I’m one of many professional wrestling fans who are fascinated with the behind the scenes look of the business. Established wrestlers will tell you it’s a lousy business with the travel schedule, injuries, and the dangers of in-ring wrestling. One wrong move could put them out of commission for a while or for good. But what’s more fascinating to me are the training schools that produce professional wrestlers. These schools determine whether or not the students have what it takes to make it to the WWE.
[adinserter block=”1″]What strikes me as unusual is the demeanor of trainers on their respective students. They yell at them, tell them to do specific moves over and over again until that person gets it right; sometimes maybe in front of the entire class watching them. I say to myself “I have to deal with all of that to become a professional wrestler?”
I remember over a decade ago on MTV there was a program about professional wrestling including an episode of a wrestling class taught by “Pretty Boy” Larry Sharpe. What I noticed is how his demeanor changed when class began. Yes, he needs to show tough love but he got to a point when he would act a like an A-hole to get his point across. This is possibly a psychological ploy to weed out the weak ones who don’t have the mental toughness to make it.
Tough Enough came along which was stepped up in terms of quality TV. I loved it! Steve Austin reverts back to Stone Cold Steve Austin while sexy Trish Stratus turns heel. I felt for the students whose dreams are realized or dashed through verbal and physical punishment.
Then there’s Bill DeMott. I remember watching him in particular being a sourpuss acting or maybe not acting like he had it out for his students. I thought DeMott’s character, Hugh Morruss was unique and I liked the kookiness extreme of his sadistic side to his maniacal laughs. Of the number of scenes I’d watch Bill DeMott, all I could I think of it the angry man. He’s like the one teacher in school you don’t want or the tough driving instructor when going for your driver’s license. If his demeanor was worse off the TV screen then I wouldn’t want to be anywhere near him. Because of What I’ve seen and read about what DeMott did to his students, I’m not surprised he resigned his post as head NXT trainer but I am surprised that it took this long.
In today’s day and age of technology and the internet you can’t get away with a lot of things. What one says or does can be posted or tweeted in quick turnaround time. Twenty-five, thirty years ago these stories wouldn’t have been publicized or made it on the main stage of media. Back then, the accused could claim “it’s my word against yours”. Not so in today’s case where we under the consistent microscope.
[adinserter block=”2″]Enter Matt Bloom; formerly Prince Albert and Tensai. My initial reaction would be “Really?” But from what I’ve been reading about Bloom, this could be a smart move for the WWE. Bloom’s demeanor has been the opposite of instructors like DeMott. Bloom’s actually helping out the students rather than berate them constantly. I see this as good PR move but also good hiring for talent development. Bloom’s travelled around the world as an international wrestler. He comes with a wealth of knowledge of the professional wrestling industry. His gimmicks may not have been a hit with the fans compared to HHH, The Rock, and John Cana, but he was a hard worker.
The intangible is that he loved what he did and wants to further the business by grooming new talent. Can he be teach mic skills and encourage students to bring out the best in themselves? The WWE has been lacking in mic talent as currently there have only been a few like Bray Wyatt and John Cena. He may get on some students but that would be if had to. You need to show tough at times to get the point across and this a big difference compared to abuse by his predecessor. Will this formula work? Only time will tell.