It feels like a really terrible time to be a wrestling fan that refuses to be ignorant.
In case you missed it, Bubs expressed his opinion the recent wrestling environment on our Ring Crew Facebook page:
“I (Bubbs) am STRONGLY evaluating the future of The Ring Crew Show… I saw this news and I posted the following on their facebook group. “And I’m officially done with TNA, what an insult to the fans and every single worker in the busines who has suffered, worked hard and BLED for the industy they love. Some of these people practically kill themselves to get to this level (TNA) and still have to take a second job just to survive and this spoiled little Daddy’s girl who already has more than enough money gets handed this job because of who her daddy is and she know FUCK ALL about the business or could care less to learn it or about anyone in it because if she did, she wouldn’t take this job and break into the business the right way. I have have put up with alot of shit from TNA over the last couple years but this is the final straw I will not give another dollar or minute of my time to a company that has no respect for the people that have earned mine. Fuck TNA, Fuck Hulk Hogan, Fuck Dixie Carter and anyone else responsible for this. And the crap the WWE is pulling now, fuck them too. After 28 years of being a wrestling fan, I am done I would watch ROH but they can’t even get their shit out for people to watch it and that’s a shame because that’s the only thing worth watching in the wrestling business today. What a shame.”
I’m for the most part in agreement with him. It’s usually not my job to try to find a positive take for these changes but because D-Roc has been out of commission for a sprained motivation, I guess it’s up to the Dick to call this State of the Union address on the positives.
Three Hours of Raw Boredom
First, we have the three hour Raw. Now, I know USA has been asking for this from the WWE for a while. You can tell just from the continued increase in three hour episodes with little purpose to them. Speculation has run from if Smackdown will be cancelled (no) or if this is to test out new segments that will eventually turn into feature programming on WWE Network (maybe). The most likely reason is WWE needs every friend in the world to convince Comcast that the WWE Network is not the Oprah Network and they can be a viable entity. To do this, you have to make USA happy and USA wanted Raw to increase to three hours. For the stability of the WWE, in the short term this is a good thing. The network is asking for more WWE, not less. However, the WWE does not have the Creative capability to write a three hour episode of Raw. They fail to write a two hour Raw. Even as a Supershow they have failed to promote enough storylines to involve the whole roster.
However, there is a silver lining but it won’t be pretty. That’s a faster descent to the realization of the problems within the company. When fans start chanting, “BORING!” on every episode because the company tries to artificially increase running time with longer Diva matches or have four squashes on the show instead of two (I know some are trying to think positive and believing that maybe we will see the real wrestlers in the WWE start getting a chance to showcase themselves. Don’t hold your breath) and the ratings begin to drop as people just don’t have the time or patience to watch a lackluster three hours of anything (people complain about movies in the theatre being too long when they go two hours plus), it’s going to make the company confront itself quicker. Either stubbornness will lead them to continuing to have an uninteresting product or creativity will sprout from the realization of failure. Either way, this moment of confrontation is going to come sooner rather than later.
Who knows how interactive this will really end up being but looking at Taboo Tuesday and Cyber Sunday, expect the company to quickly restrict anything interesting to really happen from the votes and eventually pull it all together. Much like the Raw guest host, don’t expect this to become a staple of your Monday night enjoyment.
TNA signs a musical superstahahahaha
So Brooke Hogan has now signed with TNA to work as the director of the Knockouts, a job that Karen Angle once had. We’re talking about a woman who cannot act (Bubs can attest, he has seen all of her shark movies. She refuses to job to the sharks too. Never doubt her last name), sing, dance or even look hot properly (She could be hot but she doesn’t know how to show it) coming into TNA to have an on screen role, one that I’m sure she will be paid handsomely for it. This wouldn’t go down as the biggest creative disaster in wrestling for 2012 (BURRROCK LESSSNNAR LOSES!) but it should go down as the dumbest signing in 2012. It’s not going to move ratings, improve the product, open a new demographic or allow for new marketing. However, there is a real silver lining to this…
TNA is going live
Did you read that? Live. Now they can’t sweeten Garrett Bischoff’s pops. Now they can’t erase a vulgar chant. They are going to have to air everything and deal with the consequences. They are also doing it at the Impact Zone. All it’s going to take is about a dozen jackasses to start chanting the most vile, disgusting, putrid shit they can possibly think of at Brooke Hogan. Think of a, “HOGAN FUCKS HIS DAUGHTER” chant while she’s stumbling through a Knockouts promo. Live. On television. Without any way to stop it. They can’t stop the show and kick them out. Everyone is going to hear it. People might join in. I consider this a glorious opportunity. Don’t let me down, Orlando.