Ring Rap: Linda Defends Herself, Bischoff Blasts WWE, And More

Matthew HesterSenior Writer IAugust 18, 2010

When the news got around that Lance Cade Died at the age of 29 due to heart failure, it automatically raised red flags in the minds of most fans and writers. His death not only brought sadness but also controversy.

Linda McMahon, who is running for the Senate, is now involved with a new distraction. Because Cade was a former WWE wrestler, McMahon was automatically questioned about his death.  Here is her response to critics in regards to his passing and drug addiction issues:

"Who knows what causes people to have addictions and do what they do," McMahon added. She also went on to say that the press only want to talk about WWE, while people she meets want to discuss job creation and the economy.

I would normally throw Linda a little heat for this comment.  I can't do so in this case; the fact is, when Lance was going through his problems, the WWE did try to help.  In fact, they even gave him a second chance and recently re-hired him.

So to say that the WWE was to blame in his death would be wrong. You can argue that the WWE has stepped up its "well awareness" program to save face. It doesn’t change the fact that the system is much better for wrestlers in the WWE these days.

Danielson blogs on his return

Many were surprised by the return of Danielson so soon. It was rumored that he would return, but most thought it wouldn’t be until later in the year.  Needless to say his return created a lot of buzz around the net.

He recently posted a few comments on his blog about his return (at WWE Sumerslam.)

"Even though I love the independent scene, being the surprise 7th member of Team WWE at Summerslam was by far the biggest opportunity of my career. Coming out in the Staples Center and walking past the Miz to go fight with Nexus was an amazing experience and something I’ll never forget. And though I always feel I can do better, I was thrilled to be able to tap out two Nexus members before I was eliminated."

On leaving the indies he said:

"First off, I’d like to thank all of the people who have supported me since I left the WWE two months ago. You guys have been great and have come out in droves to the independent shows. You’ve been nothing but awesome and I appreciate it. And even though I will only be able to do a couple more independents before I start full time with WWE, I urge anyone who loves wrestling to continue to seek out independent shows in your area. My goal when I left WWE was to bring new fans to the independent scene, where you not only get a unique intimate experience, but you also get to see the superstars of the future. Guys like Evan Bourne, C.M. Punk, Kaval and I all honed our skills in the underground wrestling scene, as well as internationally. Two shows I’d especially like to encourage local fans to go to would be the New York Wrestling Connection (www.nycwrestling.com) show in Deer Park, NY on August 28th, and the Millenium Wrestling Federation (www.bostonwrestling.com) show on September 18th in Melrose, MA. Both promotions have been incredibly understanding when it comes to my situation and they also have incredible talent."

Bischoff Blasts WWE youth movement

Recently Eric "Easy E" Bischoff blasted the WWE in regards to their current youth movement.  Some may say his arguments are valid, while others may say that Bischoff is just blowing smoke out of his arse.  When I first read his rant I felt it was a little off the deep end.

He knocks the WWE for pushing new stars; how anyone can knock a company for that is beyond me. He also went on to bash the recent WWE ratings.  I just had to scratch my head during this rant. Easy E has no business bashing ratings when he can barley get TNA to pull a 1.2.

Here is what he posted on his blog:

"FACTS HURT!  On the heels of the big "youth push" in WWE

during the past several weeks, here are some facts from this week in the business:

'Raw's demographic ratings among males 18-34 and 18-49 were the lowest in seven weeks.'

'Raw scored a 1.86 rating among males 18-34, which was down from a 2.03 rating last week.'"

And during this months conference call to investors,

Vince McMahon

admitted that:

"Basically, we had a lousy quarter," and then went on to pin the loss of

Shawn Michaels, Batista, Triple H, and Undertaker

(all 40+ years old) as the reason for the hit to PPV and live-event revenue."

Now, one could suggest that McMahon is insane enough to be intentionally misleading Wall Street with excuses that are not substantiated by financials that wouldn't hold up under either SEC or Sarbanes Oxley Act 404 scrutiny.

Or maybe that he has no idea what he's talking about despite the massive success of his business model.

One could recognize the direct connect between what TV ratings, PPV buy rates, and ticket sales have proven time and time again, as well as what legitimate focus groups conducted by credible media companies in the business of such have clearly identified: the TV audience (including 18-34 males) rate with established (and older) stars!

Admittedly, these facts are rather dry compared to the subjective opinion of those with their own agenda or to the inflamed rhetoric that appeals to those perpetually pre-pubescent, parasitic Internet "experts" who neither have any legitimate experience nor success as executives in the television or wrestling industry.

But they are facts nonetheless.

In my opinion Vince Russo, Dixie Carter and the team at


has done a great job of utilizing veteran stars to help elevate some of the young, emerging talent in TNA and at the same time gaining awareness and credibility within the media.

That's just my opinion. And my opinion is backed up by facts.




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