Motivation can strike anywhere.
Recently, after browsing through some of the feedback left for myself and my fellow columnists on this very site. As always, you see the positive comments, the fantasy booking (usually as an alternate option to something mentioned in the column), the questions, and the random thoughts. However, you also get the negative comments, personal attacks, and gibberish from people who don’t seem to understand that these are, for the most part, opinion columns that we’re posting. We’re not posting “news” or saying that we’re “journalists” of any kind.
Those negative responses to our opinions made me think about a column idea that is always tried-and-true. Hell, I’ve done it on a few different occasions through the years.
You know the deal. Sometimes you like something when it seems like almost everyone hates it. Other times, you hate something, but it gets love everywhere you look. Maybe it’s just saying something like “Option A happened, but Option B should’ve happened instead” and that’s it. We all have unpopular opinions in just about every aspect of life, whether they be about wrestling, music, sports, politics, movies, and so on. Obviously, I want to focus on the wrestling aspect of things here today. I have some unpopular wrestling opinions, and damn it all to heck, I feel like sharing some of them with you. These are in no particular order, bee tee dubs. Time to rock and roll.
Naomi Doesn’t Belong In A “Top” Spot: Every now and then, social media will see something trend about how Naomi isn’t being used properly. Inevitably, you’ll see the tweets and posts come flooding in, saying that Naomi should be just as high up the card as Sasha Banks, Charlotte, Bayley, and Becky Lynch… if not higher. People thought Ronda Rousey “stole her spot” on the card. She should main event WrestleMania, and she should be the one getting movie and television gigs because of how popular she is. There’s a very key word in the previous sentence. “Popular” is the word we should be looking at here. Is Naomi a popular wrestler? Yes. Of course she is. Wayyyyy back when fans were allowed to watch WWE events in person, Naomi always received good crowd pops. I would be a fool to deny that. I would also be a fool if I didn’t point out that a lot of you think “popular” or “favorite” means “best” in the world of wrestling. Sometimes it does, but it isn’t a guaranteed thing. If Naomi is your favorite wrestler, that’s great. Wanting to see your favorite wrestler get a push is only natural. Let’s stop the hyperbole, though.
She is a tremendous athlete, but let’s just say she’s not a tremendous professional wrestler. Her finishing move is a butt to the face. Well, it’s supposed to be a butt to the face, but usually, it’s a butt to an opponent’s hands or in the general vicinity of their chest as they run into it at half-speed. Her “high step” kicks are some of the worst bits of offense in the business, barely connecting with an opponent’s side, and being nothing more than a tickle when they do connect. She has been blessed with a tremendous amount of athletic ability. Why not give her an offense that will showcase said athletic ability? Something crazy from the top rope. Something. Anything.
Look, I’m sure Naomi is a nice person. I have no problem with her being pushed, in general. She is definitely underused in a lot of aspects, because she’ll go viral on social media and then seemingly disappear for a lengthy period of time. Giving her more time is fine. Having her be the top of the food chain, though? No. Hard pass.
I Prefer Japanese Wrestling With Japanese Commentary: Let me first say that I can’t speak Japanese, nor can I understand 99% of it. However, when I watch wrestling from promotions such as New Japan, Pro Wrestling NOAH, Dragon Gate, and others based in Japan, I need to have Japanese commentary. No, I won’t be able to understand things being said on a word-for-word basis, but that isn’t as big a deal as it would be if I were watching, say, a movie in another language with no subtitles. I understand wrestling moves, so I don’t need the play-by-play analysis for what I watch. I also do enough research on what I’m going to watch, so I don’t really need the color commentary, either. If Wrestler A is facing Wrestler B, I’ve already learned about why they’re facing, what the backstory is, who is the “favorite” to win, etc. That simply leaves the emotion. If you’ve ever heard Japanese wrestling commentary, they make everything sound like it means something. Every move, every reversal, every transition, and every moment comes across like a big deal. That’s all I need as an enhancement to what I watch. This is a minor thing, but it’s still unpopular, at least with most of the people I know, who need the commentary in their native tongue, if it is at all available.
