"The younger guys need to be given the ball. ... The older guys have had their run ... They are taking the spots away from the younger guys."
Now, although there is some truth to those criticisms and both WWE and TNA could do a better job creating new stars, the fact of the matter and the harsh reality of the situation is that most of the new stars (with few exceptions) are not that good. Most of them are at least adequate in the ring, but when it comes to the things that make the money (image, promos, style) many of them simply do not match up to the generation before them.
The idea that a multi-million dollar company (in TNA's case) or a close to a billion dollar company (in WWE's case) should voluntarily give the ball to individuals who have not demonstrated their ability to carry the ball on their own is silly.
It is almost insulting to suggest that wrestlers who have given ten or more years of their lives to the wrestling business and who have made millions of dollars for the companies that they have worked for should unceremoniously give their spots up to wrestlers who don't even know how to cut a promo.
Autumn Leaves starring Gina Gershon - It's a high-stakes drama about a take-no-guff environmentalist named Autumn Morris who plays by her own rules and moonlights as a tree surgeon.Now you! Take a B to C-level actress, add in a premise that feels unusual and original when focused on a female lead, and finish it off with a title that plays off the lead character's name(1). That's all it takes to be an executive over at TNT. They know drama.
Mo Money Down starring Laura Linney - It's a high-stakes drama about a take-no-guff real estate agent named Melissa "Mo" Carter who plays by her own rules. Also, she loves her some marijuana.
Rocket's Red Glare starring Vicki Lewis - It's a high-stakes drama about a take-no-guff pyrotechnics expert named Amanda Redekker who plays by her own rules ever since the fireworks accident that haunts her every waking moment: she blew off all but three of her fingers.
When asked if he's comfortable as a sex symbol, Reynolds sighs. "If you take any of that seriously, you need to be euthanized, ASAP," he says. "There are moments when you can use that to your advantage. But it's really embarrassing. I think I fear more than anything just sounding like a complete a-hole when I have to answer that question."It's embarrassing? Why then, sir, do you take cover pictures like this? That is called having your cake and eating it, too. Stop it.
The word we got some time ago regarding the DVD is the people who put it together were completely, and I mean completely, clueless of the actual history. Their knowledge of WCW history appeared to be scouring the Internet and reading Scott Keith-level historical material, plus so many grew up with the inherent bias from working on the WWE side.Considering Keith desperately wishes he could be the next Meltzer even though he lacks the necessary connections, writing talent and knowledge, that has got to seriously sting(1).
I just called a match with Michael Cole --and he is working ALL OF YOU!
I was at the Axxess deal and he threw in 'vintage' over and over ON PURPOSE because I egged him on.
The highlight was-
COLE: Wow, Shawn Michaels stealing a page from The Nature Boy's playbook. Locking on a figure four!
SOLO: Is that vintage Flair or in this case Michaels?
COLE: It's v--.
SOLO: Sorry COLE, can't hear you over ALL THIS YELLING IN THE HEADSET!
At this point Cole spit his Starbucks and marked out for 30 seconds. At the end of the deal he told me he loved the line and signed my DVD of he and I: "Vintage" Michael Cole!
Hey, folks! I'm in Vegas for the weekend and noticed that my Bash Wars participant, the Inanimate Carbon Rod, is just a little behind in the polls with just a scant few hours left before voting ends. Please help the rod move onto the finals and into Bash Wars history by going to gore_sports, joining and then voting for the Inanimate Carbon Rod.
The Rod will thank you each personally if you do.*
* Note: Not an actual guarantee.
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