SekaTsuyo – Rekindling My Interest in Wrestling
I liked wrestling.
I think this is a side of me I didn’t share much and so, the time is
now ripe to do so. I liked wrestling. Yes, liked. Past tense.
I’m a late bloomer in almost everything, including wrestling too, but I managed to jump in the WWE bandwagon somehow in the more later parts of my school life. My boisterous group of friends and me liked messing around with various entrances and taunts: from DX’s “crotch chop”, to Triple H’s “water spitting” and most commonly, John Cena’s “You Can’t See Me”. We even amused ourselves with The Rock’s People Elbow, Stone Cold Stunner and various other wrestling moves with my friends on the grass or soft carpets, now that when I think about it, we were indeed a bunch of mischievous rascals. It’s a good thing no one got hurt, although humorously, I remembered one of my friend’s pants got torn around the buttocks area, and he ended up covering his bottoms throughout the rest of the school day. Those were the days.
I’m not sure why I started losing interest in watching WWE, perhaps it’s because my friends had lost interest in them too, or perhaps it’s because I realized everything is scripted via internet usage, or perhaps it’s due to all the cheesy feuds and storylines. Fortunately, veterans like Undertaker, Shawn Michaels, Triple H and so on were still active at this time so that very fact managed to drag my interest a bit longer. However, it doesn’t take long for my interest to fade away in a gradual but complete manner. Since then, I haven’t been watching WWE for years.
However, this season, there was a wrestling anime, SekaTsuyo (Sekai de Ichiban Tsuyoku Naritai! in it’s full form or Wanna Be the Strongest in the World, it’s official English translation). It’s an anime about women wrestling – I was skeptical, and it also doesn’t help that when I was watching wrestling, Diva matches were always the least interesting matches for me. This anime however, actually managed to rekindle my interests in wrestling, and after watching for about 6 episodes, I ended up checking up to see if there’s anything new in WWE – turns out that there was a John Cena VS The Rock match in Wrestlemania recently, and I completely missed it. To be frank, I didn’t even know The Rock actually made reappearances in the wrestling industry – that’s how disjointed I’m with WWE. Additionally, I also watched a few other matches I missed out on this year: CM Punk VS Undertaker (Wrestlemania 29), CM Punk VS Brock Lesnar (Summerslam 2013), Randy Orton VS Daniel Bryan (Hell in a Cell 2013), and so on.
There is just some unexplainable beauty and gratification in SekaTsuyo; the tension, thrills and excitement felt from the wrestling matches is exhilarating. All the moves the wrestlers used are very realistic too, in fact, I can even identified a few moves, for example, the Boston crab-also mainly used by Jericho as a finisher called Wall of Jericho. There’s also STF, which is also a submission move frequently used by Cena (a slight variation to the contrary though as Cena’s is an STS even though the signature move’s officially called STF).
There’s also one main difference, in the anime, the matches weren’t scripted. All the cheers, the matches and the struggles feel more direct and straightforward – the showings of sportsmanship feels more genuine. Of cause, I’m not trying to say real WWE is totally fake, but I can’t help but feel a bit dubious after knowing they are scripted. Winners were decided beforehand, and they are even jobbers – greenhorn wrestlers whose job is to purposely lose to make the winner looks stronger. The wrestlers are akin to actors. Especially with this element of predetermined outcomes, WWE is more closer to being entertainment, then it is a competition. In contrast, as victors aren’t decided beforehand in SekaTsuyo, the anime’s rendition of wrestling is more closer to being a competition.
SekaTsuyo’s intensifying rendition of wrestling brings me back to the ignorant days of when I didn’t know the true face of wrestling, and even interested me enough to watch some wrestling matches, something I haven’t been doing for nearly half a decade. If I want to watch powerful matches between men, I guess I can watch WWE and if I want to watch women wrestling (with awesome fanservices to boot, there I admitted it), there’s SekaTsuyo for my needs now, since I had never been interested in real diva matches.
I wonder what will happen if SekaTsuyo has a bras and panties match.