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Bring back the managers!

At WWE’s most recent pay-per-view, Vengance, Zack Ryder wrestled Dolph Ziggler for the U.S. title in what was a pretty quick, yet entertaining match. Dolph won the match and I did my usual celebration for the heel retaining his title. Dolph was able to win the match due to an enormous amount of outside interference. I am a big Dolph Ziggler fan for 3 main reasons. 1. His in-ring ability is sick and his mic skills can match anybody in the WWE right now (except CM Punk). 2. He’s ballsy enough to use the word “perfection” to describe himself, and anybody who welcomes comparisons between himself and Curt Hennig is an extremely confident individual and i respect the “ballsiness” of the declaration. 3. He has a manager! Vicki Guerrero may be annoying, obnoxious, ugly, and ear-piercing, but that’s why she’s so great at the lost art of being a professional wrestling manager.

The sickest part is, most of them were around in the same organization at the same time!

For a very long time, managers have provided landmark moments in wrestling, and offer many practical services. Managers traditionally  have amazing mic skills (Mr. Fuji being the exception to that rule) so they can make up for wrestler’s with in-ring ability but a serious lack of personality (Michael Mcguillicutty and Drew McIntyre come to mind). Also, managers provide for many fun and exciting ends to matches.

As a heel fan, it’s fun to watch them screw over the good guys and win in underhanded ways such as distracting the ref, throwing in foreign objects, or interfering with wrestlers on the outside of the ring. But managers aren’t just for heels. There have been several great “face” managers. Paul Bearer continued to manage The Undertaker after his face turn, and Miss Elisabeth was the manager for the Macho Man and Hulk Hogan while they were the two biggest faces in the biz. (Neither of these legends needed a manager, but I’m making a point.)

Managers are often more hated than the wrestlers they represent, especially if they represent multiple wrestlers (Guerrero, Heenan, Hart, Slick, and I’ll throw in Kevin Sullivan for you WCW fans). This is partially because they would be seen several times over the course of an event, but a bigger part is they are just great characters. They are THE characters people love to hate. For only modern wrestling fans, it’s hard to explain the magnitude of heat they can generate. At SummerSlam ’93 I was in attendance, and one of the few things i remember from that event is the only time i covered my ears due to loudness  was when Lex Lugar hit Mr. Fuji  during the main event. This applause was louder than when Lugar actually won the match (albeit by countout, and Yokozuna retained the title. Damn you technicalities!).

Managers are the little, runty, annoying pests that stand by ringside with too much confidence and too little ability. People loathe them, for managers are often the real reason their favorite wrestler loses.  And when they get a title? Forget about it. Nothing more annoying than seeing an ego-filled manager kissing and holding up a belt that takes up 90% of his torso (see: Jimmy Hart & the Nasty Boys) and acting like he’s the man. WWE managers are the sterling definition of sports entertainment, and this is why the WWE NEEDS to bring them back.

Discussion question: what would be your in-ring alter ego?


Jay Squared’s Tale of the Tape

Ladies and gentleman, boys and girl, children of all ages! Wwepaperchampion proudly brings to youuuuuu… Me!

Welcome everybody, this blog is for myself and my friend “Heel” to give our input on various wrestling topics. Heel will admittedly have more posts than I will, but I will contribute.

The thing about Heel and my wrestling knowledge and opinions is that you will get all aspects of the spectrum of opinions. Heel obviously prefers the “heel” characters, where as I prefer the “face” (or good guy) characters. Heels hayday of wrestling glory was the late 80’s early 90’s. Mine was smack dab in the middle of the beer smashing, casket match having, Smackdown Hotel ranting Attitude Era!

Like Heel, I used to watch wrestling like it was a religion. The characters, the stories, the violence. Everything about it appealed to me back in the day. I loved everything about wrestling, even experimented with some backyard wrestling (which I’ll talk about more in the future). I have just recently started to watch wrestling again, and have missed most of the “PG Era”. Honestly I couldn’t imagine wrestling being “PG”, but then again my favorite wrestler growing up was “Mankind” so my opinion there is probably skewed a bit.

My contributions to this blog are not going to be the same as Heels. I will be doing various lists based on my or both of our opinions (i.e. Top 10 entrance songs).  And  as long as Im able to watch (real life comes first) I plan on doing recaps or live updates about PPV events (haven’t decided which yet). Random sentimental posts, and current storyline thoughts as well.

Im not the best writer in the world, but neither is Mick Foley and that man wrote a best seller!

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PerfectHeel’s Tale of the Tape

WARNING: This blog is written with the understanding that it’s readers are somewhat seasoned wrestling viewers and therefore I will not spend a lot of time explaining more basic wrestling knowledge, kayfabe storylines, or concepts. However, i love to answer questions and hear feedback, so please, post away.

Right now, all I seem to be doing is watching wrestling. When i was younger (and I mean way younger. 23 months old to be exact) I started watching wrestling with my uncle. I was instantly addicted. The violence, the drama, the characters, the attitude, I fucking loved it. However as I got older, the story lines kept getting more and more absurd, and the product on TV no longer was about two guys beating each other up as it was how much smut can we get away with and how watered down can we make the product while people still pay full price. Now, I was a kid when I loved it and I’ll never deny the fact that really, wrestling is pretty much kids entertainment and that is who it’s true audience is and should be. However, the fact that I’m back into it now tells me that i didn’t just “outgrow” a hobby of mine, but the hobby itself changed and i just refused to lower myself to it. People my age and older who watch it should be aware of what they are watching and enjoy wrestling for what it is; a fun, violent soap opera with incredible athletes who occasionally do really insane stunts that make you say “wow”.

I’m writing this blog not so much as a play-by-play recap of events that happen, but moreso as a commentary on things that I see going on in the WWE and I’ll probably reminisce about the “golden years” of the WWE/F (1988-1993)