I still wanted to share this tidbit from Figure Four Weekly Newsletter & FwF & W365:
"Just when I think We’ve heard the best story ever, something tops it. The creators of the animated series Assy McGee have filed suit against WWE over the Vince McMahon’s Ass cartoon which debuted recently on WWE.com.
The way the story goes, Michael Cole, who runs WWE.com, asked one of his staffers to come up with a creative idea that the boss would like. Apparently this guy decided to just rip off Assy McGee, which is a sitcom that airs during Adult Swim on the Cartoon Network about a police offer who is — surprise, surprise — a walking ass with a gun. Worse, a few of the storylines from Mr. McMahon’s Ass were blatantly stolen from Assy McGee. Even more humiliating for Vince is that Cartoon Network is owned by TURNER BROADCASTING, his old rival, and they can’t even really take this to court since they’ve got no defense whatsoever. Vince loved the Vince McMahon’s Ass cartoon, thinking it was the best thing in the world that there was a CARTOON about HIS ASS, and when this all came down shortly before Christmas, Vince blew a gasket. Cole, who had hired a separate flash animator to produce the cartoon full-time and was also working on t-shirts (seriously), claimed he’d never even heard of Assy McGee. This hardly flew, and it appears WWE will have to pay for the mistake in cash to Turner. Cole is said to be in serious trouble and there is a chance he’ll be fired as head of WWE.com (though we’re told his Smackdown announcing gig is not in jeopardy)."
There is a 99% chance that someone who commissioned a cartoon about his bosses' ass has already joined the Kiss My Ass club behind the scenes.
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Worse, a few of the storylines from Mr. McMahon’s Ass were blatantly stolen from Assy McGee.
I'm curious which storylines these were supposed to have been. Wikipedia says only six Assy McGee episodes have been ordered so far, and none of the plot synopses bear any resemblance to the two McMahon/Ass episodes I can find on WWE.com. From the looks of it, a typical Assy plot is just Assy doing police work; whereas a typical McMahon plot is about introducing an unlikeable straw man so that Vince can look like an everyman hero by giving him some ass-related comeuppance.
Also, why are the McMahon cartoons still on WWE.com? I assume the first thing Cartoon Network would do is issue a cease & desist order; if this went down before Christmas and WWE can't fight it, shouldn't the episodes have been yanked by now?
This is all oddly reminiscent of a Studio 60 from earlier this year. I found it a bit unbelievable that someone would be such a dumbass as to simply hand in existing work as his own; I should not have underestimated people's stupidity. B^)
With the low ratings this past week most in WWE are worried. If the Hogan rumor is true, then Ted Turner is looking to be back in the "rastlin" business. With the right deal should WWE sell the WCW name back to Turner?