June 27th, 2002. WWE Smackdown was on the air with Kurt Angle in the ring calling out anyone who was willing to take on the “very best in the business”. Inspired by a Vince K. McMahon speech of ruthless aggression, John Cena hit the ring. Throughout the match, he looked impressive. He managed to counter the “Angle Slam” and an ankle lock submission, however eventually he lost to a hard amateur-style pin. Since then, he’s won almost every single championship in WWE. You think with 11+ years of WWE service, he would actually learn how to wrestle!
Should Vince McMahon Buy TNA?
Since the end of WCW, promotions everywhere have had to fight an impossible war with Vince McMahon’s WWE just to get by. TNA was no exception. Since its inception in 2004, by then promoter’s Jerry and Jeff Jarrett, it’s been an uphill battle. Drifting from FOX, to Webcast, and now Spike TV, there has been very little stability. With the Jarrett’s, Eric Bishoff, and now Dixie Carter running the show on and off screen, it’s looked more like a WCW replica. Especially seeing as the bulk of the screen time over the last ten years has gone to aging former WWE/WCW superstars way past their prime, such as Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, Kevin Nash, and Booker T. Sting is the exception to the legends, as he still gets plenty of pop, and doesn’t look like he’s going to have a stroke with every move. There is some great talent with TNA. Bobby Roode, James Storm, Austin Aries, Chris Sabin, AJ Styles and Samoa Joe. Also, how about Jeff Hardy, Kurt Angle. They are still great talent when healthy. However, the product being produced is simply boring, and it shows. Lately, there have been reports of talent not getting paid, as well as medical costs not being covered. This is very unfortunate. So what could be done?
Bob Costas didn’t pull any punches when interviewing WWE CEO Vince McMahon on the HBO show, “On the Record” in March, 2001. Costas discusses the failure of the XFL football league and whether or not NBC made a huge mistake partnering with the WWE. McMahon clearly gets pissed off and its amazing television, even 12 years later!
I’ve just finished watching a six part series on that National Geographic channel called ‘The ’80s, The Decade That Made Us’. The doco looks at the US, how the Ronald Reagan era changed everything for the better and how Reagan used Hollywood and pop culture to accomplish that through a film like Back to the Future – rediscovering ones history to find ones self again, the Cosby Show – the first African American middle class TV family, action heroes like Rambo and Michael Knight and MTV – Walk This Way – the collaboration between Aerosmith (rock n roll) and RUNDMC (hip hop) which broke musical barriers. The Pro Wrestling Boom coincided alongside these pop culture icons that went global.
According to Dave Meltzer, Brian Gewirtz has been removed as the head writer of RAW after having the job for more than ten years. Gewirtz is still under contract as a consultant.