Tiger King: Joe Exotic Is Pro Wrestling Personified – Here’s Why

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During the early days of social distancing in the COVID-19 pandemic, it seemed like everyone was talking about Netflix’s Tiger King, including AEW announcer and wrestling legend Jim Ross. On his podcast, Grilling J.R., Ross said that the show’s central character, Joe Exotic, reminded him of an old indie wrestler. Specifically, one that’s “poor but thinks he’s great.”

His co-host, Conrad Thompson, Money in bank said Exotic would have made a good six-man tag team partner with two legends, Michael Hayes and Diamond Dallas Page. That’s less flattering than it appears since Thompson meant it as a backhanded compliment comparing their tacky aesthetic to his. It might surprise Ross, Thompson, and many of the show’s ardent fans to find out that Exotic actually had some real ties to the wrestling business.

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