It’s Thanksgiving. So let’s be thankful for what we have. Or what we don’t.
We have Daniel Bryan back on TV, and although currently distant from Brie Bella, one can imagine some sort of altercation will take place.
We have the arrival of The New Day, the repackaged trio defeating a trio who needs repackaging in the form of Heath Slater, Curtis Axel, and Titus O’Neal. New job squad?
The Big Guy is hungry and he should be thankful for the fans complete forgetting his last year of boring everyone to death. His feud with Kane will likely not amount to anything more than a few brawls.
We are thankful for Bray Wyatt and Dean Ambrose continuing their program. Sure, the last encounter ended by way of DQ, but for once I do not think anyone objected as it set them up to be the main event for TLC. Can you imagine the potential wreckage we will see?
I am thankful for the programming we have seen in the past few months. With injuries, firings/leavings and constant worry of an “OUTTA NOWHERE” from Randy Orton, one can often wonder if WWE knows what they are doing. Same could be said for TNA or GFW.
I’m taking this time to be thankful for being entertained on a weekly basis. As a fan and former employee of WWE, there are weeks I must watch every show, and some weeks I could not care less. The same goes with any other hobby or trend. Do I care much for storylines, truth is, I don’t. I haven’t cared since the demise of what I called the “submission era” back in the early 2000’s when majority of matches came to exciting submission conclusions. You had Eddie Guerrero, Chris Jericho, Chris Benoit, Kurt Angle, a much younger Brock Lesnar, and others who would wrestle all over the ring and put on a damn good show. There were a lot of highlights in the following years, mostly from Edge, Alberto del Rio, and CM Punk, but those days would go by.
We still have Daniel Bryan, Rusev, Cesaro, Dolph Ziggler, Sheamus, Wade Barrett, Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns, Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper, Jack Swagger, and many others who have put on incredible matches. This, I am thankful for.
I was thankful for TNA/Impact at one point, but now the company has become an afterthought. With Jeff Jarrett’s GFW, just a short time ago I was excited at the notion of a modern-day NWA, but now it seems like more of a modern-day Jarrett publicity-fest.
I am thankful for good programming, and even not-so-good programming. It is a reminder nothing in life is ever the way you want it. You want the perfect show, you want the perfect storyline, but you don’t always get it. Not every story has a happy ending, and that is just fine. Not having the happy conclusion drives us to want something even more.
At this point I hope you can tell I’ve gone off the reservation and not referring to wrestling anymore.
In life, you get great deals, and sometimes shitty circumstances. Yes, I just dropped an S-bomb. Deal with it. I have no shame in saying I’ve been given a lot of crap on my plate in the past year, but thankfully through perseverance and not giving up I got rewards I felt I earned. It’s easy to sit behind a computer and whine and cry about video game blogs, how Transformers has been “RUINED FOREVER” or even how the only good wrestling was back in 1992. Facebook and Twitter allows us to forget the whole feeling of confronting something head-on and facing consequences. When things get real and you have to deal with life, you can always vent and tell the world your woes over social media, but it doesn’t solve the problem. Like a good wrestling match, there will always be a lot of back and forth, a lot of fighting, some intense moments, a great spot, a hard bump, but at the end of the day there is a winner and a loser, but all competitors get up and walk on their own two legs. Except for the Undertaker, he always gets a stretcher. The point is, even when the outcome is not what we want, just turn up the desire and drive to succeed where we once failed.
This Thanksgiving, and holiday season, I am grateful for my victories, and for my losses. I am who I am because of them, and I wouldn’t change a damn thing.