Stephanie McMahon Trips Over
Chyna China tripped Stephanie McMahon over this week, well the Great Wall to be precise. The WWE honcho has been touring Asia and took time out to visit the wonder of the world. However she was snapped slipping down one of the steep parts, as aids all reached to grab her. She Tweeted:
Expert Panel & Trainers Announced For Tough Enough
The upcoming series of WWE Tough Enough will see Chris Jericho and Renee Young host the show, along with a panel of experts who will critique the performances of the contestants. The panel will include Hulk Hogan, Daniel Bryan, and Paige.
The trainers will be Booker T, former WWE Diva Lita, and Billy Gunn.
This season of WWE Tough Enough will combine the can’t-miss excitement of live television with reality-show drama, as WWE hopefuls vie for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to become the next WWE Superstar or Diva. Unlike anything on television today, the lightning-fast hour of entertainment and competition will include live results every week, giving fans worldwide the power to decide who stays and who goes the very same night. Each week, one cast member will be eliminated until one man and one woman are considered “Tough Enough,” with each earning a one-year, $250,000 WWE contract.
Bill DeMott Speaks Out
In a recent appearance on Vince Russo’s podcast disgraced former WWE developmental trainer Bill DeMott blamed the allegations on bitter “millennials” who felt entitled despite not making it in the company.
I always use the term it’s never the quarterback, it’s the coach. Millennials, I that’s what this generation is called, the millennials. As a dad I try to keep my children away from that entitlement. I guess it’s old school that you get what you earn and you try to earn what you want.
JR Talks ESPN Documentary
In his latest JRSBARBQ.com blog Jim Ross had the following to say about the recent ESPN WWE documentary and WWE’s own specials on the Network. I could not agree more with him!
Enjoyed the E60 piece on ESPN Tuesday night and Ben Howser did a great job producing this one hour story that he worked on for parts of two years. It was an intriguing look behind the scenes and proved that wrestlers are better “cast” or “booked” when they are as close to the real person as possible. The Adam Rose character is a great example of that opinion. The real life person is much more compelling than the fictional, TV persona that the South African portrays. Casting or “booking” is a delicate matter but any “booker,” if that role even exists in today’s world of TV wrestling, has a better chance of finding the next, viable or big thing if the TV personas are closely related to the individual portraying the TV character. Nonetheless, the story told on ESPN was excellently done and all involved should feel good about i as I believe it helped WWE and certainly added more credibility to the value of the Performance Center which is truly the heartbeat of the WWE and the key driver to the future of the company. Fans pay to see stars and developing stars as stars make every championship viable, or not, and are the key components to any storyline written.
For example, WWE did a fantastic job on the recent, Roman Reigns feature on the WWE Network. This show was excellent and did as much for Reigns as any thing WWE has done for him to date IMO. One has to wonder how much it would have helped Reigns if something like this show aired prior to WM31 and, specifically, on a three hour RAW before if aired on the Network. With the popularity of these close up look shows at various fighters and MMA stars, I would consider putting a shortened version, 10-15 minutes, of these types of shows within the three hour RAW’s as it would greatly enhance getting talents over and creating the emotional investment the fans must have for a talent to become a star and do it in front of WWE’s biggest audience plus serve as a great promo to encourage fans to see more of it on WWE Network.