Nostalgia still sells; Wrestling fans call for WWE old school faction: Hulk Hogan, Scott Hall, Kevin Nash, Shawn Michaels, X-Pac; Paul 'Mr Wonderful' Orndorff as corporate advisor - 2017


Nostalgia still sells; Wrestling fans call for WWE old school faction: Hulk Hogan, Scott Hall, Kevin Nash, Shawn Michaels, X-Pac; Paul 'Mr Wonderful' Orndorff as corporate advisor, by Greg Tingle - 2017

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From the get go, I want to make something clear - I love professional wrestling, or as WWE top brass coined it years ago, 'Sports Entertainment'.

Fact is, if I didn't still find it entertaining, I wouldn't be watching it anymore. I've been a fan since I was about 5 years old - so have many other people. The WWE audience is getting older. We've all heard about the "aging population" right?

Guess what, an aging population also has a tie in to 'old money'. i.e.: disposable cash to spend on life's little luxuries, be it a holiday overseas, the WWE Network, Netflix, or dare I say it - WWE merchandise and event tickets.

For my money, WWE is in an interesting business and cultural identify dilemma at present. What fans should they be most catering towards.

Traditionally there are 2 or 3 main groups of fans. 1. Hardcore fans, who will accept and go for just about anything the WWE produces - television, internet, live matches, merch et al. Then there's the more casual fans, who are a little more discerning with their entertainment dollar, viewing habits and ticket budgets, and then there's the non-fans, who get dragged into the stuntmen meets soap opera shows from family and friends. Some of the non fans of course become fans.

Add to the current demo breakdown the fact that an estimated 40-45% of the audience are women, and you can see that in a way WWE is catering for everyone, but in another vein they are catering to one one, other than to their own corporate ledger, which has apparently seen better days, but that is also somewhat speculative. I haven't seen their real books, and unless you are Mr McMahon, Triple H, Stephanie, or George A. Barrios - chances are you haven't either, so even us media analysts have to use speculation and leaked information to draw our conclusions. And, we don't always get it right 100% either, but that's another story for the Gonzo Journalism's Guide To Pro Wrestling.

Did we mention that while nostalgia talk in the WWE circles is abuzz, 'down under' in Sydney, Australia, a documentary based on Australia's glory days of World Championship Wrestling entitled 'Over The Top' rope is about to be publicity launched at the Canada Bay Club in Sydney. Now, those DVD's will sell like hotcakes. Why? Because they are different, wrestling legends will be on hand for photos and discussion, and most importantly, the promoter has connected with his audience, albeit, a niche one. They are giving the fans what they want. Ring any bells up their for our American friends. Don't get us wrong, the Yank's also give their audience what they want - sometimes. The WWE machine is more a media and entertainment company these days, rather than a pro wrestling outfit, and that predicament is a double edged sword. WWE is almost at the mercy of their advertisers, sponsors, and to their broadcasting partners, whereas other pro wrestling based operations are not.

Whipping back to the aging population - aging audience. Most of them / us know about the golden era of the WWWF when Bruno Sammartino was the king of Madison Square Garden, Harley Race, Ric Flair, Terry Funk and the Brisco's dominated the NWA, and Tiger Mask, Giant Baba and Jumbo Tsuruta ruled Japan, and then there's the glory days circa 1980 - to 1990 when Hulk-A-Mania ruled the WWF, and 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper and friends terrorized Hulk Hogan on a monthly, if not weekly basis.

World Class Championship Wrestling also was a major global force in the pro wrestling industry from circa 1981-1985 under the iron fist of promoter / owner / wrestler Fritz Von Erich. Based in Texas with its home arenas being the Reunion Arena and the Sportatorium. Numerous family tragedies and associated scandals are the widely accepted reason for the promotions demise. Even today many fans still remember the promotions mainstream star: Kerry Von Erich, as known as 'The Modern Day Warrior' and 'The Texas Tornado'. Kerry was the only one of the brothers who made it big time in the WWE (then World Wrestling Federation).

Little wonder the WWE has of late being adding many more classic matches and angles / feuds from yesterday into it's Hidden Gems and Collections series. People have a tendency to look back at their careers, their lives, growing up, the good old days and such. Pastimes such as watching old wrestling matches and listening to music from the 70's bring back fond memories for many people.

