Pro wrestling can be pretty cool. It can also be hilariously bad.
I like wrestling. I watched it for a few years when I was young enough to believe it wasn't scripted, and recently got back into watching it about a year ago. I'm actually trying to compile a huge list
of wrestlers and the moves they innovated/introduced to pro wrestling (another version
, in case you need an account to see that SA post), which has been both an enjoyable learning experience that's expanded my appreciation of pro wrestling and its history, and an infuriating nightmare that has consumed many hours I will never get back.
Here are some things:Video links to almost every wrestling match Dave Meltzer has rated 5 stars
- Dave Meltzer
is basically the most respected wrestling critic. While this may not seem like a huge accomplishment, given that most wrestling "critics" are just snarky bloggers, he's actually had a pretty significant
impact on pro-wrestling. He popularized a rating system
that ranks matches from 0-5 stars, with 5 stars essentially meaning "perfect". While it's a purely subjective thing (Meltzer has a pretty obvious bias favoring the Japanese "Strong Style" and "King's Road" styles of wrestling
), the matches are all pretty fucking dope.
The most recent 5-star match:Botchamania
- Video series featuring compilations of wrestlers fucking up (see: "botch"
) set to old video game music. The most recent video was #232
. I repeat, there is enough footage of wrestlers screwing up to fill over 200 videos."Carnies, Racists and Perverts: The Biggest Assholes in Wrestling"
- An SA thread compiling a list of douchebag wrestlers."Wrestling Observer Newsletter Back Issue Quotes"
- There was a time when WCW was more popular than the WWF. Unfortunately, the company went under due to a string of insane and terrible decisions. You can read a good summary of WCW's baffling downward spiral here
, or you can get an idea of what was going on through some of these amazing quotes:
"The Demon vs. Vampiro feud was scheduled to go like this. Demon was to be revealed as the Son of the Devil, I swear I'm not making this up, who had turned good because he turned his back on his father. Vampiro would be revealed to have been sent down, or up, however the geography goes, to garner revenge. On the New Years Eve PPV, Demon would toss Vampiro into a vat of holy water, and when he got out, he'd change to a new character" - The Wrestling Observer Newsletter: September 20, 1999
"Dustin Runnels was at Starrcade, being called by management to return. Runnels is reportedly being paid $750,000 per year but the company isn't using him. When he got there, the company told him they had no plans for him, and he went back home." - The Wrestling Observer Newsletter: December 25, 2000.
"Chavo stormed off talking about forming a Pepe World Order" - The Wrestling Observer Newsletter: October 26, 1998
Here are some other things:
Mark Henry is insanely strong guy
and his current character is this great "I've been treated as a joke for the past 15 years but I just remembered that I'm legit freakishly strong, so I'm going to destroy everyone and charge people for breathing air
" bad guy. He also seems to be an incredibly kind person. He talked zombies with Pee Wee Herman on twitter
, wrote/read a touching poem
when Owen Hart died, and had this great interview:
Skip to 3:14 where Henry's asked how he feels about one of his high school records being broken.
Interviewer: "Would you feel differently if it was your world record [that was broken] and not a high school record? Would that hurt, or would you be fine with it?"
Mark Henry: "I'd be fine either way. When I was a 17 year old kid, there was a lifter - that shall remain nameless because he really don't matter to me - who treated me really, really with a lot of disrespect because I broke his records. I wanted an autograph, I wanted to take a picture with him, and he just got angry and didn't wanna take a picture with me, and I vowed that I would never be that guy, so I honor the guy that took my record; to break that kind of cycle."
Chikara wrestling is the best wrestling:
(The full match.