Poem of the Week: ‘Round the Corner

Lucha UndergroundJust a little poem I’ve written to commemorate a new wrestling promotion that debuted on the El Rey Network this past October 29 about which I’d like to spread the word. Granted, I probably should have done so sooner for the sake of lending Lucha Underground some sort of hand, no matter how small, in helping it garner the audience it deserves, but hey, if this little tidbit of news helps in any way, shape, or form, then great! After all, for any wrestling fan who’s sick and tired of the same old song and dance that WWE and TNA have been putting on for years (although WWE seems to be undergoing some sort of change recently with its buildup to Survivor Series 2014, as indicated by this past episode of RAW), here’s a pro wrestling show that has so far aired two solid episodes of both heart-pounding action and deep yet simply executed storylines that have filled many wrestling fans with hope for the future of this long-struggling business. Also, for anyone who finds it “cheesy” that I’m writing poetry about this much-maligned form of entertainment, all I can say is that I’m sorry you feel that way. As for everyone else, hope you enjoy this latest composition of mine, ‘Round the Corner.


‘Round the Corner
October 31, 2014

Been travelling down this tunnel for one too many years,
Looking for a bright light to help lead me from my fears.
Sadly, each one I saw ‘long the way was fleeting at best,
And each place they led me to was more joyless than the rest.

Now I’ve come across another bright light at the end.
So far, it’s been shining brilliantly, but will it last, friend?
There’s only one way to find out, as far as I’m concerned,
For so far, it’s promised to bring the change for which I’ve long yearned.

How to ensure I’m right, though? That question’s on my mind.
How can I see to it that I can leave my troubles behind?
Well, for one thing, looking at this light and what it has to give
Is enough to earn my patronage and see to it that it lives.

Then, to the top of the tallest mountain I intend to climb
And shout out to the masses and share with them news sublime
About my new discovery so that they, too, can see
That the way things have been for so long ain’t what they must always be.

After all is said and done, then, who’s to say
That what I’ve stumbled upon won’t bring about better days?
Sadly, it’s up to everyone to stand by the new wave
And not allow himself or herself to carry on being a slave

To the present status quo we’ve all come to hate.
The need for change is right now, and that ain’t up for debate.
Nothing lasts forever, after all, for better or for worse,
And if one wants change, one must commit to bringing it about first.

Change is ‘round the corner, possibly for the better.
Hopefully our tomorrows will bring much brighter weather.
No more sad fixation on the same tired song and dance.
Open up your eyes, folks. Let’s all give this change a chance.


That’s it for now, folks. Thanks for stopping by, and until we meet again, feel free to click here to find out more about Lucha Underground.  Also, feel free to click here (Dalyxman) and here (GoodMicWork) for two separate opinions by two of YouTube’s more popular pro wrestling analyzers about the changes that WWE is trying to make to its product. Aside from that, though, happy reading, and here’s to whatever positive changes take place in the professional wrestling industry from here on out!

Dustin M. Weber

Author Pages: Smashwords.com



PS: Credit for the photograph used above goes to Wrestling.pt. The poem itself, however, and all opinions expressed in this post are the author’s own.


21 thoughts on “Poem of the Week: ‘Round the Corner

  1. How can you support this amateurish upstart “promotion?” All this garbage is is Wrestling Society X without the pyro. Same spotty wrestling matches, same lack of psychology, same one-ups-manship…same EVERYTHING! I’d much support an ACTUAL wrestling company than this pathetic amateur hour spotfest–especially one that didn’t rely on such WWE cast-offs as John Morrison, Maxine, Ezekiel Jackson, et cetera.

    • So you’re not in favor of simple yet sensible and deep storylines or thoroughly developed and interesting characters–especially ones that girls and young women can look up to as role models–as opposed to the haphazard, hotshot angles that WWE and TNA have both given us for so long? You’re not in favor of a single full hour of substantial plot progression for LU’s fictional universe as opposed to the three hours of the same tedious, monotonous schilling of apps, Internet networks, and John Cena that the WWE has been giving us for months–if not, in fact, years? You’re not in favor of commentators actually calling the action and progressing the narrative of the matches they’re assigned to interpret and the stories linked to them as opposed to going off on unnecessary tangents and being spokespeople for their employers’ products and services while there are actual athletes in the ring who are bending over backwards to entertain the audience and convey the same narrative themselves? Granted, lucha libre in general can be pretty spotty at times, and that includes the action of Lucha Underground. However, to say that LU’s stars can’t sell or otherwise tell a story indicates to me that you haven’t seen LU at its fullest (i.e., the end of their second episode from November 5, 2014) and as such have very little room to make such a bold and harsh judgment.

