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Faye Jackson on Twitter : WOW got me blocked Imma talk about why I think that is tomorrow at the panel too hahahhahahaaaa

Faye Jackson on Twitter : WOW got me blocked Imma talk about why I think that is tomorrow at the panel too hahahhahahaaaa

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amorningofsleep

Lol I'm pretty sure we all know the reason why.


gothamsteel

Yeah, the miscarriage of justice of that frickin verdict.


MyNameIs-Anthony

Literally perfect proof they recognize Tessa shouldn't be touched.


bayleysgal1996

If they didn’t want people bringing this up, they shouldn’t have hired Tessa. Simple as.


gaaarsh

I'm generally not opposed to Tessa being allowed space to grow up and change, but she actually has to put the work in and demonstrate that and it begins with taking accountability for her actions and demonstrating growth. Going radio silent and just trying to wait it out is a good way to make sure that people will bring up her shitty past actions at every opportunity (just like Hulk Hogan). If people feel like you've ducked accountability, that stuff will follow you. As far as I can recall, Tessa hasn't demonstrated any change or acknowledgement of her shitty past behavior. Most of the things she has done could be grown out of with a little maturity and self betterment. If not, then I'd still be stuck in my South Park libertarian phase, rather than cringing at it. She needs to put in the work, though. Particularly after Impact gave her a big opportunity and she burned them too.


moderndukes

And doing the “Nuclear” shirt is the exact opposite of her atoning and growing. Like compare it to Jake Roberts or Dustin Rhodes - obviously not racist fucks but they’ve had some bad history not being the best coworkers and they have done complete 180s into being two highly respected guys in the business right now.


gaaarsh

Yeah, that's a bad sign. I saw that after I posted this. The comments on that t-shirt announcement were split between people pointing out that promoting someone for being a piece of garbage is bad and edgelord assholes being really happy that others are annoyed by racism being rewarded. So, I think I'm just gonna pass on WOW.


confusedsquirrel

She tried something. She said look, I've got a Mexican husband how could I be racist. She said it with a straight face too.


PenultimateJedi

Do racist people not know that is a trope?


InuJoshua

Because racist people have a narrow vision of what racism is. To them, if you don’t hate every non-white person and regularly attend Klan meetings, you’re not racist. Just “telling it like it is” about the other 99% of them.


confusedsquirrel

Nobody expects racist people to be smart.


ningbody

"But with ME it's real!"


gaaarsh

Holy crap on a stick, that is just awful. I also just saw that WOW is leaning into it selling t-shirts with "Nuclear" on them. So there goes that idea of personal growth. "Our top star is a selfish, unreliable racist" is a bold move Cotton. Let's see if it pays off.


confusedsquirrel

I mean if you want people to keep saying WOW, this is certainly it. WOW, they're going all in on her huh?


gaaarsh

"WOW my interest vanished fast!"


ZandigsJesusPromo

Y'know, sometimes, in TEW, I'm tempted to pick up Tessa, Scurll, Dream, and some others and make a company based around them to see how far I can take this company with these super toxic, awful human beings. I do it because a) it's not the real people, it's virtual; b) I'm not promoting them in real life; and c) it's so obscenely appalling, which kinda makes it funny. It's like choosing to play an evil character in Fallout and laugh at the shit you can do because...it's truly just so despicable and way out there. Nobody in their right god damn minds does that shit in real life. Holy shit, that's like going out of your way to become Dennis Reynolds in your real day-to-day.


Butch_Meat_Hook

Yeah I completely agree. I was a big fan of her in Impact as a performer but you just have to spend 2 minutes looking at her social media to see she hasn't learned anything. Just the typical 'ignore the haters', 'rise above' etc bullshit people post with gym selfies, etc. It's not like people are hating her 'just because'. She surely can't be that naïve. Not to mention that the racism accusations are one thing, but what about just a general lack of professionalism? She did Impact sooo dirty with the world title. They let a woman win it, the first one to do so, and pushed her to the moon, and then she just went 'Nah, I'm not dropping it to anyone. I'm just going to leave'. That's career suicide.


maybesethrogen

Literally all Tessa needs to do is put out a genuine apology/statement that acknowledges the past, and promises to do better. I realize the work isn't over at that point, but just literally doing that would pretty much ensure at least some companies would be willing to give her a shot again. Instead, the complete lack of accountability, as you said, will ensure this will follow her everywhere.


BuddaMuta

> genuine apology/statement The issue is with the word "genuine" She's way too far gone to ever deserve the benefit of the doubt. She had plenty of opportunity to save herself before but is just outright unapologetic about it.


maybesethrogen

The only thing standing in Tessa's way right now is Tessa.


Noblman_Swerve

Literally all she ever had to do was apologise with sincerity and she'd at least have a career, would've gone to AEW in all likelihood, but people with a sustained history of bullying never want to do that.


