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Thursday November 29th 2007 Issue #2617
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//->> OPENING WORDS FROM THE EDITOR
Colin Vassallo -[editor@...]-
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//->> NEWS FROM THE WRESTLING-ONLINE NEWSWIRE
Web version at -[http://www.wrestling-online.com/news%5d-
> HULK BUYS ALCOHOL FOR SON AND FRIENDS ON DAY OF CAR ACCIDENT- Just when you thought Hulk Hogan and his family have it bad right now,
wait till you hear this. It gets even worse. According to police reports,
Nick Hogan was driving at 100mph when the accident occurred this past
August, far contradicting Nick's statement that he was between "30 and
40mph". And to make matters worse, new evidence against Nick will probably
hammer his father for purchasing alcohol for him. While he's still not legal
to drink, his daddy the Hulkster was the one who bought the beer on that
day. According to the police, a receipt from a liquor store was placed into
evidence which was registered at 2:14PM on that day for $78 for beer and
ice. One of the clerks at the store said that Hogan bought the beer and his
son Nick and other friends were tagging along. After buying the beer, Hulk,
his son and his friends spent the rest of the day on his powerboat in
Clearwater, FL., drinking beer and enjoying the sun. Meanwhile, celebrity
blogger Perez Hilton on his popular website perezhilton.com obtained
pictures from that day which were taken hours before the car accident that
left Nick's best friend John Graziano almost brain dead. According to the
person who submitted the pictures and was there on another boat that day,
the Hogans and their friends were having a good time on the boat and they
pulled up beside his boat and started to taunt the girls who were
accompanying him. You can check out the two pictures at
- [Discuss: http://www.wrestling-online.com/boards/viewtopic.php?t=5610]
> HOGAN FILES COUNTER-PETITION IN DIVORCE SUIT- Hulk Hogan as filed a counter-petition to his wife's divorce suit earlier
today contesting his wife's custody and alimony claims. Contacted by the St
Petersburg Times, Hogan's attorney, Ann Loughridge Kerr declined to comment.
Apart from seeking an unspecified amount of money and child support, Linda
Bollea is also seeking custody of Nick, who's still only 17 years of age. In
her claim, she said she will accept that Hulk - real name Terry Bollea - can
have "liberal visitation" with his son. In the counter-claim, Hogan said
that his wife is more than capable of supporting herself while their son
Nick is old enough to decide with whom he wants to live. Meanwhile the same
newspaper published a long story with eyewitnesses accounts, evidence filed
by police and other information that will surely make the Hogans look worse
than ever. You can read it at
- [Discuss: http://www.wrestling-online.com/boards/viewtopic.php?t=5610]
> ECW RATING- ECW on Sci Fi pulled a 1.4 rating for this past Tuesday's show. (Ratings
compiled by Nielsen Media Research and put online by PWInsider.com)
- [Discuss: http://www.wrestling-online.com/boards/%5d
> TNA FINAL RESOLUTION PPV POSTER- We have received the TNA January pay-per-view poster Final Resolution
which features Tomko, AJ Styles, Kurt Angle and Christian Cage. The tag line
for this PPV is 'Best Friends...Better Enemies' which is very similar to the
tag line WWE used to promote their In Your House 7 pay-per-view in 1996
which was tagged with 'Good Friends, Better Enemies'. This PPV is on January
6th which before was the spot for WWE's New Year Revolution but that
pay-per-view has been canceled. You can check out the poster at
- [Discuss: http://www.wrestling-online.com/boards/viewforum.php?f=9]
> HELP SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT TNA IN NEW YORK CITY THIS FRIDAY- Alex Abrahantes from the TNA U program sent in word that this Friday in
Manhattan, NY., TNA U members will be spreading the word in New York City
about TNA Wrestling, marching from Madison Square Garden to Times Square
handing out flyers and interacting with the public. Those participating may
get TNA t-shirts - limited to the amount available - TNA posters and will be
featured on the brand new program TNA U TV. If you are interested in
participating, please e-mail TNAU@... with the subject line
'TNA U Blitz NYC' and let them know how many people you're bringing along.
The Blitz begins at 4:00PM and will last about an hour. For more information
on the TNA U Program, log on to TNAWrestling.com.
- [Discuss: http://www.wrestling-online.com/boards/viewforum.php?f=9]
//->> THE WRESTLING AUTHORITY
By Oren Kurtz -[syxx_ok@...]-
Well, I bet some of you thought this day would never come, but alas - here
it is, today I will be positive about how the wrestling world can pull out
of it's current state and become what it has been many times in the past -
entertaining, cutting edge, innovative, and interesting.
I'm warning you in advance, this will be as long as the rest of my
installments, so I will give you the short version in one paragraph right
now - believable characters, compelling storylines that are written in
advance but not in a detailed version, and interesting twists that are still
in the realm of what is believable to the viewer. All that should be
produced in dosages that the average viewer can grasp.
In my last column, I gave a simple example on how a green yet talented Cody
Rhodes can be elevated as long as he's not taken down the predictable road
of "veteran who no one cares about betrays him and then they feud endlessly
and no one gets any real heat". Take a bit of a different approach and you
can create something that the fans would want to see develop over time.
But tonight, I'm here to focus about TNA. I heard mostly good things about
Genesis, but the problem that plagued it are the same problems TNA has been
plagued with ever since I've started watching it 2 years ago.
So in order to examine what TNA needs to do to elevate themselves from their
current state (and lets face it, if they do that they elevate wrestling in
general because the WWE only kicks it into fifth gear and out of mediocre
mode only when they have competition), let's start from the smaller,
individual details and work up to the whole company direction.
