fans and general public calling for movies and world
class documentaries on pro wrestling legends: Gorgeous
George, Andre The Giant, Bruno Sammartino, Rowdy Roddy
Piper, by Greg Tingle - September 2017
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wrestling (sports entertainment) fans around Australia
and beyond have been making rumblings for a number
of years about wanting to see wrestling hit the big
we love WWE Network, Netflix and all the rest, but
how banana (no S - thanks Pat Patterson) would mat
fans, and even non-wrestling fans go, seeing legends
like Gorgeous George, Bruno Sammartino (The Living
Legend) and Rowdy Roddy Piper, beamed into cinemas
such as Event Cinemas, IMAX and Hoyts.
wrestling has been a staple of the entertainment industry
since... well, pretty much the beginning. Little known
fact . Big Chief Little World used to have some of
his matches broadcast on radio, so did pro boxing
great Muhammad Ali. The point is that these larger
than life personalities / athletes draw a huge audience,
and it matters at the box office.
a long time wrestling fan, and as someone who has
worked in pay television in a business strategy and
business development / sales / retention role, I think
I have a pretty good handle on the industry. Pro wrestling
needs a shot in the arm. Let's see WWE Network reach
its massive potential hey. The Mae Young Classic was
fantastic, but nostalgia sells.
wrestling audiences are saturated with matches to
watch, but there's only so many legends that are seen
as special, and who would be perfect for big screen
the excitement that Rocky 3 created when a certain
legend made a leap into Hollywood, and this was despite
reservations by WWE top brass Vince McMahon (also
suitable for a motion picture himself). Then there
was the MTV connection with Cyndi Lauper and friends.
Can you recall in 2002 The Scorpion King directed
by Chuck Russell and starring Dwayne "The Rock"
Johnson, was unleashed via theaters. The Rock had
bit the big time, and movie and television audiences
were asking for more. This was great for the WWE also,
with Johnson enjoying many memorable feuds. Johnson
vs 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin was awesome.
wrestling genius (depends who you ask) Eric Bischoff
has often said, controversy creates cash. Now, the
WWE needs to be careful of how they do controversy,
as it hasn't always served them well, but played out
in an intelligent fashion it can be pure gold. Even
the WWE embraced highly controversial picture The
Wrestler, staring Mickey Rourke, once they realised
it would be Money In The Bank. Some wrestlers including
Bret 'The Hitman' Hart spoke out against The Wrestler,
but this didn't stop WWE's or Fox Searchlight's cash
how mainstream was the NWO (New World Order), and
that was a WCW creation. Speaking of the NWO, I can't
be the only one who thinks its more than time that
a certain Mr H be forgiven for his past mistakes.
Let's not do another Randy Savage and only fully champion
him after he has past. None of us are getting any
younger, so let's celebrate legends while they are
still with us.
my friends, tell me that I'm not the only fan who
can't wait to see some pro wrestling legends hit the
big screen? I don't care if they are produced by WWE
Studios, Lionsgate, Paramount Pictures or whoever.
Let's just get a red hot movie or documentary happening
sooner, rather than later.
top brass can look back at wrestling highlights such
as NWO, The War To Settle The Score, The Rock laying
the SmackDown, Austin vs Michael's ('Iron' Mike Tyson
as special ref) and such, as see that these all has
mainstream and cross over appeal.
is constant in the world these days... in business
and in society. Australian fans, last month you saw
WWE's RAW and SmackDown come back to Australian network
television via Network Nine's GO. Why? It's business.
WWE wants to boost their audiences, both via television,
via the web, and also its tied into good old fashion
bums in seats (filling up arenas is the name of the
game in many regards). It's all tied together, from
quality product, through to advertising and sponsorship
deals, to the event of the year known as WrestleMania.
and pro wrestling fans in general are always looking
for more reasons to further enjoy the often whacky
world of the squared circle. One or two big movies
with pro wrestling themes could be just the ticket.
WWE Studios vs Seven Bucks Productions be on the cards,
or with a Hollywood giant such as Paramount Pictures
entering the fray - creating a 3 way dance for the
next hottest ticket in town. As the late, great, World
Championship Wrestling commentator, Jack Little would
say, things are about to get berserk."Wham! Bam!
Thank you Mam!", "All I can say is
Wow!", "Be There!" and "That's
all there is, there isn't any more!"
Roddy Piper Bruno
Sammartino (Piper's Pit - Madison Square Garden)
McMahon and Jerry
'The King' Lawler
McMahon Levesque and Triple
H (Paul Levesque)
Kaufman and Jerry Lawler (The David Letterman Show).
One of the most watched television shows and segments
in the history of TV
McMahon is quite familiar with the buzz and money
that the Andy Kaufman vs Jerry Lawler feud made. Only
problem for McMahon is that it wasn't booked under
the WWE (then WWE / Titan Sports umbrella). Kaufman's
first choice was apparently WWF, so the folklore goes.
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5th June 2013
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who became actors
film takes us global, by Nui Te Koha - 15th August
2002 (Credit: Herald Sun)
the media has said about wrestling over the years,
by Greg Tingle
Stallone: Hulk Hogan - He killed me: Rocky III Hollywood
Cold' Steve Austin and 'Iron'
Wrestler (Mickey Rourke). Rourke was trained by The
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