Aaron’s Analysis: Tennessee Capitol Riot a Version of WrestleMania

Apr 4, 2023

Live from Music Row, Tuesday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Leahy welcomed all-star panelist Aaron Gulbransen in studio for the first edition of Aaron’s Analysis.


The audience should be aware of this as you are aware of this. I went to California last week for the first time in my entire life, and I’m a giant wrestling fan. We have a little bit of fun with it. I have a lot of friends in the pro-wrestling industry. Shocker of all shockers, I find out that I go to California for WrestleMania, and in my absence, WrestleMania has come to the Tennessee General Assembly.

Antics are going around on the door on the floor of the State House. I am watching videos. Cell phones are being shoved in the faces, and shoulder blocks are being thrown. It was bedlam on the floor of this August body. It was probably, in certain cases, a little more scripted than WWE WrestleMania.

So with that being said, shame on Justin Jones the representative probably soon be former representatives Pearson, and Gloria Johnson for their antics on the floor. They have made this past week and their WrestleMania-like antics about them rather than about helping their constituents and helping the families of children who were affected by tragedy and the community that was affected by the tragedy.

Instead, as one does in a pro wrestling ring, they tried to and successfully did so I attracted the bright lights to themselves. They acted over the top. Justin Jones, with his classic move, I’ve been a victim of this before. You may not know this, Michael. The phone to the face, the dreaded phone to the face. I call Justin Jones’s dreaded phone to the face move is kind of his security blanket.

When he doesn’t know what to do, he pulls out the phone, he shoves it in the legislator’s face. Apparently, a legislator didn’t like it. Apparently, another legislator threw a shoulder block. Me, me, me, me. All of this is bedlam. Add to this, these screaming crowds come from the stands that are known as the gallery of the State House.

There were chants. Complete with chants and signs. It was the best ticket money could buy your taxpayer dollars could buy, actually. And I watched this going on Twitter. I watched all of this unfold as I’m sitting in the stands and at various events with pro wrestlers going, geez, with what is going on in the Tennessee General Assembly, maybe the WWE could come in and fill a consulting role.(Chuckles)

But we did enjoy our time at WrestleMania. And apparently, there were several people who didn’t enjoy their time at the Tennessee General Assembly’s version of WrestleMania.

Listen to today’s show highlights, including this analysis:

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Background Photo “Tennessee Capitol Insurrection” by Clay Travis.