3. I Love Dominant Players
When you hear about and see Peyton's stats and numbers from his illustrious NFL career since being drafted in 1998, they're absolutely staggering. And in football, they are even more impressive. It's why I admire and respect him so much. I am fascinated by greatness. Dominance.
Michael Jordan, Kobe and LeBron — men among boys in basketball when you take away the Center position.
I watch golf for Tiger, period.
Mike Tyson was amazing to watch in his prime. Tapes on Ali are fascinating to me.
Even Brock Lesnar in the UFC. For a minute, he truly was feared. He was captivating to watch. I never missed a fight.
In wrestling, it's the same thing. I love the larger-than-life personalities. Hogan, Austin, and Rock — will another, can another ever reach that level again? I truly doubt it. But I know someone that's gotten VERY close. You may hate him, but you can't deny his value to the business.
John Cena is truly one of the most polarizing figures pro wrestling has ever seen. He forces the emotions out of everyone and for that, he's great.
By the numbers, it can certainly be argued that John Cena means as much to pro wrestling NOW as some of those greats I mentioned meant to their sports.
4. If It Ain't Broke, Don't Fix It
The last comparison with all of this Peyton stuff that I wanted to make actually came to me a while back. When all of the rumors started surfacing that the Colts might let go of Manning to snag Andrew Luck in this year's Draft, I immediately questioned the decision.
"The nerve of the Colts!"
It was absurd, in my opinion, that Jim Irsay and the Colts organization could be so…NOT loyal! Manning built that franchise from the ground up and this is the respect he gets!? I couldn't comprehend it.
I do now. It's business. At some point, the Colts have to look toward the future. If Andrew Luck is truly what analysts, experts, and experienced coaches, scouts and former players all think he's going to be, you would probably be a fool NOT to take him if you're the Colts.
Manning could come back and lead you another Championship. But two, or three, or four? Highly doubtful.
Vince McMahon always starts late planning for his future. I'm actually not sure if he ever truly starts planning at all for the "next big thing". It's a major reason why WWE isn't the same. And it's sad that it takes someone like the Rock popping in when every blue moon is out to remind us of what wrestling "can be".
The Colts are making a risky decision, but a smart one. Vince should do a better job, in general, finding ways to build tomorrow's superstars. It's a subject for another time, but it starts with their developmental system. Hopefully, that's still a priority to Triple H.
I had heard a while back that he was beginning to restructure that entire system. It certainly needs it. WWE's future is pretty scary when you think about it. When Hunter isn't a full-time worker anymore, when Taker finally hangs them up, when Rock stops "stopping by", Austin gone, HBK gone, etc. Orton and Cena are even on the downhill slope in terms of years left.
We have Punk! But who else?
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