More and more wrestlers are opting to use their real names on social media, and it seems to have the business pretty split.
When we watch a TV show or movie, documentaries aside, we know what we are watching isn't real. That actors are portraying fictional characters in order to tell a story. On the flip side, when we watch sport, we know we are watching a real competition. Real people competing for a real prize. When it comes to professional wrestling, it is a little more complicated than that.
For the most part, fans know that wrestling is pre-determined. That the matches taking place between the ropes are more for show than competition. However, most fans want to believe what they are watching is real. To forget that the match results were decided ahead of time, and that behind the scenes Kevin Owens doesn't really want to rip Shane McMahon's head off.
The advent of social media makes that increasingly difficult to do. Plus, with more and more wrestlers using their real names as opposed to their ring names, some fans are often left thoroughly confused. It has sparked a debate online after Jim Cornette labeled wrestlers using their real names on social media as "play rasslers" who just want to be on reality TV.
Legit question. How does interacting with fans under a different name than they know you by, modernize the business? Pink interacts with fans as Pink, many entertainers have professional names they use in public, not just wrestlers. IMO using 2 names just creates confusion.— Lance Storm (@LanceStorm) July 27, 2019
Cornette's tweet was in reply to Jordynne Grace, a wrestler who goes by her real name Trisha Parker on Twitter. Grace claims pretending to be someone you're not away from the ring disrespects the common sense of the fans. Lance Storm has also chipped in on the discussion, pointing out that it isn't just wrestling where stars assume stage names and personas, giving Pink as an example.
I have a difficult time seeing the confusion. From my pov, If I'm working hard to build both and you know both then I see no issue. I can have a life outside of wrestling after wrestling so why would I not attempt to make that life as successful as possible 😁— Austin Creed will hurt you in Wheel of Fortune (@XavierWoodsPhD) July 28, 2019
Xavier Woods, who goes by Austin Creed on Twitter, has also given his two cents. Woods claims by using his real name, he is building a life for himself outside of wrestling ready for when he has to leave the business. Valid points from both sides, but where do you fall? Does a wrestler with a different name on social media confuse you? Or are you okay with them stepping away from their in-ring personas on social media?