In the U.S. this weekend, it's Thanksgiving and you don't have to look too far to find Internet sites and social media posts all discussing the things they are thankful for. In a world that seems confusing right now, it feels almost imperative that people spread a little cheer and discuss some of the positives.
Sure, professional wrestling isn't exactly critical to our well-being, safety, or health, but a lot of fans in the WWE Universe use wrestling as an escape. It can be a way to remove themselves from real life and get lost in the characters and storylines the WWE and other promotions create to entertain fans all around the world.
Knowing there are more important things to really be grateful for, we still thought we'd have a little fun and list five things we should all be thankful for this Thanksgiving as it pertains to professional wrestling.
What are you thankful for? Add in the comments section!
5. Braun Strowman
WWE has been guilty of some pretty terrible ideas and shotty writing. Fortunately, one guy seems to be impervious to it and that's Braun Strowman. Sure, the WWE could ruin him if they wanted to, but Strowman seems to be wildly popular regardless of who he faces and if he wins or loses. He's a monster and he's a fresh character in the WWE the fans are eating up.
The WWE could realistically build the company around Strowman at this point and fans would accept it.
4. Chris Jericho Versus Kenny Omega
There is no denying that Chris Jericho versus Kenny Omega is a huge match for wrestling. It's not just big for both competitors, or NJPW, it's big for the WWE as it shows they permitted one of "their guys" to do his own thing and that wrestling has legs outside the WWE.
This match could bring extra eyeballs to wrestling in general and sometimes extra eyeballs to the WWE's competition is a very strong and motivating factor to be better at what you do as a company. This can only make WWE stronger. It may also lead to an eventual relationship with Kenny Omega and that would be awesome for WWE fans.
3. Kurt Angle Wrestling
Many fans might not love how it came about and many fans might wonder what's next for Angle and his role in the WWE but few fans should complain about the fact that Kurt Angle is finally wrestling again and got the medical OK to hop back into the ring.
It was almost looking as if WWE was trying to hold off on that. But Angle wanted to return, his return allows for some tremendous potential dream matches down the road and it also gives a little more hope to a guy like Daniel Bryan, even if the two cases aren't related. No matter how long or how little Angle steps into the ring, we should all be thankful he can now.
2. Digital Platforms
Who knows how well the Global Wrestling Network or the ROH Digital App are going to perform? But the fact that these companies are trying to use this platform in much the same way WWE Network has brought countless hours of wrestling to a huge audience is great for fans.
Add to that the fact that WWE might be working out a deal with Facebook to offer a Facebook Live production starting in January and this is a great time to get easy access to all sorts of wicked content you might not normally get to see as a fan. Wrestling fans who want to get familiar with wrestlers not in the WWE will now get every opportunity to do so.
This is going to cover a lot of bases but for the most part, they all have one thing in common, that being Ring of Honor. Cody Rhodes was able to leave WWE and make a huge name for himself. Kenny Omega has become a huge independent hit. ROH has introduced a streaming service for content. Chris Jericho has agreed to work with them. The Young Bucks have angered WWE to the point they're on their active radar all of these are good things for wrestling.
The WWE needs competition. It was proved when WCW existed and was strong that WWE is simply a better product when they're worried about losing viewers to another wrestling promotion. ROH may not be direct competition (even they say they aren't) but they certainly have WWE's attention.