“Playboy” Buddy Rose passes on

buddy-rose.jpegWrestling Confidential is sad to pass on that “Playboy” Buddy Rose was found dead earlier today by his wife in his portland, Oregon home. The cause of death is not known at this time.

Buddy Rose was infamous for his gimick about his weight. Buddy Rose would be introduced as weighing 271 lbs, buy Rose would correct them by saying he weighted a slim trim 217lbs. You might be able to catch one of his matches with his tag team partnet “Pretty Boy” Doug Somers, managed by the late Sherrie Martel.

*Spoilers* Smackdown results from Madison Square Garden

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RAW after Backlash 04.27.09

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– From the Arena at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport, Conn.

– We open straight in the arena with General Manager Vickie Guerrero stood in the ring. The heat is LOUD. She says how proud she is of her husband, Edge, for defeating John Cena last night and once again becoming World Champion. She then introduces the NEW WWE Champion Randy Orton, Orton makes his way to the ring accompanied by Ted DiBiase & Cody Rhodes. He climbs 3 corners and holds the championship up high. Orton says the McMahon family is in mourning. He says after 5 years, he finally defeated Triple H. He goes on to tell the fans they will all amount to nothing. He says he has destroyed the McMahon family, we are shown a video package of Orton taking out Vince, Shane, Stephanie and finally Triple H last night to become WWE Champion. Vickie tells Orton how proud she is he is on her show, Raw. She goes on to say Orton will defend the championship at Judgment Day against the winner of tonight’s main event, Big Show vs. Batista! Orton says all the guys in the back will respect him or they will end up like Triple H. MVP makes his way to the stage. He says he is the US Champion and doesn’t answer to anybody, DiBiase & Rhodes warn MVP to stay away, MVP refuses, Orton has a word with Vickie and she makes a second main event match of MVP vs. Randy Orton.

– Raw welcomes: Triple H, MVP & The Brain Kendrick.

(1) The Brian Kendrick vs. Kofi Kingston
Fast paced match, maybe Kendrick will get a better push on Raw. Kingston picks up the win after Trouble in Paradise.

– Backstage Vickie Guerrero thanks Big Show for what he did last night, she says she knows he didn’t do it for her or Edge but appreciates his “professionalism”. Show thanks her for putting him in the #1 contenders match, he leans in for a kiss, but she leans away, he tells her it’s gonna get lonely on Monday nights. She says for the sake of Raw, she wants things to be strictly professional.

(2) 8-Diva Tag Team Match – Santina Marella, Kelly Kelly, Brie Bella & Mickie James vs. Divas Champion Maryse, Beth Phoenix, Rosa Mendes & Jillian
Santina lets out a high pitched screech after Beth chops him on his chest! Brie goes under the ring, both Bella’s heads pop out, Rosa looks confused, Hornswoggle then pops through in between them, he chases Rosa around the ring, he then goes back under the ring, Maryse & Phoenix try to follow but Horny sprays them with a fire extinguisher. All the distraction allows Santina to roll up Jillian for the win. After the match, Hornswoggle gets a nasty view of up Santina’s skirt, he then faints.

– Raw welcomes: Mr. Kennedy, the Bella Twins & Matt Hardy.

(3) Matt Hardy vs. Goldust
Before the match, Matt calls his brother heartless. He says he had no choice but to quit last night after he suffered a broken hand. He says tonight he is being forced to wrestle, but it is under protest. Hardy hits Goldust in the head with his cast for the win in a short match.

– Up next; WWE Champion Randy Orton vs. United States Champion MVP.

(4) Non-Title – WWE Champion Randy Orton vs. United States Champion MVP
Cole notes Triple H will be out of action for sometime. Good match here between these two, fans seem really into it. Good to see MVP getting some good exposure on the red team. Finish comes with a run-in from Shane McMahon, Shane has a kendo stick and hits Orton with it until it splits. Shane then climbs to the top rope and drops a diving elbow. Rhodes & DiBiase run to the ring with steel chairs, Shane escapes through the crowd and taunts Orton from the top of the arena. Orton is furious.

