Tampa, Florida was the host last night for the very hyped RAW reunion. A lot of legends and WWE hall of fame wrestlers were in the building and nostalgia was definitely in the air. I was a teenager during the attitude era and seeing stars like, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Ric Flair, Rikishi, Mark Henry, Hulk Hogan, Pat Patterson and Gerald Briscoe certainly took me back.
As the show went off the air, I found myself not feeling great about wrestling, but somewhat sad. I have watched wrestling since I was five years old and now at thirty seven, I feel like there is not much WWE can put on tv, that I haven’t seen. I have seen Steve Austin drink beer in the ring, I’ve seen Ric Flair woooooo until he’s red in the face and I’ve heard Hulk Hogan say, “Whatchya gonna do brother?” about a million times.
Don’t get me wrong, I love seeing it on tv, but that is exactly why I turned off my tv last night feeling a little down. Austin, Hogan and Flair are men in their fifties, sixties and seventies. Where are the twenty, thirty and forty year old wrestlers that we will want to see at these reunions in twenty years?
RAW has become a Monday night tradition for me. Although not nearly as entertaining as it was fifteen or twenty years ago, I still turn it on. Aside from a couple weeks ago when, Braun Strowman put Bobby Lashley through the LED board and the Undertaker returned, RAW has been lackluster to say the least.
The WWE has a foundation like no other wrestling promotion in the world and has the financial stability to last for decades. For those reasons alone, they will be around for as long as they want to be. But if I am being honest with you and myself, at this rate, I may find something else to do on Monday nights.
It’s weird saying that because since 1993 I have watched RAW religiously, but like I mentioned before, I don’t think there is anything they can come up with that I haven’t seen. I know there are rumblings of dropping the PG rating and getting a little more edgier, and I think that’s a step in the right direction.
However, it may draw a few fans in the teenage or twenty something range, but those of us in our thirties and forties were there for the attitude era and I’m telling you, nothing will ever live up to the original. How do you re create characters like The Rock or factions like DX or NWO??? you can’t.
Despite feeling somewhat down about the aging men and women of what was the greatest era in wrestling, it was still a fun night. But as the old saying goes, father time is undefeated. All things come to an end at some point, but the memories live on. If I had the pencil to paper for RAW and Smackdown, it would be less re-creation and more innovation. You have to give the fans something they have never seen before, a great storyline and less spoilers.
The talent is there, the in ring competition is better than ever. In my opinion WWE should build off that and give the talent a little more freedom to express their character. Who knows, maybe another era of wrestling is in the works that will blow the attitude era out of the water. One can hope, right?
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