Wrestling / Wrestling Society X

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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. Originally, the cancellation was blamed on a spot where Ricky Banderas set Vampiro on fire with a flash paper fireball, which, due to a mishap, was larger than it was originally meant to be. In 2016, Kevin Kleinrock refuted the story in an interview, blaming MTV, their scheduling (Kleinrock had begged them not to put WSX up against WWE's revival of ECW, which they did anyway), and falling ratings for the entire male-centric block WSX belonged to (which was cancelled en masse) instead. 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":

  • Accidental Misnaming: Lizzy Valentine was said to have called color commentator Bret Ernst "Bert Ernst" at least once.
  • 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. Also Matt Sydal and Lizzy Valentine's gimmick.
  • Bling-Bling-BANG!: Keepin' It Gangsta's outrageously blinged-out table and ladder, both used as weapons.
  • 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 (Josh "Jug" Raymond and "Spider" Nate Webb, managed by "White Trash" Johnny Webb)
  • Disco Dan: That 70s Team (Joey Ryan and the Disco Machine)
  • 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 opened 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", alternately from "Broken Heart, USA". (For unknown reasons, these were alternated for him.)
  • Pretty Fly (For a White Guy): Dew rag wearing, breakdancing Jack Evans.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Teddy Hart wears pink ring gear since he's a Hart and that's his family's colour.
    • Jimmy Jacobs, described as "emotionally secure", also wore pink.
  • Shout-Out:
    • "The Filth and the Fury" was originally meant to be one to the documentary of the same name about the Sex Pistols, to the point where Teddy Hart's original tag partner in the duo was named Steve Lydon. However, as Lydon (who'd go on to become Adrian Neville) had Visa issues and was replaced by Matt Cross, the Shout-Out ended up being abandoned.
    • Joey "Magnum" Ryan was a blatant Shout-Out to Magnum, P.I., which was mentioned more than once on commentary.
    • That 70s Team, to That '70s Show.
    • Fabian Kaelin's end-of-season look, to A Clockwork Orange.
  • 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 things ever said about Nic was that Nic was related to Vic Grimes and had a thing for Arik Cannon. The whole significance of "Nic" would be completely lost on those not already familiar with her previous "Nikki" gimmick.
  • Spiritual Successor: To XPW, as Kevin Kleinrock created both. In turn, Lucha Underground is one to it, as they share some of the same concepts as well as several roster members.
  • 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.
  • Stealth Pun:
    • Fabian Kaelin. (Kayfabe!)
    • El Hombre Blanco Enmascarado, combined with Bilingual Bonus. Translates to "The masked white guy", which is exactly what he was.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: For example, the WSX Championship has twice been won via pinfall in an exploding coffin. According to Kevin Kleinrock, the explosions and crazy stunts were mandated by MTV.
  • Tongue Trauma: "The Transformation of Fabian Kaelin", a featurette included on the DVD release, ends with Fabian severing his tongue with a butcher knife.
  • Totally Radical: The entire production. The commentators have often been accused of this.
  • "X" Makes Anything Cool: If nonsensical.
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