Jay's Ways - Story Time With Justin Submitted by Justin Watry on 05/15/2017 at 06:16 PM
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A gut feeling. What is it? Does it actually exist? Why do people always mention the phrase?
Like most debates, there are two sides with each feeling very passionately about their stance and feel the opposite is wrong. No different than wrestling. Currently, there is a big spectacle over independent wrestling and (...) dives. I really don't care one way or another because I don't follow it but whatever. Folks are crying and whining about one thing, with the others saying something else.
Like a gut feeling - do you follow it to the death or see how things go and then react? Maybe change your ind and go against that very strong gut feeling that is telling you otherwise.
In 2004, WWE had a gut feeling that top stars were leaving and with other replacements having surgery, their best option to main event Smackdown was to elevate Bradshaw. Give him a fresh look, something had been pitching for awhile, rename him JBL, and see how it goes.
That paid off.
A little earlier, on the Raw brand, WWE was putting together a faction called Evolution. Triple H and Ric Flair had discussed the idea for close to a year but finally pulled the trigger in early 2003. The only question was who the young stars would be - the future.
They went with Randy Orton who had a plethora of attitude problems and Batista, a guy who was older than normal and injury proned with little experience. Clearly a huge risk and not the two most likely options for such a big role. HHH and Flair believed in them and went with it.
The gamble paid off. Whatever 'gut feeling' there was with those two, it worked. Same with multiple teases of adding new members. Maven was rumored, as was Mark Jindrak. There is even the infamous video where Mark was actually in Evolution promos! Yet, the hesitation and patience for Orton and Batista won out. The decision makers had a hunch it was for the best, and they were right.
There are many examples. Batista and HHH holding off on their collision until Mania when it was originally going to be a quick one week deal. Hulk Hogan turning heel in WCW despite alllllllllll the reservations from every side. John Cena not turning heel after 2003 because of the assumption a mixed crowd reaction was best for business. Daniel Bryan ditching The Wyatt Family early and hoping fans wouldn't even notice...or care.
All of those were risks and had to be backed up by nothing more than somebody proclaiming to have a 'gut feeling' on something. We see with NFL Drafts every year. Executives and General Managers have all the data in the world but have this special gut feeling inside of them telling them to pick a different player. Sometimes it works magically. other times it is a terrible move, and people wonder what kind of "feeling" it really was.
I love that about wrestling. It is all about results at the end of the day. If Stone Cold Steve Austin stunk as a talent after his big King of the Ring 1996 speech, nobody would be talking about Vince McMahon having a gut feeling those AUSTIN 3:16 signs would pop up...but they did. Stone Cold rode that ave of momentum and became a megastar. WWE might not even be in business right now if the boss was wrong about his gut feeling that Hulk Hogan was the right man to main event in the 1980's and leading their global expansion. Obviously, he was. Business took off in record fashion, and everybody looked like a genius.
Right now, that gut feeling is Jinder Mahal. Yeah, Jinder Mahal. Go ahead and laugh. Maybe it is a month experiment. Maybe somebody behind the scenes truly saw his talent recently and said "He has something more to offer." Then away they went. At Backlash, he is suddenly in the main event picture and could very easily walk out as the new WWE Champion. Will television ratings soar? Will India and its' 1.3 BILLION fans flock to wrestling? Will this end up being a massive success?
Nobody knows, but the saying is to trust your gut feeling. Go with your instinct.
Well, that leads me to this...
Story Time With Justin
For the sake of this story, I will name the girl Natalie. That is NOT her name, so don't even bother trying to dig up her information. It is just a name for this (true) story.
Natalie and I were friends. She lived nearly an hour away, but I always made the effort to see her and/or spend time together. It was strictly a friendship but was worth the hassle. Same with her. Busy or not, work or not, tired or not, she found a way to hang out. It was cool and always appreciated because way too many times these days some will just use a lame excuse to NOT do something rather than look for a reason to.
Anyways, a movie or simply a beer at the bar was the usual. Nothing major. Then in March 2017 (earlier this year), I thought I found out something pretty interesting about her she had not told me. I'm not sure if she purposely withheld it or didn't bother to ever discuss the topic.
Honestly, it wasn't THAT big of a deal. However, I felt it was big enough that I should have either been told or at least let in on. I mean, we were cool, and Natalie certainly discussed tons of things in her personal life with me. past boyfriends, family, health, etc. Well, I was never told about this, and selfishly, that bothered me.
One day, in mid-March, I decided to just confront her about it. Now, when I say "confront," it was a calm private setting. Just us two. No yelling or cursing or anything in public. Not a true confrontation by any means. Simply me telling her that I knew.
Truthfully, it's quite silly to look back on now two months later. All I really had was some circumstantial evidence, a few weird quotes from her that stood out and that dreaded 'gut feeling' I was just writing about. I KNEW IT! I KNEW IT! I was 100% convinced of it and needed to say something, so I did.
Needless to say, the reaction was not what I had suspected. She immediately blew up at me.
"How dare you suggest that!" "Why would you say that?" "Never."
It went on and on. I was just trying to help her situation and meant no harm. The damage was done though.
I felt like garbage. I basically hunched into a ball and felt all the shame in the world from Natalie. I had made a massive assumption, called her out on it, and the whole thing was backfiring on me in grand fashion. I took all the heat and knew I screwed up.
Apparently, my gut feeling was a bad one.
Later that week, we texted a little, but the genie was out of the bottle. I accused of her something, and there was no going back. The texts quickly got ugly from her end, and it was all downhill. Fast. Within minutes, our relationship (friendship or otherwise) was done. Again, I took all the heat and accepted it.
A day later, when everything had cooled down, I finally replied - explaining myself one more time and then wishing her well. I felt like I was just trying to help her and absolutely had good intentions at heart, but that wasn't how she saw it. I sent the lengthy text and knew no reply was coming. Heck, I may have already been blocked for all I know.
That was back in March. We have not spoken or seen each other since.
In a stunning turn of events, last week, I found out I had been right all along.
My assumptions and accusations from March were dead on the entire time...
Part 2 coming in a future column.
The return. It's happening.
Stay tuned to @JustinWatry on Twitter for more details. Soon.