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By Dave Scherer on 2021-03-02 10:00:00

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After Owen Hart's tragic death, wrestling companies stopped having wrestlers come from the rafters in any way. I know it's been a long time, but I can't remember anyone coming to the ring in that way until Darby Allen ziplined down on last week's Dynamite. I feel like I'm probably missing something obvious here, but nothing is coming to my mind. Thanks!!

I can’t think of anyone that did.  I guess Sting could have in WCW but definitely no one recently.  I would never do it but Darby is a thrill seeker.  If it’s done properly, good for him.

Why does WWE not sign some guys due to their criminal record however they would resign guys like Jeff Hardy who's had well documented legal problems?

There are a couple of reasons.  One, those guys are now already in the company.  WWE has nothing invested in them so it doesn’t make sense to bring someone that has a criminal record into a publicly traded company, well unless that person has star potential or name value from outside of wrestling.  If it’s Joe Indy, it’s just not worth it to them.  Two, if Hardy pays his debt and passes their tests, second chances are what America is all about.

Now that the US government has declassified documents and officially pointed the finger squarely at the Saudi Crown Prince for ordering the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, do you think WWE should indefinitely suspend for the time being or at the very least rethink their relationship with the Saudis? With the network making the move to Peacock, I can imagine NBC Universal and the WWE would want as little bad press as possible.

In the past, they had culpable deniability.  Now?  They don’t.  So to me, the smart play is to not do business with a tyrant.  I am curious to see what they will decide once the pandemic is over.  If it’s me, I would look for another well heeled location in the area to host the show, like Dubai. Working with the Saudis now is a really bad optic for the company.

All pro wrestling fans have endured the condescending, insipid and inane comment, "You know that s**t is fake, right?"  Ironically, pro wrestling is far more real than most forms of entertainment, as wrestlers often have to perform their own dangerous stunts (which really hurt) - live in front of thousands of fans, and in one take. On top that, wrestlers often portray heightened versions of their real personalities, with many wrestlers doing improvisational promos.  Do you agree with the irony of this situation, as pro wrestling is far more real than any Hollywood action movie or TV show?

Honestly, I don’t pay attention to idiots.  They can say whatever they want but yep, they like other forms of “fake” entertainment so I just laugh at their shallowness.

Lastly, I have received less patronizing responses than in years past when I inform new acquaintances of my wrestling fandom. Have you noticed this trend of people being more generally accepting of pro wrestling as entertainment when they discover your profession or fandom?

I have to be honest, with the pandemic I haven’t gone out of my way to talk to many people over the last year but I can tell you this, I can’t ever remember anyone saying anything negative about what I do.  Surprise and “that’s cool” are the reactions that I get most often.

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