Today's entertainment audiences are pretty fickle. This is easy enough to understand. As I write this article, initially in an online form, their are millions, or possibility billions, of websites I could be looking at for entertainment (or business) purposes. Rather than enjoying a wrestling match, television show or movie (hello Netflix, Amazon Movies and YouTube Movies), I am writing a somewhat unique article on professional wrestling, with an emphasis on history, tradition, nostalgia and you get the idea. Ever heard the expression: Older is better or The Original And Best. Many folks feel the same way about what pro wrestling used to be.

All respect to the crop of tremendous current day WWE superstars such as Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose, Kevin Owens, Brock Lesnar, Jason Jordan, Chad Gable, The Miz, Finn Balor, Dolph Ziggler, Bobby Roode, Elias (that name is going to get me some heat), Cesaro (should have been World Champion by now in this writers opinion, and others). The current talent pool is tremendous but many feel that better storylines are required. On that topic, we kind of like 'The Fashion Files', staring Tyler Breeze and Fandango. Lately these guys have been hilarious doing throwback skits and even have the ability to make otherwise almost forgettable wrestlers such as The Ascension (Konnor and Viktor) look like true stars. Actually, all 4 of these guys together is a masterstroke. Was it Michael P.S. Hayes or Pat Patterson who parried these 4 together? Fellas, when you and the top brass of the WWE read this, you are on the right track with this. More of this stuff. Pulp Fiction and Miami Vice references.. Yes! Yes! Yes! Seriously, do something great with a return of Hulk Hogan, some NWO friends, perhaps a Paul Orndorff and some old school Bad Asses in a faction, and business will be set to pick up.

Quick shout out to WWE NXT. Some amazing talent in the ranks who are getting valuable experience in preparation for hitting the real big time on the WWE main roster. Kudos to Paul Ellering and the Authors of Pain (Akam and Rezar). It took them a few months to get over but Ellering and the Author's are looking very strong. Definite potential for the WWE Tag Team Titles.

Major surprises sell and generate major media and mainstream entertainment attention. How about a surprise challenge for a title from wrestling and MMA living legend Ken Shamrock? Sounds outrageous, but how about it? Shamrock, much like UFC's Conor McGregor, could kick the buts of probably 90% of the locker room for real, so why not let this play out on WWE television, such we are apparently in the era of Realism, thanks to the internet dirt sheets and all. Yeah yeah, we did an interview with Mr. Shamrock, but that doesn't take away the fact that his appearance would draw a tremendous audience for WWE, both on television and at events. Ditto for Hulk Hogan. Look, most people stuff up in their lives at some point. If your Hogan and there's cameras, paps et all around something not so good is going to leak out at some point.

Not so sure about Shamrock and Hogan? How about a bet on a cleanskin (as far as we know), like Paul 'Mr Wonderful' Orndorff. Paul, perhaps get a shave, but other than that, many folks can see you as a major heel manager / advisor, who can help elevate existing and new talent. We would have mentioned Roddy Piper also, but sadly 'Hot Rod' is no longer with us.

WWE Movie News...

Great to hear the positive developments behind the scenes on the Vince McMahon bio entitled Pandemonium. Bradley Cooper has been tapped to play an up and coming Mr. McMahon. This film can't happen soon enough. WWE needs a major shot in the arm like a 'Iron' Mike Tyson angle, Hogan return and / or Old School faction with Orndorff and Shamrock impact to help further establish the WWE as a major pop culture powerhouse, as well as further lift the all important WWE bottom line.

The Time Is Now!

WrestleMania 34 is in line of sight now again with the showcase of the immortals penned in April 8, 2018, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. Obviously a major goal would be a legit sellout of the arena, as well as major merch sales, further WWE Network subs and so on, so for the cementing of the company's further they had better throw everything they can at it. And, if they haven't already got it (or got them), get working and sign them up, and keep promoting what some may say is still the Greatest Show On Earth. Comon' McMahon, time to challenge P.T. Barnum for the title. You want to be the greatest showman of all time? The time is now.

