The Icon 152 Posted April 24, 2006 Share Posted April 24, 2006 For most wrestling fans it’s the land of the giants, for some it’s the start and end of their wrestling fix. Everybody wants to watch it, most wrestlers want to be there but is World Wrestling Entertainment really the be all and end all? Is it really so that every wrestler aspires to work in WWE? More importantly should they do so? Well mostly yes, but there are those that steer clear of McMahon land and those that should have. It’s not called the land of the giants for nothing, every promoter has wrestlers they like to work with. Most choose ‘big men’ and Vince is the leader of this pack. Vince assumes big men make money, small men don’t and in his mind that is the reason for pushing big men over small men when ever possible. Is this actually so, well that depends on how you look at it the worst drawing champ for WWE(f) was Kevin Nash a big man. That said Bret Hart and HBK didn’t draw much better in those days either. Leaving that aside let’s get back to the topic, should every wrestler aspire to work for Vince? It’s no secret that certain wrestlers, cruisers most notably don’t get pushed a whole lot. That doesn’t stop them looking for work in WWE though. Look at CM Punk for example he practically fell over himself to get a WWE job and still hasn’t appeared. Looking at somebody who actually has appeared, Ultimo Dragon. When UD signed his contract he must surely have known Vince’s track record would mean a stalled push. Did he care? Seems not as he signed anyway. You see Vince and the bookers had never seen a Dragon, or Punk match either, and requested some dark matches. Vince took one look at his style in these dark matches and saw it was as far from WWE style as possible. (Think HHH or Cena) Vince doesn’t care very much about how good you are in your previous company nor how over you are. If you can’t wrestle like a WWE star you don’t get pushed. Smaller Indy wrestlers have to realise this but they sign anyway. Then there’s the strict order of who gets pushed in WWE, you have to pay your dues in WWE no matter who you are before you break through the glass ceiling. (There are a few exceptions but again most of them are big men Goldberg, Lesnar, Boogeyman.) Smaller Wrestlers always quote the same thing though, wrestler X who is 5ft 8 and 220 pounds got a push. The names giving are usually Hurricane / Gregory Helms, Taijiri and of Course Mesterio. It’s true all Three got quite good pushes, although only Rey became a main eventer. What you have to realise though is there are always exceptions. Taijiri got pushed for one reason, he allowed himself to be the typical Grinning (face) or Sneaky (Heel) Oriental wrestler. Hurricane got pushed because the fans really took to him, but even that didn’t save him from mid card hell. As for Rey he’s a special attraction that’s why so few luchadores ever work for WWE. Some wrestlers and fans would argue there is no real alternative to WWE these days, as good as TNA is it’s still a small fish. Still though it has the X- Division where smaller wrestlers are pushed, mostly anyway. I say mostly lets look at on case where it didn’t happen. The late Crash Holly was jobbed left, right and centre in WWE and then realised. TNA signed him but did they push him, no of course not why would they. Crash had jobbed in WWE for well over a year and if TNA had brought him in to beat one of their own it would just belittle said TNA star. So you see even if you do join WWE and leave for TNA (or elsewhere) you might still have ruined your chances because of WWE. It’s not just smaller wrestlers of course, their bigger counterparts often fall into the WWE trap too. Look at D’lo and Val Venis they are good on the mic and can work well but still got buried. The same for Raven and Ron Killings and of Course Mike Awesome. Still all the above at least got a big push even if it didn’t last. Then there’s the health aspect. Look at Spike Dudley, it’s no secret his body is falling apart, and it’s because of his whipping boy job in WWE. Taka Michinoku, Jerry Lynn, Perry Saturn, Tazz (pre commentator) & Dean Malenko all superb workers but how many main evented in WWE not one. Most of the above have main evented elsewhere or at least came close. Don’t let me put you off though if you are an Indy wrestler reading this you could be one of the lucky ones but here’s a parting word. What may seem like a shrewd career move, big money face on national TV, may just kill your career. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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