– We are shown stills from last night’s Last Man Standing Match, King notes Cena was Chokeslammed into a 7000 watt searchlight by Big Show. Cole notes Cena is also out of action for an unknown period of time.

– Raw welcomes: Big Show, Maryse, Chavo Guerrero & The Miz.

– The Miz makes his way to the ring. He runs down his accolades and says he is the single most important draft pick Raw received. He says he is here to make a name for himself, he challenges John Cena to match here tonight. Cena’s music hits, but due to his injuries, obviously there was no sign of him. Miz asks if he has to belittle Cena? He says Cena always says “you can’t see me” Miz says that’s true, he can’t see Cena…because his movies aren’t in theatres long enough!! Still no Cena, Miz orders Lilian declare him the winner via forfeit. But because it wasn’t an official match in the first place, Lilian doesn’t. Miz grabs the mic off Lilian and declares himself the winner.

– We are shown highlights of the WWE’s latest European tour.

(5) Non-Title – Unified Tag Team Champions Primo & Carlito vs. Chavo Guerrero & Jamie Noble
King notes even though Carlito & Primo are officially Raw superstars, they aren’t exclusive to Raw as they can also defend the titles on ECW & SmackDown. Relatively short match, Carlito picks up the win with a Back Stabber on Jamie Noble.

– Backstage Josh Matthews asks Batista if he feels responsible for Triple H losing the WWE Championship last night. Batista says he feels for Triple H, he says he knows what he’s going through. He says he’s going to beat Big Show tonight, and then at Judgment Day, he’s gonna hurt Orton, just like Orton hurt him, Triple H and Triple H’s family. He says he will take what matters most to Orton away from him…the WWE Championship.

– Vickie Guerrero announces Randy Orton vs. Shane McMahon for next weeks Raw.

(6) #1 Contenders match for the WWE Championship – Big Show vs. Batista
Batista gets a huge pop. Quite slow match, some boring chants. Batista manages a Spinebuster on Show. Show hits the Chokeslam on Batista. John Cena appears on the entrance way, Cena doesn’t do or say anything. The distraction draws Big Show out of the ring long enough for the referee to count him out! Show runs back to the ring but is too late, he then turns into a Spear from Batista. Cena smiles and Show is furious as Raw goes off air.

(source: gerweck.net)

Samoa Joe on the world

samoajoe.jpegPosted on Samoa Joe’s MySpace:

Over and under..

My name is Joe.

I work in the most unusual of workplaces with a collection of the most unique individuals you will ever meet.

I have traveled all across this great planet, from the greatest of cities to the smallest of towns.

I have met old, young, sick and well.

I have loved, lost, fought, and negotiated, and in these experiences I have learned a few undenyable truths

The world will tell you to take your place in line.

The world will make it easy to settle for complacency

The world craves harmony and will feed on your desires to achieve it.

F^%$ The World…

2009 WWE Backlash Results

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2009 WWE Backlash PPV Card

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World Heavyweight Champion John Cena vs. Edge (Last Man Standing Match)

ECW Champion Jack Swagger vs. Christian

WWE Champion Triple H, Batista & Shane McMahon vs. Randy Orton & The Legacy

Jeff Hardy vs. Matt Hardy (“I Quit” Match)

Chris Jericho vs. WWE Hall of Famer Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat

CM Punk vs. Kane

Jerry Lawler talks about Andy kaufman

jerrylawler.jpegThis is an excerpt from an interview Phil Strum did for Under the Ring with Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler,

PS: One of the real gems I was able to discover about 10 years ago was you and Andy Kaufman in Memphis, watching some of those tapes.

JL: Andy Kaufman was one of the biggest things to ever happen to me in my career, as far as helping put me on the map on a national level. Quite frankly, you know, I’ m from Memphis, Tennessee. We had a great promotion down there for 30-something years that I wrestled. We drew big crowds in our particular area and territory down there. We were wrestling, at that time, and all the way through the mid-80s was regionalized. Before the advent of cable television, where eveything got blown out all over the world, it was next to impossible to make national news. To be known on a national level. You were just known in whatever region you were wrestling in at the time.

