I want to start out by telling you all that this article is going to be an EXTREMELY OPINIONATED article. In my previous articles for this site I have always avoided using words such as "I", "me", "my", and other words, expressions, and phrases which would be considered more of a personal opinion. I learned in school that you're not supposed to do that. But make no mistake about it, I will be using "I", "me", and "my" in this article because this article is purely my own thoughts and opinions on what I've seen. A lot of you will agree with my statements and a lot of you will disagree. That's fine. But I am going to state my opinions, because I allegedly have the right to do so as a citizen of the United States of America.
Where do I begin? Should I categorize this into years such as 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011? Should I start out with how 2007 was the year that pulverized professional wrestling? Should I start with what's happened in 2010 and 2011? Should I talk about who and what I like and dislike? ...Hmm... where to start?
Well I guess I'll start out by saying that as of right now, April of 2011, I despise World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA Wrestling). 2011 has not been a good year for WWE or TNA in my opinion, which is a shame because I actually enjoyed most of 2010 in TNA and especially WWE. 2010 was a year of intensity and unpredictability. I almost felt like a kid again during the "Attitude Era" of professional wrestling, which lasted from the late 1990s until 2001 when World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and Paul Heyman's original Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) went out of business and were both purchased by WWE. A lot of people miss the Attitude Era. I miss the Attitude Era. 2010 was somewhat of a flashback to the Attitude Era.
You had The Nexus wreaking havoc in WWE, which was similar to the New World Order (nWo) invasion of WCW. You had "The Viper" Randy Orton raising hell and RKO'ing everybody in sight, which was similar to "Stone Cold" Steve Austin back in the day raising hell and giving everybody the Stone Cold Stunner. The vicious and barbaric "Celtic Warrior" Sheamus O'Shaunessy was very impressive in 2010. WWE Hall of Famer Bret "The Hitman" Hart made his return to WWE after a 12-year absence. And Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker proved to the world why they are still two of the best performers in the world today.
Overall I enjoyed the intensity of 2010 and I hoped that it would continue into 2011. But it hasn't.
In 2011, WWE has decided to bring back Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson to feud with the biggest star in WWE, WWE's "precious cash cow", John Cena. It's OBVIOUS that The Rock is going to end up putting Cena over. They might have a classic match or even a series of classic matches, but at the end of the day, John Cena is their future and they will have The Rock lay down for him to make Cena look good for the little kids who love him.
I respect John Cena. I respect him as a human being. I respect his love and passion for WWE. I respect his love and passion for his fans. But I do NOT respect John Cena's wrestling style. John Cena has an incredibly fake (yes, fake) and unrealistic wrestling style. If you want to find some Superstars on the WWE roster with a legitimate Martial Arts background, look at "The Moscow Mauler" Vladimir Kozlov (Judo, Kickboxing, amateur wrestling, Russian Sambo, Mixed Martial Arts), Santino Marella (Judo), Alberto Del Rio (amateur wrestling and Mixed Martial Arts), "The Big Show" Paul Wight (Boxing), and "The All-American American" Jack Swagger (amateur wrestling). They would all SMOKE John Cena in a real fight. John Cena is not a Martial Artist of any kind, and his wrestling style shows that.
................I have so much running through my head right now..................
2008 and 2009 were recovery years for WWE and TNA. They weren't too good, but not as bad as 2007. I could describe everything that happened, but it would take too long and I just don't feel like it. If you were watching, you already know. But I will say this though: 2009 and 2010, WWE "Raw" guest hosts......SUCKED.
Is it laziness? Is it lack of motivation? Is it fear of backlash? Fear of failure? Confusion? Why is it that WWE and TNA have dropped the ball in 2011? I honestly don't know the reason, but what I do know is that 2010 raised the bar and 2011 has failed to live up to the intensity and excitement of 2010. The year is still somewhat young. It's only April. Maybe things will pick up soon. But I doubt it. My hopes aren't up. But maybe I'll be pleasantly surprised. ........But I doubt it..................