One of the things I enjoy most about Twitter is the way you can accidentally eavesdrop on people’s conversations. After all, if you’re following all the participants, their messages to each other just pop up in your timeline – what are you supposed to do? (Except perhaps suggest that they take their chat to direct message, just so as not to incriminate them in the future.)
So I was interested to see a group of male British wrestlers complain about three elements of tour booking. Let’s take them one by one.
1) “British promoters should be booking British talent, not imports.”
Yeah, this old chestnut again. British promoters will book whoever’s going to draw and make them money. Sure, some will book imports just for the sake of believing they have an “international promotion”, but most of the best promotions will just want the people whose names will sell tickets and merchandise. They’ll book the best British talent too.
2) “US promoters should be booking British talent because British promoters are booking US talent.”
They’ll book British talent once they think you’ll sell tickets and merchandise. It’s just the same. Promoters the world over aren’t going to book you because you think it’s their moral obligation. They want to make money.
3) “British women wrestlers aren’t helping the cause by flying themselves out to places and wrestling on shows.”
I’m kind of with you on this one. I do think it’s problematic when wrestlers cover their own costs and wrestle on shows without getting paid. But I also think it’s problematic when wrestlers bitch about each other; it looks just as unprofessional as when promoters bitch about each other. I’m not going to take it as far as saying wrestlers ought to set up their own union (although they totally should) but have a little bit of class, guys. The ladies paying for their own bookings isn’t taking a slot away from you.
It all comes down to that question of behaving professionally – yet again. I wrote a whole epilogue in Spandex, Screw Jobs and Cheap Pops about the ways to improve British wrestling, so I’ll add a codicil – if you want wrestling to be not only your living but something that takes you around the world, working for scores of different promotions, stop acting like a whiny child on social media – it’s not going to endear you to anyone.