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AWN Insider Volume 7
Front Row Perspectives with Sean Cuebas
Yes! Yes! Yes! It's the AWN Insider on Facebook and I am here to give you my two cents on all things AWN. This has been a long time coming and I have literally been racking my brain trying to come up with a great story for my first Facebook feature. I decided to use this forum to vent a little about something that has been bugging me for a long time. Exactly what is everybody's problem with The Beast Shane Curtis?
There is a short list of guys on the AWN roster that can be counted on to have a great match with anyone at anytime and Curtis belongs near the top. He is a throwback to wrestling past, no flashy outufits or catchphrases, just straight forward, hardnosed,extremely poised, and more than capable in the squared circle. He is one of the only guys left in the AWN that keeps you guessing what he will do next and his grasp of the psychology of wrestling sets him apart from his peers. He is Mr. Big Match and almost always steals the show everytime the spotlight is thurst upon him.
Let me guess, you don't agree with me right? That's ok, we all have our opinions but we all don't have a sweet column on AWN Facebook so let me see if I can help you see my point. Anyone remember Halloween Hell 2011? Despite what the" Fans" Choice Awards decided, Kross and Curtis was the match of the year. Do any of you even remember another match from the card? The build up alone was a slugfest and the intensity and brutaltiy of the match itself was unreal and took its toll both men but Curtis emerged victorious and Kross hasn't been seen since.
Christmas Chaos 2011, Number One Contender Match. Equally as hard hitting and with a shot at the AWN Heavyweight Championship in the balance, Curtis and Leon McMichaels had the match of the night on lock until Marv and Drew stepped into the cage. Curtis came up short but made McMichaels earn the win. When Bull Buchanan stopped by in January,who got the call to wrestle the former WWE Superstar,that's right, Shane Curtis.
Then came Vendetta 2012, Last Man Standing. Two former partners, Encore Zac Edwards vs Shane Curtis. I am not exaggerating, I walked around in a wrestling haze for a week replaying the match over and over again in my head and it never got old. Everyone in the building was on their feet and into the match from bell to bell. The fight only ended with a spinebuster through a firey table and once the smoke literally settled, The Beast was once again victorious having left Edwards laying and all of your minds blown.
I'm curious, what has he done to illicit such a negative reaction from so many of you? Is it because he doesn't pander to you or that he doesn't seek, ask,or need your approval? Is it because he doesn't brag and boast about his past accomplishments or run his mouth about how great he is? Maybe it's the fact that despite your useless boos and insults, he climbs through the ropes and still has arguably the BEST match every show. Whatever your reason may be, it's time for everyone to get on the same page and give this man his due.
So what else is it gonna take? What does he have to do before he earns your respect? Does he have to smile at you? Will high fiving all the kids on the way to the ring endear him to you? Maybe he should come out at intermission and sell official Beast Beanies to win everyone over. Is that seriously what it takes to make you cheer? Why can't the effort, the giving so much of himself to be the best be enough for you.
This man is a wrestler not a superhero. He should be judged by wins and losses not how many kittens he rescues from trees.
Do yourselves a favor at the next show. When his music drops,be like me. Get on your feet and show him the respect he has earned. I applaud talent and its time for everyone to get behind Shane Curtis because he is the truth. I predicted gold in his future this year and I stand by that prediction.2012 is gonna be remembered as THE YEAR OF THE BEAST.
Sean D. Cuebas