The hero of our story, the main character whom we follow, and the one that all the fans are cheering for day in and day out is constantly being held down. Back in the day, which is always a Wednesday when someone says that, there was a way for the hero to get retribution and end up on top. That was known as a “pay per view,” which we have today, but the PPV very rarely resolves anything anymore.
A change of direction in the ongoing story, a sudden and unexpected change, is known in the business as a swerve. The biggest swerve of all is the removal of the retribution from the PPV and a delivery of retribution in such small chunks that no one even realizes they’re being swindled. Let’s get this thing rolling, shall we?
The Radmiral has been experiencing a swerve, folks. Beaumont has been dealt a poor hand and somehow has to figure out how to turn that clunker into gold. That’s where we sit in today’s world, a swerve that shows us we’re so close and yet so far away.
In the WWE, which I have rarely referenced in this here column, Daniel Bryan was being dealt a poor hand and there was a slow burn (another business term, this one meaning a build up to a bigger finale) towards an eventual peak. Well, Bryan reached that peak and nature dealt him a swerve in the form of neck surgery, really undoing everything that had happened up to that point. The only real way to get Bryan back in the spotlight after he returns in the same way is to get the slow burn rolling again, and if we’ve learned nothing else from Lost (the TV show), it’s that lightning doesn’t strike twice.
Nature dealt me an obstacle way back… in the form of a physical impairment. Now, certain people I know have claimed that the impairment was overblown and really didn’t deserve the reaction that it got… but those people are also judging the visual clues rather than the actual damage done. In any case, that, for me, is an obstacle. The obstacle opened a door, which eventually caused another obstacle in having that door shut. Another door opened but I was the only one allowed in the room, and even that door is on the way to shutting. The problem I’m having now is that the opportunity that I was reaching for, my own personal World Heavyweight Championship, is now being blocked from me and that really throws me a swerve that I don’t know what to do about.
I’m going to break out of tradition here a little and say that for the first time yesterday, actually and really, I started looking for another job. I’ve gotten real tired of there being one thing after another holding me down and for the first time, the obstacle is almost too large. The thing I keep hearing that I really can’t fucking stand is “just wait.” Fuck that, I’m tired of waiting.
Do you want to utilize the talent pool in a correct manner? Absolutely. If you identify a talented individual, don’t you want to push that individual into the spotlight and get that individual the proper attention to be successful? You’d think so. Does my job operate that way? Apparently not.
I work with people who want to see me fail. I work with people who genuinely think that holding me down, holding me back, makes their life better in some way. I don’t know how this works but apparently that’s what they think. They aren’t even the problem anymore and that is the thing that bothers me the most. I can handle those people.
What I’m experiencing can be summarized by metaphor. Let’s say that the brand new professional wrestler Bret Hart comes into the WWE, fresh and new. He’s got no real notoriety built up and he’s being placed in positions that highlight his skills. During his time with WWE, let’s say that Hart is discovered to have a knack for booking some of the best matches the industry has ever seen. Okay, we have a talented wrestler who can book the hell out of matches, ones that make the whole industry better.
Now let’s say that the WWE says that Bret Hart can’t do any booking because he’s got to be a World Champion before he can even book a single match. The other wrestlers, especially the ones who would be retiring this very year to provide him with a shot at the championship, have decided that they don’t want to see Bret succeed… so they hold off on retirement.
This scenario assumes some things. This scenario assumes that there are actually legal reasons why our main character can’t do something. These reasons don’t exist in the WWE, but for the purposes of our example, let’s continue with the situation.
Bret is given the Intercontinental Championship and is proven to be a hot commodity, but the booking staff needs a lot of help. The retiree potentials are still holding out, so as the Intercontinental Champion, Bret can apply to be a booker with WWE in a different state than where he’s living. WWE says, out of the blue, that no wrestler can move up right now due to other bookers being laid off that need reassignment. So… WWE is pissing away the talent of Bret Hart, booker extraordinaire.
I hope the person I normally aim these “fourth wall” comments is actually reading: keep snickering you fucker, I’m not done. Dipshit.
I readily admit that I’m not the “WWE Hall of Fame” level talent where I work. I also readily admit that there are others who are junior to me that are more qualified to be “ring generals” than I am. The thing I do not admit, and the thing that my “fellow wrestlers” don’t seem to understand, is that I need to wait to cross some finish line or vault some hurdle that is arbitrarily placed there by some pencil pushing asshole who thinks there needs to be a threshold to cross. Why keep me around, making yourself miserable in the process by my very presence, if you can get rid of me faster by just helping push to get me advanced?
I’ve been dealt a swerve. I am investigating my options but know that those investigations include “other wrestling companies” at this point. Hell, they include other companies in general. I don’t need to wrestle, and if you’re paying attention, I don’t even want to wrestle anymore. Why not just let me go and do what I want?
My WWE in this case needs to pull their head out of their ass… but that’s asking a lot, especially if you know who I work for…
Thanks for reading, though.
Think on it.