First…wouldn’t it have been nice to’ve had actual celebrities wrestling? I must say, being a wrestling fan, i watched just to see what it would be. It was cool watching them show moves, how to fall, how to take a move and how to give one. But does anyone else think that audience was TOO excited? I mean…that’s all you hear is wrestling is fake….and to me….that audience was fake….ruined the whole last 20 minutes for me. Not sure if i’ll watch again…. Also, not a big fan of E.B., so who knows….
I let this show sit on my DVR for a couple of days before I could finally bring myself around to watching it. I even felt a little guilty about setting it up to record – I was worried that I might turn into one of those reality TV show people… Nonetheless, I watched it, and here’s what I thought:
First and foremost; the show was over the top. They were far too dramatic and it didn’t make the show enjoyable to watch. Beefcake’s every word sounded like he was cutting a promo and Knobbs was wheezing so much that I could noly understand a word he said; but his performance seemed OTT too.
The idea of teaching the “celebrities” three moves and then putting them into a live match didn’t sound like a good idea to me. Ok, certain wrestlers have made it through a career knowing only three moves, but when the three moves were a clothesline, a forearm smash and a kick to the stomach, the matches were bound to be horrible. And they were.
That being said, the show could have been worse. I can’t necessarily say how it could have been worse at this time; but I made it through the episode without gouging my own eyes out, so it already beats other reality shows like Big Brother in my opinion.
I’m not a fan of the wrestling business being exposed. I know times have changed and wrestling companies are more honest about the fact that their product is simply entertainment, but I think it’s very difficult to attract new fans when people constantly hear about how wrestling is “choreographed.” However, I did like the fact that they included comments about how difficult it is to take bumps, and how you really do get hit.
I didn’t like the premise of this show, and I’d like to be able to say that I was pleasantly surprised with the result. But I wasn’t. If this show does encourage more people to start watching wrestling, that’s great. However, Hulk Hogan’s Celebrity Championship is not for me so I do not intend to watch it again. Not without a large supply of beer and/or narcotics, anyway.