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AS I SEE IT 4/17: Coverups, and the reality of depression and bullying

Bob Magee
Pro Wrestling: Between the Sheets

News came out last week that WWE is seeking an agreement to
keep Mauro Ranallo from speaking about the John Layfield
bullying situation after his contract is up on August.

WWE is keeping Ranallo under contract through mid-August,
while the greatest attention is being paid to the situation
(where a standard Non-Disclosure clause applies with his
contract). They are then seeking a settlement to keep him
from speaking about the afterwards: along with seemingly
sending certain people known as supportive of WWE to go out
on social media to attack Dave Meltzer, pretty much
attacking the messenger, rather than attacking the message.

They use a suspiciously familiar style of attacking “dirt
sheets”, “parasites”, “rumors”; and the old favorite,
attacking fans who have been critical as nothing but
“fanboys” who have “Mommy fixing lunch for them right now”
or, if being more gentle, as those “who don’t understand the

A case in point is actually putting out a story
that those supporting JBL are acting like bullies
themselves. So by pointing out workplace behavior that would
not be accepted in any real world company, and by pointing
out the hypocrisy in WWE having an anti-bullying campaign
that seems to do little more than provide cover for a
bullying culture within the company….THAT is bullying? So,
according to Forbes, those who are pointing out that what is
going on is wrong…are themselves wrong. Using that logic,
Forbes will next explain why feminists are fostering date

Remember, it’s Vince McMahon who has claimed for many years
that WWE is not a “wrasslin'” company; and that they are a
(sports) entertainment company. They use the fact that have
major advertisers as a reason to explain their current “PG”
program orientation (understandable, if not satisfying to a
segment of fans). WWE (justifiably) trumpets the fact that
they are a billion dollar company and are publicly traded.

There’s an obvious question….what is WWE hiding? WWE is
obviously trying to cover something up that they don’t want
Mauro Ranallo talking about. What are they worried about
that hasn’t yet come out? One speculation has been that
Layfield told Ranallo (as Justin Roberts indicated has
happened to him) to “go kill himself”. Yes, I understand
that such a comment would be simply a flippant comment, and
Layfield more than likely didn’t mean that Roberts should
actually place a gun to his head. But the optics, if this
were true (or something that is similarly ugly sounding)
would leave WWE with little choice but to outright fire
Layfield without the situation blowing up yet again.

I have to add this as well. There are still a small number
of ignorant people who insist on calling Ranallo a
“crybaby”, “p%#&y”. They still don’t understand how common
depression is in this country. They also don’t understand
that more than a few of the names they see on TV or at arena
suffer from the same condition.

It’s likely a reason behind why Ranallo was bullied by John

Here are some numbers from the National Institute on Mental

1 in 5 adults in the U.S.—43.8 million, or 18.5%—
experiences mental illness in a given year.

1 in 25 adults in the U.S.—9.8 million, or 4.0%—experiences
a serious mental illness in a given year that substantially
interferes with or limits one or more major life activities.

2.6% of adults in the U.S. live with bipolar disorder.

6.9% of adults in the U.S.—16 million—had at least one major
depressive episode in the past year.

18.1% of adults in the U.S. experienced an anxiety disorder
such as posttraumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive
disorder and specific phobias.

As for workplace bullying itself, here are some statistics
from a August 2016 article, ironically from the same
publication, that attacked those pointing it out in
Layfield’s conducts… Forbes:

…One of the main differences between schoolyard
bullying and workplace bullying is that it tends to be less
physically harmful and more psychological and verbal in
nature. It’s subtler than schoolyard bullying but is quite
distinctive from normal workplace stress.

According to the Workplace Bullying Institute (WBI),
bullying is four times more common than either sexual
harassment or racial discrimination on the job.

The targets of workplace bullying are not the weakest
players—they are often the strongest.

The common misconception is that, like schoolyard bullying,
the targets of workplace bullying are loners, or “weird” or
the people who “don’t fit.” In fact the reverse is true.

People become targets because something about them is
threatening to the bully. Often they are more skilled, more
technically proficient, have a higher EQ or people just like
them better. “

So, in the end…those being attacked by others are attacked
out of a sense of jealousy. It’s far more common than some
people think. Despite what some have suggested, that someone
physically confront a bully (yes, again…because it’s
wrestling)…in the workplace, that’s not a practical
strategy, because physical retaliation often results in
discipline of the victim.

Confrontation may work on the playground or the street, but
not in an office. Human Resources departments have to get
involved. The process is a lot more involved, and in
reality, the bullying may well continue. If a company
ignores such behavior, or encourages it in some direct or
indirect way (which many assume Vince McMahon allowed to
happen here), it can result in situations like this.

Until next time…

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