Web Video / Wrestling With Wregret

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Wrestling With Wregret is a Video Review Show on YouTube that is hosted by former independent wrestler and current independent manager Brian Zane. Zane takes a look at some of the strangest, silliest, and stupidest things in Professional Wrestling, and explains in depth why certain angles, gimmicks, and moments were terrible, while adding plenty of jokes to keep the reviews entertaining. He's also covered wrestling themed movies, such as Ready to Rumble, Sting: Moment of Truth, and Body Slam.

He also does shorter, vlog reviews on documentaries and pay-per-views on the channels as well as vlogs giving his thoughts on recent wrestling news, as well as three spinoff series; Kayfabe Kitchen, offering recipes given by wrestlers, Getting Into the BiZ, where he gives advice to aspiring wrestlers, and Who War It Better, where he compares and contrasts each week's episode of Raw and SmackDown and determines which one was the better show.

You can find him here.


Wrestling With Wregret contains examples of:

  • Accentuate the Negative: Played with. While most of Zane's focus is on the negative aspects of the topic at hand, he won't hesitate to give credit where credit is due.
  • Actually Pretty Funny:
    • While he dislikes D-Generation X's 2006 run for the most part, Zane really enjoys "I just kicked Stan!"
    • Zane says the line "A diamond upside down is a pussy!" in Ready to Rumble is the first funny line in the whole movie... and it's about 90 minutes into the movie.
  • Affectionate Parody:
    • Zane has parodied The Ultimate Warrior doing a car commercial in his signature, utterly insane and incomprehensible style after seeing a younger Warrior (when he was known as "Dingo Warrior" in Texas) do a car commercial in an uncharacteristically calm and soft-spoken manner.
    • In a parody of the weird advertisements wrestlers take part in, Bray Wyatt's Jump Scare appears on screen. When the screen comes back up, you see Wyatt leading a group of people in a commercial for his own fitness video, "Braysanity".
    • Captain Lou Albano has been spoofed a few times due to his general craziness.
    • Zane discussed the fact that Curtis Axel was at his most successful when he was doing the Hulk Hogan gimmick.
  • Anachronism Stew: Zane points this out when movies suffer from this problem. Sting: Moment of Truth and The Jesse Ventura Story are prime examples of this:
    • Moment of Truth is about Sting in the 1990s, yet he is shown wrestling in a TNA ring and instead of any of WCW's ring announcers, the movie uses TNA's ring announcer Jeremy Borash.note 
    • The Jesse Ventura Story covers Ventura's career, but for whatever reason has him wrestling in the 1999 WCW Monday Nitro arena in the 1980s and has him performing commentary with Gorilla Monsoon, which did happen in the 1980s, when they were still in the World Wrestling Federation.
  • Atrocious Alias: His opinion on Curtis Axel's earlier ring name "Michael McGillicutty."
  • Berserk Button:
    • The Invasion angle. While the show usually doesn't use the F-word for the titles of the videos (censored or uncensored), the video about it is titled "The F*&%ing Invasion."
    • The McMahon family, especially their role in the above angle.
    • Triple H's "Reign of Terror" is a touchy subject for him.
    • Zane got very riled up while discussing Paul Burchill's pirate gimmick from 2006, and has mentioned it several times in his other videos, to the point that it's an invoked acceptable target.
    • "Trashbaggers", a.k.a. wannabes who do not wear proper wrestling gear since, according to Zane, wrestling in street clothes is a big fat no unless you're either in a street fight or are an established star that has earned that right.
    • People who pretend to be wrestlers. He refers to them as BFFs.note 
    • Intentionally disregarding kayfabe. One notable (and hilarious) moment of his NWF Kids Pro Wrestling review was his exasperated reaction to a clip of the promoter of NWF telling two of the wrestlers what's going to happen in an upcoming match while being filmed by a local news station. This is also implied to be the reason why he doesn't like Paul Burchill's pirate gimmick mentioned above; Zane always notes that when the gimmick debuted, Burchill outright stated that he didn't think of himself as a real pirate, but was doing so as a homage to his pirate ancestors (as opposed to Wrestling Doesn't Pay).
    • During the "WWE Unathorized" episode, Zane goes on a rant about how the documentary misidentifies The Pegasus Kid (Chris Benoit) for The Blue Blazer (Owen Hart).
  • Crossover:
    • With Phelous reviewing the mid '90s pay-per-view Rodman Down Under.
    • He made a cameo in WhatCulture Wrestling's "How WWE Should Have Booked the Invasion Angle".
    • With Adam Blampied from WhatCulture to review Heroes of Wrestling. The two team up again for a review of Santa's Slay.
    • With The Horror Guru for his review of See No Evil.
    • Colt Cabana shows up in his WCW Mini Movies Review.
    • With Puppet for his review of Santa with Muscles.
