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just watched the manner in which the Philadelphia Flyers-Pittsburgh Penguins
Eastern Conference quarterfinal Stanley Cup playoff series was officiated, I’ve
come to learn that few things frustrate me more than a double-standard.
it is applied to Hulk Hogan, who seems to embody the best and worst traits of
an aging pro wrestler, I feel compelled to point out a double-standard when I
see one. And, folks, whether you like him or not, Hulk Hogan is the focal
point of a double-standard that becomes more obvious with each passing week.
On our homepage of our website, pwi-online.com, is a link to a news
item “Backstage Heat On Hulk Hogan For Recent Comments About TNA's Problems.”
Apparently Hogan made the unconscionable faux pas of tweeting that taking
Impact Wrestling live on Thursday nights would solve “75% of TNA’s problems.”
Of course, what, if any, problems a live show would fix can be
debated. But it seems some folks at TNA and in the Internet wrestling community
are livid that Hogan would dare tweet such an opinion during a time when TNA is
facing so many “problems.”
Then again, some people will claim that it's okay to blast Hogan. He has it coming, right? He gets paid big bucks and was given lots
of power to drive Nielsen ratings and pay-per-view buys for TNA, and the return
on that investment has been relatively nil. Besides, any hopes for success or actual gains by TNA are in spite of Hogan's contributions. Plus, he still promotes himself at the expense
of TNA’s younger stars, he's a manipulator and con artist, he can no longer work in the ring, he doesn't do anything that doesn't benefit himself, blah, blah,
All that might or might not be true. Regardless, jumping all over the guy for
putting his opinion out there like all users of social media do, and for
expressing an idea that may just help TNA at some point—which, by the way, happens to be his
I am not defending Hogan’s track record in the wrestling
business, nor am I endorsing his premise that live TV will right
the TNA ship. I am, however pointing out that Hogan is snared in a
double-standard: Criticism is heaped upon him for making a simple suggestion while a
somewhat gracious act at Lockdown went entirely unnoticed by the IWC. I read
not a single news report, tweet, or post after Hogan magnanimously and
unequivocally told Ric Flair at the PPV that he - Flair - was the greatest wrestler of
Anybody who knows anything about the infamous Hogan ego,
knows that delivering that line with a straight face must have torn his guts out.
Does Hogan deserve a parade or a medal for doing something gracious? No. But if
he’s going to be ripped for his tweets, he should also be recognized when he does
something cool. To have it any other way is a double-standard.
watched TNA Lockdown from the comfort of my livingroom, I have no idea what was
going on with the crowd at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium on April 15. All
I know is the fans in attendance, how ever many or few, were eerily silent
throughout the show, and their silence cast a pall over the pay-per-view
broadcast, making for a very tepid show.
Granted, Lockdown 2012 wasn’t what I would call a great PPV, but it wasn’t TNA’s worst,
either. If it were such a poor show, I’d have expected the fans to at least
boo once in a while, but there was hardly any discernable reaction from them
until Jeff Hardy hit Kurt Angle with a Swanton from the top of the steel cage.
happened? Was the crowd inadequately miked? Were the fans hoarse from cheering
on their Predators, who defeated the Detroit Red Wings earlier in the day? Or
were the fans so uninspired by the action that they didn’t care to express
themselves in any way.
in the know, or were in the crowd at Lockdown, please give me a shout.
much to digest, analyze, and comment on coming out of WrestleMania 28 last
night, a full recap will be forthcoming soon. For the time being, though, I
just wanted to see if you noticed the same things I noticed on the pay-per-view
broadcast. Aside from three epic main-event matches, here’s what jumped out at
Menounos, Flo Rida, P-Diddy, Machine Gun Kelly, Brodus and Mama Clay (with The
Bridge Club) were all given way more airtime than Daniel Bryan and Sheamus were
given for a World title match.
it looked like Justin Gabriel could make something of himself as a singles
wrestler, he’s saddled with Heath Slater again
twice thwarted Randy Orton’s RKO attempts.
broadcast team made at least five “vintage” wrestler references.
Bella called the Divas “classy.” Apparently, Natalya wasn’t within smelling
distance when Brie said that.
leaner Mike Tyson is hopelessly infatuated with the DeGeneration-X crotch chop.
cut out the words “Suck it” when Triple-H crotch chopped Undertaker. For $60,
everything should get through.
body language in the first few minutes of his match with The Rock subtly but
demonstratively teased a heel turn, which after long last, might actually occur
show that’s traditionally been all about wrapping up storylines, there was a
curious lack of resolution this year—e.g. what becomes of The Rock, Cena, and
Chris Jericho now?