      Also, could you and every other Wrestling Society X detractor in the world stop bashing WSX? We (those of us who actually liked WSX, for better or for worse) get it: WSX was a shell of what it could have been, what with its over-the-top action, sloppy storyline progression and character presentation/development, insulting thirty-minute time slot (opposite of WWE’s reincarnation of ECW, no less), ever-pervasive tongue-in-cheek humor, and excessive use of unnecessary special effects. However, if properly handled not only by MTV, but also by Big Vision Entertainment, I honestly believe that WSX wouldn’t have fallen so hard and so fast. Who knows? The show might have even lasted long enough to still be on the air today, if that was the case. Even so, Lucha Underground has so far proven to be everything that WSX could have and should have been in its first two episodes alone, what with its strong narrative and its presentation, the latter of which is far less “amateurish” than you claim it is (Ask any wrestling buff that has reviewed it up to this point.).

      In short, I’m sorry Lucha Underground hasn’t impressed you, but seriously, get rid of the bad taste you apparently still have in your mouth from WSX, let go of whatever waking nightmare that that latter viewing experience has apparently given you, and either learn to appreciate LU for what it brings to the table, or move on and let us fans of LU enjoy our newfound favorite wrestling show in peace.

      Rest in Peace, Wrestling Society X. Long live Lucha Underground.

      • False enthusiasm? Are you implying that Lucha Underground’s audience has plants in it or, worse yet, is composed of nothing but plants (i.e., Wrestlicious and, yes, WSX, too)? Because unless you have the information to back this claim up, I’m going to assume that you’re just making another empty, jaded assumption based on previous bad viewing experiences with pro wrestling rather than an actual educated opinion. I thus suggest you find such information to back up your argument before we carry on with this debate.

    • Matt Rago, you’re a pathetic, ignorant, condescending elitist troll. STHU and stick to watching your precious WWE and leave those of us who actually want an alternative alone.

      Oh, and remind me to NEVER join L.A. Fitness, if this is what its employees do in their spare time.

      • I know, right? This punk Matt Rago you’re replying to is the same dumbass who called the production “amateurish” in response to Matthew J. Douglas’s “6 Cues The WWE Could Take From Lucha Underground…”


        …when everyone else has been praising it for how PROFESSIONAL said production is. Obviously, this halfwit doesn’t know his wrestling–especially considering how he didn’t have the brains or backbone to defend his point of view and elaborate on why he thought Lucha Underground’s production was “amateurish.” Chances are he’s just some biased little WWE mark who’s talking out of his ass as a means of “sticking up for” what is no longer the only game in town…either that or, worse yet, a braindead TNA fanboy who’s so hot and bothered over TNA losing their TV deal with Spike TV (who, BTW, never deserved them in the first place, IMO) that he’s taking out his frustrations on every other wrestling promotion that’s still on television, including up-and-coming productions like this. How pathetic.

        Truth be told, Lucha Underground has some nuances that it needs to smooth out, but it’s far from the unholy atrocity he was making it out to be. I thus hope LU succeeds where TNA, WSX (which Matt Rago also attacked as well as the other idiot who replied to M.J.’s article, Tayo Jones), Jeff Katz’s Wrestling Retribution Project, et cetera have all failed. I’ll certainly keep my fingers crossed, that’s for sure.

    • Um, “amateurish,” Matthew? Are you sure you’re not talking about that unholy abortion of a women’s “wrestling” promotion from 2010 called Wrestlicious? Because THAT show was the EPITOME of amateurism, and it was produced by the same assclowns who were responsible for Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling back in 1987 to 1990–two men who should have known better than to mimic something so smutty and outdated for a 21st century audience. Honestly, get your facts straight, bub, before you spew your ignorance out on the World Wide Web.

      L.A. Fitness’s hiring practices have to have gone to crap, what with how they’ve hired someone as clueless and arrogant as you.

      • Probably a dumbass WWE fanboy. Just ignore his stupid hide. Maybe he’ll do the world a favor and do something even more asinine to expose his wretchedness, get himself suspended from Facebook, and leave the Internet for good. Good riddance to him, too, when that happens.

