Yesterday, Sports Illustrated released their third annual "Twitter 100" list of the best sports-related Twitter accounts to follow. WWE Superstar CM Punk (@CMPunk) made the list, which is presented in alphabetical order with no rankings beyond each account being in the top 100. He's the only wrestler on the list, but others with pro wrestling connections who made it are:
- MMA journalist and TV personality Ariel Helwani, who has covered pro wrestling in the past and still interviews wrestlers fairly regularly on his podcast, "The MMA Hour."
- UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey, who's a protege of judo and pro wrestling legend Gene LeBell.
- Mike Tyson, whose brief stint as a non-wrestler performer helped launch WWE's second boom period.
In picking Punk, SI referred to him as "a master of the Twitter mic" and singled out his willingness to openly mock the spelling and grammar of his less literate critics. Well, and this tweet to musician Chris Brown, of course:
If any WWE star deserves to make that list, Punk is the best choice. He's one of the biggest stars in the company, has a dry sense of humor that can lend itself well to Twitter, is outspoken, covers a good variety of non-wrestling topics, and so on. Generally speaking, his Twitter account is more like the personal account of someone that happens to be famous than a glossy, overly cautious celebrity Twitter account.
I'll take issue with SI highlight the Chris Brown tweets: They're memorable, sure, but only because it was a crazy celebrity Twitter war. His most famous Tweet other than the Chris Brown stuff would be the first thing he posted after he first won the WWE Championship from John Cena in his home town of Chicago: A photo of the belt in his refrigerator.
As for other wrestling personalities' Twitter accounts that wrestling fans should follow? Before I get into those, I should note that the main @WWE account generally retweets the most notable posts from talent, so that's a good way to get an idea of whose musings might interest you.
Right now, Big E. Langston (@BigELangston) is up there with Punk as the most entertaining WWE star on Twitter, and there's a strong argument for Big E. being even better, as he's consistently hilarious. For example, these Tweets are all from the last few days:
If your issue is what's going on below the waist, no worries. It's all Kleenex and Play-Doh. “@SandraPena: You should not b wearing that”— Big E Langston (@BigELangston) September 26, 2013
Been tendin' to my babies. LaDaTavioniqueness & Xtatic were running a fever. "@KingNisch: Where you at E? We've been missing you on TV?"— Big E Langston (@BigELangston) September 24, 2013
It's a side of him that's rarely made it to TV, since he's usually a silent bruiser type. The only exception would be him and AJ Lee reenacting his deceit of Katlyn as her "secret admirer":
While not on TV, AJ's WrestleMania weekend video diary for WWE's YouTube channel also featured his softer side when a fan presented him with Pone E. Langston, a "My Little Pony" toy remade in his image.
He's very protective of Pone E.:
Stay away from Pone E. Langston. "@WWEAJLee: It’s main mission in life is to find E’s My Little Pony and deliver a gruesome demise."— Big E Langston (@BigELangston) August 13, 2013
Besides Punk and Big E., my other favorite Twitter account from a current WWE personality is William Regal's (@RealKingRegal). While he's not on the active roster, he's a major part of the developmental system as an announcer, a talent scout, a trainer, and probably some other things I'm forgetting. He has a wicked sense of humor about wrestling and non-wrestling topics alike, and he often uses his down time to watch old British wrestling on YouTube and suggest matches for fans to watch.
World Of Sport - Pete Roberts vs Terry Rudge pt.1.The 2 men who had the biggest influence on my style. http://t.co/MvUk6Qva— William Regal (@RealKingRegal) October 2, 2012
Always willing to engage with fans and talking about what little things make a great performer, his most famous tweet is likely a long one he posted using Twitlonger offering advice to prospective wrestlers. There's way too much to include it here, but it's an incredible primer that every fan should read regardless of whether or not they plan on trying to break in to the business.
Among former WWE talent, there are a few more people I'd like to point out. Former WWE referee Jimmy Korderas (@JimmyKorderas) is, in general, a really nice, interesting guy, and his real-time thoughts on Raw are probably the most insightful you'll find. Most notably, he chimed in during a recent Raw match where the finish involving Natalya and AJ Lee went horribly.
OK, trying to get this straight. If you release a submission hold too soon & opponent taps anyways, it's not the end of the match. But..1/2— Jimmy Korderas (@jimmykorderas) August 20, 2013
So let me get this straight, you can't submit, tap out or quit in a match unless you are in a submission hold? Great refs know better!— Jimmy Korderas (@jimmykorderas) August 16, 2013
While he made few, if any appearances in WWE in his long career, Rip Rogers (@Hustler2754) was a major part of the developmental program as one of the trainers in Ohio Valley Wrestling. Like Regal, he's a wealth of information about the nuances of how to be a pro wrestler. He's constantly commenting on classic wrestling footage on YouTube with interesting notes that are copied to his Twitter account as well as responding to comments from fans and other wrestlers.
@wrestleview I took two pile drivers in my career from guys I knew were safe - one small mistake - then what I'm sorry? Learn to say no-no!!— Rip Rogers (@Hustler2754) September 21, 2013
Got any more recommendations? Post them in the comments.