Before, your friendly Palace Dweller was kindly known as the King of All Italy, by Wrestleview’s own The Power, Andy Knowles. Now, I believe the boys from Wrestling News Live may refer to me as the Skype Hang Up Stalker. Apparently, my Skype don’t like me, and the boys think, well, who knows. Listen to them and find out.
Anyways, enough with the comedic bullshelf, I got business to do.
A lot of emails and notes have come in since I wrote the pieces on Kurt Angle and Jeff Hardy. I’d like to take the time to answer a few of them publicly.
First, and this is as good as it gets, is from Skip.
I used to love the columns on wrestleview (especially yours and Badseeds). But now it seems all your columns are you getting on your high horse and judging others. Kurt Angle, Hulk Hogan, Matt Hardy, Jeff Hardy, etc. I never complain to a columnist but this just got me angry.
You broke the camels back when you said Hogan almost made O.J. an angel. Your comparing Hogan (a guy with some problems) to a man who was accused of murder and is now going to prison for armed robbery? What the hell are you thinking! Just that comment alone ruins a lot of your credibility!
Your columns used to be about wrestling! Now all you seem to do is bitch and complain about the wrestlers and not actually talk about wrestling at all. You tend to jump on the bandwagon right when the story breaks and before all the evidence is presented. I don’t think your really qualified to be judging others this much! So get off your high horse, stop bitching and preaching and start talking about wrestling!!!!!!!!!!! If you keep going this route, there really won’t be any good columns for us readers to read since Badseed has departed!
First off, Skip, you’re right. I have done a tremendous amount of bitching and complaining. But unfortunately, when you look at the big picture, there hasn’t been a tremendous amount to be happy about in this industry. Sure, we have the makings of some good WWE product with the pay per view last night, and the results therein, but sprinkle that with Daniels’ DUI that basically was broadcast worldwide on twitter, Angle’s antics, and now Jeff, for the umpteenth time. It’s something that I had hoped that I could and would escape from when I decided to follow wrestling instead of the major sports, and unfortunately, my naive mind is realizing that isn’t the case.
Secondly, I think you meant Angle’s arrest and Benoit, because I doubt I used an OJ reference, but if I did, on either case, I am wrong in that regard. I’m not going to condone or deny that I used this comparison, because I believe I did, but I referenced Benoit. Regardless, the reason for why I did this is simple. It’s not logical, it’s emotional. A lot of times, more often than not, my written work is based solely on emotion. I don’t often research the topic I’m writing about, I go by my gut, and I let the words just flow out from there. It makes it a tremendous release emotionally, and, from what I can guess being that I’m approaching 340 chapters of this column, someone out there likes it.
Sometimes, however, my emotions jump up, and kick me right in the ass. This comparison you mention would definitely be one of those times. For that, I do publicly apologize.
As for my qualifications, well, frankly, I have none. I have said I have none from day one, and I will continue to do so until I’m either done writing this column, or the boys upstairs tell me I’m done. I’m a fan with a forum, and I use that forum to its fullest extent. Some people agree with my opinion, some don’t. Regarding judging people before the facts are in, let’s face it. We as fans are never truly going to know fact one, two, three, four, and five all the way to the conclusion of whatever story you’re following. You base your opinions on what you read, what you see, and what you hear, and you make your case as such. Are there two sides to every story? Of course, and if I was one of those people who had the stroke to get the other side, I would publish it wiithout question.
However, I’m not, and I am going to publish what I believe. That is, to the best of my knowledge, what the administration of this site has asked me to do. And, not to toot my own horn, but I’m getting close to Badseed’s record, so I think I’m doing something right. Believe me, I’m no Mr. Perfect, but I think I’ve got some people on the Palace bandwagon.
I will try and re-route my columns to more positive aspects in the coming weeks. It shouldn’t be too difficult, as I am going to be in attendance for ROH: Glory By Honor VIII: The Final Countdown, when ROH says good bye to Bryan Danielson & Nigel McGuinness, as well as puts on Ladder War II for the World Tag titles. An event I am anxiously looking forward to.
Let’s move on to some other emails, if you’d like.
This is from Ryan….
The largest prescription for Vicodin Jeff Hardy could have in his possession would have been 120 tablets…. (that’s 4 a day for 30 days)
He’ll be cleared of the “intent to distribute charge” because some vicodin addicts take upwards of 40 pills a day.
2nd chances are given to those deserving. Jeff is a fuck up.
So thank you for writing something terse, and truthful…..