I Miss Brock Lesnar: Yeah, I said it. I miss Brock Lesnar. He entertains the hell out of me.
Now, with that said, I’m not saying I always enjoy the way WWE handles the way he’s booked. I want Lesnar back on WWE programming, but I don’t need him as the WWE or Universal Champion, holding the title for a year at a time and winning every match in two minutes or less. There is a time and a place for his squash victories, but every month? Nah. He certainly doesn’t need to be a full-time performer anymore. Hell, he probably doesn’t even need to be close to that. He is an all-time “special attraction” performer, similar to The Undertaker, who should only work a handful of matches every year. A ravioli-sized baby fist, not some Big Show hand that can palm a Volkswagen. WrestleMania, SummerSlam, and we’ll see beyond that.
There are always new people on the WWE roster for Brock to have matches with. Again, I don’t want to see Brock beat the likes of Keith Lee, Riddle, Sheamus, T-Bar (if he can get away from Retribution), Big E, Cesaro, Kevin Owens, and Karrion Kross after hitting them with two moves. I do think that, with the right build, Brock can have matches against people like that and really get people interested in them. Brock is still a “draw” for WWE, whether you like it or not. With The Undertaker’s WrestleMania streak no longer in play, WWE doesn’t have a bigger way to strap the proverbial rocket to someone’s back these days than to have them defeat Brock Lesnar. Look at what it did for Drew McIntyre this year for proof of that. Drew winning the WWE Title at WrestleMania by beating Lesnar made him look like a world beater. After their brief interaction at this year’s Royal Rumble, can you imagine what it would/could do for Keith Lee if he were to defeat Lesnar on a huge stage? He would be a “made man” almost instantly.
The big complication with having Lesnar come back is that Paul Heyman is currently on Smackdown, and it seems as if he’s being held hostage by Roman Reigns. The Brock Lesnar “act” isn’t complete without Paul Heyman, although I wouldn’t mind if Lesnar was more of a silent killer who didn’t have to cut promos, and didn’t need someone to cut promos for him. He’s a complete and utter lunatic when he has a live microphone in his hands, and you can use that to your advantage every now and then. Have him say he doesn’t give a shit about someone else’s kids. Whatever he does, he’d probably end up cursing, which adds to the “realism” of everything he does.
Chris Benoit Matches Are Viewable To Me Again: Honestly, I don’t even know if this one truly qualifies as an unpopular opinion, because so much time has passed, and people’s thoughts on this subject are very sensitive.
For a while after Benoit died, I couldn’t watch anything he was involved in. I was mad. I was sad. His matches, promos, and segments were things I just didn’t want any part of. This went on for years. The only exception to that would be Royal Rumble matches, as I like to watch a bunch of them all over again leading up to that year’s Rumble event. Other than the 2004 edition, which he won, I was able to watch the Rumbles he participated in just fine.
At some point in either late-2019 or early-2020, I was looking up some of the best non-Rumble matches in Royal Rumble event history. Eventually, Benoit’s match against Chris Jericho in 2001 and his match against Kurt Angle in 2003 came up. I decided to tough it out and watch the matches, trying everything in my power to just focus on the in-ring action. It’s not exactly a big secret that Benoit was one of professional wrestling’s all-time best performers. I found myself able to, by and large, enjoy his work in those two matches I mentioned. Since then, I have been able to watch other Benoit matches if they’re taking place on shows or events that I happen to be watching. I still haven’t found myself able to actively search for one of his matches yet, though, but perhaps that’s the next step.
Also, please spare me the nagging and whining about what Benoit did during the final weekend of his life. I know what he did. I am in complete understanding of how despicable it all was. Me watching some of his matches isn’t me saying that he’s innocent, or that I don’t care about what happened. I see those type of comments whenever anyone says they watched a Benoit match, or they even come close to remotely giving his wrestling ability a positive remark. Cut that shit out.
