Christian Chronicle

GOP presidential politics, professional wrestling style

Heading into crucial Super Tuesday voting, barbs and insults dominate the Republican campaign.

By Bobby Ross Jr. | The Christian Chronicle

OKLAHOMA CITY — In our younger years, my brother, Scott, and I loved watching professional wrestling.

When our dad preached for a small Church of Christ in North Carolina in the late 1970s, we tuned into Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling every Saturday.

We didn’t enjoy the actual wrestling — which we were 85 percent certain was fake — so much as the trash talking that stars such as “Nature Boy” Ric Flair, “The Dragon” Ricky Steamboat and Edward “Wahoo” McDaniel did between matches.

It made for highly entertaining theater.

I came across a 1985 video of Flair on YouTube where he speaks about himself in third person as he proclaims: “Ric Flair day in and day out — woooooo, every day of his life! — just keeps winning and winning and winning.

“You know why?” the wrestler with the long, bleached blond mane continues. “Because I’ve got the most positive attitude. I’ve got the greatest ability. I’ve got the greatest physical attributes. And I just happen to be the best athlete alive today.”

Lately, the race for the Republican presidential nomination sounds a whole lot like the wrestling shows my brother and I watched as kids.

This story appears in the online edition of The Christian Chronicle.

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