The professional wrestling industry has no shortage on the embittered and rant-happy. Sure, it can be an ugly business with unhappy endings, and those who choose to sound off about its pitfalls have every right to be heard. But there eventually comes a time where it becomes necessary to move on.
When I see fit, I will single out those who have abused their piss-and-moan privileges and request that they cease all complaints and/or diatribes and live what's left of their lives. Taking cues from an old Chris Jericho catchphrase, I implore you—the disillusioned wrestling personality—to please shut the hell up.
Disclaimer: For those of you who suggest I turn the other cheek and ignore subjects of #STHU articles rather than write about them, this read is not for you. In case you haven't noticed, I'm not in the "ignore developing stories" business.
In these sensitive political times, with Linda McMahon's second senate run in full swing, the WWE has done all it can to optimize its company to withstand the inevitable backlash the former WWE CEO will face as she vies to be a senator in Connecticut.
Pro wrestling has and will always find it difficult to completely shake the stigma of being white trash entertainment. And while the WWE only has itself to blame for most of the bad press it gets, the eternal problem of ex-employees misrepresenting the WWE brand has proven to be pesky to say the least.
The WWE no longer has skeletons in its closet. They've upgraded to public storage.
Jillian Hall was a tenured, yet average, WWE Diva known for her outlandish gimmicks, slightly above-average in-ring work and apparently excessive plastic surgery.
After her abrasive singer gimmick ran its course in 2010, Hall was released into oblivion, where she—like many WWE castoffs—fell from the ranks of the privileged few allowed to compete in the WWE and landed squarely on her face. This could be one of the many explanations for her unsightly mug shot.
Hall was arrested last month in Orange County, FL for domestic assault.
The domestic violence charges against Hall were believed to be in relation to her separation from husband Mike Farole. She addressed the split on Twitter, stating:
"As most of u already assume what's going on with me recently.. some Really horrible things've happened and Mike and i have separated"
Hall's mugshot from her April arrest has since gone viral. And it's bad. Like, Nick Nolte bad.
After being skewered by those with enough free time to Google Jillian Hall, the alleged domestic violence suspect played the role of the victim. The former Divas Champion fired back at critics and so-called "smart marks" alike stating:
"Hmmm, so people r suppose to look good when they've been crying for hours? No one knows my story.. No one!!"
She's right. Nobody knows her story, but I'd rather keep it that way. There are far too many tales of post-WWE knuckleheads for TMZ to pounce on, and a quasi-Greek tragedy of a former WWE Diva is hardly news.
While the WWE has been hypocritical in its pursuit of an environment of anti-bullying and company-wide accountability (via its abysmal Stand Up for the WWE Campaign), some instances involving former WWE superstars and divas acting a fool in their post-WWE life is not within the promotion's control, as has been politicized by Linda McMahon detractors.
Luckily for the WWE, few individuals will care that Jillian Hall was ever part of the WWE, and life will go on.
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