Did wrestling just get interesting again?

So, who saw the end of Raw on Monday?

If you didn’t, I’ll link to what I’m talking about at the end of the post.  Raw wasn’t good, not gonna lie.  There are numerous points as to why this is an honest, universal truth.

1) Raw Roulette sucks.

2) They’re pushing Mark Henry…again?

3) Shawn Michaels completely disregarded WCW (hey, parts of it were really good!)

4) Zack Ryder wasn’t on it.  (Woo woo woo, you know it!)

Honestly, it was a normal episode of Raw.  I got back into Raw due to watching the PPVs every month and figured that I might as well try to get back into Raw to follow the storylines.  Sorry, Smackdown, but I still can’t be bothered to watch you.  Nothing personal.  Leading into Wrestlemania, with The Miz as champ, I was really enjoying it.  We had The Rock coming back and cutting promos on Cena.  We had Miz getting better and better.  I was having fun and remembering how awesome it used to be to stay current with pro wrestling, something I haven’t done in almost six years.

Then Wrestlemania happened.  Weak PPV followed by a weak string of Raw.  A string that has lasted about 3 months, sadly.  I was digging when Kharma was coming out and destroying the Divas, but then she got pregnant and they completely killed her character on screen, and I was back down to nothing to watch.  That’s why I fast-forward through a DVR’d Raw more often than not, unless I catch it and can live tweet commentary through it with other wrestling fans (#IWantWrestling / @Shane_Dalton).  This week, though, ended with CM Punk showing everyone why he’s the best wrestler in the world.

A lot has been said about Punk’s “shoot” at the end of Raw.  Was it a work (fake)?  Was it a shoot (real)?  Of course it was a work.  It was on TV, wasn’t it?  Trust me, with the stuff he said, he’s have been taken off of TV and his mic cut incredibly quickly.  However, he did what only the best can do.  He got people talking.  He got people questioning whether it was legit or all part of the show.  That’s awesome.

I loved the promo.  I loved it because it’s Punk on a new level.  Depending on how they play this out, I’ve seen this before in 2005 in Ring of Honor.  CM Punk wrestles Austin Ares for the ROH World Championship on the last night of his contract.  He wins, and everyone expects him to hand the belt back to ROH and leave champion, the thing he’s been trying to do for two years, resulting in some amazing matches with Samoa Joe.  What does he do?  He turns heel and threatens to take the belt with him to WWE and lay it on Vince McMahon’s desk.  The rest of the summer was ROH vs Punk in an all out effort to get the belt out of his hands before he leaves.  It was amazing wrestling.  What I saw last week, when Punk vowed to leave the WWE with the WWE Championship, immediately brought those fond memories of the Summer of Punk to the forefront for me, and I smiled.  I started fantasy booking how I wanted it to play out.  It was fun.  Then, Monday, CM Punk added another level to the game.  He threatened to take the WWE Championship to New Japan or back to Ring of Honor.  Now, the average WWE fan probably has no idea that wrestling outside of WWE and TNA exists, much less that ROH is where Punk came from and that it’s currently the place to go if you really want to see WRESTLING.  For those fans, the mere idea of Punk, our Indy Wrestling golden boy who made it big, bringing the main belt back to ROH…or going to New Japan and having amazing matches over there with that belt…it’s mouth watering.

Do I expect it to happen?

No.

I expect Super Cena to take Punk out and for Punk to disappear for 6 months to a year and come back.  Why?  Because I always expect Super Cena to win.  It’s why I knew The Miz wasn’t going to make it out of Over The Limit with the belt.  It’s why I know that The Rock isn’t going to make it out of Wrestlemania with the belt.  If John Cena fought Mike Tyson, I’d probably bet on John Cena, after six years of seeing him booked in the main event of WWE.

Do I want Punk to win, and hold the belt hostage?

Oh, yes.

That, to me, is an amazing storyline.  Punk wins the belt at Money in the Bank, and instead of celebrating in the ring, hightails it out of the building, into a car in the garage and speeds away, leaving Super Cena either laying in the ring or watching the Titan Tron and realizing that he just let the company down.  I want the ring announcers wondering what is going to happen now that the WWE is, for the first time, without their WWE Champion.  I want video highlights and fan-cam footage of Punk wrestling Jushin “Thunder” Lyger or Tanahashi in Japan, entering with the WWE belt, or wrestling Christopher Daniels or Eddie Edwards in ROH.  I want the WWE frantic to get the belt off of him over the next few months, because without it, their precious Cena vs Rock match at Wrestlemania loses one of it’s hooks.  I want to see a breakdown of TV vs Real Life, where we see Vince McMahon the business owner, or Stephanie McMahon, trying to explain why their champion doesn’t work for their company.  Cross promote with other companies!  Have ROH invade WWE!  Make wrestling real!  Have people guessing.  Make Punk’s contract negotiations and stuff like that open, and make it the wrestling equivalent of LeBron James choosing whether or not to stay in Cleveland.

