Killer, Lover, Pokemon Master...
This is a Professional Wrestling blog.
Goldberg does his entrance thing, and this was still when he was cool. Crowd is losing their shit. Goldberg has his coolest entrance ever that would have his head pop in and out of vision through the smoke and sparks. It’s a genuinely cool moment.
Then Hogan comes out, strumming the belt. Still cool.
Then Hogan pulls the camera in close and goes “I…AM GONNA KICK…GOLDBERGS……….BUTT!” Like. He thought about it. It was just the corniest thing and I loved it because it means I can still enjoy the match ironically. I can never take Hollywood seriously.
—Warrior, on Hulk Hogan
Wow this is insane. Warrior is so fucking insane.
Watching all of this Jeff Hardy reminds me off all the stupid things he was saying and doing just 9 months or so ago.
Then I think about where everybody is now. Matt and Jeff aren’t on tv and CM Punk is about to headline one of the biggest WWE ppvs as the WWE champion with one of the biggest stars of all time in John Cena.
I feel that the last time we see CM Punk, when the time comes that he finally disappears into the Chicago night for good, it will be in a way appropriate for him. Either getting his comeuppance or receiving the respect he deserves in some fashion. Whatever it may be, it will certainly be better than the last we saw of Matt teaming with Chris Harris or Jeff Hardy at Victory Road.
This isn’t a petty post, this isn’t a ‘let’s all laugh at the Hardys again’ joke, but I think there is something to be said about people that make the right decisions in their lives. And that isn’t a statement on drug use, it’s a statement on life.
But who knows, maybe the Hardys did make the best decisions for themselves. Maybe it’s best that they got away, even in shame and embarrassment. We’ll see.
In all, it’s nice to see people like Punk that worked hard and stuck it out eventually getting what they want. Especially in a world of Hardy Boys and people like them. What is happening now is a validation of the decisions Punk has made in his life. He stayed true to himself and was a success by being himself, for better or worse. It is an inspiration to people like me that want to do things in their own way. Jeff Hardy also was a success with his own approach to life and to a significantly lesser extent, Matt, but then something happened.
I don’t think we’ll have to say the same thing about CM Punk. I don’t think we’ll ever get a “Where are they now?” article about CM Punk. I don’t think CM Punk will be opening car dealerships or doing rent a center commercials. I don’t think CM Punk will make a series of unapologetic embarrassing public displays. I think CM Punk is someone we can hang out hats on.
There is a risk in proclaiming a wrestler as your favorite. It takes a piece of your heart. It makes what happens to them later all the more difficult. I think what is great about guys like CM Punk is that we don’t have to worry about all that. He may hurt our feelings, but we will never have to be apologist for him or for liking him. In that respect, he’s a lot like John Cena.
I think WWE is done with paper heroes like Jeff Hardy, Ultimate Warrior, Hulk Hogan, etc. All of those guys have let their fans down in a lot of ways. Shawn Michaels used to be that guy. We have champions now that might finally kill the saying that you should never meet your heroes. We have heroes we can proudly claim allegiance to.
And so I apologize to the people that had a hero in the Hardys and have to hold your hand over your face during every ridiculous youtube video. I apologize to the people that had a hero in Randy Orton and have to cover your ears when he goes on an ill advised verbal bowl movement.
There are heroes. But sometimes there’s a man…sometimes there’s a man.
My hero is CM Punk.