This video is brought to you by the hilarious Matt McCarthy (No. 2 on the Comedians Who Are Legit Wrestling Fans list), who is also the co-host of the We Watch Wrestling podcast. In it, he plays a bar patron who is a defender of all things pro wrestling. But he doesn’t have to sell how real pro wrestling is because Dolph Ziggler shows up to superkick some sense into some jaybrone who claims it’s fake. And you get to see Dolph wax philosophical about Bishop George Berkeley, writer Samuel Johnson, and subjective idealism. Yeah, they went there! Also, “I refute it thus!” should be Damien Sandow’s new catchphrase.
Pro wrestling seems to be good fodder for cartoons. It’s already outlandish and slapstick as it is. Wrestling is built on magnifying everything related to the real world to a ridiculously excessive interpretation. Within the boundaries, or lack thereof, of the animated world that ridiculous interpretation is further heightened to even more preposterous levels of absurdity. This is exactly why every cartoon should have at least one wrestling-themed episode. Wrestling and cartoons go hand in hand. They’re the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups of the entertainment medium.
Wrestling fans love to know about celebrities who actually enjoy watching wrestling. It makes them more like us! However, we don’t care for the ones that were somehow coerced into being at a WWE event, despite getting awesome front-row seats, for the sole purpose of reminding non-wrestling fans how mainstream and culturally relevant WWE is. Nor do we care for the ones that are guest hosting Raw for the simple reason of pimping out their latest movie/show. No, we like the ones that actually watch on their own accord and are fans of the product. Whether they’ve just gotten on the bandwagon or have been fans for years. It’s even better when those fans happen to be comedians. Especially, when you consider the several parallels between the lives of professional wrestlers and stand-up comedians. Plus, it helps to have a sense of humor and a healthy dose of self-hatred when watching wrestling. Which is why it makes sense that comedians would be legit wrestling fans. And here’s a PWI 500-ish ranking of them.