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The Lost Art Of Selling

08 August 2015 - 07:45 PM

Today I'm going to (as the title suggests) talk about how wrestlers don't sell moves and because of it fans expect more habits from the Attitude Era to be brought back such as blood and swearing.


The fact of the matter is you don't really need blood and swearing to make good, entertaining shows to watch as for example; Lucha Underground is one of the most interesting wrestling promotions to watch because of the matches they have and how the women are viewed as equally in the ring. In this day and age for blood to be brought back is just something that is frankly impossible! As the products become much bigger than it was before and it's associated itself with more charitable campaigns and sponsors. So, what's one way to get people to believe in WWE and to show that wrestling isn't fake? It's simple, the art of selling.


Selling a move nowadays has been swept under the rubble by the wrestlers as a whole, and here's why under-selling a move is bad for the business entirely and the wrestlers in the ring. First of all, it's bad for business because everyone will just take it as being fake and nothing but an act which is what some of my friends do to be quite honest. But, also by that being the case it means therefore wrestling as a whole will be taken less seriously because less face it, nearly everyone's heard of WWE and they one hundred percent know who a guy like John Cena is. It's also bad for the guy doing the move because it hurts their credibility and makes fans question whether his finisher for example really is good enough to get the job done. By, selling the move it makes it more believable and then when a person just happens to kick out of a finisher which is what happens when someone does so from a tombstone Piledriver or Attitude Adjustment.


Today I'm going to talk about moves that nowadays aren't sold to it's fullest potential and it's not just me that's saying this Stone Cold Steve Austin and Paul Heyman have also spoken about this too.

Let's start off with the DDT. Arguably, one of the most dangerous moves in wrestling... "Wait, what Tomal you're deluded"

Let me finish, back in the days this move was the equivalent to the Dudley Boys finisher; once they hit the move the opponent doesn't get back up. But, instead nowadays when someones hit with a DDT they get up and act like it didn't even hurt them one bit although I do give credit to three guys in particular who know how to sell: Dolph Ziggler, Seth Rollins and Rob... Van... Dam!

But I'll talk about those three amazing performers later on.

In addition, the DDT is so overused that it has lost it's effect on the fans and matches over time as now it's just seen as a spot for the wrestlers to regain stamina. Wrestling isn't just about high flying moves, it's also about technical ability and other aspects back in the day the DDT was a finish, now the DDT is a regular move yet most fans are annoyed with the entertainment side of the WWE, they have slowly forgotten about the ground mat style too and that's all because of how creative has handled and decided what to do for a specific wrestler.


Another move that's hardly sold is the dropkick, as before it was actually considered a major move and even The Rock's father, Rocky Johnson used it as his finisher and he won matches like that. But, yet now it's seen as a normal hit but by selling it poorly it makes the fans feel it's a pointless and easy move to do, but yet people don't acknowledge how hard it actually is to hit a perfect dropkick, not matter what type of variation it is although I do respect Finn Balors dropkick and how his opponents sell it.


Moreover, the suplex is a move that has by far been less and less sold as the years go by.


Even though, Brock Lesnar's Suplex's are done amazingly the fact people count the number he does and the opponent gets up constantly shows it as a move that doesn't do to much damage as it once did; this also goes for normal front to front Suplex's as Curt Henning used to win matches with that specific move and now it's a regular part of matches. Although, I'm not saying it's bad we see these moves I think seeing too much of it hinders the legitimacy of the moves and gives off the aurora that the move doesn't hurt. In addition, I think when other wrestlers use other moves from other wrestlers it takes away the effect of it which I hope isn't happening to the Stunner as Cena has been recently doing and the thing is no one knows how to sell it, because it a unorthodox move and then this may then make the Stone Cold Stunner look less attractive, but then again Steve Austin has said on he doesn't mind when Cena performs it so if he's got no problem with it then why should we. As back then if a wrestler wanted to do a certain move that was associated with another superstar, he'd practically have to go and ask for his permission.

