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Sunday, January 3, 2010

Steve's Church-Less Movie Of The Week ...

Today we venture back into the documentary world with a docudrama that loyal wrestling fans will see as a "timely" choice.

Don't worry if you don't know why it's "timely." I'll explain it to you after the description ...

Yoinked from wikipedia and mixed with my own vast wrestling knowledge ...

"Bret Hart (born July 2, 1957) is a Canadian on-screen personality, author, actor and semi-retired professional and amateur wrestler, currently under contract with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). He is best known for his time in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now WWE) and World Championship Wrestling (WCW) under the persona, Bret 'The Hit Man' Hart. He is the older brother of the late professional wrestler Owen Hart.

Following success in amateur wrestling tournaments in high school and throughout Calgary, Hart debuted in professional wrestling in 1976 with his father, Stu Hart's promotion, Stampede Wrestling. In 1984, he signed with the WWF and was soon paired with future brother-in-law Jim Neidhart to form the popular and successful tag team The Hart Foundation; he also performed as a solo competitor while a member of the team, and in 1991, became exclusively a singles wrestler. WWE has asserted that 'in the mid ’90s, there were very few, if any, superstars as popular as Bret Hart.' He left the WWF for a lucrative WCW contract amid controversial circumstances in 1997, where he enjoyed continued championship success until his retirement in 2000. He competed as both a villain and a fan favorite during his professional wrestling career and is widely regarded within the industry as one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time.

Hitman Hart: Wrestling with Shadows is a documentary film which follows World Wrestling Federation superstar Bret Hart during his last year in the WWF, from his WWF Championship victory at SummerSlam to his final match with the company at Survivor Series on November 9, 1997. Conflicts arise regarding his final match with the company, including Hart's unwillingness to drop the WWF Championship. To be more precise, Hart is not willing to lose the championship title to Shawn Michaels, with whom he holds a bitter, real-life rivalry, in his home country of Canada.

Although Hart stated to McMahon that he would not take the WWF Championship with him to WCW TV (and despite insistence from then-WCW President Eric Bischoff, according to Hart's DVD biography, that Hart would join WCW with a 'clean slate'), McMahon was still concerned; this led to McMahon breaking his word and literally betraying Hart live during a pay-per-view event. The final act of the film sheds light on the events building up to Survivor Series '97 in which Hart put his WWF title on the line against Shawn Michaels. Hart is seen entering a private discussion with McMahon on how his final match will play out, which is heard on film due to Hart secretly wearing a wire. They seem to find common ground and agree to a no contest or 'schmozz'. This result would then allow Hart to make a farewell speech the following night on Raw and forfeit his WWF Championship.

This documentary is a rare look at professional wrestling behind the scenes. Examples include Hart discussing with The Undertaker and Pat Patterson how matches will proceed, Bret's wife, Julie, accusing Triple H of being in on the screwjob, and the monstrous Vader discussing his recently acquired real estate license and future career plans."

Steve's Snacks Of The Week:





Fried Chicken

Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Walmart's Keg Style Root Beer (one of the best around)

So, to those of you shameful former wrestling fans who DON'T follow wrestling anymore (and you really should be ashamed) I will explain to you why today's film is so timely ...

"The Monday Night Wars is the common term describing the period of mainstream televised American professional wrestling from September 4, 1995, to March 26, 2001. During this time the World Wrestling Federation's Monday Night Raw went head-to-head with World Championship Wrestling's Monday Nitro in a battle for Nielsen ratings each week.

The ratings war was part of a larger overall struggle between the two companies, which included the use of cutthroat tactics and the legitimate defections of several wrestlers and writers between the two companies. (Extreme Championship Wrestling, while not a party to the ratings battle, was also involved as a tertiary player.) It ended with the sale of WCW by its parent company, AOL Time Warner, to World Wrestling Federation Entertainment, Inc."

So the monday night wars was the highlight of wrestling. Stone Cold Steve Austin, "Hollywood" Hulk Hogan and the N.W.O., The Rock, Goldberg, ECW, DX. It was amazing. Then in 2001 McMahon bought his own competition and the fun all went down the drain.

Well, things are about to change ...

"Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) is a privately controlled integrated-media and sports entertainment company that deals primarily in professional wrestling. It uses television, the Internet, and live events, with additional major revenue sources from product licensing and direct product sales. Dixie Carter is the president of the company and co-founder Jeff Jarrett is the vice president of creative writing.

TNA became the first American promotion to make exclusive use of a hexagonal wrestling-ring (as opposed to the more conventional four-sided ring). The organization also employed the unconventional rule that a championship can change hands as the result of a disqualification or countout, but has slowly phased out this rule. TNA's business focus is on professional wrestling. It is currently the second largest professional wrestling promotion in North America, behind World Wrestling Entertainment."

See, not since 2001 has WWE gone head-to-head on monday night against another organization. But that's about to change because TNA is doing a 3-hour live special this monday at 8:00 PM ET/PT. Yes, TNA is airing on a MONDAY opposite WWE Raw! It's the golden age of wrestling all over again! TNA IMPACT will be going up against WWE Monday Raw, the first time that these two wrestling companies have broadcast live head-to-head against each other.

TNA is hoping to win the ratings war with their new featured player ...

TNA signed Hogan and apparently he also snagged some sort of controlling interest in the organization which has allowed him to bring a few of his wrestling friends in the company. Eric Bischoff, the chairman of WCW during its heyday, signed and it is rumored that Scott Hall, "X-Pac" Sean Waltman, and Rob Van Dam will also be appearing in January 4th. And Hogan is apparently the one who pushed TNA to go head to head with WWE.

And since TNA now has Hogan, WWE would have to do something pretty amazing to keep people from switching channels.

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you WWE's shocking attempts to smash TNA ...

This monday, Bret Hart returns.

Nothing more needs to be said. The Hitman is returning to the WWE.

That's fucking huge.

Home is where the Hart is? The return of The Hitman

Bret Hart Returning To WWE Is Most Refreshing Storyline in Years!

The Rascalz: Sharpshooter (Best of the Best)

... AND NOW, Steve and this blog are both PROUD to once again present today's Church-less Movie of the Week in its entirety FOR FREE! Please, though, a few rules first. There's absolutely no talking in Steve's Theater and all talkers will be shot mercilessly. No cell phones or African-American berries in the theater. And be sure to dim your headlights (where applicable).

Oh, and remember ...

That video is totally old school.

Anyways, might make it a double feature, might not. Stay tuned.

Oh, and enjoy the show y'all!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Well, holy shit! As you might recall, I have been a TNA fan for the past coupla years. I haven't been watching in much over the last few months because I get it through not so legal means. It seems like everytime I would d/load an episode, I would get a virus of some sort and that just became too much of a hassel.

But with this news, I'm gonna have to figure something out. I watched WWF during the last Monday night wars and would love to see what happens with TNA. I heard rumors about Hulk Hogan, but not about them switching to Monday nights. I also heard a rumor that Ric Flair was going over to TNA as well. Not sure if that's true.

- Bunny