Social Media Mania: The Internet Might Rot Your Brain

It is with great sorrow that I tell you: this is the last Social Media Mania. After 6 fun weeks, I’ve come to realize this weekly update isn’t up to par with the other content we here at ProRasslin.com usually offer. Most of our posts are either walks down memory lane or up-to-date news of today’s most important events. Social Media Mania falls awkwardly in the center. I don’t imagine we are the only pro wrestling site you visit, so a lot of the information I deliver here is days old. Our readers deserve better than that. I’ll be back next week with a re-tooled, re-occurring column. For now, enjoy the final edition of Social Media Mania…

The internet has changed pro wrestling in an unparalleled way. The curtain between wrestlers and fans has become as transparent as the one you’d find in your shower. This has changed the way stories unfold and how wrestlers are perceived. This column looked at what wrestlers were saying online but rarely how we, as fans, were reacting to them. Without the latter portion of the previous sentence, the former wouldn’t matter much. That’s the number one thing that has changed in pro wrestling: the fans.

My other column is Greatest Videos Eeeeeever. That’s a nostalgic look at some of wrestling’s finest and worst moments over the years. In researching those videos, I find that wrestling is no more ridiculous today than it was then. As a matter of fact, I’d say it’s quite the opposite. From our column here yesterday on The Yeti to GVE’s inaugural post about The Shockmaster, I’d say nothing that’s happened in 2011 has compared to the silliness of those. Yet we all loved wrestling so much more 10 years ago. Is the internet to blame for that? Well, not fully.

We’re older now. I’m not sure about the age demographic of our readers, but I’m the youngest of our writers here at 24. In watching old episodes of Raw or Nitro, I realize I’m the one that has changed, not wrestling. On a weekly basis WCW Nitro ended with Hogan, Bischoff and nWo talking in the ring for 10-20 minutes until Sting showed up. He’d beat up Scott Norton, Virgil and maybe Buff Bagwell while the others fled. Credits roll and we’d wait 6 days for it all to happen again. While WWF was more clever at the time, most of their broadcast was Stone Cold and Vince trying to get the best of one another.

At the height of my wrestling fandom, I was 13 years old and I signed online with a 56k modem via AOL under the screen name Buzz12. The only wrestling site I knew of was the now defunct WrestleFest.com. The guy running the site had title histories and an amazing rumor section. It was unlike anything I have ever seen. He also had an appearance section that would alert you to wrestlers coming to convention centers, comic book stores and hotel ballrooms near you. Thanks to WF.com heads up, I got to meet Edge in a hoagie store, Darren Drozdov at a water park and RVD outside a closed down department store.

Those days are over. I follow wrestlers on Facebook. Wrestlers run their own Twitter accounts. The on-air product is boring because I’ve probably acquired some sort of ADD thanks to the internet. High spots are never high enough because I saw some no name guy do something 3 times cooler on YouTube. I know a lot of injuries are really drug suspensions thanks to hundreds of dirtsheets reporting on them.

So as this post concludes, I invite you to let wrestlers once again be the larger than life superstars they once were. To remember that nothing has changed since we were kids other than the fact that we’re no longer kids. Ignore the dirtsheets (remember, we’re no dirtsheet!) This is the same pro wrestling we grew up on with all new faces….and heels. Enjoy it.

Social Media Mania: Edge Signing Off

Last week we had a laugh at some interesting or ridiculous words from pro wrestlers that only Twitter can bring us. This week, the mood on the social networks is vastly different following Edge’s retirement announcement. While the uncensored nature of Twitter can show us the silly side of superstars, it can also deliver astonishingly raw emotions written directly by the people in this business we love so much. After the jump we look at what some current and former WWE stars had to say about Edge including some ridiculous comments from two washed-up former main-eventers…

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Social Media Mania: A Day in the Life of A Former/Current WWE Employee

Now that Wrestlemania has passed, Social Media Mania will take a break from the Rock/Cena/Miz drama…until next year. As much as Twitter has become a place for the WWE Universe to play out, it also gives us a unique look at the personal lives of our favorite pro wrestling personalities. Last week we heard about John Cena’s feud with SouthWest Airlines. This week Kurt Angle bashed Orton’s use of the Olympic Slam then Punk hopped to his co-worker’s defense. Here’s a look at some of the other most (and least) interesting tweets of the week…

#5- Former WWE Divas Reunion

Looks like Torrie Wilson, Candice Michelle and Lillian Garcia are getting together. This is not news, but I’d like to let Torrie know that I’m available to hang this week!

