“I was waiting for my moment.” The opportunity was there, the fleeting moment that independent wrestlers yearn for: A small window to show the WWE what they have to offer.
Welcome back to The Wrestling Times. This week’s episode of WWE Tough Enough did not sit well with a lot of viewers, because an independent sensation was eliminated from competition in favor of greener contestants. So you know the drill, let’s talk–are you ready?–reality television!
In the business of professional wrestling, you cannot be afraid of getting hurt; furthermore, in the show business of sports entertainment, you cannot be afraid to take risks. Matt has been wrestling on the independents for nine years, he’s wrestled for Ring of Honor, Chikara, and many other independent circuits. Matt (as Matt Cross or M-Dogg 20) has built a reputation as a high flyer, and a skilled grappler, so why hadn’t he broken from the pack? Why didn’t he show Trish Stratus what he had to offer to the WWE? Was he playing it safe? Afraid of showboating his abilities in consequences of overstepping boundaries?
What was with his match with Luke? Trish told Matt to show her what he had, and instead, he jobbed to Luke. He allowed Luke to shine in his match, the match that ended up costing him his spot on the roster. “Stone Cold” Steve Austin justified Matt’s elimination in not standing out, and his reluctance to take risks. His example: When Vince offered him a spot in WWE as The Ring Master, he knew the gimmick was garbage, but if he hadn’t taken the risk to go out and create the “Stone Cold” gimmick, his ass would have been gone.
This is a major reason why so many potential WWE Superstars are “future endeavored” every year because they don’t break from the pack, they don’t stand up and say “Hey! This is why the world should watch me!” The WWE has enough of those kinds of talents that simply blame WWE Creative, or the main-event stars that take “their spot.” These guys, if anything, are the ones “giving” their spots to the John Cenas, the Randy Ortons, and the Triple-Hs, because they don’t take the risks to believe in their own abilities. Now Matt Cross, he could have won WWE Tough Enough with his eyes closed if he went at it 110%; but, instead of leading the contestants as a sure-fire main eventer, he held back. The WWE would have ate him alive, he would have wrestled on WWE Superstars (might be exclusive to wwe.com) for a few months-to a year, and have been released.
Now, that’s not to say that Stone Cold was right in eliminating Matt Cross. Far from it. The other two in the Bottom 3 were Rima and Ryan. How is Rima still getting special treatment? Her ass should have been gone last week for using a pad, but she managed to stay safe this week after showing up to practice twenty-minutes late. Who the hell does that? Vince will hire a jobber, but he will fire someone who is late. Being late means: a missed flight, a missed call time, a missed house show, a missed WWE Raw, or a missed Pay-per-view. You know the old adage, “Time is Money”? Vince didn’t make his millions based on people being late, he made it from the people who showed up on time and did what they had to do, and beyond.
Ryan (excuse my language) is a pansy. Who cries home to his girlfriend after a few weeks of being away? “We never spent more than twelve hours away from one another.” Really? Then the WWE is not the place for Ryan. WWE Superstars are away from home at least 300 days out of the year, minimum. What are their wives/girlfriends doing? (boyfriends/husbands in Divas cases.) Don’t know. When you are on the road, you have to be super WWE Man or Woman; when you go home, you have to be super husband/boyfriend or wife/girlfriend. You need to have thick skin, a harsh mentality, and the creative gonads to make it in the WWE.
That’s WWE (not getting your hair torn off by a dog and smiling about it).
Some of the contestants weren’t too keen on Luke and Jeremiah Riggs (still a favorite of mine to win this) goofing off with impressions of Stone Cold, and wrestling. That was a great segment, because all true wrestlers are wrestling fans. Do you think that Edge, or John Cena, would have gotten as far as they did, if they weren’t wrestling fans? No way. Those other contestants will not get very far with the mentality that WWE is just a job. WWE, for these contestants, is your passion, your love, your heart, your smile, your drive and determination to make it to the top of the mountain and proclaim yourself the WWE Champion.
That’s it for this post. I believe that Matt Cross, if he’s driven enough, will be back in the WWE. Be sure to listen to Matt Cross on a past episode of the “Art of Wrestling” podcast with Colt Cabana. You can subscribe to AOW on iTunes.
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