The Scene Opens with the backs of a room full of bustling journalists and reporters being shown. They all seem to be anticipating someone of high importance. They sit in front of a stage with a brown podium adorned with an official looking but suspiciously cartoonish emblem with a ridiculously large American flag in the background of the stage. Some are rustling with notes, some are snapping photos and others are talking amongst themselves until they are interrupted by an official looking man in a tidy, but cheap suit that walks out and stands in front of the podium and adjusts the microphone.
*Feedback blares throughout the room and audible screeching and cracking from the microphone being adjusted*
Some may say I’ve gone off the deep end by proclaiming myself “President of E-wrestling”. I say you’re damn lucky that I haven’t decided to become the Supreme Leader and create a cult of personality around myself and start calling myself Kut Jung Il. I mean, who else wants to step up as the authority of ewrestling? At least I am allowing a congress! …You’re welcome.
Now that we’ve established that I am ‘the man’, let’s get into the address.
Yes, yes, we all know I’m not the “end all be all” of ewrestling or whatever that means. I’ve been reminded of this thousands of times by random folk who visit the site, and decide I’m “Hitler” because some trivial disagreement on the forums.
That’s what RK was designed for, to be the place where ANYONE can come and a have a neutral territory with equal treatment. I do have friends that are closer as would be expected, but bottom line is; nobody gets special treatment at RK. Everyone is welcome here, until you prove to be a dipshit that is. There is no elitism on this website, and I believe I’ve proved that in the 11 or so years of running it. That isn’t always the greatest thing in the world, because RK has had its fair share of… unique members. That can be a turn off to some, but it’s what RK has always stood for.
Over the years, ewrestling, like life has undergone change. Change is the only constant. Change is something we all must accept, because you basically don’t have a say in the matter. Things must and always will change. How you deal with that change will decide your status in life.
We can whine about how everything sucks now and daydream about the good ol days. For every nostalgic romantic who longs for the glory years of ewrestling, there are people who are quite content with the way things are right now, even prefer it.
Whether the present state of ewrestling has changed for the better or worse is purely subjective and speculative. There is an empirical realty that we must deal with, and this is attested by countless individuals who play this game: There is a lack of handlers and influx of efeds.
You’ll get those (and I have) who see nothing wrong with this and will argue that it’s a positive. However, ewrestling is a game and you can’t have a successful game without players and only coaches. This is why you find so many efeds opening on a weekly basis, only to close up shop due to little participation if any.
Now I’m not arguing whether hundreds of dead efeds is a good or bad thing, what I am suggesting is that it can only harm the overall quality of the game. When this argument arises, it is assumed that every fed-head who opens a doomed efed is a potential ewrestler who could be helping a more active fed. This isn’t necessarily true, though we all share a common bond through ewrestling, it can also be possible that not all of us want to be a player, but the leader. It’s just not always true that every fed that opens takes away from another struggling efed.
Can ewrestling be “saved”?
Well, of course it can. One thing I am never for lack of is ideas. What I DO happen to lack is the desire and motivation to do it. Even WITH the lofty number of deteriorating efeds out there, there is a way to return the game to the state of excellence that many of us fondly remember.
Am I going to save it? Probably not—as it requires effort that has been sucked out of me over the years. I run this website still, basically, because people still use it. Not because of some altruistic duty to ewrestling. I do not see myself as some savior, I see myself as a guy who runs a website. It would also require going against the fundamental foundation that this site stands on.
So whatever then, jackass, how can it be saved?
First, there’s no need for name calling.
- You find the successful efeds out there and connect them through a website, such as RK. You post stats, showcase the talent, tout the shows, you know like we used to do.
- You find a nice round number, like “big three” or “big five” and you harrow them as the “major brands”. Doesn’t matter what public opinion is, you just pick ‘em and stick to ‘em. Everything doesn’t have to be a matter of public opinion and as proven by living. People don’t know what’s best for them. The majority isn’t always right and people all want everything and nothing and nobody agrees on one standard. You tell the public, these are the best and you focus on them. If left to public opinion, there would be 1200 different “major brands”.
The idea here is to establish a level of quality that people want to attain. So, really it doesn’t matter if there are countless shitty efeds opening and closing when there is a “Big Five”.
This is where you must be creative, because you need to have a community that is willing to support your opinions of who the “Big Five” are. I mean, obviously they need to be well respected efeds in their own right and they need to be of substantial quality from the design to the writing. You still need to really be able to sell that, these are THEE places to be.
Here’s the less desirable part and where RK has to step aside on principle. You must be an elitist; you have to virtually ignore the lowly Indy feds. Maybe give ‘em a dark corner to struggle to get some exposure. They are not part of the elite few.
In no time at all, you’ll have a handful of efeds that are overflowing with membership and a community that flourishes from it. That’s the idea at least. It’s also something that goes against the purpose of RK, so don’t expect it to happen here. RK started in spite of these types of websites and its only circumstance that RK has risen to the top and remains.