First of all, give the fans ample time to digest what they see. A match with
20 big spots isn't necessarily better than a match with three big spots. On
the same note, when a chair shot is executed as frequently as a hip-toss, it
has the same affect. When a wrestler gets hit by a big move - sell it. Let
it sink in for the viewer at home or in the arena. Let them say in their
heads "holly shit, this guy is legitimately injured". They can't say it if 3
seconds after being choke slammed of a ramp, Abyss is already charging at
Black Reign. The only way for a character to elevate itself in the mind of
the fans is by letting them fully grasp what had just taken place.
On that same token, when a match ends, let the fans understand the impact of
its ending. Don't just hurry up for the back where JB is standing with Karen
Angle for the fifth time tonight (though I do want to see her five times
each night), But give the fans those ten seconds to celebrate with the
Machineguns, or with LAX, or with Jay Lethal. Let us soak in the aftermath
of what we saw , because if you don't it was pretty much wasted TV time.
On to a different topic - consistency. It goes to the direction of a
character - a character has to be consistent in its direction to gain and
maintain a fan base. Any wrestler who changes his gimmick or the direction
of his gimmick every 6 months or so will never be over, which is why it's
also important to listen to the wrestler when it comes to his character and
just give him guidelines in interviews and not force a script on him. For a
character to be believable it needs to come from a real place in the
Consistency also goes for the behavior of the referees - What causes a DQ
should cause it in every match, and not just to fit a story line, because
when there's no consistency nothing makes sense.
And now for the last part which is the one of direction of the company. In
the three big eras of wrestling, the entire company took on a certain
direction. Back in the mid-80's the WWF was full of characters who were
somewhere in between being a comic book character and a super hero. Then in
the mid 90's all of WCW was caught in the WCW-NOW war. Then the attitude era
took over all of the WWF wrestlers.
And you know what? All of ECW's performers were extreme in the sense that
they all gave every little bit of the ability they had in the certain
aspects they could give it, and make no mistake about it, Little Guido was
just as extreme as The Sandman in terms of putting everything he has on the
line to make himself, his opponent, the company and the show look good.
That's an attitude which is a must for TNA if they ever want to rise above
the level of ratings that they have now. TNA can talk about being viable
competition for as much as they want, but as long as they have to sell 20$
tickets for the biggest show of the year on PWInsider.com (sorry for the
plug) they are simply not in the same stratosphere as the WWE.
After applying that attitude, what you need is a storyline that can be used
for a long time - over a year, and can include the whole roster on some
level. There is one obvious choice which is a similar angle to the InVasion
angle. I think the InVasion angled failed miserably for two reasons - the
first was that Vince McMahon wouldn't let guys who weren't made as stars at
the WWE to shine as he should have, and the second is that WCW isn't
cheerable, but neither is Vince McMahon, and he failed miserably as a face.
Which is why you have to go on a different approach - be innovative. You
obviously start by having the WWE-established performer align with one
another until they end up under the only logical leader - Kurt Angle. But
don't be predicable - have a few interesting twists - have some so called
"WWE guys" side with TNA by cutting promos with the exact kind of BS that
the TNA marks at the impact zone (and before you complain about me calling
them that - tell them that as long as I spend the same amount of money as
they did on going to TNA events they have no right to complain) would fall
for, but have some TNA guys cut promos that should be inspired by the Mic
Foley - Tommy Dreamer feud in ECW where Foley was begging Dreamer to sign
with WCW and wear green suspenders and grow a mustache. Having someone tell
the TNA guys how it's not worth it, how the fans are not worth it, will mean
so much more coming from guys who are actually TNA guys, like Styles,
Christopher Daniels, and the list goes on and on.
Don't plan that specific storyline from start to finish but have bullet
points to it - say, after three months the trusted TNA locker room leader
Sting turns on TNA, allowing Samoa Joe & Booker T become the leaders after
three months. Signal the sixth month point to where Christian's ego gets the
better of him and he turns on the WWE guys only to reform the Christian
coalition which will be a tweener group. Have him gather the abundance of
talented guys in TNA who can have great matches but have zero heat as
characters and let them milk his heat, because Christian IS that damn good.
That would also solve another problem as Vince Russo would also have a group
that's nor face nor heel just like he things wrestling should work. Of
course, it shouldn't, but it could actually work in this specific instance.
In that time have Joe or Booker feud with Sting while Cage feuds with Angle
(who should carry the TNA title for the majority of the time), as the whole
point of this section of the storyline should be a build up for a Bound For
Glory match where the fans want to tear Angle limb from limb, and TNA should
take enough time to build for one specific person to do it (I would go with
Booker T personally but Joe could also fit the bill). And this storyline can
carry itself on it's own as a Booker T turn could always happen (seeing as
Booker is just as affective as a face as he is as a heel, something that is
very rare), A Jeff Jarrett return as a wild card (who knows, I might
actually find him tolerable in the ring for once), a mid carder emerging as
a main eventer out of the blue (like RVD did in the InVasion angle) such as
Robert Roode, Kaz, Matt Morgan or Alex Shelly (and that's just throwing
names of the top of my head) and also giving some much needed fresh
direction for existing characters such as Raven, VKM, Abyss or James
If done correctly, this storyline could be carried on for years and remain
fresh and interesting, thus attracting fans who will want to find out just
what's going to happen next. And for that to happen, my friends, you HAVE to
start going live weekly, and try to do it in arenas where people actually
pay to see you.
That, in 2000 words of less, is what I think TNA should do to elevate itself
from its current standpoint. Don't think it would work? Well, there's only
one way to find out, and hopefully some TNA suit just used the past 10
minutes to the best of his given ability, read this column, and might make
ample use of it.
Until next time, You've been blessed by the Wrestling Authority
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