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Stereotypes in Wrestling

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Hey guys Knox here hoping all is well. Today I wanna talk about stereotypes in wrestling being used on television. Is it a good thing? Is it a bad thing? Honestly, I don't know. That's why I wanna talk about it on here and see what you guys think.

Stereotypes: The Good
Stereotypical figures in the professional wrestling tend to connect well with the fans overall. Its a way to draw in people, mainly because of humor. If the majority of the audience can take a joke then its good stuff.

Stereotypes: The Bad
People do often get offended very easily. Especially when it comes to race. I know at this stage of the WWE, "Image Friendliness" seems to be the #1 focus and all with Linda's pointless Senate Campaign.All in all, stereotypical figures do work well in a WWE because the audience for the WWE is so widespread and diverse so basically you just gotta know how to take a joke.

Black Stereotypes - Thug Gimmick
Now many black wrestlers do get stuck with the thug gimmick which is cool but often gets played out. For me personally, I'm not a David Otunga fan but its a pleasure to see them book a black wrestler that isn't hit with the thug gimmick. Otunga is in a neat position because he might be a nice guy in real life but he's typically playing a real life gimmick with them playing on his Harvard Law degree and his Hollywood connection with Jennifer Hudson.

But in general, black wrestlers have been labeled with the thug gimmick. Almost every black wrestler in the past decade has come out to rap intro music. Nothing against it, just a pattern I wanted to point out. Some exceptions however would be Booker T, Ezekiel Jackson, Kofi Kingston (The Black Tarzan) & Shelton Benjamin as well.


The Black Community:
When it comes to black stereotypes in wrestling, I as a black person have to accept it. I carry myself well, I'm educated, I never smoked or drank alcohol and I might to Hip Hop as well but I keep it deep and with a message.

But in the typical black community, we give ourselves a bad name. You see it in Hip Hop with guys like Young Jeezy, Rick Ross, Gucci Mane, Waka Flocka and all these other rappers that refer to women as bitches & hoes, talk about killing people, selling drugs and all right filth but the sad part is it sells.

Black women these days don't carry themselves like they should. Half naked pictures on FaceBook just to gain likes, using men for money. In the black community we have two female role models and that's Oprah & Michelle Obama but I guarantee you the typical black female can name every Bad Girls Club chick, Housewife of Atlanta and Basketball Wife and give you a biography on Nicki Minaj & Rihanna.

Look at how typical black comedians make us look. Kevin Hart, Paul Mooney, D.L. Hughley, Mike Epps and pretty much every black comedian makes blacks look even more ignorant but all they seem to wanna do is crack white jokes which is weird to me.

So when wrestling companies like the WWE play on black stereotypes, we have nothing to complain about because we put these negative stereotypes on ourselves. Society views us as how the majority of us act. Our ancestors fought for freedom, Dr. King as well and once we got out freedom, we decided to act a damn fool.

  • MVP - Hip Hop Theme (Self Recorded). "BALLIN" Gimmick, Gold Chains. Although, he was taken very serious.
  • Cryme Tyme - Huge Thug Gimmick, Hip Hop Theme, they stole from fellow wrestlers, actually took money from the audience in hats, very thug like attire (bandannas, sweat pants leg up, baggy jeans). Very ghetto mentality. This went over well because they were babyfaces. If they were heels doing this, it really wouldn't have been a good look.
  • Mark Henry - Lol Mark has the "Angry Black Man" gimmick. Hip Hop Theme as well. None the less, he's not booked as a thug.
  • R-Truth - Hip Hop Theme. Also for a while he seemed like he was being booked as a slave with the whole "I'm a Good R-Truth" thing when he was edging himself to a face again. Now he talks to imaginary friends but that's not stereotypical so I'm cool with it. Its better than him dancing to the ring.


Mexican Stereotypes - Lawnmowers & Lowriders
Now its weird because as a black guy, I can accept the black stereotypes but I personally hate the Mexican stereotypes. I think they need to book Mexican wrestlers as more than Lowrider drivers and such. Mexicans in my opinion are some of the best people I met.

Mexicans used to have this lazy stereotype throughout the world but today that's the complete opposite but they still get a bad rep and that bugs me. Mexicans are some of the hardest working people you'll find that works their ass off for a buck and I commend the hell out of them.

Some of my good friends are Mexican and they tell me alot about their troubles. Some of their parents clean up in hotels after people and that's pretty much the top job that you see most Mexican women in the United States with. Usually housekeeping and cleaning up after people. Typical jobs that most of us would turn down. I commend the hell out of Mexicans for doing whatever it takes and still maintaining this hardworking mentality.


