Despite being more than four decades old and with millions of players around the world, Dungeons & Dragons is still sometimes thought of as a nerd’s pastime, a game played by emotionally stunted men in dimly lit basements.
At least, that’s the stereotype professional wrestler Maxwell Jacob Friedman (known as MJF in the ring) was playing on when he tweeted a picture of himself looking swole in a Gold’s Gym tank top, showing off his guns. It’s a perfectly innocuous picture, until you get to the caption. “I don’t play dungeons and dragons,” MJF wrote.
I don’t play dungeons and dragons. pic.twitter.com/RqIk9Nk1nh
The reaction was swift and fierce—and almost entirely against Friedman. The immensely ratioed tweet provoked responses ranging from a suggestion that Friedman’s mom rolled a 1 when she gave birth to him to much more amiable invitations to give D&D a try. One user pointed out that famous “jocks” Vin Diesel and Terry Crews are known D&D players.
One of the more etherizing retorts came from Joe Mangianello, who tweeted, “I do…” above a Muscle and Fitness magazine cover featuring him shirtless, abs like washboards, staring down the camera.
I do… pic.twitter.com/3Yh1lpy3Jq
MJF seems committed to the bit—he followed up by declaring, “Turns out geeks that live in their parents basement and play dungeons and dragons are VERY VIOLENT”—but the whole thing feels like trolling (or kayfabe, whichever you prefer). Brandon Cutler, who’s soon to face MJF in the ring, responded with his own selfie: “I do play Dungeons and Dragons.” That sets up their match as a primal battle of nerd-hero versus jock-heel, though in the battle for Twitter’s affection, it’s the jock who’s gotten owned.
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