The internet has impacted the wrestling business in just about every aspect of the game. WWE tries to get social media buzz and often brags about trending on Twitter. The internet appeal is almost as important as the television ratings. considering the cable industry is dying out with online subscriptions growing, such as the WWE Network. These are some of the more positive things to come from the age of the internet but there are a bit of negatives attached to the wrestling world. Wrestling fans have strong passion towards wrestling so internet content, discussion and debates are all quite prevalent.
This has allowed wrestlers to smarten up and try to take advantage of the market of fans that read everything online with the art of trolling. One says silly things or gives “hot takes” to create controversy and get their name out there by riling up fans. Wrestling personalities have started using Twitter, podcasts and VOD shoot interviews to drop talking points that seem far out there but it’s really just a wise way to get fans upset enough to complain about the comments. There is no such thing as bad publicity in wrestling and that is shown with the examples we are going to look at.
The cases of wrestlers causing trouble online ranges from making unpopular statements, trying to start a public dispute with another more popular talent and talking trash to fans. There’s nothing wrong with this on the surface as they’re still playing a character, shades of what they do on television, but the disingenuous nature can harm their personas if it ever gets to be too overbearing. Most of these names here have a respected reputation in wrestling or at least contributed to some form of success in the business. It becomes a shame to realize where they are today but these fifteen wrestling personalities say ridiculous things for attention.
15 15. Scott Steiner
14 14. Taz
13 13. Honky Tonk Man
12 12. Kevin Nash
11 11. Austin Aries
Austin Aries has recently signed with WWE and is scheduled to be a fixture in NXT for quite some time as a future main event star for the promotion. You would assume the WWE signing would cause Aries to keep a low profile and tone down any controversial antics but he has taken to Twitter to get into arguments with wrestling fans. Unlike Kevin Owens or other WWE stars who deal with trolls by harassing them, Aries attacks people who dislike his work with mean-spirited insults.
I sure hope not, then my face might look as bad as yours. https://t.co/3Vy0neKjaM— Austin Aries (@AustinAries) April 10, 2016
10 10. New Jack
9 9. Mark Madden
8 8. Alex Riley
7 7. Eric Bischoff
Eric Bischoff wrote the book Controversy Creates Cash. so it should surprise no one that he blatantly makes rude comments about others quite frequently. It is difficult to find a Bischoff interview or social media page which doesn’t feature him saying outrageous things about the wrestling business. Bischoff places blame and takes shots wherever can. Lex Luger, Jeremy Borash, Vince Russo and the wrestling fan base have been the targets of Bischoff whenever he wants to sir some sort of drama. Bischoff also goes out of his way to make extreme right wing political comments to get fans on the other side to argue with him.
6 6. Virgil
5 5. Tammy Sytch
4 4. Matt Hardy
Matt Hardy is relatively known as one of the kinder people in wrestling these days. Wrestlers love working with him and he goes out of his way to accommodate his fans at live shows. However, he still tries to play the heel character on social media. The TNA star has fewer eyes on him than he did in his WWE days, yet his Twitter followers are still high. Hardy insults fans, popular wrestlers in other companies and says downright disgusting things to get attention towards him in the wrestling news headlines. Big E recently laughed off Hardy’s attempts at creating conflict with New Day fans.
Are they the guys that wear strap-ons on their head? That's not ICONIC. https://t.co/OXDBkyQTSV— #WOKEN Matt Hardy (@MATTHARDYBRAND) February 3, 2016
3 3. Jim Cornette
2 2. Vince Russo
1 1. The Iron Sheik
No one has been more successful at saying ridiculous things for years and making himself relevant as The Iron Sheik. The wrestling legend re-emerged from obscurity through a series of youtube videos wherein he ranted violently about anyone and everyone (especially B. Brian Blair). An unlikely pioneer in the new age of YouYube and social media, his Twitter handle ranks among the most hilarious in all the Twitterverse. His antics even earned The Iron Sheik some appearances on The Howard Stern show. Sheiky Baby has been exposed as being a gimmick for quite some time and his insults towards Hulk Hogan are among his biggest running gags -even though he hugs Hogan every time they are in the same building. Handlers run Sheik’s social media pages and marketing well enough to keep his character going strong. It can be argued that his resurgence paved the way for the current landscape of wrestling characters keeping kayfabe on social media.
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