 

 

Hollywood Hulk Hogan

 

 

Orndorff vs Hogan

 

DX

 

 

Randy 'Macho Man' Savage

Ken Shamrock 'The World's Most Dangerous Man'

 

 

 

Jake 'The Snake' Roberts

 

 

Roberts and Diamond Dallas Page

 

Tuesday Night Titans. Terry Funk, Jimmy Hart and Vince McMahon. See it on the WWE Network from $9.99 per month $12 if in Australia)

 

Saturday Night's Main Event. Mean Gene Okerlund, Jesse 'The Body' Ventura and Vince McMahon. Photo credit: WWE

 

 

Kurt Angle vs Brock Lesnar. National and international appeal. Credit: New Japan Pro Wrestling. How about a rematch or make it a 3 Way Dance with Ken Shamrock?

Dolph Ziggler. His current "gimmick" sending up other wrestlers fancy ring entrances (past and present) really hits the mark. Current day meets nostalgia. Perfect!

 

Terry Funk. ECW promo

 

Abraham Lincoln - now that's old school

 

Chris Jericho and Roman Reigns. Perhaps both gents can have a chat to WWE powers that be about a few suggestions to help the long term Sustainability of the promotional powerhouse. Be the Booker Man!

 

'Stone Cold' Steve Austin gets his hand raised by 'Iron' Mike Tyson. Worldwide news!

 

 

Bruno Sammartino and Vince McMahon (WWE Championship Wrestling). 1985

 

Vince McMahon. WWE top brass. The time is now! Pandemonium indeed

Over The Top Rope. The Legends Of World Championship Wrestling Australia 1964 - 1978

 

Media Man public thank you to WWE wrestlers, staff and management. Past and present.

 

News

Vince McMahon biopic, Pandemonium; Hollywood star Bradley Cooper approached with offer

Wrestling fans and general public calling for movies and world class documentaries on pro wrestling legends: Gorgeous George, Andre The Giant, Bruno Sammartino, Rowdy Roddy Piper, by Greg Tingle - September 2017

WWE's television push on Australian network TV via Nine's GO!, working says Media Man agency

Alundra Blayze (Madusa) 'The Trailblayzer' documentary via WWE Network; First showing 20th September 2017

Starrcade returns to Greensboro this November

 

Multimedia

Inside MMA's first big fight: Muhammad Ali vs. Antonio Inoki

Sammartino: The Legend Lives Collection Intro (WWE Network Exclusive)

Piper's Pit: Born To Controversy - WWE Network collection sneak peek

Razor Ramon: Oozing Machismo - WWE Network collection sneak peek

Kurt Angle: It's True, It's True (WWE Network Collection intro)

WWE Hidden Gems (WWE Network Collection intro)

Southpaw Regional Wrestling is finally unleashed: Southpaw Regional Wrestling - Episode 1

We discovered more Southpaw!: Southpaw Regional Wrestling - Episode 1, Season 2

Kurt Angle opens up about his WWE departure (WWE Network Exclusive)

A look at WWE Hall of Famer Roddy Piper (multimedia)

A look back at the birth of Hulkamania (multimedia)

Bret Hart makes his WWE debut: Aug. 29, 1984

The New Day and The Wyatts brawl at The Wyatt Family Compound: Raw, July 11, 2016

Smell what The Rock is cooking on the award-winning WWE Network

WWE Network presents all new episodes of WWE 24

WWE Network June 2017 Collections Preview Show

WWE Network July Collections sneak peek

WWE Network Aug. 2017 Collections sneak peek

WWE Network Sept. 2017 Collections sneak peek - September 2017

FULL-LENGTH MATCH - Raw - Hulk Hogan vs. Ric Flair - WWE Championship Match -
13th May 2002

FULL-LENGTH MATCH - SmackDown - Hulk Hogan vs. Chris Jericho - WWE Undisputed Championship Match

FULL-LENGTH MATCH - Raw - Ken Shamrock vs. The Rock - Intercontinental Title Match

Freebird Road

Michael Hayes goes "bad" with an impromptu concert: 2016 WWE Hall of Fame

Stand Back (Vince McMahon, Hulk Hogan and various WWF Superstars


Promotions

WWE Network Nov. 2017 Collections sneak peek

WWE Hidden Gems (WWE Network Collection intro)

WWE Network June 2017 Collections Preview Show

Piper's Pit: Born To Controversy - WWE Network collection sneak peek

Sammartino: The Legend Lives Collection intro (WWE Network Exclusive)

We discovered more Southpaw!: Southpaw Regional Wrestling - Episode 1, Season 2