Wrestling / Wrestling Society X

Step Inside the Bunker...
Short-lived Professional Wrestling promotion aired on MTV in 2007.

Presented as an "underground" fight-club, taking place in the WSX Bunker, the focus tended to be on high-flying in-ring action, boosted by a ton of pyrotechnics and MTV production style. While criticized for its obvious use of planted audience members, the thirty-minute episode length, some questionable musical guests, and announcers that oozed Totally Radical faux-edginess, generally the matches themselves were of high-quality, the wrestlers had some interesting (and often hilarious) gimmicks, and the explosions were pretty cool. During its run, additional matches, promos and commentary was shown online at the show's website.

All in all, it had the marks of a promotion that had just started to find its voice when it was Screwed by the Network: MTV took offense at a spot where wrestler Ricky Banderas set opponent Vampiro on fire, and pulled the show from the schedule. The rest of the episodes were quickly burned off in a single night, with the final episode unseen until the DVD release.

As usual, you can find the basics at The Other Wiki.

"Trope Society X":

  • Acrofatic: Vic Grimes.
  • Added Alliterative Appeal: Matt Cross and Teddy Hart, "The Filth & the Fury".
  • Artistic License: The Cartel, a stable of Mexican gangsters, lays dead fish on their beaten opponents. The commentators note that they borrowed this gimmick from The Mafia, who doesn't otherwise have a presence on this show.
  • Balls of Steel: The Human Tornado, his balls might be his least vulnerable part
  • The Beautiful Elite: MTV would make sure that attractive and cool looking young people were seen in the front rows of the crowd. Some of them were probably plants.
  • Breakup Breakout
    • Out of the entire roster of Wrestling Society X, the most successful alumni would be Tyler Black, who would eventually sign with the WWE and become Seth Rollins, a member of The Shield, one of the most popular wrestling stables of the modern era. After the Shield broke up, he would go on to become WWE World Heavyweight Champion.
    • Ricky Banderas has achieved similar levels of success, but he was already becoming a big name in pro wrestling through IWA Puerto Rico before Wrestling Society X was conceived and had cemented his legacy in AAA before it had finished. A lesser case was Horiguchi, who would do well in Dragon Gate with his Hage gimmick.
  • Chickification: Lizzy Valentine was a trained wrestler herself but was relegated to being Matt Sydal's girlfriend and manager. Could technically be justified as there were no other women on the show for her to wrestle, though it wouldn't have exactly been hard to find any more on the indies.
  • Deep South: The Trailer Park Boyz
  • Disco Dan: That 70s Team
  • Emo Teen: DIFH [Doing It For Her] (Jimmy Jacobs and Tyler Black)
  • Gorgeous George: Matt Sydal, complete with a "valet" to make it ambiguous
  • Human Popsicle: Matt Classic (better known as Colt Cabana), a wrestler recently revived from the 50s who uses hilariously outdated wrestling maneuvers and survives on a diet of "raw eggs, mayonnaise sandwiches and cigarettes".
  • Impressive Pyrotechnics: Every episode opens with flame jets in the ring posts and a lot of explosions added in post. A lot of episodes ended with Stuff Blowing Up in spectacular fashion.
  • Let X Be the Unknown: The mysterious X bunker this all took place in
  • Odd Couple: DIFH were portrayed this way, with Jimmy Jacobs being "The Sensitive One" (unsurprisingly) while Tyler Black was "The Intense One". Illustrated no better than in a backstage segment after losing a tag match to That 70's Team, where Jacobs strums a guitar insisting that Black talk about his feelings, while Black has a massive rage fit about how they lost to a couple of "hippies".
  • Parts Unknown: Jimmy Jacobs, from "The Dark Side of a Broken Heart"
  • Pretty Fly for a White Guy: Dew rag wearing Jack Evans
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Teddy Hart wears pink ring gear since he's a Hart and that's his family's colour.
  • Shown Their Work: Compared to other musical guest commentators, rapper Pitbull knows his stuff about wrestling.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Lizzy Valentine, the sole female member of the roster. Well, Nic Grimes was female too but the only thing ever said about Nic was that Nic was related to Vic Grimes. The whole significance of "Nic" would be completely lost on those not already familiar with her previous "Nikki" gimmick.
  • Spot Monkey: Nearly the entire roster. A lot of them would go on to improve and become major names in the indies. Not all of them really needed to improve either, since the show was only thirty minutes long, there wasn't much time to tell stories anyway, so creating a distinctive product was the priority settled on.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: For example, the WSX Championship has twice been won via pinfall in an exploding coffin.
  • Totally Radical: The entire production. The commentators have often been accused of this.
  • "X" Makes Anything Cool: If nonsensical