Tag: Wrestling

Working for Corporate (Wrestling or Radio) Sucks! Just Ask CM Punk!

CM Punk

Just finished listening to CM Punk’s interview on Colt Cabana’s Art of Wrestling podcast. If you have not listened to it, here you go.

Aside of two statements that I think could be disputed (Equal pay to the Rock at Wrestlemania XXX and that he could get himself over bigger without WWE), I totally support everything he said in the interview. He is absolutely right.

I say that because I am working for an industry much like pro wrestling is controlled by a major corporate conglomerate that is truly the major leagues or (coining a WCW slogan) where the big boys play…..Radio.

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I worked for the biggest radio company in the world for 4 years. The company was named Clear Channel until one of their digital acquisitions became so popular and profitable they decide to take its name and become iHeartMedia.

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Though employees of iHeartMedia ARE entitled to medical and retirement benefits, they are for the most part under appreciated, expected to drink the corporate kool aid and go beyond the call of duty working extra hours or working sick for fear of losing their jobs and their benefits.  No to mention, a lot of talented workers deal with a glass ceiling overshadowed and overlooked many times by veteran talents who refuse to let go “of their spot” or non-talents that got their job by “who they know in mid-management or at the top”.

Unfortunately for WWE and Clear Channel, I have to respect their business practices because they have been able to become publicly traded and gain worldwide expansion (Although, the latter will eventually drown in an ocean of debt, but I digress) for over 50 and 40 years respectively.

CM Punk

Back to CM Punk, from day one. I didn’t want to try to observe why he chose to leave. If he chose to leave it was his chice and that there must be a pretty good reason why. Well, he had a VERY GOOD reason and I wish him the very best outside of wrestling.-KOP

 

How Are TNA’s Plans For New York City Coming Along

PWMania reports that everything from the return of the six-sided ring to possible returns by Low Ki aka Kaval and Homicide to the reunions  of the the Dudleys aka Team 3D and the Hardys to even an appearance for old school fans by the Great Muta are in the plans for TNA’s trek into the Big Apple next week.

I don’t see how TNA will not be able to fill the Manhattan Center with a setup that will hold 800 people for three different  nights. You have to think there are enough TNA keyboard warrior critics that will want to see a possible trainwreck, meanwhile we might see some of the most electric wrestling TNA has showcased in years.

Based on how the live Bethlehem, Pennsylvania broadcast tonight, which is promoting the return of ECW legend Tommy Dreamer and TNA knockout Taryn Terrell, TNA is being forced to produce a better product we will see some direction on what we can expect from TNA in New York City.

In this post, I wanted to fill everyone on the plans, but I also want to make a comment to TNA. Yes, do what you have to do to put on a good set of show to the Spike TV Brass, but after those shows are done, you need to get back to building the stars that your company must rely on for the future.

Magnus, Gunner and EC3 need to be prominently pushed during the Bound For Glory series starting in August. It’s time to take guys like, MVP, Bully Ray, Bobby Lashley, Samoa Joe and Mr. Anderson and place them into the BFG series to help get the younger talent mentioned a much needed rub. Magnus needs to get rehabilitated from the strong push he got last year. Somehow, TNA needs to find a way to make some star power out of the talent they have.

It’s also not a bad thing to re-build the tag team with some familiar tag teams (Beermoney, Hardys, Team 3D, LAX cuz why not put Homicide and Hernandez back together.)

Same with the X-Division where Senada and Tigre Uno are challenged by the likes of Austin Aries, Kenny King and the Wolves.

Hate or love TNA, it’s make it or say hello to the new #2 company, Ring of Honor and hope they get a better tv deal. -KOP

 

 

Congrats Ring of Honor Wrestling! You Now Have a REAL PPV To Plan.

Ring of Honor Wrestling

Ring of Honor’s announcement of their first ever over-the-air LIVE PPV establishes Ring of Honor’s Wrestling (in this writer’s opinion) as the # 3 wrestling promotion in the country, with a real chance of catching up and being a legitimate competitor to TNA as #2.

Sinclair Broadcasting needs to make some additional investment into the promotion’s budget, starting with making their upcoming two iPPVs (Border Wars on May 10th and War of the Worlds on May 17th). Those two shows need to be treated like dress rehearsals.

No more skeleton production crews, more cameras, better technical direction and better mic-ing of the ring, the crowd and the announcers are needed without question.

Finally, those two dress rehearsals require develop several intricate storylines built up over weekly television. Even though ROH has the talent, I have never seen a main event match that has been a really must-see money-making match in the Sinclair era of the promotion.

Even though the iPPVs will feature inter-promotional feuds, internal feuds within ROH need to be front and center.

Here’s hoping that Ring of Honor first spotlight on Sunday June 22nd makes wrestling history.