Thursday, August 9, 2012

Benoit and Guerrero Killed the Wrestling Business?

Kevin Nash recently said the wrestling business died the moment Chris Benoit and Eddie Guerrero were given the championships and hugged in the ring. It's obvious Nash just trolled an entire bunch of wrestling fans in an attempt to get some attention.

I will say Kevin Nash is one of the smartest men in wrestling. He has made a lot of money by doing very little. Big Daddy Cool can still work the marks with the best of them.

Nash also had one of the lowest drawing years as WWF Champion ever. Granted, when he turned heel towards the end, his character really improved. Right before he went out the door for a lot of money in WCW, he was doing well.

The Death of WCW was the one thing that killed the wrestling business. Once WCW died, the wrestling business was off of the rails. Plus the instant gratification of the television industry has caused it hard for any new companies to get a foothold in the business.

If there is a change of the guard in Spike TV, TNA would be dead. TNA has improved, but so did WCW in the last few months of its existence. We all know what happened with World Championship Wrestling. Ring of Honor would have been dead by the end of 2011 if Sinclair Broadcasting had not stepped in.

To this day, Ring of Honor had some good matches, but there are loyalists and that is pretty much it. The ROHbots are a loyal bunch after all.

WWE is wrestling to the mainstream. Well technically WWF is wrestling, over ten years later, and some people in the news media get things wrong.

Back to Nash's comments, it should be stated Chris Benoit and Eddie Guerrero were not the traditional world champions. Nash said they would not get noticed in the airport. One point we fail to mention is it's WWE's job to make their wrestler's look important. WWE has failed with this constantly. You see how Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage were promoted back in the 1980s. Even, the Rock, Stone Cold Steve Austin, and Triple H in the 1990s. Hell, Mick Foley looked like a homeless person (no offense, Mick), but he was promoted well and he is a household name.

Nash is the low mark of the recognized star scale. He was smart enough to make a lot of money.

Eddie Guerrero had bad end, even if he entertained many fans. Chris Benoit entertained many fans with his performance in the ring over the years until June of 2007. Naturally, after Benoit murdered his wife and young son, before he committed suicide, that ugly cloud will always follow his life. Many fans cannot watch his matches to this day for good reason. The Benoit murder-suicide held long term ramifications for today and the modern WWE product still has the taint of it.

Then again, the mentality stars should look a certain way and should be noticed at an airport lead to their tragic ends. Then again, Nash is a carny, he always followed the money. He also knows how to work the marks.

Regardless, he just gave the Wrestling Emporium some content, so thanks Nash.

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