Top 5 Promotions Of 2017 Submitted by Justin Watry on 01/15/2018 at 07:03 PM
Apparently, research shows that if you plug a bunch of stuff at the start of a column people will read it more than if it is placed at the end. Is that true? Not sure. We will find out in 2018 I guess. Here are links to click on or junk to check out...
The Resonant Complex - Fairplay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iK9QZE9pqIs
NRW Match from June (featuring yours truly): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B2FkvheQzxg
ApexCast (WWE discussion and much more): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pgdG5ZTu2vk
Moses & The Hermit - Vibin': https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KeJdddErZzg
There you go. Even if it is just a click and five seconds of your time, every little bit is appreciated. Never know? Might be the greatest five seconds of your life...only one way to find out!
With the close of another year, I can honestly say that this was a great year. As many know, I crossed off a bucket list item of attending my first (and last?) ever WrestleMania in Orlando. First plane ride too for that trip. I made my anticipated return to NRW in June, which required a lot of work and dedication that only a few of you understand (video posted above). I lived up to my word of working out more and eating healthier. I moved to a new place. I was a groomsman for my buddy who married my younger sister in an epic week's worth of festivities leading up to their wedding. I got a new (and higher paying) job. I completed my first full length novel. Also, I met a whole bunch of new cool people. Big thumbs up there! In terms of columns, I admit I swayed at times from writing a lot. However, I still delivered AT LEAST one article per week and most weeks, much more than that - including one of my favorites columns ever entitled My Journey To Orlando! Feel free to Google that. Very good 2017 from yours truly.
Truth be told, I don't really do the 'new year's resolutions' thing. I have things I want to do and set out to do, which is kinda the same idea but is still different. In my mind at least, it's different. I knew I was going to Mania in April 2017. I knew I was going to wrestle once again come summer time. I knew I was moving. I knew I was going to write my debut novel. I knew about my sister's wedding. I knew I had to eat better. I don't consider these new year's resolutions really. They are just goals or ideas to accomplish. Regardless of what you call them, I did them all and can proudly say that at the end of the year. Not to beat a dead horse from a column a few weeks ago, but I strongly urge everybody to follow the Nike slogan: Just Do It!
Whatever that may be. Eat better, Go to Mania. Get into shape. Text that longtime friend you lost contact with. Call the girl you have a crush on. Ask for a pay raise at work. Seriously, take a deep breath and go get it.
Best/Worst Of Columns
Predictably, my next dozen or so columns will be year in review garbage. Best Of This. Worst Of That. The usual. If you want my typical ramblings about wrestling and other stuff, you can find me on Twitter. If not, let's get to the 2017 lists!
Top 5 Promotions Of 2017
5. ROH 4. Lucha Underground 3. NJPW 2. NXT
1. WWE - Are NXT and WWE the same? I have no clue anymore. Either way, my rankings would not change. WWE reigns supreme in 2017 for a number of reasons. First is something I have mentioned before. They brought the goods from January-December. NXT has the luxury of a live special every few months with a weekly one hour show. WWE has 5-7 hours of programming every single week to put on TV and then have a monthly PPV. Sometimes TWO PPVs per month. Unbelievable. They will never get the credit they deserve for that. The other reason is that the weekly shows have actually been solid. Raw had a good year. Smackdown LIVE stumbled and was disappointing at times but got back on the right track in November and started things off fresh in early 2017. Most importantly though, business is a booming! The stock price is currently sitting at $2.5 BILLION which is just unreal considering it spent much of the past two years hovering around the one billion mark. To more than double in a year is ridiculous. The jokes about Vince McMahon being a millionaire who should be a billionaire need to stay in 2011. Sorry CM Punk. That has not been true since 2015 and certainly are not true now. If he wants to take some of that HUGE chunk of change and blow $100 million on whatever he wants, go ahead. At age 72, let the man do his thing. If it fails and is a colossal waste of time, I am sure his wallet will be just fine. There is still that other two billion plus remaining in WWE, who keep posting record numbers every quarter. Out of touch, am I right?
Not exactly major news, but I am happy to announce that I will be attending WWE RAW on March 5th in Milwaukee. Exactly one year removed from FastLane 2017 in the exact same building. Kinda cool timing. Tickets have been purchased (great seats), and the wheels are in motion for a fun evening!
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