I have been a wrestling fan since I was a child. I can remember the first time I was exposed. I had visited my father and he wanted to take a nap. “Brad you have to see this, it’s hilarious” my father stated chuckling. My eyes were fixated on Ric Flair doing a promo with the Four Horseman. I was too young to really understand what was happening but was my eyes were captivated by Ric Flairs excitement and words. I sat down indian style and watched the rest of the show. I am sure that there are many like me remember when they were exposed to wrestling. In my teenage years I can recall going to a book store and seeing a WOW (World of Wrestling) magazine. This is when I had discovered that there were territories of wrestling. I was fascinated. As the years had gone by I watched the AWA on ESPN, WCW, and the WWE. I became a proud fan. I was aware that wrestling was predetermined but I appreciated the athleticism, storylines, and action in the ring. I appreciated WCW more than the WWE because the style of wrestling was traditional. I was also a fan of the heel than the babyface. I loved Chris Jericho, Ric Flair, Rick Rude, and Paul Orndorff. I was never a big Hogan fan until he was “Hollywood” Hulk Hogan. I had a brother in law who was also a wrestling fan. When the WWE PPV’s were on I would go over my sister’s house. We would order pizza and watch the PPV. It was a blast. I definitely associate wrestling with my youth. Now I am a happily married man and still watch wrestling. I had moved from Ohio to Georgia for a job and glad that happened. Georgia is one of the southern states where independent wrestling is big. I have had the opportunity to see independent wrestling and enjoy it. My wife actually watches it on TV and gives us something to talk about. I am a subscriber to the WWE Network and enjoy most of it. I appreciate the history and the evolution of the industry.
Why am I bringing this up? There is speculation that Destination America is cancelling TNA in the fall of 2015. If that is true then I will be personally devastated. I don’t want the WWE to be the only wrestling I watch. TNA has to be on a network to survive. Whether it’s TNA or WWE I truly appreciate all the work that is done. Whether it’s a wrestler, behind the scenes or management it is a lot of work and sacrifice. A wrestler has to go through a training process and work in the independent promotions making only a little bit of money. They are sacrificing their bodies regularly to entertain people. It’s a dark business. I have read a lot of biographies of wrestlers to come to this conclusion. The ones who are successful are the ones who are doing it for the right reasons. They are passionate about what they do and it’s just not about the money. This is a major reason why I am drawn to this business. In general wrestlers respect each other.
I now have the opportunity to write my opinions on this website. I am blessed. To some degree all of us are critics when watching wrestling. All I ask moving forward as a fan appreciate what you are watching. It’s not a science to find the next Stone Cold Steve Austin. Everyone tries their best. These wrestlers, creative teams, management all have bills just like me. Appreciate the hard work that is given.