A huge part of this is design. Doesn’t matter what people say, shiny things attract people. Your community must be spectacular and the big five must share that artistic flair.
I’m not arguing that having an elitist community is a good thing here; I’m arguing that it’s a necessity. What would pro-wrestling be without the WWE? What is the WWE now without a large competitor? In ewrestling, two won’t do. You need a small handful because of the shelf life of efeds and the tastes of the ewrestlers.
Even if you detest the idea of an elitist group in ewrestling you need to come to terms with the fact that it is a necessity to create an atmosphere of quality and competition. Right now, there’s nothing to really shoot for, or anyone to look up to.
I am positive that plenty of current efeds out there will take offense to this and I’m good with that. There are numerous GOOD efeds, but I haven’t seen an ELITE efed in many years. Having members that will take a bullet for you and a roster of 100 doesn’t make you an elite fed, sorry.
I haven’t seen an FWO, or an IWO and FWL or the other efeds I can’t remember that were celebrated for being at the very upper echelon. Actually, I think FWO still exists, but the communities that surrounded it and made it one of the elite don’t exist and that’s the problem.
After a quick visit to FWO, there’s another problem. The things that made FWO groundbreaking and innovative back then, make it just look dated and a relic now. No offense really intended to the members and staff there, but that’s how I feel about it. With corrugated steel background, posers adorned about, they need a fresh look. Right now it looks like 2002.
For example: http://www.ro.me/
With all this said, I must take some responsibility for killing ewrestling as we knew it. As I’ve explained above, RoughKut.com was started in spite of what I felt were elitist websites.
That’s right, I set out to change the game, to take ewrestling away from the privileged few and give it to the unwashed masses and I believe looking objectively, that I have succeeded… but at what cost?
RoughKut.com remains, one of, if not the most well known ewrestling resource websites out there. This isn’t a subjective opinion; it’s the overall consensus of the people, even the owners of other comparable websites that I have had various discussions with on the subject. I do not want to turn this into some great competition or debate; I’m just stating what I have no choice to view as an empirical fact.
There have been more “popular” websites out there at any given time, or more active websites, but I do not believe there are any more well known. This is not a boastful claim meant to stroke my own rod; this is to say that RoughKut.com may be responsible for the current state of affairs in ewrestling whether you feel they are positive or negative.
What happened was RoughKut.com gave ewrestling a vehicle to grow exponentially… and that it did. It gave fledgling and struggling efeds a place to not only grow their roster, but grow their reputations and their following. I believe this may have led to the current influx of lower quality efeds and put a strangle on the elitist, or possibly higher quality efed that were available.
With RK, the every-day fedder could open an efed at whim and muster up a modest roster and have a forum to establish their following. The innovations of RK made this incredibly easy to do. However, in hindsight, it may have worked against the very grain of what ewrestling always had been before.
What I saw as evil in my younger and more naïve years, I now see as a necessity that needs to return.
It’s not the dirty word that it appears to be. There is nothing wrong with supporting the best products out there and shunning the inferior, that’s after all what capitalism is, right? The problem only arises when the “best” becomes far too subjective and “the elite” have an unfair advantage over the little guy. That’s where RK stepped in, initially.
It may be just pure happenstance and conjuncture on my part that all the Elitist Resource websites seemed to disappear while roughkut.com flourished. Maybe RK had less to do with that than it appears. Who knows?
All I do know is that I watched each and every “hype fed” and resource websites that catered to a assemblage of vividly designed efeds fall by the wayside over the years. I even felt a sense of pride as I watched them die in the past. Now all I feel is a sense of remorse for the reasons I explained above.
This isn’t to say I regret opening RK either, but there needs to be a balance. RK was never intended to be THEE place to go, as in the only place to go, no. RK was always intended to be the alternative. That one place that mister nobody could run to when they couldn’t find support elsewhere.
In a sense, RK was like Jesus. You had your fancy golden calf, Sun God worshiping religions and then along comes this filthy, homeless, Jew carpenter with some revolutionary, avant-garde and radical ideas that would change the world as we knew it. Some people thought he was just a crazy heretic. Some people thought he was their savior. Some people wanted him dead just to maintain the status quo and quail the rabble rousing. In the very end, Christianity ended up being the most well known and polarizing religion remaining… and not all people view that as a good thing.
Difference is, I suppose, you won’t go to hell by supporting non-RK websites, though it’s up for debate. I don’t make the rules on your salvation.
While I have been known to turn a few barrels of dirty water into wine, or at least a nice moonshine, I am no savior. You can worship me if you like, that’s your decision. But I don’t require it.
I don’t feel like ewrestling is going to die or anything that extreme. But this is my humble offering on how to get it back to it’s former glory.