Powell's Blog: Don't cry for me, Tommy Dreamer
By Jason Powell
Friday, July 23 – 12:00 P.M. (CT)
I'm sorry I was unable to write this blog last night, but I've been an emotional wreck ever since the conclusion of Thursday's TNA Impact. Watching Tommy Dreamer fight back the tears while waxing nostalgic for his beloved Extreme Championship Wrestling left me a misty eyed mess.
No matter how many times I see Tommy shed tears for ECW, I never think to myself that this guy needs to get a grip and move on with his life, nor has the thought ever crossed my mind that he has some type estrogen level issue.
Sure, I may wonder what Jeff Jarrett thinks about Dreamer stepping on his turf as the emotional father of beautiful daughters, but maybe there's room for more than one babyface father who plays the sympathetic daddy card.
The thing that really keeps me up at night is how all those poor wrestlers who were hired when WWE relaunched the watered down version of ECW ended up losing their jobs. Yes, most of those broken down wrestlers were replaced by younger performers who possessed actual upside, but none of those guys partied with Tommy.
Thank goodness TNA is here to give the ECW crew one more moment of glory by pushing their own young talent aside for the night. Who says Dixie Carter is too nice to be a shrewd business person? After all, she's depriving many of her younger wrestlers paychecks when the reunion takes place on, um, well, whenever this reunion is taking place.
I saw some tears and heard a lot of chants for a name that's owned by the competition, but I never once heard anyone actually bother to mention when this big reunion is going down. I assume it's going to be on the August 8 pay-per-view, but I can't say I know for sure since everyone was too busy telling sob stories, telling Dixie how great she is, or plugging Twitter pages to mention something so trivial.
Tommy's speech was such an emotional moment that I'll bet Vince McMahon and Jerry McDevitt were too moved to send the cease and desist paperwork. I'm sure they were too busy wiping the tears from their own eyes to conjure up a legal plan to sue TNA and Spike TV for airing a pre-taped show that featured repeated mentions, fan chants, and even a fan sign for World Wrestling Entertainment's intellectual property.
Likewise, I imagine Paul Heyman was so moved that he now regrets making it clear that he wants nothing to do with another ECW reunion. Sure, innovation and long-term planning are great, but the right thing for TNA business is clearly to continue with their stroll down memory lane.
After all, it's worked so well with Hulk Hogan, Sting, The Wolfpac, The Nasty Boys, and all the attempts Vince Russo has made to retool his failed WCW booking ideas from the past. Speaking of Russo, we know he's burned out creatively, and Heyman is asking for a lot by saying he wants to be the Dana White of TNA.
Gee, I wonder if it's ever crossed Tommy's mind that he could use this ECW pay-per-view as his audition for the head booking job in TNA? Nah. Tommy told his new TNA co-workers that he wanted nothing to do with working in the office. Don't lose all hope because history shows that he has a strange way of being pulled into these sort of things seemingly against his will.
If only Tommy were interested in the job. I can't think of a better way for him to prove that he has what it takes to book a company in 2010 than to write a1998 themed nostalgia show. If Tommy could book one entertaining pay-per-view with characters he's been familiar with for over a decade, then that should be more than enough to convince Dixie to hand over the head creative job that Tommy's buddies seem to think he's inches away from getting.
Oh, and if the show is a train wreck, don't you dare blame Tommy since we all know most of those guys are past their prime.
Best of all, Tommy would work so much cheaper than Heyman. He'll play nice with Vince Russo, Hulk Hogan, and Eric Bischoff. He'll listen to Dixie's ideas and won't bother her with those pesky problems like branding, marketing, licensing deals, etc. that Heyman, Jim Ross, and countless others within the industry seem to think must be addressed in order for this company to succeed.
Come on. We all know none of those things really matter. The important thing is that TNA is still one big happy family! I don't know about you, but the thought of this family staying together makes me want to cry all over again.
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