Apparently, the professional wrestling business is dead. That is the sentiment among some sects of the Internet wrestling community following what the Young Bucks, Hangman Page, Flip Gordon, Dragon Lee and Titán did at the ROH Final Battle pay-per-view on Friday.
In case you haven’t heard, that sextet performed a spot where all members of their six-man tag match went for dropkicks, but they all missed. What resulted was backlash from many in the wrestling world, claiming that the group had exposed the business.
This next sentence may come as a surprise to most, but professional wrestling is actually a work. It isn’t real. The whole idea of pro wrestling is to suspend your disbelief and enjoy the spectacle of it all. That was the goal last Friday night.
Now as we sit here on a Wednesday looking back, there are two cases of the WWE exposing the business way more than the Young Bucks and Co. did last Friday.
Take Monday Night Raw for example, where the show closed with a blockbuster, history-making announcement. Stephanie McMahon, in the midst of chaos breaking out in the ring, came out to announce the first-ever women’s Royal Rumble match. Following the news, superstars could be seen hugging and cheering together — babyfaces and heels. Just moments ago, they were trying to destroy each other because of a bitter rivalry between Absolution and the rest of the women’s roster, and now everything is supposed to be all sunshine and rainbows.
The following night, WWE went down that business-exposing path again with a gimmick match between The New Day and Rusev/Aiden English on SmackDown Live. All five participants in these shenanigans were dressed up in costumes, and the the biggest spot of the match involved a plate of pancakes, whipped cream and a cherry. That was the biggest spot in a match on the second-most popular television show of the biggest wrestling company on the planet.
Let’s make one thing perfectly clear, both segments this week were fine. Announcing a women’s Royal Rumble match is a moment to celebrate, even though it come be done without all the women celebrating the way that they did. The Rusev/Aiden English/New Day stuff was wrestling comedy at its best. What isn’t fine is acting like the Young Bucks, Hangman Page, Flip Gordon, Dragon Lee and Titán –performing a spot during an actual wrestling match — did more this past week to expose the wrestling business than what WWE did the last two days.
The Young Bucks aren’t an act for everyone, and they shouldn’t be. New Japan isn’t for everyone. Neither are promotions like Lucha Underground, Chikara, Impact Wrestling and Ring of Honor. That’s OK. Instead of bashing everything that you may not like, find something you do.
Sorry to break this to everyone, but the wrestling business has been exposed for a long time.