Dan’s Blog: I Swiped Dusty’s Mailbag

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While catching up on my reading of all things on the Stunt Granny site I realized that Dusty has been jumping into the mailbag with both feet answering questions that the wrestling intelligentsia needs to read up about. Not being all that creative myself I visited the Stunt Granny World Headquarters (Don’t ever show up unannounced again. -Jeremy) and managed to grab a bag full of mail for myself. Then I stopped off in New York and took a few things off Matt Brock’s desk also (it was interesting that no one seemed to care about taking that stuff but I digress). I tried to figure out how to break into Wade Keller’s email so I could steal some of his “Ask the Editor” questions but he’s got that account triple protected.  I suppose it’s because “Ask the Editor” seem to make up the majority of the Daily Keller Hotlines!

Anyway, I digress.  Speaking of the Torch, let’s jump into Question One.

Question #1: What’s this I hear about super internet phenomenon “zourah” going on a rant about the way the Torch deals with Bill Watts?  Doesn’t this guy know that Watts was the most racist, sexist, homophobic, all around bad person that ever existed in wrestling?  (M.M.—Pittsburgh, PA)

Answer #1:  Yes, unfortunately my rant is still somewhere stuck in Eric Nelson’s phone because he could not figure out how to get a one hour audio from his phone onto the web. I should mention that I have had a very polite discussion with Mr. Keller about my feelings on this particular subject and I now do respect his view on the entire situation when Watts was fired. I still don’t see things the same way myself but that’s fine.

As for the meat of the question, let’s just compare Watts to everyone’s current God of Wrestling Vince McMahon.

McMahon wins the “PC” game for sure in his public statements. Both he and Watts worked with well known figures in the wrestling business who happen (ed) to be gay.  Again, McMahon has worked more closely with Pat Patterson but Watts did work frequently with Jim Barnett and with a few exceptions he worked fairly well with him.

As for acceptance of gays, Watts said some very un PC things to be polite in an interview. McMahon had his baby face tag team leading children in chants of F***** for at least six months in the early ‘90s.  Advantage Watts

If you were/are an African American wrestler who would you want to work for?  Well unless you really hated distasteful language I’m thinking you would be better off working for Watts. I know The Rock is arguably the biggest deal ever in wrestling but Watts promoted JYD as a hero in Mid South while Vince promoted him as someone who could barely speak complete sentences. No promoter has ever given so many African American wrestlers chances to be at the very top of the card than Watts.

In closing, I’d argue that the premise of your question is ridiculous. I can go into great detail about my thoughts on sending that interview to higher ups at TBS eighteen months after the interview was conducted but that’s a topic for another day.

Question #2: That brilliant “zourah” guy hasn’t chimed in much on Prime Wrestling lately.  What’s up with that?  (A.MG – Cleveland, OH)

Answer #2: I think my contributions to the audio side of things lately have not been of sufficient quality to impress the premier reviewer of Prime on the ‘net Kevin DiFrango I suppose. (It’d really help if I stayed current with the product. They’re even going every other week and I’m still slacking off. – Kevin) If you haven’t been reading his reports go ahead and do so before you read this. I’ll wait for you to finish!

I’m pleased to see that they are going to have “Wrestlelution 6” this year as I was starting to wonder. It wouldn’t work so great if WWE said they were having WrestleMania “sometime between April 1 and May 30” but I know Prime Wrestling is not WWE. (Their next taping is this weekend being billed as a “Wrestlelution Prelude” in Parma OH. -Kevin)

There are things I like about the “Evil Vic” storyline. He does have good timing in his segments but man the evil GM thing just seems too derivative for this promotion. I expect better. I do not agree with Kevin on Ricky Shane Page. I’ve warmed up to him and like his promos (although hitting the announcer has no place on TV. Joe should hold himself to a higher standard than that.  What would Gordon Solie do?) quite a bit.  He’s not at Krimson level on the promos but he is quite good. Nicki Valentino is hilarious and adds quite a bit to the show. I really liked his interaction with Bryan Castle a couple weeks ago. We will see what the big event is for WL 6 and I’m sure we will have a good discussion about it.  Aaron Maguire continues to be the highlight of the show on a week in and week out basis. (More on some of these subjects in my Prime Review after I edit that column. -Kevin)

Question #3:  So what else is out there under the radar that I’m missing? I hear that super smart “zourah” guy always watched USWA, SMW, ECW and other indy feds back in the day.  (S.S. – Rockville Centre, NY)

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Stunt Granny Sports Show #1

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It is a sport somewhere and we are here to cover it.

Have you ever wanted to be the cool kid who discovered that hot new thing just so you could turn your back on it once it became popular? Well now is your chance to brag to your friends about the cool new sports show hitting the internet! Yes Stunt Granny is entering the sports talk world with a new voice alongside a familiar one. Please welcome Eric “Eric2” Jones to the Stunt Granny fold as he and long time friend and Stunt Granny founder Jeremy Maes wet their whistles and sing a tune about all the top stories in sports, well, sort of. I mean it is Stunt Granny so it has the edge and humor you expect so don’t worry. Some of what you can expect is Eric2’s diverse favorite team lineup, Ole Miss clearly cheating on the recruiting trail (allegedly), the legalities of the NCAA, why recruits want to play as far away from home as possible, the correct age of adulthood and a whole bunch more. All of this is packed in to a nice forty-five minute package so you won’t waste your time on those big time national corporate shows, ya know the popular ones. So get to downloading already so you can brag about it to all your friends.

Stunt Granny Sports Show #1

CNBC: Vince McMahon fired angle could have SEC repercussions

This is rich: According to Prowrestling.net, due to the angle on last night’s WWE Monday Night Raw where Bigfoot returned to “relieve Vince McMahon of his day-to-day duties in WWE,” CNBC sports business reporter Darren Rovell is speculating that WWE could actually face an SEC violation. Of course, the SEC is the Securities and Exchange Commission, a government entity charged with, essentially, overseeing the business dealings of publicly traded companies. What WWE did on last night’s TV show was make it look like Triple H fired Vince McMahon from his position as WWE chairman and took that position himself at the behest of the WWE Board of Directors. You know, I heard Macy’s stock plummeted in the 1940s when they hired an insane man to play Santa Claus at their 34th Street location. There was also that time that fake thing happened on a scripted TV show that didn’t affect business at all. (Well, Sean Waltman might have something different to say about that.)

Side note: If Vince McMahon really does leave TV for any amount of time, he’s doing it while he’s hitting his stride as a TV character once again. McMahon, in my humblest of opinion, was totally off his game during the Bret Hart angle last year, but he’s been totally on in the past month, not stumbling over words and mumbling instead of enunciating; he’s been funny when the moment called for it, serious and angry without overdoing it, just nailing everything spot on. So in the tradition as of late of JBL, Batista, Chris Jericho and CM Punk, McMahon rides off into the sunset, leaving us desperately wanting more. (But I’m not touching that WWE stock.) -Eric

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