WWE Wrestling in the Political Arenas in and Outside of the Ropes

Jacob WaringAnalyst IIIAugust 3, 2011

There have been rumblings within the Internet Wrestling Community and even among casual fans when it comes to CM Punk's politicking within the WWE machine.

CM Punk is the WWE Champion, has his own theme and his very own shirt. His best buddy, Colt Cabana, has been spotting backstage at Raw. Hell, Punk's Girlfriend is now number one contender for the Divas Championship. Even internet sensation Zack Ryder is on television a whole lot more, and coincidentally, he's a friend of CM Punk.

Now people are slowly starting to turn on Punk in the bad kind of way by thinking he's becoming a Triple H Jr. by stopping other pushes and helping his friends out like Triple H did over the years. It seems the only thing fans agree on is the fact that Punk is not sleeping his way up to the top like Triple H, (I doubt) did.

The reality of the situation is that the Internet Wrestling Community and supposed smart marks are ABSOLUTELY wrong! In any form of government, workplace or corporation has politics occurring left and right all the time. Ambitious individuals shall rise to the top because they have what it takes to grab it by the proverbial balls, while the other guys sits on their bum waiting to have his achievements handed to them on a silver platter, which won't happen, and he'll get lucky and receive a bone. 

Here's the definition of politics that applies to the world of Pro-Wrestling:

political affairs or business; especially : competition between competing interest groups or individuals for power and leadership (as in a government) Merriam Webster

In nearly all wrestling promotions, it's a combination of workers who are comfortable being jobbers and mid-carders for life, while on the flip-side, we have others who want to become world champions and legends. Some have the goal to become one of the greats but it's a pipe-dream as they simply and obviously don't have all the skills to make it. The very few made it simply by knowing the right kind of people and a doing lot of ass-kissing.  

Now we get to the group of wrestlers that have what it takes but must do a lot of  politicking just to be as high on the food chain as possible. Know the right people, be on their best behavior with the public watching their every move.

To get to the top, some people will be shoved away permanently while others take a friend or two along.  Dirty politics occur, and some try their best to reach the top while not killing off another wrestler's dream.

Simply put, we don't have to like it but we gotta get with the program. It's a dog eats dog world to the breaking point. All the wrestlers in the WWE have bills to pay, families to take care of, and other priorities that we all can't even contemplate.  The lowest spot on the card/roster makes the least amount of money and the highest amount makes the most; it's freaking common sense people.

The fact of the matter is every wrestler will put their priorities first and will step on whomever to make sure they have the money to take care of themselves and their families. I would do the same and I bet you would do the same as well if put in the same situations. 

Zack Ryder could have just smiled like an idiot, twiddling his thumbs waiting for opportunity to come knocking on his door. Luckily Ryder is no idiot as he smashed that proverbial door wide open by doing something about it instead of wasting away as a jobber till he's future endeavored.

He made a YouTube channel and made a web-show that was so popular to the point where people are liking him on Facebook, following him on twitter and buying his t-shirt and chanting his name all over Raw even when he's not on! It was a political move to get the right people to notice him, and guess what? It worked anf now he's on television. 

Some fans are whining and complaining that John Morrison is back from injury but yet he's losing matches and is a spot monkey of a jobber. He got hurt and there a chance he's can get hurt again, as it's a nerve injury, which is more complex than muscles being pulled and bones snapping. It's too much of a political risk for him to be pushed when if he gets hurt again, it'll be a wasted push when it could have been utilized for someone else.

Typically we as fans are selfish and ignorant as we seemingly forget that everyone can't get pushed and those who don't have a pretty damn good reason for why.  JoMo fans will not think that the WWE is playing it safe till they have confidence that Morrison is fully healed but have an ironclad belief that's he is getting depushed in an unjustified way!

The sad and humiliating truth is that a huge majority of fans are clueless of the politics in wrestling promotions and the mechanisms of how those promotions work backstage. We all read/heard the victory songs of the ones who made it big, while we also read/heard the whines of sore losers who got the bitter end of the deal. Dirtsheets offer a lot of misinformation and rumors while once in a blue moon, they say something true.

Hulk Hogan, Bret Hart, Shawn Micheals, Stone Cold, The Rock, Triple H, The Undertaker,  Batista, Randy Orton and John Cena are all men who made it to the top at many points in their career. They used political maneuvers to secure their spots and had to step on individuals to make the big bucks. All are or will be dethroned from being the top dog as some hungry young wrestler will have the drive and motivation to take their spots.    

What CM Punk is simply doing is the nature of how business is accomplished in pro wrestling. We don't have to like it, but don't hate him for it because if you were in his boots, you'd likely do the same thing he's doing to become a main-eventer!  He and all wrestlers, current and before him, deserve our respect, as they don't have the easiest job in the world but they do it for themselves and for us.

In conclusion I don't like all the wrestling political bullsh** but I got with the program, so I suggest you do the same!