Wrestling, right now, is boring.  This is a rare opportunity to do something we’ve never seen before.

Sadly, that’s why I expect them to drop the ball.

Let’s hope I’m wrong.

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Are digital comic books the future of comics?

This is a question that I’ve been talking over with my friends for a few weeks now, and it is only more relevant on my mind after DC Comics’ announcement this week that they will start going “day and date” with digital comics and physical comics.  Are print comics in danger?  Will we begin to see a revolution of digital media make its way through the comic book industry as it has done the music industry?

In my honest opinion, yes.

Print, my friends, may not be dead…but it’s dying.  We can all thank the Internet for striking the killing blow.  As a writer, the decline of print is something that’s been on my mind for the last few years.  I started really looking at how much it was declining with what until a few years ago was one of my top kinds of print…the magazine.

I like to say that I need to have a constant stream of new information in my life.  I’m curious, to put it quite simply.  I love finding out new things.  Not only that, but once I find a subject that I’m particularly intrigued by, I have to know everything there is to know about it.  I become obsessed.  Ask my girlfriend.  I drive her up the wall with what I call my “two month obsessions,” just as I’m sure I do my friends and my family.  One of the ways I used to do this was with magazines.  Oh, I absolutely loved magazines.  If I had all of the magazines back that I had tossed out in the garbage over the years, I’d easily fill a few of those large plastic tubs.  If I was into something, and it had a magazine, I was buying it.  Entertainment Weekly, Wizard, ToyFare, WWE Magazine, WCW Magazine, ECW Magazine, World of Wrestling, Empire, GamePRO, GameInformer, Playstation Magazine…It wouldn’t stop.  I loved them because they were brand new information, and I read enough of them that I was given new information on a weekly basis.  Heck, at one time, I read WCW’s magazine with glee because it was far more entertaining than watching their actual television product!

However, over the last few years, I started noticing a trend that didn’t sit well with me.  Since we’re on comic books, let’s use Wizard as an example.  I got into reading Wizard before I even got back into comics.  It was a huge magazine, probably 250 pages easy, and it covered all of the news you would want on new artists, writers, history of books, new movies, TV shows…anything and everything you would want with comics.  Not only that, but you also got a huge price guide with each issue.  It was my favorite magazine, bar none.  I remember the cabinet under the sink in my downstairs bathroom being absolutely full of Wizard back when I lived in Christiansburg.  Then, however, it started shrinking.  The 10 page articles and interviews started getting shorter and shorter, eventually coming down to a 2 page spread.  The price guide went to about 5 pages at most.  My 250+ magazine dwindled down to an 80 page magazine that was full of old information by the time that it reached my mailbox.

That last part, honestly, is the big thing that started bothering me.  I’d buy magazine after magazine, and it would never offer me anything I hadn’t seen before.  Not that I was clairvoyant, no…I had the Internet, and I was on it for hours a day, visiting websites about the same things I was buying magazines for.  After a while, I had no need for the print magazine, because I got everything I wanted, and more, online.

Apparently I wasn’t the only one.

Wizard folded this year, taking it’s sister magazine ToyFare with it.  In it’s place, an online e-zine, formatted perfectly for ones iPad or tablet PC.   I also mentioned a few blogs ago how my new favorite thing was my e-reader.  This is how I prefer to read books now.  Wanna know something else…this is how I prefer to read comics now.

Apparently I’m not the only one.

Digital comics aren’t really new, in the short term scheme of things.  I remember reading tons of issues on Marvel’s website back when I was in college.  I read tons of them on my laptop now.  To me, I like the idea of being able to pull them right up and not having to rifle through longboxes, taking them out of the bags and boards (I always ended up ripping the tape up when I took them back out, too), and having to handle them carefully so that I could maintain my investment.  I hated building up a huge stack of them and having to sit down with my stack of boards and my stack of bags and individually seal them, catalog them, and then move of the heavy longboxes back into my closet, where they took up tons of room.  For someone with a collector’s mentality, comics just never really bit at me.  I’d collect runs of them, then never read issues again because I didn’t want to go through the hassle of getting them out to read them.  With digital comics, I don’t have to do that.  Heck, I can sit down and read one on my phone if I so desire!

