If there is one constant in professional wrestling, it’s that everyone opining on social media considers himself an “expert.” Possibly, even you. Here’s a litmus test to determine if you truly qualify for such a self-description.
Have you ever…
…declared Jinder Mahal is “juiced to the gills”? Claimed he “didn’t deserve” the SD title shot or subsequent victory? Bemoaned that he got it because the WWE wants to cash in on the burgeoning Indian market?
…put up good money to launch a podcast wherein the majority of the guests are “friends” who, you know, have never actually been involved in the wrestling business but have watched loads of matches?
…referred to all wrestlers as “Superstars,” any belt as a “title” or “championship,” being that’s the way WWE announcers do so?
…used “heel” as part of your Twitter handle because it’s cool and you’re an easygoing person striving to be popular, never actually doing “heelish” things?
…tweeted to a wrestling celebrity, sprinkling your note with words like “popped” and “buried” so he or she knows you’re a fellow insider?
…run into a wrestler away from the arena (airport, hotel bar, etc.) and ran down your favorite matches from his/her career?
…either to your pals or, better still, to wrestlers’ faces, referred to the latter by their real names (even though you don’t know them personally)?
…used “from what I hear” or “my sources” while meaning “What I read online” or “in a newsletter”?
…chanted “Delete” during a Matt Hardy WWE match despite never watching TNA Impact the entire time he was “Broken”? Hey, even though that’s where your favorites such as Samoa Joe, Christopher Daniels, Austin Aries, Bobby Roode and AJ Styles first came to your attention, “TNA sucks,” right? LOL
Well, let the balloons come cascading down from the ceiling, set off the pyros and hit the music. You’ve just become Jackass Of The Month! Keep it up and, who knows, you might even be selected Jackass Of The YEAR!!!
I’m not about to go over all of the above to prove my point. First off, you wouldn’t understand most of my explanation. Having answered “Yes” to any of the above indicates you wouldn’t know the first thing about wrestling if you watched a documentary called The First Thing About Wrestling, read the book it was based upon, and bought the graphic novel then had it read to you by the ghost of Lou Thesz, while attending a seminar entitled “The First Thing About Wrestling.”
I will, however, prove the stupidity of “hardcore” fans by breaking down the Jinder Mahal segment for the imbeciles who agreed with any of it.
*”Juiced to the gills” Let’s see, the WWE suspended their Golden Boy and main-eventer, one Roman Reigns, for a Wellness Policy violation, but they are turning a blind eye to drug test results of a man who, until late April, was on the bottom third of the card, if used at all. This would be the testing performed by an independent agency, not the WWE itself.
Uh, yeah, and I suppose you know Jinder is “on steroids” because the Easter bunny rode up on a magic unicorn and told you so.
Ten-to-one you’ve never read the Wellness Policy guidelines, and the closest you come to a workout regimen is your midnight stroke sessions to Shimmer DVDs. Nonetheless, you know THE TRUTH, since six of the 42 active members of your Facebook group agree with you.
Did any of your fellow blowhards explain how a “roided-up” body improves ring and promo skills? That’s what I thought.
*Mahal “didn’t deserve” anything. Answer me this, Junior Einsteins: How come nobody griped about AJ Styles not “deserving” the big belt after being in the WWE just nine months at the time?
Jinder, despite his superior abilities, had to wait seven years (after becoming a full-timer with the promotion) to get a title shot, even though he was a member of the crowd-pleasing 3MB, still among the most downloaded bands on iTunes.
Mahal remains undefeated in Wrestlemania singles competition; Styles couldn’t even beat Grampa Jericho. Both members of the feared Ascension have been in the WWE longer than nine months, yet neither even got a chance to qualify to face Orton at Backlash. Why no complaints about that? Don’t you “hardcore” fans worship every single NXT talent who makes the main roster?
”It’s all about exploiting a new market.” Ohhhh, I see; so if, in order to boost business in Asia, Shinguard Nakamura gets to hold the gold, you are going to piss and moan about that, threaten to (but, as always, not follow through) cancel the WWE Network and create crybaby hashtags.
Well, aren’t you?
Perhaps you’re right. The WWE shouldn’t explore outside revenue opportunities. Sure, your obnoxious behavior has driven Raw and Smackdown ratings to 20-year lows due to you alienating the great casual fans who carried the company for decades; and non-American WWE house shows can’t fill half the seats in big-city arenas even thought they only come to town every three months.
But it’s not like they’re a real business, with stockholders and boards and all that. Oh, wait.
However, let’s say they decided to follow your harebrained wishes—even though where the WWE tours and markets has absolutely no impact whatsoever on you personally—and just to please you, the goddamn center of the universe, they pass up the potential to pick up a measly $100 million or so.
Are you going to tell me you won’t raise a big stink (beyond your existing repugnant body odor) when, to compensate for lost income, the monthly Network fee is $19.95? Oh, please.
So, yo, “expert,” why don’t you shuffle on out of any conversation about the business end of wrestling and let the grown-ups take care of it? You are better suited for smarmily mocking fans who buy replica belts—and each drop hundreds of dollars into the company coffer (which YOU don’t do.)
Awwww, did the above hurt your wittle feewings? Don’t let the tears stain your T-shirt emblazoned with the NWO logo…even though you weren’t even watching WCW when the Order caught fire over 20 years ago.
Hang on, I have an idea: you and your too-sweeting buddies should form your own faction called the NCO—the No Clue Order.