I would like to continue writing about the subject of wrestling, because I know the passion, I can feel the passion from you keyboard warriors every single day. I see all of the love, all of the hate, all of the smarkiness, (Is that even a word? Oh well I'm using it.) and all of the ignorant attitudes oozing out from a small handful of you. Regardless of any negativity, I try to be optimistic in my views, while also keeping my views realistic.
This is where my subject matter begins, I want to talk about this new character about to hit TNA Impact Wrestling (Yes, there is another wrestling company in the US besides WWE, get over it.) simply known as "The Willow".
Who is The Willow?? Well anybody with two brain cells working in tandem, could tell you it is Jeff Hardy. His eyes and voice are a dead giveaway, but that is not the question I was asking. I am asking, who is the Willow?
I have already seen the reactions, and they usually come down to three seperate (and rather expected) reactions.
1) So TNA are copying the Wyatts from WWE now?
2) I suppose if Jeff was coked up now, we wouldn't notice.
3) I like it, I'm looking forward to seeing what happens with it.
First off, as many people fail to realize, the character known as The Willow/Willow the Wisp was created by Jeff Hardy in his early days working in OMEGA. Jeff, Matt, Gregory Helms and others made up many different characters in those days and played them out in Matt Hardy's promotion. Jeff Hardy has talked about The Willow before, and always expressed interest in introducing it on a major stage.
Here is where I explain why Willow is nothing like the Wyatt family, and why it is typical that people see something, and automatically try to compare it to something that WWE is doing to bash on TNA.
The Willow is a dark character like the Wyatts, that is one similarity (you could say the same thing about Undertaker/Kane though) and how The Willow appears to talk in riddles. The thing is, the way The Willow talks, is the exact same way he has always talked, so by no means has TNA seen the Wyatt family and said to Jeff, you should talk like they do, because The Willow character has been talking like that since the 1990s.
Not only that, but The Willow is a pretty eccentric, and somewhat bizarre character as he doesn't have any real goals. He doesn't have a plan, he doesn't follow anybody, and nobody follows him.
Will-o'-the-wisp, for those who are unaware,are atmospheric ghost lights seen by travellers at night, especially over bogs, swamps or marshes. It resembles a flickering lamp and is said to recede if approached, drawing travellers from the safe paths. The phenomenon is known by a variety of names, including jack-o'-lantern, friars's lantern, hinkypunk, and hobby lantern in English folk belief, well attested in English folklore and in much of European folklore.
The meaning of Will-o'-the-wisp changes from country to country. In Britian it has been described in many stories that the mysterious ghost lights were held by a mysterious figure.
"A peasant travelling home at dusk sees a bright light traveling along ahead of him. Looking closer, he sees that the light is a lantern held by a "dusky little figure", which he follows for several miles. All of a sudden he finds himself standing on the edge of a vast chasm with a roaring torrent of water rushing below him. At that precise moment the lantern-carrier leaps across the gap, lifts the light high over its head, lets out a malicious laugh and blows out the light, leaving the poor peasant a long way from home, standing in pitch darkness at the edge of a precipice." -Wiki
The Willow is not a creepy red neck with two followers, The Willow is a mysterious being that will show up and do whatever he wants, for the fun of it. Whether the Willow will be face, heel, or something inbetween, is still unknown, and to be honest, I prefer for TNA to keep it blurred and let the fans decide.
I see a number of people mentioning cocaine in this. TNA and Jeff Hardys fellow wrestlers have stated that Hardy is clean, and has turned...