BooBootheFool22222

>If not, then I'd still be stuck in my South Park libertarian phase, rather than cringing at it. I'm glad you have the insight to understand this. based on tessa's trackrecord she'll burn WOW too.


WheelJack83

It worked for Steve Austin. Fans continue to worship him.


gaaarsh

And yet, the domestic abuse reminder comes up in pretty much every comment section involving him (just like your comment here which is a good example of this effect). People will keep reminders of Austin's problematic history in the public discussion until he addresses it publicly and condemns his behavior. (Pleading no contest, paying off the victim to shut up and then hiding behind "running hard" metaphors doesn't count.) It doesn't mean that there won't be people just fine with moving on, it means that there will always be a pocket of people who will hold others accountable for their actions if it looks like they have avoided accountability. When it comes to accountability, self administered is the only one that has definitive authority. If I were a public figure and said some horrible shit and was confronted with that, I'm the only one with enough authority to repudiate my past self and stop the ripple effect. I'm the most up to date version of me that I can be and have the most moral authority to say overrule my past self. External attempts to hold accountable will always be secondary to personal ones. If I were confronted with something stupid or hurtful I said, I would want to set the record straight to demonstrate change because I'm a different person and would want people to know that. (General rule of thumb is public figures require public apologies because once their actions are out in the public sphere, they carry more influence and ability to normalize toxic behavior than a random private person.) When a person takes accountability, it removes ammunition from their detractors, because part of the motivation to keep the pressure on is the wrongdoers intention of just moving on. Inadvertently or not, you basically provided a perfect example of this effect in practice. (Not saying you're wrong to do it. Just that it's a good example.)


WheelJack83

It’s still a valid point. Austin never did anything publicly to address or take responsibility for his crimes. Or make amends for that matter. And whether you want to admit it or not, Austin is not publicly viewed as a pariah.


SplitDSkies

I mean, that’s not true. Austin has publicly acknowledged, admitted to, and apologized for his crimes. He’s still a piece of shit for being a grown man and beating the hell out of a woman, but those things did happen.


WheelJack83

When was that?


NiaJaxSimp

N U C L E A R H E A T Kappa


mrandre3000

I think hiring Tessa was a poor attempt to have *someone* with national name recognition. It’s not thought through and hiring Tessa was a desperate play to get eyeballs on a product. WWE has the 4 Horsewomen locked up on contracts. AEW & Impact has the next tier of women on deals. The most notable woman from WWE to leave is *probably* Charlotte Flair, but that could be months from now and they couldn’t lock up Ruby Soho in between her release. Tony @ AEW probably wasn’t paying ball on a forbidden door deal here. AEW barely managed to build up their womens division through 2021 after most of 2020 was plagued with major injuries or travel issues. They could’ve picked up a Kylie Rae, but she seemingly has no interest in being a national star. *Maybe* they couldn’t done a deal with ROH. …but Tessa Blanchard? What a waste of time to get press attention.


namdekan

They could've gotten the Iconics who actually have name recognition. Not sure if they got the visa situations worked out but that would've been good people to base the company around especially with them having some sort of deal with Viacom.


cooljammer00

There was a rumor attaching the IInspiration to this new Women's fed. Work is work, I suppose.


FixTheFernBack616

No one outside of the wrestling bubble knows who Tessa is. I’m not saying this is you, but people on this subreddit REALLY don’t understand how minuscule Impact is. She’s just as new a face as any other girl they hired, when it comes to the new audience.


SledgeHammer-SSSSS

No one outside of the wrestling bubble is going to watch some two-bit new promotion like this anyway. Just listen to the crowd at All Out during the casino battle royal - a small handful saying "we want tessa", damn near the entire crowd screaming "no we don't". No idea what kind of audience tessa is supposed to appeal to.


hie00139

But it's not like WOW is going to get the entire wrestling bubble to watch them just for existing, they need to draw in most of dedicated wrestling fans as well.


TheReagmaster

They have someone with the National name recognition though. AJ Lee.


mrandre3000

AJ Lee has severe neck injury and can’t wrestle. CM Punk said it would not happen. AJ Will be producing & behind the camera. Maybe she will be an authority figure. People tune into wrestling shows for the wrestlers, not the general managers. Now that I thought about it one more time — *maybe* they could have got a few matches out of Awesome Kong. She’s got national recognition, but is old.


Bylethmain4

Awesome Kong retired at NWA Empowerr


Ass0001

I'm fairly sure Awesome Kong is donezo, I can't see AEW passing up on a Nyla Rose/Awesome Kong she-hoss passing of the torch match if she had it in her.


Andre-Roussimoff

Kong just retired in a segment with Gail Kim on that All Women ppv that NWA had not so long ago... I know it's wrestling so she could come back but I'm sure she would have done more AEW if she could.


