Posted by Alex Barie
The past couple of weeks have really opened my eyes about the current state of the wrestling business. I can go on and on about what I see differently, but I am focusing on the age of wrestlers and how it misleads to the wrestling fans, but more so the IWC!
I analyze the wrestling business from the production of the television shows to the business decisions that are made in order to make the most amount of money. That’s what my Facebook and Twitter page is all about! I give analysis about what is going on in the wrestling business and I form an opinion. Going to TNA Wrestling‘s Impact Wrestling show almost three weeks ago as well as writing the IW Blog Zone last week really helped me see some things about TNA, and WWE, that I didn’t see earlier.
One huge topic that really isn’t brought up is the age in wrestling. I certainly think this is an appropriate time because Sting just became the #1 Contender for the TNA World Title. He will fight for the title at TNA Slammiversary against Bully Ray. The IWC were vocal, as always, about the decision to make Sting the contender. It made me think whether I or if they were missing something.
First off, I am a big fan of Sting. Sting is one of the biggest names in the wrestling business and he never fought inside a WWE ring. Usually we think every big name goes through the WWE. The WWE is the monster. They are the top dog, so all of the big names had to have went there. Sting is the exception. Even though Sting is a huge name in this business, he is 54 years old. How great does that look on paper? Saying a 54 year old guy is fighting for the title is a turnoff, right? On the flip side, saying Sting is fighting for the title is a turn on, right? It all depends who you ask. You can ask a 10 year old or a 47 year old. You can ask a casual fan or a member of the IWC. Everyone has their own opinion. What is quite funny, though, is how the IWC reacts to this.
Plain and simple, the IWC did not like the decision to have Sting go for the TNA World Title. They say he is old. Well, how old is too old? Can we really put a number on what is too old in the wrestling business? I see it as talent and how they can work. If they can work, they can compete. If they can give a “Match of the Year” then I have no problem that they go after the title. Sting may not be at his prime right now, but he can very well work. I saw him in action when I went to Impact Wrestling a few weeks ago, and, honestly, I didn’t his age affect him. I didn’t see him struggle or a slow down. Sting was flying all around the ring. He can work!
I want to give you some insight on a few stars where their age did not affect their push to the top for a title reign:
The Undertaker’s last title reign was in 2010. His reign lasted months but ended in early 2010 when he fought in an Elimination Chamber match. Undertaker, at that time, was 44 years old. When he was holding the title, I did not see anyone whine and complain about it. I sure wasn’t. Why? Because people love The Undertaker. The IWC respect him. They pretty much drool every time he goes to have a match. They certainly should! The Undertaker is now 48 years old. 48 years old and he had the “Match of the Night” at Wrestlemania 28 and quite possibly the “Match of the Year” that night. Some people have have questioned if he can still work before his match, but no one questioned his ability after the math. Undertaker is 48 years old and can still work just as good as a 25 year old. He may be better than half of the WWE roster. Were people complaining that he was eating time up on the card where some young gun could have had that spot?
Kane’s held the World Heavyweight Championship in 2010, after cashing in his Money in the Bank briefcase. Kane was 43 years old then. Were people complaining? No… in fact, I seen people praise WWE for the decision because Kane did not have a title reign in awhile. Yes, again, that was the IWC. Shouldn’t they have been pushing for younger talent? Kane is now 46 years old and he is one half of the WWE Tag Team Champions. He is showcased pretty much every single week. He is over with the crowd. Yet, people aren’t saying that the title should go to someone younger. Yet, they aren’t saying he should be off the show. Should he? Absolutely not, but it makes the IWC contradict themselves.
The Rock was WWE Champion earlier this year. He held the title for a couple months, but it was still a reign. While the IWC attacked WWE, Rock, and his title reign, they attacked it because he wasn’t on WWE Raw every week. A champion heading into Wrestlemania very well should be showcased every show leading to the pay-per-view. The strange thing is, no one mentioned his age. He was 40 years old while holding the title. Certainly he is younger than Undertaker or Kane, and even Sting, but I want to ask how old is too old? Couldn’t the little time Rocky was on go to someone like Dolph Ziggler or Drew McIntyre?
Bully Ray is 41 years old and is the current TNA World Champion. When Bully won the title, the whole IWC talked about the swerve as Ray joined Aces & 8s. He announced himself The President of the faction. Before that, in 2010, Bully turned from face to heel as he attacked his long-time partner Devon. Ray’s work all through 2011 was praised by the entire IWC. Ray was the best heel in TNA, and quite possibly the best heel in all of wrestling at that time. Ray got heat every single night. He played the character so well. He proved himself on the mic and he worked in the ring. He was the package. When he turned face, the IWC got bored of him. They really didn’t find him too entertaining. Now he is heel again and the champion. Is the age 41 too old for the wrestling business? I don’t know because I praise him for his current work on the mic and in the ring.
I really wanted to bring Christopher Daniels up in this post. While Daniels hasn’t been the TNA World Champion yet, the whole IWC wants him to be. They love his work from the mic to in the ring. They love his character. I constantly see them talk about him in such positive ways. I seen plenty of them say that they want Daniels as TNA World Champion. Do they know how old Daniels is? He’s 43 years old. Did they know that or were they playing it off?
There really isn’t any age that is too old for the wrestling business. You can be 20 years young but can’t work in the ring at all, but you can be 45 years old and still put the “Match of the Year!” I certainly want wrestling companies push young stars. The young wrestlers are the future. At the same time, the veterans of this business are not only good for business, but they still can work. Even when the older stars shouldn’t work, like Ric Flair or Bret Hart, the IWC goes crazy when they show up on WWE. The IWC likes to attack anything they can get their hands on, yet they contradict themselves time after time.
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