  2. I enjoy Lucha Underground myself for the most part, but with all due respect, Dustin, inasmuch as you’re a fan of women’s wrestling, don’t you find it to be kind of sexist the way the promotion is allowing Sexy Star to look? Trust me, if you go back and watch both episodes again, you’ll notice that not only does the promotion make a HUGE deal out of the fact that they allow inter gender matches, but also that they built up Sexy Star with such an inspirational promo package in Episode 1 only to have her lose to Son of Havoc, who didn’t even receive a simple entrance, in under two minutes–even if he DID have to grab her tights in order to win. Worse yet, the fact that they booked Chavo Guerrero to do a lot of the heavy lifting for her in their intergender tag match against Son of Havoc and Ivelisse, make her reach for that final tag, and ultimately win the match for her and Chavo when Son of Havoc was ultimately spent already only further made her look like less of the franchise player she’s supposed to be.

    Don’t even get me started on that misogynist pig Matt Striker’s commentary, either. “Oh, how chivalrous of [Chavo]!” “He had to roll up the tights to beat A WOMAN!” Seriously, Striker, go to Hell! Like your broadcast partner Vamprio told us all, it’s 20-frigging-14. It’s time for us to seal this stupid gender gap that society has had for all these years and put to rest these asinine lies about women being “inferior” to men.

    • Yeah…point well taken. Granted, I didn’t want to think too much about what you’re pointing out for the sake of giving the promotion the benefit of the doubt in terms of them building up and presenting their most central female performer, and to be quite honest, I at least hope that that is not how LU wants its audience to think of Sexy Star. However, you did bring up a good point of how such subtle nuances in the booking and how Striker’s errant lipping off during that intergender tag match kind of betrayed what one might see as underlying sexism, so thank you for bringing that up. I do feel like quite a fool all the same, though, for not having paid closer attention when I was watching those two episodes, and I do hope everyone else who has given an overall positive review of this program will go back, watch those first couple of episodes again, take note of the same cues you’d seen, and bring them to Lucha Underground’s attention before they further progress Sexy Star’s character in such a hypocritical light.

      Truth be told, the more I think about it, the more I’m starting to realize how much more “badass” Ivelisse looked in that tag match, what with how she was able to keep up with both Son of Havoc and Chavo, especially considering how fiercely she was sticking it to Chavo with all those kicks she was giving him. Granted, she ultimately got a beatdown of her own from sexy Star, even though she gave Star some lumps as well, but even that, now that I think of it, wasn’t enough to build Sexy to the level she’s supposed to be at presently. Not only that, but as it’s now dawned on me, when Sexy stepped out of the ring to tease her count-out loss against SoH in LU’s debut episode, she did end up pounding on SoH from behind as her initial means of offense, which was kind of a cowardly, almost heelish tactic–especially considering that she’s not that much smaller than Matt Cross, who pays SoH and the fact that she could have at least spun SoH around before she laid into him with the forearm shots. The fact that SoH was made to look like a big, muscular beast a la Attitude Era Kane for a good portion of that match didn’t help matters much for her, either.

      That aside, I still have hope for Lucha Underground to succeed. Granted, it’s obviously far from perfect with its character portrayal and its booking as a whole, and many people have openly wished that it would include more elements that are reminiscent of traditional pro wrestling shows–that and the fact that the whole heel promoter shtick with Dario Cueto has been done to death for the past sixteen, seventeen years. Even so, LU’s cinematography and simple, direct, and continuous storytelling have rung true with me these past two weeks, and its successful attempts at innovation are nothing to sneeze at as a whole, either. I’m thus looking forward to the rest of this first season yet and keeping my fingers crossed that LU will only improve from here on out. In the meantime, I encourage everyone to keep tuning in to the El Rey Network (or UniMas, for those of you who don’t have access to El Rey) and carry on showing your support for this growing brand. Also, feel free to send them feedback (MFinn@elreynetwork.com) to let them know how the show can improve so that they know what we fans are looking for.

      Thank you for your response, and more importantly, thanks again for bringing your concerns to my attention.

      • Personally, I hope you’re done with LU, period, man. The show sucks and deserves to be taken off the air PERMANENTLY. Crappiest booking this side of Hogan-Bischoff Era TNA/2014 WWE.

  3. There’s a dumbass on Facebook named Carlos Zambrano who got one like for calling this awesome show “boring as hell.”

    • Well, there you go. You called him what he is: a dumbass. Then again, he’s probably some braindead WWE sheep to begin with or, worse yet, a numbskull TNA ass kisser, which just goes to show the kind of quality of wrestling show (or lack there of) he enjoys. Guess what, then: TO HELL WITH THAT LOSER.

