Even though it never really left, I think it’s for real this time. Pro wrestling and/or Sports Entertainment is slowly becoming popular again. Sure, it will never be close to being as cool as it was in the 80’s and late 90’s. However, I’m starting to notice something here. Wrestling is slowly becoming hard to avoid.
TNA’s contract with SPIKE TV was not renewed but picked up by a new network that while is less known than SPIKE TV, is more accessible, Destination America. Also, there has been a buzz about this new soap opera style wrestling promotion based in LA that airs on the also new El Rey Network, called “Lucha Underground”. Then there’s the more influential company, causing the most buzz as usual, the WWE.
With the WWE Network being 8 months old, it’s possible that former fans have already gone back in time and relived all their favorite moments with their subscriptions, revitalizing their interest in “Sports Entertainment” and becoming hip to the current product. I know that’s how some celebrities and public figures like rapper Wale got back into it. He’s a HUGE fan again. Furthermore, the amount of time the WWE spends keeping the names of legends and Hall of Famers out there keeps the people who are not excited with the new roster coming back for more. Just this year, we saw an appearance by the now rehabilitated and sober, Jake “The Snake” Roberts, Hulk Hogan, The Rock, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Rowdy Roddy Piper, and so many more. Even the Ultimate Warrior rekindled his relationship with Vince McMahon and squashed all his beefs before he passed away.
The “Macho Man” Randy Savage, who was blackballed by the WWE for reasons that no one but the McMahon family can explain, factually, is finally being publicly acknowledged again by the company for his greatness and the legacy he left behind as a superstar with a new documentary about his life, which Macho Man fans have been waiting on for over a decade.
The most recent one, of course, is a man whom even after WCW was purchased by Vince McMahon, had refused to step foot in a WWE ring for as long as he lived. On Sunday night at Survivor Series, he made his WWE debut to everyone’s astonishment.
Sting! The face of WCW, the franchise! If you were conscious in the 90’s, you know who Sting is or at least, what he looks like. If you were under a rock or born too late in the 90’s, you definitely heard of him NOW. The news spread like wildfire on social media. There was no way you didn’t know about this. The same way it was trending on twitter, wrestling was trending in society. In real life. It certainly was trending in my little town. A little place called Washington Heights in New York City. A place where in the 23 years of my life, I’ve only seen 3 people wearing wrestling merch, which I spotted only this year. A place where the last wrestling promotional poster we saw around was a Wrestlemania X8 banner on the side of a city bus back in 2002. It’s making its rounds again. Wrestling is relevant to people again.
It first hit me when I went to the closest store to my house, this 24 hour Gourmet Deli, with my sister for a quick munchies run. We spent like 10 minutes picking delicious ass snacks, all while overhearing the clerk watch Monday Night RAW loudly on his phone. After we paid, my sister said, “He didn’t even look up. He was glued to that phone.” to which I replied, “That’s it. Wrestling is back.”
That was yesterday. Not even 24 hours later, I’m on my way back home from picking up some Whoppers from Burger King (Once again, food brought me to this conclusion). What I saw confirmed to me that wrestling is in fact relevant again is some way, shape, or form. Check this out.
Each parked car on this street either had a wrestler’s name or wrestling related terms on it. The whole street!
I got home and my first words to my sister were, “Wrestling is officially back.”