Every week, I watch Raw on DVR, after my grad school class ends at 10pm, and I usually can polish it off by 11:30 or 11:45. It’s much more fun with fast forward, and warnings from friends of what is skippable.
The meat of the show, the important angles, the blatantly silly things that make little sense, all get covered. Some shows, as you can tell, I write six or seven of my ten or twelve haikus before the first half hour. Long-ass promos opening the show make that rather easy, thanks to Cena, Triple H, Punk, Nash, and Johnny Ace, among others.
But tonight, I’m going to say fuck it. It’s Halloween, and if you’re in your mid-to-late twenties or possibly early thirties like I am, single with no kids, Halloween’s basically over for you. You went out Friday and Saturday night, in costume, and used your clever disguise as the easiest icebreaker possible. After a certain age, Halloween is a weekend celebration now, but thankfully, tonight brings us back to our childhood. Well, at least mine.
Seriously. That’s all. Watch the Muppets tonight. Enjoy it, every corny joke, every smart line, every timeless bit of humor. I realized this weekend that I grew up in pretty much the tail end of the Muppets’ popularity, remembering slivers of The Muppet Show, and watching Muppet Babies on Nickelodeon.
Now, actors, writers, directors, entertainers, who are from that same age range, are resurrecting the Muppets as a relevant concept and show. It’s a great service, and it’s coming from the right types of people, those who grew up watching it, understand the jokes, the songs, the nuances, and who have the talent to recreate it.
No haikus tonight. I’m being a kid again and watching the Muppets on Raw. I’m telling all my friends who aren’t wrestling fans, but Muppets fans, to watch. And I’m hoping above all hope that Statler and Waldorf get to do commentary.
It’s the least I could do, after dressing up as a Muppet for Halloween.
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