Monday, October 27, 2014

ART VS ENTERTAINMENT IN THE WWE AND THE WORLD

 
There is a feud in the WWE that is larger than any two performers, a rivalry as significant and potentially powerful as the greatest we've ever seen.

That feud, on the surface, is between the WWE's past and the WWE's future.

Hell in a Cell, the WWE's latest pay-per-view, epitomizes this battle.


Let's begin with Randy Orton and Seth Rollins, characters that literally embody the feud.

Orton is the heel of the past and Rollins, the self-described "living, breathing future of sports entertainment", is the heel of the future. In the present, these two characters will clash, symbolic of their contrasting places in history. The caveat for the Orton character is that, inevitably, time always wins and Rollins (or some other heel should Rollins not succeed) will one day ascend to Orton's status as top villain in the company, and the fiction the company presents. The future is guaranteed to win this fight on a literal level (of this everyone can be sure) simply due to the nature of bodily decay.

The battle between past and future was also represented in the Hell in a Cell "double-main-event".

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

THE WWE 2K15 TRAILER: THE STYLE WRESTLING DESERVES


Earlier this week WWE 2K Games released the following trailer for the eagerly anticipated WWE 2K15.


In just one minute, this genuinely moving trailer presents a modern, intense, and captivating aesthetic that, if adopted by the WWE for the company's main programming (even in the slightest of ways), could revolutionize professional wrestling.

The WWE currently exists in what has been dubbed "The Reality Era".

That term has only been mentioned on RAW a handful of times, used primarily outside the WWE fiction by the fans and pro-wrestling analysts to help define the current product. The need to define pro-wrestling "Eras" is instrumental in understanding and sustaining continuity in the product - the definition of a stretch of time helpful in producing cohesive content.

I've written and talked at great length already about why the company should more fully embrace the concept of a "Reality Era" and what embracing such a concept might actually look like.

This is what it would look like:

Saturday, October 18, 2014

STONE COLD CALLS WRESTLEMANIA X-7


On his latest Unleashed podcast, Stone Cold Steve Austin called his WrestleMania X-7 main event match against The Rock for the WWE (then WWF) Championship.

To ensure I experienced his insights in the most effective way possible, I synched his audio recording with the match itself as I watched on the WWE Network.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

MICK FOLEY: A WRESTLER FOR ALL MANKIND


Mick Foley, otherwise known as Dude Love, Cactus Jack, Mankind, Santa Claus, and Mick Foley has earned a rightful, deeply significant place in the pantheon of professional wrestling art and popular culture.


He exists as a self-described "supporting cast member", a truly innovative talent whose range and subtlety is deservedly appreciated perhaps now more than ever.

If Foley and his various iterations ever were "supporting characters" then they were supporting characters in the same way Heath Ledger's Joker received second billing in The Dark Knight. Ledger might not be first name on the marquee, and Batman might get all of the cool action sequences, but Ledger's Joker is the reason you lean forward in your chair and pay attention to every gesture and inflection.

DEAN AMBROSE vs SETH ROLLINS: HELL IN A CELL PREDICTION


DEAN AMBROSE vs SETH ROLLINS

HELL in a CELL 2K14 PREDICTION SIM

Seth and Dean aren’t just enemies. They’re brothers who have been ripped apart by greed and fear. One believes he must destroy his former brotherhood so as to ascend to a place of lone significance in the WWE. The other is a mad dog, unleashed and hungry for vengeance, because without his brother he has no other guiding principle, and no hope.

At its heart this is a love story.

Seth took Dean’s only family away. And they’re both going to pay for it.


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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

CM PUNK: THE LOST REVOLUTION


The following clip is from the July 11th, 2011 Monday Night Raw.

CM Punk returned to the WWE following a week-long "suspension" for his now infamous Shoot Heard Round The World.


Perhaps now more than ever, this is a fascinating segment to observe.

It begins with Punk's eloquence.