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#1 Cross Face Chicken Wing

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Posted 17 March 2014 - 02:00 PM

I don't know why I care, but I do:

 

Republican

Ric Flair

The McMahons

Bill Watts

 

Democrat

????

 

Independent

Jesse Ventura

 

I'm drawing a blank on any others that we know for sure, or can reasonably assume based on comments, should be lumped in with a specific political party.

 

(And feel free to take this thread totally off the rails, if you wish, by using past promos or out-of-the-ring misdeeds to affiliate certain wrestlers with certain political parties)



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Posted 17 March 2014 - 02:11 PM

I don't know if Jim Cornette is a Democrat or just someone who got fed up during the Bush years. I think most people in wrestling are going to be Republicans. It's interesting that historically, most wrestling fans have been Democrats.



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Posted 17 March 2014 - 02:46 PM

Libertarians: Val Venis, Glen Jacobs, probably numerous others.

 

Real-life Democrat: Mick Foley.

 

Character Democrat: Christopher Nowinski, Irwin R. Schyster.



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Posted 17 March 2014 - 03:13 PM

JBL, Joey Styles and Matt Striker are vocal republicans. Warrior too, obviously.



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Posted 17 March 2014 - 04:24 PM

Character Democrat: Christopher Nowinski, Irwin R. Schyster.

 

Always thought Chris was more of the Elite Oligarch Harvard boy rather than Obama-style Harvard.

 

IRS is a little tricky. It's not like Mike played it as a Dem.



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Posted 17 March 2014 - 04:30 PM

Libertarians: Val Venis, Glen Jacobs, probably numerous others.

 

Kane is more a Tea Party "libertarian" rather than a deeply philosophical libertarian. Not dissimilar to where a lot of people who were typically GOP ran to during/after the Bush years and "Republican" made some of them a bit uneasy.



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Posted 17 March 2014 - 05:02 PM

What do CM Punk and Daniel Bryan identify as?



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Posted 17 March 2014 - 05:14 PM

I don't know about their party affilitation, but what we know about their personal positions on issues tends to be pretty liberal.



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Posted 17 March 2014 - 07:05 PM

 

Character Democrat: Christopher Nowinski, Irwin R. Schyster.

 

Always thought Chris was more of the Elite Oligarch Harvard boy rather than Obama-style Harvard.

 

IRS is a little tricky. It's not like Mike played it as a Dem.

 

 

I was thinking of that bizarre feud between Nowinski and Scott Steiner over their positions on the War in Iraq (Chris was against it, if you couldn't guess. Scott took the "RAH RAH MURICA" side).

 

IRS was a joke answer, but he did hang out with "Bill Clinton" at WMX and gave him praise for his tax hike.



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Posted 18 March 2014 - 02:02 AM

I'm going to guess, if we're considering all wrestlers, their white males, nominally Christian, many of whom are above thirty five, and from the South. That's a recipe for a Republican voter if I've ever heard one. Throw in relatively high salary (at one point) plus the fact their independent contractors, and again, I wouldn't be shocked if 70-80% of the WWE & WCW roster since 1990 voted Republican. 

 

OTOH, with the WWE roster being more diverse, younger, and with more women in it, I'd actually guess Romney only won 60-40 among the locker room. After all, even with their pay, I doubt either Punk or Bryan is voting for Romney. 



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Posted 18 March 2014 - 06:55 AM

What do CM Punk and Daniel Bryan identify as?

 

I would guess Bryan is solidly liberal, or to the left of liberal, and will remain that way through thick and thin.

 

Punk seems like the type of who would support some type off-the-wall candidate that nobody has ever heard of, then if that candidate ever begins to get somewhat popular or mainstream, he'd ditch him and find someone else to support that nobody has ever heard of. 



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Posted 18 March 2014 - 01:09 PM

 

 

Character Democrat: Christopher Nowinski, Irwin R. Schyster.

 

Always thought Chris was more of the Elite Oligarch Harvard boy rather than Obama-style Harvard.

 

IRS is a little tricky. It's not like Mike played it as a Dem.

 

 

I was thinking of that bizarre feud between Nowinski and Scott Steiner over their positions on the War in Iraq (Chris was against it, if you couldn't guess. Scott took the "RAH RAH MURICA" side).


 

 

Struck me as Steiner playing "face", and that was the "face" position in the country at the time. Cheap heat spot, and forced Chris to be anti-war because it was the heel spot.



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Posted 18 March 2014 - 03:41 PM

 

Libertarians: Val Venis, Glen Jacobs, probably numerous others.

