Kevin’s Blog: Post Wrestlemania Round Up

Our Tourist Credentials

We forgot to talk about some of the happenings around the events. This post is to flesh out our experience through pictures and text unlike our all audio weekend. I’m going to go through my notes and will keep them in chronological order, well except for the ending.

Before I get to my notes though, I need to get to one of the things we talked about which is the city of Atlanta. During our Wrestlemania review show, we killed the city of Atlanta. I think I even called it a “hell hole” at one juncture. Though I still firmly believe that any major metropolitan area should have easily accessible food and bars after midnight any day of the week, Atlanta shouldn’t be labeled a “hell hole” or any other disparaging names because of that lone factor. We used the MARTA train line all weekend, which was a lot easier than driving in any major city let alone the nightmare of driving in Atlanta. That’s definitely a down side to that city too. We got to eat at good or great restaurants, at the top of the list was Seasons 52, even if we had more on our list that we didn’t get to. Atlanta also has plenty of sites to visit. We used the above pictured booklet to go to the World of Coca-Cola, the Georgia Aquarium and a Tour of CNN. So my apologies go out to Atlanta. On to the notes and the big surprise.

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Triple H leading WWE new talent development (no long hair, green/black tights allowed)

"You wanna get over, kid? You need a sleeveless denim jacket that fits over your leather jacket that fits over your DX shirt that fits over your sympathy-weight gut. Now get me a hot dog... extra protein powder."

This had been mentioned cursorily in other places a couple of months ago, but according to WWE’s official press release today about rebranding the word “Wrestling” right out of their name, Triple H is now in charge of WWE’s new talent development.

In addition to focusing on the expansion of the company, the company will bolster its core business with the launch a new talent development department headed by Paul “Triple H®” Levesque. The new department will put a greater emphasis on worldwide recruitment, training and character development to identify future WWE Superstars and Divas. The first recruit acquired under Levesque’s new department was the signing last month of future WWE Superstar, Sin Cara™, formerly known worldwide as Mistico.

On one hand, Triple H loves the business and wants to see it prosper, especially on his watch, which is where it will be as soon as Vince McMahon croaks. And with McMahon tied up with other (sure to fail) business ventures, with Jim Ross not scouting talent like he used to in the 1990s, and with John Laurinitis royally screwing up for the last seven years as head of talent relations, someone else needed to wrap their arms around this position.

On the other hand, Triple H is an egomaniacal scene-chewer, a bully, a prick, basically unfunny, probably not likable to anyone who wasn’t already kissing his ass, hasn’t done a whole lot to give back to the business that puts food in his growing family’s mouth (seriously, who is better off for having wrestled and feuded with Hunter?), and only taps out in wrestling matches because “if I can do it, you’d better damn well do it, too.” Oh, and he has a history of thinking many world-class wrestlers “can’t work,” either. That’s not the type of player-coach I’d want on *my* team, I’ll tell ya that much!

So Hunter’s first pet project was Sin Cara. Doomed from the start, or needing to leap some really high hurdles? Time will tell. At least there’s a feud with Hunter’s buddy Sheamus on the horizon, right? -Eric

TNA Goes Hispanic

So this came up in Google search for Hispanic Wrestler.

Well, it appears WWE has some stiff competition here in North America as TNA has announced a new television deal on MTV’s Hispanic Network Tr3s. I guess that means MTV Three? Apparently there are three networks run by MTV for the Spanish market and if you know MTV, they all have to feature no music. Get it? Cause MTV in America doesn’t play music even though it stands for Music Television. See, this is a relevant joke.

Anyway, you have to figure that the execs at TNA feel the Spanish audience is stupid. Not in a racist way but in the “I’ll…… talk….. real….. slow…. so…. you…. can….. understand…… English” sort of way.

How else do you explain the idea of peddling their garbage product to a new audience? The US audience barely likes the product. Ratings have gone nowhere for the majority of their stay on Spike TV. Maybe they will sling some of this shit to a new audience that already has cartoonish wrestling all over the place in Mexico? How do they expect to compete with the long established Lucha scene? It may be cartoonish but at least it makes sense for the most part. Is TNA prepared to settle for obscurity in a whole new market?

At least WWE went out and signed the biggest star in Mexico to drive up their Hispanic audience. TNA has, um, Amazing Red and, damn, is that it? Are there any Hispanic wrestlers on the roster? Sure I could look it up but then that proves the point. If you are going to get your television on in Hispanic markets at least have some properly featured wrestlers. Oh yeah, Hernandez comes to mind now, along with his new sidekick Whathisname. You know, the guy that was a star in Mexico and a nobody in TNA? Awesome work, Dixie and the gang. -Jeremy

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