Watching the Warrior today made me think of something I read a while back. The comedy website somethingawful.com ran the Warrior's webpage as their Awful Link of the Day, due to a controversial appearance at the University of Connecticut. (The video can be found
for those of you who wish to view it; it's long, and, well, I've got shit to do.
Famed for his articulate command of the English language, Warrior went on to become a conservative speaker and commentator, and runs a blog at ultimatewarrior.com. It's amusing reading that I recommend for everyone.
It seems to be the characters created for pro wrestling would have limited application for career transitions. Movies are a possibility (lest we forget the extensive works of Hulk Hogan, Roddy Piper and The Rock), but beyond that, how to make the transition? Faces could be effective spokes-mascots, I suppose, but pro wrestling personas don't seem to lend themselves well to politics, even if pro wrestlers do. (I, too, was rather surprised to note that Predator features more future governors than any other fiction film ever made, with the possible exception of The Running Man.) And assuming for the sake of argument that political speaking was a good match for former pro wrestlers, it still seems like a bad idea if you are specifically known for being incoherent and insane.
So, it strikes me as an odd pairing. It's a necessary conceit for the face/heel system to work that the performers not believe their own bullshit too strongly. Where exactly does Warrior come into that conceit? At any rate, Richard Kyanka of something awful received an email threatening a lawsuit, and hilarity ensued. The original Awful Link of the Day seems to be lost to the ages, but the record of the legal battle is preserved for posterity.