Pundit Fight Blog
A collection of my favourite essays and columns from the PunditFight blog
Hillary Clinton - Monster Heel
Hillary is a special type of Heel, a 'Monster Heel'. In
wrestling, a Monster Heel is an unstoppable juggernaut who squashes opponents
and is open to using dirty tactics. They will be portrayed as unfeeling
brutes, often adopting characteristics from classic movie monsters. Their
appeal is generated not by charisma but rather their sheer dominance.
... Another thing Mike Huckabee had to work on was his
gimmick. Mike is an affable person, a noted public speaker with considerable
charisma. An ordained Southern Baptist minister and musician. All the
ingredients for a likeable personality but not the name ID or corporate/media
backing to get him noticed.
The Independent Bill O'Reilly
Bill as a champion for traditionalist values, is convincing
on his own show under his own terms. However like a wrestler appearing
outside their natural element Bill O'Reilly's persona of an embittered
crusader seems cartoonish especially next to lightweight hosts such as
Letterman, Lauer and the Girls from 'The View'. Its no wonder that in
this context skeptical people are more likely to press O'Reilly on his
An important archetype in wrestling is the 'heel'. They are the villains who relish being despised and take great pleasure in aggravating their detractors. When I last spoke about Heels, I cited Ann Coulter as the top Heel in the Pundit business. Whilst Ann is an obvious choice for this title because of her bombast, there is one villain who is slowly garnering the reputation of 'pundit you love to hate'. He is Bill Kristol.
One of the key components of wrestling is 'Aura'. A wrestler's
value hinges on gaining and preserving Aura. Aura is earned through the
caliber of competition the wrestler defeats. One quick way to earn aura
is to purposely challenge and vanquish weaker opponents, known as "jobbers"...
Shoot Fights: When pundits get personal
In wrestling, a 'shoot' is when one of the combatants overrides
the agreed script and does something unexpected by injecting real emotion.
This may involve actually hitting (physically connecting with) other wrestlers
or using very personal verbal attacks. In essence making a fake wrestling
scenario or feud into a real one. Shoots aren't necessarily a bad thing
as the heightened realism makes for compelling viewing and is sure to
garner an audience.