COMMENTARY | As Thanksgiving approaches in 2013, professional wrestling fans should acknowledge everything we have to be thankful for this year.
No, we shouldn't be thankful that TNA's Thanksgiving episode of Impact Wrestling will likely involve the infamous turkey suit and a food fight. And I'm sure I'm not the only wrestling fan who is not following the Gobbledy Gooker on Twitter. But we should be thankful that Vickie Guerrero was not involved in a Gravy Bowl match at WWE Survivor Series 2013. But if I could be serious for a moment, fans have many things to be thankful for in 2013.
In honor of Thanksgiving, take a closer look at five reasons why pro wrestling fans should be thankful in 2013.
5. Old school professional wrestling has been preserved
If you're a former wrestling fan, you may feel that the current product doesn't give you any reason to be thankful in 2013. However, you should be thankful that classic matches can be found just about anywhere. Virtually every great match and event from the past is available for free viewing on the internet. And for very little money, you can buy outstanding WWE-produced DVDs of both their own promotion and the competition's best angles and matches.
4. Wrestling fans can find small promotions everywhere
Highly populated areas in America and other cities around the world occasionally get to see WWE and TNA once or twice a year. But this isn't the only wrestling available for diehard fans. For the industry's truly dedicated fan base, innumerable small promotions operate in virtually every community in the country. These smaller promotions have hungry young wrestlers giving 100 percent every night and sometimes, older legends pass through as well.
3. Dozens of outstanding young wrestlers ensure the future is bright
Most fans know about the great young WWE and TNA wrestlers. Big E Langston, Cody Rhodes, Roman Reigns and Magnus are just a few of the outstanding wrestlers under the age of 30 on the brink of greatness. However, we should also be thankful for other great young talent working its way up through the developmental system and indy promotions. The Briscoe Brothers, Kevin Steen, Sami Zayn, and others will ensure the industry's bright future.
2. Top wrestling promotions air programming most nights of the week
Diehard sports fans don't have to look far to find their favorite sport on television. However, the WWE and TNA combine to give their fans some of the greatest wrestling in the world four nights per week. Although some fans complain that wrestling isn't as good as it was in the 1990s, the product is clearly strong enough for top networks to air it in primetime. I am certainly thankful that I have other options besides boring reruns, bad sitcoms, and reality TV.
1. Professional wrestling is the safest it's ever been
Safety concerns in other sports have brought about change in pro wrestling as well. For its part, the WWE has outlawed chair shots to the head and dangerous moves such as the piledriver. The WWE has also instituted testing to detect concussions. And strict drug testing protects the talent from the dangers of both recreational and performance-enhancing drugs. Clearly, all fans should be thankful for the safer product we watch in 2013.
Patrick Michael lives in New Orleans and has always been a big fan of pro wrestling. Patrick's favorite wrestling promotion was Mid-South Wrestling back in the 1980s. Patrick's favorite wrestling angle of all-time was the NWO and his favorite wrestler is Roddy Piper. Follow Patrick Michael on Twitter at patmichael84.
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