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Posted On 09/07/2012 By In Columns With 1 Views

Death of Wrestling: Heath Slater

Greetings to all… It’s David Davis here with my first weekly blog: Death of Wrestling. Now I just want to make this very clear: it’s not a blog about bashing wrestling, it’s a blog of a frustrated fan, who loves the business and wishes that each week it could be a little better. I’m a bit like Sam Beckett from Quantum Leap – If I could put right the things that once went wrong, I’d be a very bloody happy chappy.

This week, I sat watching Raw and wondered what about it I could possibly focus my blog on. After all, there is a lot of good stuff each week, and a lot of bad stuff, but it’s often difficult to pin down the segment that I think just missed the mark; the thing that should have been brilliant, but once again I was let down by – the thing that bit by bit leads to the Death of Wrestling…

It’s typical of the WWE to pull out a blinder of a Raw for my first week. After all, this is the week of Punk and Heyman, but despite the greatness of the last 5 minutes of a 3 hour show, there was something that left me scratching me head… but first I have to take you back to the weeks leading up to the 1000th episode of raw…

I’m always in two minds about the WWE (actually any organisation) bringing in the faces from the past. This is because, although nostalgia is nice, just like eating fast food, you’re left with an empty feeling in your stomach. Your mind wonders down memory lane and you think about how great wrestling used to be, but then that usually makes you think: wrestling’s not as good as it used to be…

But this is the 1000th episode of Raw and what better time to celebrate the history of such a great product. Unfortunately for me, this also involved Heath Slater. Now I’m not against Heath, I’m just apathetic. He was in the nexus, and that was a great time in WWE history, but he wasn’t pivotal in that group. How many people, hand on heart, can really say: I remember Heath from the nexus, wasn’t he great!

Heath’s performance leading up to the 1000th episode against the likes of Sid, Doink, Vader, DDP, Backlund and Rikishi actually got me screaming ‘One man band… baby’. And the payoff with Lita and the APA was something dreams are made off (although it did leave me with the aforementioned emptiness). So the WWE’s done all of this work to get me invested in someone who I’d actually forgotten was a Superstar. They got me to root for him, I’m sure I wasn’t (although I accept I might have been) alone in hoping for Heath victories over some of those legends – Not Lita though as hitting women is not acceptable…

So now I’m invested, now I care, and now I look forward to what’s in store for him next… And how do the WWE repay me? By him losing to WWWYKI!!! I don’t hate Ryder, in fact I like Ryder, but isn’t he the guy that the WWE did this to me with before? Didn’t they get me invested in him only to have his push squashed and put back on the shelf? If this had been several months ago I would have been happy, but not today, because today is the day that WWE showed me my investment in the up and comers is a waste of time… If they carry on, people will stop getting invested in the undercard and that my friends may well be the… Death of Wrestling.

Life of Wrestling: Before I go, I want to end on what I think is the life of wrestling, and this week for me it’s easy – Heyman and Punk. It’s been said before, Punk is a great heel, but he’s such a good heel that you want to cheer for him… Putting him with Heyman should create the right sort of animosity; the right sort of heat; the right sort of villain to rival the babyface of Cena, and the electricity of the Rock.

That’s all folks… As always, post your comments, thoughts and opinions below! Or message me on twitter @davidd2davis and let me know what you think the ‘Death of Wrestling’ is and I might just blog about it!!! Peace and I’m out…

  • Michael Grooms

    Damn straight! The One Man Band deserves better!