You never get used to this one. Wrestling is one of the most fascinating sports in the world as you never know what you are going to see. The problem is there are a lot of people, certainly myself included, who know that they know that they know what they are going to see in wrestling and get annoyed when something doesn’t go as they expect. That can lead to some curve balls and that was the case again over the weekend, albeit in a very good way this time around.
On Sunday at the Royal Rumble, Edge made his return to the ring (and almost wound up winning the whole thing). The following night on Monday Night Raw, it seemed pretty clear that Edge vs. Randy Orton was set up for WrestleMania 36. The fans certainly seemed happy to see Edge and were even more upset when Orton attacked him. Edge is someone who still connects with the crowd and that is not exactly surprising given that this is something that shouldn’t have happened.
Back in 2011, Edge was forced to retire due to a severe neck injury. It was one of the most emotional moments you’ll see in wrestling in a long time as, not only was Edge forced to vacate his World Heavyweight Championship, but he also had to walk away from what he loved. As emotional of a moment as the speech was, it also feels like it was a lifetime ago. That makes what happened all the more impactful.
Yeah forget this one:
When I say it shouldn’t be happening, I don’t mean Edge shouldn’t have been allowed to get back in the ring. The medical staff has said that he is healthy enough and if they clear him, most fans are not going to be able to argue. What I mean is that this is something that you never would have seen coming, and yet here it is. This is something that has happened more than once over the last few years and it is something that makes wrestling so much more fun to watch.
Over the last few years we have seen one shocker after another, from Daniel Bryan returning to the ring after more than three years off, CM Punk returning to WWE TV after five and a half years (and a lot of hullabaloo in the meantime) and a women’s match main eventing WrestleMania (in addition to the Women’s Revolution in general, which is something that came out of nowhere as well).
I have been watching wrestling for over thirty years and I’m a good bit obsessed with it. To this day I have yet to miss an episode of Monday Night Raw since it debuted over twenty seven years ago and I don’t see that changing anytime soon. I haven’t missed an Impact or a SmackDown in over ten years and have seen every major pay per view since the concept began. I know that might seem a bit insane, but this is what I love to do and I don’t see it changing anytime soon.
Who would have seen this coming:
It’s the general feeling that you never know what you might see when you watch a wrestling show. Sure a lot of them can be predictable, but every now and then you get a curve ball with some kind of a hot angle or a great promo or even an entertaining match that you might not have seen coming. Sometimes a new star can be made (like Drew McIntyre winning the Royal Rumble, a few hours after Bianca Belair tore through the women’s Royal Rumble and looked unstoppable for a good while) and it makes for some very entertaining, as well as surprising, viewing.
That’s what makes wrestling so much fun. With no off season, there is little reason to need to set up for anything major other than WrestleMania. You never know when you might see something big happen in July, October, January or any other given time of the year. That makes things so much more interesting from week to week than any other given wrestling show.
It’s a big part of why I keep watching wrestling every single week. While a lot of the shows can be a big downgrade, you never know when you might see something entertaining that comes out of nowhere and draws you right back in. With so much content every single week, there is almost always something going on in a given week that could suck you right back in again. That opens up so many more possibilities and gives you (or at least me) a feeling that you don’t want to miss the show because you never know what might be taking place that week.
With a tear in my eye:
Of course you’re not going to get some big shocker every single week but seeing them come out of nowhere can be such a relief. It’s like getting that one big bit of effort and energy after some sluggish weeks. Monday Night Raw and SmackDown are often presenting a lot more of the bad than good, but then on Sunday I heard the start of Metalingus (Edge’s theme) and it had me getting excited all over again. That’s the kind of feeling that you get when something is going right and when wrestling does it well, that’s where it can all click for you.
That’s the situation in any wrestling company. Maybe it’s WWE, Ring of Honor, AEW, the NWA, Impact Wrestling or your local independent promotion. There is a feeling that you can get watching wrestling that you don’t get anywhere else. It’s a different and unique world that changes at the drop of a hat and that makes things every fun to watch.
Wrestling is a fantasy world come to live with characters who go completely over the top with almost everything they do. It makes you wonder just where things are going to go next and gives you a break from the real world for a few hours a week. Sometimes you see something that you didn’t believe was possible, and I wouldn’t want to miss that.
Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at kbwrestlingreviews.com, or check out his- Amazon author page with 30 wrestling books. His latest book is KB’s Complete 2004 Monday Night Raw Reviews.
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