Friday, 14 February 2014

Take a Chance on Him

Last week, Bad Influence approved of me; this week, they won't.


Because I love Joseph Park, and I don't care who knows.

Image © Mike Kalasnik via Flickr.

Yes, Joseph Park. Not Abyss. Do I love Abyss too? Oh hell yes – he's awesome. But there's something about Joseph that just warms my heart and makes me smile.

First, his personality. He's a bit strait-laced, maybe a bit prissy, but underneath that, he's sweet, he's kind, he doesn't approve of bullies, and he stands up for what he believes in. He's clearly a nice guy, and that's unusual in wrestling. "Nice guys finish last" tends to apply and even faces lean towards ambiguity or combat pragmatism.

Not Joseph Park. He's a nice person.

Then there are his relationships. Joseph's friendship with Eric Young is fantastic. EY suspected all along that Joseph and Abyss were the same person and he didn't care. They made a wonderful odd couple team that I'm going to miss if they split up now that the multiple personality aspect has been officially revealed.

Speaking of, the multiple personality storyline has been consistently fascinating, bringing to light mysteries and intriguing implications for Joseph and Abyss's characters. After all, this taught us that Abyss was a lawyer before he became a wrestler. But what prompted that change? We don't know yet, but it has so much potential.

And the official revelation itself was simply amazing: dramatic, exciting and emotionally satisfying. Unlike some unmaskings we could mention.

Image © WWE via

But the thing I love most about Joseph Park? He's an inspiration.

Yes, I'm serious. Think about it.

When Joseph came to TNA, he was a lawyer. An everyman. He wasn't a wrestler – heck, he wasn't even an athlete. He just wanted to find his brother.

Then he discovered professional wrestling, decided to become a wrestler, and dedicated himself to that goal.

The storyline about him in training may have been presented as comedy, but I never saw it that way. I didn't laugh at his naïveté or the fact that his trainer in OVW thought he was an idiot.

I was too busy paying attention to what he was saying: that if you work hard and put the effort in, you can pass law school, become a wrestler, do anything you want.

And Joseph did. He went from somebody who could barely throw a punch to somebody who was exchanging blows with Magnus a few weeks ago without too much difficulty, and that was without seeing his blood and going into a berserker rage.

Joseph Park is us, and like him, we can do anything if we put our minds to it.

Image © Frederik Hermann via Flickr.

I made this post because I've noticed a lot of negative responses to Joseph on Twitter, and I felt he needed somebody to state a case for his defence.

If you don't like him, that's fine. I'm not going to force you to change your mind.

But I hope that what I've written here has inspired you to give him another chance if nothing else.

– Stark

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