I know this has been a conversation beaten into the ground, but I wanted to ask it again but also in a fresh way. As smart, in the know guys of the wrestling biz here on PW, there's this weird thing that goes on where there is an element of kayfabe that we enjoy, but only to an extent. At least for me, I like knowing the inner workings of the business. I know that I don't know 90 percent of what guys like Punk, Cena, Orton, Kane, Henry, Bryan, Big Show, Jericho, HHH, Taker, Rock, etc know. But, I do know that I know a decent amount about the business. I do hate this notion by wrestlers that smart marks don't know shit. I find that entirely insulting and untrue. It's impossible to fully restore kayfabe, and that's fine. It's not the 80's or even the 90's anymore where that blurry line is there. Only on occasion with Punk's infamous promo maybe. But Now, there's dirtsheets which are sometimes right and wrong, but they are right a lot of the times. There are wrestlers spilling the beans to close friends of theirs in the media and it gets out. Guys like Heyman and Jericho are notorious for taking reporters behind the scenes and talking to guys like Meltzer about the ongoings. Disgruntled under-card talent. I'll give an example of what I'm talking about. A long time ago and some of you may remember, I hosted a wrestling and rock n roll radio show. This was 2003-2004, and I'm this 14 year old kid. As a 14 year old kid wet behind the ears and not knowing much of anything, except for the wrestling lexicon and as a mark since 1997, I managed to get in touch through email and through different writers on dirtsheet sites, with lower card wrestlers in ROH and TNA. I never interviewed anybody in WWE, mind you. I'm not a Sam Roberts or Rosenberg, but I got guys like Jerelle Clark, Shark Boy, Trent Acid, etc on my show.
They would talk about their love for wrestling, what they had going on, and then proceed to spill the beans on future angles and shit like that to this 14 year old kid and my other colleague. So If I could get under-card guys in other companies, of course Meltzer, Roberts, Rosenberg can secure solid relationships with top guys in the industry. I say all of that to say that I wish kayfabe wasn't broken to that extent of knowing every last detail about the finish of an angle that just started. And if you noticed, you can tells the guys that don't mind spilling and you can tell the guys that are old school and don't like getting into it and they change the conversation with the wrestling lexicon flows out of some fans mouth. On the protecting the business side, I see guys like Kane, Henry, HHH, Taker, Cena. Guys like that. Punk is somewhere in the middle as we have all heard him go off about ripping up scripts and hating Miz being in the main event, etc. But, also at times, he shys away from it and hates non-wrestlers using the wrestling lexicon in his mind out of context. But, then you get the guys that spill and spill: Orton, Big Show, Jericho, etc.
I do like learning from guys like Jericho or the occasional Punk thing or Big Show spouting off on how young talent can improve. A lot of what we know is in large part because of reading Jericho's books or watching interviews of guys. Or whatever. Dirtsheets. I don't mind the fact that we have a decent amount of knowledge available to us at a whim through the internet. But, we also know very little compared to the wrestlers, writers, referrees, announcers, etc. So back to my original question: Do you like guys that protect the business? Guys that don't use the words heel, babyface, work, heat, going home in a match, shoot, dip, etc with interviewers? Guys that don't talk about spots called in matches, Vince being in gorilla after the match to give you thumbs up or down, the fact that wrestlers handshake after their match in gorilla as per wrestling protocol? Or do you like when a Jericho or Big Show talk about how storylines play out, even past storylines or freely using the lexicon in front of the interviewer allowing them to be a part of the exclusive wrestling club? I'm somewhere in the middle. I do like that kayfabe isn't like how it used to be. I like knowing some shit, alright. I appreciate Big Show and Orton and Jericho and Punk and Heyman providing inside shoot stuff. But, I also like the fact that Henry, Kane, HHH, Taker, Cena, etc really protect the business. I see it both ways. What about you guys?