The False Brotherhood

Mike Killam

Wrestlers like to portray themselves as a brotherhood.

What a load of crap.

Jesse Sorensen got fired by TNA after breaking his neck while on duty for the company. Wrestlers tweeted outrage – but TNA wrestlers didn't because, y’know – you’ve got to look out for yourself. Eric Bischoff told Sorensen to not give up. But Bischoff didn’t prevent him from getting fired.

Zema Ion needs expensive surgery. No union = no help. The fans haven’t chipped in enough. Wrestlers don’t seem to be chipping in at all.

Scott Hall and Jake Roberts needed cash for medical procedures. The fans paid. Their fellow wrestlers didn’t.

When a wrestler takes a legit stand for another wrestler, or ponies up some dough, let me know. Until then, can the “brotherhood” crap.

Know why there’s no wrestlers union? You could get every wrestler in the world in the same room. They’d vote unanimously to organize.

The minute the meeting ended, every wrestler in that room would stooge the meeting to management by way of trying to make a better deal for themselves.

Remember when The Radicalz left WCW for WWE in 2000? Chris Benoit, Eddy Guerrero, Dean Malenko and Perry Saturn had a confrontation with WCW management – but so did Shane Douglas and Konnan. But when WWE didn’t want Douglas and Konnan, the other four left them behind. So much for unity.

None of that bothers me. The posturing as a brotherhood is what bothers me. Wrestling is the island of misfit toys.

The exception to this rule is/was The Kliq. Closest thing to a union wrestling has ever seen. Those guys stuck together and got things done for each other.

Today’s young wrestlers are even worse. They feel they deserve credit and respect for trying. For working hard. #RiseAndGrind If you want credit and respect, succeed. If you’re taking bumps in a high school gym for 20 bucks, you’re a dope.

Philosophical question: If you sign a long-term contract with ROH, are you a big-time small-timer?

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