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Colling’s Corner: Volume Three

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Impact ratings, Daniel Bryan supposed to be a gay character?, Brock Lesnar, your Wrestler of the Year?

Impact Wrestling has been on their new network, Destination America, for a couple of weeks now. The network isn’t in as many homes as Spike TV is, but hey, at least we have wrestling we can watch on Friday nights. The first week the show aired it got 359,000 viewers. This past Friday saw an increase up to 387,000 viewers. The show has been a ratings hit thus far for the network, but it’s nowhere near the 1.1 million viewers they were getting at the peak of their Spike TV run.

As long as the company maintains good ratings for the company, can we not make fun of the difference in viewership? I’m sure if they were to go out of business people would complain about there only being the WWE to watch. It happened with WCW and it would/will happen again.

I read a report the other day that featured a former WWE writer reveal that Daniel Bryan was going to be revealed as being a homosexual. This would have been around the time he was involved in a love triangle with the Bella Twins and Gail Kim. How differently would his career have played out had that been done?

Aside from Goldust, has their been an accomplished gay character in the modern era? The idea appeared that Bryan would be a baby face. Throughout wrestling history hasn’t a gay wrestling character typically been presented as a heel? I think it’s been that way because men aren’t going to usually cheer for a gay character. Maybe because it’s not exactly “cool.” That may have been the mindset back in the 90’s when Goldust was at his peak.

Would Daniel Bryan, a gay character, been anything more than mid card act or would he have still have made it to the main event of WrestleMania XXX? I’ve inclined to say no. Daniel Bryan has been a huge asset to the company and had that angle played out as it was supposed to, it may have damaged Daniel Bryan’s career beyond repair in the mainstream world of wrestling.

Last week, the WWE announced the induction of Randy Savage into the Hall of Fame. I’m a huge Randy Savage fan and think it’s great that he is finally getting inducted into the HOF. I, I’m sure like most people, just wish they had done this while the Macho Man was still alive. For over two decades he had a feud with Vince McMahon for leaving the company for WCW, or for sleeping with an underage Stephanie (allegedly), whichever one you want to go with.

Also, they really couldn’t have found anyone better to induct Savage? They had to go with Hulk Hogan? Hogan has really aggravated me in recent years with his lies or simply forgetting the truth of stuff that has happened. I’d rather have picked Ricky Steamboat or maybe even Diamond Dallas Page. After all, if it weren’t for Savage, Page probably wouldn’t have become such a popular act like he did in WCW from 1997 to the demise of the company. But, I get it, Hogan is a draw.

The last topic I want to touch upon is about Brock Lesnar being voted the Wrestler of the Year for the Pro Wrestling Illustrated magazine. Yes, I understand that the fans vote for the awards, or are at least supposed to be the only source, and that the magazine is heavily kayfabe. However, lets just put this in perspective. In 2014, Lesnar wrestled all of four times. He beat Big Show at Rumble, ended the Undertaker’s streak at WrestleMania XXX, won the WWE World Championship at SummerSlam by destroying John Cena, and while he lost at Night of Champions, it was only by disqualification.

Sure, his four matches are big matches and the beating of the Streak is incredible. But, are you serious? Wrestle of the Year should be awarded to the guy who wrestles 300+ times a year and entertains the fans each and every night out. Lesnar accomplished a lot in a short period of time, no doubt, but voting him to an award such as Wrestler of the Year just leaves be confused as to what people are thinking sometimes.

Who would I have voted for Wrestler of the Year? It’s a tough question, for sure. Before the botching of his direction, Dean Ambrose could have been a good candidate. John Cena is always up for discussion, and I’m sure Roman Reigns will win the award several times over his career. That being said, I would have gone with Seth Rollins. He has improved beyond anything I ever expected and the once “weak link” of the Shield as really held his own and all three members of the former group are strong characters and performers. Rollins would be the Wrestler of the Year, in my opinion.

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That’s all I got for this edition of Colling’s Corner. Do you see Impact Wrestling surviving on Destination America? Who would have been your Wrestler of the Year?

Leave your thoughts below!

Thanks for reading.

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