Lots to discuss this week, as always in the crazy world of pro wrestling. From Hogan basically becoming a parody of himself, to Randy Orton’s “special” way of introducing himself to new people in this week’s edition of the Pro Wrestling Post Week in Review.
Jim Neidhart Passing
In most possibly the saddest news of the week, former multi-time WWE Tag Team Champion and Legend Jim Neidhart passed away last Monday (13th).
The Pasco County Sheriffs Office confirmed that Jim had suffered a fall at his home, hit his head and had succumbed to his injuries
Tributes from around the world, wrestling and non-wrestling alike poured in, including one from all of us here at Pro Wrestling Post.
Below are a select few that I thought were some of the most heartfelt
I’d like to take this time to send my condolences to Nattie and her family. There’s a special bond between father and daughter. My heart hurts with and for her. Jim was one of the best, and one of my dear friends. He will be missed,I love you Nattie, God bless you and your family
— WWE R-TRUTH (@RonKillings) August 13, 2018
The only thing bigger than his on-screen character was his heart.
Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart loved performing with & spending time with his family…and he made us all smile while doing it.
Thinking of @NatbyNature, @TJWilson, & the entire Hart family during this difficult time. pic.twitter.com/ahWuWGXInv
— Triple H (@TripleH) August 13, 2018
Stunned and saddened. I just don’t have the words right now. pic.twitter.com/fcO8Skuuhz
— Bret Hart (@BretHart) August 13, 2018
— TJ Wilson (@TJWilson) August 14, 2018
— NattieByNature (@NatbyNature) August 13, 2018
RIP Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart
Dave Meltzer Backlash
People that know me know that there’s one thing I don’t like about Mr. Meltzer – his star ratings for wrestling matches. Wrestling is art and art is subjective, so to use one man’s opinions as the be-all and end-all of how good/bad matches are really grinds my gears.
But now you can add a second reason to the list.
While recording a podcast for his site The Wrestling Observer with Bryan Alvarez, he made a very disparaging comment about Peyton Royce. He commented that Royce had appeared “lighter” when she wrestled in NXT and that her appearance now may be the focal reason that she and Billie Kay (The IIconics) have not proved more successful on the main roster
It was picked up on quickly by social media users who called him out over it, and it wasn’t long before other wrestlers and Peyton herself commented.
So what would you have me do Dave… starve myself? 🤯🤯🤯 This is how nightmares for young women start. The females in your life must be proud. https://t.co/8MNpZNsR7m
— Peyton Royce (@PeytonRoyceWWE) August 15, 2018
This is unacceptable on so many levels. How dare you say that someone is more attractive when they are ‘lighter’. You have no idea how stupid comments like this can affect someone for life.@PeytonRoyceWWE is PERFECT just the way she is. A strong & beautiful WOMAN! https://t.co/1FDakcolpf
— Billie Kay (@BillieKayWWE) August 15, 2018
You’re beautiful @PeytonRoyceWWE . Rise up and shine brighter. Keep on keepin on and do your thing, because you are a true lady and superstar.
— Dustin Rhodes (@dustinrhodes) August 15, 2018
If I may offer you some advice, FUCK THEM!!! The worthless critics who contribute nothing to our industry are given too much power by acknowledging them. SHINE ON YOU CRAZY DIAMOND!
— MVP (@The305MVP) August 15, 2018
The news was so big that over here in the UK, the BBC News website even ran a story on it! To read it in its entirety click here.
To be fair to Meltzer, he did own up to his mistake and took full responsibility, not blaming it on others or some “brotherhood” (I’m looking at you brother!), but still, you don’t say things like that in this day and age. Peyton put it best herself when she said comments like his are how nightmares start for young women.
Hulk Hogan Does It Again
OK, so where do I start with this story? I’m sure you don’t need any backstory about what Hulk said to get to this point, but I’ll quickly summarize what happened backstage at Extreme Rules last month to set the table…
Hogan was brought back by the WWE on the day of Extreme Rules last month, and Uncle Vince decreed that ALL talent were to be there to hear Hogan publicly apologize to them all for the racist remarks he said in the years prior, but many including The New Day and Titus O’Neil thought his apology lacked sincerity and was just lip service.
Just met with the @WWE Superstars and on all levels the volume of love and support was overwhelming. I’ve been praying for this day and I finally feel like I made it back home. Only Love 4 the #WWEUNIVERSE brother HH
— Hulk Hogan (@HulkHogan) July 15, 2018
He was a guest on The Bill Apter podcast Apter Chat where he dropped these comments. Below is what he said…
“A lot of people accepted my apology, and a lot of people heard what they wanted to hear and a lot of the narrative that came out of the meeting was on point. A lot of the narrative was really different. I was surprised to hear some people interpreted what I said that I was just sorry I got caught. I’m on camera, whatever they interpreted, but I never said that.
I just hope the brotherhood can get back to the way it was,” Hogan continued. “Outside the ring, you’re supposed to protect your brother. In this case, it’s a situation where 75, 80, 90 percent of the wrestlers are protecting me and they’re giving me another chance to move forward. There’s just a few wrestlers that don’t understand the bond and the brotherhood of wrestling. If someone makes a mistake, you need to forgive them and move on and try to let them prove themselves”
OK, rant time – Let me start with this “Brotherhood” quote. How can he of all people talk about a brotherhood when it’s widely accepted that he stopped a wrestlers union from happening back in the ’80s by snitching to Vince?! Hogan is the epitome of looking after number one, so let’s put that to rest right now huh?
And that the odd 10% that aren’t giving Hogan a chance to move forward are probably the ones that said the apology was insincere and were waiting on him to show and PROVE he actually was sincere after all. These recent comments have done nothing but prove that “minority” as he calls it, right.
Thanks to Fightful.com for the transcript.
Randy Orton’s Special Greeting
Now here’s a story that’s come out of the left field.
According to comments made by former WWE writer Court Bauer in an old MLW podcast, Orton would greet new writers into the company by basically getting his penis out of his pants, touch it, and then go to shake the new writer’s hand while cutting a kind of shoot promo at them.
The news has been picked up in the mainstream media with The NY Times, Fox News and Forbes running the story among many other such luminaries. To read the entire article click here.
The story was “kinda” confirmed when comments made by former WWE Superstar Ken Anderson in a YouShoot interview from a few years ago re-surfaced this week too.
In the interview, Anderson talked about how Orton had come out of the shower butt naked, and decided to “dip” his genitals into Anderson’s wrestling boots, while he looked on.
WWE officials have said that they are looking into the matter as it’s garnered such mainstream attention, but I don’t think anything will happen to Orton. And it seems he was playing up to these reports at the most recent Smackdown TV tapings dark match main event.
Apparently, he was approaching WWE crew around ringside with handshakes and everyone around laughed when the handshakes were accepted.
It’s not like he doesn’t have previous for sophomoric instances like this over his WWE tenure and as I said above I don’t think anything will happen to Orton over this.
Been a very eventful week in the world of pro wrestling. But never fear I shall return next Sunday for more bitesize portions of the best of the week’s news. So until then…..
To read last week’s Pro Wrestling Post Week in Review please click here.