Starting in September, DC Comics is launching all of their digital books on the same day as the regular print books come out.  Before now, one usually had to wait a few weeks between the newsstand and the books being available on your iPad or your phone or your computer.  Now, same date.  A lot of people seem to be up in arms about this, and I’m not entirely sure why.  Is it going to kill the brick and mortar comic book shop?  No.  Not in and of itself.  If anything kills the comic book shop, it’ll be the print industry or the comics industry itself (should they decide to ever go 100% digital, which, honestly, I don’t ever see  happening…unless print itself goes 100% digital), not the fact that some dude can have the newest issue of Justice League downloaded automatically to his iPad.

However, I do believe that we will begin to see two different types of comic book fan.  Given a few years and possibly different pricing structures for digital vs print comics, I expect that we’ll see a big differentiation in the person who READS comics and the person who COLLECTS comics.  The person who collects comics does so for a reason.  They love their collection.  Seeing multiple longboxes stuffed full of complete runs of comics collectors happy.  These people will buy print books as long as they’re being churned off of the line.  The person that simply likes to read comics, though, I really  believe will start to turn towards the digital route.  This is were I count myself.  I love comics.  I love the stories, the heroes, etc.  However, I don’t like the collecting side.  My comic book collection is maybe under 100 books now, and that’s really because a lot of them are autographed, and because there’s no market to unload the rest to, so it’s not worth the time it would take to put them up on eBay.  However, if I can carry the stories around with me on a tablet or iPad, or read them on my PC or phone, like I can with Comixology, that’s my preferred method.

My only major sticking point, right now, is the price.  DC announced that their books will be the same price digitally as they are physically, which is pretty much the industry standard.  DC says that after 4 weeks, their books will drop a dollar in price, ranging from $1.99 to $2.99, depending on page count.  This is still a little too expensive to me.  Yeah, I understand that this is probably me being a cheapskate at the moment, but I just can’t see paying around the same price for a digital  book, you know?  Kindle books are around half the price of a physical book, and sometimes even cheaper than that, and this is where I think comics should go.  I’m not buying something physical, so I shouldn’t be charged physical prices.  Maybe that’s just me.

So, are digital comics books the future of comics?  Yes and No, in my opinion.  They’re something that’s going to really take steam as we move into the future.  New Media is something wonderfully expanding right now, and within a few years, we’re all going to be talking about “streaming” and “the cloud” (mark my words…go ahead…do it!) when it comes to our entertainment, and comics are not going to be an exception to this rule.  Superheroes are top business right now.  Just look at the box office.  Digital distribution of comic books allows for more people to take part in the medium, especially since a lot of people may not even know where to pick up a comic book right now, since comics have pretty much disappeared from drug store shelves and have moved primarily into the comic book shop.  This is going to be how a lot of people in this generation are introduced to our beloved heroes.  However, you’re always going to have the collector, and some of these new “digital” kids are going to decide that they want to have a physical collection themselves.  There’s always going to be room for both parties.  I’m just saying, embrace the new stuff, give it a go, and don’t be surprised if it really takes off.

DC’s new platform begins on August 31st with the launch of Justice League of America #1, written by Geoff Johns and drawn by Jim Lee.  Mark my words…this book is going to be amazing.  I advise everyone to pick it up when it drops, be it digitally or physically.  Heck, taking a page from the film industry, DC is even offering it in a package deal where for $4.99, you get both the physical book and a code to download the digital copy.  Rock both.  I probably will,  honestly.

Jim Lee

PS…How awesome is Superman’s new outfit?!

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I’ll miss you, Macho Man…

Wrestling deaths always make me pause for a moment and reflect on things.  Maybe it’s based around how much I’ve loved wrestling for the last sixteen years.  Maybe it’s the fact that, to me, wrestlers are the biggest celebrities.  I love a Robert Downey Jr. movie, or love to hear Garth Brooks, but for the things I’ve loved as a kid and the fact that it was a lifestyle that I desperately wanted at one time, wrestlers…especially the ones I really grew to like, cheer, emulate, what-have-you, those guys truly are MY celebrities.  So, when one passes, it always kind of stops me for a moment.  I remember May 24th, 1999, sitting in my car before school, and hearing on K92 that Owen Hart had died the night before.  I remember my friend David IM’ing me and asking me if I had heard that Eddie Guerrero had died.  I remember Chris coming into our apartment at Radford and asking me if Chris Benoit was dead and the subsequent race to the Internet and TV to find out if tht was indeed true.  Just as I’ll remember opening my Internet browser today and finding out that “Macho Man” Randy Savage passed away.