The art of selling needs to be brought back, because it brings people more into the WWE and professional wrestling and I'll give you two examples that I've seen:

Seth Rollins and Randy Orton at WrestleMania


When this move was hit, I replayed it and recorded it on Snapchat (as is common with most things nowadays) what happened the day after is my friends came up to me, saw it and told me the RKO was amazing and they reminisced how they used to watch it, that RKO was one of the reasons why my friend ,who used to watch WWE, came back to it and now he loves it more than ever. Moreover, I think Rollins deserves more credit as the elevation he got and the way he sold it was phenomenal as so was the catch by Orton.

Cedric Alexander and Candice LeRae


This is pretty recent and it's become viral all over social media and it's a video, vine or gif of Cedric Alexander demolishing Candice LeRae. This alone I'm sure got Cedric Alexander trending on twitter and it made people make memes out of it, and these were people who didn't even follow wrestling! This not only brought fresh eyes to wrestling, but it also generated the vine to be looped more than a million times!

These are just two examples of how something like selling a move for that second longer could expand this business as a whole even more.

Differences In The Culture and Attitude Towards Wrestling

07 August 2015 - 10:52 PM

This is a blog not talking bad about anything to do with WWE or the wrestlers involved, but it's the differences I notice between the American and Japanese attitudes towards Wrestling. It will also talk about the different cultures and how wrestlers act differently and this will be done using the two world renowned promotions; World Wrestling Entertainment and New Japan Pro Wrestling.


First of all, one thing is interaction between the fans and wrestlers; and how there's a barrier. This stops the fans from truly connecting with wrestlers and that's probably why WWE release network specials to do that.




As in Japan, from what I've heard through the podcasts Fergal Devitt and Karl Anderson have done with Sam Roberts (and Katie Lineldoll) the fans are the ones who actually treat the wrestlers who perform that night, as fans who can afford going to the restaurant in Japan would go out and take their favourite wrestlers out to eat, they'll even take real hits from the wrestlers themselves, just to get a taster session of what it's like; as the Superkick gif above shows and this YouTube clip of Fergal Devitt (Finn Balor) back chopping a fan shows...



... how much respect the fans have for the business and how much they appreciate what the wrestlers do in that squared circle. I think it's pretty amazing how the fans can go out and eat with wrestlers because it brings it down to a more personal level and if the fans can connect with who the wrestlers truly are then their love for the business grows with that and that's clearly evident in any NJPW show or even WWE: Beast In The East, as the fans don't really care about cheering for all the heels (because it's the cool thing to do) but they take the product for what it truly is e.g when John Cena & Chris Jericho made their entrances the fans cheered really loudly.


However in the WWE, the wrestler - fan relationship is one where the connection is met through TV screens and paying money for meet and greets. In addition, nowadays fans having dinner with wrestlers is wrong because of the pride people have, as why would wrestlers be taken out to lunch by fans, if fans act like "He makes way more money than me!"




It would be seen as strange for fans to go out and eat with superstars, because there's almost something separating the two. But what? We're all human aren't we, I mean you may have a lot of things in common with your favourite WWE superstars; such as a guy like Daniel Bryan who seems pretty cool and imagine the banter. I've heard a few WWE superstars say that even they'd love to just talk to fans and people but that's very limited due to, their busy schedules. But still wouldn't be cool if you were to go and have dinner with superstars like Cesaro and Xavier Woods.


Now, I'll talk about the differences in the attitudes towards wrestling.




As in Japan, young wrestlers: clean, dine and cook for the veterans. This is great to hear because it humbles any young rookie who thinks they're all that and it helps them grow in life. As the more they cook and dine for the veterans or wash their clothing - they're learning life skills which they can use for their own lives. Moreover, the respect is mutual as the veterans take the rookies out to eat and show appreciation for what they're doing.

In addition, the dojo itself has been regarded the toughest training centres in the world today, in terms of becoming a professional wrestler or fighter. The tasks they are put through are so tough and hard, that it's almost an insult how it's not deemed "Tough Enough"


Also, this gives young wrestlers more respect for the veterans and the wrestlers beforehand, if you don't believe me then here are a few wrestlers who've honed their craft in Japan: Eddie Guerrero, Chris Jericho, Finn Balor, Dean Malenko, Antonio Inoki, Hideo Itami and Jushin Thunder Liger.




