Friday, 7 February 2014

That's All They Really Want – Some Fun

I love Bad Influence.

Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

A controversial opinion? Doubtful. Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian are well-known for being charismatic performers and excellent wrestlers.

So if being their fan is nothing special, why am I making an entire post dedicated to them?

Simple: I want to explain exactly what it is about them that I like, and why them getting a decent amount of screen time on any episode of Impact automatically makes it a thousand times better.

Like the Internet, wrestling is srs bsns. Championship belts are fought over as serious accolades to be won. Veterans like Kurt Angle or Sting make epic sweeping statements about respect, the business and the things they've seen. Feuds become violent and deeply personal, like Bully Ray bringing in Mr Anderson's family.

Wrestling is steeped in the significant and the dramatic.

And of course there's a place for drama in professional wrestling. With it, we would have no idea of the stakes involved in various situations, lose all possibly gravitas, and everything would become farce.

And yet if the show is nothing but grim, gritty seriousness, it gets very old very quickly. All drama all the time is dull; variety keeps your audience coming back for more. And that's where Bad Influence come in.

Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian are fun. Pure, unadulterated fun.

Image © Alexander Gibson via Wikimedia Commons.

Bad Influence are the guys you have a blast with. Sure, they're not nice people – they're arrogant, they're vain, and they'd sooner insult you than look at you – but you can tell just from looking at them that they know how to have a good time.

They're always smiling. They all but dance to the ring. They insult their opponents without a care and in the most bizarre, creative ways – who else would call James Storm "monkey fart"?

And that's the best thing about them: they're funny. When I see Bad Influence backstage or coming down to the ring, I perk up because I know that whatever happens next, it's going to raise a chuckle. Heck, I even laughed when they re-enacted the climactic scene of "Carrie" on Joseph Park and I like him.

Bad Influence take refuge in audacity and it's always amazing.

The only problem is that they need microphones and screen-time to make the most of their talents, and up until last week, they haven't been getting it.

That's why I was moaning last week about them having nothing to do. That's why I was so happy to see them on the Glaswegian Impact. And that's why I hope that they get a decent feud with Gunner and James Storm.

If Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian are doing nothing but run-ins for your main event, you're wasting them. They deserve so much better than that because they're are entertainment on two legs. And that's before you take into account the fact that both of them are fantastic wrestlers as well.

So that's why I love Bad Influence: because they're witty, fun, and all-around awesome to watch.

Appletini, anyone?

Image © George Pankewytch via Flickr.

– Stark

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