Then, along came Andy Kaufman. Because he was on the highest-rated show on television at the time, Taxi, and he wanted to get involved with wrestling. It just sort of fell in my lap because of a guy, Bill Apter, who was a magazine writer, at the time overheard a conversation that Andy had with Vince McMahon Sr. in which Andy wanted to get involved and wrestle some women out of the audience. He never dreamed…Andy never thought about wrestling a man.

That just evolved as I had him come down to Memphis and wrestle the women. It evolved into, finally, I thought, this is a great opportunity to get at least some sort of rub off this superstar. I just told him, ‘I said, Andy, you know, you’ve wrestled the women down here three or four weeks in a row. It’s going over great. You need to move onto something. Why don’t you have a match with a man?’ And he said, ‘Oh no no, I could never do that.’ I said, well, what if I came up with a way that you could do that? Would you be interested. And he said, “Oh my God, yeah.”

The truth of the matter is Andy grew up a wrestling fan and idolized “Nature Boy” Buddy Rogers. He told me many times, ‘I was always amazed.’ He said what captivated him about wrestling were the bad guys that could go on television and intentionally try to make people despise them, but still be popular. That became ingrained in part of Andy’s comedic performances. He never told a joke in his career. Andy wasn’t a comedian and didn’t even like to be called a comedian. He was a performance artist. His reaction, that he enjoyed getting from a crowd, was he enjoyed having them dislike him more than have them like him. He would go out and sometimes, 1,000 or 1,500 people would come to see him do comedy and he’d walk out on a podium, open up a book called “The Great Gatsby” and just start reading. And read for hours until finally, everybody finally just got up and left. And they’re going, what the heck?

Andy was great and of course, then he got the cancer. He told me at one time, I would give up everything that I’m doing in Hollywood, I’d give up Taxi, the comedy clubs, everything, if I could just stay involved in wrestling. That’s how much he loved it. All the events he did for us. All the huge sellout crowds he helped us draw there in Memphis and all around our wrestling area, he earned a lot of money and we paid him a lot of money. on all those events, Percentage of the gate every time that he wrestled for us. After he died, he had never cashed one of those checks.

PS: Wow. He really respected it.

JL: He really did.

Complete Recap of the WWE European Tour

wwelogo21.jpegWe were wondering how TNA’s four-day work month looks to the WWE roster after the WWE European Tour completed with a total of 19 shows (include 2 TV Tapings from London, England) presented in 8 different countries in 10 days. Here are a complete recap of the results of each of their shows:

House Show WWE RAW – Dublin, Irlande – 15/04/09

– Kofi Kingston defeated The Miz.
– Melina & Kelly Kelly defeated Beth Phoenix & Layla.
– Charlie Haas defeated Santino Marella.
– CM Punk defeated William Regal.
– Carlito & Primo defeated Mike Knox & Kane.
– Intercontinental Championship: Rey Mysterio defeated Chris Jericho.
– World Heavyweight Championship: John Cena defeated Edge.

House Show WWE Smackdown/ECW – Cologne, Germany – 16/04/09

– Evan Bourne defeated Tyson Kidd.
– Finlay defeated Mark Henry.
– Gail Kim & The Bella Twins defeated Maryse, Natalya & Katie Lea Burchill.
– WWE U.S. Championship: MVP defeated Shelton Benjamin.
– ECW Championship: Jack Swagger defeated Christian.
– Street Fight: Matt Hardy defeated Jeff Hardy.
– The Undertaker & Triple H defeated The Legacy (Randy Orton, Cody Rhodes & Ted Dibiase).

