Wednesday, March 13, 2024

Appreciating Joey Roth

Joey Roth can be a polarizing figure. While that means he is doing his job around the wrestling ring, it also is a bit silly. That's not Joey's fault though, although sometimes he revels in it.
I'm here to set the record straight. I hope this doesn't ruin his reputation (although I am sure it won't).
I have known Joey for many years. I consider him and his wife Roxi to be great friends and awesome folks.
Joey gets under the skin of many people, but it's wrestling. Bobby "the Brain" Heenan wasn't really a weasel and he didn't hate all the good guys in wrestling. Paul Bearer wasn't actually the Undertaker's father, although he did really work at a funeral home for a while. The neck brace in the picture below is real, although the injury was not. LOL
Joey is a muckraker. Joey does what he can for publicity for him, his group and the companies where he performs. Oh yes, he promotes the companies. Maybe others should work that hard at promoting.
Does Joey take it too far? Sometimes, maybe, but never over the line and that's Joey, not the real guy behind the gimmick.
When Chaz Moretti, a rival manager, went through some health issues, Joey was rallying behind him on and offline. that's the real guy.
My point is, boo Joey and Roxi all you want within the wrestling world, but separate that from reality.
Joey doesn't need me to write this, but I felt compelled. I have seen and hear too many people take his act too seriously away from the ring.
If not, it is really your loss. He's a great guy with a tremendous sense of humor. Plus, he's a big fan of Roddy Piper and the Ramones.
Joey Roth (and Elliott Serrano) and me in Addison, IL-November 2019.

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