*cue fan welcome back chants*
FINALLY… I have come back… to The Figure Four! Welcome back everybody. First and foremost, DAMN! It has been a minute since I’ve written anything wrestling related. Aside from my everyday bashing of modern-WWE creative or constant nostalgia that fills up my social media feeds, I have not openly talked about wrestling on this platform in a very very very long time. Since my last appearance, I graduated high school, finished my first year of college, and was not only forced to sit through Cain Velasquez AND Tyson Fury matches at the same Saudi Arabia show, Crown Jewel, but also suffered through the abysmal (and I cannot emphasize abysmal enough) 8 and a half minute snoozefst that was The Undertaker versus Goldberg at SuperShowdown 2019. Not sure what it is but Saudi Arabia really brings the absolute worst out of WWE. However, I did get to see Jon Moxley take his rightful place at the top of the wrestling mountain, that was a fun night. Through all of this, my love for the sport never once dwindled, and this time in quarantine has really shown myself my own raw desire for quality pro wrestling. I have rarely been bored throughout quarantine because whenever I am, I realized I can just go on YouTube or the WWE Network (for only $9.99 a month) and just get lost in the world of pro wrestling. However, my love has opened my eyes and I have gained a more diverse perspective of the current state of the wrestling business and have noticed two specific things:
First, the WWE will lose the war to AEW. While this may seem like a hot take, I believe AEW will continue to defeat WWE in ratings for the foreseeable, but the two promotions will be looked at like the American and National Leagues in the MLB. While there probably won’t be any cross-promotion competition like in the MLB’s World Series, you can expect action packed wrestling from two different leagues, equally as culturally popular, just with a few rule changes every now and then for authenticity.
And second, the only way WWE will ever reach the popularity of its 20th century product, is for Vince McMahon to either quit, retire or you know… Now I do not wish ill on the man as he is the sole reason I am even writing this today, his genius is the reason you are reading this right now. But the man is simply out of touch. Plain and simple.
These two topics will have more elaborate responses to follow. Trust me. There is a lot of wrestling ranting I need to get on top of. However, with all that being said, I am back and better than ever. I am ready to deliver creative and enjoyable content for the foreseeable future. And if you’re not down with that, I got 2 words for ya…