Black pro wrestlers are shut put of the ring
By Adam Fenwick
wrestling is a profession dominated by the white race. Out of the
four major wrestling promotions there have only been four Heavyweight
champions that were black. I bet any wrestling fan could name one
of them. The Rock. He is one of the very few exceptions to this
surprising trend. In case you are wondering the other three black
wrestlers to ever hold Heavyweight titles were Ron Simmons in WCW
(known in the WWE as Faarooq),
Booker T in WCW, and Ron Killings in the NWA.
Some may wonder
exactly why this sort of thing is taking place in our society. One
reason that I think it is taking place is because professional wrestling
has become more sports entertainment than an actual sport. Wrestling
companies are focusing more on entertainment than the wrestling
me of a recent discussion in one of my English classes. We talked
about how image sells. How often do you see a black person on the
cover of a popular magazine? It is very rare even in today’s
society. The reasoning behind that is the magazine producers think
that the public want to see good looking white males or females.
That has been the standard for as long as magazines have been being
produced. I think the same concept applies to wrestling.
promoters want to draw in the big bucks. So they focus on what will
sell the most tickets. Often times, that seems to be white wrestlers.
Wrestling promoters are even taking gimmicks that would be more
suited for black wrestlers and giving them to white wrestlers to
use. A perfect example would be the WWE’s John Cena. Cena
is currently using a rapper gimmick. Even though the rap music genre
is predominantly black they gave the gimmick of a rapper to a white
wrestler. Now I’m not taking away anything from John Cena
as a wrestler but that gimmick belongs to a black wrestler.
However, there are certain professions where black men and women
have yet to become a major influence. Wrestling just happens to
be one of those professions. Wrestling promoters need to look at
what the WWE did with The Rock and really think about giving more
black wrestlers a chance to shine. I think that it’s going
to take another break out star such as The Rock before wrestling
fans and promoters really start to realize that black wrestlers
can draw just as good or maybe even better than any white wrestler.