Negativity In Pro Wrestling: The Do's and Don'ts Of Expressing Your Frustration

Chris FreemanCorrespondent IJanuary 2, 2011

DON'T do what this man did in 2010
DON'T do what this man did in 2010

Recently, there has been a growing trend among WWE employees, TNA employees, ex-WWE performers, and ex-TNA performers about complaining about what its like working with their respective companies. And with all the firings, hirings, pushes, and de-pushes that went on last year, its not hard to see why we see so many guys complaining.

Not everyone can be happy with their employer and I'm sure that plenty of people were unhappy during their stint with the companies. Most of these superstars take to YouTube, Twitter, or even blogs to express their concerns, though many others use interviews.

Many guys issue comments like "I don't/didn't like the direction the company was headed"; "It was time to move on."; "I wasn't getting the push I expected." Stuff like that. And its easy to see why they would quit/ask for their release. If a person isn't happy where they are, they shouldn't be expected to stay.

But some guys take it a little too far. Some guys go out of their way to be extremely unprofessional and insulting. So I present to you a do/don't list for making your frustrations known.

DO go to management and get information on your current path.

Not everyone can be in the spotlight at the same time. This is why we have the main event scene, the mid-card scene, and, well, WWE Superstars and dark matches. Sometimes, a performer can become concerned with the direction they are headed in.

For example, Kaval, who was used as a jobber during most of his time on Smackdown, was unhappy with how he was being utilized. He asked management if they had any plans for him, to which they told him no. Kaval was not satisfied with this and he professionally requested his release, which they granted.

Given the way he left and the way he is presenting himself now, he could very well return one day, if he wishes and if WWE wishes to take him back. Getting released in this manner makes you appear more respectable and in turn, helps you gain respect.

DON'T go to YouTube/Twitter and diss the company that you work(ed) for.

Not everyone can be happy with the company they work for. Many performers like to express their concerns with the company online via their YouTube/Twitter accounts. While this isn't always the best method for venting your frustrations (as a professional wrestler anyway), it can still be a useful tactic.

However, you should NEVER say anything majorly negative about the company you work for. Kevin Nash, for example, complained in September about the "They" angle, saying how it was "bulls***." He said he was "moving on" from TNA and after Bound For Glory, he hasn't been seen since. Recently, he said "F*** going back to TNA."

Matt Hardy, as you all know all too well, took to YouTube a few months ago, complaining about all of his grievances, talking about going to TNA, complaining about his fellow employees, and just showing a mentally unstable personality. In a recent video, Matt Hardy was shown wearing a "PG Sux" shirt, obviously a shot at WWE for being PG.

Gregory Helms took to Twitter, bashing Shawn Michaels of all people, claiming his religious personality is fake. You should never, EVER take to doing anything similar to this. I'm not saying you should be completely positive about a company that you are unhappy with, but at least be professional.

Realistically speaking, would you WANT to hire somebody who complains in this manner about their respective company? What happens if they become unhappy with your company? Especially if you are a small company who could actually suffer from negative buzz like this.

There's an old saying that "No press is bad press." Well, I feel that it only applies to well-established people/organizations. A company like WWE or TNA won't suffer too much from someone saying "f*** them!" But what about a smaller company who has a small fanbase? And after saying such negative comments about your former employer, what if you decide you want to go back? Sure the MVPs, Shelton Benjamins, and Brock Lesnars (who all left professionally and respectfully) have a free ticket back whenever they want, but what about the Matt Hardys, Gregory Helms', and Kevin Nashes?

DO wait for your contract to expire.

Patience is a virtue. Not many people have it. But there are those of us who could literally wait forever for whatever it is we want.

If a performer is unhappy with their current direction or if they feel they should move on from their company, the best way to move on is to let your current deal expire. Realistically, this can only apply to guys who contracts won't last too much longer (for example, Edge has a contract for another two years, so if he wanted to leave, waiting might not be the best idea).

If officials ask you to resign and you politely turn them down, you'll leave on good terms with the company. And if they wanted you to resign then, they'll probably want you to resign later, if that is what you wish. You never know if you're ever going to go back.

Jericho and Batista are the best examples of this. Both of these guys let their contracts expire and now, are (apparently) in negotiations to come back (except Jericho, as he is on tour with Fozzy and will most likely be back once that tour ends).

DON'T become a nuisance for your employer.

This one kind of ties into the first "Don't" but it also covers a little bit more. Sometimes, you don't want to actually leave your company. Sometimes, you could just feel irritated at how certain things are playing out. Maybe you're booked to lose to someone that you don't think you should lose to.

Well, you should never do anything that might make the company look down on you. Even if your frustrations stem from something other than your company, always try to appear professional.

Teddy Hart, for example, started performing "unanticipated maneuvers" after losing a cage match in ROH, rather than selling the moves that had been performed on him. Matt Hardy went on live TV and declared that his girlfriend, Amy "Lita" Dumas, had cheated on him with Adam "Edge" Copeland (though this was eventually turned into a story).

And of course, sandbagging is the best example of being a nuisance. Actions like this can not only be harmful to your career, they can be harmful to yourself or others (except for verbal nuisances, like Hardy's outburst). You can injure yourself (like Hardcore Holly's broken neck after sandbagging Lesnar's powerbomb) or others if you are not careful and professional.

Also, you damage your own career and set about your own eventual termination. Why would a company want to push you if they don't see you performing at your best? If you botch, sandbag, and no-sell moves, what does this tell the company of your performance?

In conclusion, always try to be professional. You never want a company to think that you are amateurish and childish. Always conduct yourself with dignity and grace. Otherwise, you may end up damaging your own career and legacy.

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