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Thursday April 10th 2008 Issue #2712
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//->> OPENING WORDS FROM THE EDITOR
Colin Vassallo -[editor@...]-
Ian Hamilton and Adam Firestorm return to host another Ringside Live
tomorrow night, the first one since the WrestleMania preview edition on
March 27th. They will be discussing the latest news in the world of
professional wrestling, WrestleMania aftermath and (maybe) mixed martial
arts, including stupidity from Mike Knox and Test. You can listen live by
going to http://www.wrestling-online.com/ringside/ starting at 7PM EST /
Midnight GMT on Friday.
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//->> NEWS FROM THE WRESTLING-ONLINE NEWSWIRE
Web version at -[http://www.wrestling-online.com/news%5d-
> FUEL GAINS BIG FOR USE OF FLAIR'S FAREWELL SONG- Fuel's song 'Leave The Memories Alone' - which was used for the Ric Flair
farewell videos - has soared by 1,000% in the first week then an additional
409% in the second week in sales according to a press release sent by WWE.
The song was first featured during the WrestleMania XXIV recap video right
after the pay-per-view ended and then used extensively during the Monday
Night RAW the following night for Flair's farewell ceremony. Flair's video
also aired on Smackdown! and then on RAW again this past Monday to the tune
of Fuel's song. This is the second time that Fuel contributed their music to
a WWE production as the company used the song 'Gone', also from the same
album 'Angels & Devils' as the theme song for last year's Vengeance: Night
- [Discuss: http://www.wrestling-online.com/boards/viewtopic.php?t=6401]
> LEGEND, PEPPERS AND REV THEORY ALSO BENEFIT FROM WRESTLEMANIA- While Fuel's song was the biggest hit of the WrestleMania weekend, John
Legend, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Rev Theory all saw big increases in their
album sales following the big event. Legend performed 'America The
Beautiful' at the start of WrestleMania and his album 'Live from
Philadelphia' recorded a good sales increase following his appearance. Red
Hot Chili Peppers' single 'Snow (Hey Oh)' and their latest album 'Stadium
Arcadium' and Rev Theory's 'Light It Up' song also had a good sales increase
following the show. Rev Theory did a live performance at Fan Axxess in
Orlando the day of WrestleMania in front of 20,000 fans. The band invited
WWE Diva Ashley Massaro last week to star in their new video titled 'Hell
- [Discuss: http://www.wrestling-online.com/boards/viewtopic.php?t=6401]
> WRESTLEMANIA XXIV DVD AND BLU RAY ARTWORK- Artwork for the WrestleMania XXIV DVD and Blu-Ray version has been
released and it features a slightly modified version of the main poster they
used with Big Show, Mayweather, Triple H, Cena, Orton, Edge and the
Undertaker. The only difference is that Big Show - with his arms wide open -
and Mayweather take the top spot with the WM logo in the middle and the rest
of the Superstars at the bottom. You can purchase the 3 disc DVD version for
$29.99 while the 2 disc Blu-Ray version is going for $34.95 at our Store
located at http://www.wrestling-online.com/store . Both have the Hall of
Fame included and will be released on May 20th. You can check out the
- [Discuss: http://www.wrestling-online.com/boards/viewtopic.php?t=6120]
> RAW SINKS IN THE RATINGS- Monday Night RAW did a rounded up 3.3 rating off hours 3.1 and 3.4 for
Monday's show which is down from last week's post WrestleMania 3.9. RAW went
head to head with the NCAA finals which effected the number a little bit but
still has to be considered a big disappointment. Meanwhile ECW did a 1.3 for
Tuesday's show. (Ratings compiled by Nielsen Media Research and put online
- [Discuss: http://www.wrestling-online.com/boards/%5d
> 'SECRET TALENT OF THE STARS' AXED BY CBS- Don't hold your breath waiting for Ric Flair to dance salsa on the CBS
reality TV show 'Secret Talent of the Stars' because the powers that be
already axed the series after just one episode. Flair was supposed to be on
the show in the next couple of weeks as the format was revealed to be
focusing on a few competitors on each episode. The first episode was seen by
only around 4.5 million viewers and CBS decided to pull the plug before it
wastes more television air time on the program.
- [Discuss: http://www.wrestling-online.com/boards/viewtopic.php?t=6076]
> KHALI TO GO HOME FOR A MONTH- The Great Khali - real name Dalip Singh Rana - is going home after taking
a break from wrestling and will go back to his native village in Himachal
Pradesh later this month. Khali, a police officer in Punjab, will first
report to his police office first on April 26th after he lands in India and
then will go home a few days later. It will be his first time he's going
back home since starting with the WWE and he's expected to stay there for a
month according to family members. Khali, who is married and is 35 years
old, was given special permission by the police force to stay on leave as
long as he's employed by WWE. The Indo-Asian News Service reports that to
keep his monster size he requires a strict dietary regimen which includes
one gallon of milk, five chickens and two dozen of eggs, juice and
fruit....daily. Yes, daily.
