When Ring of Honor brought back the Pure Division, I was so excited that I was almost emotional about it. I covered ROH with a passion that I hadn't felt for wrestling in a long while. As ROH went on, the Pure division seemed to get less and less attention. ROH seemed to focus far more on "violence" and over the top, "car crash" style of wrestling, that's everywhere today. Now it seems that when ROH returns, the Pure division will be gone once again.
I spent a decent amount of time promoting, and being excited about Major League Wrestling as well. I loved those times, and I miss what MLW was. While I certainly don't hate MLW now, they've just embraced Lucha Libre so much that it's difficult for me to embrace it like I once had. Don't get me wrong, I want them to succeed, I just really wish they'd get back to the show I fell in love with. A show that had Lucha on it, but it wasn't the strongest or the most featured part of the show. I support their singles champions without question. Alexander Hammerstone and Alex Kane are excellent representatives, but I miss the Von Erichs, and the Lucha Underground stuff is too over the top for me. Maybe MLW will eventually return to what it was when I was loving it, at least I hope they do.
Thankfully, in the mean time, I found Pro Wrestling NOAH again, after a few years away. Wrestling Universe streaming nearly all NOAH shows excited me, as for the longest time I had no idea how to even watch NOAH shows, so I gladly subscribed. Now I watch so much NOAH that my beloved Stardom even pales in comparison. You see, NOAH doesn't do much (any?) over the top flippy stuff. They don't do much "super destructive moves" mid match that get no sold like it was a hip toss. NOAH doesn't have hyper (High) speed matches. NOAH referees enforce the rules, and don't get "bumped" in every other match. NOAH doesn't over book finishes of matches. NOAH doesn't have a super heel stable that absolutely must interfere, or ridiculously cheat in every single match they are in. NOAH's Junior Heavyweights don't have to work a video game style of match to differentiate themselves from the heavyweights. NOAH doesn't even need "Pure" rules because the rules of professional wrestling are actually enforced, and respected! Imagine that.
I know the vast majority of American Wrestling fans today need the car crash style. They need some sports entertainment, they need overly excitable promos from the very few American wrestlers today capable of giving them. They need English Speaking commentators explaining everything to them. They need some ga-ga. But if you're anything like me, and just want wrestling to be presented like a fight, shows that don't make you cringe, or even feel embarrassed to be a wrestling fan, and you don't want to drown in the sea of ga-ga, know that NOAH has English commentary. Noah has an English Twitter. NOAH has an English YouTube page, and NOAH now was WrestlingDoneRight.com supporting them with "The Pro Wrestling NOAH Network!" The doors are open, I'll see you on the ARK.