and media agent discusses professional wresting aka sports entertainment with
retired wrestler Bob Cook; Social media brings fans, wrestlers and industry together
- October - November 2018
background on professional wrestling aka 'sports entertainment'...
wrestling is part soap opera, part making movies, part amateur wrestling with
acting and showbiz and even part Shakespeare play with stunt performers. When
done right many pro wrestling authorities would say great wrestling is a work
of art worthy of an Oscar. It takes 2 (at least) people to put on a great match
and often there is a "booker" involved to lay out / script the match.
Almost always the winner is predetermined (unless something goes wrong in the
match such as injury) and the participants go out there to tell a story with an
idea of what move sets, holds, theatrics et al will be displayed, be it to a crowd
of 10 to in excess of a 100,000 people.
Media Man team have a deep passion and love for the business of professional wrestling,
sometimes called "sports entertainment" (coined by WWE's Vince McMahon).
the part number of years pro wrestling is being hotly discussed and debated via
the internet's social media, forums and the like. From time to time Media Man
participates in these discussions. It's a good thing that professional wrestling
is part of the mainstream pop culture landscape, and the popularity of this unique
form of entertainment is still on the rise, despite what many experts would say
is an over exposed marketplace. The WWE produces
somewhere in the region of 15 hours of new sports entertainment television per
week, while other promotions would struggle to produce one hour of action. Fortunately,
social media channels such as YouTube are giving promotions a platform to put
out their product, be it WWE, NWA, New Japan Pro-Wrestling, PWA
Australia, IWA or special attraction
shows such as ALL IN, which is available on platforms such as FITE.
For most of the world WWE is sports entertainment,
but for many, New Japan Pro-Wrestling,
Impact Wrestling and the legendary
NWA are PRO WRESTLING.
Media Man Group including Media Man Int,
Media Man Australia and Australian
Sports Entertainment is delighted to be able to cover the business of professional
wrestling in the course of their business, and on the odd occasion, we're even
involved in the business, sometimes noticeable, other times not!
we exchanged in a bit of banter with retired professional wrestler, Bob Cook,
who competed in many U.S based wrestling promotions over the decade. Mr Cook also
enjoyed a friendship with legendary stuntman Evel
Knievel. The Knievel Snake River Canyon jump was promoted with assistance
by boxing promoter Bob Arum's company, Top Rank Productions, to put the event
on closed-circuit television. The stunt gained worldwide publicity but was not
a commercial success. Even World Wrestling Federation's Vince
McMahon lost money, but the stunt that took place on September 8, 1974 is
still talked about today. Why? It's showbiz, its action and contained a high element
of danger. Japan's FMW wrestling promotion may have drawn some inspiration from
Knievel stunts, or was it war movies, with dangerous matches incorporating fire
and explosions, as participants such as Terry Funk, Atsushi Onita, Terry Funk
and Cactus Jack (Mick Foley) risked their lives to put on a hell of a show. If
movie director Quentin Tarantino was going to lay out a pro wrestling match, maybe
it would reassemble FMW's aptly named Deathmatch. Today's most violent matches,
storylines and themes are likely found in Lucha Underground and Lucha VaVOOM,
but sports entertainment powerhouse, the WWE, would have you believe it's HELL
IN THE CELL or TLC (Tables, Ladders and Chairs). As you can see, pro wrestling
is very subjective and anyone call be an armchair athlete. After all, they are
not really trying to win in the true sense of the word. They are trying to entertain
and put on a good show, and in the vast majority of cases they succeed. Of course,
one person's 5 star match may be anothers 1 star, or even Visa Versa. Pro wrestling
legends Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, Roddy Piper, Mick Foley, Harley Race, and Andre
The Giant's matches could be interpreted in different ways. It depends who you
ask. At the WWE Super Show-Down Australia's Buddy Murphy put on an amazing pro
wrestling match with Cedric Alexander, but many people will better remember Triple
H vs The Undertaker and AJ Styles vs Samoa Joe, but for different reasons. Pro
wrestling is a combination of many things. One thing is for sure, it takes real
guts and skills to get in the ring and perform. Always remember to respect all
of the performers, from retired pros such as Bob Cook, through to worldwide attractions
such as Roman Reigns, Braun Strowman and Chris Jericho. Enjoy pro wrestling and
be kind to each other when discussing what is possibly the world's most polarizing
form of entertainment. - Greg Tingle, founder and director, Media Man Int, Media
Man Australia and Australian Sports Entertainment.
Cook as Masked Superstar
Tingle Always good to see and hear of fans who are both smart, respectful and
appreciative of the business and the performers, regardless of age, race, sex
or promotion. There's a great verse entitled "The Man In The Arena".
