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Winnipeg Wrestle Watch
Thursday, March 24, 2005

I'm disappointed that PCW did not have a show tonight. I understand the mentality regarding the long weekend but not having to work or go to school the next day is a great party atmosphere.

Firstly, my motivation is this: I love wrestling and I love to intelligently discuss all aspects of it. Whether it is laying out a storyline, laying out a match or discussing how pathetic the big time is due to the nepotism that spawns triple initials like JJJ or HHH.

I’ve never been crazy about Puro but I have the utmost respect for guys like CyberTranz who seemingly live by it. The one thing I’ve noticed is that more fans seem to be educated on Japan than most of the boys. Maybe it’s where we are and the Prairie style that we’ll probably never escape. I’ve always had a bone of contention for Meltzer for yapping endlessly about the superiority of Puroresu. It has taken an extremely stale North American product for me to truly appreciate that most of what happens here happens there about ten years before.

I think it is important to first take an unbiased stance on any view when initially analyzing it. That is always important in deciding whether your opinion is based in fact or emotion/opinion. An important part of debate is to always anticipate your opponents’ response and be ready with a strong and infallible counter.

I am not interested in painting someone into a corner. I would like to throw out ideas, and have people respond. It seems that there is a lot of fire in discussing things locally but the forums seem to degenerate into bash fests with the majority of slanderous opinions coming from anonymous posters. In doing this, I guess I am essentially no better but I will maintain my anonymity. I am sure that the most of those locally will eventually figure out who I am. I’m sure there are some who already have me figured out but I haven’t let on that I was planning to do this. It’s not an invitation to play a guessing game. I would prefer you think about what I write as opposed to being obsessed with who the writer is. I don’t think I have a superior opinion or a deeper knowledge – I just care enough to take the time to write it down. I have a life. I don’t live in my Mom’s basement with a jar of Vaseline and I just wanted to try this blog thing and this seemed like a good subject. I got somebody to show me how to update one of these free sites and away we go ~ ~ ~ ~

If you want me to stop, ignore me and I’ll go away and start discussing horticulture and piss off the geeks and old ladies.

I got a few emails after my inaugural effort and I also followed the threads on the boards which discussed what I had to say, albeit briefly. There are a few things I’d like to address as follow-up/clarification.

The first thing involves a passionate email that came from the only person I guess I wasn’t fair to. I said at the top of this that I wanted to present an unbiased opinion and I did not give Ernie Todd a fair shake. I am publicly apologizing but will take this opportunity to write what I should have the first time, minus the generalizations.

I made claims that Ernie’s tours were not what he claims them to be and questioned his integrity due to what I stated was “empty hype” or “broken promises”.

To stand back and look at this subject in an “unbiased” way can be difficult. Being part of the local picture inevitably means you at some point get rubbed wrong by Ernie. In fairness, it is his promotion and his money that is putting you in the ring and whenever you work at a job you do as the boss asks or you leave. When you agree to work one of Ernie’s shows, or tours, by now everyone knows that you are agreeing to do things Ernie’s way. Barebones - there is nothing wrong with that. If you accept a job at Domo, you’ll have to wear that ugly fucking jumpsuit. You know it going in. If you don’t wanna wear it, you don’t work there.

As a fan, and we all are or we wouldn’t care, you always want to believe when a promoter promises a “big/huge announcement”. Andrew is announcing it for his next show. Bobby said there would be one at Doubles this Saturday. Ernie has had a string of promises, hype, or whatever you want to call it that hasn’t panned out. His TV, Internet TV, Jeff Jarrett, Sabu, Ring Warriors, etc, etc. With Sabu, I definitely cannot fault Ernie. I know it was in good faith. When it happened I think it was a pretty big thing all across North America and gained quite a bit of attention, and not just from Ernie raising a stink.

Honestly, I think Ernie’s main problem in the past has been that whenever he had something on the go that could be a “big thing” he just had a hard time keeping it quiet until all the pieces were in place. I think Ernie gets excited. I think people get under his skin. Then he lets the cat out of the bag as an “in-your-face” type thing and it blows up when it doesn’t pan out.

One thing I have noticed is that since he has seemingly dropped out of the Internet bullshit slinging, he seems to be doing well. In his email he corrected my written blunder. According to Ernie he has been quite busy this year and the dates listed as “private functions” and “TBAs” have either happened or are being booked. I am assuming it to be fact therefore quoting the number of paid shows at 16 so far should not anger him. I’m not copy/pasting an email here.

If I were to do some quick math, totally lowballing numbers:

1 show @ $2500
Minus 6 guys@ $100

That would leave a total of $1900 x 16 = $30,400. Let us not forget that any and all expenses count toward tax deductions. You can legally deduct pretty much everything if you have a good accountant. I am also assuming my numbers are low but this would place the CWF in a pretty good profit situation. It would also lend a lot of support as to why Ernie doesn’t bother bringing in names at thousands per shot. It would also make him, based on revenue, the most successful promotion.

The other thing is that listing things as “private function” might not be a bad thing. Ernie said it is his client’s wishes but if it were me, and knowing how everyone locally likes to fuck with yer stuff, I wouldn’t mind keeping my clientele list private either. The only thing that sucks about that is I wonder if wrestling historian extraordinaire Vern May is getting these shows for his lists? It could end up being a chunk of history that we will forever be in search of like the Holy Grail. Dan Brown’s offspring will write a novel about it. Steve Yohe’s great-grandson will take a trip to Winnipeg and discover a dusty old record book under an 80’s LJN Hulkster doll in the basement of a rundown bi-level crackhouse in Central Winnipeg (formerly known as Amber Trails). For some reason the page listing the Todd-Severn match results is stuck together…..

Ernie has found his niche. Ernie is the President of the oldest governing body in wrestling history. I’d like that position even if it doesn’t mean as much as it once did. I’m honestly a mark for that. Even if the NWA is nothing close to what it once was there are still a lot of people who respect its heritage and even many who respect where it is at now. Ernie has dropped off the radar and seems to want it that way. I am only assuming this but I will respect it and I will not discuss the CWF or Ernie Todd unless he re-enters the local landscape. One thing I will add is that I think when Ernie throws his 10th anniversary show it would be interesting to see it be a big deal whether you personally hate Ernie or not.

The other thing I discussed that got a response was the positioning of Shane Madison as the “base” of AWE.

The one thing I will say is that it is too bad that Madison does not want to work full time. I think he is the perfect guy that once established could have a good run as a top guy against all sorts of independent talent. Andrew stated on the PCW website (rib) “Madison is a capable guy to have as the centre piece of AWE”. I fully agree. My point was that if they were going to go with Madison, bringing guys like Mr. Ass to oppose him was not wise due to the size difference. They should protect him by placing him with guys who make him look big and guys who can carry him (not meant as a negative) to incredible matches. I think Madison should be the guy. There are intelligent ways to establish him as the top guy without facing a “name”. Since Madison is seemingly not in it for the long haul as an on-air personality, my point is moot. I wish it wasn't.

Feel free to email or discuss. Also send me your links if they are not listed.


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