Monday, July 24, 2006

I've got to run

Tommy Gunn and the Lineup - I've Got to Run (pops)

Hey, a band even Google knows next to nothing about! Seriously, all I can figure out is that they were a local Detroit band and they had at least two singles that they made videos for. This page is all I can find on them. They're not horrible, but something must have happened for them to not have at least some presence on the internet.

By the way, professional wrestling's version of the Anti-Christ was born a few hours ago, in the form of Aurora Rose McMahon-Levesque. Pray for the soul of wrestling, folks. In ten years time, it very well may be relegated back to the carnivals and fairs from whence it came. This will be one of the reasons.

Hulk Hogan can only come back from semi-retirement so many times before his comeback pop fades away permanently. His reality show may have bought him a few years extra, but it's borrowed time to be sure.

The Diva Search is the epitome of staleness in wrestling. In the boom years, they could afford extravagant salaries to non-wrestlers (Sable, Chyna, etc.). Now, all they're doing is wasting money, because they're scared to either (1) try something completely radical or (2) go back to the absolute basics of promotion, worried that either will offend the few mainstream fans that they've managed to keep. So, they keep rehashing ideas that worked in the boom periods (D-X, edgy tweeners, ECW), not realizing the once-in-a-lifetime confluences of events that allowed those maverick ideas to work. The only problem is that by doing this, they alienate the die-hards (i.e., me and people like me) who keep them alive during the bust periods.

UFC, for all their claims that they're going after boxing's audience instead of wrestlings, is doing a hell of a job using back-to-basics wrestling promotion. GIve two people a reason to fight, and let them fight (Tito/Ken). Introduce newer contenders slowly by building their rep, beating lower-level opposition and graduating to former top-level stars, so that they actually mean something when they go to the upper card (Rich Franklin). Build feuds over a belt to bring value to both the fighters and the title (Couture/Liddell, Sylvia/Arlovski).

UFC is a relative new dog in "sports-entertainment". (God, I hate that term. "Promoting fights" is so much more to-the-point.) Maybe it's time for the old dog to re-learn a few of its old tricks? There's a reason basics work, and the WWE needs to examine why.

Anyway, rant over. See you sometime soon, unless we're all blown to bits in a nuclear holocaust. It's more likely than you think!


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