The Best Wrestling Social Media Accounts To Follow While Gearing Up For Wrestlemania 32.
Social media is the biggest thing to hit professional wrestling since the steel chair.
Of course, that’s only about as surprising as the Spanish announcing table getting smashed during a Pay-Per-View. Social media’s revolutionized the way we look at all things in this day and age. (Hi, Kanye!)
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Still, it definitely adds some flavor to the overall appeal of wrestling by further blurring the line between the real-life and the scripted.
That in mind, while the hype continues to build WrestleMania 32’s arrival in North Texas on April 3, we figured now would be a good time to share our picks for some of the best social media offerings that pro wrestling has to offer:
Big E’s Twitter. The powerhouse of the New Day is one of the funniest, goofiest and most cutting people on Twitter. If he sees this article and drags me for saying “goofiest,” I promise my comeback won’t be half as good. He’s one of the secretly-great things about Twitter that non-wrestling fans don’t get to enjoy. Their loss.
Renee Young’s Website. Funny, charming and relatable, Renee Young (actually Renee Paquette, but she drops her stage name on the site) dispenses advice, shares her interests and generally manages to seem both impossibly cool and refreshingly down-to-earth with her presence.
Up Up Down Down’s YouTube Channel. Xavier Woods’ YouTube gaming channel lets us watch wrestlers square off against each other in various video games, proving that the most heated showdowns in sports entertainment sometimes happen over an Xbox.
Mick Foley’s Facebook Page. The wrestling icon, author and hardcore Christmas fan isn’t afraid to voice his displeasure with WWE when he’s unhappy with the company’s content, but his critiques are more constructive and engaging than bitter. The guy’s also a proud feminist, a humanitarian and a touring comic. So, naturally, he’s got a strong Twitter presence, too. But his longer posts deserve more attention, I’d say.
Sasha Banks’ Twitter. Why follow her? Because she’s The Boss, that’s why. See wrestling’s most undeniable talent goof around with her coworkers, interact with her fans and share her love of Sailor Moon with the world.
Kevin Owens’ Twitter. Argumentative, short-tempered and a loving father, Kevin Owens is a complex guy. Watching him argue with — and block! — any and all Twitter users foolish enough to cross him makes for can’t-miss social media content. He wields Twitter blocks with unrestrained glee. I might get blocked just for bringing it up, actually.
Michelle McCool’s Instagram. For starters, the now-retired McCool’s Instagram features cameos from her husband, The Undertaker. She’s worth the follow if only for that a rare, humanizing glimpse of the legend, without all the grim theatrics.
Bryan Danielson’s Instagram. Don’t dwell on Daniel Bryan’s retirement. (We’re not over it yet, either.) Instead, focus on the vegan meals, the home garden and the support for small, local businesses that he likes to share over his Instagram page. Danielson is easily one of the all-time great wrestlers. More important, he’s one of the least stereotypical.
Iron Sheik’s Twitter. Words can’t do it justice. Just check it out for yourself. A source of some of the best, most unpredictable rants found anywhere online.
Dolph Ziggler’s Instagram. He’s either a wrestler moonlighting as a comedian, or a comedian moonlighting as a wrestler. Tough to say. His ability to riff on his own Instagram pictures (always check the captions!) makes the case that he’ll be fine in either field.
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Subway WWExperience’s Twitter. Subway WWExperience uses Subway-based setups and wrestling .gif punchlines. It’s insane, and I hate that I didn’t come up with it.
The Melzter in the ’90s/Meltzer today Twitter accounts. This is one account from Dave Meltzer, and one about him, so I’m lumping them together. Melzter is the preeminent wrestling journalist, one of the first to write about what was going on behind the scenes. Meltzer in the ’90s is in particular a stroke of Twitter genius; someone keeps pulling anonymous quotes from Meltzer’s writing in the 1990s, which can be absurdly funny out of context or fit eerily well with current events.
Classic Wrestling’s Instagram. A visual chronicle of the great performers, the terrible characters and the too-weird-to-be-forgotten moments of wrestling.
LARIATOOOOO!!!’s Twitter. Just an epic .gif machine. This account produces a wealth of current, classic and surreal wrestling-related .gifs that need to be seen — and shared.