More thoughts on GM Mike Adamle

Evil General ManagerIs it coincidence that on Freddie Prinze Jr’s first night with WWE the whole episode of RAW played out like an episode of ‘Scooby Doo’? RAW even has a ‘Scooby Doo’ ending, as the horrible phantom creature what lurks behind the stage is unmasked and turns out to be- MIKE ADAMLE?

At least in ‘Scooby Doo’ someone explains how the clues fit together. Think back to all the clues we were given. First, why would WWE Champion Punk be matched against a free agent? Why would the new manager change up ‘Hacksaw’ Duggin with Michael Cole as Jerry Lawyer’s tag team partner against Ted DiBiase and Cody Rhodes? Why would Mike Adamle and JR be asked to be at RAW? Who else would set up William’s return match with none other than the reigning World Champion?

Mike Adamle as General Manager gets to dispense awards and punishment as he pleases. Think back- who was the last person to go out of his way to give Mike Adamle a prop? Why, it was William Regal, who had JR kicked off the announcer’s table so that Mike Adamle could work with Jerry lawyer. Mike’s fellow announcers have been giving Adamle a hard time, so here’s a little payback- Mike spent the whole show messing with Michael Cole, Jerry Lawyer and JR. Jerry doesn’t get to sort out the kids. Michael Cole gets knocked senseless. JR doesn’t get to return to RAW. Mike may be so green he smells like pine sap, may look like vanilla pudding, but he’s a sneaky bastard! He spent half the show in the trenches with his marks! We’ll go along with Adamle as GM as long as he can be this calculating, backhanded and vengeful every week as GM.

The whole moment- from weeks of suspense, wasn’t ruined by a miscue by Mike Adamle. Honestly, do you think the audience would have responded differently if Mike hadn’t made his way into the ring early? What we needed was Freddie Prinze Jr., Sarah Michelle Geller and the rest of the gang to interrupt Shane, catch Mike Adamle and explain to us all what was going on.

*Spoiler* Saturday Night’s Main Event Results

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In Defense of GM Mike Adamle

mikeadf.jpgOne would think that WWE’s efforts to repackage its product would be appreciated by fans who have been moaning for years about how ‘stale’ the product has become. WWE isn’t wasting time following up their commitments as to how they would reform and grow their product. No one can really say what works and doesn’t work in wrestling until it’s been tried. WWE is trying to grow their fan base by becoming a more family friendly product. So, is Mike Adamle as RAW’s General Manager really a disaster?

Mike Adamle is the most family palatable face we at wrestling confidential have seen since Bob Saget hosted America’s Home Videos. Mike’s not remotely embarrassed to be new to wrestling. He loves to learn on the go and he’s unabashedly unafraid to make mistakes in front of millions of people. Many people feel that Mike hasn’t paid his dues to have any status with WWE. Those people have missed the point: WWE is repackaging the product hoping to attract millions of new fans just like Mike to wrestling.

So, the ‘Freshman’ just got to be quarterback and the players and fans are in an uproar. There is a petition being passed around WWE Fan Nation asking for Mike Adamle to be fired. It’s hard to believe that long time fans of wrestling actually believe that fan heat can get a WWE agent fired. What the petition shows is how insular the wrestling community is. The petition also reveals the greatest barrier to market growth for WWE is the core fan base itself.

Wrestling is ridiculous spectacle. Wrestling also has a reality that fans can only enter by suspending disbelief. Anyone new to wrestling is going to be wowed by the spectacle. Someone who watches wrestling for a long time will find things inside wrestling reality that reaffirms their grip on the real world. Many fans feel that people who don’t watch wrestling think that fans of wrestling are simple. Wrestling fans think that people who don’t watch wrestling are snobs. For many fans, then, wrestling is a private reality that needs to be protected from intruders. How can new fans of wrestling share their enthusiasm? Who can they share their enthusiasm with?

How can WWE grow the fan base when the fans don’t want new marks to crash the party?

‘Fools rush in where angels fear to tred.’ Mike Adamle may be that kind of fool, but that’s not a bad thing. His performance as manager his first week out was calculating, underhanded, deceptive and vindictive. Let’s give the guy a chance.

TNA adding show to ‘Maximum Impact’, TNA TV Studio nears completion

sting3-tna1.jpgTNAwrestling.com is reporting a new event will be announced for January’s “Maximum Impact” tour of the United Kingdom. The additional show will take place in Ireland, along with the previously announced dates in Great Britain and Scotland.

