After missing last week (I was still mourning Benji being voted out of the game… gone too soon), I am back to give my thoughts on the final 6 of this season of Australian Survivor, after another enjoyable week. I’ll admit, this is by far the most difficult time I’ve had ranking everybody. No one in my opinion had a particularly outstanding week, and while there seems to be a clear majority, I really have no idea how this game is going to end… which is great for the season, not so great for me. That said, this game is shaping up to have a really intriguing end, so let’s see who I believe are in the box seat, and those who need to find a way to shake up this game, or risk being the next voted out.
If you checked out my last blog post, you know that I am currently conducting an auto-ethnographic project on ‘puroresu’, otherwise known as professional wrestling in Japan. In that last post, I discussed the rise of professional wrestling in Japan, with a focus on the company ‘New Japan Pro Wrestling’. Since that post, I have completed more research, and live-tweeted another match, but more importantly, have begun to understand how my topic in reference to my own cultural framework, and the background of knowledge, or personal framework, that already exists.
The merge was exactly what this season needed. After what I thought wasn’t the most exciting pre-merge, many have really begun to step up their game, and as a result, it has led to two great episodes this week. With only 9 people left in the game, and even with a Champion alliance led by Mat still very much in control, who knows how this season will play out from here. That said, lets see who, at this point, is the one to beat, and who is only just hanging on.
Last week, I had Robbie dead last on the rankings, which proved to be correct (win for me!), but also had Sam in 4th spot, and mentioned how he would be the least likely of the trio of Mat, Steve and Sam to go… which was clearly incorrect. Let’s hope I do a little better this week.
For this project, I plan to delve into the world of professional wrestling in Japan.
When I was younger, I was very much a fan of the WWE, the most prominent and notable wrestling promotion, possibly in the world. It currently airs in more than 150 different countries, broadcasting to over 36 million viewers. While I still, to this day, tune in sporadically, especially if my younger brother happens to be watching it while I have nothing on, I’ve only ever experienced professional wrestling through the WWE, and as such, this project will be an entirely new experience, as previous to this blog post, I had very little knowledge of this field site.
I’ve been very up and down on this season, and it’s the reason why I’ve haven’t covered any element of this season so far. After last season, which was continuously entertaining, I feel there really hasn’t been a great number of standout episodes. On the flip side though, there’s not been a moment where I’ve been ready to give up on the season. The cast, as a whole, has been fun to watch, if not just a little frustrating. However, hopefully, now that we’ve hit the merge, we will really begin to see the remain 11 up their games in a fight to win the half a million dollars, and after seeing the previous episode, I’ve got the sense that the gameplay will really begin to pick up. Continue reading