AS I SEE IT – Election Season Again?
Pro Wrestling: Between the Sheets
So, it’s election season. Linda McMahon’s running for the Senate again. What does that mean for WWE? It usually means your favorite wrestling shows gets sanitized. Fans are used to this by now. Of course (insert eyes rolling sarcastically) WWE has NOTHING to do with the Linda McMahon Senate campaign. The fact that they tone down their product each time she runs for office is a TOTAL coincidence.
This campaign, as opposed to the last one, seems to be more successful for Linda McMahon’s camapign as she is running a competitive campaign.
Well, now WWE has gone further. Now they are trying to re-write history. Seems that the WWE Attiude era DVD, depending on the day the story is being told, is either being shelved, or santized for your viewiing protection. Look, Vince, for those who remember the Attitude Era…you can’t sanitiize it, or there’s little point in having a DVD. People remember the era. It co-opted a lot of the ECW style with sex, violence, and more adult storylines. Did it go too far sometimes? Of course. But it was what it was. So it seems that WWE knows peopel want to see the product, but feels as soon as it’s put out there, the Democratic Party willjump all over it.
Linda McMahon can’t have it both ways. Either she runs on her record as President of World Wrestling Entertainment, and the product and treatment of independent contractors and employees gets examined; or you don’t bring it up at all If you don’t bring it up at all, there’s very little for you to run on. The other claim, when these storylines are examined, so you aren’t responsible for them….is nonsense.
As “not being involved in storylines”, anyone remember the dramatic classic where Vince McMahon supposedly demanded a divorce from Linda, followed by her supposedly “suffering a nervous breakdown”. After being medicated, was in a wheelchair and medicated to the point of zombiedom. In the middle of this, McMahon has a “very public affair” with Trish Stratus. But apparently the Linda McMahon campaign wants you to believe what you see is not what you saw.
No one’s saying Linda McMahon wrote storylines. But to play innocent when you run the company with your husband that airs all these storylines is silly at best, and deceptive at worst.
Until next time….
— Bob Magee