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WWE ECW Paul Heyman Explains Why The Pro Wrestling Industry Is Like Porn

Tim ListAnalyst IOctober 15, 2008
Paul Heyman offered his opinions on HULK HOGAN'S CELEBRITY CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING, and why the timing couldn't be better for the program, in a very interesting blog posted in today's SUN (UK).
Plus, Heyman offers a perspective on Eric Bischoff's role in the showthat will surprise quite a few people, as Heyman examines why this could be Bischoff's riskiest long term move in Hollywood! 
Key excerpt:

When wrestling fans are not getting the product they want, they tend to seek their sports entertainment fix elsewhere. Some have migrated to UFC. Some have just gone away. But for those who really want to "get into it," there's now a new alternative.

And it's being presented in format that hasn't been done before. I'll give Hogan and Bischoff credit for originality.

For my old buddy Eric Bischoff—cough cough wink wink—this is a both an easy and quite ballsy move.  Easy, because Bischoff and production partner Jason Hervey have made some headway in Hollywood with their reality shows featuring Billy Ray Cyrus and Scott Baio.

Bischoff bringing a brand name like "Hulk Hogan" to Country Music Television is a very easy sell.  But this is a risky venture for Eric as well, because when you're primarily known for your work in the world of professional wrestling, you can get labelled in show business very quickly.

Wrestling, in many ways, is like porn.

Once you do it, you're branded for life. Think Jenna Jameson will ever escape the label "porn star" no matter what she accomplishes as an actress or businesswoman?  Jesse Ventura was elected the Governor of the State of Minnesota, but he's still "Former Governor and ex-wrestler Jesse Ventura."

If Bischoff had elected to stay behind the scenes, Executive Produce the program, and rake in the money, I would say "that was a smart move." 

But to appear on camera as one of the judges, and publicly put himself out there as "Eric Bischoff, former President of WCW, co-creator of Hulk Hogan's Celebrity Wrestling" might be looked at as an ego play by some, but to me it's a very interesting move by someone who has obviously worked very hard to establish a name for himself in mainstream entertainment.

I think both WWE and TNA need to revamp their television formats. Well, let me rephrase that. WWE needs to revamp its television format, and the copycat WWE-Lite mentality that prevails in TNA will simply follow suit.

The formula still being used has worked wonders for the billion dollar warchest owned by WWE Chairman Vince McMahon, but Vince needs to change his product with the times. The audience is screaming not only for new characters and new storylines, but simply a new way of presenting the product.  

You can read the entire blog here:

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/sport/wrestling/heyman/article1812230.ece

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