Memo to WWE: The Best in the World Isn’t Always Home Grown.

Last night we saw two guys who are considered to be the best in the world.  Both guys themselves have said not bad for two indy guys and you know what, not too bad at all.  Vince McMahon doesn’t get how guys like CM Punk, like Daniel Bryan or even Zack Ryder have gotten over like they have.  Ryder is a different circumstance considering that he made his own break for himself when the WWE wouldn’t give him one.  Guys like CM Punk and Daniel Bryan made names for themselves long before their WWE days.  Punk wrestled a match with Samoa Joe that is still considered a five star match even today.  Before he was Daniel Bryan and was known throughout the world as Bryan Danielson, he had some of the most memorable matches to date in Ring of Honor with guys like Nigel McGuinness, Austin Aries and even Punk himself.  Fans chanted Danielson’s name and chanted “best in the world” over and over again because they looked at him and looked at what he could do in that ring and they knew that who they were watching was in fact one of the best if not THE best in the world.

The other thing that Vinny Mac can’t stand is that these boys as over as they are were not something he made.  They didn’t start on his playing field and he doesn’t like that. He doesn’t like that something that has become big wasn’t made from his mold.  Bryan got fired after the Nexus debut and people were irate over it and the WWE was looking like a laughing stock over it.  NXT 2 had Kaval, better known as Low Ki, win the competition only to be jobbing to guys and eventually getting fired.  Reason being is still shady, but there was no other way to look at it other than the WWE let go of one of the few guys they had that could wrestle. And there lies in the key word as to why guys like Low Ki, CM Punk and Daniel Bryan are as good as they are. It’s because they wrestle and what they believe in is wrestling and not sports entertainment, but pro wrestling.  Vince may have forgotten what that means or is doing his best to make his product something that it isn’t, but these guys haven’t forgotten it. They haven’t forgotten their roots and the history.

Here’s a little lesson for the WWE and especially Vinny Mac and throw TNA in there too, some names if you will.  Bryan Danielson/Daniel Bryan, CM Punk, Low Ki, Austin Aries, Nigel McGuinness, AJ Styles, Christopher Daniels, Kevin Steen, Samoa Joe, El Generico, Homicide, Petey Williams, Chris Sabin, Alex Shelley, Chris Hero, Claudio Castagnoli, Jay Briscoe, Mark Briscoe, Tyler Black, Davey Richards, Eddie Edwards, Frankie Kazarian, and Roderick Strong. What do these guys have in common? They’re wrestlers, not sports entertainers but wrestlers. What they do is wrestle and what they believe in is the craft of pro wrestling. Vince you may have forgotten what that means but they haven’t. Dixie Carter, you may not have a clue what the hell those two words mean, but these guys do.  Somewhere amongst the glamor, the pyro and scripts you constantly re-write at the last second, the message and the core essence of the product got lost.  But in the indy leagues where a lot of these guys compete, they haven’t forgotten it and for a lot of them, they can’t forget it.  This is what they do, this is what they grew up watching and dreamt of doing.

There are a lot of guys who can be deemed as pro wrestling’s future and considered amongst the best in the world. A lot of those names that are mentioned in there not only are amongst that list but deserve every right to be called amongst the best in the world. And they started out in those some indy leagues that some people like Vince or his mouthpiece Michael Cole spit on every chance they get. There is a collective of wrestlers who are amongst the best in the world, and it’s got nothing to do with whether Vince McMahon says so or not.  A lot of guys are a part of that because they earned it, because they let what they can do in the ring speak for itself.  The sooner that Vince remembers what made his product great and that it doesn’t matter where the talent came from, but having the talent in the first place, the better off he’ll be and so will the rest of us because that is when the WWE will reach a new form of greatness that it once had more than 10 years ago.

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