Yes, it’s true: Andy Warhol liked professional wrestling…or at least he said he did. Here is a clip from a 1985 show I’ve never heard of, The War to Settle the Score, which was a mixture of professional wrestling and MTV style pop music. Warhol appears towards the end, after a bunch of nonsense from Hulk Hogan, Mr. T, and Captain Lou. Good luck.
Click here to watch this because MTV is awful…or maybe it’s WordPress who sucks.
I really never watched WCW back in the ‘90s; I wasn’t really a wrestling fan in the ‘90s. I saw one or two pieces of Nitro and remember seeing Hulk Hogan, sporting that fake black beard and riding a motorcycle, and something else involving the NWO but that’s about it. At that point I watched ECW (if I watched wrestling at all). I personally believed the people walking around in NWO shirts were idiots and professional wrestling was for children and rednecks. I still believe this, even though I’m a fair-weather fan, but there is something more to professional wrestling than steroid fueled muscle heads posing to kiss.
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Tagged Chris Benoit, Chris Jericho, Cruiserweight, Dean Malenko, Diamond Dallas Page, Eddie Guerrero, Eric Bischoff, Goldberg, Hulk Hogan, Juventud Guerrera, Monday Nitro, Nitro, NWO, professional wrestling, Ric Flair, Sting, The Giant, The Very Best of WCW Monday Nitro, WCW, WCW Monday Nitro, wrestling, WWE
Why am I blogging about wrestling two posts in a row; especially WWE’s brand of wrestling (sports entertainment)? I haven’t watched WWE seriously in a very long time but the latest storyline, involving wrestler CM Punk spilling the beans about the real-life, backstage drama of the WWE, are shaking things up. On this Monday’s Raw CM Punk gave away their new media strategy, their thesis statement by saying, “I’m making wrestling relevant.”
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Tagged Attitude era, CM Punk, CM Punk suspension, Hulk Hogan, John Cena, Linda McMahon, Linda McMahon for Senate, media, Mick Foley, Monday Night Raw, paradigm change in media, professional wrestling, puberty, Raw, Rey Mysterio, Ric Flair, sports entertainment, Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock, USA Network, Vince McMahon, wrestling hitting puberty, WWE, WWF
On Sunday evening I went to TNA Wrestling’s pay-per-view extravaganza Destination X, held live at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. I went to one of these years ago and didn’t really have a good time; tonight I had a blast. I’ll be the first to admit professional wrestling is plain stupid but that doesn’t mean it’s without merit. The documentary Beyond the Mat sums it up the best when it states, “professional wrestling is theater at its most base.”
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Tagged Abyss, AJ Styles, Alex Shelley, Austin Aries, BME, Brian Kendrick, Christopher Daniels, Destination X, ECW, Eric Bischoff, Eric Young, Hulk Hogan, Impact, Jeff Hardy, Jerry Lynn, Kaz, Loki, Pay Per View, PPV, professional wrestling, Ric Flair, Ring of Honor, Rob Van Dam, Samoa Joe, Shannon Moore, Shark Boy, The Amazing Red, TNA, TNA Wrestling, Ultimate X, Universal Studios, Van Daminator, wrestling, WWE, X Division
Product endorsement and celebrities go together like shit and a toilet. However, there are myriad moments when companies approach these personalities with gobs of money to do advertisements in foreign lands – moments which could potentially ruin a career stateside. Everybody’s heard the rumors about Woody Allen doing some tacky commercial in Japan for millions of dollars (I couldn’t find this on Youtube) and he’s not the only one our Asian buddies have enlisted to hock products. Below is a list of my favorite commercials from foreign countries featuring either celebrities or characters from popular visual media. Thanks to Rick for pointing out the great Robocop commercials from Korea.
Also, my character study on Nomi from Showgirls should be done by the end of the week. Thanks.
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Tagged Arnold Schwarzenegger, camcorder, celebrities, coffee in a can, fried chicken, George Lucas, Hulk Hogan, Japan, Japanese commercials, Korean Robocop commercials, noodles, Robocop, Star Wars, Woody Allen