  • The Mexicools - Pure filth. Three guys whom I grew up idolizing. These guys are WCW legends and found success all over the world in wrestling just to come to the WWE and be handed that stupid ass stereotypical gimmick. I hated it. Juventud is a legend as well as Super Crazy, they shouldn't have been coming out on lawnmowers.
  • Alberto Del Rio - He has a better gimmick, the rich guy and I love this gimmick because its a change. I'm not a Del Rio fan but I love the gimmick. He does however come out in a vehicle and I like that because they are high quality vehicles.
  • Eddie Guerrero - He came out in a lowrider but they kept his image up well as a babyface. He's a guy the Mexican community should be proud of. Rest In Paradise my friend.
  • Hunico - Typical stereotypes right here. That glossy ass bike, the beater and tight khakis on. He has the typical "Compton Mexican" gimmick. If anyone has ever seen the movie "Next Friday" with Ice Cube & Mike Epps you'll know exactly what I'm talking about. I really do like Hunico and wish he was taken serious.
  • Rey Mysterio - I think the mask saved him. They play on the mask well so he's never had to worry about the thug gimmicks and such.
  • L.A.X. - who remembers them in TNA? Konnan, Homicide and Hernandez. They gave them the whole "MS-13" gimmick. That had to be upsetting to go through. They basically looked like bloods, had gunshots in their community and all that other jazz.


Pretty much in the Mexican community, they go through enough pain and hatred from typical Americans that label them as "Immigrants". Why hate a group of people for coming here in search of a better life and a slice of American Pie? We're a free nation but are the quickest to judge. I just want more promotions to start booking Mexican wrestlers with more prestige.


United Kingdom Stereotypes: Angry People
Ok this one is for fun but I get a kick out of wrestling organization booking guys from the U.K. as the most angry people you'd ever wanna meet. If you don't believe me, look at Drew McCintyre, Sheamus, William Regal and Wade Barrett. The list goes on.


Conclusion:
Hope you all enjoyed this, thanks for taking the time to read. Let me know what you all think. I had fun writing this. As always, check out the track below and be safe. See you guys later. Until then.

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Updated 05-18-2012 at 09:59 AM by knox

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  1. knox's Avatar
    Lol bro, I'm not a fan in the least bit. i like a message with my hiphop. I listen to Eminem, Game, Drake & Lupe.
  2. Sage's Avatar
    Never really considered mark henry's gimmick to be "angry black guy", I just considered it standard huge angry heel stuff.
    Sexual chocolate might be a dif story though lol
  3. HeelTurn's Avatar
    The English tend to get a tea sipping, suit wearing, posh gimmick a lot to. So in that respect I like what they did with Wade.
  4. mattyboy062's Avatar
    Good blog. Not all us brits are angry but I think it is a gimmick that is needed to get us away from the posh queen loving stigma, just wish the WWE would do something intresting with Mason Ryan as he bores me and he could be much more and help put us Welsh on the wrestling map.
  5. ParagonOfVirtue's Avatar
    Racism won't go away until everyone shuts up about it. Offended parties included.
  6. knox's Avatar
    Thanks guys for the comments and I appreciate you all keeping this wrestling related.

    Everyone below I will paste the comment @Beast just left and deleted shortly after.

    @ Knox, Wow you are smart! I am glad you could point out to me that no one put a gun to my head and made me read your blog, you really got it going on man! Anyways I read your blog not because I was forced to because I chose to and I also chose to tell you it was a shitty blog and could only be written by a Nigger like you! Have fun with the stereotype of being a slave Bitch!! Get a job and quit knocking women up, dont you think 16 child support payments are enough! Niggers suck balls for life have fun in prison or hanging from a tree, you have a 50/50 chance for either one the choice is yours.



    @Beast, thank you for proving your ignorance just one more time. I come on this site to blog about wrestling and sort of tie in real life issues into my blogs that still none the less involve wrestling.

    Never did I expect to come on this site and be called "a nigger" and a slave. I'll have you know I have no kids so no child support over here bro.

    I really hate the fact that you stooped so low man. This is a wrestling site. We come here to shoot the shit. I can't be upset with you, I can only feel sorry for you. I'm sorry that you feel that way about black people. I can't change my race, I'm DAMN proud of my heritage, culture and family.

    I never understood the racism thing. We all are people, why can't we all find the good in one another. The world would be a better place.

    I truly wish the best for you man, whether you label me a "nigger" or a "slave", I still got love for you. I mean that. Good day sir.
  7. THE_CRIPPLER's Avatar
    @knox

    Interesting blog Mr Knoxs. I got a few things to say. I don't think that the MVP or R Truth Gimmicks are stereotypes. Cause honestly MVP has a huge passion for hip hop music and does a lot of work with music and so does R Truth, Its a extension of them self and I'm sure they added that hip hop and rap element in their character.

    Same goes for Eddie, he loved low Riders and he did play a stereotype of a Mexican but I think Eddie Guerrero made that character up as a extension of himself.

    and for Facebook. Sorry to say Knox that Half nude, Tasteless, Tacky and borderline pornographic pics are not just a Black Female thing its all Races. I cant say one race does it, I see just as many white women and Mexican Women doing it as I see Black women doing it... Its not a race thing its a society thing.

    Really decent read here... By the way, No reason to be offended by Beasts comments, He is just trying to get you mad or make a scene. He most likely isn't Racist, He might even be Black himself. He is just doing this to get some attention, I see it all the time. Honestly most Posters on this site are very respectful and intelligent compared to posters on other sites.
    Updated 05-19-2012 at 12:22 AM by THE_CRIPPLER
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