The Rock Isn’t Even In The Top 10 Of The Best “Talkers” In Wrestling History: Oooooh, spicy. Before anyone takes this as me saying The Rock was terrible on the mic, let me clarify my point a bit. The Rock, perhaps better than anyone to ever be involved in the wrestling business, was able to have live crowds in the palm of his hands with his funny promos, one-liners, and catchphrases. Can anybody name what he did well on the mic beyond that, though? Could he deliver something that played with your emotions and make you cry? Was he able to sell his opponents as something special to make you want to watch two titans go to war? “No” is the answer to those questions. If you’re looking for someone to make a bunch of anal sex jokes, The Rock is your guy. If you just want to laugh, go ahead and fire up some Rock promos.
I’ve said it time and time again, and I’ll say it again… Mick Foley is the best “talker” in the history of the business. Mick could make you laugh, make you cry, scare the shit out of you, make you feel sorry for him, make you feel sorry for his opponent, play the face role, play the heel role, make you want to spend your money to watch his matches, and everything else under the sun that you need a wrestler to do with his promos. Hell, he could do all of those things in one fucking promo if you let him handle his business!
Let’s have some fun here now. I said The Rock isn’t even in the top ten of the best mic men in the history of wrestling, so who would I rank ahead of him? Off the top of my head, in no particular order: Mick Foley, Ric Flair, “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, Dusty Rhodes, Terry Funk, John Cena, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, Jake “The Snake” Roberts, Chris Jericho, William Regal, and “Macho Man” Randy Savage. If you want to throw in managers and people along those lines, then Bobby Heenan and Paul Heyman certainly make it on the list ahead of Rock. If you wanted to throw the likes of Kevin Nash, Edge, Triple H, Jesse “The Body” Ventura, Jerry “The King” Lawler, Jim Cornette, Arn Anderson, or Vince McMahon into the discussion as being ahead of The Rock, I would listen to your arguments, but I wouldn’t rank them ahead of him myself.
WCW, In Its Dying Days, Was Actually Entertaining: I am in no way, shape, or form saying that 2000-2001 WCW was must-see television every week. What I am saying, however, is that 2000-2001 WCW isn’t anywhere near as bad as history has made it out to be all these years later. You had a bunch of younger guys trying to make a name for themselves, busting their asses on a regular basis. You had a main event scene that was finally starting to void itself of the older workers, or at least was trying to.
The first pay-per-view of 2000 is when the company tried to prevent Chris Benoit from jumping ship, so they had him win the World Title from Sid Vicious… only for Benoit to leave, anyway, and get stripped of the title the following night. A little later in the year saw the infamous New Blood vs Millionaire’s Club feud, with the fresh talent being the heels for some reason, while the aforementioned older workers were portrayed as the heroes standing up for the past. From that feud, we got the formation of the Natural Born Thrillers, who were essentially the Nexus of their time. “Above Average” Mike Sanders, Sean O’Haire (who had all the makings of an absolute mega star), Mark Jindrak, Chuck Palumbo, Johnny The Bull, Shawn Stasiak, and Reno were all young, hungry, and entertaining. The group’s time together only lasted six months or so, but it looked like some top stars were going to be made coming out of that time. I already mentioned O’Haire, but at times, it looked like Jindrak and Palumbo were going to be future main event players, as well. Jindrak, famously, was included in the first grouping of Evolution, teaming with Triple H, Ric Flair, and Randy Orton for the filming of vignettes to signal the group’s debut. He never made it to television as a member of the group, though, and was replaced by Batista. Triple H would go on to say that Jindrak was more than talented enough to be in the group, but he wasn’t mature enough, and was already proving to be a bad influence on Randy Orton at the time.
We’ll just skip over the David Arquette stuff.
You know what? Let’s also skip over Bash At The Beach 2000, featuring the worked shoot, shoot, work, worked shoot involving Vince Russo and Hulk Hogan. The less said about that, the better. Hey, at least the incident allowed us to see Booker T become a main event guy for the first time, becoming the WCW World Champion in the night’s originally unscheduled main event. I guess that’s a positive, right? Booker would turn that into a lengthy run as a top guy, and is now a Hall Of Famer because of it.
