Though in many ways this might be old news, but I don't really care as I felt the need to let my followers give their opinion on the situation also and give them a bigger platform to do it then just on one form of social media. Therefore this post will be unlike the one from earlier in the week as I will not be speaking on the situation instead my followers will do the talking. Thank you to those who expressed their opinion on the Dana White situation for this post, I really do appreciate you taking the time.
I asked 10 of my followers there opinion and Dana White's Comments about Pro-Wrestling and the reason they believe he made those comments. Here what they had to say:
John: Well I think that Dana made a close minded and ill informed statement. He has no experience in a wrestling ring. I think he believes that just because he has a sport that is obviously physical andhas nastier after effects that it automatically makes something like WWE "fake." Just and ignorant overall statement. He has no idea the life they live and the sacrifices they make.
Crazy Joe Choke: It's very possible that Dana White said it to get more attention on UFC 190. He was trending No.1 in the US for several hours leading up to UFC 190. I think Dana White knows the Pro Wrestling fans are very passionate and are the MOST HARDCORE FANS IN THE WORLD. I mean Look at how the Pro Wrestling Community reacted to Brock Lesnar Contract re-signing and CM Punk joining UFC both of those hand been huge & Ronda Rousey at WM 31 was a BIG crossover and Dana White playing a HEEL before UFC 190 was pure genius I think. How many people watch RAW every week and how many people watch a Fight Night on Fox Sports 1 on a Saturday Night is a over 3 Million I believe & why wouldn't Dana White wanna Heel it up to get some of those Millions to come over and Watch MMA, I could go on and on.
Calling Spots Magazine: He knew what he was saying and that people would see it. Whether he meant the sentiments or not, he was looking for a reaction from people. Neither, I think he just wanted to say something controversial to make people talk. Which worked because you're asking me about him.
Bobby (Shoot Reviews): Pro wrestling is scripted - that's something any intelligent fan knows. However, these fans still enjoy it (and many prefer it to MMA), regardless of whether it is "fake sh*t" or not, so ultimately it in no way affects the value of the entertainment. Also regardless, it's maybe a little impolite for Dana White to have such a shallow view on the industry that his owes it's mainstream success to.
LiveNerd Podcast: I think he's trying to create controversy. Wrestling is becoming an increasingly hot property with more and more major brands emerging and UFC is struggling to keep up as a less interesting, "real" alternative. Dana seems to want to increase his credibility in the eyes of the Public by labeling the more well-rounded and entertaining product "fake". Do I think he really doesn't respect the art of wrestling? No. But he also considers his sport as a more authentic version, and wants to bring in viewership looking for that kind of thing I think he disrespected an entire industry and thousands of hardworking performers and I think he needs to apologize. But for the most part. He's the owner of a less entertaining version of what people have loved for decades, and no amount of real fighting can change that fact.
Josh Dillon (The Altered Angle): Dana White's comments about pro wrestling being fake don't surprise me. White's ego is huge and he doesn't respect the wrestling industry. However, he surely doesn't have a problem using former pro wrestling stars to help sell ppv's. Whether or not White wants to admit it, UFC has a major problem on their hands. Ronda Rousey is their biggest star, and once she gets bored wiping the floor with every female fighter they put up against her, she's leaving for the WWE, and Dana knows it. Dana White trashing pro wrestling, right after Roddy Piper passed away, probably wasn't the best thing for him to do, considering your biggest star uses his nickname and idolized the man.
Kwinn Wrestles: Dana is a mouthpiece for the UFC whether people like it or not. He's a promoter who pulls no punches. I don't believe he meant any disrespect to pro wrestling as a community. Brock was a monster draw, and Ronda will draw in WWE in the future.
Oliver Norgrove (Pro-Wrestling Powerhouse): I think Dana's comments should be taken with a pinch of salt. He meant what he said in a humorous way, and I think many fans overreacted. Wrestling fans should be a little less uptight and defensive about the product they care about and should remember to safeguard their sense of humor. Dana respects the wrestling industry and wouldn't have meant direct offence. Let's take a step back and appreciate that he was joking.
Mid-West Wrestling: Dana White is known for being an opinionated man, and recently showed that on a higher level in referring to wrestling as "fake sh*t" on Twitter. He has every right to his opinion, but he is totally oblivious to what these guys actually do for a living if he truly believes that. It takes a special person to travel the world as much as these men do and even the men in the indies have to travel to their show dates. Did he mean that it was a work? I think not, because he would have clarified after being verbally attacked, but instead dug a deeper hole in saying, "trust me, ITS FAKE". How does he know? I've been watching many years and never witnessed him in the ring for any company. I think he honestly has an ego issue and wanted to stroke it a little bit, but all the while everyone is talking about him, and in a sense It is getting the UFC name plastered all over social media. A genius? I think not, but maybe it was a smart move with all this publicity coming his way. Even bad publicity is sometimes good. I think he was just trying to rile some people up and he did a good job at it. Now he's got everyone talking about him and the UFC. I honestly think he has some jealousy issues as well against the wrestling business. Maybe when his sport is number one he won't be so angry.
This post above is strictly based on one thing and that is the opinions of the folks who were nice enough to take a second and give their opinion on this subject. On that subject a big thank you goes out to all of you who helped with this post and made this post possible. A side note of this is I don't care if you don't agree with my opinion to do the post or someone's opinion included within the post all you have to is respect it and if you don't prepare to be ignored.
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