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Short but sweet: Pro wrestling is entertainment but it doesn't have to be dumb

Yesterday I wrote an article describing my feelings towards the opening segment of Monday's RAW featuring John Cena, Eve Torres and a cavalcade of slut shaming.

Some of you agreed, some of you didn't. And that's fine. As long as your arguments are well articulated and thoughtful, there's more than enough room for dissenting opinions here at Cageside.

One argument, however, used by those who didn't share the same point of view as me was I should just sit back and enjoy myself since pro wrestling is just dumb entertainment.

I don't think I need to tell anyone reading this that Geno, Keith, Jesse, Tom and myself take wrestling pretty seriously. I know I speak for at least a few of my colleagues -- if not all -- when I describe wrestling as an art form. Anyone can pick up a brush and put it to a canvas. It takes training and talent to actually create something worthwhile. The same goes inside the squared circle. Anyone can slap on some spandex but without the proper tools and a little natural born mojo, they'll likely never amount to anything in the wrestling world.

But I digress. My point is this: wrestling doesn't have to be dumb. It doesn't have to appeal to the lowest common denominator. Sure, some silly Rocky send-up Santino skits are great but it doesn't always have to be slapstick. It doesn't always have to be vulgar. And it should never be racist, misogynistic or homophobic.

So when it is -- and it often is -- I feel it's my duty to call wrestling out on it. I want -- nay, DEMAND a better product and as such, I will voice my opinion when I feel what I'm watching has crossed the threshold for my own personal standards.

I won't simply stop watching. So when I write articles like yesterday's, I know I am likely screaming at a brick wall. I love pro wrestling. I want it to be good. I want it to be great, even.

If I have to keep screaming and screaming, so be it.

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