Was it offensive? To some people it was, to others it was not. Should pro wrestlers hate other pro wrestlers/writers/or promoters who weren’t offended by Dana White’s comments? No, of course not, that’s just plain ridiculous. The nice thing about living in a capitalistic society in the USA is that as long as it is not slanderous or libel, we can pretty much speak our mind.
Why was the Tweet offensive? Well, considering that professional wrestlers generally work 300 days a year if not more, its grueling work for something that Mr. White acknowledged as “fake”. This is offensive to professional wrestlers, and anyone else who works in the industry, supports the industry, or previously worked in the industry. WWE alone is a major player in mainstream Television. With WWE RAW being the highest rated show for the USA Network, I doubt that we’ll see a change there anytime soon. In the stock market WWE has a tremendous investment for traders and investors as the company is worth nearly a billion dollars including assets.
Dana White is a millionaire UFC “fight” Owner with a history of saying aloof comments and has no shame in publicly dropping the “F” bomb. That said, how you personally feel about the situation would mold your decision on whether or not the Tweet was offensive. The UFC product itself is always fantastic. The only drawback I see is the high price of the PPV’s that usually wind up disappointing the fans by the main events ending so shortly. It’s all part of the real mixed martial arts fighting game. A match could virtually stop at any time. It may have the hype, but it is pure real physical fighting that tests the athletic combat skills of each competitor. Wrestling is real in the athletic combat form, but if a move isn’t performed or received correctly, you could injure yourself or your opponent, so that aspect of professional wrestling is what Dana White was probably referring to. He wasn’t out to piss off every single professional wrestler, but apparently if you look on Twitter: he has.
Professional wrestling should not be defined or summed up in one word as fake. If I were to sum up professional wrestling in a couple words, I would say it is Athletic Entertainment. I would use anything but the offensive word “fake” that anyone with a brain knows infuriates pro wrestlers. It is a word that used to be banned by wrestling promotions.