  • Dan Browned: Zane has criticized Sting: Moment of Truth, The Jesse Ventura Story, and WWE Unauthorized for being inaccurate for wrestling fans.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: He wasn't too fond of a Sprite commercial where Sting delivers a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown to a terminally ill child.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: The original intro for the series didn't debut until the third episode.
  • Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!: Zane does this in the "$1,000,000 Tough Enough" episode. After bemoaning how much of a colossal waste of time the in-ring segments were, he mentions how many of the "losers", such as Ryan Reeves and Mike Mizanin, went on to have good careers. After mentioning The Miz's WWE Championship win, he realizes that The Miz is the only Tough Enough alum to win the title, making it the most successful season by default.
  • Expy:
    • Zane mentioned in his Getting Into the BiZ series that he has trouble getting bookings because of his resemblance to Jim Cornette,note  even though it really isn't his fault. They both just happen to be pale white guys with brown hair and glasses. Cornette himself jokingly said that Zane was his illegitimate son.
    • He might remind one of The Nostalgia Critic in pro wrestling form. The shows are very similar in style and delivery. Zane even admitted that The Nostalgia Critic was one of his influences, so it may be somewhat intentional.
    • He might remind people of a couple of James Rolfe's characters. He can be very harsh and sometimes foul mouthed like Rolfe's most famous character, The Angry Video Game Nerd, but is generally more laid back like Rolfe's other character, Board James. Zane has mentioned that The Angry Video Game Nerd, like the above example, was one of his influences. They have a similar appearance as well.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Discussed in his Top 8 Worst Heel Turns.
  • Fan Hater: In-Universe:
    • He does an entire video (in the style of Cornette's editorial rants from late 1990s Raw, no less) denouncing pro wrestling fan haters (particularly mixed martial arts fans) after UFC announcer Joe Rogan made some offensive remarks and tweets about pro wrestling and its fans.
    • According to Zane himself, his own parents were less than thrilled about his passion for wrestling and it's been implied that he may have a strained relationship with them (not necessarily because of that, though).
  • Flashback Echo:
    • Happens when Zane realizes the publisher of Rodman Down Under is the same one as Grand Masters of Wrestling.
    • Happens again in the Russell Madness episode. The line "Family is a verb" leads to "Look at the adjective!"
  • Gushing About Shows You Like: His Top 8 Wrestlers list.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: invoked Zane invokes this himself in "Worst Debuts" video when talking about the disaster that was "Fake Diesel" and "Fake Razor Ramon":
    Zane: That guy playing Diesel had some potential, though. Wonder what ever happened to him...
  • Last-Name Basis: Most guest stars on the show just referred to him by his last name.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Always wears some form of sweatsuit. For a while, Zane only wore his purple jumpsuit with his own name on it.
  • Mid-Review Sketch Show: Has done the occasional sketch on the show.
  • Mis-blamed: invoked While he has taken shots at, and parodied, Vince Russo, he is overall more forgiving of the man's indiscretions than most Smart Marks, even stating that 1999-2000 WCW would've been even worse without him.note 
  • Most Annoying Sound: invoked
    • Zane states that the most annoying thing in Grandmasters of Wrestling, Part 2 is the fake crowd noise.
    • Every time the introduction to Brie Bella's solo entrance theme is played on the show, Zane's reaction is to immediately cover his ears.
  • Name's the Same:
    • Invoked in the "Goldberg in WWE" episode when a clip of Greg Goldberg from The Mighty Ducks is used when Zane talks about Bill Goldberg's first stint in WWE.
    • Invoked in his review of the 1974 movie The Wrestler, which has Zane confused after seeing that the movie he bashed uses footage from the 2008 movie of the same name.
  • Older Than They Look: Zane looks to be in his mid-twenties. Come his 100,000 Subscriber Q&A, it's revealed that not only was he 31 at the time, he's also married with a child.
  • Overt Operative: Jane Blond (an expy of James Bond) of Women of Wrestling is mocked for this in the video for Women of Wrestling's Unleashed.
  • Parental Obliviousness: Zane repeatedly asks about where the parents were in the NWF episode since the kids were able to run an entire wrestling company, at one point in the parents' garage, without their parents ever knowing or doing anything about it.
  • Precision F-Strike: As noted above, Zane rarely uses the "F" word on his show, so when he does, it tends to be more impactful. For example:
    • The Soundtrack Dissonance example below is a notable one.
    • During one of the episodes of his Who War It Better series (where he compares and contrasts that week's episode of Raw and SmackDown), he calls one of Raw's segments a "midcard clusterfuck".
