I think most of my readers know that I am a part time pro wrestling promoter, having been in and around the business for years with my old Wrestling Guys radio/internet show, and later with the many promotions that I ran, from the Outlaws of Wrestling at the Tropicana Casino, to Force One Pro Wrestling and more recently, Coastal Pro.
As a promoter, I scour the internet looking for talent, from watching YouTube videos to reading the resumes of various wrestlers, and/or getting recommendations from other promoters, or various sources on the net.
For those of you not around the wrestling business, you’d likely not know this Facebook page, so let me introduce it to you…
The Facebook page is called Trash Bag Wrestlers. (and you just became a whole lot more famous, thanks to me, and my readers) Most of the people in the wrestling business know who they are, but I’m going to post their “ABOUT” page:
Intended to be a comical look at Indy wrestlers gimmicks and gear. Not attacking anyone’s in ring abilities, credentials or character just their gear. Maybe next time before you step out in front of an audience ask yourself…. “Am I TBW material?”Description
**** TBW ADMIN IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR COMMENTS MADE BY INDIVIDUALS ON THIS PAGE. ALSO ALL IMAGES ARE GAINED FROM A PUBLIC DOMAIN AND ANY COMMENTS MADE IN A DEROGATORY MANNER ARE THOSE SOLELY THE OPINION OF THOSE INDIVIDUALS WHO COMMENT**** **** THIS PAGE IS INTENDED FOR COMEDIC PURPOSES **** **** OH AND FINALLY, DON’T THREATEN LAWSUITS AND LEGAL ACTIONS. FIX THE PROBLEM, ENJOY THE PUBLICITY AND HAVE THICK SKIN. YOU’RE A WRESTLER !!! *****
The name of the page may be harsh but by no means do we aim to “bully”. This page highlights those wrestlers who may be some of the best workers in the business but have just made some really poor choices in regards to gear and their look. Consider us a “lighter side of wrestling” page, and please don’t take us too seriously….
The page, while meant to be a parody of sorts, actually serves some sort of purpose to the business, since the independent pro wrestling business has lowered its standards over the past 15-20 years. There’s a grass roots movement to improve the quality of the pro wrestlers on the independent circuit these days. I look to several Facebook groups that friends of mine run, like Cueball Carmichael’s group “Cueball’s Corner Pocket”, and Fantasia’s “Keeping It Real”. They discuss levels of professionalism, and how to ensure that workers try to attain those levels by improving their wrestling skills, their level of fitness, and their business acumen.
So, a group like this, who posts pictures of wrestlers who don’t wear wrestling gear, could be utilized to raise that standard.
The problem is…..the group could care less about raising that standard, because hey, we’re here to make fun of people!
And fun is what they do, everyone has a laugh at the expense of these “trash bag wrestlers” who buy their gear at Wal Mart, Hot Topic, and other places from Old Navy to The Halloween Store. Now they claim on their “ABOUT” page that they are “NOT attacking anyone’s in ring abilities, credentials or character just their gear”, but honestly that isn’t the case. Let me explain why.
There’s an administrator on the page who allows comments that refer to everything BUT gear. I’ve encountered this page in the past, even “liked” some comments made by people about wrestlers that I know. Several days ago, I felt the page went over the top, as it posted pics of a worker that I’m familiar with for a second time. This person is a decent worker, someone I’d hire, though the opportunity is yet to come up. Anyway, take a look at some of the comments directed at the worker after the pic was posted:
Trashbag my ass *** is the trash dumpster
Is that Yokozuna???
Those rolls are crazy, I wonder if *** is hiding a Twinkie in there some where
man the harpoons
Not trash bag or trash dumpster. More like trash truck
Difference between someone who’s pregnant and someone who just ate children.
Has anyone beat me to a “this is how they walk in to a buffet” joke?
Interesting this fat joke, complains about fat
Yes, all of this is about gear, right?
Well the guy who runs the Facebook page DID have a disclaimer that he’s not responsible for how others comment here, but wouldn’t you think that since the purpose of the page is to expose wrestlers that don’t have proper gear that if ONLY for the purpose of staying on topic he’d delete these kind of body shaming on his page? Well, he doesn’t, and the fact is that he is a fat bigot as well, by being so complicit on his own page.
As someone who’s been a pro wrestling fan since I was brought to my first card by my late father back in 1964, I’ve seen many “overweight” and just plain old fat wrestlers over the years, among them
1. Haystacks Calhoun
2. Playboy Buddy Rose
3. Bam Bam Bigelow
4. King Kong Bundy
5. Brodus Clay
8. Dusty Rhodes
I could actually fill several pages of just this list. What I can tell you is that all of them are/were good workers who can go just as long and hard as their thinner counterparts. So to you ass clowns (homage to Chris Jericho) who want to engage in fat shaming, it shows me that you know absolutely nothing about pro wrestling. As I said in my comments before I grew bored of your childish writing (and grammar errors), you were all still in your father’s nut sack when I was watching pro wrestling. Not only do you know nothing, you don’t deserve to watch wrestling, as it’s likely you can’t distinguish between good and bad product. The bigger problem is, there are comments about people’s weight ALL OVER THIS PAGE, not just on this particular photo.
To my friend, who laughed it off….I know it bothered you at the end of the day. You said it didn’t, but I could tell by your explanation that it did. You should ALWAYS be outraged when body shaming and bullying is directed at you. NEVER allow it to happen, though I think the odds are you will continue to do so, since it’s doubtful that you even read my blogs.
More important, to the little twerp who sits in the basement of his mom & dad’s home typing away with his grubby little fingers on his i-pad, thinking that he got tough with me on the internet, I’ll tell you what. I don’t know who you are or where you live (since you hide behind a fake name), but at any point in time I’ll send you a couple of tickets to my next wrestling show. Hell, I’ll even pay your airfare (or carfare, if you want to put the wheels back on your house & decide to drive to me). Come to the show, plan on getting in the ring with me. Don’t worry, I’m an old man, I can’t hurt you…
We can “talk” about what’ wrong with your little Facebook page while you’re here. I’m pretty sure you’ll end up seeing it my way.
Or you can stay home and hide.