It's easy to be pessimistic about the current state of professional wrestling.
Negative opinions often trump positivity, not because they carry more weight, but because bandwagoning is contagious. Put stock into the sport's most outspoken critics and you'll be led to believe that the business is falling apart. 'WWE is objectively terrible,' 'the wrestlers are spot monkeys who don't understand psychology,' 'things were better in the Attitude Era,' etc.
We're not saying these narratives don't carry weight, but it's a shame that we so regularly let them dominate discussion of what is a thriving industry in everything but a competitive sense - particularly at this time of year.
It's Thanksgiving in the United States today. The holiday's very name encourages gratitude, and for most, it's a day of celebrating friends and family, gorging on exorbitant amounts of turkey, then slipping into a self-induced food coma. It's clichéd, but there's no better time to ruminate on what we're thankful for, even in the bizarre world of professional wrestling.
The sport would be nothing without its standout performers, so let's take a moment to celebrate the men and women who keep us glued.