17 posts tagged wrestling
Hehhhh. When I was at Universal Studios everyone was like “Impact Zone? What is that? Sounds good, let’s go!” so I didn’t say anything because I thought it would be funny/I knew they wouldn’t go with me if I told them what it actually was. Then they saw this huge banner of Hogan’s face and nobody wanted to go anymore. True story.
Two dancers stretch before their performances.
Built from a photo of a pro wrestler and a ballet dancer, from this tumblr coincidence.
This is beautiful.
Fun Fact! Black Swan and The Wrestler (both directed by Darren Aronofsky) were originally supposed to be a single film before Aronofsky decided that there was just too much of each world to cover and split them up.
Instead, he now sees them as companion pieces:
"I’ve always considered the two films companion pieces. They are really connected and people will see the connections. It’s funny, because wrestling some consider the lowest art — if they would even call it art — and ballet some people consider the highest art. But what was amazing to me was how similar the performers in both of these worlds are. They both make incredible use of their bodies to express themselves." - Darren Aronofsky
So you don’t like it because it’s entertaining or athletic or because it can tell some interesting/fun stories or because the matches are great or because you enjoy the promos, you watch it because they are passionate? That is the only reason you watch wrestling?
How does that even translate when watching the product? “Oh, I love this feud! Cena is so passionate about wrestling in real life. I’m going to watch 6 hours of WWE programming a week because he is a passionate person”.
I do not watch wrestling out of habit. I don’t watch it because I’ve posted at an Internet message board for the last 9-12 years regularly dedicated to the art form and feel the need to watch because everyone else there does. I don’t watch it out of duty. I don’t watch it because I don’t want to…
I wonder how long it will be until I can see anything even remotely related to Money in the Bank without my insides freezing up and my throat constricting. I JUST WANT TO GO BACK :(
I got 73/77.
Feel ashamed of at least two I missed. :/
I missed five. Three were because I just can’t spell (which is annoying), one was someone I legitimately forgot, and the other was Chris Jericho lololol.
I forgot my favourite wrestler of all time :|
Werner Herzog on Wrestlemania and Anna Nicole Smith
This isn’t totally abut wrestling, but I think it’s an important of intelligent people finding value in wrestling.
“Werner Herzog on the necessity of not looking away. Whether from Wrestlemania or the Anna Nicole Smith Show, these are the things we must take notice of. Beauty that is vulgar, gross and deformed; “the deformity becomes the chosen ideal.”“
There is a lot of Divas talk going on and it has to do with the issue of respect.
Newer fans are arguing that the Divas are being treated “like shit” currently and long for an era much like the one that was led by Trish Stratus.
Older fans are turning their noses up to the newer fans who are also turning their noses up and referencing things like Trish Stratus barking like a dog or being covered in waste. Or the occasional bikini contest, pillow fight, etc.
I’m not picking a side here because frankly I think the argument is a little moot because both times had their really bad moments.
Sure there was Trish barking like a dog but we also got a 19 year old Kelly Kelly dancing on ECW , The Bella Twins lusting after Daniel Bryan’s kayfabe virginity and other moments that are not coming to mind so if you really think about it….both generations sucked a little but had some pretty good wrestling in between.
I agree with most of this.
My biggest gripe is people looking upon the Attitude Era as some golden era for women’s wrestling, when it wasn’t. Trish didn’t start being a great wrestler during the Attitude Era really. The Attitude Era really kind of ended around 2001, that’s when she was just starting to wrestle properly after coming back from injury.
But anyway, I just dislike this idea that women’s wrestling today isn’t a patch on the Trish/Lita golden years. Yes, the Diva’s Division has had some dark days over the past few years…but they’re on the upwards curve now and I think to ignore that happening is stupid, aside from Kelly whose ability wavers week to week - the rest of the division is progessing at a terrific rate. The Bella’s get a lot of hate, yet they’re two of the best ‘model’ Divas on the current roster. Also, A.J. is really solid on the mat too, I enjoy her matches a lot.
Both eras of women’s wrestling were pretty much the same. They both had some embarrassing and degrading moments in retrospect but they both have had shining moments where there have been some terrific matches and storylines.
If people opened their eyes and watched the matches. Stopped looking back on past years with rose-tinted glasses (seriously, the Attitude Era was NOT that amazing) then we’d be in a better position.
Oh, and Lita was actually pretty horrible in the ring and Eve does a better moonsault.
1. I don’t care what anyone says, Lita is the most overrated Diva of all time
2. Trish Stratus is my favourite wrestler, but she is hardly the best wrestler
3. The women’s division today is just as good, if not better, than it was during the Attitude Era
Mainstream women’s wrestling has improved, but the treatment of women who wrestle hasn’t.
It doesn’t matter how progressive the PG movement has been. It doesn’t matter how many workers WWE scouts from SHIMMER. It doesn’t matter how much time the girls are allowed for their matches. It doesn’t matter how good Beth Phoenix is or how bad Kelly Kelly is. None of it matters because the company mentality has not changed even remotely since 1999.
Women are still just decorations. They are objects to men and enemies to each other. Their relationships don’t extend far beyond “bitch u stole my man” or “gurl i luv u for no real reason lets smile and laugh as we skip down the ramp!”. Apparantly it’s okay to have the Divas come out every time there is a special guest on Raw so that they can flirt, dance and smile mindlessly.
It doesn’t matter how much the division, the storylines or the workrate of the Divas themselves has changed over the past 10 years. If the WWE’s portrayal of women stays the same, it will have all been for nothing.