The Tri-Weekly Freakly: Part-Time Wrestlers

What are part time wrestlers you ask? Well they only wrestle a handful of matches a year, and normally when they do it’s a big deal.

Now a lot of people are up in arms about how part timers are taking spots from other people. What they just kind of overlook is that part time wrestlers are pretty much a necessity now. With how few people are getting the main event push in WWE it’s very refreshing to see part timers come in and change it up. Plus it will bring back people who don’t watch anymore when they hear that so-and-so is back so they want to check it out.

Let’s move onto why I think they are a good idea. First off, like mentioned above, they can come in and break up the monotony of Wrestler (Omega Man) X vs Wrestler Y all the time. Case in point: Randy Orton and Sheamus have probably feuded dozens of times over the past few years, and it was boring every time. Second, these guys are already super popular and it’s not going to hurt if they lose. If a part timer comes back and loses, it’s going to help boost the popularity of whoever just beat them. Take for instance when the Dudley Boyz came back and lost to New Day. New Day got a boost by showing they could beat the most decorated tag team in wrestling history, and the Dudley Boyz got to comeback to WWE. Whoever beats Brock Lesnar for the Universal Title is going to get an incredible boost in popularity, I just hope WWE doesn’t do something stupid with it.

My third point is if business is down the one thing you can always bank on is nostalgia. You want some Attitude Era fans to tune back in, even if temporary? Just put Undertaker or Triple H on the card if they’re able to compete. Who knows, maybe that person will find enough interesting to stick around and watch again.

Moving onto what I think are the negatives of part timers, I’m going to echo other people by saying they take a place at the top that could be going to someone else. There’s only so much room at the top, and if one of the top guys is a part-timer who only wrestlers 3-5 times a year you can probably see the issue here: it could hurt locker room morale seeing a spot that could be theirs taken away by a guy who works less than 4 hours a year.

From a business standpoint these people know how much they’re worth, and how much the promoters stand to make from them. Case in point is Brock Lesnar. Every time his contract gets close to running up there’s always rumors he’s going to leave, but yet he never does. He probably makes more than anyone else on the roster (other than the franchise John Cena) yet he wrestles 4 or 5 times a year and probably banks 1 million dollars every match. Sure he makes the company a lot more, but that’s money that could be paying some lower talent.

In closing are part timers a bad thing? I don’t think so. If they can still go in the ring, more power to them. If they’re willing to do the job, even better! Use what I’ve laid out, do some research, and form your own opinions. Let me know what you think, and I’ll see you again next time!

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