A tweet just wasn’t good enough. I need to write this shit down. Listen, if you know me, you know I’m a big supporter of Barstool Sports. I even ran social media for their now-cancelled wrestling podcast, From The Top Rope. I didn’t need to be paid, didn’t ask to be, I just wanted to be involved. I was a 32 year old “intern” with a 19 year old boss. I didn’t give a shit because SAWFT egos are for the weak. I follow what they do daily. You want clicks, they’re getting it from me. For some people, it’s not for them. For some people, it’s just not their cup of tea, well for me, it’s right up my alley and here’s why ….
I’ve heard Dave draw comparisons to SNL regarding the format of the company, and while it makes total sense, I personally think it’s more along the lines of “Sports Entertainment”. Of course, I get that from a comedy aspect there are parallels to SNL, but to me, Barstool Sports is not SNL, it’s PROFESSIONAL WRESTLING. It’s WWE and Portnoy is Vince McMahon.
Everyone plays a role. There’s a bit of a script, but just like in the squared circle, the best content comes from what’s organic. (See: Spider Monkey). You’ve got your heels: (i.e. Dave, Nate, Rap) and then you’ve got your babyfaces: (Big Cat, Clem, Rone, Frank The Tank, you get the point). You even have content contributors turning heel! And at last, the Stoolies, who whether they’ll admit it or not, are just like wrestling fans. They’ll never stop bitching and complaining about the product, but they’ll also NEVER stop watching and tuning in. It’s a disease and a very profitable one at that.
Now as a die-hard fan of professional wrestling, I gotta say that over the past month I’ve been impressed with the rise of Smitty as the top babyface within the company. From a character arch, he’s 96/97 Stone Cold Steve Austin. Just like Austin, in his opinion, he came in with a shit gimmick (the Ringmaster) and is preceded by a false reputation. So now he finds it that it’s him vs. the status quo, only instead of the status quo being a family friendly product and his boss (early 90s WWF), it’s now the stereotype that all people from Philadelphia are lazy, blue collared losers AND his boss. It’s fighting against the fact that even when you win the f’n Superbowl, the rich and powerful will tell you that you STILL lost. That’s just the way it is.
As for the fight, it truly is Smitty vs. Everybody. Just like Austin, he’s taking on an unlikely antagonist in $20 Chef, who for all intents and purposes, is Bret Hart, only instead of Canada, he’s from the Heartland. He’s loved there. He’s cherished there. He’s a Heartland Hero! You would THINK he’s the babyface given his journey and story, but he’s not. He’s the heel and the odds (literally) have been stacked in his favor, kinda like when the bad guy has a stipulation that puts the babyface at a disadvantage.
In my opinion, the writing has been on the wall ever since #DickGate and The Superbowl. I’m telling you, this is double turn 101. It’s where the bad guy becomes good and vice versa, and all just in time for Rough N’ Rowdy 2. It’s Austin vs. Hart at WrestleMania 13. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if by the end of the fight the West Virginia faithful are on their feet cheering on the pride of Philadelphia the same way Rocky was all those years ago.
This isn’t just winning the Superbowl. It’s bigger. It’s Smitty’s Wrestlemania moment, and we all know that at WrestleMania, more times than not, the babyface is GOING OVER!