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Ultimate Warrior A Wrestling Retrospective. Essay

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I appreciate the argument that by retreating down the "back in my day" path that I risk echoing the words of so many veterans everywhere, but sometimes one simply must call a spade a spade. I am 33, and I feel strongly that wrestling is deeply disappointing today, and that it was far better in the 80's.I was born to this world a WWF fan but I do not give a God-damn for 99% of what is occurring in the WWE now, and I suppose that enough people are like me on this planet that Vince McMahon now is forced to start digging up the grave of past glories just to keep people tuned-in.My abiding interest in the WWF started to decline in the early 90's, came back in the late 90's and died with the death of the WCW, and the forced adoption of the name "WWE". From that moment the WWE has been garbage. It is not the wrestler's promotion; it's Vince and family, and their total lack of respect for wrestling and for WWF history.However, Vince is merely in part to blame. Without competition, he is losing his balance and perspective. The deaths of ECW and WCW were tremendous losses not only for the wrestlers, but also for wrestling and for America. For me its like factories shutting down and jobs being lost to foreigners overseas.Why do people in Japan obtain 10 different kinds fighting promotions with TV deals and spectacular cards shown for free on New Year's day while we in the USA are forced to pay 10 bucks a week to watch TNA? In the USA today, one can't even hear a boxing match on the radio let alone watch ECW on CBS. Isn't this supposed to be the future?Now regardless if its product was good or bad, for years and years the WWE suffered at telling history. They acted as if we were living in an eternal present and ignored title histories as well as other promotions, and acted instead like Big Brother. Recently they have actually started referring to past wrestlers, such as when, a couple Wrestlemania's ago, and JR mentioned the Dynamite Kid. I suppose they believed even though he can't wrestle for them anymore, they still own the rights to some old videos he made, and that people have somehow remembered him despite any recognition by the WWE's publicity machine for over a decade. In addition, in a copy of RAW magazine they compared the Superstar Billy Graham to Scott Steiner. When I heard such things, it struck me as something the WWE is only going to do out of necessity, since referring to the history of one's sport is a good idea and most of what the WWE does is stupid and assbackwards.Jesus son of the Almighty, did I just label wrestling a sport? I suppose I must still be living in the eighties. In fact, it was in 1989 that Vince McMahon "revealed" the business in front of the New Jersey state athletic commission so he could save a few dollars. When one looks at all the other ways he sold out the sport of wrestling, it makes perfect sense. Be patient and let me explain.In Mick Foley's first tome he referred to the time Ole Anderson told him a story about a...

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