Scott Steiner would also become a top guy around this time, and would even have a match against Goldberg at Fall Brawl 2000 that many still say is Goldberg’s best match. Without this push, we wouldn’t have the “Steiner Math” promo in TNA, and think about what our world would be like if we never got to see that.
Okay, hold on for a moment. In going through the pay-per-view results for this time frame, the obvious becomes… well… obvious. The booking was downright awful, with event after event being filled with nonsensical turns, title changes, and match results. You still had the guys I mentioned earlier that were working hard. You also had the guys like Billy Kidman, 3 Count (Shane Helms, Shannon Moore, and Evan Karagias), Yung Dragons (Jamie Noble, Jimmy Yang, and Kaz Hayashi), Lance Storm, Chavo Guerrero, Rey Mysterio Jr, Juventud Guerrera, Elix Skipper, Shane Douglas, Kanyon, and Air Styles (aka AJ Styles) all putting in work, as well. History only remembers the bumbling, stumbling idiocy of Vince Russo and everyone else even remotely in charge of anything WCW was doing at the time, and that’s a shame.
Bret Hart > Owen Hart: Owen Hart was a fantastic in-ring performer, capable of working on the mat or in the air, and made just about everything he did look smooth. This isn’t a knock on him whatsoever. He just wasn’t as smooth as his brother. That’s all. Nothing more, nothing less.
Bret gets a bad rap sometimes because of how old school he was. He wasn’t the flashy performer that Shawn Michaels was, and he didn’t have the cool “edge” that guys like Steve Austin and The Undertaker had back then. Bret was everything his nickname “The Excellence Of Execution” said he was, though. He was a technical wizard in the ring, capable of having great matches with any opponent of any style. A brawler like Austin? Check. A risk-taking daredevil like Michaels? Check. A young, up-and-comer like The 1-2-3 Kid? Check. A Martial Arts master like Hakushi? Check. A “monster” like The Undertaker, Vader, or Sycho Sid? Check, check, and check. A fucking pirate like Jean-Pierre LaFitte? Check. Bret was putting in WORK back in those days.
If Owen were still alive today, I don’t think this opinion would be as unpopular as it is right now. You know how it goes… when a celebrity of any kind passes away, especially at an early age, their work is made out to be bigger and better than it really was. If they were awful when they were alive, they were probably called “underrated” after they died. If they were good when they were alive, they were probably “great” after they died. If they were great when they were alive, they were probably “all-time great” after they died. It is the nature of the beast. When Owen was alive, he was in the “good” to “great” category. After he died, he was instantly upgraded to one of wrestling’s all-time greats, with people saying how much of a shame it was that he never won the WWF Title. If you’re old enough to remember being a fan of wrestling in 1999 (the year Owen passed away), think back to those days very, very carefully. People were just fine with his spot on the WWF midcard. No, they weren’t excited that he was becoming The Blue Blazer again, but his run with The Hart Foundation and even The Nation Of Domination was looked at fondly. He was in the right “spot” on the card. I truly believe that. There’s nothing wrong with being a midcard guy and a tag team specialist, folks.
I hate that I have to keep clarifying things like this, but some of you make it so that’s necessary… this isn’t a knock on Owen Hart. Nobody said he sucked. Nobody said he was bad in the ring. Nobody said he should be a jobber. I wouldn’t have even complained if he did end up winning the WWF Title at some point. He just wasn’t better than Bret. The same could be said about damn near everyone at the time, though.
Bruce Prichard Is The Dirt Worst: I don’t even know if this is unpopular, but I wanted to say it, anyway. Fuck Bruce Prichard. Not only is he helping to run Raw into the fucking ground, but he might be the man who has been able to get his nose the furthest up Vince McMahon’s ass through the years.