Ass0001

yeah, and considering her long career I think it's easy to come to the conclusion that her bump cards full.


Fehndrix

I believe AJ is also doing color commentary.


Fehndrix

Problem being she isn't wrestling.


unluckyparadox

People are paying money to watch people injure themselves. A train wreck is more interesting to watch than a train riding along the tracks & the nuclear heat Tessa obtained is the first time since the 90’s that you’ll have a heel that the entire audience wants to stab. I’m here for it, if they have complaints about her attitude & personality, might as well air them on tv where she can take a sunset flip through a table. That’s how we did it back then & that’s kinda why it sold like hot cakes. When the line between show & real arguments can be blurred out to the point where the audience has to look deeply for it, then people tune in. That’s why Trump ran the media game when he was in office, no one could tell what was the show we thought we had & what was the cruel reality of who lies beneath. Love him or Hate him, you couldn’t quit talking about him. It’d be a very believable storyline to force Tessa to job out to people of color & rage out to play the plastic nazi/racist role that has always historically drawn crowds. No doubt people would tune in week after week if her promo work was able to keep the nuclear heat even while jobbing out for a while. Her name recognition is more synonymous with the N-word than her own father, just play into it for realistically unsettling but unavoidable tv. Especially with wrestling’s history of racists winning, you could really sell & do a lil social good for the record by forcibly jobbing her out or being kneecapped near wins by other roster members for the comments she made.


cooljammer00

Very on brand for the company that hired Tessa Blanchard as their ace to disregard another black woman's feelings


BuddaMuta

WOW is apparently going all in on the open bigotry market


HyperCriticalHit

Which is pretty weird since most bigots are insanely sexist.


BooBootheFool22222

sexist pigs call themselves women's wrestling fans sometimes. they pay for pov empty arena matches to whack off to. they obsess about bringing back leotards and all sorts of creepy shit.


flyerbyerr

Dead on Arrival


Dawghawk95

Yeah blocking her totally doesn’t dig that hole deeper


evanweb546

Why the shit is AJ Lee making her return to pro wrestling with this garbage?


onedamngoodman

They’re giving her the book and it’s a bonafide TV credit she can use to break into Hollywood which seems to be what she wants.


cooljammer00

She's already writing movies and stuff. If anything, this is like a step down.


onedamngoodman

1 movie and a few comics.


realYulBrynner

I’m pretty sure her writing the sequel to 47 Ronin is the “breaking into Hollywood” moment, not being the EP for a wrestling show nobody is going to watch.


onedamngoodman

47 Ronin that was critically panned and is probably going to go straight to DVD? Over this which is going to see actual over the air distribution?


realYulBrynner

It’s distributed by Netflix, whereas WOW will be in *syndication* through Viacom.


onedamngoodman

Bruce Willis and Eva Marie were in the same film of Netflix and that was distributed by Netflix as well. Not all Netflix features carry the same weight. I feel like we’re arguing over the quality of AJ’s projects when they are virtually the same and my point stands. She’s building her credibility in Hollywood.


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jaypenn3

We know there are wrestling promotions willing to throw excessive money at AJ, I don't think that's it. I think she really thought this could be a successful women's promotion and didn't see the trainwreck that's beginning to unfold.


Ass0001

I'm not sure how much AJ Lee follows current wrestling so I could see her taking an interest in the idea with no clue of the apocalyptic go-home heat Tessa Blanchard brings.


unseenbox

Especially if they're carny enough to have not told her 'hey we're signing this huge walking Red Flag, too, good luck!' during the signing meetings.


Rickymex

Calling it a trainwreck this early is kind of the stuff social media likes to do. I'm personally not watching it but if they get 2 or 3 good episodes from the get go 90% of the online fanbase will give up talking about Tessa.


totemtrouser

Dude I’m thinking the same thing. There’s a part of me who thinks she was probably signed before Tessa and before any of this came to light. That or she just straight up didn’t know how problematic Tessa is, since I don’t know if AJ really followed wrestling in retirement


ilikeracing23

Realistically, how DOA is WOW gonna be? Sure, they have AJ Lee, but she’s not a wrestler and hiring a notoriously shitty person, especially towards people of colour, is not a great look or way to get people interested.


Day_Of_The_Dude

I think it's absolutely dead in the water already. Negativity from Blanchard erased any goodwill from AJ Lee being involved, and honestly women's wrestling hasn't been built up enough yet to sustain something like this. It took AEW 2 years to build their women's division, and they and WWE basically have everyone who is ready to have outside of some Joshis, who i think would be unlikely to sign with something so uncertain.


ParaNoxx

I really hope that if (when?) WOW tanks, the people who work there understand why there wasn't interest. The pessimistic part of me who has seen similar stuff happen before is half-convinced that they're gonna be obtuse and fake-woke and go "well this is just another example of yall not supporting women's wrestling huh? Shame" when it's actually just the lingering bad PR smell from Tessa. And maybe their own bad PR too, considering they're already leaning into this shit.


