It at all times comes down to those six phrases: Watch out what you want for.
Typically cited, however by no means fairly adhered to (in actual time, at the very least), the phrase is a cliche as previous as time. Issues we attempt for, pray for, hope for — all of them fall in that class. It may very well be as mundane as the flexibility to purchase a Ps 5, or as life-altering as catching the eye of somebody you’ve admired from afar for years. Watch out what you want for.
Since you simply may get it.
And late Sunday evening …
… Andrade bought it.
A handful of weeks after it was first reported that he requested for his launch from WWE, Andrade obtained it and tweeted “Excellent news!!!! Buenas noticias!!! #Tranquilo #Blissful.” And so, because it seems, maybe happiness is a fish you can catch. Or, at the very least if that fish is a WWE contract you wish to get out of earlier than it expires.
It virtually looks as if a prerequisite now. Come to WWE. Perhaps begin in NXT. Thrive in NXT. Get to Uncooked or Smackdown. Wrestle just a few matches. Perhaps even shoot a small angle. Get taken off TV. Air some frustrations on Twitter. Ask to your launch. Get denied. A pair weeks go. Bam. Your launch is granted and the Web Wrestling Neighborhood proclaims how significantly better off you’re since you’re free from the hell that’s World Wrestling Leisure.
However are you? Why is it that out of all of the workplaces on this planet, WWE is the one one which isn’t allowed to have a hierarchy? Why can we at all times have to have a look at what we don’t see quite than give attention to what’s already in entrance of our eyes? Whereas it sounds ridiculous — as a result of the corporate has 5 hours of tv house every week — there’s quite a bit that these tv exhibits have to perform and transfer ahead each time it takes off, and since the corporate is overflowing with expertise, some weeks, that expertise isn’t going to be featured on TV.
Certain, all of us wish to be essential eventers, and regardless of when you’re a janitor, a health care provider or a barber, all of us wish to be the most effective of the lot. However, effectively, because it goes, we’re not. A few of us is perhaps good at what we do — excellent, even. However are we on the high of the cardboard? No. Can we take advantage of cash? No. That’s the truth for 99 p.c of us. So, ought to we stop our job at T-Cell to go work at AT&T, as a result of we predict at AT&T, we’ll be used extra appropriately?
Give it some thought. If Andrade was within the combine on tv every week, who would you are taking off? Riddle? Daniel Bryan? Cesaro? How concerning the time when everybody was clamoring for Mustafa Ali to get a push? He bought one. Has anybody targeted on the chance he was given, even when he was saddled with the rubbish fireplace that’s (or was) Retribution? No. As a substitute, we simply discover the subsequent wrestler we predict is getting a uncooked deal.
And that’s the factor …
EVERYBODY CAN’T ALWAYS BE HAPPY
There are at all times going to be wrestlers getting a uncooked deal.
None of that is to say Andrade isn’t extraordinarily proficient. And none of it’s to recommend that it wasn’t a disgrace to not see him used extra typically and in additional distinguished roles after getting known as up from NXT. However let’s look again on the now-infamous checklist of wrestlers that have been let go virtually a yr to the day after the COVID-19 pandemic initially set in.
For those who recall, there have been names on that checklist that had requested for his or her releases beforehand anyway. Probably the most well-known was Rusev (now Miro). We’ve been over that on this column earlier than. He thought he deserved higher and all of the followers agreed with him. Now, he’s flailing away in the midst of the cardboard with out a lot course at WWE’s most well-known present competitor. He additionally wound up in one other wrestling marriage ceremony, and when you gotta undergo greater than a type of in your profession … effectively, that’s not excellent.
Lio Rush did all he publicly might do to poke the bear for months earlier than he bought his launch. I’m nonetheless undecided if popping up on New Japan Robust and MLW Fusion now and again is all that significantly better than managing who’s now the WWE World Champion, although Rush does have an leisure profession exterior of professional wrestling. EC3 headed again to Influence for a cup of espresso, then instantly went over to Ring of Honor to do … not a lot? But, at the very least. The Bennetts, Mike and Maria, appear happier — and perhaps that’s the one factor that basically issues, although all I’ve to go on is a handful of social media posts and a pair podcast episodes — however I typically overlook they even exist as a result of I can’t maintain observe of the place they’re.
It’s all to say this: What precisely are we rooting for?
Are we rooting for wrestlers we predict are undervalued to get a shot? As a result of if we’re, they bought a shot — simply attending to WWE is a hell of an accomplishment in and of itself. Are we rooting for wrestlers to have some sort of ambiguously perceived freedom, the place they’ll lastly “be who they wish to be?” Effectively, Heath Slater went over to Influence, misplaced his final identify, but remains to be taking part in Heath Slater, so maybe freedom isn’t the reply for everyone. Or are we simply clapping again on the greatest wrestling conglomerate on the planet as a result of it’s the largest wrestling conglomerate on the planet?
That’s my greatest guess. And if that’s true …
… Everyone knows by now that such a job is futile. Hate on WWE all you need. It doesn’t matter. To not them, at the very least. Cash retains pouring in, absolute energy turns into extra absolute and if you wish to make enjoyable of the rankings, that’s positive, however these TV offers are locked in for a very long time.
