The Best Damn Wrestling Column Period: A Fond Farewell

To quote the famous last words of Ludwig van Beethoven, "Friends applaud, the comedy is over."

Though I am very proud of what The Best Damn Wrestling Column Period has become here at, the time has come for your Shining Wizard to move on. This will indeed be the final installment of my column on this or any other wrestling website. Beginning later this month, I will be taking a position with Slam! Sports as a freelance writer for their pro-wrestling department.

Before I go, though, I'd like to pull back the curtain and share with you some of the things I've learned after making the transition from everyday fan to online columnist.

Behind the robe

From time to time, people have written in to ask just who the Shining Wizard really is. If you've been a long-time reader of my column, you might have noticed that I've been very protective of most aspects of my identity. Many columnists love to go on and on about themselves, but I've felt that in addition to being terribly uninteresting, too much information distracts from the writing. You never want the reader thinking, "Yeah, well he just thinks that because he's British" or "What does he know? He's only 18."

Well now that I'm hanging up my wizard's robe, I might as well end the mystery for those of you who were curious. My name is Dave, I'm 27, and I'm an American citizen now residing in Canada. When I'm not writing groundbreaking wrestling articles, I spend the majority of my time running my own graphic design business, Ink Stain Design.

(Cheap plug: If anyone out there is in need of print or web design, send me an email and mention that you're a fan of the column. Ink Stain offers a money-back guarantee on all of our work, and I'll even give column readers an additional 10% discount. If you're not in need of design work but know someone who is, we also offer generous finder's fees.)

Working for myself offers a flexible schedule, so when Rajah posted an open call for columnists last spring, I thought it would be fun to enter. Ten of us were chosen, and now it looks like Leon Thomas is the only one left.

I had a great experience writing for the site. If anyone has an interest in writing, I'd highly recommend applying for your own column. It's a great way to hone your craft, but it's also a lot of work, especially considering that none of us is paid. With a business to run and a wedding approaching, it's been getting hard for me to justify spending so much time on what is essentially a hobby. So when the offer from Slam! Sports came up, I felt it was my time to move on.

Losing perspective

To be honest, though, the time commitment hasn't been the only issue weighing on me over the past few months. The more time I've spent interacting with the online wrestling community, the more I've realized how polarized their opinions and attitudes are from those of the other 90% of wrestling fans out there. And unfortunately, those attitudes can really take the fun out of being a wrestling fan.

A good example is the RAW Diva Search. If you listen to the online wrestling community, you've heard about how boring and awful the whole thing is for months now. And I guess when you think about it, with a target demographic of 16- to 34-year-old males, it really doesn't make much sense to parade around a bunch of models (and one former Playmate of the Year) in skimpy clothes. Young guys don't want to see that. They want the oiled up men in Speedos. (Except for Rico