If you’re the type who Tebowed or recorded a ‘Gangnam Style’ parody within the first month of its relevancy, you’re probably in love with the Harlem Shake. The Dallas Mavericks are. So’s anybody with 20 friends, a video camera and a desire for thousands hits. If you’re a sports blogger like, say, Ashley Burns, you’re already so tired of Harlem Shake videos you’re posting hippo fartsin the name of the Harlem Shake on Facebook. Six months from now, they’ll Harlem Shake at the MLB All-Star Game, or whatever.
My theory is that the Shake becomes enjoyable when it gets hyper-ridiculous (or there are way too many people involved), so the impossibly niche “Wrestling Is Art” promotion’s battle royal Harlem Shake is right up my alley. Plus, it features two of my favorite esoteric, independent circuit pro wrestling character: Jervis Cottonbelly (the yellow guy dancing in front who looks like Mr. Peanut) and the Estonian Thunder Frog, the green guy on the right side ring apron with the big hammer. His gimmick is that he’s Thor, but also a frog. And he’s from Estonia.
You’ve managed to avoid the hippo fart from me for now, Harlem Shake. But … yeah, you’ll probably be back.