  4. Screw this show! I’m done with it–especially that hypocritical feminazi bitch Sexy Star, whining about Chavo “laying [his] hands on [her]” when he CLOUTED HER WITH A STEEL CHAIR! He didn’t “lay his hands” on you, dumbass! He hit you with a weapon, which is even WORSE. Try playing THAT up instead of resorting to “feminist victim speak” to get the crowd sympathizing with you, you ugly heifer.

    So I guess it’s wrong for men to hit women, but okay for women to assault men from behind (See Episode 1) and that it’s okay for women to SLAP a fellow woman just for insulting you (Episode 4)? What an outrageous sense of gender entitlement. I can’t believe the assholes producing this overrated mess of a show actually allowed her to say that. Honestly, she’s in a wrestling promotion in which the only other female competitor is that former MMA chick (who completely sucks as a wrestler, BTW), meaning that she’s more likely than not going to participate in intergender matches 99% of the time. If she really wants to be considered an EQUAL, she needs to stop crying about men “laying their hands” on her, seeing as they have to do just that when made to compete (and especially win) against her. This isn’t TNA iMPACT! on Spike TV, after all, sweetie. You want to be treated like an equal? STOP ASKING FOR PREFERENTIAL TREATMENT!

    Honestly, I know this stupid show is scripted and all, but that’s no excuse for contradicting your morals and values so blatantly.

    • I’m no fan of the bitch myself. Not only is she the WORST-booked wrestler on that show, but she’s not even that good of a performer. Every match she’s been in has sucked major @$$, including her most recent one against that other piece of crap Ivelisse. Honestly, that match was nothing more than a glorified catfight (as Matt Striker himself called it), and it completely killed last week’s episode for me. Needless to say, I won’t be watching this week’s installment–or, for that matter, the show itself ever again. Thank God I don’t have the lame-ass El Rey Network, either, and can find myself that much more apt to keep that promise.

      Good riddance, Lucha Underground. You’ve just lost yourself another viewer.

      #FireSexyStar, #SexyStarSucks, #IvelisseSucks, #FeminaziPig, #ScrewFeminism

    • Sex-Y Star? More like Sex-IST Star. Really strikes me as odd, too, that no one in the so-called IWC haven’t been paying close enough attention to notice the crappy booking that has been going into Sexy Star these first four weeks and the blatant sexism that has been underlying it all. So far, only John and Ashton of TWITWOW…

      …have noticed this nonsense and have called LU out on it. I just wish others had the balls to follow in suit and didn’t let their bias for the product influence their opinions of it. I know WWE is in serious damage control mode right now and that TNA is (and has long been) a poorly booked mess. ROH, likewise, isn’t available to everyone, and GFW won’t start until January 4, 2015. Still, none of that is any excuse to put Lucha Underground up on a pedestal and praise it to the heavens when it’s still a pretty flawed product. I’m not saying bash it left, right, and center, but come on, people! Let’s all be objective about our favorite wrestling shows so that they can improve and stay consistently good.

    • I hate Lucha Underground myself, especially considering they simply HANDED a main event spot to that meathead ‘roid boy Brian Cage upon his debut, then have him throw a little temper tantrum when he couldn’t beat Prince Puma for the LU Championship and tear the belt itself apart. I know it was all scripted and stuff, but even so, what a big, fat baby.

      Go to Hell, Brian Cage, you talentless meathead! You should be damn lucky to even be working in the industry at all, much less have a main event spot–again–HANDED to you on your first night in the company, you ungrateful asshole.

      Seriously, screw LU. The booking is a joke compared to how most wrestling fans claim it is…SMH…

      • @”Lucha Underground Sucks!!!” You’re a jackass. Quit trolling this site and go do something productive with your time, like play kickball on a busy highway. Be sure to take Matt Rago and all the other petty, childish, brainless Lucha Underground bashers who’ve come on here with you, too.

      • How about that asshole Matanza winning the Lucha Underground championship from Fenix on his FIRST OFFICIAL NIGHT as a competitor on the show when Fenix had just won the damn belt the previous week? How about THAT for half-assed booking?

      • Can’t blame you for being so angry. Why else do you think I gave up on LU after episode 1-7? The wrestling may be good, but I’m not a fan of the story at all. That, and Matt Stryker and vampire’s commentary from the first season got to me by then—Stryker for sounding so dull, unenthused, and (at times) sexist and Vampiro for apparently not making up his mind to be a technico (babyface) or rudo (heel) color commentator. It’s not necessarily a bad show…just one I’ve lost interest in.

        In reality, though, I still hope it succeeds. After all, looking a the present pro wrestling landscape, wrestling fans (and wrestlers, for that matter) need all the alternatives to WWE as they can get.

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