TNAwrestling.com also reports that TNA Wrestling is nearing completion of a brand-new 20 000 square foot TNA TV Studio near the TNA headquarters in Nashville, Tennessee! The new studio will have editing bays for the creation of their worldwide programming (“iMPACT!”, Xplosion, etc) and DVD production, as well as standup/on-camera sets. The studio will also house audio areas, a tape library, conference rooms as well as TNA’s growing Merchandise Department. TNA feels that the new state-of-the-art Television Studio is a major milestone for the company.

*Spoiler* WWE Smackdown results for 8/01

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Hulk and Kimbo Slice starring together?, Savio Vega happy to be with TNA

hulkslice.jpgHere’s a must see feel-good movie for the whole family! Kimbo Slice and Hulk Hogan will be starring together in Stereo Vision’s kid’s comedy “Kung Fu U” in 3D. The movie is about a bunch of nerd and misfits that are sent away by their wealthy parents to the Brentwood Academy to learn the finer arts of self-defense. The movie even has a moral: that we’re all the same, no mtter what our age, or where we came from and that we should all stick together.

Savio Vega is said to be very excited with his position within TNA. Savio joined the TNA staff as an agent this past Monday July 28th. Savio says he was well received and felt at ease and he is looking forward to a long relationship with the company. Savio is thrilled to see many of his peers that he hadn’t seen of spoken to in a while and is equally thrilled in being able to meet many of TNA’s rising stars. The dedication and brotherhood amongst all the talent is incredible.

*Spoiler* iMPACT! Results for 7/31

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Tomko leaves TNA, Arson at Wrestling School, TNA pushing ‘Bound for Glory’

tysontomko2ac4.jpgJason Powell is reporting that Kevin Nash walked out of last night’s iMPACT! Tapings in Orlando. Nash is apparently angry about the booking of a match he was to be involved in and left.
Jason Powell of Prowrestling.net also reports that Tomko has decided to leave TNA. Tomko apparently said his goodbyes to all the talent at last night’s tapings. Tomko has been unhappy with TNA since his 30 day suspension for skipping the Lockdown Fanfest in April.

Mike Johnson reports that there was a fire on Saturday night at Scott D’amore’s wrestling school in Canada. Officials believe it was arson done by some local teenagers. No one was injured in the fire.

TNA is actively advertising all over the Chicago land area for the ‘Bound for Glory IV PPV’ event. TNA is advertising on radio, TV, even billboards, hoping to draw a packed house for their biggest show of the year. You can check out a commercial that is slated to air on Thursday’s iMPACT! at TNAwrestling.com. In it, TNA wrestlers, including Booker T and Samoa Joe, are featured in a thirty’s gangland-style commercial for ‘Bound for Glory’.

Jesse Ventura for President, Mae Young at RAW, Freddy Prinze Jr. joins WWE

gov39-full.jpgHoward Stern’s appeal to Jesse to be a guest on his Sirius Radio paid off, as ‘The Body’ was on the show this morning. Jesse discussed an angle proposal he sent to Vince McMahon for WrestleMania XXIV. Ventura wanted Vince to announce that WWE would get into politics because he did not like the current candidates and ask WWE fans to organize a campaign to get the WWE Party on every state ballot.

When WWE is on all states ballots, Vince would announce himself candidate and then Jesse would come to say he wouldn’t allow that. This feud would blow off at WrestleMania where the winner would become the WWE candidate. Ventura would win the match, become the candidate and run a real campaign for presidency. Jesse said that Vince never responded and that Vince will regret that because Navy Seals do not get mad, they get even.

After the Smackdown Rebound and the Shane McMahon and Todd Grisham backstage segment, Mae Young came out for the Kiss-Cam for the live audience. She ended up attacking the referee and making her own kiss-cam in the end.

The Wrestling Observer reports that WWE has added actor, Freddy Prinze Jr., reportedly a big WWE fan, to their creative team. Freddy began work at this week’s RAW and the SNME tapings. Vince and Stephanie McMahon are hoping that hiring Freddie Prinze Jr. for the creative team will open more doors in Hollywood. The McMahons are also hoping that Sarah Michelle Geller will do an angle for the company at some point. Prince is best known for his hit comedy, “She’s All That”, “I Know What You Did Last Summer”, both “Scooby Doo” movies and being the lucky husband of Sarah Michelle Geller. Prince was introduced to everyone at RAW last night and people seemed impressed with how excited he was about working for WWE.

Can anyone else see a “WWE Robot Chicken” special coming around the corner?

Raw Results for 7/28

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