“She knows. This is just like when she pretended not to recognize me after my shaky choir solo in eighth grade. I had to get a ride home with the pianist who liked to tickle a lot more than just the ivories. When I made it home unscathed, she said, ‘Huh. I guess no one wants you’.”
In one of the bloodiest battles in WWE history, WWE Champion Eddie Guerrero defends the title against the villainous JBL. Formerly known as Bradshaw of The APA, JBL turned a new leaf by attacking Guerrero the previous March during a title defense against Booker T. This set into motion a feud between the two, with JBL gunning for Guerrero’s title while simultaneously attacking Guerrero and his family over their heritage. At Judgment Day, Guerrero defended the WWE Championship in a singles match against JBL in a bout where both men used dastardly tactics behind the referee’s back, but where JBL gained the victory via disqualification when Eddie was caught clocking JBL with the title belt.
At The Great American Bash the following month, the two went head to head again in a Texas Bullrope Match. This time around, however, JBL came out victorious with the WWE Championship, defeating Guerrero for the gold and kicking off a successful 10+ month title reign.
Before you skip past this long post, which is definitely about pro wrestling, I think you should watch what happens in this video at 3:15 and see what these guys do in 60 seconds flat. Here’s a link that starts at 3:15.
I’m not going to try and convince you to like pro wrestling. But I will say it’s a misunderstood performance art. I’ll just come out and say it, and you’ll either get it or you won’t:
Professional Wrestling is a Lot Like Improv Comedy.
A Well Performed Wrestling Match is Like a Well Written Sketch Show.
If You Are A Comedy/Comic Book Nerd, Professional Wrestling Might Be More Interesting To You Than You Once Thought.
1. Protesters opposed to the revolutionary government of Nicolas Maduro run from police during a march that became violent. Demonstrations by the Venezuelan opposition are constant throughout the country, June 2016.
2. Prisoners inside a crowded cell at the Chacao municipal police station in eastern Caracas. There is no room to sit and prisoners take turns resting on sheets tied to bars like hammocks. Jails in Venezuela are seriously overcrowded with shortages of food and medicine. Because of the economic and political crisis, the number of prisoners grows daily as more Venezuelans are arrested for crimes, including mugging, kidnapping and murder, June 2016.
3. A protestor sits in front of police during a demonstration in Caracas. The Venezuelan opposition is calling for a referendum to recall the current government of President Nicolás Maduro. Amid spiraling triple-digit inflation, recession and shortages, Venezuela is on the brink of political and economic collapse, June 2016.
4. A woman, upset about the fate of her incarcerated brother, cries at a police barricade. He was one of 600 people detained after riots at the National Police Station, June 2016.
5. The wife of 25-year old Fredy Guerrero, who his family says was tortured and died while under police detention, cries at the grave of her husband, June 2016.
6. A bricklayer and his son look for food in a garbage dumpster in Caracas to take home to their family. Because of the crisis in Venezuela, he has neither a job nor enough money to feed his family, June 2016.
7. A main hallway in the Vargas Hospital in Caracas. Patients in Venezuelan hospitals are needlessly dying because of major shortages of important medicines, June 2016.
8. Posters of political prisoner Leopoldo Lopez hang on a wall in Caracas. The Venezuelan government of President Nicolas Maduro has been widely condemned for its treatment of the political opposition, including most notably Leopoldo Lopez, leader of the opposition, who is serving a 14-year sentence, June, 2016.
9. Some rural communities of Venezuela, like Las Veras in Barquisimeto, have been hard hit by the economic crisis, with shortages even worse than in the capital. Families make do with one meal a day, June 2016.
10. A woman stands before empty shelves in one of the major supermarkets in Caracas. The severe political crisis has pushed the country a deep economic decline. Sept. 2015.
Do not forget what is behind the oil the world gets from Venezuela.
“My real story is this: I am the citizen daughter of immigrant parents who were deported when I was 14. My older brother was also deported.
My parents came here from Colombia during a time of great instability there. Escaping a dire economic situation at home, they moved to New Jersey, where they had friends and family, seeking a better life, and then moved to Boston after I was born.”
A powerful piece from Orange Is the New Black’s Diane Guerrero.