The recent comments made by Kevin Nash regarding the death of wrestling business has stirred up emotions in more than a few people. Referring to Chris Benoit and Eddie Guerrero as ‘vanilla midgets’, he ignited a Twitter firestorm Chris Jericho and fans all over the world. I took his remarks very personally and all I can say is that I am disappointed in him and what he has said. There are so many times that former talent, for lack of a better term, flap their lips in an effort to drum up buzz for themselves. It is one thing to simply say that you don’t like someone’s wrestling style or their gimmick, there are respectable ways to do that without coming off as a complete and total asshole (excuse my curt language).
Nash strikes me as one of those guys that is sort of stuck living in his past glory. The article which started this whole thing, posted by Grantland.com, tries to paint a picture of a guy who is somewhat modest and a wrestling genius. He takes credit for the millions earned by other wrestlers due to his ‘negotiation strategy’ (what I like to refer to as bullying), starting the Attitude Era, and the rise of Steve Austin. He’s a joke who is trying to relive a time when he was on top of the world, raking in the dough and at the top of the wrestling ladder. Wrestling is no longer about being the biggest and baddest, it welcomes all types of wrestlers and doesn’t cater to a specific type. Guerrero and Benoit got the titles because they deserved them, it didn’t kill the business. Sure, there may have been some champions that didn’t deserve the title and may not have carried it with the prestige and honor that they should have but who determines that? It certainly isn’t Kevin Nash.
The smaller guys need to make their mark on the business in a way other than size. Not everyone has the advantage of being over six feet tall and weighing 300 plus pounds. The ‘vanilla midgets’ to which he is referring are some of the most technically sound and talented men who ever stepped through the ring ropes. I have been watching wrestling for twenty-three years and as I recall, Nash wasn’t exactly what one would refer to as a ‘master of the mat’. As for the “favored nation clause” that was negotiated into his WCW contract, it is bullying in a corporate setting. If another wrestler (who brings more to the company) gets signed for more money than Nash, why should his contract go up? Because he rode Hogan’s coat tails while in WCW? It wasn’t a kliq, it was a group of greedy wrestlers who wanted more. In my opinion, there were more talented wrestlers in WCW at the time who probably deserved a lot more than what certain guys in the company were making.
This is another direct quote from the article that I took offense to:
He has the same problem with today’s Internet heroes, Phil “CM Punk” Brooks and Bryan “Daniel Bryan” Danielson.
“They are not bigger than life,” he says. “I bet they could both walk through airports and not be noticed unless they have a gimmick shirt on and the belt.”
This may be the same business but it is a different time. People still enjoy seeing the big guys but now they are looking for even more wrestlers that they can identify with. I’m a female, twenty-three years old, tattooed, been bullied growing up, never did drugs, like Diet Pepsi, and I can identify with CM Punk. We may not know each other but we’ve had some similar experiences that make me feel like he’s a regular person and someone I relate to on a few levels. Phillip Brooks and Bryan Danielson don’t strike me as the type of individuals that seek validation from mobs of fans following them around airports or shopping malls. They’re regular guys who happen to be WWE wrestlers and (most) fans respect their right to privacy and to live their life in peace. Kevin Nash must have a bruised ego or something if he thinks being followed by fans is what makes you popular.
I sincerely hope that this man finds something to do other than pick on two deceased wrestlers who were a million times the athlete he will ever be.