still sells; Wrestling fans call for WWE old school
faction: Hulk Hogan, Scott Hall, Kevin Nash, Shawn
Michaels, X-Pac; Paul 'Mr Wonderful' Orndorff as corporate
advisor, by Greg Tingle - 2017
from Australian media's saturation coverage of Nine
vs Ten, The Bachelorette, The Block, My Kitchen Rules
et al, even though we find them somewhat entertaining
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the get go, I want to make something clear - I love
professional wrestling, or as WWE top brass coined
it years ago, 'Sports Entertainment'.
is, if I didn't still find it entertaining, I wouldn't
be watching it anymore. I've been a fan since I was
about 5 years old - so have many other people. The
WWE audience is getting older. We've all heard about
the "aging population" right?
what, an aging population also has a tie in to 'old
money'. i.e.: disposable cash to spend on life's little
luxuries, be it a holiday overseas, the WWE Network,
Netflix, or dare I say it - WWE merchandise and event
my money, WWE is in an interesting business and cultural
identify dilemma at present. What fans should they
be most catering towards.
there are 2 or 3 main groups of fans. 1. Hardcore
fans, who will accept and go for just about anything
the WWE produces - television, internet, live matches,
merch et al. Then there's the more casual fans, who
are a little more discerning with their entertainment
dollar, viewing habits and ticket budgets, and then
there's the non-fans, who get dragged into the stuntmen
meets soap opera shows from family and friends. Some
of the non fans of course become fans.
to the current demo breakdown the fact that an estimated
40-45% of the audience are women, and you can see
that in a way WWE is catering for everyone, but in
another vein they are catering to one one, other than
to their own corporate ledger, which has apparently
seen better days, but that is also somewhat speculative.
I hadn't seen their real books, and unless you are
Mr McMahon, Triple H, Stephanie, or George A. Barrios
- chances are you haven't either, so even us media
analysts have to use speculation and leaked information
to draw our conclusions. And, we don't always get
it right 100% either, but that's another story for
the Gonzo Journalism's Guide To Pro Wrestling.
we mention that while nostalgia talk in the WWE circles
is abuzz, 'down under' in Sydney, Australia, a documentary
based on Australia's glory days of World Championship
Wrestling entitled 'Over The Top' rope is about to
be publicity launched at the Canada Bay Club in Sydney.
Now, those DVD's will sell like hotcakes. Why? Because
they are different, wrestling legends will be on hand
for photos and discussion, and most importantly, the
promoter has connected with his audience, albeit,
a niche one. They are giving the fans what they want.
Ring any bells up their for our American friends.
Don't get us wrong, the Yank's also give their audience
what they want - sometimes. The WWE machine is more
a media and entertainment company these days, rather
than a pro wrestling outfit, and that predicament
is a double edged sword. WWE is almost at the mercy
of their advertisers, sponsors, and to their broadcasting
partners, whereas other pro wrestling based operations
back to the aging population - aging audience. Most
of them / us know about the golden era of the WWWF
when Bruno Sammartino was the king of Madison Square
Garden, Harley Race, Ric Flair, Terry Funk and the
Brisco's dominated the NWA, and Tiger Mask, Giant
Baba and Jumbo Tsuruta ruled Japan, and then there's
the glory days circa 1980 - to 1990 when Hulk-A-Mania
ruled the WWF, and 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper and friends
terrorized Hulk Hogan on a monthly, if not weekly
Class Championship Wrestling also was a major global
force in the pro wrestling industry from circa 1981-1985
under the iron fist of promoter / owner / wrestler
Fritz Von Erich. Based in Texas with its home arenas
being the Reunion Arena, and the Sportatorium. Numerous
family tragedies and associated scandals are the widely
accepted reason for the promotions demise. Even today
many fans still remember the promotions mainstream
star: Kerry Von Erich, as known as 'The Modern Day
Warrior' and 'The Texas Tornado. Kerry was the only
one of the brothers who made it big time in the WWE
(then World Wrestling Federation).