House Show WWE RAW – Dublin, Irlande – 16/04/09

– Kofi Kingston defeated William Regal.
– Santino Marella defeated Charlie Haas.
– Goldust defeated The Miz.
– WWE Women’s Championship: Melina defeated Beth Phoenix.
– Carlito & Primo defeated Mike Knox & Kane.
– CM Punk defeated Chris Jericho.
– Rey Mysterio & John Cena defeated Edge & Big Show.

House Show WWE Smackdown/ECW – Strasbourg, France – 17/04/09

– Evan Bourne defeated Tyson Kidd.
– Finlay defeated Mark Henry.
– Gail Kim & The Bella Twins defeated Maryse, Natalya & Katie Lea Burchill.
– WWE U.S. Championship: MVP defeated Shelton Benjamin.
– ECW Championship: Jack Swagger defeated Christian.
– Street Fight: Matt Hardy defeated Jeff Hardy.
– The Undertaker & Triple H defeated The Legacy (Randy Orton, Cody Rhodes & Ted Dibiase).

House Show WWE RAW – Glasgow, Scotland – 17/04/09

– Kofi Kingston defeated The Miz.
– William Regal defeated Charlie Haas.
– Santino Marella defeated Goldust.
– WWE Women’s Championship: Melina defeated Beth Phoenix.
– Carlito & Primo defeated Mike Knox & Kane.
– CM Punk defeated Chris Jericho.
– Rey Mysterio & John Cena defeated Edge & Big Show.

House Show WWE Smackdown/ECW – Salzburg, Austria – 18/04/09

– Evan Bourne defeated Tyson Kidd.
– Finlay defeated Mark Henry.
– Gail Kim & The Bella Twins defeated Maryse, Natalya & Katie Lea Burchill.
– WWE U.S. Championship: MVP defeated Shelton Benjamin.
– ECW Championship: Jack Swagger defeated Christian.
– Street Fight: Matt Hardy defeated Jeff Hardy.
– The Undertaker & Triple H defeated The Legacy (Randy Orton, Cody Rhodes & Ted Dibiase).

House Show WWE RAW – Aberdeen, Scotland – 18/04/09

– Goldust defeated William Regal.
– The Miz defeated Charlie Haas.
– Kofi Kingston defeated Santino Marella.
– Melina defeated Beth Phoenix.
– Big Show defeated CM Punk.
– Primo & Carlito defeated Kane & Mike Knox.
– Rey Mysterio defeated Chris Jericho.
– World Heavyweight Championship: John Cena defeated Edge.

House Show WWE Smackdown/ECW – Vienne, Austria – 19/04/09

– Evan Bourne defeated Tyson Kidd.
– Finlay defeated Mark Henry.
– Gail Kim & The Bella Twins defeated Maryse, Natalya & Katie Lea Burchill.
– WWE U.S. Championship: MVP defeated Shelton Benjamin.
– ECW Championship: Jack Swagger defeated Christian.
– Street Fight: Matt Hardy defeated Jeff Hardy.
– The Undertaker & Triple H defeated The Legacy (Randy Orton, Cody Rhodes & Ted Dibiase).

House Show WWE RAW – Nottingham, England – 19/04/09

– Kelly Kelly & Melina defeated Layla & Beth Phoenix.
– The Miz defeated Charlie Haas.
– William Regal defeated Goldust.
– Kofi Kingston defeated Santino Marella.
– The Colons defeated Kane & Mike Knox.
– CM Punk defeated Chris Jericho pour conserver sa mallette remportée lors du “Money in The Bank”.
– John Cena & Rey Mysterio defeated Big Show & Edge.

House Show WWE Smackdown/ECW – Cardiff, Wales – 20/04/09

– Evan Bourne defeated Tyson Kidd.
– Finlay defeated Mark Henry.
– Gail Kim & The Bella Twins defeated Maryse, Natalya & Katie Lea Burchill.
– WWE U.S. Championship: MVP defeated Shelton Benjamin.
– ECW Championship: Jack Swagger defeated Christian.
– Street Fight: Matt Hardy defeated Jeff Hardy.
– The Undertaker & Triple H defeated The Legacy (Randy Orton, Cody Rhodes & Ted Dibiase).