However, in the WWE the training system is respectively based on the entertainment side of things as well as wrestling, which I appreciate it because its helping them grow and learn how to use that in any future roles they may do possibly with Movies e.g John Cena, Randy Orton and now Dean Ambrose.


(Remember I'm stating differences.)


Moreover, if you consider Tough Enough to be a training programme then there's a prime example of why rookies to this business or company should carry the veterans bags and such, as is done in other promotions such as NJPW and even the NBA!


I think without that, there's no respect barrier and this means a lot of cocky youth will just think that it's not important to know about the people who have cleared the pathway for them. As is clearly evident in Tough Enough.


I feel the attitudes towards wrestling is not taking as seriously than in Japan, as a few people view this just as a stepping stone.


Those are differences in cultures and attitudes that I've noticed.


Thanks for reading peeps and keep in mind I stated differences, I didn't speak bad about WWE or NJPW for that matter.



A Poem By DragonAge: 1:30

27 March 2015 - 08:54 AM

I was born so I wrote this Poem, it's about the risks you take to pursue your dreams. Hope you like it.

1:30 am
In two separate estates
Two thirty year olds
Unexpectedly wake

One Similar dream
Two separate reactions
One of them hides
The other takes action

Both dreaming in red
The color of passion
Both rationalize
But only of them laughing

One on the left
And one on the right
Both of them looking
For answers tonight...

If I wake up at 80
With a weakening breath
Will I have said, maybe?
Will I have my regrets?

When both hands are shaking
And Im losing my sight
Will Ive had the courage
To have done what is right?

Two men
Same dream
One at peace and one screams
One seeing in love
And the other in greed

Only one of them listened
The other did not
Now one is left wishing
For the other mans shot

One stayed to make money
And that's all he got
Yeah he piled it high
Saved quite a lot

The other moved to the city
Was sick of the talk
Went out to live life
Really gave it a shot

But his name they soon forgot

From the outside it looks like the safe way wins out
But a handful of cash never payed off his doubts
A life full of stories vs the what ifs?
Its like living vs jumping right off of a cliff

We should all take a look
Before our vision is blurry
Theres a lot we can learn
From dreams of 1:30

Connor The Crusher To Be Inducted Into The Hall Of Fame

10 March 2015 - 08:40 AM


WWE fan Connor Michalek to receive first-ever Warrior Award at 2015 WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Connor Michalek, a Pittsburgh native and passionate WWE fan who passed away last year from cancer, will be the first-ever recipient of the Warrior Award, which will be presented each year at the WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.

The Warrior Award will be given to someone who has exhibited unwavering strength and perseverance, and who lives life with the courage and compassion that embodies the indomitable spirit of WWE Hall of Famer, The Ultimate Warrior. This year, the award will be presented by The Ultimate Warrior's widow, Dana Warrior, and WWE Superstar Daniel Bryan to Steve Michalek, Connor's father.

With the love of his family and WWE Superstars, as well as the tremendous care by Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, Connor battled cancer like a true warrior for as long as he could, and his charisma made him a local celebrity in Pittsburgh. Connor's spirit inspired WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon and WWE Executive Vice President of Talent, Live Events & Creative, Paul "Triple H" Levesque to launch "Connor's Cure," a fund dedicated to furthering Pediatric cancer research.

"On behalf of my family, we are truly humbled and honored that WWE will present an award in my husband's name each year at the WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony," said Dana Warrior. "Connor displayed all of the positive traits that Warrior stood for, and he is the perfect recipient for this inaugural award. I am sure that Warrior is smiling today, knowing that this award is being given to a true warrior."

"My family is forever grateful for the gift that WWE, its Superstars, Divas and executives gave to Connor," said Steve Michalek. "They made him smile and encouraged him to continue fighting. His visits backstage, and his time in the ring with Daniel Bryan, brought Connor true joy and undoubtedly extended his life, giving us more time with him. Now, with this award and Connor's Cure, Connor's legacy will live on."

"Connor Michalek had a profound impact on so many people," said McMahon. "His spirit and love of life were so strong, you would have never known he was sick. I can think of no better way to honor Connor, than by recognizing him with our highest honor, the first fan to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, as a Warrior."

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08 March 2015 - 08:35 PM