wonder the WWE has of late being adding many more
classic matches and angles / feuds from yesterday
into it's Hidden Gems and Collections series. People
have a tendency to look back at their careers, their
lives, growing up, the good old days are such. Pastimes
such as watching old wrestling matches and listing
to music from the 70's bring back fond memories for
entertainment audiences are pretty fickle. This is
easy enough to understand. As I write this article,
initially in an online form, their are millions, or
possibility billions, of websites I could be looking
at for entertainment (or business) purposes. Rather
than enjoying a wrestling match, television show or
movie (hello Netflix, Amazon Movies and YouTube Movies),
I am writing a somewhat unique article on professional
wrestling, with an emphasis on history, tradition,
nostalgia and you get the idea. Ever heard the expression:
Older is better or The Original And Best. Many folks
feel the same way about what pro wrestling used to
respect to the crop of tremendous current day WWE
superstars such as Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns, Dean
Ambrose, Kevin Owens, Brock Lesnar, Jason Jordan,
Chad Gable, The Miz, Finn Balor, Dolph Ziggler, Bobby
Roode, Elias (that name is going to get me some heat),
Cesaro (should have been World Champion by now in
this writers opinion, and others). The current talent
pool is tremendous but many feel that better storylines
are required. On that topic, we kind of like 'The
Fashion Files', staring Tyler Breeze and Fandango.
Lately these guys have been hilarious doing throwback
skits and even have the ability to make otherwise
almost forgettable wrestlers such as The Ascension
(Konnor and Viktor) look like true stars. Actually,
all 4 of these guys together is a masterstroke. Was
it Michael P.S. Hayes or Pat Patterson who parried
these 4 together? Fellas, when you and the top brass
of the WWE read this, You are on the right track with
this. More of this stuff. Pulp Fiction and Miami Vice
references.. Yes! Yes! Yes! Seriously, do something
great with a return of Hulk Hogan, some NWO friends,
perhaps a Paul Orndorff and some old school Bad Asses
in a faction, and business will be set to pick up.
shout out to WWE NXT. Some amazing talent in the ranks
who are getting valuable experience in preparation
for hitting the real big time on the WWE main roster.
Kudos to Paul Ellering and the Authors of Pain (Akam
and Rezar). It took them a few months to get over
but Ellering and the Author's are looking very strong.
Definite potential for the WWE Tag Team Titles.
surprises sell and generate major media and mainstream
entertainment attention. How about a surprise challenge
for a title from wrestling and MMA living legend Ken
Shamrock? Sounds outrageous, but how about it? Shamrock,
much like UFC's Conor McGregor, could kick the buts
of probably 90% of the locker room for real, so why
not let this play out on WWE television, such we are
apparently in the era of Realism, thanks to the internet
dirt sheets and all. Yeah yeah, we did an interview
with Mr. Shamrock, but that doesn't take away the
fact that his appearance would draw a tremendous audience
for WWE, both on television and at events. Ditto for
Hulk Hogan. Look, most people stuff up in their lives
at some point. If your Hogan and there's cameras,
paps et all around something not so good is going
to leak out at some point.
so sure about Shamrock and Hogan? How about a bet
on a cleanskin (as far as we know), like Paul 'Mr
Wonderful' Orndorff. Paul, perhaps get a shave, but
other than that, many folks can see you as a major
heel manager / advisor, who can help elevate existing
and new talent. We would have mentioned Roddy Piper
also, but sadly 'Hot Rod' is no longer with us.
to hear the positive developments behind the scenes
on the Vince McMahon bio entitled Pandemonium. Bradley
Cooper has been tapped to play an up and coming Mr.
McMahon. This film can't happen soon enough. WWE needs
a major shot in the arm like a 'Iron' Mike Tyson angle,
Hogan return and / or Old School faction with Orndorff
and Shamrock impact to help further establish the
WWE as a major pop culture powerhouse, as well as
further lift the all important WWE bottom line.
