2013
08.10

364 days later…

The last time anything was written here, it was a year ago.  About a wrestler that was fired for saying the wrong thing.

Then.. nothing.  Why?

Last August, John’s computer took a crap.  A big, fat, smelly crap all over the motherboard.  So, John had to go to Plan B, an older computer he’s been using on the side, but never as the top priority.  The Radio X show, a weekly online radio episodic trainwreck, was temporarily put on hold.  He figured a month at the latest before the show returned.  A month turned into two months.  That turned into four.  And now, a year later, John (me) finally decided to catch up to 2007 and get a laptop.

But what happened between then and now?

John’s focused more on local projects, work, and of course his son.  He’s done a lot more with social media behind the scenes and has changed things around on a personal level.  He’s loved and lost, and he’s found peace within.

Why do I keep writing in third person?

Maybe because who I was a year ago, and who I am now, are not the same.  In a couple of months, I’ll be facing a landmark birthday.  I’m not looking forward to it.  I’ve definitely aged a lot in the past few years, but that doesn’t make it better.

I’m starting to look at certain things with a different light, and it’s happening more often than it used to.

Wrestling is still a big part of who I am.  So is the Radio X show, and so is Whitters.  Once I get everything set, it’s a possibility that X will return, but I don’t know how much of X will be what it used to be.  Whit’s in a relationship now, so who knows what that will do to the show’s future.

It may be more of a rant-fest than a pre-scheduled and produced program.  It may not be a set 3-hours.  It may not even go to 2-hours.  There may be other changes.

We may not even bring it back.

Working in radio, when I was in radio, was very difficult yet very fulfilling.  X was more therapy than radio show for me, because it helped me sort my thoughts, clear my mind, and focus my energies on something that I knew I could do, and that I could do well.

Since then, I’ve found new focus, not within the radio grasps, that have given me something to hang on to.  I’ve buried myself in various projects.

I don’t know what will happen once I get technologically reunited with a computer that can actually handle more than two browser windows open at the same time.

Maybe I’ll play Candy Crush.


2012
08.11

AW.. you’re fired!

The WWE fired AW Abraham Washington.  They fired him because of what he said about Kobe Bryant’s rape case almost a decade ago.  They fired him because of the potential damage he could say on live TV, in front of thousands of people in attendance and millions watching at home.

So he goes and fires up his Twitter account and says things that, well, show that the WWE was justified.

Some fans complain, that he shouldn’t be fired, that he should be rewarded because he’s trying to bring back attitude.

When did the Attitude era glorify rape?

They did a lot of things, Rock and Steve Austin.  Triple H and Shawn Michaels crossed a lot of lines.  But to make it sound like they were okay with the rape of a woman, that they did not say.

But John Cena, he bullies people left and right!  What about the Be A Star campaign?  Isn’t that hypocritical?

I agree, but I understand that what he’s doing in the ring is part of the story line.  When did Eagle, Colorado, become part of the Prime Time Players storyline?

It’s classless to think that this could possibly be justified, regardless of what you think of other WWE or TNA or ROH superstars.

What would you say if against Primo and Epico that he made a flagrant Spanish racial slur?  Would that be cool?

Rape is not a joke.  What if that were your sister or daughter?  Would you have laughed?

 


2012
08.06

#RAW1001 started off with a bang. Well, more of a fire. The set caught ablaze, and it caused a delay in the show’s start, production of WWE’s secondary programming, and entrance to the arena for wrestling fans. But that’s not all.

A(braham) W(ashington) made a very loud commentary during a match about Kobe Bryant’s rape case. Really? When did anyone think that would be acceptable talk? How is he not suspended for his comment? I understand he’s supposed to be a “bad guy”, but that’s just tasteless. How many journalists have we seen in the past few years say something off color that cost them their jobs? How are rape victims not crying out against WWE demanding his termination?

Randy Orton returned. In an interview after RAW aired, he was asked about how it felt to return to the WWE. He commented about his (finger quotes) vacation. He said they threw a party when he came back, even lighting up the place in his honor, mocking the very real threat of the fire that almost cancelled the show. Really? He didn’t say, “My reckless actions put me in a position where I had to sit on the sidelines for a couple of months, and while I was unable to compete, I let down my fans.” Instead, he mocked his suspension and mocked reality. For what? A cheap pop?

If the writing team is giving their talent copy points, then they need to round up the problem children and have them gather around the table, let them know that they are to say only what’s on the pretty blue paper and not to deviate from script. However, if the writing team is telling guys like AW and Randy Orton to say what they’ve been saying, then maybe it’s time for a new writing team.

Wrestling fans aren’t stupid. If you have a guy they know is suspended mock the suspension, then they will see the whole process as a joke. Kids that want to be wrestlers will shoot up, thinking that when they work for the WWE that they may get slapped with a fine, but it’ll be okay. They’ll think it’s okay to mock rape.