That's a weird trio of people. Chris Jericho will be the host. Booker T, Billy Gunn and Lita will be the trainers. One woman (of 5) and one men (of 1) will get a 1 year $250K contract. And a massive paycut in year two, should they make it that long.
The press release mentions live seven times. Phrases like "can't-miss excitement' and "spectacular live event" are used. Can't wait for them to be pushing a barrel around the ring again. They say live results every night, one person eliminated every week, and the fans will decide. I'd assume it doesn't work out quite like that.
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#5 Posted on 7.5.15 1542.36 Reposted on: 7.5.22 1543.00
I like Lita as a trainer. I always liked her wrestling ability and she will probably focus more on the getting over part. Billy could be considered a HHH choice, but he has been up and down the road like all of them. Probably the cautionary tale guy. Jericho has credibility which is lacking in this era. I still would have liked to see Austin return, but he has his own show.
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Are they going to fill the show with low level Indy guys who have ring experience or total green horns who just like wrestling? I have seen a lot of local guys lobbying to get on, but I didn't think that's how it worked. I haven't watched since season two and they were telling guys they needed clean clothes then. I'd rather watch Indy guys.
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#7 Posted on 8.5.15 0047.21 Reposted on: 8.5.22 0051.41
Originally posted by Hogan's My DadThey'll just hire whoever they want anyway, probably several of them. Isn't that how Ryback got a job?
That's how the old MTV Tough Enough used to work, too. Some of the losers went on to be just as highly regarded as the eventual winners. Hell, The Miz finished runner-up in Season 4 and he's still around and kicking to this day.
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#9 Posted on 8.5.15 0902.04 Reposted on: 8.5.22 0903.24
Originally posted by It's FalseThat's how the old MTV Tough Enough used to work, too. Some of the losers went on to be just as highly regarded as the eventual winners. Hell, The Miz finished runner-up in Season 4 and he's still around and kicking to this day.
Josh Matthews is the only person from the first season still on TV, though Christopher Nowinski will arguably end up being one of the most important figures in sports this century.
Kenny King & Matt Morgan definitely had more success than the actual winners of Season 2. (Though I'm sure Jackie Gayda is happy with how her life has turned out as a result of winning.)
Season Three is probably the only season where they actually got it right. John Hennigan is definitely the biggest success to come out of the program. Matt Cappotelli's career was cut short by a brain tumor but he's currently the trainer at the beginner's program in OVW, so the industry is probably benefiting as much from him as just about anyone else who's come through the show.
Lucha Underground got some good workers thanks to the last season. Hopefully they'll get a few more from this new season.
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#11 Posted on 9.5.15 0951.46 Reposted on: 9.5.22 0953.14
Originally posted by SchippeWreckI guess we have to get used to them plugging Chris Jericho into roles that Steve Austin does much better.
If I'm an aspiring wrestler, I'm not sure how I handle Hulk Hogan judging me.
I'm not sure if that's a "holy shit, it's Hulk Hogan, this is overwhelming" or a "Hulk Hogan sucks, he has no right to judge me."
If it's the first, yeah, it'd probably be intimidating. If it's the latter...huh? I mean, yeah, Hogan was never a spectacular in-ring guy, but he's certainly qualified to judge someone's charisma and promo ability, which is, from what I've seen, his primary role in the judging. And arguably no one has been in more big time, important matches than Hogan.