Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Time to End the Misconception: What the WWE is All About From a Fan's View

This is something I thought I would have to do eventually, and that time has come. Here are a few tips to learn the ropes of the WWE.

1. When a wrestling fan refers to the "attitude era", he or she is referring to the late 90's and early 2000's in the WWE. This is generally referred to as the greatest era in WWE history. This is where Stone Cold, The Rock, Triple H, Shawn Michaels, Undertaker and Kane were the top stars.

2. When a wrestling fan is talking about technical wrestlers, look at wrestlers such as Daniel Bryan and CM Punk.

3. Number one way to piss a fan off: To say wrestling is fake. Watch these videos, and tell a fan if wrestling is fake. But, I warn you, I am not responsible for the ensuing argument/fight/combination of the two.

4. When a fan refers to a "shoot," this is what we mean:

****Caution: This video below from DX in the "Attitude Era" is profanity laden.****

5. There are 3 types of entrance themes:

1: Mainstream Music- The music you hear on the radio at anytime, such as The Miz's theme, "I Came to Play" by Downstait.

2. Indy Music- Songs that are produced by little-known artists, such as Christian's theme, "Just Close Your Eyes" by Story of the Year.

3. WWE produced music- Music produced by WWE's music director, Jim Johnston, such as the Undertaker's old theme during his "American Bad Ass/Big Evil" era, "You're Gonna Pay."

6. Pay-per-views: It can truly provide memorable moments...

1. The Theme Music- Yes, there's music for this too. The music typically coincides with the theme of the PPV. Perfect Example, Last Year's Survivor Series, celebrating it's 25th anniversary at New York's Madison Square Garden. The theme was "Good Feeling" by Flo Rida.

2. The Tagline- The theme behind the PPV. For example, SummerSlam is considered one of the "Big Four" PPV's (WrestleMania, Royal Rumble and Survivor Series are the other three) and in 2006 had the tagline as "The Biggest Party of the Summer," with several promos behind it.

3. The Match Card and Promo- This is where the hype is built up for the PPV. One of my favorite match cards was from the 2003 Royal Rumble, which started the Road to WrestleMania 19. The theme song was "Falling Apart" by Trust Company.

On the flip side, one of the best promos done for a PPV was in 1998 at the Rock Bottom. This was for the Stone Cold vs. Undertaker Buried Alive match.

4. The PPV Intro- Once you get the PPV, this sets the tone for the night. A couple of good examples are from Backlash 2005 (theme: "Stronger" by Trust Company) and Vengeance 2005 (theme: "Happy" by Mudvayne).

5. The Main Event- This is self-explanatory.

7. When we refer to the "PG Era," this is the BS we are talking about:

(Before this past Monday's RAW, this was the last RAW I missed (this was 10.31. 2011) and this maybe the only RAW I have ever intentionally missed)

8. The era we are in is the "Reality Era" which started after this: (exception of the Muppets night)

9. The last era a beginning fan needs to know is the "Ruthless Aggression" era.

10. The most important thing a WWE fan knows: WrestleMania is "The Showcase of the Immortals."

I hope this brought a newfound understanding of the events millions around the world love so much.

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