Turn the Mics Off! Part 2
During that time, I estimate that I have attended about 300 wrestling shows, witnessed about 2000 matches and seen about 500 wrestlers perform. Not all of those wrestler, matches and shows were great, but I have striven to present the information in as positive a light as possible.
Last week I published a blog in which I called for promoters to put an end to the practice of having announcers give live play-by-play commentary over the speakers during matches. In that blog I mentioned that I have never seen a great show which incorporated live play-by-play.
Today I went to a show which, although not great, might have been decent if it hadn't been for the live play-by-play. During the show I came to a conclusion. I won't be back. Furthermore, I won't be attending shows that I know to use live play-by-play. If I cannot enjoy a wrestling show, I'm not going to go.
If I attend a show and discover, after arriving, that they have chosen to us play-by-play, that will be the last show for that promotion I attend until such time that I am assured the practice will cease.
I will continue to accept results from these shows to publish on the www.saindywrestlingscene.com webpage. I will continue to accept announcements of upcoming shows and include those dates on my calendar. I just won't go to those shows.
I suppose this could result in the end of the San Antonio Independent Wrestling Scene as it currently exists, but I can live with that. I think I have been successful in my original goals and I truley believe what I have done is no longer as neccessary as it was three and a half years ago.
I take no credit for the rise of wrestling in San Antonio during that time period. I do feel that I have provided a worthwhile resource to the San Antonio wrestling community and hope that I will continue to be able to contribute. Now, however I believe it is time to refocus my efforts.
The following shows in the San Antonio area, I know do not use live play-by-play:
Anarchy Championship Wrestling
River City Wrestling
Southern Championship Wrestling
Texas Wrestling Entertainment
I will attend as many of those shows as schedule allows. Also, Warriors 4 Christ has gone back and forth on this issue. I will attend their shows as long as they do not use the live play-by-play. If they start using it again, I will stop attending.
I regret that there are wrestlers whom I have enjoyed watching who do not work on these shows and I will not be able to see them work until circumstances change. Perhaps these wrestlers will help encourage promoters to make the change.
Any other area promotions which do not use play-by-play are encouraged to contact me so that I may add them to the list of promotions which I can be comfortable attending.
Thank you for your support now and during the last 3 and a half years.