BuddaMuta

They're already punishing women of color for existing just to keep their unapologetically bigoted main star happy. Fuck this company


chrishammhamm

They blocked one person. God I hate the internet they won't let Tessa have a career.


ParaNoxx

This wasn't some shit dug up about her that she said when she was a dumb teenager or some private beef she has with someone none of our business, this was multiple wrestlers publically coming forward and pointing her out to be an enormous bully and asshole to the locker room, which fucks with how THEY do their jobs. Considering Tessa never apologized or owned up to anything, I think the continued scorn is appropriate. She literally could have given a sincere apology and ducked out for a little bit before re-emerging and everyone would be alright.


Day_Of_The_Dude

she can work anywhere she wants out of the public eye. i do food delivery, it's not bad.


The_Great_Grahambino

God I hate people like you. Want racists to have a platform.


CuvisTheConqueror

Fuck Tessa. Nobody is entitled to a career wrestling on television.


kimpossiblestan

if wrestling is an entertainment business and the point is to entertain wrestling fans, then wresting fans choosing to reject her isn’t the fans fault.. this doesn’t make sense


michinoku1

They were DOA with their previous reincarnation on AXS. This is even *more* DOA, because they're under a paid syndicated time slot, meaning the show itself is just going to be fit in wherever networks have time. Saturday afternoon at 1 PM after hitting their E/I requirements? Fantastic. Monday nights at 11:30 after the 11 PM news? Welp, that's all they're gonna get, so okay! And now add on this Tessa issue... they're just over a full year from airing; they'll tape things soonish if it's like the AXS version - that was in the can almost a year before it aired - so yeah, definite DOA. Oh, and David McLane is still involved, so it's cheesy camp characters, which makes them even *more* DOA. It's not 1986 anymore, Dave - people have moved on.


Weezy-NJPW_Fan

Cowards. Those doing the blocking are trying to protect their own image. They should’ve never gotten Tessa in the first place.


KneelBeforeCube

I wouldn't be surprised if Tessa conned WOW into giving her a job like Russo did with Dixie Carter. And now they're sticking by her even when it seems like it's the worst thing to do, just like, well...


BTru

I am not a Russo fan at all but didn’t Jeff Jarrett hire Russo for TNA?


TalkingBlernsball

I think they’re talking about the *second or third time*


KneelBeforeCube

I indeed was.


gb1993

Lol how would she con a company thats got a tv deal? They have people that know how to google. They hired her because they wanted too.


Rickymex

She was also the champion of their previous version and the head trainer. It wasn't like she was a stranger to WOW.


moderndukes

Yeah it’s just going to Streisand it


LightningX32

Actually surprised that AJ would sign on for this shit show.


michinoku1

I mean, if you were offered six figures to do little by Jeanie Buss...


j8llonby

Even though Faye can't wrestle anymore (to be honest I don't think I've seen any of her matches) I'd still rather have her on the show in some capacity then Tessa. Her twitter game is top notch and her banter with Big E gives off big brother and kid sister vibes.


Kim-Jong_Bundy

> her banter with Big E gives off big brother and kid sister vibes. Uhhh... what kinda Lannister family are you from?


j8llonby

I was going to go with Amy Rose and Sonic vibes but I didn't think anyone would get the reference.


lupinosaurus

I’m so tired of male-female friendships only ever being viewed through the lens of “siblings” or “furries.”


9WingedAngelJoeDever

close male friends often refer to themselves as brothers whats wrong with close friends of different genders using brother / sister


nuttreturns

Fill me in... what happened to Faye that she cannot wrestle anymore?


j8llonby

She badly dislocated her elbow right before Mania weekend so she decided to retire from wrestling. Even yesterday she put on twitter that doctors will never clear her to wrestle again.


Westofend

I am out of the loop on this one - what is she referrng to?


BuddaMuta

Tessa is a massive abuser of her coworkers and unapolegtically racist. A bunch of her various coworkers from all sorts of promotions came out with stories of her abusing them. Including her spitting on a black woman while screaming the n-word. So to keep Tessa happy WOW has apparently taken to blocking women of color in the wrestling industry who are gonna talk about how awful she is.


Westofend

Thanks for the summary legend!


bradpittscockring

I figured AJ and Punk were on the same level of "If it's toxic I'll have no part in it" but it looks like with AJ money talks....that sucks.


fvnaticbychoice

they’re both holier than thou hypocrites who fold if the money’s right


bradpittscockring

Wouldn't really say that about Punk, and believe me, I thought the same thing about him before, but when AEW first came knocking the first time, he said no, it wasn't until he saw how they handled Brodie's death and that no one outside of family/work/close friends knew he was battling a lung disease is when he finally decided the company might actually be good.


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