Thirty Days of Dougie III – Day 8: Wrestling, Blessings and Bears… Oh My!
November 28, 2013
So the turkey is in the oven and things are proceeding fairly well here at the Maynard / Brannan household. I was going to take a nap, but what the heck. Instead of doing that and wasting the morning, I’d much rather just sit here and do my “Thirty Days” piece. I’m not going to do the “Magic Box” thing today. Instead, I’m just going to ramble about whatever comes across my mind. Some of the things already going through my head are how to freshen up the WWE and “sports-entertainment”, some of the things I’m thankful for, some people that are on my mind and Lord knows what else.
Doesn’t this sound like it should be a fun read?
Let’s start off with the easy thing and that’s the WWE and the world’s greatest sport, pro wrestling. It’s stale and boring more often than not and there’s a reason for that. There are only so many matches that a company can have using the same five or ten people. They need new blood. The good thing about the old “territory days” was that there were constantly people coming and going and the dynamics never remained the same for long. Someone would come in, stay a year or so, and then when they start to seem over-exposed, they were gone and we had someone else coming in.
And now, with these contracts and long-term deals, we get the same people over and over and over. How many John Cena versus Randy Orton matches are we supposed to watch before we get tired of it and start tuning out?
Obviously, giving the wrestlers rest periods, three or four month intervals to “refresh the gimmick” and what not isn’t really feasible. If the WWE is paying someone several hundred thousand dollars a year, they’re not going to let them sit and home and not be used. So what should a company do?
More “short term deals” like the WWE recently did with Chris Jericho and RVD. Bring “names” in for short durations to add name value, fresh matches and build the brands. Wouldn’t it be great to just see random names pop up from time to time, coming to the company for a set goal or to achieve revenge against someone. And if they get over and sign on for longer deals, so be it and if they only work three months or six months, that’s cool too. Keep a permanent set of characters – the “home team” if you will, and keep others coming and going (older names, Japanese stars, Lucha stars, etc) to spice up the cards.
And if someone is getting a bit stale or over-exposed, let them go to NXT for a while or to the WWE Performance Center and use them to teach and mentor the up-and-coming talents and future WWE stars. They could still be working, but not on the main television so they would have a chance to kind of freshen themselves and their characters up.
I understand that the WWE main roster and “top level status guys” is kind of thin right now, but the WWE can’t go on with the same faces at the top time and time again. It just doesn’t work. Don’t punish the guys like Zack Ryder or Dolph who get themselves over. Use them and make the people happy. Just change things up from time to time and make the matches original and meaningful. It’s not an easy fix for the WWE to be sure, but it needs to be done.
Let’s move on.
Today is Thanksgiving. And in the spirit of this day, I want to just mention a few things that I’m thankful for in my life.
Flash forward – it’s now 3:19am on Friday morning. I never got any farther than the line above and got distracted and told myself I’d be right back to finish this. Looks like I was wrong. That’s been happening a lot lately. So here I am, almost fourteen hours later, and I guess I should go ahead and finish this.
So what am I thankful for? It’s hard to really talk about this because right now, at this particular moment, I’m not very thankful or thrilled with anything or anyone. Cooked for over five hours and ended up here alone. Sent plates to all of my family members, but didn’t actually see or talk to anyone except for Ma and that was kind of moot for me today. I have no job. I have very few real friends. And my future? Looks pretty damn bleak too. It just kind of hit me today that I don’t have a job and the main people I’ve been spending my time with and who I consider my friends, that’s just superficial bullshit! I’ve been gone from the store for a week as of tomorrow (today actually) and I have yet to hear from a single person at that store or company asking “how you doing?” or just saying “hello!” Not a damn one.
And my “friends”. I’m not knocking them. Ken and Tam have gone out of their way to look out for me and make me feel like I mean something to someone, but hell, they have so much going on and so many problems of their own that it’s not right or fair for me to depend on them or ask them for anything. And that leaves… just me. And right now, to be honest, I don’t have a fucking clue what to do next. I won’t give up. That’s for damn sure, but that’s more from being a stubborn-ass than anything else. I’m just lost right now.
I love my family, but I can’t relate to or understand most of them. I love and appreciate my friends and acquaintances, but what I have to do and deal with is not something they should have to bother with and can’t relate to. It’s my party and someone has to pay the band and that someone is me. Nobody else.
I’m thankful that I’m alive and breathing. I guess that’s a good thing. And that I do have some friends who can relate, to a point. And I’m glad that this day of friendship and togetherness and such is over. Hard to deal with when a person doesn’t have those things and is standing on the outside looking in. Better to move on to another day and quit dwelling on it. I’m thankful that life goes on. But then again, if I died tomorrow, would anyone really give a hoot anyhow? A few might frown and cry and some would be upset because they lose their meal ticket, but for the most part, it would make for some gossip and talk on FB for a day or two and then nothing. That’s how life goes and how things are. I really am not a happy person right now. Bleh!!
And now I’m thankful that this is over. I’m going to bed.