Howdy, Brandon Stransky here again with my weekly Russosbrand.com column. The topic I wanted to discuss this week is something that I personally believe is the cause for a lot […]
Howdy, Brandon Stransky here again with my weekly Russosbrand.com column. The topic I wanted to discuss this week is something that I personally believe is the cause for a lot of the woes in professional wrestling today and that simply put, is ego.
Ego, when kept in check, can actually be a useful tool. Say you’re a wrestler on a roster and you feel like you deserve a higher spot on the card than the one you currently have. If you harness your ego correctly, you can use it to drive yourself to work harder until you have that spot you desire.
Unfortunately though, it seems that people in and out of the business are letting their egos be in control as opposed as a tool kept in check and used to drive them to better themselves.
Starting with the IWC, they have a very bad habit of thinking that their opinion is the only one that matters simply because they have the loudest voice in the room and everyone should listen to them and only them. I’ve actually read posts from the internet fans complaining that the mass casual audience ruins wrestling for them, as if their tastes are the only ones that matter. News flash guys, your particular preference of wrestling style is not a draw in mainstream America, never has been, never will be no matter how much you kick and scream. There is a place on the show for those kind of matches and it’s not every single one on the card no matter how much you want it to be.
And then with the IWC’s ego, that starts to bleed into the performers themselves in some cases. I don’t mean to pick on him but the absolute best example I can give with this scenario is Kevin Owens. Beloved by the IWC diehards, anytime any type of criticism that’s thrown his way, constructive or otherwise, is immediately shut down and anyone making the criticism is ridiculed and told that they’re irrelevant, don’t know what they’re talking about etc…And Kevin Owens himself, when someone who’s been in the business for a quarter of a century gives him some criticism, with the intentions of helping him out mind you, instead of taking it to heart, he blows it off. And in my opinion, the reason for that is the IWC blowing up his ego and telling him how great he is that he doesn’t have to listen to anyone telling him how he can better himself. And unfortunately, this is not something that’s exclusive to Mr. Owens.
And it’s not just the strange and weird symbiotic relationship between some of the NXT/Indie darlings and the IWC but also at the very top as well and I of course an referring to the most powerful members of the McMahon family, namely Vince and Stephanie and by extension HHH. Vince, having put away his toughest competitor and the fact that there hasn’t been any real significant challenge since WCW, has had not just his ego explode, but also become complacent and lazy when it comes to his on-screen product. Rather than challenge his writers to come up with the best show possible, he’d rather have what HE wants done, regardless of whether or not it draws and I don’t have to say anything about HHH and Stephanie that Mr. Russo hasn’t already covered.
So there you have it folks, just my theory on how out of control egos are the underlying cause of the downfall of the professional wrestling business. Agree? Disagree? Feel free to discuss in the comments section. Thanks for reading.