A Tale of Two Endings: The Walking Dead and Wrestlemania 32

Roman Reigns and Negan Walking Dead WWE

The Walking Dead aired its season finale last night and Wrestlemania 32 was on as well, social media was buzzing along. Both shows had anticipated and dreaded endings, depending on which side of the fence you fell on. The Walking Dead had the rise of Negan while Wrestlemania 32 had Roman Reigns vs. Triple H and the Rise of the Roman Empire. For The Walking Dead, we knew that someone was going to die, and on Wrestlemania 32 we knew that Roman Reigns was going to be champion. On The Walking Dead people were wondering who the death was going to be and on Wrestlemania 32 people wondered how Roman Reigns was going to win the belt. Chatter was intense on both sides of things both on The Walking Dead and all around the WWE Universe with Wrestlemania 32. You can say social media was on fire Sunday night. The way both things went down and we knew were about to happen, didn’t happen in quite the way anyone could have imagined. The rage and confusion went on throughout the night, with happiness and calm hidden throughout the chatter. What makes these two endings so polarizing for the fans? That is what we are here to talk about today. A Tale of Two Endings, two endings of events that we knew how it was going to go down, yet the results were not what we expected. The conversation starts now.

(Forewarning, there will be spoilers. Mild ones to be sure but if you haven’t seen The Walking Dead or Wrestlemania 32 yet, turn back now.)

For everyone still here after my spoiler tag, yes there has to be spoilers because these are endings and endings are always spoilers. The Walking Dead is mainly the one I’m warning about as I know people who wait to watch those shows and if they see something they don’t want to see, I would feel bad. That is why we are starting with The Walking Dead as I figure this is going to get a lot of people curious about this article. The big villain of The Walking Dead is revealed, Negan is here. Jeffrey Dean Morgan makes for a great looking Negan and brings him to life with absolute perfection. You see him with Lucille, his barbed wire baseball bat, and already your heart is beating out of your chest. As the survivors were pushed to their knees, I couldn’t turn away from the screen a second. Negan gives his speech as declares that someone has to die, the jaws of the entire audience dropped. Lucille is at the ready as he does the creepiest game of eeny meeny miny moe ever, deciding who was going to fall. As Lucille falls, the blood flies into the camera and all we see is Negan bashing away as the show ends with blood covering the screen.  That was how The Walking Dead ended the season, angering and exciting everyone in the process. Then on the other side, welcome to Wrestlemania 32 where things take another turn.

Negan Jeffrey Dean Morgan Walking Dead

Now, Wrestlemania 32 is a different yet strangely similar story to The Walking Dead. It was a foregone conclusion, everyone knew WWE was going to crown Roman Reigns as champion. There was no changing this course, Roman Reigns was going to be champ. You couldn’t help but wonder though how he was going to become the champ, how was this going to end?  Was Roman Reigns going to turn heel, was he going to win by some sort of controversial decision, and people were talking about it right up to the end. Roman had mixed reactions over the past few months, booing mixed in with the cheers and it was getting ugly. Triple H as the heel (bad guy) champion was getting more cheers than Roman. A lot of people were wondering if there was going to be some kind of audible called, yet that was not to be. Roman Reigns won clean over Triple H and is now your WWE World Heavyweight Champion. A decisive victory for Roman Reigns. Setting off the WWE Universe in a hailstorm of happiness and rage. Now the comparison can begin, why do these two endings compare to one another? All shall be revealed.

Roman Reigns WWE Champion

Negan bashing someones head in was a foregone conclusion in The Walking Dead as much as Roman Reigns winning the championship was at Wrestlemania. It was the way the endings were done that set people off as much as it made them happy. These endings were primed for strong reactions. Now with The Walking Dead, you’re waiting until later this year for any kind of resolution to that brutal cliffhanger. From the cut away of doom that set blood pressures rising to the divisive ending of a wrestling match. For the WWE with Roman Reigns, you have Monday Night Raw to see where this could end up going from here. In the months to come though, both of these endings are going to have people talking. They’re amazing conversation pieces no matter how the chat goes, positive or negative. With The Walking Dead, that season premiere is going to break records as people are going to come back and watch. Now with Monday Night Raw, people are going to tune in just to see what happens next. In turn we will get a hint of what will be in store in the months to come following Wrestlemania 32 and the results of that event.

