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Re: “Hot Stuff

Oh Geez, M_Awesomeberg says its not real. Many rock Musicians dub their musical programs and make them fake. Let me see, well CSI, NCIS L&O and Criminal minds isn't real either! I am sure there are some of us that doubt much of the political events are real either. What population does TV appeal to.

I could argue that most of reality TV is predetermined in nature. I could argue that Wrestling was live cartoon shows with acting roles. I could argue that it is good psychodrama and role playing.

SO, Mr. Awesomeberg, what is your point? If you don't like it, change the channel.

Posted by PhredD on 03/25/2011 at 8:00 PM

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Its an announcing gig. Its a Job. I admit using a weatherman (Dave or Brian) or in the case of Lance Russell when he was at WHBQ a program director add to the mainstream nature of the program.

In the old days of TV newsmen did commercials and hosted gameshows (Hugh Downs and Mike Wallace come to mind) did that lessen their skill?

Many a reporter/newscaster is a football Play-by-play/analyst. The team pays the announcer for services. Does doing football gigs make the person any less impartial on the news? Was Jack Buck or is son Joe Buck less of an announcer analyst because they were paid to hype the cardinals before going on to mainstream announcing?

Some have even left wrestling to go mainstream. Jonathan Coachman is on ESPN now, but he spent years on WWF (now WWE) telecasts. Dave Brown also did Dialing For Dollars Movies on WHBQ, but that is a hosting job, it is a job assigned to him.

In the case of Dave and Lance, they were very good at their craft of getting the program over to the audience. The getting over by the announcer is every bit as important as the work of the wrestler.

Posted by PhredD on 03/25/2011 at 5:52 PM

Re: “Hot Stuff

one of the things that killed regional wrestling was the screwjob ending. This is called a Dusty Rhodes screwjob ending. Dusty Rhodes kiled promotions doing this. This is where the fans leave thinking the match went one way, but later the match would be announced as reversed after the fact.

Posted by PhredD on 03/25/2011 at 10:55 AM

Re: “Hot Stuff

The real talent of Memphis Wrestling was Lance Russell's ability to carry an interview and keep the intensity on the match in his play-by-play. Mr Russell's ability to describe and sell the match with his play-by-play helped many a program work.

His accent on moves and his reactive expression on the action made it look real. "A biiig elbow", "a Biiiggg Suplex" "Watch out ref, he going to use the piledriver"... Mr Russell could carry a bad match to make it sound good.

The other talent was the knack to have cute pretty boys to sell the action of being beaten. Believe it or not, Jerry Jarrett was the best. I can remember Jerry Jarrett sitting on the floor with PlowBoy and reaching out to PlowBoy and actually turn him from a most hated wrestler to a beloved face. At the time, Jarrett was the booker and the leading pretty boy babyface.

Posted by PhredD on 03/25/2011 at 10:50 AM

Re: “Hot Stuff

Lyman, dont be a big wrestling mark! Fargo pure and simple was a Jobbroni. The art of wrestling is to use the big feud to move on to other feuds. The match I mentioned would've been one for the books, but afterward a reigniting of the Greene-Fargo Feud and the Jackie Fargo-Crazy Luke Graham feud. Both feuds would have the intensity reignited to take to every arena on the circuit. Plus in reality neither Sputnik or Fargo jobs to one another.

Posted by PhredD on 03/25/2011 at 10:37 AM

Re: “Hot Stuff

A feud between Sputnik and Fargo would've been played out as a tag match Trech Phillips, Sputnik, and Rocket Monroe versus The Fargos (Jackie, Donnie, and Roughhouse). The ending would've been a run-in by Don and Al Green (with Crazy Luke Graham of the Golden grahams there to help the Mean Greene) beating the Fargos to a bloody pulp and letting Sputnik pin Jackie with Crazy Luke holding Jackie Fargo down.

Posted by PhredD on 03/25/2011 at 6:57 AM

Re: “Early-Voting Turnout Figures Have Democrats Worried and Republicans in a Groove

Presidential Elections tend to attract voters. Mid term elections tend to have a dropoff. The party of the president "traditionally" tends to be hurt in mid-term elections. I think Johnson and Nixon were rare exceptions.

in the last few years, I go to the polls for early voting, I have noticed that there is a stronger republican vote in early voting. I think this has to do with the traditional way the democrats get out the vote.

Posted by PhredD on 07/29/2010 at 9:33 AM

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