For years and years, wrestling fans have complained about overly scripted and corny promos and story lines. They've screamed that they want the "realism" of the Attitude Era.
But when Ronda Rousey let loose with a by now well known worked shoot profanity strewn promo on her website late last week, the same fans screamed bloody Hell about her blowing kayfabe.
In it, Rousey brought up her heel turn at the Philadelphia RAW where she warned Lynch that she was going to beat the f#$@ out of [Lynch] for Lynch implying her husband was a d#$k in their back and forth series of tweets. Rousey claimed her promo went off script "They gave me other things to say and I didnt f#@ing say it." and claimed she "is not going to be acting anymore.. will be doing whatever the hell [I want] and they can explain her actions however they want... because f%#k* themeverybody, including the WWE Universe.
Reminding everyone that wrestling is scripted and not real, she then had one final parting shot. None of these bitches can f#@*ing touch me. The end.
Fans burned up every type of social media imaginable from Friday on... going on and on trashing Rousey...which of course is exactly what WWE, Rousey, Lynch, Flair and Vince McMahon (and Paul Heyman, involved behind the scenes) hoped they would do. The fans went on about blowing kayfabe and on and on....again, making folks in Stamford smile. Folks, the only thing missing in this carny is the trapeze act and the clowns. The only difference is the way they're working you. No cotton candy or clowns with this one, just keyboards, cameras, and videos.
Even for wrestling purists who do know better who've been screaming about kayfabe, they ought to go back and remember how as far back as Johnny Valentine, who said "I can't convince you wrestling is real, but I can convince you I am"....this kind of thing has been said by people to get over their characters. Then stop, relax and enjoy where this is going next.
Last night gave us not the one on one match we've all wanted, but the three way that Vince McMahon insisted on...Ronda Rousey-Becky Lynch-Charlotte Flair, after Charlotte Flair basically beat Becky Lynch all over the ring.
As expected, Ronda Rousey came out to join the fun. But it was simply to jump in, punch Charlotte Flair, and thus earn the DQ win for Lynch. Way, way too cute...and the crowd reaction wasn't what might have been expected. This is what happens when WWE gets too cute with a finish and storyline.
So with all that regarding Rousey-Lynch-Flair... like I said last week, save your REAL concern for the fact that while this unique and entertaining storyline has gotten people interested more than anything WWE has done recently, the fact that WWE is going back to Saudi Arabia on May 3...and is trying to keep it as quiet as possible to avoid the kind of scrutiny it knows it will likely get eventually from mainstream media, wrestling sites and bone logs and more, but will do everything possible to avoid....all of that is flying under the radar thus far. The news that 50,000 subscribers cancelled their WWE Network subscriptions in the light of Crown Jewel makes that a bit more important.
Gotta close with this: I don't know about anyone else, but if I ever see on person one of the mouth breathers who claim on social media that Roman Reigns' leukemia is one giant work by WWE to stop the unending booing of Reigns..I'm punching their lights out...literally. Both of my parents died from cancer or its effects. It's not fodder for some keyboard warrior with a vendetta against Vince McMahon or Dave Meltzer (who's been falsely accused of claiming it was) to insist that that this is all some giant work.
Anyone who bothered to read the Wrestling Observer from a week ago read a very detailed description of the types of leukemia Reigns could possibly have, how it is very much realistic for an athlete to be able to return, and that Reigns' appearance didn't have to "look like a cancer patient".
Meanwhile, in her infinite stupidity, Nia Jax tweeted an attack on Meltzer for reporting this, even suggesting he was guilty of a HIPAA violation. Anyone who thinks she wasn't told to say this also thinks the Easter Bunny is hopping down their block in 4 weeks or so. Meanwhile, Meltzer has been making a living for 30 plus years with the WON...and has a level of regard in his profession she never will in hers.
Along with this, there are those on social media who seem to live to hold Meltzer to a standard that would make it impossible for any mainstream media member to talk about politics, culture, sports, or damn near anything else in the "real world". They've been picking hairs over him questioning which oral medication Reigns was taking and thus treating it as some sort of perverse "vindication" that Meltzer is guilty of everything up to and including kidnapping the Lindbergh baby.
What WWE is apparently too stupid to realize is that what Meltzer put out information to discourage the idiotic speculation toward WWE, not foster it. They ought to have been thanking Meltzer, not attacking him. Those on social media who engage in this are just plain stupid and obsessive.
Until next time...
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