Chris Jericho and Kevin Nash are fighting again, but this time it’s not in the squared circle. This bout (scheduled for one fall?) is taking place on Twitter. It all started with this excellent Grantland article on Nash. A small part of it covers Nash’s dislike of smaller wrestlers (that can actually wrestle). The man formerly known as Diesel / Vinnie Vegas / Master Blaster Steel / Oz said:
When Benoit and Guerrero hugged [at the end of WrestleMania XX], that was the end of the business. Has business been the same since that WrestleMania? Has it come close to the Austin era? Has it come close to the nWo or the Hogan era? You put two fucking guys that were great workers that were the same height as the fucking referees, and I’m sorry, man. Are you going to watch a porno movie with a guy with a three-inch dick? Even if you’re not gay, you will not watch a porno movie with a guy with a three-inch dick. That’s not the standard in porno films. So you put a 5-foot-7 guy as your world champion.
Longtime wrestling fans will recall that Jericho was friends with Benoit and Guerrero. He worked with both in WCW and WWE. Nash’s criticism prompted the following tweet from Jericho:
Naturally, Nash didn’t take kindly to the barb. He responded by calling Jericho a Vince McMahon puppet, as well as poking fun at his elimination from Celebrity Duets:
Jericho retorted by making fun of Nash’s chronic leg problems and calling him the NWO’s third wheel:
I love Twitter for a number of reasons. One of the minor ones is reading these celebrity cat fights. Nash has a point about some pro-wrestling fans preferring larger-than-life characters. A few of you have mentioned not liking guys like CM Punk because he’s small and looks like a normal dude. As for me, I’m totally with Jericho on this one. I love that WWE is pushing smaller guys like Punk and Bryan Danielson — guys that can put together outstanding matches.
Like I said in December 2011, Danielson and Punk holding the major WWE titles reminded me of when Benoit and Guerrero held the straps. “The Hug” was actually one of my favorite moments in WWE history. It was awesome that two talented guys that worked extremely hard were able to reach the top, despite not being the biggest wrestlers on the roster. While I think Nash is fantastic on the mic, a lot of his success was because of his size and his political savvy backstage. I respect what Nash has accomplished in the wrestling business, but I rather pay money to see guys like Danielson instead of some lumbering big-man.