It’s about that time of the year when we look at what we are thankful for. Yes, I know it’s cheesy, but I think it needs to be said. These are not in order of importance, just in an order of some kind.

1. CM Punk-He’s cut two of the greatest promos of the year. He cut a promo so good it made us think that wrestling had become real for a night. Plus, the night he shocked the wrestling world when the WWE champion appeared on an AAW show to put over competitor Gregory Iron (see #2). And how about the time period after Money in the Bank and before Summerslam? Has wrestling been that exciting in years? CM Punk was showing up at Wrigley Field, tweeting pictures of the title belt in the refrigerator, showing up at Comic conventions. It bled over into John Cena’s promos and Raw was exciting to watch again. Money in the Bank was still the top match the WWE has put together this year. He is the one sane person in the world of the insane. And he’s one of the few things that gives me hope for the future of the WWE.

2. Gregory Iron-The guy has cerebral palsy. Let me say that again. The guy has cerebral palsy. And he wrestles. This isn’t Eugene playing a retarded character. He is an actual handicapped wrestler. There is a documentary that will be coming out. Fox News did a feature on him. Now there is a petition to get him into the Royal Rumble! The guy has a legitimate shot at being in the WWE as a great story to be told. If you have never seen one of his matches, go to Youtube and search. You will be blown away.

3. Sheamus-I am a fan of Sheamus because he is pasty white. I’m pasty white. My body does not tan. I go out into the sun, my skin burns (“fries” is a better word), it peels off a day later and whiter than I was before. So having somebody like Sheamus in the public life makes me happy, rather than Hulk Hogan or George Hamilton. I am on Team Pasty White.

4. Air Boom-These are two of the best in-ring workers in the business. Evan Bourne has one of the happiest smiles in wrestling (and of course, after the wellness violation, we know why). Not only that, he’s one of the best at selling. And how do you not love Kofi Kingston? And as a tag team, these guys have great chemistry.

5. Mark Henry as champ-How many years did we sit through “Sexual Chocolate,” humping Mae Young, going on a date with Chyna? And now here is, a truly dominant, well-booked champ (for the WWE). I look forward to seeing him, and I had a genuinely emotional moment when he walked away the champ.

6. Ricardo Rodriguez-I’ve decided that if Ricardo Rodriguez would announce my arrival at work, I would be CEO. I haven’t decided whether it’s the perfect hair, the tuxedo or the majestic voice. But not only that, he makes a great manager/lackey.

7. MPX-This is my local wrestling promotion. At first they started out as nothing, but it has been awesome to watch them mature into a hotbed. There’s Kenny Steele, a heel who could be on the cusp of greatness. Cash & Carry, one of the top upcoming tag teams in the Texas scene. Seph Annunaki, who could be a match or two away from being a huge name in Texas. $Payday$ who is our version of Kofi Kingston. Ben Wylde, fellow member of Team Pasty White. Headbanger who is already cementing himself as a mainstay in promotions all over Texas. Great veterans like Kristopher Haiden, Carrion Arcane, Matt Palmer (!). Plus, I love the family atmosphere and saying hi to everybody.

8. Lance Hoyt-I say that name, but it stands for all the guys (and girls) who like to give back. For a company that started pretty lowly, guys (and girls) like Lance Hoyt, Mike Foxx, SHIMMER’S Athena have helped build it up. Lance Hoyt came in, loved it AND returned. Now there’s talks of him bringing other big names.

9. Ring of Honor-How do I BEGIN to describe what I love about Ring of Honor? Shelton Benjamin doesn’t have a low-rent comedienne playing his mother. Charlie Haas gets to be Charlie Haas. Homicide, Jay Lethal, Davey Richards, El Generico, Tommaso Ciampa, Grizzly Redwood. It gives me something to look forward to every few months or so. And now there’s a weekly tv show!

10. Chikara-So the WWE’s problem is that they make a TV-PG product. Right? Chikara has a G-rated product. And their product is infinitely more watchable than the WWE’s product. You have names like Eddie Kingston, Mike Quackenbush, The Colony, BDK. You have great action, long matches, a devoted crowd and a lot of passion.

11. SHIMMER-Have you ever watched a Bella Twins match and prayed that God would take you now? You know, the “I-Don’t-Want-to-Live-in-a-World-Where-The-Bellas-Are-Considered-Entertainment” feeling. About a month ago, I discovered SHIMMER. I watched SHIMMER VOL. 1 and was completely blown away by the matches I saw. I know I’m only on Vol. 2, but I’m excited to see where women’s wrestling goes from here.

12. Sara Del Rey-This is for all the women’s wrestlers. Del Rey is one of my favorite workers, male or female. And there are a lot of great women’s wrestlers out there who are not WWE Divas. These are the Del Reys and Cherry Bombs and Jessicka Havocs and Mickie Knuckleses and Athenas and Portia Perezes that give daddies of little girls somebody they can watch with their daughters.

13. AIW-I remember asking what promotion I should try on Twitter. AIW (who follows me) recommended I buy Absolution VI or Girl’s Night Out IV. I bought Absolution and was so blown away by this wrestling, whether it was the atmosphere, the devotion of the fans, the Rickey Shane Page/Vincent Nothing match, Josh Prohibition/Greg Iron match (my first time to see an Iron match), Tim F’ing Donst. I was hooked and a fan for life.

14. All the wrestlers-All the boys who go out and give everything for the fans in the crowd. You can always tell those who have the passion and those who give everything for the fans every time. I know it’s been done, but… “It’s still real to me, damnit.”

15. AJ Lee & Alicia Fox-Just for existing. I know I said something about how much I love SHIMMER because of the hard-working women who aren’t sex objects. But I gotta admit. Those two are just breath-takingly beautiful and it makes me happy whenever I get to see them.

