Well, I'm going Big Bad Mama on Sparky Plugg after the last Tough Enough episode--that guy is a fricking BULLY. My boys are too young to be participating in organized sports, but when they get to that point, any coach or trainer that did something like that to one of them to "teach him it's a tough business" would hazard the business end of my size 7 1/2 B running shoe.
I couldn't help but think that the concerned face on Bill DeMott had a little something behind it like, "I know he signed a waiver as long as my arm and indemnified us from any physical harm he might incur, but even a failed attempt at a lawsuit for assault and battery is going to put this whole production in the toilet overnight, not to mention my already-shaky career." He's a big marshmallow compared to an asshole who would beat the crap out of a helpless kid, but he had to be concerned for his OWN ass. After all, he and Al and Ivory stood there and let it happen.
I think events seriously got away from them here; they tried to put the best spin on it, but Bob Holly is a major liability to more people than himself. I wonder how long he lasts after he comes back from disability leave. If he comes back, that is.
I'm still not really sure what I feel about the whole thing. I can make a certain amount of case on either side. However, the Bob Holly interview on wwe.com didn't exactly do much to demonstrate to me that there was anything deliberate behind the whole event, beyond Bob feeling like beating the crap out of a kid.
Regardless of what may or may not have been intended, I guess the bottom line lesson is this: As in any other group, there are people in the wrestling business who will mess with you (physically or otherwise) just because they can. Its important to know to what degree you should trust any given individual. Dr Phil says something to the effect of (I paraphrase) "What you've got to believe in & trust is your own ability to deal with whatever crap somebody else does to you."
I think MM inadvertantly hit on something there... referring to Holly as Sparky Plugg. The guy is pretty obviously bitter that all the hard work he's put in has landed him, at best, lower midcard status. And hey, I can completely understand the average wrestlers annoyance at the Tough Enough kids. They HAVEN'T paid their dues, and there really is no way of knowing whether they're truly in it for the long haul. Hell, if you pay any attention to Lita's commentary on Heat (which I know is a difficult and painful thing to do), you can feel the disgust when they discuss Tough Enough.
At the same time, however, it's not Bob Holly's or Lita's choice about Tough Enough. It's up to the brass, and neither one of them qualifies. And hell, I think they should be tougher on the TE kids. Random dream vacations and living in a mansion need to go. No need to pamper them. But to just start beating up a kid because you feel like beating up a kid is pretty inexcusable, if you ask me. If Matt had made some serious fuckup and nearly injured old Bob in that match, I would have excused it. But from what they showed us, Bob just did it for reasons only Bob understands.
But, as I said over on the main board, Bob DID do the rough act on the WRONG rookie. And on that note, how stupid does one have to be to try something with Brock Lesnar? Really, how stupid?
I said on Monday that maybe I'm just in a particularly good mood for wrestling. I guess I still am. The "unfinished business" theme they mentioned at the beginning really was a good theme for the show. Undertaker/FBI, The Continuing Story.