The Katz Files – Arnie Katz
Nobody Asked Me , But…
The Kingfish Arnie Katz continues a “Katz Files” tradition with answers to some ticklish questions that no one asked him and some observations about things that stuck in his mind as he watched a whole lot of wrestling..

I was watching wrestling this week and Nobody Asked Me, But…

… Shouldn’t whomever came up with the lame Chavo-vs.-Hatton fight deserve a rap on the knuckles for spoiling an otherwise pretty decent “guest host” shot on the 11/9 EAW from Sheffield, UK? The ex-champion stirred the crowd and, in the opening scene of the show, insured that fans would not cheering Chris Jericho and Big Show

… Doesn’t it seem strange that Hulk Hogan didn’t appear on the 11/5 iMPACT in any way? Talk about an inconsistent push! Even though Hogan may well have been concentrating on hawking his book, he could’ve done a remote, another pre-taped interview or even a telephone conversation.

… Isn’t it pretty arrogant for WWE to increase the price of its pay per view? The decision to ax the 13th pay per view of the year and make up the difference in revenue at the expense of the fans is a particularly noxious move in a period of rampant unemployment and forced belt-tightening. His company, which has grown fat on the support of its fans, might have considered that before just grabbing for the bucks. Raising prices when the product is weak, as it is now, is probably not the best idea, either.

… Did something happen to all the calendars at TNA headquarters? Just in case they don’t know, it is currently 2009, not 1989.

… Hasn’t Superstars built up nicely? The last rating was 1.8, which is both respectable and higher than any episode of iMPACT.

… Is Sheamus the whitest man in the world? He did a good job riling up the crowd, which might otherwise backed him as a favorite son.” His squash match would’ve been a tiny bit more impressive, though, if they had mentioned the name of the guy he beat from turnbuckle to turnbuckle.

… Did you notice that iMPACT’s rating went down for the 11/15 show? Some may argue that this occurred because Hulk Hogan wasn’t on the program. Another way of looking at it, though, is that a mere week after all the hoopla, Hogan has not attracted new viewers.

.. Wasn’t it a “feel good” moment when Evan Bourne ended Jack Swagger’s winning streak? Now we don’t have to listen to the “no defeats until the end of the year” stuff every week on RAW.

That’s all for today. I’ll be back tomorrow with a fresh installment of the Internet’s fastest-rising wrestling column. I hope you’ll join me then – and, please, bring your friends.

— Arnie Katz
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