For those who get BBC America, there's a new show called "Faking It". (TLC has shown several episodes of the american-based version of the same show.) The episode being variously repeated this week is "Ballet Dancer to Wrestler". For those who haven't seen either version of the show, the drift is that they take somebody from one occupation &, in a month, try to turn them into a passable practitioner in a completely different occupation. I saw this particular episode last night. They take a male ballet dancer & send him off to train as a professional wrestler at the indy level in England. It was actually kind of fun.
I have no clue how they recruit people for this show, but the guy really had no idea about pro wrestling. He went from "How did I get myself into this?", through "This really hurts -- why am I doing this again?", past "Well, yeah, its OK. But I really wanted to get to do more.", & into "OK, this is pretty cool -- I get it."
If you happen to get BBC America, you might want to see if you can catch a replay of it. (My TiVo says that its supposed to be on several times tonight, & also on Saturday.)
It is a good show, with a bit of Tatanka in it as well (we see the dnacer grimacing while watching him fight, probably not for the same reasons you and I would). However, two things that piss me off:
1) The British guys insist of kayfabe at all times, even while showing the guy how to take a clothesline properly.
2) Because of how the public percieve wrestling, they give the guy an over-the-top gimmick. That's how I would notice if I was a judge. "It was the guy with the gimmick thought up by a TV executive who has never watched wrestling".
...full of energy. Multi-orgasmic, if you will, in a cosmic sort of way."
Originally posted by A-MOL"It was the guy with the gimmick thought up by a TV executive who has never watched wrestling".
Good to see Dale Torborg(as your KISS Demon) with new employment...
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Terry Garvin (the one from WCCW, not the one from the WWF) did an AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Reddit last night that I found quite interesting. It's nice to hear from an old timer who isn't bitter and isn't trying to sell themselves.