MFX Ramblings, More Than A-Peeling

Just Because You Can, Doesn’t Mean You Should

It strikes me that there are people out there who do things because they can, not because they should.

Take podcasting for instance. It’s given wrestling fans and personalities the opportunity to share their views with the world, but that doesn’t mean we want to hear it.

Apart from MFX Podcast (of course!), I’ll religiously listen to the Wrestling Observer and PW Torch podcasts because more often than not, they’re insightful and provide us with an informative view on what’s happening.

Other podcasts, like the ones that Colt Cabana, Chris Jericho and Steve Austin do, also have credibility because they’re guys who have worked all across the world, and their experience helps the listener to almost have a backstage look at what’s happening, and why things may have gone the way they did.

There are others out there that, quite honestly, are a waste of everyone’s fucking time. I’m talking from experience.

Some podcasts I’ve done, I’m incredibly proud of – like the ones I did with Bad News Michael Brown and one of our fellow MFX Ramblers, Adam O’Brien. Full of good content and just two marks chatting shit for two hours or so, giving their thoughts on how things should go through the eyes of a fan. Other podcasts, not so much.

In fact, Bad News and me cracked up so badly on a podcast we did a couple of years ago that we just laughed for about 10 minutes straight. We were discussing the man who is the greatest wrestler never to be World Champion – Kris Lewie. If you’re not familiar with the work of Mr Lewie, I’d suggest you Google TNA Gutcheck Kris Lewie and you’ll be able to bask in the glory of his sheer magnificence.

I’ll see if there’s a way for me to rip the audio and add it into a later blog. It deserves a bigger audience – and promotion – than it got at the time.

One podcast that really, REALLY grinds my gears is the one that the voice of my generation does every Tuesday.

It pains me to say it, but Jim Ross’ podcasts are often hard to listen to. I think he’s the greatest wrestling broadcaster of all-time, but Christ his podcast is hard work.

He takes about a week to get to the point and constantly interrupts his guests. I suppose that’s par for the course when you’re not sitting in the same room as someone though. I get that he’s had an illness, but that shouldn’t detract him from being able to have a straightforward conversation with someone about the sport he’s made his living from for the past 40 years.

When you listen to it, it reminds me of when I used to stay up to watch Raw live every Tuesday morning. By the time you get into it, it’s been such hard work that you’re just dying for it to end. Like a long-winded Triple H promo really.

And that’s a damn shame. Don’t get me wrong though. Not every one of JR’s podcasts is like that. Just most of them.

What I’m saying isn’t solely reserved for podcasts though.

I can choose to play football, but I’m shit, so I shouldn’t.

In a lot of ways, the world of politics is exactly the same.

There are some politicians who just shouldn’t be involved in running our country, or even be under consideration to be the next Prime Minister.

I sat and watched the “Battle for Number 10” programme that aired on Channel 4 and Sky recently where Jeremy Paxman interviewed both David Cameron and Ed Miliband before (and after) they’d taken questions from a spectrum of voters ahead of May’s election.

The choice our country faces in a few weeks’ time is huge, and we should take that responsibility seriously.

Let’s take David Cameron for a second. He’s the current incumbent at Number 10 thanks to a testy coalition with Nick Clegg and the Lib Dems.

Cameron looks like your typical politician – he looks like one of those shapeshifters that David Icke’s been talking about for years, and you can’t trust him as far as you can throw him.

And then there’s poor wee Ed Miliband. Part of me feels sorry for him. The other part of me wonders why in the name of fuck he decided to enter the world of politics.

He’s got no charisma or presence about him, he doesn’t instill you with ANY confidence and when you saw Paxman completely tear him apart last week, it made you realise something – would YOU trust him to run the UK? I wouldn’t trust that gormless, bumbling idiot to run a fucking bath, never mind the country.

You know what the most galling thing about these two morons is? They’re the ONLY choices to be our next Prime Minister.

Either Cameron retains, or we get essentially Mr Bean running the country. A man who’s a shapeshifter against a man who wears slip-on shoes cos he doesn’t know how to tie his shoelaces. A shit sandwich or a dog shit sandwich. THAT’S our choice folks. And it’s fucking terrifying.

Both of these men CAN be politicians. But it doesn’t mean they should.

There’s nothing wrong with having dreams or aspirations. Try to be the best you can be. But be realistic at the same fucking time.

Don’t surround yourself with people who tell you what you want to hear, people who enable you to keep doing the things you do and tell you everything’s rosy in the garden.

Surround yourself with people who tell you the stuff you don’t want to hear. It’s the only way you’ll improve and although it’s hard to hear initially, you’ll benefit from it hugely further down the road.

These examples aren’t solely based around podcasting or politics. They apply in all walks of life. Not everyone’s born to be a footballer, politician, podcaster, comedian etc. Just because you can do something, doesn’t mean you should.