Earlier this week, we brought you footage of a young man named Michael (right), who was none-too-pleased at the main-event result of Sunday’s WWE Royal Rumble pay-per-view.
Michael is a loyal fan of smarmy anti-hero CM Punk, and was crestfallen that his beloved champion’s 434-day title reign was ended at the hands of The Rock.
Millions of wrestling fans were similarly disappointed, but few enacted their disappointment with the kind of childlike tantrums Michael unleashed. He stomped and smashed and whined and threw his replica championship belt to the floor.
Suck it up, Michael. At least you didn’t get shot in the eye too.
Thomas Dotterer, on the other hand, did. He got shot point-blank in his right eye during a robbery of the Syracuse liquor store where he has worked for 60-plus years.
He was hospitalized in critical condition and slipped perilously close to death.
It’s highly unlikely he’ll ever see out of his right eye again.
But 77-year-old Dotterer shrugs it off, since getting shot was just a minor inconvenience compared to the week’s larger tragedy:
“The Rock beat Punk — did you know that?” he said to reporters. “That’s the worst thing that has happened to me all week.”
To quote a favorite chant of wrestling fans: “He’s hardcore! He’s hardcore! He’s hardcore!”