitude Era, as it is fondly called. Reminiscent of D-Generation X crotch-chops, Mankind being thrown from the top of cells, and the Godfather strutting his expletive train down the aisles. It was a glorious time indeed. Now, in this PG era of political correctness and social media shaming, Sports Entertainment (WWE in particular) is but a shell of itself with its desire for acceptance amongst the masses.
But could there be hope? Could Brock Lesnar’s beastlike brawling method on WWE’s Raw and Smackdown be a call back to grander times? And did anyone see the Miz, now a savvy veteran among the newer roster, and his attitude laden confrontation with Daniel Bryan on the WWE’s talk show Talking Smack? If these guys don’t have attitude, then who does? Come to think of it, the three former members of the splintered group the Shield are oozing machismo (Thanks Razor Ramon!) Its three young stars, Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns, and Seth Rollins are thriving in top spots on the roster. Finn Balor is the Demon King, Samoa Joe and Shinsuke Nakamura are tearing it up over at NXT, AJ Styles has lit a fire in the WWE after a successful run in multiple other federations.
You know what, I’m just going to sit back and enjoy some wrestling. Let’s see what they’ll call this new era when it's over…