STATE OF THE 'E: The WWE Championship And What It Means To You
by, 07-25-2011 at 01:20 AM (4126 Views)
I know I haven't had a blog in the last week or so but the thing is, I've been very busy. I've started A:
And A Podcast:
So, that explains my absence on the Blogosphere as of this week. I apologize. But, I will not let all of that stand in the way of me making blogs for everyone to read. Whether you agree with what I say, or disagree, I'm happy that you keep coming back to hear what I have to say regardless. It really means a lot!
Now, on to the meat and potatoes of this thing!
The WWE Championship. The lineage of the title is a long one. Just as a refresher, here are the 41 men that have been lucky enough to hold the company on their back.
The Iron Sheik
Andre The Giant
The Ultimate Warrior
"Stone Cold" Steve Austin
John "Bradshaw" Layfield
Rob Van Dam
That is a lot of history. A lot of pride and a lot of respect. 48 years worth of blood, sweat, tears and hell, why not... politicking. There's a lot that goes on backstage to get some of these guys where they were placed in history. Maybe they're friends of the boss, banging the boss's daughter, friends with the guy banging the boss's daughter, black mailing the boss, or literally just holding the Championship for more money and trying to make a ransom be paid for it. There's a lot to that Championship. More than will ever be told. Sacrifices that we will never see, moments that we'll never know about.
When all of the smoke and mirrors go away, it's just a man holding on to a belt that they've dreamt about holding since being a kid jumping off of the coffee table onto their little sibling. Or just a man who wanted to be in this profession because of a little fire that was lit under their asses when they were younger. This Championship means a lot. It's been called a prop and even though I disagree with the way the term is used (It's only called that due to the matches being predetermined.) it is in some way true. But the one thing no one can deny is the pure emotion felt when that boyhood dream is realized.
When they stand, fall, sit, crouch whatever... the fact that they're now the bearer of that company means the entire world to them. No, not everyone that list has deserved their reigns in full as specified earlier. And we have see wrestlers come and go that SHOULD have been Champion *coughPipercough* but one thing hold true is that this company has meant a lot to a lot of men.
Now, the way it looks does not define it. I know it's gone through many changes over the years but it's still what it is. It's made us fall in love with it. It's made us watch week in, week out and everything in between. I for one appreciate everything that these guys have done for us throughout the entire run of this company. I'm glad that they provide us with moments we will always remember. In a time where everyone is cynnical and pissed off, I want to talk about the good they have done. I know people don't like the current direction of the company but you know what? It's not for you then. There are plenty of others who have followed it since the 60's and will continue to do so. In the dawning of this new technological age, expect many more changes as well.
There will be many things that you don't like, just like there's things that many of the older fans don't like right now. Thank you WWWF/WWF/WWE for doing everything that you have done. Thank you for introducing that Championship. And thank you to the men that have dared to dream, the ones that put their bodies on the line every night in amazing feats of athleticisim. You may already know whos going to win but that doesn't stop you from giving us our money's worth and it doesn't stop you from entertaining.
I'm glad I can sit with my son, just like my father sat with me and him with his. Professional Wrestling has been passed from generation to generation, and that Championship has always been the beacon of the company. The Championship has always meant the most in the business. And for that, I am personally thankful.
Please, feel free to leave comments or questions. If you want to send a question to be put on my Podcast hit me up at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll be glad to answer it. Also, share some of your favorite thoughts of the company, of the Championships, of everything. Thanks again for reading.