Locker Room Respect By Guest Writer Rouge
There's been a lot said about respect on this site as well as many others. There are different types of respect for different situations. Today I'm going to touch on dressing room etiquette and respect.
Number one - always respect the show. Don't do anything that would embarrass the promoter the fans or yourself. This should be a given, but believe me it's not. Sometimes wrestlers place themselves above the show. No one is bigger that the particular show that you're on. No one. Now I know that I said this is about dressing room etiquette but remember this comes before all others. Don't show your ***. This is for inside or outside the dressing rooms. Respect the show.
Number two- don't place blame for a bad match upon others. It takes three people to make a good match and the same number to screw up a match. At least two wrestlers and a referee, any one of these can screw up a decent match. So when you come back into a dressing room don't place blame on the match on any one piece of the equation. Be the better man and accept the blame on yourself, trust me the others know whose at fault. Look at the big picture, the person running the show (in most cases) can tell who did or did not do what. I've helped a lot of you who are reading this to have a good match, when it could have went bad very quickly. Remember a good worker can make any match somewhat decent.
Number three- who you are. Remember no one is bigger than the show they're on. If you think that you are, why are you there in the first place? In most instances the only person out any money is the promoter. Unless you are stupid enough to drive more than 2 gallons of gas to get there without a guarantee.
Remember that owner/promoter has rent, power, phone, insurance, fees, taxes posters, fliers, web sites, TV commercials plus more cost that I'm sure I'm forgetting, and his or her cost to show up as well.
The point I'm getting at is this, wherever you're at, remember that show would probably be going on with or without you. It may not be as good but the show would still go on. I'm living proof of this.
I've seen Jimmy Valiant, Raven, DDP, Buff Bagwell and many, many more be on small shows with me, where they were better than most if not all the “talent” in the dressing rooms, and still they didn't have the big head. They didn't act any better than the worst guy at the show. They had class. You should do the same.
Number Four- If you are a regular at any show, especially at my place don't act like “this is my building, you don't belong” towards anyone. If the person footing the bill has someone there, that's his or her prerogative. Trust your own abilities and loyalty. People with integrity remember who's loyal and trustworthy. You should go out of your way to make others feel welcome. We are all family, remember that.
Number five- If you have been gone from a show for a while, or you are new to a show or dressing room, you should seek others out and try to “make friends”. I've always tried to make everyone feel welcome when they come to work a show for me, but I'm not going to make the rest of the dressing room kiss your ***. They can like or dislike you on their own. You should initiate the greetings and ask how they are doing. Don't act like you're better than even the worst wrestler on the show. What does it hurt to make a little extra effort and speak to everyone one on one, just for a few minutes, how would you feel if I didn't want to talk to you or acted like I was too good to take a little time with you?
This is real life and these are people that you are working with, learn to play the game or you'll never make it in any aspect of the real working world.
Until I meet up with you in the ring