False narratives prevail in wrestling, just like they prevail everywhere, but it’s more pronounced in this space because bullsh*t is its raison d’être.

Carnies are always going to carny because they have a business to protect their credibility.

If for example a failed wrestling promoter must now demean themselves to monetise their podcast, the audience for which despises Dave Meltzer, Dave Meltzer must always be wrong. It doesn’t matter if he is provably correct when it comes to something or other; because it’s Dave, the enemy, he is always wrong by default because the audience wants him to be wrong. Meltzer could say something to the effect of “This failed wrestling promoter, while an inveterate liar and monstrous hypocrite, was actually devilishly handsome,” and the podcaster in response would have to say “I’m actually very ugly, shows what that a*shole knows!”

There can’t be nuance. People want to hear what they want to hear, and if the podcaster has to make a complete fool of himself to accomplish that, well, it’s a living…

Podcasters need to lie, wrestling promoters need to lie, and wrestlers, whether you personally like them or not, need to win – and as a result, certain wrestling truths get obscured in the web.

Even Triple H parroted this take when interviewed on Logan Paul’s podcast.

On some level, it’s insane. Vince McMahon is no longer around. As part of his drive to win over the wider wrestling fanbase, Triple H could do with cutting the sh*t. People roll their eyes at WWE’s b*llocks, and it would behoove Triple H to not say the weird things that Vince said without realising he was a joke. On another level, it’s thoroughly normal; the idea that Triple H is not like Vince McMahon is only true because he isn’t wholly incompetent; he studied under Vince, and WWE, irrespective of who is actually in charge, likes to revise history.

Triple H said that wrestling was “a tiny little thing happening in bars” before Vince reimagined it as a global big-time enterprise. It was a lie, and he knew it was a lie. He didn’t take that much from Harley Race without realising where Harley Race worked, and Harley Race did not work in bars.

Jim Londos didn’t draw 30 people to the Royal Oak in Upper Buckleberry, for f*ck’s sake; his biggest ever gate drew more fans than WWE’s shoot biggest attendance (WrestleMania 32), and in the States, a cursory glance at the most attended shows throughout the 21st century shows that WWE in 2022 would do exceedingly well to outdo any decade prior to Vince’s monopoly.

All things considered, on average, the opposite of WWE’s rhetoric is true: Vince made wrestling on the whole far smaller than it was.

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