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Pet Peeves
July 11, 2006 by Lee Begg


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Well it's been a long time since I wrote on of these things, so here goes!.

Well like the title said I have a few pet peeves in the wrestling business that at times really begin to grate on me. I've tried to steer clear of slating gimmicks and wrestlers and concentrated more on concepts and the style of working.

ONE....... TWO ...... Kick out !

Why is it that we never see a one count any more" It really bugs me, I'm positive many "wrestlers" consider this to be a false finish, which in my opinion it isn't, it's a cheap imitation of false finish.

I can just picture a huge muscle head wrestler with tattoos (who may have just recently returned to action from an "injury" caused by the "Worlds Strongest Man" *cough cough no names*) coming back from the ring, and saying "oh my god we did six false finishes tonight" and then having a true worker turning round to that wrestler and saying "NO you did six two counts".

Maybe that's the problem, maybe no one is pulling them aside and saying "look this is a better way of working". If so that needs to change they need the more experienced locker room leaders to pull the younger guys aside and explain to them how things should be done, not just hold "Wrestlers Court".

High Spots

"OH MY GOD, HE JUST FELL FROM A 3 STORY BUILDING, THROUGH 13 TABLES, BROKEN GLASS, THUMB TACKS, A BARBED WIRE TABLE AND ONE THAT WAS SET ON FIRE, HE'S DEAD!"

Ok so maybe that's an exaggeration, but one thing I can't stand is high spots for the sake of high spots.

Firstly I know many people will disagree with me but HIGHSPOTS ARE NOT PRO- WRESTLING.

I don't disagree with the occasional high spots - far from it, I love them, and they are an amazing thing to watch and great for "mark out moments" and a great time to start chanting "holy sh*t" at the top of your voice from the sofa, but there are just far too many of them. I believe the reason for that is because most of the guys who do them don't know another way to get a crowd reaction to gain that heat or pop.

The problem is, it's a no win situation for many of the wrestlers that do high risk manoeuvres and high spots, because going past the initial pop of the crowd, no one cares about them. Sure we look forward to that person doing it again, but on an emotional level the vast majority of the fans couldn't care less.

Take Hell In A Cell at King of the Ring '98 between Undertaker and Mankind, one of the most classic matches of all time. Were there a lot of high spots in that match" Yes there were. Was it brutal and bloody" Yes it was.

But what many people choose not to remember or just forget is what led to that match, and that was an intense rivalry and feud which lasted two years, a feud which didn't seem stale or boring, which kept the fans interest and which used "IN RING PSYCHOLOGY" throughout, something which doesn't seam to happen very much any more.

"OH MY GOD, HE JUST FELL FROM A 3 STORY BUILDING, THROUGH 13 TABLES, BROKEN GLASS, THUMB TACKS, A BARBED WIRE TABLE AND ONE THAT WAS SET ON FIRE, HE'S DEAD!"

"WHAT AND HE IS STILL MOVING IN FACT THERE ISNT A MARK ON HM NO INTERNAL INJURIES, HE ISNT HURT AT ALL!"

The ART of selling, seems to be redundant in today's wrestling industry and this is wide spread from the backyarders, the WWE and TNA, with the X-Division and "HARDCORE CORE FEDS" as standouts, why don't people sell for the others" Do they think it makes them look bad" I don't understand it, I really don't. Selling is what makes a wrestler great. In my opinion one of the best sellers in the wrestling industry is Jerry "The King" Lawler. Sure he had his "Hulk-like come back" at the end of the match, but if you watch some old Memphis tapes, he sold every move like he had been shot at close range, and the people believed it. That's what's missing in today's wrestling.

Backyarders

Well I hope most of you agree with me, that the vast majority of these people are just plain dumb. The chances of them making it solely on the basis that they were in a back yard fed are thin to nothing, and what's more you hear many of them claim and, I quote because someone once said this to me - "Yeah well Mick Foley was a backyarder and look where he is at".

Firstly backyarders, do your research. Foley made two films, in which wrestling was part of them but not the sole concept. Yes he jumped from the top of a roof which may or may not have been the break he needed in terms of making a contact within the wrestling business, but again people have selective memories. Either that or they are too stupid to find out what really happened. Mick went to a wrestling school and paid his "dues" by working hard and training for nearly two years, whilst sleeping in the back of his car. Same can be said for many others, including newer stars like CM Punk. Hell even the Hardy Boys attended the Funk's dojo to learn how to become a "real wrestler."

And last but by no means least INTERNET SMARKS AND MARKS (and I am including my self in that). Why is it we feel we know better" One thing that really bugs me and no offence guys but I see it all the time from many people on just about every forum I visit and that's , "WE SHOULD RUN WWE CREATIVE, WE WOULD DO A BETTER JOB." Seriously guys you wouldn't, for Christ's sake some of you are 13 and have only been watching since November. No matter how many Attitude era tapes you watch (not that that's a bad thing or a dig at any one), you don't truly understand the wrestling industry, nor would you have a clue about where to start with a wrestler from start to finish. Sure it's fine sitting there saying well Carlito should be doing this or doing that, but could you create the Carlito's gimmick in the first place"

Again this is the first time I have written a column in a few years, so please bear that in mind when you all begin to pick this apart. Having said that please feel free to send me you feedback and comments.

Till next time guys and girls.

by Lee Begg..


Charles Lalonde wrote:
Good Column, you mention Mick Foley coming from the backyard, well I am just gonna add on that ROH's Bryan The American Dragon Danielson was also came from the backyard wrestling, and I agree the rilvaries of the business are not stale because it would be bad for business, Taker vs Mankind, Austin vs McMahon, Savage vs Hogan, Roberts vs Lawler all weren't stale rilvaries because they built the hype higher and higher making the fans say " Put these 2 in the ring and settle their differences."
Andrew Riordan wrote:
You raised some good points. I agree that WWE matches are very boring now, and yes it's becuase of the predictable style and not enough real 'false finishes' as well as enough of those that don't sell moves (John Cena). Everyone loves a few good spots. No one's argueing that, if you don't then you'd be a big liar. Jeff Hardys swantons from ladders and arena were awesome.

On your smark/mark part. I'm pretty sure I'm what you'd classify as a smark. I would know more then any other at school (although it's a small school) and I know my stuff, past, and present. I will say this. I agree 100% that smarks proberly couldn't continuely write RAW week after week. We couldn't and proberly wouldn't come up with actuall gimmicks. What we do do (hehe I said do-do) is come up with an idea or two on a certain wrestler.

We may come up with 1 good storyline that would work but no, I couldn't write good shows for RAW or SmackDown! on that same note. Neither can the current writers.

Personally I've stoped watching the BS that is known as WWE. I prefer going to live wrestling events. They know how to entertain, and I don't feel like a prat for watching.
Jose Aguirre wrote:
I like your column, I don't have any criticism on the column just on Mick Foley, and backyard wrestlers. Mick Foley has the worst win/loss ratio in wrestling matches, kinda reminds me of Jeff Hardy. Sure Mick's been world champion 3 times but he isn't remembered for that, he's remembered for how he did incredible moves in a match and jobbed in the end. The backyard wrestlers are fucking idiots. Wrestling isn't a "real" sport per-say, but it's coreographed to some extent and saftey precautions are taken in order for them not to get hurt. If they really want to wrestle they should start out by joining the wrestling team in their school, not join a cheap fed and make videos just so they can be posted on websites like ebaums world or kill some time.
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