 

Kane is more a Tea Party "libertarian" rather than a deeply philosophical libertarian. Not dissimilar to where a lot of people who were typically GOP ran to during/after the Bush years and "Republican" made some of them a bit uneasy.

 

This isn't really true.  Jacobs is a believer in Austrian economics, very familiar with Mises, Rothbard, et.  It is true that he is somewhat wedded to the Ron/Rand Paul political strategy, but I know for a fact he is more deeply philosophical than a lot of people who are actually in the LP



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Posted 18 March 2014 - 04:21 PM

 

 

 

Character Democrat: Christopher Nowinski, Irwin R. Schyster.

 

Always thought Chris was more of the Elite Oligarch Harvard boy rather than Obama-style Harvard.

 

IRS is a little tricky. It's not like Mike played it as a Dem.

 

 

I was thinking of that bizarre feud between Nowinski and Scott Steiner over their positions on the War in Iraq (Chris was against it, if you couldn't guess. Scott took the "RAH RAH MURICA" side).


 

 

Struck me as Steiner playing "face", and that was the "face" position in the country at the time. Cheap heat spot, and forced Chris to be anti-war because it was the heel spot.

 

 

I still love the idea of ANY political movement/position selecting Steiner as their mouthpiece.



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Posted 18 March 2014 - 05:56 PM

Inoki is a neocon (no shit, is anyone surprised) and Hase is a Lib-Dem. For those in the UK, there’s a distinction between our Lib-Dems and the Japanese ones who are more towards centre-right and not centre-left.

Onita ran in the same party as Hase though he was booted out of politics after he used government funds to book hotels to have threesomes with a porn star and some other chick. What a guy.

Mil Mascaras has spoken politics several times on interviews and surprisingly he’s more towards the left than I’d have ever imagined.



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Posted 18 March 2014 - 11:29 PM

Wasn't Pillman a hard-core Republican?



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Posted 19 March 2014 - 11:04 AM

I don't know if Jim Cornette is a Democrat or just someone who got fed up during the Bush years. I think most people in wrestling are going to be Republicans. It's interesting that historically, most wrestling fans have been Democrats.

 

Yeah he is strictly anti-Republican (right wing ones for sure). Now that doesn't necessarily mean he's a Democrat although he is a very vocal supporter of Obama.



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Posted 19 March 2014 - 11:24 AM

 

I don't know if Jim Cornette is a Democrat or just someone who got fed up during the Bush years. I think most people in wrestling are going to be Republicans. It's interesting that historically, most wrestling fans have been Democrats.

 

Yeah he is strictly anti-Republican (right wing ones for sure). Now that doesn't necessarily mean he's a Democrat although he is a very vocal supporter of Obama.

 

 

Cornette mentioned in one of his podcasts that he never paid a lot of attention to politics when he was active because he was too deep in the wrestling bubble. He only started hating republicans in the last few years.



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Posted 19 March 2014 - 11:48 AM

 

 

Libertarians: Val Venis, Glen Jacobs, probably numerous others.

 

Kane is more a Tea Party "libertarian" rather than a deeply philosophical libertarian. Not dissimilar to where a lot of people who were typically GOP ran to during/after the Bush years and "Republican" made some of them a bit uneasy.

 

This isn't really true.  Jacobs is a believer in Austrian economics, very familiar with Mises, Rothbard, et.  It is true that he is somewhat wedded to the Ron/Rand Paul political strategy, but I know for a fact he is more deeply philosophical than a lot of people who are actually in the LP

 

 

Yeah, dude has writings up on Lew Rockwell's website.  He's pretty close to as philosophically into it as it gets.

 

Which is funny since Bryan at least used to be a total Chomsky reading commie.



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Posted 19 March 2014 - 01:14 PM

Yeah, Bryan is a pretty hardcore left-winger. Recall his "down with capitalism" speech on NXT.

 

I don't really think Inoki qualifies as a neocon. His Sports Peace Party was at least nominally left-wing and formed an alliance in the Diet with the Democratic Socialist Party. Of course, he's currently affiliated with the far-right Japan Restoration Party. The impression I get is that he's basically an opportunist with no deep-seated principles beyond his own advancement.

 

It should be noted that the real-life John Layfield isn't nearly as conservative as the JBL character. I remember seeing an interview with him from the 90s where he said he was a centrist who voted for Clinton. And after the 2012 election, he said on Twitter that Obama and Romney both sucked and that his ideal candidate was someone like Bloomberg.

 

Some of you may be surprised to know that Kevin Nash is an Obama supporter.






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