Thursday, March 20, 2014
Looking Back On Five Years...
For those that don't know the story, this blog was born out of an online newsletter. When I first hit cyberspace a whopping twenty years ago in 1994, it never hit me that people who were online would care about wrestling. I can still remember a preconceived notion of mine that anyone online must only be obsessed with Star Wars or Star Trek. To an extent, it was true, but eventually I began to discover clusters of wrestling fans in the then-new medium. When America Online was a thriving entity, they hosted both the AOL Grandstand and the WWF's first venture into cyberspace.
In the decade between the end of the newsletter and the birth of the blog, it became apparent to me that a lot of people enjoyed my first venture. "Do you still produce it?" "Why did it end?" "Is it coming back?" I would hear those questions and more from wrestling fans both on the Internet and in real life. I didn't have much interest in doing a newsletter again, but surely something could be done to address the great readers that missed it and satisfy my yearning to write about wrestling kitsch again. The answer? The blog.
Here we are in 2014 and it's actually a really great time to be a wrestling fan. In fact, I will go on record as saying that we're closer than we've ever been to another "boom" period for the industry. The WWE Network is setting out to not only change this industry but to also help further the evolution of home entertainment itself. Mixing the glory days with the current product has always been my idea of a recipe for wrestling success. That, coupled with the fact that WWE finally has stars that fans are emotionally invested in for the first time in a decade, is a sign to me that wrestling is back. Is it the exact thing that many of us grew up loving? No. But some of it is pretty damn good, and I can assure you that I'll be here riding the wave for at least another five years.