I have had some personal problems (I am basically homeless). I have another blog where I discuss that. I love wrestling, it is my favorite thing in the world…but not having a place to stay of my own and not having a television has made me prioritize how I spend my time. One thing I should mention is that it is not being on the streets that has made me change my priorities. Luckily I have only spent three nights without a place to stay since being evicted in April. It is just finding a place to stay (that is affordable) is exhausting and I am still a freelance writing tutor so there is much less time to watch wrestling like I used to because I often do not know where I will be until nighttime. So how does this affect what I watch and when? Let’s go through it. It should be noted that I am a completest so the goal is to watch everything.
Raw and Smackdown: I still watch these on time. The latest I have been is a few weeks ago, I didn’t finish watching Smackdown until Wednesday afternoon. That is probably not a big deal to most of you, but before the eviction I always watched Raw and Smackdown live as it happened. The thing with Raw and Smackdown is wrestling is a big deal (as I said above it’s my favorite thing in the world), WWE is the biggest organization and to know what is going on…I have to watch those shows in a timely fashion.
NXT: I’m two episodes behind. It would be more, but I decided to watch the 5-6 episodes I was behind before Takeover so that I would be up to date.
ROH: I am up to the July 26th episode. I will watch everything I missed before Death before Dishonor next Friday.
GFW: I just finished the first match of Anniversary…so I am way behind.
New Japan: I’m trying to watch this past weekends event. I was right on time with the G1. I did not watch any of the shows live, but I had watched each day of the event by the next night.
I would say that as a wrestling fan that I am a positive fan. I find reasons to enjoy the show. The biggest reason for that is there is no wrestler that I actively dislike. I do like some more than others and I like some much more than others. At the same time, I can become invested in any act that is used properly or that I find entertaining. In other words, there is no wrestler that is inherently a waste of my time just by his or her appearance. That mentality is about 80 percent of the reason why I enjoy wrestling more often than not.
I mentioned in my last post that I think business before personal enjoyment when I discuss wrestling, but that doesn’t mean that in act that is designed to draw that doesn’t or isn’t designed to draw doesn’t entertain me. Steve Austin’s heel run in 2001 was a big business mistake, but I still enjoyed his matches and promos. I should have put this in the last post, but if fits here…I can enjoy Austin’s heel run at the moment and in retrospect and still acknowledge that (at least in hindsight) should not have been done. What I am saying is that I am inclined to like things that draw interest, but I also like things just because I like them.
I watch Raw, Smackdown, Impact, NXT, ROH television every week. I also watch every WWE and ROH PPV and I’ve always looked forward to the shows because wrestling is my favorite form of entertainment by far so I am not nearly as hard on the shows as most people are. That is not to say that I think every show is good. In fact, I wouldn’t call most Raws “good”, but I don’t think they are as bad as most people say. I also am a huge fan of ROH and NXT and enjoy the weekly shows just as much or more than either program’s biggest fans.
I could sum up this post by saying-I smile a lot when I am watching wrestling. I’m not going to put over that trite WWE saying, but if I am smiling and/or otherwise engaged in wrestling a good deal of the time-it means that I am a positive wrestling fan. Final note, I wonder what most fans who say this wrestler or this program or this company “sucks” would say in response to this question.
By the way, you can take this all with the proverbial grain of salt because I liked Elizabeth Rohm as Serena Southerlyn…I think that makes me an “easy fan”
I watch ROH every week now that it is on Destination America. I live in New York so I didn’t get a chance to watch the syndicated version on television. I read the spoilers, but I never watched the show on television even though I could have watched it on the ROH website-I just didn’t. Now I do watch every week and I watched the PPV on Friday.
Just wanted to give an update because I read my first “real” post and I saw that ROH wasn’t mentioned-because at the time I didn’t watch.
I have been watching wrestling for 30 years and since I already have two blogs on WordPress, I decided to create a blog on my favorite subject besides myself…which is wrestling (if the first five words didn’t give you a hint).
I look forward to sharing my thoughts on not only WWE storylines and wrestlers, but also concepts about wrestling and yes some “this is what I would do if I had the book” posts.