16. Sites I get to write for. I love writing and I love wrestling. So it’s a given that one of my favorite things on Earth would be writing about wrestling. I am very proud to be part of very awesome teams no matter where I write. I also want to thank my fellow co-writers, who I feel very lucky to even consider some my friends.

17. Wings in Euless-Somehow I was discovered by I started doing a Saturday MMA column for them. Then after their Raw blogger was future endeavored, I was given the role. Ever since February, they have let me join them in a live broadcast. It’s now one of the favorite parts of my month. I love getting to hang out with the guys like Larry, John & Eric and getting to see all the variety of people: Drew and Chelsea, Zero, Carlos and their crew, the MPX guys. It makes me happy knowing that we will all get to experience the new PPV together.

What are yours? What are you thankful for in wrestling?

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  1. Happy Thanksgiving to the BWF, WPO, et al's JR of the IWC!

    You keep writing'em, I'll keep reading'em.

    Also, feel free to send some turkey dinner my way if possible!

  2. Your list minus some examples is mine Chikara, Shimmer and Sara Del Rey make me smile everyday for what is possible in wrestling.

  3. I already posted this on the illustrious Mr. Ruff's site, but I'll add it on here as well.

    I agree with you on so many of these that creating an entirely separate list will be challenging.

    What am I thankful for in the world of wrestling? Ring of Honor, CHIKARA, and SHIMMER are definitely on my list, as are CM Punk, Sheamus, and Mark Henry’s title reign. As those have already been mentioned, I think that the remainder of my list would read:

    1. The Bored Wrestling Fan site and crew: The original gangstas got together on another site, and then launched into our own little corner of the internet. While my actual involvement in terms of writing contributions has varied over the past year or so, the camaraderie has never waned. ThinkSoJoe, JT, Gee, Legend Killer, pintnoir, AlyKat, and the master of this very site, Mr. Ruff, are all people whom I consider to be friends, even if we’ve never met in person. I heart you guys!

    2. Justin Gabriel, Drew McIntyre, and Kofi Kingston: RAWR! Yummy. That’s why. 😉

    3. Zack Ryder’s internet success: Though it may have spawned Vince’s Twitter obsession, I’m quite thankful that Ryder’s internet video series helped propel him to a higher spot on the WWE ladder. That it was all of his own creation makes it even better. The whole story is just such a great one, that when the so-called creative team has nothing for you, you go out and get yourself over on your own. You know, as was originally intended.

    4. Dragon Gate USA: I’ve yet to watch a boring show from these people, and love having it as an alternative. How can anyone NOT love Hollywood Stalker Ichikawa, Masato Yoshino, PAC, or YAMATO? Speaking of….

    5. YAMATO: As the DGUSA champ for most of this year, he has been glorious to watch in the ring. [SPOILER ALERT] Now that he’s no longer the champ, I’m very curious to see what he does.

    6. Austin Aries: I’ve been a huge fan of his for years, and his run as X-Division champion in TNA has given us one of the few watchable segments on the show. While I hate that he has to be part of such a sinking ship because WWE would not choose him for an NXT season, I am glad that he has been able to showcase his athletic and performance skills so well in TNA. Now, if only they would just let Alex Shelley feud with him instead of the weird 4-way that has been going on….

    7. Cheerleader Melissa, Ayako Hamada, Daffney, MsChif, Natalya, Beth Phoenix, and Amazing Kong/Kharma: For existing, and for not being Divas, regardless of the company for which they work. These are all wrestlers worthy of respect by any standard, and athletes that I, as a female fan, can actually enjoy.


  4. I'm late, but here goes.

    1. All of you guys and girls here at If it weren't for the amazing staff I have here I probably would've gotten bored with, and killed off, this project a long time ago. I consider each and every one of you a friend and I'm proud to have you all on board here at BWF.

    2. CM Punk. The top seller of merchandise in the WWE and deservedly so. The fact that he's finally the WWE Champion and it looks like he may have a decent run with the belt this time around is icing on the cake for the man who has undoubtedly been the hottest commodity in all of professional wrestling since this past summer.

    3. Zack Ryder's push. I started watching the Z! True Long Island Story around episode 10 and haven't missed one since. I'm wondering what Zack's Dad is going to do now that John Morrison most likely doesn't work for the WWE anymore.

    4. Twitter. Not the #WWE #RAW #TheyreForcingThisCrapOnUs twitter stuff, but the wrestling FANS on twitter, and the wrestlers themselves. The fans, because when I'm on a bus on Sunday nights heading to work and can't watch the Pay Per Views, I know exactly what's going on because of the wrestling fans I follow on Twitter. The wrestlers, because a lot of them like to interact with the fans. Over the past several months I've gotten responses from Honky Tonk Man, Blue Meanie, Taz, JBL, Mick Foley, John Cena, and Hulk Hogan – and those are just the ones I can think of at the moment, I'm sure there's more.

    5. ROH finally being on television in my market without having to pay extra for the channel it's on. Hell, I could get rid of cable and still choose between Saturday and Sunday viewing of ROH. Now, if only someone would buy them some damned lights and make it look like a show that belongs on network television. ECW was on at 2 in the morning on MSG, they could get away with dimly lit arenas.

    6. Cody Rhodes finally breaking out of his shell. The days of "Boring" Cody Rhodes are long gone, and he's become a great part of WWE Television over the last year or so. Speaking of…

    7. Mark Henry, World Heavyweight Champion. The period of time between this past WWE Draft and now has been Mark Henry's best work, period. He's been there 15 years, and he's finally looking like the dominant force that he's always had the potential to be. I'm proud to say that I was in the arena cheering him on when he finally won the title at Night of Champions, and I'm glad he's been booked as a strong champion.

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