The place WWE is egregious, nevertheless, is the house that bleeds into a private world exterior the ring. No person can show it, and WWE apologists will inform me I’m connecting dots that aren’t there, however at this level, I refuse to suppose that each one the connections between releases, romantic companions and jumps to different corporations are mere coincidences.
Lana goes by means of 20,839 tables after Rusev heads to AEW and tells Vince McMahon to kiss his ass. Zelina Vega needs to unionize and Aleister Black apparently bought caught beneath the ground the final time he tried to make his entrance as a result of he’s nowhere to be discovered. After which this, the newest oddity: Andrade publicly airs his grievances and who’s that on the WrestleMania poster? Wait. It’s not Charlotte anymore, now’s it?
The place is just like the mob. Take one fallacious step, they usually’re coming for your loved ones. What surprises me essentially the most is the Charlotte factor — she, I assumed, was untouchable. And perhaps she is. And perhaps I’m making nothing into one thing. And perhaps by the point this publishes, there might be a model new WrestleMania poster together with her face entrance and heart on it.
However let’s simply say these connections are solely 10 p.c correct — and correct in methods about which none of us even know. It’s nonetheless unforgivable. How will you justify these petty acts of revenge that take purpose at an individual’s profession? For those who’re romantically linked to anyone, and each of you’re employed for WWE, think about the additional stress that one thing like this might present. As a result of let’s say you do wish to go to work some other place and let’s say you do really feel mistreated at WWE, however your companion is scared about you talking up as a result of your companion may very well be punished for it in some bizarre means. What are you alleged to do? Think about the arguments this type of stuff can provoke.
It’s why, as I wrote just a few weeks in the past, nobody man ought to have all that energy. Besides …
… You may’t inform me that the person had “Make Andrade Blissful” on his each day agenda for the final three weeks. So the place’s the failure?
Effectively, in my thoughts, the failure is shared. WWE had an excellent performer on its payroll and didn’t use him. What these causes are for why that’s, we’ll in all probability by no means know. Did Andrade deserve higher? Perhaps. Will Andrade obtain higher some other place?
That depends upon the way you outline higher. It’s the entire Rusev anecdote. Perhaps he’s happier now, however you’ll be able to’t persuade me he’s at a greater spot on the cardboard working for AEW. So, then what’s higher? Is it a extra fulfilled life the place you don’t really feel like you’re being held down? Or is it being on this planet title combine for any promotion that can have you ever?
No matter that non-public definition is for anyone working within the skilled wrestling enterprise, I’m starting to suppose it’s a transferring goal, which, in flip, places WWE in inconceivable positions. Ought to they take the U.S. Title off of Matt Riddle so Andrade will be extra distinguished? How concerning the Intercontinental belt? Simply when Large E is settling into his singles run … whoops, sorry, we now have to make this different man completely happy proper now and that is all he’ll settle for.
The choices WWE brass has to make are removed from straightforward and I don’t suppose anybody provides them the credit score they deserve. Even when you don’t agree with lots of their choices, they’re choices which have so many layers to them, it’s arduous to even fathom how some of these items will get accomplished. We solely choose what we see, and what we see is the tip challenge. Regardless of what number of instances we learn web sites and insider tweets, the space between what we predict we all know and what occurs is way additional than the bare eye can learn.
These choices have the flexibility to fail folks they usually clearly do as a rule. What we do know is that they bought it proper with Bobby Lashley. They bought it proper with Drew McIntyre. They bought it proper with Roman Reigns … ultimately. They’re getting it proper with Apollo Crews. They’re getting it proper with Large E. The checklist goes on and on. The issue is that we don’t give attention to that checklist. As a substitute, we give attention to the Andrade checklist. As a result of it’s simpler to criticize, simpler to attach again to how dangerous WWE is at all the pieces from placing on tv exhibits to treating its staff.
At this level, although, isn’t that checklist — the one Andrade simply reminded us of — isn’t it turning into only a tiny bit boring?
PUTTING THE WORK IN
So, now what? Effectively, Andrade strikes on together with his life, and for now, he can declare happiness (what’s up with Charlotte, although, is the extra intriguing query at this level). If there’s just one factor I hope doesn’t occur, it’s that he doesn’t get misplaced within the indie shuffle. Or, regardless of the indie shuffle is nowadays — NWA, MLW, NJPW, ROH, and so forth. You simply can’t persuade me that exhibiting up on Powerrr as soon as a month, then Fusion each six weeks, after which ROH’s TV present a pair instances a yr is healthier than being on the WWE roster, even when you can’t catch a break.
But when that’s what Andrade needs, who am I to argue? Will probably be fascinating to see if he does find yourself with AEW, as a result of for all these people who find themselves beginning to get prickly about seeing an excessive amount of ex-WWE expertise on AEW tv, this might be like throwing chum on the sharks. I’d prefer to see Andrade reunite with Zelina Vega as a result of when that act was on, that act was on. Think about these two working with Will Ospreay and Bea Priestly someplace down the road. Wowzers.
Regardless of the place Andrade lands, nevertheless, can we please let this case of a annoyed WWE wrestler publicly wiggling his means out of a contract be the final case of a annoyed WWE wrestler publicly wiggling his means out of a contract? At the very least for some time? No person wins, everybody seems just a bit worse, and there’s no promise that the grass might be greener, regardless of which neighborhood you select.
So, watch out what you want for, Andrade. Since you bought it. And now the actual work begins.