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5.19.2008

Weight A Minute...

It’s an age old argument. Go to any message board or listen in on a discussion with a wrestling fan: Does size matter? You got guys that argue facts like “In real life…” Once I hear that sentence in regards to wrestling, sports entertainment, whatever you wanna call it, I immediately lose interest in the argument.

This is wrestling.

Why do people get so damned upset when you say that a smaller guy can beat a larger one?

Ask yourself a few questions. How tall am I? How much do I weigh? How fast am I? What kinda shape am I in? I think a lot of us are fooled by the fact that these “smaller” guys are in the ring with guys that are 6’4” and over. Do you look at Sabu and call him tiny? How about HBK? Each one of them is below 6’0” tall. Each is smaller than me (I am 6’1” 201 lbs.) Would I complain if they beat Big Show or Mark Henry? No, because to me size has never mattered. So many fans grew up watching the giants of the 80’s and never let go. They complain about Vince McMahon being size queens yet are guilty of the same thing. Hell, Booker T is allegedly 5’11”! What the hell is with that?

Then you have the giant freaks of nature (sorry, Big Daddy Donnie). This is the part of the arguments and discussions that get me. Put three big men in a match and watch how many of us get ready for a clusterfuck. Undertaker, Khali, and Bootista. We know that the match will likely suck but not because of the Undertaker. Why is that? You have three giants in the ring so by wrestling logic the match should be a five star classic. It all depends on who is in the ring, not the size.

You can have too cruiserweights or too heavyweights and have a great or shitty match. You can mix it up and have a great match or a shitty one as well. But the fact that so many fans will see a wrestler like Kendrick and say “He will never be a champ!” shows how blind we are becoming to talent. Is it because of his height, weight, or skill? No. it’s because you have been taught that only size matters and anything else is crap. Paul London is seven inches taller than Rey Mysterio Jr. Rey is a former heavyweight champ. Well, so is Khali…

We need to stop focusing so much on heights and weights in wrestling. That’s one of the problems going on in both the WWE and TNA. You have cruiserweights with nothing to do and no belt to fight for in the E and X Division guys that get mauled by any heavyweight that enters. Are you telling me that a match between Regal and Jamie Noble wouldn’t interest you? That a match between Gregory Helms and Edge wouldn’t be cool? Stop pigeon holing wrestlers and let them just go at it. Not an invasion type angle.

Just one week I would like to turn on a show and see one of these matches happen where it isn’t shocking that a smaller guy one or a smaller guy gets destroyed for no reason whatsoever. I am watching to be entertained, not ashamed.
You all know where I stand on this issue. Where do you? Do you believe that size matters? And if you don’t mind doing it, just post your height and weight as well. Look forward to hearing what you all think.


2 comments: on "Weight A Minute..."

Chris said...

I want to say that skill and talent are the most important aspects, but in truth if one of the two wrestlers can break the other man in half it's not very believable. Sure exceptions can be made, a believable story can be told. But both wrestlers would have to be good for it to go over. Big Show carries around close to five hundred pounds, he could rip the arm off of you and beat you to death with it. Should he be getting pinned by a guy like Kendrick?
On the other hand you have someone like Khali who makes Big Show look like a technician, they guy shouldn't even be allowed into the building much less on TV and PPV's. He should be getting pinned by guys like Kendrick because he moves like Frankenstein, but Khali couldn't tell the story so....

Christopher Casúr said...

I think this speaks to a point Donnie made some months back about physical charisma. Guys who are tall, jacked, or both have physical charisma and therefore have an advantage over the smaller guys before even stepping into a ring. Sometimes it works out, other times the guy ends up being the drizzling shits. In the highly political E, getting your foot in the door is a big battle, so having something like physical charisma gives you a major upper hand, even thought it shouldn't.

I'm 6'3", 295 (but am halfway through a weight loss plan, so that number is still going down).