I knew about wrestling as a kid, but I was always a WCW kid, first and foremost.  I knew that the WWF existed, but it wasn’t where Sting wrestled, so at the time, I didn’t have much care to seek it out.  So, as a result, there’s a whole era of wrestling that I missed out on.  The Hulkamania era.  I didn’t see Hogan slam Andre the Giant at Wrestlemania III.  I didn’t watch Hogan and the Ultimate Warrior collide at Wrestlemania VI.  I didn’t see most of those guys at that time.  Where I did see a lot of the older Hulkamania generation was in WCW around 1995, when I became a full blown wrestling fan.  This was my first introduction to guys like Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage.

Truth be told, Savage was always better than Hogan, to me.  Hogan, while presented to me as the greatest thing ever (even in the WCW era), wasn’t Sting.  He wasn’t Ric Flair.  He wasn’t Ricky Steamboat.  One of my favorite wrestling related stories comes from my Dad, who became a wrestling fan on the NWA Mid-Atlantic promotion out of Charlotte.  He had been down here for years watching Ric Flair and Dusty Rhodes tear it up.  He’d seen Ricky Steamboat, Magnum TA, Jimmy Snuka, the Andersons, Tully Blanchard…he’d seen what he believed to be the greatest wrestlers in the world.  He’d never seen Hulk Hogan.  So, on a trip to Michigan, where his family lives, my cousins were watching WWF and he saw it for the first time.  This was around 1985-1986, so the height of Hulkamania era, and Dad’s walking almost smack-dab into Hogan territory and seeing him first hand.  Dad’s reaction?  “Who the hell is this guy?  He sucks!”  That always made me smile.  But Savage…no, Dad always had a bit more respect for the Macho Man, dating back to seeing him in Smokey Mountain Wrestling, along with his father Angelo Poffo and his brother, “Leaping” Lanny Poffo.  Dad has told me quite a few times about catching SMW late at night and seeing Angelo Poffo set a world record for situps in an hour during the times that I get him to tell me about watching wrestling while he was growing up.

Savage always played the role of Hogan’s friend in WCW up to the point where I started watching it, but I always knew that I liked him better.  Savage would have Hogan’s back when guys like the Dungeon of Doom or the Horsemen would get in his way, but you always got the idea that Savage would be there to smack Hogan back into line if he stepped out of it.  Which, in a lot of ways, brings me to my first huge “OH CRAP I’VE GOT TO SEE THIS” match…Halloween Havoc, 1996.

Hogan had turned heel in July of 1996 and part of doing so involved stabbing Savage in the back during a match when Hogan should have been there for him.  Instead, Hogan leg-dropped Savage three times and issued in the New World Order.  Next month, Hogan beat The Giant for the WCW World Championship, and the next month, beat Ric Flair in a title defense.  Flair’s match, sadly, was on a Clash of the Champions event, though, and was basically a throw-away match and not the huge stand that WCW should have taken against this traitor.  No, that came in October, when Macho Man got the title shot at Halloween Havoc.  In the booking to this match, this was presented as the first time Hogan had been in danger since his turn.  This was the man he stabbed in the back on that fateful night.  This was his best friend.  This was the man who knew him better than anyone.  This was going to be a war.  And to me, in 1996, it was.  I had to watch that match.  I had to buy the pay per view!  I spent $30 that I’d saved from mowing my grandmother’s lawn that summer and much to the chagrin of my mother, who never did get into the idea of her 14 year old son taking up so much valuable time on our ONE TV with wrestling, I ordered the event.  It was the most hyped I’d ever been for a match.  I just KNEW that Macho Man was going to pull it off.  When he didn’t get the job done…only due to nWo interference, mind you…it was the first time I was legitimately upset at the outcome of a wrestling match.  It made me hate Hogan even more.

So, to me, that’s what Macho Man epitomized.  The beginnings of my love and passion for wrestling.  I wish so much that I could watch wrestling now and be that same 14 year old kid and get that much into the match.  Into the build up.