    • When talking about the worst of 2016, particularly the treatment of the cruiserweight division, he sarcastically says that all lowercard guys "can get fucked."
  • Pro Wrestling Is Real:
    • His main gripe with Ready to Rumble is that the film itself can't decide whether wrestling is real or not.
    • During his review of All the Marbles, this was Zane major complain, as he said that most of the wrestling movies he reviewed can't decide whether portraying wrestling as real or not (saying that even the 2008 film The Wrestler had this)... except for Body Slam, which he praised for maintaining that trope, that being the only thing he praised about the movie.
  • Rage Breaking Point: The various historical inaccuracies in The Jesse Ventura Story gradually drive up his onscreen rage o' meter... until it bursts following the special's decision to reenact the Montreal Screwjob.
  • Running Gag:
    • In the "NWF" episode, Zane repeatedly calls one of the public access TV executives "Old Man Tronson" and says he's trying to ruin the kids' fun.
    • Captain Lou Albano has interrupted Zane a few times in his usual cloudcuckoolander manner, such as in the "Body Slam" episode.
    • In the "WWECW" episode, the clip of the Zombie from the first episode of ECW on Sci-Fi comes up a lot. It also comes up practically every time WWECW is mentioned in one of his videos.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!:
    • In his review of The Jesse Ventura Story, he bails after they reenact the Montreal Screwjob... despite the fact that Ventura was not part of it in any way (or for that matter, employed by the company that did it), and that the movie is set in the 1980s, when the Montreal Screwjob happened in 1997.note 
    • Zane leaves instead of watching the final match of the second Grand Masters of Wrestling DVD, refusing outright to sit through another awful Mighty Macabee match. It doesn't work as after everything that he did, they only actually started the match as he comes back.
    • Zane does this at the end of the "Donald Trump in WWE" episode when he points out that WWE unpersoned Hulk Hogan, yet Trump was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.note 
  • Self-Deprecation: If Zane mentions his career as a wrestler in a video, expect him to not put his skills in flattering terms. He featured his own first match in the video for "Trashbaggers (Are Out of Style)", called himself a "crappy wrestler" in the video for "The 'Legend' of Supertramp", and, when showing a video of Erik Watts doing a bad dropkick in his "Worst Second and Third-Generation Wrestlers" video, he also showed a video of himself doing a bad dropkick. And then in his celebration of ten years in the wrestling biz (in an actual fed), no clip showed him successfully attacking anyone.
  • Sequel Hook: After Puppet's feed disconnects in the Santa With Muscles episode, Brian thinks he's done watching bad Christmas movies starring wrestlers... only for Adam Blampied to show up with a copy of Santa's Slay.
  • So Bad, It's Good: invoked Zane finds the theme of Women of Wrestling's Asian Invasion hilarious due to it being incredibly stupid and racist.
  • Song Parody: Has done quite a few of these:
    • Parodied Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" with his song "Wrestling With Wregret", a song about the show.
    • Parodied Taylor Swift's "Style" with "Trashbaggers (Are Out of Style)".
    • Parodied Stevie Wonder's "I Wish" with "No Mercy", about the game.
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: Zane criticized Abraxas for having slow romantic jazz music during action sequences:
    Zane: Are these two gonna fight or fuck?!
  • Speak Ill of the Dead:
    • Zane brought up the child molestation accusations levied towards Michael Jackson as a way to compare the situation to some fans still liking Chris Benoit despite the double murder-suicide.
    • He does this in his video review of Warrior's time in WCW, reminding that Warrior was no saint when he was alive, even going as far as calling him an asshole.
  • Steven Ulysses Perhero: The XFL episode reveals that the Know-It-All Fan's name is Ian Wesley Campbell.note 
  • Surprisingly Improved Sequel: invoked This is Zane's opinion on Scooby-Doo! and the WWE: Curse of the Speed Demon compared to Scooby-Doo! WrestleMania Mystery. Despite its flaws, he admits that he likes it.
  • Talking to Himself: Any time Zane is talking to some other character, that other character invoked is probably also played by him.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: A few episodes have begun this way.
  • Vomit Discretion Shot: Vomits into a trashcan upon hearing about how an old lady's "pie" The Rock ate "had a strange taste of mold" during his review of The Rock's single "Pie".
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Rips into Vince McMahon for letting his ego ruin the Invasion angle and Eddiesplotation, as well as giving wrestlers racist gimmicks.

Zane: Be sure to thumbs up this video, subscribe to Wrestling With Wregret, and as always, buy the T-shirt! I'm Brian Zane and I'll see ya next time!
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