Tea Time with Liam: It’s Okay to Talk

Hello everybody. Liam here once again with another edition of the laziest wrestling column out there. Tea Time with Liam. I wont lie to you all, I’ve been lazy again, I haven’t written anything for a while. But what I hope you get from me is quality over quantity, although I’m sure that can be debated. Enough blabbing, lets get on with this weeks/months/years column.

Brock Lesnar will return and help Punk. Lesnar will return and screw Punk. Vince will screw Ryback. Vince will screw Punk. Heyman will screw Punk. Cena will help Ryback. Okay, I’m rambling here but I hope you understand my point. Looking back at the CM Punk and Ryback match at Hell in a Cell. There were as to how the match would play out and how it would eventually end. Fans from all around the world each had a different opinion. WWE had succeeded in gaining the fans attention and making them want to see a match, either out of intrigue or apprehension. It was one of the bigger talking points that had came so fair in the wrestling year. The Hell in a Cell stipulation had indeed made the match a difficult one to call. I read many predictions going into this match and not one of them mentioned a rouge referee. Now those savvy people out there probably would of figured it out once they realised who the referee was. But for the weeks leading up to the match. We were all playing the guessing game.

Call it fantasy booking if you want, or call it intuition. Whatever you call it, don’t allow anyone to belittle you for doing it. To me, fantasy booking is no different than predicting the result of a sports match, or guessing who would score the first goal, or first TD in a game. Some people may criticize wrestling fans for what they perceive as fantasy booking, but all you’re doing is offering your thoughts and feelings on a subject. Basically, you’re talking about wrestling, albeit WWE, TNA or any other promotion. You’re doing exactly what they want you to do. Talk about their product.

I personally enjoy reading the thoughts of other fans. And it doesn’t matter how right, wrong, logical or completely ridiculous these predictions are. What they do is create a buzz around a match. Speaking solely of WWE here, they do find it difficult to create that buzz at this time of year. With ratings falling and staleness setting in, it’s surprising that WWE pulled out something fresh with Punk and Ryback. And for the most part it worked. The fans, myself included were intrigued. Now of course I’ll admit WWE had backed themselves into a corner. They could of reneged and put in somebody more established to face Punk. But WWE stuck to their guns. They kept faith with Ryback and gave the fans something different.

Even with less people watching now than in the past and those high ratings since the attitude era are long gone. The fans presence and interest in wrestling is still remarkably high. Especially with the evolution of social networking sites like FaceBook and Twitter. Fans have a much deeper and personal interest into wrestling now. Instead of just watching them once a week on television and seeing them as they character. Fans now have opportunities at gaining a mini insight into the personal lives of wrestlers. Every Monday night #wwe and #raw are always trending worldwide. Hundreds of thousands of wrestling fans each offering their take on the current Raw episode. When PPV’s come around, both WWE and TNA, they also trend worldwide.

In a way, social media has become the fans outlet to offer they thoughts and critiques about wrestling. Countless videos are uploaded to YouTube each week of fans either happy or unhappy with their favourite show. The advancement of social media has been so large that companies like WWE, TNA, ROH and many more wrestling companies now have their own Twitter, FaceBook and YouTube accounts. It’s a much quicker way for them to socialise with their fan base. Its plain to see how much WWE wants you to tweet about their product as they proudly announce each week if anything WWE or raw related trends on a Monday night.

Wrestling fans now are different than those of the 80’s and 90’s. Like I mentioned earlier, with the advancement of the internet, fans just now have new outlets to air their opinions. No longer does a wrestling discussion just have to take place between friends. Now people from all other the world can talk together about something in which they’re passionate about. And even if their opinions may differ. At the end of the day, we’re all doing what wrestling promotions want us to do and that is to talk about their product.

What do you think? Do we as fans over analyze wrestling or are we just passionate about something we all enjoy. What’s your opinion of fantasy booking? How has social networking sites helped/hindered wrestling. Let me know what you think by emailing me at teatimewithliam@hotmail.co.uk

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