When you’re a Wrestling fan, you sometimes see and hear things differently. Your ears perk up when you someone tells you to “take care” without saying “spike your hair.” Or when you’re told something is “the bottom line” without adding, “because Stone Cold said so.” Or if someone tells you that there’s “meat on the table” and they didn’t dump gazpacho on your head. A lot of these unfinished sayings are in our heads. Other times, though, they are signals from one wrestling fan to another. We weren’t sure what to make of Nicholas Selby and his “Welcome Freshmen of Georgia Tech – Mechanical Engineering” Speech at first. See, his conclusion is queued to “Also Sprach Zarathustra” aka the theme from Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey AKA The Nature Boy Ric Flair’s theme.
Maybe Nicholas’ excitement is from the adrenaline rush that is public speaking. Maybe the swell of Richard Strauss’ composition has overtaken him. Or maybe Nicholas is excited that he’s allowed to say “bad-ass” on a stage to a room of classmates and professors. We think it’s because Nicholas Selby is channeling the Four Horsemen. It’s not just the theme; that is only the first clue. He also used the phrase “Tradition of Excellence,” one of the Horsemen’s monikers. It could just be another phrase co-opted by wrestling or it could mean that Nicholas wants to ride with greatness. Either way, it’s a better way to get out a Wrestling laden message than to cover your cap and gown in rhinestones. That would most certainly get vetoed.