|It's about time WWE started pushing Breezango|
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That being said, WWE sets women up for objectification at a laughably disparate margin over men, mostly evident that female wrestlers and personalities still regularly engage in sexy photo shoots for any given reason, and men do not. If your takeaway from that statement is that WWE should stop doing sexy things with women, you aren't really paying much attention. If anything, WWE should embrace that its male wrestlers and staff stoke thirst among women, gay men, and other persons on the sexuality spectrum and in the gender non-binary. Smackdown, whether or not the writers and bookers of the show knew it or not, started that off last night by having Tyler Breeze and Fandango become number one contenders to the Usos Smackdown Tag Team Championships.
Thrown together as a team to occupy the bottom of the division, Breezango eventually reinvented itself outside of the shine of regular, main-run television as "the fashion police." While that gimmick has more mileage in a pro wrestling setting than some traditionalists might admit, well, the aesthetic lends itself to another, completely different realm which I'm guessing two good-looking, fashion-forward, muscular guys were totally aiming for. The trope of "sexy cop" is huge in the male striptease world. Line-skirting objectification bait doesn't just work for sexy blonde women with skinny waists and impossible curves. Two traditionally hot men with the willingness to flaunt their aesthetic beauty turned out to be a smash hit with the ladies (and others who like that kind of thing). If only popular culture had a certain movie franchise (that even had a wrestler in the supporting cast) to presage this kind of demand...
Thirst-faving is not a bad thing, and it should not only be available people who like women. Even the centers of the so-called "Diva's/Women's Revolution" get played up for their attractiveness, so why can't the men? It's not like Breezango is a team comprised of schlubs either. Both Breeze and Fandango are capable wrestlers who have gone whole hog into their characters, hell, into anything they do. From "Durty Curty" in NXT to Chet Chetterfield in Southpaw Regional Wrestling, has Fandango/Johnny Curtis ever not totally immersed himself into what he was doing, for better or worse? And was Tyler Breeze a NXT cult favorite because he wrestled in Ring of Honor or other indies? Fuck no. They are good at their jobs, and their aesthetic just happens to stoke massive amounts of thirst. They comprise a duo WWE should have been mining the moment they had the idea to put on sexy cop outfits.