oh hey i keep making my dumb axe threads and keep forgetting this is here
when i first got back into things, it was Daniel Bryan’s rise from NXT graduate to WM30 that really made me feel some part of that old childish joy i felt watching WWF as a kid, and catching up on past shows and PPVs, already knowing that he’d be forced to retire due to injuries made everything that much more heart wrenchingly tragic. and even hearing the initial news before the last Smackdown aired, i was happy but a little jaded. but when he started tearing up about finally being able to return, i certainly marked the hell out.
i can’t lie, i’m sort of with HOBO on this. later in that episode, bouncing off the crowd energy from his pretty sincere intro, he went on to get power bombed by Kevin Owens into the corner of the canvas, and when he hit, i (and the rest of the crowd) winced harder because of it, and for some reason it feels…i guess icky, that they’re generating this kind of heat into the storyline. using legit wrestling injuries into plots is nothing new of course, but somehow, knowing what we know of CTE and how big a deal they made his injury breaks and forced retirement on TV…i dunno, i just hope he’s not shelved again after a year.
it’s also sort of weird when i’m reminded that he had such a similar storyline arc as Benoit. obviously that’s another situation with a completely different person entirely, but their intense and somewhat insane dedication to working and taking such dramatic bumps, despite the heavy body cost…eh it just sort of looms on the whole thing for some reason. that’s just me i guess.
and being on a mid card with the Miz is only a punishment because the Miz should be pushed way the fuck higher (considering some of his best promo work was yelling at Bryan for being too much of a coward to go to another promotion after his injuries)