- [Discuss: http://www.wrestling-online.com/boards/viewtopic.php?t=6402]
//->> THE WRESTLING AUTHORITY
By Oren Kurtz -[syxx_ok@...]-
In writing this column, I'm subjecting myself to a lot of criticism. Well,
there's nothing new here, but this will be a "more than the normal amount"
sort of criticism. It's because this column will focus on TNA, a wrestling
company that I have watched for a total of 45 minutes in the past five 1/2
Let's start with the basic facts - around 2 years ago the only big name in
TNA who was a former WWE star was Christian. The rest of the roster
consisted of guys who grew up in the indies, TNA homegrown stars, and WWE
midcarders. TNA had an 11PM timeslot. Yet their ratings where 80-90% of what
they are today.
Today, TNA has a prime time slot and arguably more recognizable main event
caliber wrestlers than the WWE, yet, asides from performing consistently and
holding more PPVs outside of Disney World, they haven't really moved
forward. In a way, they're moving backwards.
TNA had an immediate following because it was easily distinguishable from
the WWE. The X division was a big part of it. In the past two years, ever
since Samoa Joe became a world title contender - that is no longer the case,
and I don't think that the Team 3D VS The X division feud can save it. But
reading about it sure makes me think that it's quite an entertaining story
Then, you had the problem of getting the fans to care about your characters,
as they simply didn't know most of them. At first, TNA did quite a good job
and I don't think they got the praise they deserved. In a relatively short
span of time they created a lot of characters that the fans loved or loved
to hate. The problem is that it was always the same 600 non paying (and my
philosophy when it comes to wrestling is - you don't pay - your opinion
doesn't count. Which is quite ironic considering all the money Colin
promised me for the column. Where's the check, you bastard?!?!), and those
600 people could ruin a perfectly good gimmick because "it's not original
But like I said, TNA did a good job overall with creating characters. But
then I heard of the plan for the Abyss gimmick. You have to understand that
the way I see it - creating some sort of a "inhuman" gimmick is the hardest
thing to pull off in wrestling - yet it's the most rewarding thing. In the
WWE the most formidable performer in the past 15 years has been the
Undertaker because although his gimmick is completely illogical - he makes
TNA had that with Abyss. So what do they do? First of all, they make his
matches lose all affect by having him go through such hell in every PPV that
fans are at this point not even blinking unless the guy goes through a
flaming barb wired covered table. Less is more is a completely alien concept
for Vince Russo, Dutch Mental and Jeff Jarrett, apparently.
Now I hear that there are plans for Abyss to return without his mask and
under his real name. All I want to know is what the person who came up with
that decision smoked before, and where the hell do I get something that
alters your brain in such a profound way. Seriously - how stupid are you?!?!
Abyss should be kept as a monster, cutting short promos which he does very
well, be a heel or a face depending on the situation, use the fact that he
can work with guys of various sizes, and for the love of god, have him go
through blood baths only once a year or the fans will simply NOT CARE.
The last issue I want to discuss before looking ahead is TNA's stupid
obsession with trying to make things look "real". The plan to have no heels
or faces is stupid, because as I said in my Ric Flair column - you can't
have an entertaining wrestling match if you don't have a guy that the fans
want to win (sometimes they want him to have the crap beaten out of him
before - so the victory will be sweeter), and a guy that they want to lose.
And all this nonsense about the Attitude era having no clear faces and heels
is just that - nonsense. Even if, say, The Godfather, would never be a face
in any other era of wrestling, the fact is that in the late 90's the fans
So where do we go from here?
I'll start with the last subject I raised - forget the whole "only tweeners"
lunacy. When you come up with characters, think of how you want the fans to
react to them and then think how you can create that reaction. Let the
wrestlers be themselves. If they're just repeating lines - we can see that
on TV. Give them bullet points and let them get the message across BY
Allow time for mid card feuds, as those feuds are the ones who discover your
headliners of tomorrow. Usually the mid carders are more open to try things
that are more creative because they are not in the spot light, and in feuds
that take place on the first hour of Impact they can create a fan base for
Give the X division 20-30 minutes each impact, but not for a spot-fest of a
match. Tell them to have one or two good WRESTLING matches. There are so
many capable guys there that it should be no problem, and it would
differentiate the TNA product from WWE.
Get the hell out of the Impact Zone. That's more important than going live -
you cannot let 600 people dictate your creative direction.
Be PATIENT. When there's an important happening - give us a few seconds to
absorb it, don't cut to the back right away. Limit your crazy spots because
at a certain amount the crowd just stops reacting and they become counter
productive. True, it's easier, in a sense, to get a big "ohhhh" from the
crowd by having a huge bump then by getting them little by little into the
match with good mental and physical work, but once you do have them there -
they're much harder to lose.
And last but not least - envision how and where you want the company to be
in, say, 5 years, and start thinking of efficient ways to get to that point.
Copying the bad things in the WWE is not one of them.
One last non wrestling related note - I'm one of the applicants to the
second season of Survivor-Israel. Now, wouldn't you all like to say that you
all read the Israeli survivor's columns way before he was famous? The
channel that airs Survivor in Israel is working with facebook to select the
candidates. So to vote for me, click here -
Obviously, most of you will have to install this application, but hey - it's
a worthy cause, right? After you install it and go back to that link, to
vote for me you have to press the button near my birth date (15.07.1982, for
those wondering), those four letters in red fonts. Thanks!
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