If you’ve ever listened to his “Something To Wrestle with Bruce Prichard” podcast in the last few years, there is one thing that really stands out about him. Well, two things. One, his lame ass impressions are done too loud and too close to his fucking microphone, causing audio clipping issues to happen approximately every 28 seconds for the entire duration of the show. Two, he has never admitted to having a bad idea. Ever. When something that he came up with is brought up on the show, he will go on and on about how good an idea it was, and he will bend over backwards to avoid saying that it was the drizzling shits. That’s the thing that separates his podcast from the ones that people like Eric Bischoff and Jim Ross do. Bischoff and Ross are both very proud men, but they’ll gladly admit when they screwed something up. Eric Bischoff especially seems to have no real issue in saying something he put together was a dud. Every idea ever created by Bruce Prichard was bigger than the nWo, Montreal Screwjob, and Undertaker storyline combined according to Bruce Prichard.
He sucks at his job, but continues to get placed in high-ranking positions within WWE and TNA through the years. As I said, he is now helping to run Raw into the ground, as WWE’s flagship show is putting out its lowest viewership numbers of all-time. Will anything change? Probably not. I’m sure he’ll defend everything he does, as per usual, and that Raw viewership will just drop… and drop… and drop some more.
Joey Styles Was Nothing More Than Dumpster Juice On Commentary: If you go back to my section about Japanese wrestling commentary being all about the emotion, you’ll wonder why I don’t like Joey Styles. He had a ton of emotion in his commentary, right? Yes, but it came across as unbelievably forced. When you think of play-by-play and color commentators through the years, you think of people being effortless. Gordon Solie could read you the phone book and it would sound like an action-packed show. Bobby Heenan had comedic timing better than most stand-up comedians you will ever see. Jim Ross, in his prime, seemed to enjoy what he was watching more than we did. Mike Tenay was like a living, breathing Wikipedia page that knew everything there was to know about the competitors in the ring, down to their underwear size and who they went to prom with. Styles, on the other hand, sounds exactly like what he was… Joseph Bonsignore portraying the Joey Styles character.
People got too caught up in the fact that he knew the names of a lot of moves. There was no doubting that he knew a bunch of moves. I will gladly give him that much. Saying the names of those moves in voiceover work that sounds like an actor playing a role in a movie makes all of it seem phony. All the screams of “OH MY GODDDDD” and “CATFIGHT! CATFIGHT! CAAAAATFIIIIIGHT!” in the world aren’t going to save him. History has been kind to him because people love hanging on to everything ECW gave us back in the day. People’s feelings get hurt if you dare say anything bad about ECW, but man, Styles is just a chore to listen to.
No More Zack Ryder/Matt Cardona, Please: If you’ve been reading my work for years, you already know my feelings about the man formerly known as Zack Ryder. I’ll give him credit for getting himself over on his YouTube show and building a fan base for himself, but I ask you this, Ryder fans… name me his best match. Hell, name me his best promo. You probably can’t do it.
He’s not a shitty wrestler or anything. It just goes back to the Naomi thing. He can be your FAVORITE wrestler, and that’s fine, but when people start confusing FAVORITE with BEST, we have ourselves a problem. He just doesn’t “work” for me, that’s all.
What say you, ReaderLand? What are some of your unpopular wrestling opinions? Do you agree with any of mine? Let me know what’s on your mind, either in the comments section below, or on Twitter (@HustleTheSavage).
Weekly Power Rankings
- Kenny Omega: Another week of him being the talk of the wrestling world. Not only was he on AEW and Impact Wrestling programming this week, but he also successfully defended the AAA Mega Championship against Laredo Kid at AAA’s Triplemania XXVIII event on Saturday. He seems to have his sights set on Rich Swann and the Impact Wrestling World Title now, which means he wants to get his Taneleer Tivan on and collect every title he can find. I fully expect him to be Asuka’s new surprise partner in the Women’s Tag Team Title match at TLC this Sunday.
- Roman Reigns: I sound like a broken record at this point, I know, but Reigns is the best written, best booked, and best delivered character in all of wrestling right now. Every single thing he’s involved in these days is an absolute home run. It’s just a shame that it will all inevitably come to an end with a loss to Goldberg, either at the Royal Rumble or at WrestleMania, but hey, that’s Vince McMahon for you.
