Death of Wrestling: Park, Park & Park

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Greetings to all… It’s David Davis with my weekly blog: Death of Wrestling. For all of those who read this regularly, you will know that this is 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.

The one thing that unites all wrestling fans is amazing matches and, by and large, it doesn’t really matter who has them. We’re on the road to Wrestlemania and so the Undertaker is naturally on my mind. For the last few years we ‘smarks’ are aware that the streak is unlikely to be broken, but we enjoy the matches because they are show-stealers. Similarly, everyone had praise for John Cena’s match with CM Punk, even the internet peeps that very rarely have a good word to say about John Cena…

One thing that wrestling fans hate are bad ‘wrestling’ matches, which is the reason that a lot of internet fans especially rag on John Cena – 5 moves of doom does not a good match make. I remember a match between Kurt Angle and Samoa Joe contested under MMA rules and despite the caliber of the wrestlers, it didn’t take the fans long to turn and start chanting ‘we want wrestling!’

Some of you have probably guessed where I am going with this, simply based on the title of the article, but the Joseph Park character is really starting to grate on me… Primarily it’s because I know how good of a wrestler Chris can be, especially under the mask of Abyss. All you need to do is Google ‘Abyss Monster’s Ball’ and you’ll see what I mean…

It’s a bit like the Nathan Jones character that the WWE brought in. After an age of vignettes hyping his arrival, if memory serves me correctly, he debuted as Undertaker’s protégé – someone who needed the guidance of the Dead-man to succeed. The matches were lackluster and the gimmick ultimately failed. I think that also had something to do with Nathan’s real life in-ring ability… But that only adds fuel to my fire: We the People want good wrestling matches…

That thought brings me nicely back to Joseph Park whose whole character is based on someone that can’t wrestle. Thank God TNA is free in the UK as I’d hate to part with my hard earned cash to watch someone who I know can wrestle, pretend he can’t…

I get that ‘monster’ gimmicks get a little stale and need to be reinvented from time to time; Kane de-masked, The Undertaker became the American Badass and Abyss… pretends he can’t wrestle. All of the reinvention gimmicks had their flaws, but at least Kane and the Undertaker kept the ability to wrestle…

Do I think that Joseph Park will lead to the DoW? In a word: No. But I do think that bad wrestling matches will lead to the DoW and I think that TNA has had quite a few bad matches recently. Those of you who read my blog a lot will know that I try not to needlessly bash wrestlers who are at least living out their dreams, whilst I sit in the comfort of my own home and pass judgment, so I won’t name the culprits – although you know who you are…

In summary, TNA often has a questionable product, so I don’t think they can afford to waste the talent they do have on gimmicks that mean they can’t display their skills.

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

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  • http://twitter.com/Dee_Jay_Ramone Darren Dyer

    I completely agree. Although I’ve not been a TNA fan for long, I’ve watched sever matches that Chris Parks had under the mask and gimmick of Abyss and, I must say, this Joseph Park character is cringe worthy at best for me. I’m not putting Chris Parks at fault for this at all. It’s the fault of TNA management and creative that this character is failing. TNA needs to sort out the mess it’s making very quickly with this character because, in my opinion, it’s diminishing the legacy which Chris Parks made as the Abyss character.