Premiering tonight at 9 pm on Vice, The Brian Pillman story.
There's a ton of stuff with Pillman, so the episode is two hours long. And should be interesting to see of his son--currently in AEW--is a big part of it. I know Jericho is narrating and I heard Stone Cold did an interview for the show, as well, along with Bischoff and others.
Dark Side of Football premiered last night. It was about Chad Johnson in particular and "diva" wide receivers in general.
And it was shit. Don't bother with it. This episode was mostly a platform for Johnson and others to whine. Jemele Hill made an appearance and unsurprisingly played the race card, arguing that if Johnson has been white, he would have been treated better. Someone else compared Johnson to Brady, as if the two were comparable in any way whatsoever. The show barely delved into the domestic violence and didn't mention Johnson's kids--he's got like eight with multiple women he never married--and the child support payments he missed in the past.
The great thing about Dark Side of the Ring is that they don't spare anyone, no punches are pulled. The first of the football series isn't like that at all. Really, there's nothing "dark" about it.
Yeah, he has a lot to answer for, which the episode on him--that he participated in--made abundantly clear (which goes back to my earlier point: Dark Side of the Ring is actually dark, as opposed to this fanboyish Dark Side of Football).
The thing about the Warrior episode is that it follows a biography on him that was on A&E, that tried to present him as far more of a "hero" than he ever was. He was gigantic asshole, too much of an asshole for even the other assholes (like McMahon). I was glad they did that one because while this is common knowledge to thinking fans, there remains a bunch of WWE dumbasses who actually think Warrior was something special.
It's telling that Borden (Sting) didn't sit for an interview. He's been pretty mum on Hellwig, especially since Hellwig's death. In contrast, Hellwig would talk shit about Borden every chance he got. Asshole. That's the word for him. Dictionaries should say "see: Hellwig" under "asshole."
ETA: Also, is it weird that A&E is an owner of Vice? But I guess A&E feels like it needs to kiss the WWE's ass to keep their partnership going.
Yeah, I've heard bad things about the A&E biography series. Haven't seen any of them, just heard that they're basically hagiographies of WWE stars, crafted to tell the redacted, sugar-coated stories that WWE wants told.
“Frankly, you have become impossible to work with, and have completely forgotten your obligations to Titan and WWF fans, both ethically, professionally, and contractually,” the letter reads in part. “Your principal complaint apparently is that you are not being compensated at the same rate as Hulk Hogan, although “Hulk” is a living legend, is still better known to the public, has wrestled longer, is the WWF champion, is in much greater demand for personal appearances, is a bigger star and draw at WWF events, is more dependable and is far more revered and respected by WWF fans and by the public at large.”
So, the episode on the Dynamite Kid (Tom Billington) was pretty good, though I think it missed an opportunity to really highlight how Billington should have been a cautionary tale for the wrestling world, one that--if heeded--might have prevented a lot of heartbreak going forward, maybe even with guys like Benoit.
McMahon is barely mentioned in the story, yet still manages to come off like a giant piece of shit.