Wrestling is my safety blanket. When I’m feeling down or when life is a bit too scary, I turn to my imaginary world of superheroes. Of giants and champions. I feel safe there. All of which is why I get sad when I see shit begin to leak out of that world. I want to bury my head in the sand when accusations of abuse or manipulation run rampant on Twitter. I genuinely hate it when the discussion turns to the horrible deeds rather than the fantastic matches.
But you know who hates it even more than me? The people who are having to speak out. The brave women who are risking so much by standing up and naming their abusers. I don’t know if they feel about wrestling the same way I do, but if they do that safety blanket has been ripped off. They’ve been shoved out the door of that beautiful imaginary world and forced into the real one where the good guys don’t always win. No-one should give a flying fuck how I feel because it pales in comparison to the people who have been hurt by the actions of scum.
Because make no mistake about it, that’s what these people are, scum. Whether it is Michael Elgin or Johnathan ‘Strangler’ Davis, they are scum who have used their position of power to take advantage of others. I understand that people want to defend their favourites (Christ, look back through my reviews and see how many times I’d praised Elgin before this came out). It’s difficult to see people you respect be unveiled as bastards. You never want your heroes to turn to bad. Once again, though, you need to think: is this worse for me or for the people that have been through this shit? It’s a pretty easy answer, isn’t it?
Those are the people that need your support right now. That unwavering loyalty that you feel towards wrestler A or B why not take that and give it to a person like Mo? Or Pollyanna? Stick up for them, say no to the pricks and slowly we might be able to turn this around. It’s not all going to go away. In fact, I’m 100% certain some more horrible shit is set to come out in the next few months. And every single one of these people is set to get abuse from the lowlifes of the world. You might not be able to do much, but one more person on their side could make a difference.
In the broader scheme of things, my voice in the world of wrestling is tiny. I’m not Dave Meltzer. The problem is that Dave Meltzer isn’t doing what Dave Meltzer should be doing. He’s turning a blind eye to events that aren’t just happening under his nose but are uppercutting him. So it turns to people like me, and, presumably people like you. The fans. We need to make our voice heard. We need to make sure that this shit stops here. Wrestling is great, but it would be even better with the scum removed.
To finish this off, I want to point you in the direction of a few things.
Firstly, @deathbysuzy (who is someone you should follow on Twitter) pulled together some resources that are available to help anyone who is struggling with these issues, either directly or indirectly. Please use it: https://deathbysuzyblog.wordpress.com/2018/01/11/dealing-with-the-fallout-how-to-make-it-through/
Suzy is also involved with Pw GrrrlGang who do work to help wrestling fans both online and at shows who feel marginalised, go follow them: https://twitter.com/pwgrrrlgang
Finally, this interview with Mo (who spoke out against Elgin and Sean Orleans), tells the story from her point of view (something mainstream wrestling journalists had failed to do) and is worthy of your time: http://www.pwponderings.com/2018/01/11/speaking-out/
I do have big respect foi meltzer’s work; the observer is the best thing to get information about this business and the history of it. But the problem here (and with media, in general, but that is getting better) is that they’re not to talk about abuse as much as they should.