TV Tapings WWE RAW – London, England – 20/04/09

– Batista defeated Chavo Guerrero.
– CM Punk defeated Kane.
– WWE Women’s Championship: Melina defeated Beth Phoenix.
– John Cena defeated Chris Jericho.
– Big Show defeated Rey Mysterio.
– Randy Orton defeated Triple H
– Superstars: Kane & Big Show defeated CM Punk & Rey Mysterio.
– Superstars: Edge defeated Kofi Kingston.

TV Tapings WWE Smackdown/ECW – London, England – 21/04/09

– Superstars: Finlay & Hornswoggle defeated Tyson Kidd & Natalya.
– Hornswoggle defeated Natalya.
– Evan Bourne defeated Paul Burchill.
– Vladimir Kozlov defeated Frankie Sloane.- Kane & Matt Hardy defeated CM Punk & Jeff Hardy.
– Big Show defeated The Undertaker.
– WWE Divas Championship: Maryse defeated Gail Kim.
– MVP defeated Chavo Guerrero.
– Shane McMahon & defeatedista defeated Cody Rhodes & Ted Dibiase.

House Show WWE RAW – Cardiff, Wales – 21/04/09

– Cryme Time defeatedtent Mike Knox and Charlie Haas.
– The Miz defeated Kofi Kingston.
– John Morrison defeated Goldust.
– Kelly Kelly & Melina defeated Beth Phoenix & Layla.
– Intercontinental Championship: Rey Mysterio defeated William Regal.
– World Heavyweight Championship: John Cena defeated Chris Jericho

House Show WWE Smackdown/ECW – Birmingham, England – 22/04/09

– Evan Bourne defeated Tyson Kidd.
– Belfast Brawl: Finlay defeated Mark Henry.
– Gail Kim & The Bella Twins defeated Maryse, Natalya & Katie Lea Burchill.
– WWE U.S. Championship: MVP defeated Shelton Benjamin and R-Truth.
– ECW Championship: Jack Swagger defeated Christian.
– Jeff Hardy defeated Matt Hardy.
– The Undertaker & Triple H defeated Cody Rhodes & Ted Dibiase.

House Show WWE RAW – Liverpool, England – 22/04/09

– William Regal defeated Dolph Ziggler.
– John Morrison defeated Jamie Noble.
– Santino Marella & Beth Phoenix defeated Melina & Kelly Kelly.
– Kane defeated Kofi Kingston.
– The Miz defeated Goldust.
– The Colons defeated Charlie Haas & Mike Knox.
– Big Show defeated CM Punk.
– Rey Mysterio defeated Chris Jericho.
– World Heavyweight Championship: John Cena defeated Edge.

House Show WWE Smackdown/ECW – Glasgow, Scotland – 23/04/09

– Evan Bourne defeated Tyson Kidd.
– Belfast Brawl: Finlay defeated Mark Henry.
– Gail Kim & The Bella Twins defeated Maryse, Natalya & Katie Lea Burchill.
– WWE U.S. Championship: MVP defeated Shelton Benjamin and R-Truth.
– ECW Championship: Jack Swagger defeated Christian.
– Jeff Hardy defeated Matt Hardy.
– The Undertaker & Triple H defeated Cody Rhodes & Ted Dibiase.

House Show WWE RAW – Newcastle, England – 23/04/09

– William Regal defeated Dolph Ziggler.
– The Miz defeated Goldust.
– Santino Marella & Beth Phoenix defeated Melina & Kelly Kelly.
– Kane defeated Kofi Kingston.
– John Morrison defeated Jamie Noble.
– The Colons defeated Charlie Haas & Mike Knox.
– Big Show defeated CM Punk.
– Rey Mysterio defeated Chris Jericho.
– World Heavyweight Championship: John Cena defeated Edge.

