We all know that professional wrestling is cyclical. Not just in its popularity through the years, but in the storylines from month to month. Professional wrestling fans have been trained that the most important time of the year is from January through WrestleMania. It’s the Road to WrestleMania after all. But after the part timer wrestlers depart, the casual viewers head to hibernation for another year, what’s left is the diehard fans. The fans that will watch no matter how entertaining or terrible the product can be. For three quarter of the year, WWE can be especially frustrating because of this. For every John Cena vs. Kevin Owens classic, we get the annual Big Show heel turn and Kane world championship program. As loyalists, we know this, we accept this, and we deal with this.
Any outside observer, if they weren’t yelling at us for liking wrestling in the first place, would simply ask, “why do you bother watching?” It’s a fair question. You can read a thousand columns on the internet explaining why wrestling sucks right now. You can read why the return of Sting was to get WWE network buys and was a massive flop or why the return of the Brock Lesnar vs. the Undertaker feud, is a year too late. You can definitely read across the internet about why Cesaro and Dolph Ziggler both need to be pushed to the moon or how atrocious the Divas Revolution has been or how much of a disaster Seth Rollins’ WWE title reign has been. But where can you read five things that are good about WWE right now? If your guess was SportsGrid, you’ve come to the right place.
As much of a smark as I am, (and a big reader of Wreddit) I agree with all of those potential columns I listed above. I want to see Cesaro and Dolph Ziggler pushed to the moon. I think the Divas Revolution has been entirely mishandled. Seeing Seth Rollins lose clean to a John Cena move that Kevin Owens has kicked out of 397 times, and then going on to beat the VIGILANTE Sting, made absolutely no sense. I agree that NXT is the product to watch every week. I can write 3,000 words on what WWE should do to make the product better and make it something that all of you reading want to watch. However, in accordance with the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah, it’s a new year. A year that I’m going to be more positive. I Bo-Lieve in WWE. Here’s why you should too.