I recently came across this post on Tumblr saying WWE is rebranding itself as ‘sports entertainment’ because everyone hates professional wrestling or calls it ‘gay.’ He also references the “I Want Wrestling” hashtag on Twitter, which I have been using lately when watching both RAW and local shows in the St. Louis area. From what I could tell, he basically says we should give up on wanting wrestling.
He says we, as wrestling fans, should blame “dumb idiots who think anything outside of their comfort zone is an unnnecessary evil” for making Vince McMahon rebrand the company.
First of all, WWE has been known as sports entertainment way before this rebranding attempt. Secondly, McMahon made a strategic, well thought out, business decision for the rebranding. And, according to WWE.com, one of the biggest aspects is an emphasis on bringing in new talent. Just because WWE is turning its namesake into three letters than no longer stand for anything doesn’t mean that fans should stop expecting or wanting wrestling from a wrestling company.
Taking the word out of the company’s name does not take the concept out of the company. Fans wanting wrestling from the largest wrestling company in the world is understandable and completely acceptable. Yes, there are people who don’t like wrestling and don’t give it a chance. I say that’s their loss. But for those who have a true passion for the sport, there is no reason for them not to demand wrestling.
Robin’s Rants- Tilikum returns to shows at Seaworld
It seems a little ridiculous for Sea World to rush back to letting Tilikum “perform.” Regardless of whether or not he should be in captivity, the fact that they’re putting him at risk for injuring or killing another person is not smart at all. However, the first death should have been an indicator that he was not meant to be in captivity and forced to perform. I value the lives of animals very much, and having to perform tricks all day for people who won’t care about the him (or for him) after they walk away is no life for an animal.
I’m no longer a wrestling fan.
It’s not that I don’t like wrestling anymore. I do; it’s one of my biggest passions (and has been since junior high). But, according to World
Wrestling Entertainment, I’m not a wrestling fan. WWE is re-branding the company and dropping “World Wrestling Entertainment” from their name so they will strictly be “WWE” (and it won’t stand for anything).
According to an article on WWE.com, “two key components to WWE’s brand expansion will be the active pursuit to acquire entertainment content companies and the outsourcing of WWE’s core competencies – television and film production, live event production and licensing.” The article also states that WWE will develop new television shows “including scripted, non-scripted and animated programs, as well as the launch of a new WWE network.”
I hate the idea of re-branding the company. It’s a professional WRESTLING company. Yeah, they entertain the fans. Yeah, they put on great shows and have (arguably) some of the best performers from around the world. But it’s still a wrestling company. And luckily, Vince McMahon kept that in mind during the restructuring.
There is a specific focus on bringing in new talent–much needed new talent–and Triple H (Paul Levesque) is heading up that search. According to WWE.com, Levesque is the one who brought in Sin Cara (also known as Mistico). Sin Cara made his debut last week on RAW and blew everyone away. As long as Levesque maintains that level of star power when bringing in athletes, the pure wrestling fans still have a fighting chance.
I fear that there will be so much focus on the non-wrestling aspects of the re-branding that the wrestling aspect will get pushed aside. But, if Sin Cara has anything to say about it, we know there’s no chance of that happening–especially after his extremely impressive debut.
Rebecca Black, the latest internet sensation, is one of the worst things to happen to the music industry. And the press (along with social media) has done nothing but fuel the fire.
She can’t sing, yet people constantly talk about her God-awful music video, her terrible (auto-tuned) voice and how she’s not talented in any way. People are making Facebook statuses with (arguably) the worst song lyrics ever written. Late night shows are even joining in on the joke of the year. And, it’s only making Black more popular. She’s becoming famous for being terrible.
Any press is good press, and in Black’s case, there’s nothing stopping this song (if you can call it that) from making her a mainstay in the “pop” industry. Pop is not my favorite type of music, but I understand it has its place in the industry. Just about everyone can admit to liking N*sync or the Backstreet Boys (or the generational substitute). It’s a phase. I get it. But Black doesn’t even deserve a phase. She doesn’t have the talent to do so. But all the (social) media attention she’s receiving begs to differ.
Everywhere you go, there is something about Black. Whether it’s Twitter, Facebook, TMZ or whatever other gossip sites exist. Someone is always talking about her, and I would be very surprised if there’s not a PR group behind a lot of the talk–even if it’s bad. Everything is getting her name out there. As much as it pains me to admit, when I kept hearing about this song called “Friday,” I even looked it up. But at least I had enough sense not to watch the entire video.
I just hope that Black is an overnight sensation whose PR people don’t have enough faith in her ‘abilities’ to push the music industry into oblivion with her auto-tuned atrocities.
Robin’s Rants- Mexicore
“I’ve never listened to Pierce the Veil, but choosing to draw on their heritage and own experiences is a great idea. That’s one of the thing I absolutely LOVE about local bands. Their songs (and the way their music sounds) is created by their surroundings and the personal histories of each member of the band. It seems like some bands, once they ‘make it big’ begin to lose that close-to-home type of feel to their music. They get so focused on being involved in a business and making money that they forget about what it was that led them to success–their heritage, backgrounds and history. It’s nice to see more well-known bands bringing those elements to their music. And I’m pretty sure I’m going to have to start listening to Pierce the Veil.”