In the end, Hardy won’t serve time for this crime, as a crime like this, a non-violent one, will be bartered down to community service.
and maybe a real deal rehab.
Not much to really say there, except he validates the amount of pills Hardy had could no way be of a legitimate perscription amount. No doctor is going to perscribe 262 vicodin pills to anyone. No doctor with any sense, that is.
Patrick had this to say…
Now, let me start by saying I don’t want to sound like I am defending Jeff Hardy
or what he did. But, do you honestly think that this situation wrestling seems
to be in the last few years is only a few years old? Wrestlers have been
abusing drugs forever; Steroids, cocaine and pain pills have been around in
wrestling since their inception. Only in recent years with the internet
providing constant information on everything wrestling related have these
so-called scandals been popping up like zits on a teen’s face. Now, again, I
don’t mean to defend the Hardys’, Benoits’ and Mysterios’ of the business but
WWE just recently addressed this situation with instituting the Wellness Policy..
I do believe, however, that people should be entitled to privacy in their
own home (don’t know if he was arrested there or what) on whatever the matter
may be as long as they aren’t hurting anyone other than themselves. I believe
that it is their right to do what they want to themselves. In conclusion to
this rant, this isn’t a personal attack on you or your beliefs but more of an
opinion on the situation as a whole after reading your column.
Your point is valid, Patrick. Valid. A man’s home is his castle, and although we’ll never find out what or how the police were tipped off to raid Jeff’s home, the facts are still the facts. The cops hit Jeff’s house, and he got caught. Someone knew it, someone did it, and someone tipped off the cops. That’s a whole different pandora’s box that I don’t think we really want to delve in to with regard to this situation.
And also, with regard to the situation not being ‘new.’ I know, and so do all the readers know, of all the problems that have occurred in the past, with the Signature Pharmacy thing, and the Benoit thing, and the Wellness policy. It’s a distinct possibility, although it’s monday morning quarterbacking at its best, to think that if this were someome who had a clean record beforehand, perhaps the opinion would be different. I doubt it, but the chance is there. As far as the problem being solved any time soon, we all know what the answer is going to be to that.
Nate says this….
I would just like to say that I think this was an inside snitch job because of Hardy’s refusal to take the offer from the WWE to stay on the roster.
I smell something stinky.
How about you?
Well, to tell you the truth, it’s something that has crossed the back of my head. I think it is POSSIBLE. EXTREMELY doubtful, but not impossible.
Is Vince McMahon THAT vindictive?? We as the public will never know.
My boy Jesse Lee quotes me, and replies accordingly…
“If I am WWE, I close the door on Jeff Hardy, forever. If Matt gets pissed, release him too. Enough already. It’s gotten so old, it makes me sick, and I guarantee you, I am not the only one.”
Unfortunately, not enough of us are willing to stop watching or boycott. There’s even less of us that have any say in what goes on in the industry. Vince isn’t going to cut things back and risk shareholders’ valuable money. It’s unfortunately that money tends to mean more than human life in this business, but that’s the way it is.
I’m not sure what you mean here Jesse. I was meaning when I wrote the column that I don’t give Jeff Hardy a job back when he wants to return to WWE. And if/when Matt Hardy protests that, throw his ass on the curb as well. It’s bad publicity that will follow Jeff Hardy forever, and its something WWE does not need. If they do the right thing here, they steer clear of Jeff Hardy, cleared charges or otherwise, and they do that for good. That’s my feeling on the matter.
Suzanne, who is as knowledgable a wrestling fan as I have ever seen, had this to say…
I am sure that Mtv won’t pick up his reality show now. As far as his wrestling career goes with the exception of being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame many years down the road I doubt any major Pro Wrestling Promotion will even take a look at him anymore. I got add I guess WWE dodged a bullet on this one by Jeff not agreeing to stay any longer then he did. Could you imagine what would have happened if it was Jeff instead of the UnderTaker taking on CM Punk at Breaking Point on Sunday?
Truth be told, Suzanne. I don’t know how WWE would’ve done it, but I do know this. I’ll say this with conviction, they would’ve done something. Obviously, they did something already by having Punk mock Hardy indirectly during a promo last night at the pay per view. So you would believe if the roles were reversed, that something would have been done. Nobody’s that naive. Unless you’re from Panda Energy. Oops, did I say that?
Look, ladies and gentlemen. What’s done is done. Now, we see where we go from here. And speaking for me, where I go, is my bed. Good night! Or Good day, depending on what part of the world you’re on.
My skype username, for anyone interested, is Klac1102. Some in the chat room were looking and asking, so there it is.
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