WWE/Impact Hall of Famer isn’t a fan of the “you deserve it” chant from fans, believing wrestlers have to still prove themselves after earning opportunities.
During this week’s AEW Dynamite: Grand Slam, Eddie Kingston captured the ROH World Championship and received that chant from the fans in New York.
On the fallout episode of “Busted Open Radio,” Ray addressed the fan chant and what he feels wrestlers should ‘deserve’ instead. He said,
“Nobody deserves a damn thing in pro wrestling – but I’ll be damned if Eddie Kingston has not earned the opportunity… Eddie has earned the opportunity, and the word ‘opportunity’ is a Vince McMahon word.
“There are no guarantees anywhere… what there is, is opportunities and the opportunity for you to earn a spot on the card to get yourself over. Eddie has been through lots of ups and downs in this business – probably more than most.”
This week’s victory marks Kingston’s first reign as ROH World Champion and saw the Mad King retain the NJPW Strong Openweight Championship.
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In the world of professional wrestling, fans often express their support and admiration for their favorite wrestlers through various chants and cheers. One popular chant that has become prevalent in recent years is the “you deserve it” chant. This chant is typically directed towards a wrestler who has achieved a significant accomplishment or milestone in their career, such as winning a championship. However, not everyone in the wrestling industry is a fan of this chant, including WWE/Impact Hall of Famer Bully Ray.
During a recent episode of “Busted Open Radio,” Bully Ray shared his thoughts on the “you deserve it” chant and expressed his belief that wrestlers still have to prove themselves even after earning opportunities. He stated, “Nobody deserves a damn thing in pro wrestling – but I’ll be damned if Eddie Kingston has not earned the opportunity… Eddie has earned the opportunity, and the word ‘opportunity’ is a Vince McMahon word.”
Bully Ray emphasized that there are no guarantees in the wrestling business and that what truly exists are opportunities for wrestlers to earn their spot on the card and get themselves over with the audience. He acknowledged Eddie Kingston’s journey in the industry, stating that he has experienced numerous ups and downs throughout his career, possibly more than most wrestlers.
This discussion comes after Eddie Kingston’s recent victory at AEW Dynamite: Grand Slam, where he captured the ROH World Championship. The fans in New York showed their appreciation for Kingston’s achievement by chanting “you deserve it.” This win marked Kingston’s first reign as ROH World Champion and also saw him retain the NJPW Strong Openweight Championship.
Bully Ray’s perspective sheds light on the mindset of many wrestlers who believe that success in the wrestling industry is not simply handed to them but must be earned through hard work, dedication, and consistently delivering captivating performances. While fans may feel that certain wrestlers deserve recognition for their accomplishments, it is important to remember that the journey to success is ongoing and that wrestlers must continually prove themselves to stay at the top of their game.
As wrestling fans, it is crucial to support and appreciate the efforts of all wrestlers, whether they are receiving chants of “you deserve it” or not. Each wrestler has their own unique journey and deserves recognition for their contributions to the industry. So, let’s continue to cheer for our favorite wrestlers, but also remember that their hard work and dedication are what truly make them deserving of our admiration.