Curtis Axel made me aware of it a few years ago. Its theme is about only the person
in the ring really knows what it's like. Every one else is a critic. I was a professional
sportsman in years gone by (rugby union and running). I didn't quite have what
it took to become a boxer or wrestler on a professional basis, but I had dozens
of sparing matches to get a feel for it, injuries included. For me, I enjoy finding
out about the wrestlers / performers back story, and what they overcome in their
personal and professional life. Shawn Michaels was once enhancement talent. Triple
H was once 'jobbed over" for a year or so for breaking kayfabe etc in the
curtain call. Ronda Rousey was once living in a car. Dwayne Johnson once had $7
bucks to his name, endured, and became number 1 in wrestling and movie box office.
They are inspiring stories to me. The bell to bell action is just part of the
story for me. Being a sports and media agent for 15 plus years may give me a different
perspective to some. I respect them all. I'm going to do some mainstream media
coverage about these aspects of professional wrestling and pro sports. Thanks
for your ongoing commentary. Greg Tingle. Maroubra Beach, Sydney, Australia.
'The Body' Ventura and Bob Cook
Evel Knievel and Bob Cook
upcoming event we found out about via Bob
Legends FanFest 4
us as the legends and history of Championship Wrestling from Florida are celebrated
once again at CWF Legends FanFest 4 on November 3rd. Our Featured Guests are Pat
Patterson and Jerry Brisco, two Wrestling Legends as well as WWE Hall of Famers!
Both men were headliners in the territories for decades (including Championship
Wrestling from Florida), both were influential in the WWF Expansion in 1983, and
later they worked together in The Attitude Era as Mr. McMahons Stooges."
Pat and Jerry will be making their first non-WWE joint appearance EVER, and this
is very rare fanfest appearance for Mr. Patterson. Pat will also be hosting the
private event, "Cocktails, Conversation and Karaoke with Pat Patterson After
Party" immediately following the 2 hour catered dinner and Q & A with
Pat and Jerry. This rare opportunity gives you the chance to share a drink with
the legendary wrestler and booker, ask questions about his career, and even sing
a song or two with pro wrestling's Karaoke King.
Pat and Jerry at CWF Legends Fanfest 4 will be two brothers who left a mark in
the 1970s in Florida wrestling rings, Ron and Robert Fuller! Even more exciting-The
Fuller brothers will be hosting our first event, "Coffee with Ron and Robert"
from 12:00 Noon to 1:00 PM. Ron and Robert will both answer questions about their
vast careers in this sixty-minute special event. "Coffee with Ron and Robert"
is limited to ONLY 30 fans and those who have purchased an UltraTicket. Don't
be left out as there are a very small amount of these tickets left.
McGraw will also be at CWF Legends Fanfest 4! Whether you know him as Bugsy McGraw,
The Brute, Beautiful Brutus, or Sailor Brutus, there is no denying he was one
of the most popular wrestlers to ever step in a CWF ring. The ladies of CWF will
also be represented as the glamorous Leilani Kai will make her CWF Legends Fanfest
debut. Leilani spent much of career working CWF rings, as well as wrestling in
many territories and the WWF.
have upgraded our location as the CWF Legends FanFest 4 will be held in the Marriott
Residence Inn in Lutz, FL off the Suncoast Parkway and tickets are again limited
to only 200 wrestling fans, guaranteeing everyone a personalized experience.
the end of the Fanfest portion of this event, we will again honor CWF Legends
with a special award ceremony and induction into the CWF Hall Of Fame. Honorees
will be announced in the coming weeks.
are available on a first come, first served basis and ONLY to 30 fans. This UltraTicket
includes the private noon event "Coffee with Ron and Robert" (Last event
featured "Coffee with Dory Funk, Jr." which everyone raved about), the
"Cocktails, Conversation, and Karaoke with Pat Patterson After Party"
(Previous after parties have included Kevin Sullivan, JJ Dillon, and Bob Roop)
plus everything included in the dinner MegaTicket. Please note the only way to
attend the two private events (Noon and After Party) is with an UltraTicket. Complete
access via the UltraTicket is only $189.00, and limited to ONLY 30 fans!
MegaTicket is limited to only 20 tickets and those fans will be eating a catered
dinner with Pat Patterson & Jerry Brisco. The Dinner MegaTicket, which includes
early admission (30 minutes in advance), a photo op and 2 autographs with all
the Fanfest Guests, a 2 Hour catered buffet dinner with Pat Patterson & Jerry
Brisco, and VIP Access to the entire event is $125.00 and is limited to 20 tickets.
The UltraTickets & MegaTickets will sell out!
to this event are available and include a photo opportunity and one autograph
with all of the listed wrestling legends. Additional autograph opportunities will
be made available. This SuperTicket, which includes general admission to the event
and a 30 minute Awards Presentation are $49.95.
Admission to the event, which will also feature vendors with unique wrestling
memorabilia, is only $15.00 and includes the Special Awards Ceremony. Additional
opportunities to meet select CWF Legends are also available through additional
join us for this unique event at our new location!
Chat" Fanfest Event: 12-1 PM
Early Admission: 1:30-2 PM
Ceremony: 4:00-4:30 PM
w/Patterson & Brisco: 5:00-7:00 PM
Party: 8-10 PM
subject to change.
note that all ticket sales are final.
here for full details and to book
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