Sure, there was the Easter Bunny, Santa Claus, and a good parking spot at the mall to bust my suspension of disbelief bubble long before I discovered pro wrestling was scripted. I was a Hulkamanaic, darn it, and when he channeled our cheers, those pythons did what they were put on this great Earth to […]
SPOTLIGHTS: What are the Limits of Product Placement?
A core tenet of this site is too avoid excessive critique. Still when the WWE employed Epico and Primo (formerly of ‘Los Matadores’) as part of a new ‘Visit Puerto Rico’ ad campaign, an uncomfortable line was crossed. Specifically, ‘The Shining Stars’ – as their new tag team configuration is termed – is the product of […]
WRESTLING 101: Storytelling – Save it for the Ring
When announcer Byron Saxton handed Roman Reigns a blood pill on Monday Night Raw, I wasn’t sure what to think. The crowd and promotion seem genuinely enthused over a would-be beat down, likewise the newfound legitimacy of the 2016 Triple H champion concept in the process. Still, I remain confused. I was relieved this not […]
LIVE EVENTS: Formula for the Perfect Pay-Per-View
This weekend featured a unique trio of three different promotions converging on the same location. WWE, NXT and ROH all surrounded my hometown of Brooklyn, NY for individual PPV events. Having attended several PPV events and TV tapings over the past year, this led me to reason: what makes for the ideal premium/PPV event? Ten […]