House Show WWE Smackdown/ECW – Geneve, Suisse – 24/04/09

– Evan Bourne defeated Tyson Kidd.
– Belfast Brawl: Finlay defeated Mark Henry.
– Gail Kim & The Bella Twins def
eated Maryse, Natalya & Katie Lea Burchill.
– WWE U.S. Championship: MVP defeated Shelton Benjamin and R-Truth.
– ECW Championship: Jack Swagger defeated Christian.
– Jeff Hardy defeated Matt Hardy.
– The Undertaker & Triple H defeated Cody Rhodes & Ted Dibiase.

House Show WWE RAW – Belfast, Irlande – 24/04/09

-Kofi defeated William Regal w/Layla

– Kane defeated Dolph Ziggler

– Santina and Beth w/Rosa defeated Kelly Kelly and Melina

– Miz defeated Goldust

– Carlito and Primo defeated The Hard Knox Connection (Charlie Haas and Mike Knox) for Unified Tag Titles

After Intermission,

– John Morrison defeated Jamie Noble

– CM Punk defeated Y2J (after interference by Ricky Steamboat)

– Rey Mysterio and John Cena defeated Edge and Big Show

(source: FNLUTTE.com)

Ric Flair promoting his appearance on ROH

Jim Cornette Blogging

bg_k52n.jpgWow! When Jim lays down his opinion in his new blog at www.jimcornette.com

Hightlights include:

I can’t count the number of times over the last 10 years that someone, usually not connected to professional wrestling in any way except as a fan, has asked me, “How do I get a job as a writer?” or given me a package of “scripts” as an audition for a “writing position”. This usually gives me the sour belches. It’s not these folks’ fault that they want the position, it’s the fault of the idiots who actually HIRE idiots like these that gives others the idea they, too, can get the jobs with no experience whatsoever. So the inaugural Cornette’s Commentary deals with what a “booker” is, what a “writer” is, and the difference between the two.

Let’s clarify our terms at the start. Pro wrestling doesn’t have “writers”, it has a BOOKER. “Sports entertainment” has “writers”. Since Toots Mondt laid the groundwork for the position of booker back in the 20’s and 30’s, the booker in wrestling served as the matchmaker, deciding who would wrestle who, who would win, constructed the finishes to lead to rematches if applicable, and set up the “programs”, or series of matches between two opponents. He determined the talent roster by hiring and/or firing the wrestlers who wrestled in the particular territory he was booking. As the TV era began, the booker also laid out the TV formats, came up with the angles to be worked, and gave the talent ideas for what to say in their promos.

The promoter, or owner, of the territory the booker was in charge of was the only person the booker answered to. He might have assistants to carry out his instructions, but he had sole control over any decisions relating to talent. If business was good, he stayed in the position. If business was bad, the promoter replaced him. The wrestlers, especially the main event talent, had great leeway in their performance as long as they carried out the booker’s basic instructions. The booker gave the finish and any important spot, the rest of the match was up to the talent. The booker told the talent the subject and time of their TV promos, content and delivery was up to talent. As an example, Dusty Rhodes’ instructions to me might be, “You’ve got 3 minutes, you’re wrestling the Rock & Roll Express in Charlotte, last show there you interfered with the racket so this time they’ve asked for a cage match, and it’s for the Tag Title. Go sell me some tickets.”

If the talent performed the booker’s angles, finishes and promos properly while getting their individual personalities and style over, they drew money. If they didn’t, they were replaced with someone who did. So, in summation, a booker assembled a crew of wrestlers that he felt were unique, charismatic and talented, gave them direction and a platform on which to get over, built up their won-loss records, and then manipulated them into personal issues or title matches with other stars he felt were compelling enough that fans would pay to see them. The talent did the rest, and that’s why main event stars got reputations as being able to “draw money”. You often hear these days that “so and so has never drawn any money.” In TODAY’s environment, few particular talents “draw money”, because few are put in positions to do their own thing and prove it’s THEM, not the “writing”, that people are paying to see.

