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SOCIAL MEDIA: The Curious Case of Marty Jannetty

Marty Jannetty and Shawn Michaels (art credit John McKeon via Wikipedia)

Things got weird in a hurry this past week when reports surfaced that former WWF star, Marty Jannetty, seemingly misread the level of friendship and support of his Facebook followers.

Various news outlets, most notably the New York Post, ran the story that Jannetty had apparently expressed the desire to take his relationship with a much younger woman to the next level after being informed she was not his biological daughter.

The Post report noted that, based on previous posts on his Facebook page, Jannetty had only learned of the woman’s existence three years ago. It also mentioned that Jannetty had admitted in 2013 that his first sexual encounter was “with a niece or cousin when he was 12.”

In the original Facebook post, Jannetty wrote:

“If you loves me as much as I loves you, you will give your opinion, just did DNA (22 weeks ago), she’s NOT my daughter, we both held out of sex because you don’t do that, but now we ain’t?

“From a guy’s side, SHE’S F**KING HOT, but she’s been (my) daughter. I want to, but I can’t get past that.”

Inevitably, everyone freaked out. The next day, Jannetty posted a complicated retraction. Or a long-winded denial. Or something:

“BREAKING NEWS FOR ALL MEDIA!!! NO SEX WITH DAUGHTERS!!! (I put that 2nd line in to grab your attention as you need to see what’s going on with this) : I will be limiting what I say here due to attorney’s advice & lawsuits in progress.
Several major newspapers in major cities in America (and countries, Canada, Australia & the UK, so far) have recently written articles on me about my daughter, suggesting we wanted to have sex together. Well please share this and write an article about this (as I know you won’t because it’s not something negative on me) ITS FAKE NEWS!!

“My site was hacked or it came from a fake account, which I’m constantly having Facebook remove them. (Had been hacked 7 times b4 since on FB) All the newspapers other than the NY Post (I think that’s the one)(its definitely a top NY paper though) have written the article AS FACT. The NY Post did say at the end of the article that they didn’t know if the story was true or hacked. BUT, they wrote it anyway. This morning I found a big piece of evidence where this came from.

“I always tell my people on Facebook about losing my phones which happens a lot (Dude, where’s my phone) Well here’s how I know a recent one was stolen and not lost. I got up this morning and saw my phone had 8 FB messages that came in from 4:30am when I went to bed and 8:30am when I woke up. I checked into them and they were all people asking why I looked so sad. There was a pic sent to many people in my FB messenger of me>>looking horrible!!! IT TOLD ON THE CULPRIT! The picture is of me close up and wearing my reading glasses and looking tired as can be(which I was) BUT, that pic came while I was setting up Skype and didn’t mean to take a selfie, evidently I touched a wrong place.

“But I saved that pic to THAT PHONE to occasionally look and remind myself I’m getting real old. Point being, it was saved to that STOLEN phone. Not FB, not my laptop, tablet or computer. JUST THAT PHONE. And I always leave my FB open on my phone so that person was able to go all through my FB account. That person must hate me. Why else would they do that crap to me? My biggest disappointment is no one(that saw it) caught on that it was obviously fake and at least ASKED me about it rather than take it as true. EXCEPT, for a few on my fan page. That’s how I originally found out about it.

“It’s a 6 weeks old thing that I was keeping quiet about so as not to harm the investigation. BUT recently, for some odd reason, newspapers are suddenly reporting on it.(we know why) But NOW you all know the REAL on this. Sorry Bianca AND Wendy that y’all are getting dragged into my messes. I love y’all, this will be fixed!!”

Analysis: No one wants this story to be true. We are all pulling for Marty’s second post to be gospel. That said, we’re all flawed and the world is a screwy place. Furthermore, the heart wants what the heart wants and if the laws of nature, science, and the legal system are not standing in your way, by all means, chase your dreams.

That said, the follow-up message from Marty seemed a bit rambling and incoherent. If he truly wants to back up his second post and defend his position, a couple things should be made clear. For one, was some sort of DNA test conducted? Has it recently been proven that Bianca is not Marty’s daughter? Because if that’s not the case, and the Jannetty household is one happy family, then clearly, Marty is telling the truth and someone is messing with him. However, if there was a DNA test and it concluded that Marty and Bianca are not related, we have to assume that whoever “stole” Marty’s phone is someone close to the situation. They’re at least close enough to tap into a story that very few, if any, people outside of the Jannetty family would even be privy to. Otherwise, how would a random phone thief have such information?

Second, the sentiment expressed in the initial post: “We both held out of sex because you don’t do that,” and “she’s been (my) daughter. I want to, but I can’t get past that” seems a bit advanced for a hoax. If I’m some lowlife attempting to make someone who’s phone I happened to find look bad, I don’t think I’d take the time to express personal anguish and dissect the reasoning behind the hoax I’m attempting to spread. That said, I’ve never spread a hoax, so I probably shouldn’t speak for such individuals.

Next, how often does Marty lose his phone? According to him, all the time. To the point where he just accepts it as a fact of life. I accidentally left a phone in a taxi once. I’ve broken a small handful of them over time as well. But I’ve never straight up lost one. I can see that happening, even more than once. But as a seemingly weekly occurrence? Again, I don’t know Marty, but given that tidbit, we have to assume he’s a super forgetful dude. Oh, that reminds me, a “Dude, Where’s My Car?” reference in the middle of a statement defending your character?

Finally, Marty, your insecurity over the selfie that you “didn’t mean to take” bums me out. You are who you are, man. We all witnessed your finest moments. You were in peak physical condition in your 20’s and 30’s, pulling off athletic feats most of us could never dream of performing. You’re 57 now. Eyesight fails, creases set in. It happens. Hold your head up. Be proud of who you are. Not all of us spent a good portion of our lives as a heartthrob. Own that, and your many other accomplishments.

Just, please, stop airing your family business. If you didn’t, and this is all the misunderstanding you say it is, going forward, please hire someone else to release your statements.

To draw your own conclusions, check out the original article in the New York Post.

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