Time Is Now!
34 is in line of sight now again with the showcase
of the immortals penned in April 8, 2018, at the Mercedes-Benz
Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. Obviously a major
goal would be a legit sellout of the arena, as well
as major merch sales, further WWE Network subs and
so on, so for the cementing of the company's further
they had better throw everything they can at it. And,
if they haven't already got it (or got them), get
working and sign them up, and keep promoting what
some may say is still the Greatest Show On Earth.
Comon' McMahon, time to challenge P.T. Barnum for
the title. You want to be the greatest showman of
all time? The time is now.
'Macho Man' Savage
Shamrock 'The World's Most Dangerous Man'
'The Snake' Roberts
and Diamond Dallas Page
Night Titans. Terry Funk, Jimmy Hart and Vince McMahon.
See it on the WWE Network from $9.99 per month $12
if in Australia)
Night's Main Event. Mean Gene Okerlund, Jesse 'The
Body' Ventura and Vince McMahon. Photo credit: WWE
Angle vs Brock Lesnar. National and international
appeal. Credit: New
Japan Pro Wrestling. How about a rematch or make
it a 3 Way Dance with Ken Shamrock?
Ziggler. His current "gimmick" sending up
other wrestlers fancy ring entrances (past and present)
really hits the mark. Current day meets nostalgia.
Funk. ECW promo
Lincoln - now that's old school
Jericho and Roman Reigns. Perhaps both gents can have
a chat to WWE powers that be about a few suggestions
to help the long term Sustainability of the promotional
powerhouse. Be the Booker Man!
Cold' Steve Austin gets his hand raised by 'Iron'
Mike Tyson. Worldwide news!
Sammartino and Vince McMahon (WWE Championship Wrestling).
McMahon. WWE top brass. The time is now! Pandemonium
The Top Rope. The Legends Of World Championship
Wrestling Australia 1964 - 1978
Man public thank you to WWE
wrestlers, staff and management. Past and present.
McMahon biopic, Pandemonium; Hollywood star Bradley
Cooper approached with offer
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
television push on Australian network TV via Nine's
GO!, working says Media Man agency
Blayze (Madusa) 'The Trailblayzer' documentary via
WWE Network; First showing 20th September 2017
returns to Greensboro this November
MMA's first big fight: Muhammad Ali vs. Antonio Inoki
The Legend Lives Collection Intro (WWE Network Exclusive)
Pit: Born To Controversy - WWE Network collection
Ramon: Oozing Machismo - WWE Network collection sneak
Angle: It's True, It's True (WWE Network Collection
Hidden Gems (WWE Network Collection intro)
Regional Wrestling is finally unleashed: Southpaw
Regional Wrestling - Episode 1
discovered more Southpaw!: Southpaw Regional Wrestling
- Episode 1, Season 2
Angle opens up about his WWE departure (WWE Network
look at WWE Hall of Famer Roddy Piper (multimedia)
look back at the birth of Hulkamania (multimedia)
Hart makes his WWE debut: Aug. 29, 1984
New Day and The Wyatts brawl at The Wyatt Family Compound:
Raw, July 11, 2016
what The Rock is cooking on the award-winning WWE
Network presents all new episodes of WWE 24
Network June 2017 Collections Preview Show
Network July Collections sneak peek
Network Aug. 2017 Collections sneak peek
Network Sept. 2017 Collections sneak peek - September
MATCH - Raw - Hulk Hogan vs. Ric Flair - WWE Championship
13th May 2002
MATCH - SmackDown - Hulk Hogan vs. Chris Jericho -
WWE Undisputed Championship Match
MATCH - Raw - Ken Shamrock vs. The Rock - Intercontinental
Hayes goes "bad" with an impromptu concert:
2016 WWE Hall of Fame
Back (Vince McMahon, Hulk Hogan and various WWF Superstars