So, Randy Savage, I’ll miss you.  I’ll miss you as a 14 year old kid who can’t wait for you to beat up Hulk Hogan, and I’ll miss you as a 29 year old man who just learned that one of his childhood favorites is no longer with us.  Thanks for the memories, sir.

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New Media and Professional Wrestling

It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of new media and where it can take entertainment in all forms, be it movies, TV shows, comic books…basically any form of media that I’m interested in.  I love playing around with the ideas of where I think media will go, especially with the advent of things like the iPad and smartphones.  One of the things I have right now that I love most is my E-Reader.  In one device, I have the ability to carry around every single book that I have on my book shelf, and that’s amazing to me.  Not only do I have the portability to carry around everything I have ever read or would want to read, but I can save myself a huge amount of space by not ever having to put my bookshelf back together once I unpack my stuff.  Couple that with the ability to watch videos from my cellphone, or my laptop, and to stream videos off of my hard drive to my PS3, and I’m in a Heaven constructed of the abilities of today’s technology.

So, over the last few months I’ve been getting back into wrestling, something that I’ve had a huge love of since I was a kid, but something I have had more of a love/hate relationship with over the last few years.  Well, since December of 2006, to be more exact.  I sat at my local bowling alley watching ECW December to Dismember.  Now, mind you, this was Vince McMahon’s revisionist ECW, not my beloved Philadelphia based ECW, and this show was one of the single worst wrestling events I’ve ever had the misfortune to watch.  So, I dropped out for a few years, but this year began to make my way back into the fold, led mostly by The Miz holding the WWE Championship.  Over the last few weeks, I’ve began writing a new novel.  This novel, essentially, is my love letter to professional wrestling.  It’s basis is the love I have for it, and it’s filled with the random musings and ideas I’ve had over the last 16 years that I’ve been watching it hardcore.  One of the things I’ve been doing to help immerse myself into the world of wrestling is to surround myself with and ingest anything and everything wrestling, including quite a few wrestling podcasts.

Ah, the podcast.  Nothing has captured my imagination and love as much as the podcast over the last few years.  I love them.  They’re an easy 95% of the usage of my iPod for the last two years.  They’re the reason I’m constantly on iTunes and why I have a stereo in my truck that is built to interface with my iPod. I love the fact that people now have a way to conduct their own radio show on any subject that they want, no matter how niche it is.  Back in college I always wanted to host a TV or radio show about pro wrestling, basically running down each week’s Nitro or Raw, but I never had the chance to get into any of the production classes that would allow one access to do that.  Podcasts basically allow anyone with a microphone and an Internet connection the ability to do this.  I love this.  I listen to three wrestling podcasts, and they all come from a different avenue in the business.  The first one I started listening to was “The Art of Wrestling” by Colt Cabana.  I’ve loved Colt Cabana for years, ever since I started watching him in Ring of Honor.  His podcast is basically conducted with a wrestler on the show he’s currently doing, or with one of his friend in another company (he’s done ones with WWE’s Curt Hawkins and Evan Bourne), or wrestlers he’s riding with (one was recorded with Sean “X-Pac” Waltman while driving from one city to another), but it’s always a great conversation between two workers.  The second one is the “Sound Off,” done by The Solomonster, who runs http://www.SEScoops.com.  This one is the show I always wanted to do…the fan analyzing the news, rumors and results that happen in wrestling.  The guy is funny and entertaining, and I pretty much always agree with what he has to say (especially in the area of one John Cena), and it’s nice to hear what another wrestling fan has to say about the current product today.  The third, and one of the more insightful ones, is “I Want Wrestling” which is broken up into a few different subsets, the biggest one being “Formerly Creative.”  It’s run by Dave Lagana, former member of the WWE’s creative team and a former head writer of Smackdown.  This main podcast will feature other former members of the creative team and gives a lot of insight into what definitely seems like a very hard, thankless job.  The podcast that turned me on to him, though, was one with Mike Quackenbush, the owner of Chikara Pro, one of the indy wrestling promotions I fell in love with a few years ago.  It was basically an avenue for Quackenbush to sell Chikara to an audience that may not know about it, but the best part of it to me was the conversation that broke out between them about the business today and where they saw their places in it.

