Death of Wrestling: Dare To Be A Heel

Published On 05/19/2013 | By David Davis | Columns

Greetings to all… It’s David Davis with my weekly blog: Death of Wrestling. For all of those who read this regularly, you will know that this is not a blog about bashing wrestling; it’s a blog of a frustrated fan, who loves the business and wishes that each week it could be a little better.

Here we go with another week and there is a topic that I have to talk about. It’s been surrounded by a lot of controversy, and has already given the internet bods a lot to talk about over the last week and that’s the infamous incident between Austin Aries and Christy Hemme.

Now before I really start, I’d just like to point out that I am not for sexual harassment in the workplace, but I think it’s fair to say we have come a long way since the days of Mad Men. My feminist friends would surely tell me that we have a long way to go still, but even they can’t deny the progress that has been made…

Because of the way TNA is shown in the UK, it means that I often have a good idea of what I’m about to watch by the time that I actually watch it, and the incident of sexual harassment in the workplace was at the top of my agenda… I was eager to see exactly how it played out…

I’ve got to admit, and maybe it’s because I had built it up in my head, but I didn’t think what Austin did was that bad. Christy messed up and Austin just intimidated her in to announcing his name right. The ‘crotch’ incident was little more than him standing on the turnbuckle to raise his hands in the air; something the Bobby Roode did on the other side of the ring… In fact, Aries was just playing his part as a heel. Had he been a face, he wouldn’t have done what he did – they probably would have had a laugh and joke about it instead.

Now, like I said, I’m not a fan of sexual harassment in the work place and if Christy really had a problem with it (as opposed to the Hot Lesbian Action or Bra and Panties matches that used to be a main stay of wrestling) then something did need to be done. Every employee, male or female, needs to feel comfortable and safe whilst at work… But what I suggest is that these types of issues are dealt with quietly behind the scenes… Austin should have been made to apologise, and if deemed severe enough given a warning or fine or whatever, but publicly TNA should have done what wrestling companies used to do: closed ranks and said it was a work.

Now I may be speaking about something that’s already been done as this week’s TNA will be shown tonight on Challenge here in the UK, but my hope would be that they’ve turned it in to a storyline. The TNA execs could make Aries apologise for his actions in the middle of the ring… Christy could come down and slap the lips of his face… And the fans could be entertained in the process…

What I’m saying could be controversial; maybe some things do need to be dealt with publicly, just so these companies are giving out the right message, but I just don’t want to live in a world where heels are scared to be heels. I want Daniel Bryan to be able to strangle someone, for Chris Jericho to desecrate a flag, and for Austin Aries to be allowed to be lewd. Basically, I’m a fan of professional wrestling and I want professional wrestling to remain a show about goodies and baddies; where the baddies do bad things and the goodies teach them a lesson.

We’re always harping on about the Attitude era and as soon as someone does anything that wouldn’t have been sniffed at back then, they are torn a new one. Can anyone else see the DoW?

That’s all folks… As always, post your comments, thoughts and opinions below! Or message me on twitter and let me know what you think the ‘Death of Wrestling’ is and I might just blog about it!!! Peace and I’m out…

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