Great talent can sometimes take mediocre booking and make it work, but it’s hard for great booking to draw money with subpar talent. Being a great booker was an art form, possibly the hardest job in wrestling, because it not only required great knowledge of and experience in wrestling, but the ability to spot and feature great talent as well. Many of the greatest bookers were also top stars in the ring. The reason for this is because only a proven money-drawing talent with a track record of success and years of experience would be trusted by a promoter with the most important job in his company. In many cases, only a top star known for his accomplishments would have the respect in the eyes of the talent to be able to tell a locker room full of stars and tough guys what to do.

Of course, there was often a problem with the booker also being a wrestler, in terms of ego, overpushing himself or his friends, etc., but there was also an upside in that the booker knew he wouldn’t walk out on himself, hold himself up for more money, and the like. So how did you become a booker in the “old days?” Every story is different, but the gist is the same.Unless you had some outstanding accomplishment on your resume, such as being a standout amateur champion, former pro athlete, local sports hero, or physical giant that made a promoter come to you, you generally followed a path something like this:

You were a fan of wrestling who hung around the matches, set up the ring, ran errands, etc. until your presence became accepted in the “closed society” of wrestling. An established wrestler took a liking to you and agreed to train you in the basics. After getting the crap kicked out of you in training, you started as a TV job guy or a “curtain-jerker”, got beaten like a drum, losing to everyone wherever you could get booked. You suffered through long trips and low payoffs until, IF you had any talent, you began moving up the cards, and MAYBE you would get a break if you impressed someone in power, and you would get to be involved in an angle or program. If that went well, you MIGHT get booked in a decent spot somewhere else. Over a period of years, working in many different territories, IF you were really good, you MIGHT establish yourself as a top talent.

IF you showed an interest in or aptitude for the booking end of wrestling, you might begin to get input in your own programs and angles, and IF that worked well, you MIGHT be offered a spot as an assistant to an established booker who had taken an interest in you and wanted to mentor you, and if that worked out, a promoter somewhere MIGHT have enough faith in you to give you a shot as his booker. So as you can see, it was fairly easy.

In my case, I was a fan for 5 years, a photographer/ring announcer/gofer for 6 years, and a manager for 7 years before I was given an opportunity to be an assistant to WCW booker Ric Flair at the age of 28, and THAT raised eyebrows as I had so “little” experience. I also had to overcome the fact that I was not a wrestler, but “only” a manager. Still, I had been a performer, and that was the key. Not only was it almost unheard of for a person without many years of experience to be given a booking spot, but it was even rarer for someone to book if they had not been a performer of some kind.

You needed the experience of actually performing angles, finishes, promos and the like to know, through trial and error and on-the-job training how these things were laid out and implemented, how crowds would react, and how slight variations would lead to the success or failure of anything you were trying to accomplish.

Contrast the old system, where idiots like the aforementioned Gewirtz couldn’t have gotten a job popping popcorn, with today. “Sports entertainment” started in the mid 80’s, as a term coined by Vince McMahon to con major advertisers into thinking they were buying something other than professional wrestling, which many considered “low-class” programming. Of course, it was really still wrestling, as fans have never said, “There’s sports entertainment at the Coliseum tonight”, or “Did you get your sports entertainment tickets”. But, especially over the last 10 years, the WWE has spearheaded major changes which have resulted in wrestling being possibly the only product of any kind where the fans, or the consumers, know more about the product than most of the people in charge of producing it.

The WWE executives and higher-ups have deluded themselves into thinking that they really AREN’T in the wrestling business, that they have created something better than “rasslin’ “, as they condescendingly refer to it. Even though they owe their homes, their savings, possibly everything they own to pro wrestling, they are so ashamed of being in the business of promoting wrestling that they refuse to even call it that. Over nearly a generation of hiring new employees, most of whom don’t know the true story, they have created an atmosphere in the company whereby many there genuinely believe they have created a new genre of entertainment out of something that was seedy and small time, never successful before Vince got ahold of it. Nowhere is this more prevalent as on their “creative team”, which is what they optimistically call their “writers”.

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