A small word that has had a big impact (pun intended) in the wrestling world. A new faction who have brought genuine creepiness and horror to the world of professional wrestling – which, as has been proven many times before, is not an easy feat.
In the wake of horror becoming much more mainstream thanks to the likes of American Horror Story and Penny Dreadful, TNA wrestling have grabbed hold of an idea and ran with it. No longer is horror something that should be far removed from the world of pro wrestling. With genius insight and absolutely amazing characters (and wrestlers who portray them, of course) it is what wrestling fans like myself have been crying out for over the years.
Picture the scene … the lights in the entire arena go out and it is pitch black. The thumping, eerie music starts and a spotlight shines on three figures, three very sinister figures that stand at the top of the ramp staring menacingly. They are enough to send shivers down your spine. In the back there is Abyss – an almost 7 foot monster towering over everyone and demanding nothing but respect, his mask adding to the terror of such an imposing sight. Next to him is Crazzy Steve (yes, I meant to put two z’s – he is crazzy after all) – his face painted like an insane clown, which, incidentally is my biggest fear, an evil grin on his ghoulish face, head tilted to the side at an angle which is reminiscent of one of my all-time favourite horror characters Michael Myers. Then in the front you have Rosemary. Never again will I hear that name without it conjuring up images straight out of a scary movie. Just the way Rosemary moves is enough to chill you to the bone. Her loping gait and her dead, black eyes are the last thing you would want to see approaching you. Her speaking skills are flawless and the way she talks in riddles reminds me of Harley Quinn from Batman.
Do The Decay scare me? Heck yes! Do they leave me wanting to tell everyone about them? Absolutely. Would I like to meet them? Not a chance in hell. So, if you are a wrestling fan or even if you’re just a fan of horror and are looking for something very unsettling mixed in with the excitement then I recommend you check out The Decay. I DARE YOU …
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