It doesnâ<80><99>t work. Bookers think it does, but it doesnâ<80><99>t. Look at the ratings and buy rates. The only thing that is driving wrestling to its current minimal level of success is star power.
Yet, this concept keeps getting foisted upon us.
Weâ<80><99>re so numb to it, we donâ<80><99>t even notice when theyâ<80><99>ve gone too far.
Jeff Jarrett went too far.
In his epic, never-ending (and never going to be fulfilled) quest to rise above the mid-card in the eyes of the fans, Jarrett allowed the tragic death of his wife at the hands of cancer to be exploited for the sake of a storyline. He allowed the grief of his young daughters to be exploited for the sake of a storyline.
It was bad enough that Jarrett turned on the schmaltz when he recounted how he had to tell his girls that â<80><9c>Mommyâ<80><99>s not coming home.â<80> But when Kurt Angle looked into the camera and said â<80><9c>Daddyâ<80><99>s not coming homeâ<80> as if talking to Jarrettâ<80><99>s daughters, it went way, way off the deep end.
Jarrett probably thinks this storyline gets anyone whoâ<80><99>s lost a loved one to sympathize with him. Thatâ<80><99>s not the case. It insults anyone whoâ<80><99>s lost a loved one by trivializing premature death as part of a wrestling plot. Jarrett trivialized his wifeâ<80><99>s death, involving his daughters in the process. Heâ<80><99>s got to live with that.
It not only shows you how low wrestling can sink, it shows you how dead the creative process is, particularly in TNA. A booker shouldnâ<80><99>t feel something like this is necessary.
Jarrett should be ashamed.
Angle, meanwhile, should be embarrassed that a wrestling storyline seems to have contributed to the breakup of his marriage, and that he allowed said breakup to be exploited on TV.
Is nothing sacred? Is nothing private?
Oh, Jarrett and Angle have every right to use their personal tragedies as they see fit. Vickie Guerrero, too. Thatâ<80><99>s America. Iâ<80><99>ve certainly used bad taste for my own personal gain over the years.
But this appears to have left a bad taste in the mouths of almost everyone who followed the Jarrett-Angle storyline en route to Bound For Glory. Was that TNAâ<80><99>s goal? I doubt it.
ON A LIGHTER NOTEâ<80>¦
I look forward with unbridled glee to the debut of Hulk Hoganâ<80><99>s Celebrity Championship Wrestling Oct. 18 on CMT. Hulk just keeps finding ways to milk more money out of the wrestling cow, and if it means involving an unnaturally-sized Danny Partridge and Screech from â<80><9c>Saved by the Bell,â<80> so be it.
Give Hulk credit for loyalty: All his cronies have been invited to suckle on the CMT teat, from Jimmy Hart to Ed â<80><9c>the Muleâ<80> Leslie to Brian Knobbs, who is absolutely approaching maximum density. I guess I should have kissed up when I had the chance.
One of the students â<80>” the show is basically a reality show about a wrestling school populated by quasi-celebrities â<80>” is Nikki Ziering, the pulchritudinous cop stripper from â<80><9c>American Pie 3.â<80> Not long after the series was taped, is was revealed that Ziering is pregnant. No, conception didnâ<80><99>t occur during one of Nikkiâ<80><99>s practice matches. I doubt Hulkster was teaching that real tight All Japan style, brother. Nikki, in fact, was likely with child during her time in the ring. Not exactly recommended prenatal care.
Todd Bridges? Frank Stallone? Tiffany? This is so dumb, it just might work. Hey, how much you want to bet that Dennis Rodman passes out in the corner (again) during a tag match?