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WRESTLING COLUMNS

Into the light & Breaking Down The Barriers
February 20, 2004 by Chris Chambers


In some of my other columns I have bashed sheep, I didn't bash to be cruel, I mainly did it to scare them straight or "Scared Straight" type of thing. In this column, instead of focusing on the negativity on the sheep I am gonna shed the light and bring them into the light and maybe just maybe they will understand what the smart fans are talking about. Also in this column, I am gonna write about the small guys breaking down the barriers and becoming stars and reaching championship status.

I am gonna start on bringing the sheep into the light. I think the biggest reason why the sheep doesn't understand what true wrestling is, is because they have been manipulated and brainwashed by Vince McMahon and all the propaganda he has thrown out to the fans. Through the years the sheep just cheered the good guys and boo'ed the bad guys and overlooked the wrestlers talent and potential in the ring. There is a huge list of wrestlers that fans just took it to the extreme and became obsessed with being a huge sheep type fan of the certain superstar. The first guy that comes to mind is Ultimate Warrior. This guy only had one good thing and that was his promos and his talent was not even close to mediocrity. Ultimate Warrior is one of the wrestlers that all the propaganda got into the heads of the fans and turned them ''brain dead". Vince McMahon wanted someone to be just as big as Hulk Hogan but Vince knew if he could come up with a certain character he could brainwash the fans into believing that Ultimate Warrior was an actual good wrestler. I will have to admit that I did indeed like two of Warriors matches and that was Warrior versus Macho Man at SummerSlam 1992 and Warrior versus Hulk Hogan WM6. Other than that I do not see why the fans would like Warrior. Vince McMahon and all the propaganda is the main reason why theres many sheep today. One last wrestler IMO, that has caused the most and I do mean most sheep is GOLDBERG. The reason I do not like Goldberg or Goldberg sheep is that the mind frame Goldberg fans have. Goldberg sheep just like to say that Goldberg is the best wrestler ever and they have the audasity to say Goldberg is better than guys like Kurt Angle, Eddie Guerrero, Chris Benoit, Chris Jericho, ect. I would personally like to thank Vince McMahon for re-creating and re-vamping Goldberg sheep (very sarcasticly). Goldbergs problem is not that hes a bad wrestler, its because he is his own problem, his rise is what cost him any credibility of being a great wrestler. Goldberg for his style of wrestling (brawling and power) is pretty good but his too soon of a push in WCW is what cost him of any credibility of being a good wrestler in true wrestling fans minds. The Goldberg sheep needs to realize that Goldberg is not as good as they think. They need to take all the propaganda that Vince put out and just forget it and come into the light and see how stupid they have been. I think that this is enough to get all the sheep to understand what true wrestling fans are saying when the true fans say that all the propaganda that Vince spews out is just not good to digest and believe in.

Now I am gonna write about the small guys breaking down the barriers and proving themselves. Throughout the history of the business the motto was "If you aren't big, then you aren't the champion". Well for that time period that motto was understandable and it was the right way to think in that time period. Guys like Hulk Hogan, Ultimate Warrior, Macho Man, Ric Flair, ect....were the marketable and the main guys to hold the strap and only guys like those were suppose to hold the strap. However, I do not think that you can honestly say that guys like Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels, ect....(at that time small guys) didn't deserve to be the champion. Vince McMahon has the attitude that he only wants big guys as champions and only big guys. Whether they were talented or not it didn't matter Vince McMahon had a "hard on" for big guys to hold the strap. Over the years, Vince just spewed and spewed that same garbage to all the fans and he got all the fans to believe in that. All the fans just accepted the garbage and ingested the garbage Vince spewed and overlooked the talent of the smaller guys. The smaller guys were held down years after years after years before they were even looked at to hold a mid card title. The smaller guys that I am talking about is guys like Chris Benoit, Eddie Guerrero, Chris Jericho, Lance Storm, ect....these guys have been overlooked for years and its quite stupid IMO. Just because they are small doesn't mean that they aren't championship material. The main reason the smaller guys were overlooked was because of the same garbage Vince spewed out and that is "Big Guys Only" for being labeled championship material. The one man that finally broke through the barrier was Eddie Guerrero when he defeated Brock Lesnar at No Way Out 2004. The same smart fans that have ingested the garbage Vince McMahon spewed out said that Eddie isn't and wasn't championship material but I have news for ya Eddie Guerrero proved you wrong. As for the fans who thought or thinks that guys like Chris Benoit, Eddie Guerrero, Chris Jericho, ect....are only good for being transitional champions are also wrong and have also swallowed alot of the garbage Vince spewed out. On SD Eddie said it perfectly, "This Sunday, My Victory will be for the people who were told that they were to small, not strong enough, not good looking enough to prevail". Eddie Guerrero is definitely and has definitely proven that he doesn't apply to the "Big Guys Only" just to be championship material. I appreciate day in and day out what Eddie has done and Chris Benoit done and other small guys has done for the business and for their career. I know some fans might bash me for saying that small guys are championship material but all I can say to them is "Wake Up McFly" (haha Back To The Future reference has finally been used). Smaller Guys if given the chance can prove themselves, they can do so and they can show Vince McMahon that the garbage hes been spewing out is completely stupid. The promos and the ads for WM20 have been saying "WM20 Where It All Begins Again". I think this is the only chance for Vince McMahon to turn everything around and start over on a clean slate and just tear down the size barrier.

Credits: My Friends Shockage & Dacool for having the time to have a good healthy wrestling conversation about these two subjects

by Chris Chambers..


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