- Raquel Gonzalez: If there’s one thing NXT has done very well through the years, it is build their women’s division. They’ve been able to either create stars, or provide proven stars a chance to shine. Raquel Gonzalez seems to be the next in a lengthy list of women who have been made to look like a million bucks with the brand. I’ve written about her before, so I don’t need to say too much here. She went from looking like “Sonya Deville’s older sister” to looking like a legitimate “monster” in a company who could use them. She has not only been built up as the perfect foil to send Rhea Ripley off to the main roster, but the perfect person to take the NXT Women’s Title off of Io Shirai after her lengthy title reign. The momentum she’s building up has been very impressive.
- Sheamus vs AJ Styles: It wasn’t the best of weeks if you wanted a ton of really good matches, but this one stands out as the best of the week. Sheamus is always a solid performer, but he does even better when he’s working with a smaller opponent that can bump for his stiffer offense, and well, Styles is Styles. They were given a good amount of time to work with, which is always the key, especially for televised matches that feature chunks of time behind commercial breaks. My only gripe with the match is that Styles wasn’t made to look stronger throughout the match. He is the next challenger for Drew McIntyre’s WWE Title, after all. He didn’t need to defeat Sheamus in a two-minute squash or anything. He just should’ve been the focus more here, but it is what it is.
- Karrion Kross: Heeeee’s baaaaackkkkk! After missing nearly four months with a shoulder injury, one of 2020’s breakout stars made his return to NXT. Damian Priest was his first target upon returning, and that makes me very happy. Those two big men have the potential to have some really fun matches together, and I’m here for it. NXT really needed the entire Kross and Scarlett presentation back on their programming, so it’s good to see him back.
- Miro: Now THAT’S what the fuck I’ve been talking about! He’s been nothing more than “former WWE guy that likes to play video games now” since making his AEW debut, and it was such a tremendous waste, week after week. He’s needed to be more of the “Bulgarian Brute” with that roster, and we finally got a glimpse of that. As always, though, it’s all about the follow up. You can have him beat 478 people up on one episode of Dynamite, but if he’s back to doing nothing but playing video games for the next weeks, what the hell does it even matter?
- 90’s Nostalgia In AEW: Sting is back. Shaquille O’Neal is there now for some sort of potential feud with Cody Rhodes… for some reason. Now, we’ve gotten word that Snoop Dogg is coming to AEW to do some commentary on the January 6th episode of Dynamite. The Snoop part is a good decision, in my opinion. Snoop just went viral on social media for his entertaining commentary during the boxing exhibition between Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr. last month. Good for AEW to capitalize on that viral buzz. With all of this 90’s nostalgia, I’m fully expecting Jason David Frank (aka Tommy Oliver from The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers) to come in and have a match against Chris Jericho, and for Jennifer Love Hewitt to show up and be the valet for Orange Cassidy.
- Randy Orton’s Pyrophilia: I think it’s time for WWE to provide some professional help for Orton. He locked The Undertaker in a casket… and then set it on fire. He went to the Wyatt Compound… and then set it on fire. Now, he locked Bray Wyatt in a box… and then set it on fire. He may have a problem, folks.
- Sami Zayn’s New Shirt: Remember when Curtis Axel and Bo Dallas were running around as The B-Team? They had those shirts with the hand-drawn “B” on them, and it was a funny joke that ended up taking off a bit, as you’d always see people in the crowd every week wearing the shirts (or at least making their own at home to save some money). We might be seeing part deux right now with Sami Zayn’s “I Am Sami Zayn” stick figure shirt that started as a joke on Smackdown, but is now being sold on WWEShop. Obviously, it remains to be seen if Sami will run with the gag on the air. He is a heel, after all, and he also has a more “official” shirt now for sale on WWEShop that he can wear on television, but it’s still funny to see the stick figure one for sale.
- Jake Atlas: After winning a grand total of one match on NXT between late-May and late-November, Atlas has now picked up his first winning streak since joining the brand. That streak includes a victory over Isaiah “Swerve” Scott, who was recently in a feud with the Cruiserweight Champion. Ultimately, this could lead to nothing and he could go back to being more of an enhancement talent, but it’s definitely worth noting his momentum.
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