Lagana’s site, http://www.iwantwrestling.com, is what has lead me to one of my new favorite things to do while watching Raw.  Lagana himself runs a commentary on Twitter while Raw is running, and so do the readers of the site, making sure to include the hashtag #IWantWrestling.  So, my Monday nights are spent logged into Twitter, adding my own commentary, and running a search for the #IWantWrestling hashtag so that I can keep up with the running list, mostly by fans to feel the same as I do and aren’t the biggest fans of the product that Vince is offering us today.  Granted, I’ve done the same thing with chat rooms in the past.  Heck, WCW used to have a program that they ran on TBS’s website for their Thursday show “Thunder” that allowed fans to compete in trivia contests and engage in chats while the show was going on.  But, those were very localized and hard to navigate sometimes.  This, however, is on Twitter…you know, the thing that EVERYONE is talking about or using at the moment.  I even get work updates on Twitter now, and can get updates on everything from the weather to whatever else I happen to want to know about through it, straight to my laptop, phone, E-Reader, etc.  I’m pretty sure my toaster can accept tweets at the moment, honestly.  It adds a fun community element to what would otherwise just be myself sitting in the living room watching wrestling alone.

Then you have someone like Zack Ryder, who has taken to the Internet as it offers him infinitely more time to get himself over with the fans than the few minutes he may get on WWE Superstars (which is only available on WWE.com or on YouTube) or the split second of appearance he’s been getting on Raw each week recently.  Zack started his web show, Z: The True Long Island Story (search for it under the YouTube channel “longislandicedz), and he’s now 13 episodes into it, and it’s been a hilarious watch.  Zack has become the current Internet darling in the wrestling world, creating a huge fanbase of YouTube video subscribers, Twitter followers and Facebook friends who have made his T-Shirt unobtainable on WWE’s Shopzone website, as well as driving his action figures up to double their price on eBay.  This is a man who has taken an alternate route to try to attain stardom, and I’m wondering how long it’ll take before others are following suit.

There’s a lot of things I’d love to see the wrestling world begin to do in this land of emerging technology.  WWE has a groundwork of on demand wrestling matches available on their website, as well as through their WWE 24/7 On Demand channel available with cable companies nationwide.  They’re currently looking into creating a WWE channel which will be offered through cable and satellite providers, but they haven’t been able to secure a distributor for the channel at this time.  I’d really like to see them get a jump on streaming content online, however.  They’ve started making moves in that direction, as over the last two months a lot of WWE documentaries have opened up on Netflix’s online streaming component, but I’d really like to see them embrace this and begin developing their own streaming channel.  I honestly believe streaming media is the future of television.  Within ten to fifteen years, you’re going to see set-top boxes become a thing of the past, and your local cable company or your satellite provider will become more of a streaming process that’s available through an app on your TV or your Blu-Ray player or video game system, and I think that if WWE could get together an infrastructure to offer a subscription service where you could pay for access to streaming Pay Per Views, documentaries, and weekly television shows, they would really be able to jump in on the cutting edge of technology like this.  Based on technology limitations, WWE 24/7 isn’t available to everyone that wants it, myself included, as cable’s On-Demand service works differently than satellite’s, but an Internet based streaming service would allow this to be something that a lot more people could use as opposed to just those with the few cable services that offer the 24/7 channel.  Could you imagine sitting at the airport with your iPad or smartphone and being able to pull up Wrestlemania 17 to watch while you’re waiting?  I, for one, would love to see it.

New media and social media aren’t things that are going to go away any time soon.  They’re the future.  They’re Entertainment 2.0, and anything that doesn’t adopt and adapt are going to die a quick death as they’re passed by.  WWE could have jumped on things like Facebook or Twitter a long time ago, and should have as they allow instantaneous feedback for their product directly from their fans, but they got in a bit late, or tried to create their own social media through the likes of WWE Universe.  I think a streaming WWE service would be amazing, and I think it’s amazing that we are seeing a lot more wrestlers join Twitter and carry things over to the fans in that direction.  Just last night I offered Evan Bourne opinions on what he should watch on Netflix Instant (I said Torchwood…it’s amazing), and we’ve seen John Cena and The Rock begin and carry on their feud through Twitter and Facebook.  That’s a pretty cool thing to see when you’re a fan.  Wrestling is one of the mediums that can really use this new wave to reinvent themselves and to reach even more people.  If you’ve got a camera and an Internet setup, you can stream events through online Pay Per View events.  Ring of Honor has been using this a lot, as has Juggalo Championship Wrestling recently, using it to run their weekly Wednesday night shows for the low price of $5.  It’s a fun time to be a wrestling fan as we’re on the cusp of being able to have more access to the people and products that we’re a fan of than ever before.

Now, if we could just get a better product…but that’s for another time.

Shane

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