I was sitting around the other night and there was nothing on TV so I started looking through my DVD collection for a video to watch....nothing really peaked my interest. So I moved over to my old VHS tapes.....and then I found it. "Best of PPV Matches '98-'00" It was a self-produced tape with 15 matches that filled up and entire 8 hour VHS tape. The matches were from a period between June of 1998 to December 2000 and the match list looked like this: HHH vs. The Rock - Fully Loaded '98 (2 out of 3 Falls for IC Belt) HHH vs. The Rock - SummerSlam '98 (Ladder Match for IC Belt) Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. Vince & Shane McMahon - King of the Ring '99 (Ladder Match with CEO of WWF in the briefcase) Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. Vince McMahon - St. Valentine's Day Massacre '99 (Steel Cage Match w/Austin's WM Title shot on the line) The Rock vs. Mankind - Royal Rumble '99 (I Quit Match for WWF Title) The Rock vs. Mankind - St. Valentine's Day Massacre (Last Man Standing Match for WWF Title) Dudley Boys vs. Hardy Boys - Royal Rumble '00 (Tables Match) HHH vs. Cactus Jack - Royal Rumble '00 (Street Match for WWF Title) HHH vs. Cactus Jack - No Way Out '00 (Hell In The Cell for WWF Title) Stone Cold Steve Austin vs The Undertaker - SummerSlam '98 (WWF Title Match) Mankind vs. The Undertaker - King of the Ring '98 (Hell In The Cell) Kurt Angle vs. The Rock vs. HHH vs. The Undertaker vs. Rikishi vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin - Armageddon '00 (Six-Way Hell In Cell for WWF Title) Edge & Christian vs. Dudley Boys vs. Hardy Boys - WrestleMania '00 (Ladder Match for Tag Team Title) Edge & Christian vs. Dudley Boys vs. Hardy Boys - SummerSlam '00 (TLC Match for Tag Titles) HHH vs. The Rock - Judgement Day '00 (Iron Man Match for WWF Title) I watched this tape from beginning to end over the course of two days and could not have been more entertained or more disappointed. I was disappointed because everything that wrestling was then is nothing like it is now. Back in those days the WWF's talent pool was loaded. Quite frankly, it was overflowing. Think back to an episode of RAW in those days and there was never a weak segment on the show, hardly ever a dull moment and it didn't need to be dominated by Austin or The Rock or Vince McMahon to get us through. In fact, some of the best episodes I can remember were the ones where we didn't even see Austin or The Rock until they came out at the end of the night to wrestle in the Main Event. Their storylines were fresh and imaginative and it wasn't always the main event guys that got the best storylines either. The buildup to some of those TLC matches were classic. The reason that I bring all of this up is because I used to love watching wrestling. Never missed a RAW, never missed a Smackdown, never missed Heat and never EVER missed a PPV. But today, if the WWE was holding a PPV in my backyard, I wouldn't even open my curtains to see it. The talent pool is shallow, the storylines have no imagination and I haven't seen a PPV since I walked out on WrestleMania 23 last year. It just breaks my heart that it is this way because I would love to be watching it. It's just that everytime I try, I find myself reaching for the remote before making it through whatever segment I have stumbled upon. I still follow the WWE closely thanks to the various wrestling newsboards out there, but nothing out there is peaking my interest to suck me back in. The WWE is so freaking top-heavy these days it's not worth watching the whole show to get to the main event these days and it has been that way since the summer of 2002 which was when I tapped out as a loyal viewer. Anyway, I just wanted to get that off of my chest. Watching that tape over the past couple of days made me miss the days when I was a loyal fan and saddened me to see how much the WWE is just coasting because they have no competition anymore and don;t have to take the risks that they used to take back in the good ol days.