 

#4- The Future…does not look bright

NXT and Tough Enough are supposed to be breeding grounds for the future of the WWE. Unfortunately for the contestants, Joey Styles and CM Punk are less than enthusiastic about the potential either show has to offer. Punk may just be playing the heel role, but if you watched Tough Enough Monday, he might just be being honest.

Styles’ knock on NXT contestants is piercing. As an ECW veteran, Styles knows what a future star looks like. After all, ECW employed over 2 dozen WWE superstars before they were WWE superstars. That number doesn’t even include all the guys who came in during the Invasion storyline! Time will tell whether NXT or Tough Enough will produce another Miz and Morrison or more Maven’s and Low Ki’s

 

#3- Jillian Hall Gags

BREAKING NEWS: Keep the iced tea away from Jillian Hall! Oh Twitter, you’re an endless source of important information.

 

#2- America’s Newest WatchDog(Face Gremlin) Group

There are literally thousands of watchdog groups that specialize in tracking what the government does. From pork barrel spending to politicians’ salaries, these groups make sure tax dollars are not being wasted. This week America’s newest interest group was introduced to the world via Twitter: Scott Steiner. Scott followed up the previous tweet with ‘Bcuz none of Bonds lies cost me or any americans money’. Duh judicial system, perjury doesn’t count as a crime unless it costs Scott Steiner money.

While Scott’s request for sporadic application of law is interesting, I think his concerns go a little beyond America’s tax payers. Bonds is on trial for perjury stemming from his congressional hearing regarding steroid use. I don’t want to make any accusations, but I submit to you Google’s top 5 suggested searches when you enter Scott Steiner:

Vested interest much?

 

#1- Eric Bischoff Consumes 1 Calorie For Every TNA Viewer

I won’t fault Eric for trying to eat healthy. I won’t even fault Eric for committing a huge social media faux-pas in linking his Facebook and Twitter. I will however fault Eric for TNA’s current state. By no means do I want to squash TNA. Quite the opposite actually. If TNA is good, WWE is forced to up their game. So two days after WWE’s biggest PPV of the year, Eric is sitting on Facebook telling the world about his diet. I wonder how many calories Vince McMahon took in today…

"I'm so hungry, I could eat a horse" -EB

Social Media Mania: Our Main Event Players

1 was definitely awesome!

The Social Media Mania series began when the Rock, Miz and Cena took their war of words to the internet. That feud cumulates this Sunday at Wrestlemania 27! If Monday’s Raw was any indication, we’re in for one crazy match. Compared to the in-ring action on Raw, the social media world has been quite tame. Leading up to ‘Mania, that’s a good thing. Actions speak louder than tweets and one man’s actions on Monday spoke volumes….more after the jump…

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Social Media Mania: #IWantWrestling

More action here than you'll see on Raw...

WWE continued to incorporate Twitter into their live broadcast this week. Cole let us know early on that he’d be tweeting from ringside. Via Twitter, Cole did nothing more than draw more heat by ripping on King, WWE Diva Eve and special guest ref Stone Cold. With the expansion of the WWE Universe growing emphatically on the Internet, I think they’re missing a major opportunity: supporting the mid-card. More after the jump…

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Social Media Mania: The Ambush in Dallas

Liar Liar...

It’s a tool of the most manipulative men through out history: Propaganda. On Monday, WWE Champ The Miz joined their ranks. Before the show that night, Miz tweeted something we touched on last week, “Out of protest for not getting the recognition I deserve, I am boycotting Raw tonight.” The tweet was shown during Raw’s broadcast to explain the Miz’s absence to the non-Twitter crowd. John Cena then went on to make the greatest mistake you can make when posting online: telling your enemy exactly where you’ll be. More after the jump…

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Social Media Mania: The Miz Tweets and Gets Heat!

Say Cheese!

Ryan Simmons here. I’m ProRasslin’s resident social media nerd. I video chat, I Skype, I text, I tweet, I phone, I WUPHF. So when WWE started utilizing social media, I paid very close attention. In recent week’s WWE’s biggest star John Cena has started using Twitter more and more. Sometimes he thanked fans, other times he mentioned injuries he suffered during recent matches. While not groundbreaking, it was a sign that the WWE wanted to keep fans engaged in the WWE Universe 24/7 online.

The desire to incorporate social media became quite apparent when the most electrifying man in sports entertainment, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, was announced as this year’s Wrestlemania host. The promo he cut on Raw a few weeks ago became an instant classic. He expressed his gratitude, he fast-tracked a feud with John Cena and he plugged his Facebook page. In the 2 weeks since his return, The Rock’s FB page has grown to over 2 million fans. Social media soon became a part of Cena and The Rock’s feud. More after the jump…

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