Two endings, two highly polarizing endings, that have resolutions that hit upon every emotion in the social media universe. Two major events on Television that had anticipated endings for better or for worse. The conversation is still going as the resolutions of these endings are still unknown as to what impact they will ultimately have. Whatever the case may be though, these two endings are going to be great for AMC with The Walking Dead and the WWE for Wrestlemania. Love or hate, these two endings have created a lot of conversation. The social media adventure has only just begun for both companies, what will happen next? That remains to be seen yet I know we got a long road ahead of us and at least it will be an interesting one.

(Special Notes on more of my feelings on this: Roman Reigns is the Champion, I expected it and I’m cool with it but people who aren’t happy with him winning, be nice to the Roman Reigns fans who are happy, please and thank you. On The Walking Dead, that was brutal and I didn’t see the cliffhanger coming but I am not kidding, that season premiere will break a ton of records when it hits. Brutal cliffhanger but it is going to pay off huge for the show down the line.)

 

The GWL Adventures 2/23/16: The Life and Times of a Modern Pro Wrestling Fan

Lucha Underground

So WWF /E, WCW/NWA, USWA, GWF, WCCW, AWA and more, they all make up a big part of my childhood watching pro wrestling on TV. If it was pro wrestling on TV I would be watching it. Back in the late 80’s into early 90’s you could find it all on TV in some form or another. GWF, USWA, AWA, and WCCW was on ESPN, WCW/NWA was on TBS and local stations, and WWF was on USA and local stations as well. I used to gobble up pro wrestling anything like kibble because it was on a lot of stations at one point. Nowadays though the main player in pro wrestling is still the WWE on USA Network with WWE also having the WWE Network. The funny part of the WWE Network is along with old programming of the WWF and WWE it also has the old WCW/NWA, WCCW, AWA, programming of my childhood on there among other things. You note I don’t mention ECW and that’s because I didn’t discover that until my late teens, technically not childhood. Yet nowadays as a modern pro wrestling fan, I always do ponder what has kept me interested in the product after all these years. This is where I talk about that, in my own bit of the Life and Times of a Modern Pro Wrestling Fan.

With me I had my hardcore period of being a pro wrestling fan in the late 90’s. Now why the late 90’s? That was the rise of the Internet and all of the pro wrestling news sites. Now at the click of a button and a 56K modem you could access anything you’d ever want to know and beyond with the pro wrestling scene. I followed so many sites it was unreal from Lords of Pain and beyond, if it was a wrestling site I would be wanting to read it.  Anything to learn more and get more informed about what was going on in the world of wrestling. It was so excited to hear about all these rumors that were going on, sometimes they were false and sometimes they were true, but it was all so exciting either way. I learned about the ratings war of WCW Nitro vs. WWF Monday Night Raw and the hour by hour breakdowns of both shows, ah the days of the Monday Night Wars. Between the ongoing battle of WCW vs. WWF and the rise of ECW, the late 90’s were a great time to be a fan of pro wrestling. Then WWF won the Monday Night Wars and bought WCW, and ECW also being owned by the WWF as well. WWF was the grand powerhouse of wrestling and also the early 00’s were a period where I started to dial back my interest too. I think if I didn’t take the small breaks from pro wrestling I did, I probably wouldn’t be watching today as WWF had a lot of hit or miss years in the 00’s after they bought WCW and I only kept tabs on big events whenever they started up. It was around I think 2007 or so when I got back into things again and haven’t really left since.

I followed NWA/TNA as it developed when I could, especially when it hit Fox Sports and then Spike TV until the product got pretty painful by the end of that run. Yet I still found WWE to be the product I still consistently followed week to week. Then I found WWE to be a hit or miss adventure, TNA only loosely sparking my interest, and ROH started to get on TV recently and I’m still hit or miss on that too. Then a little show on the El Rey Network appeared called Lucha Underground and that’s when I became a reborn pro wrestling fan once more. I even approach WWE and so forth with more interest again thanks to the Lucha Underground express. Being a modern pro wrestling fan can be tough as nails but when you find a great alternative it makes everything else a little more interesting. WWE even has their own alternative with NXT on the WWE Network, it’s still WWE but operates a tiny bit differently than the main roster WWE shows. I’m even exploring new federations on youtube and more, which is a story for another day.

The life of a modern pro wrestling fan is one that doesn’t just revolve around one federation, it revolves around many. Yeah there are your WWE fans and even TNA exclusive fans, yet take a wander and check out new things. On my end, I plan on diving more into ROH more in the coming months to explore even more cool pro wrestling out there. Take care and thanks for reading!