Three weeks prior to this entry, I’d posted a poem on this blog entitled AEW Backlash in which I voiced my opinion regarding the wrestling (i.e., WWE) fans who heard news about the soon-to-exist wrestling promotion, All Elite Wrestling. After having reread the poem myself in between the projects I’ve been working on, I realized just how bland and half-hearted I was in delivering my message to you all (I know…took me long enough…SMH) and decided to revamp my composition into something that I hopes strikes more of a nerve with everyone, wrestling fans and non-wrestling fans alike. Therefore, I hope that today’s piece, To Those Who Bash That Which Has Yet to Be, more definitively defines my feelings towards those of whom I speak. My apologies for last time, but at any rate, thank you and enjoy!
Dustin M. Weber
To Those Who Bash That Which Has Yet to Be
January 28, 2019
So All Elite Wrestling was announced to be one day,
And the pro wrestling fandom became abuzz
With some people delighted, hoping to see it in some way,
Having long been fed up with the ‘E’s apparent scuzz.
Then again, there were also the naysayers, who naturally
Dismissed the whole thing as just another pipedream
To the point of bashing a product not yet around to see.
Naturally, then, this stupidity makes me scream.
One’d think that being wrestling fans, they’d want this product to grow
And thrive as an alternative to the ‘E,
Especially when they themselves aren’t shy of airing their woes
About how the ‘E isn’t what it used to be.
So many rants I hear each day ‘bout Vince miscasting stars,
The bookers clueless in writing their characters,
And about the stars who “suck” so much, they ought to be banished to Mars,
Thus somehow ridding the show of its low-ratings curse.
So many are those who damn entire programs straight to Hell,
Be they TV episodes or pay-per-views
Over the slightest botch or misbooking, even when all else goes well.
It honestly takes little to light such a frail fuse.
So many are those who complain like this, and yet, in the end,
They continue to watch the ‘E the next day,
Only to whine ‘bout it more later on…makes sense, doesn’t it, friend?
Are they that desperate for it to improve in some way?
Why not watch independent wrestling if the ‘E’s so bloody bad?
Oh, wait…that’s right: ‘Cause indie wrestling “sucks”—
Just “vanilla midgets” and “charisma vacuums” wearing bland tights and pads
Doing “flips and kicks” like “faux-gymnastic schmucks.”
Never mind the fact that not everyone can start right away
Beneath the McMahon corporate umbrella,
And even then, those kids, too, are cutting their teeth for the day
They make it to the main roster, ladies and fellas.
Besides, did it ever occur to you that some of the greatest stars
Of pro wrestling once roamed the indie scene,
Driving from one show to the next in beat-up rental cars,
Plying their craft wherever they could be seen?
Honestly, this brand loyalty crap’s been killing the industry
Since I can only begin to guess when.
These spoiled brats don’t get how they ruin the art form for you and me
With each profane, self-entitled rant they send.
At any rate, along comes AEW to shake up the scene,
And these naysayers suddenly throw another fit.
“What’s the point? It’s just gonna fail!” So they scream ‘bout Cody’s dream
And the Khans’ investment, not knowing when to quit.
“Just another money mark!” they wail. “Just another TNA!
Nothing will compete with McMahon’s empire!”
“Wrestling’s dead!” some even shriek, and yet they watch the stuff anyway,
Not yet ready to give up on that which they tire.
What’s with this double standard? I just don’t understand.
Why not leave the fan base if you’re so disenchanted?
Why not at least approach things with cautious optimism, man,
Instead of being so negatively slanted?
Are the hopefuls being overzealous? Are they getting to you that much?
Why not, then, just encourage them to watch their step?
“Hold on loosely. Don’t cling too tightly,” as once was sung and such.
Such advice will surely keep folks’ sanity in check.
Are Cody and company making too many promises they might not keep
As has proven true with many promotions in the past?
Because even then, such bold ambition shouldn’t cost you much sleep,
So stop letting your disdain rage at full blast.
Just be happy there’s another place for pro wrestlers to go
When they don’t want to work for Vince and family
For X, Y, or Z reason. Furthermore…who knows?
The final product just might be worthwhile to see.
That in mind, let’s all relax and sit back to see what shakes
When AEW finally becomes a thing.
No more negativity. Let’s all hope it’s got what it takes
To revive the industry from its fatal sting.
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