Saturday, February 10, 2018

When wrestlers retweet

Roddy Piper, The Rock and George Steele
Courtesy: WWE

@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents on Twitter

I'll start this off with a thank you to my buddy Tom Harness for the topic idea. Social media has given everyone access to their favorite celebrities like never before. Twitter has been one of the easiest ways to make that connection. As a lifelong wrestling fan, I mark out each time a pro wrestler likes, retweets or responds to one of my messages on social media. When I get a follow back, I get especially excited. (name dropping Neville, Titus O'Neal and Brodus Clay here.)

Sometimes a Superstar or Legend will retweet a blog I've written and mentioned them or a podcast interview they've done with me. I always appreciate those moments because the post gets extra engagement. Fans of these Superstars and Legends will like and retweet too and it creates a new chain reaction. But here are a few standout moments via social media and Superstars.

Courtesy: WWE
1. In the Spring of 2015, I wrote a very personal blog about a friend of mine who died when we were 12. It was days before the first WrestleMania. Going to another friend's home to watch that event helped me in the grieving process. It was the first time in days that I hadn't cried. I tagged "Rowdy" Roddy Piper in my tweet and Hot Rod retweeted it. Part of me wants to believe he read that blog too. As wrestling fans know, Piper died a few months later. That retweet meant the world to me and it's something I'll be forever grateful for.

The Rock and I
2. Several years ago I posted a picture of myself and a wax figure of The Rock from Madame Tussauds in Hollywood. I included @TheRock in the message talking about how I failed to do the People's Eyebrow like the Great One. He actually liked the tweet, which made my day.

3. LinkedIn is a social media platform I'm still trying to figure out the best way to use it. Years ago, I was part of WWE group where fans would post their blogs or podcasts. On a couple of different occasions, George "The Animal" Steele commented on my posts. I know for sure he read the blogs because he sited specific things I had written. Again, it was another mark out moment for me.

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