Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Drew Galloway and Rhino Made the Front Page in Scotland

Broadsheet mayhem!
Photo via @ScottishSun
Usually, when pro wrestling makes the front page of a newspaper, it's because of something bad that happened in a ring or to a wrestler. Owen Hart's death, [REDACTED] going nuts, and most recently, Hulk Hogan's racist tirade have all been instances where the biz made headlines for the wrong reasons. However, over in Scotland, two former WWE superstars (well, one former and one NXT moonlighter) made headlines for something they actually did in a wrestling match.

Drew Galloway and Rhino did battle for Scotland's Insane Championship Wrestling, and the action got so hot and heavy that it spilled out into the streets and stopped traffic. The Scottish Sun took note and dedicated an entire page with photos and everything to the brawl. The positive press was a welcome change to the public perception of wrestling in old media, even if the Sun, Scottish version or not, isn't exactly the most reputable newspaper in the United Kingdom.

Hopefully, it won't be the last time wrestling gets positive press for stuff that happens in the ring or on the show. I'm hearing rumblings that ESPN might actually cover SummerSlam, which is not actually surprising in the least. WWE chose ESPN as the medium where it announced its re-signing of Brock Lesnar. The negative shit, especially from Hogan lately, is always going to reinforce societal stigmas, but if companies attempt to get and actually received that good press, maybe some of the bad perception of wrestling will go away.