PW Torch’s Shawn Valentino remembers Michael Jackson and even finds some parallels between the King of Pop and pro wrestling, specifically Vince McMahon’s brand of it:
Just look at the over-the-top production of the WWE and you can see the influence of Jackson’s stage shows. Check out the flashy and spectacle of the entrances of people like Shawn Michaels and Chris Jericho and you can see that “Thriller” touch. Even “Hall of Famer” Koko B Ware was inspired to wear the shiny white glove as one of the Pretty Young Things
Just like today’s bland wrestlers pale in personality to the charismatic warrior of years past, music has similarly suffered in a downfall of star power.
Beyond a few more wrestling references (including comparisons to Ric Flair and John Cena), this is really more of a rememberance of Jackson than anything about wrestling in particular, but the fact that he made the tenuous connection work at all is something.
TNA’s Sharmell also shared her thoughts on Jackson’s passing. PW Torch’s James Caldwell has the video, in addition to a Consequences Creed interview.