Sid Vicious appears on CBS’ “Big Brother”

This one’s for you, Dusty: According to PWTorch.com, former WWF and WCW superstar Sid Vicious (Sid Justice, Sycho Sid, a/k/a Sid Eudy) (side note: I remember picking up my one and only copy of the National Enquirer when I was about 10 years old, because it listed two dozen wrestlers’ real names, and Sid Eudy was one of them; still no idea how to pronounce it, and I’ve watched the above video 12 times) appeared on CBS’ “Big Brother” series. Sid’s son, Frank, is one of the house guests and the leader of whatever Team Frank is. Oh well, based on these three minutes, Frank seems like a good kid, and Sid comes across as a nice guy that Dusty and I should probably go have beers with now. I’ll just shave my beard so I don’t look so much like an Anderson-Eric

NBC Buys Dwayne Johnson-Jerry Bruckheimer 1980s Wrestling Drama

We interrupt the Matt Hardy News Network to bring you this press release:

NBC is getting in the ring with a put pilot commitment to a drama about the 1980s professional wrestling boom that is executive produced by one of the biggest ’90s wrestling stars, Dwayne Johnson, aka The Rock. The fictional drama set in the world of wrestling in the ’80s hails from Bruckheimer TV, marking a departure from the company’s signature brand of procedurals. It will be written by Brent Fletcher and Seamus Kevin Fahey (Spartacus: Gods of the Arena), who will co-executive produce alongside KristieAnne Reed. Johnson, Bruckheimer and Jonathan Littman are executive producing.

The ’80s, often called “the golden age of wrestling”, marked a surge in the popularity of professional wrestling in the U.S. fueled by the growth of cable television and pay-per-view and the efforts of hot-shot promoters like Vince McMahon. During that period, pro wrestling shifted from a system controlled by numerous regional companies to a system dominated by two nationwide companies: Ted Turner’s World Championship Wrestling and McMahon’s World Wrestling Federation. It featured the launch of WrestleMania and the emergence of wrestling’s first crop of superstars led by Hulk Hugan. The project extends the popularity of period dramas among the broadcast networks, which have two such series, the 1960s-set Pan Am on ABC and The Playboy Club on NBC, premiering this fall. It also expands wrestling’s presence at NBCUniversal. NBC’s sibling network USA carries WWE Raw as well as the revival of WWE Tough Enough. This is the third sale and third put pilot commitment for Bruckheimer TV so far this development season. The company recently set up a Navy SEALs drama at ABC and a procedural about a mom-turned-New York State Trooper at CBS. Fahey previously worked with Bruckheimer TV as a writer on the ABC series The Forgotten.

Hulk Hugan? This is going to be a resounding success. – Dusty

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