Divisive political forces and social tensions have led to the rise of pro wrestling’s so-called Alt-Heel movement — an especially nefarious strain of badguyism that advocates for the deportation of do-gooding babyfaces.
The rise of the Alt-Heel movement has spawned a slew of controversial, right-wing wrestling news sites, such as MakeWrestlingGreatAgain.com, BookerTeaParty.net, and BrietBartGunn.com, which have strong anti-babyface bias and a propagandist tone.
“Bleeding-heart Babyfaces Refuse to Rise for Volkoff’s Singing of Anthem,” blares one headline from Alt-Heel website Trumpstain.net. Another reads: “Send Babyfaces Back to Parts Known.”
Although the Alt-Heel collective has no defined set of rules (and would break them anyway if the ref was distracted), its adherents seem to be guided by a set of core principles:
- No matter what town they are in, its sports teams suck
- Referees are always wrong
- Handshakes are meant to be broken
- The cheering of babyfaces can be muted by covering one’s ears in an exaggerated fasion and hollering “noo…. nooooo.”
- Victory means everything, even if ill-gotten via a handful of tights, outside interference, or race-baiting
According to backstage sources at WWE, babyfaces have begun demanding “safe spaces” where they are sheltered from the badgering of the Alt-Heels.