Friday Finisher: Batista Bomb Edition

We’re in the second week of Chad Deity performances and the show is a big hit! Let’s celebrate with a big hit of a different kind, the Batista Bomb:

 

 

Happy Friday!

Happy Opening Night!

Chad Deity officially makes his entrance onto the Boston stage tonight!

 

 

Get your tickets and get pumped — this is going to be a theatrical event like nothing you’ve seen before!

Stereotype Smackdown, Part Three: The African Dream

This is the third post in a series that looks at some of the ways professional wrestling has depicted race and nationality over the years. Stay tuned for more and check out part one and part two.

Slick

Whether he’s officiating a wedding in Jive speak or introducing Akeem the African Dream from “Deepest, darkest Africa” (i.e. a scary ghetto), Slick is one of the more culturally offensive characters in professional wrestling. He made history by becoming the first African American manager in the WWF, but his gimmick was far from trailblazing. He took a brief hiatus from the WWF in 1991 and later returned as Reverend Slick, denouncing his shady past and delivering uplifting messages to other wrestlers.

Cryme Tyme

Shad and JTG, the popular tag team duo known as Cryme Tyme, wrestled together from 2006-2010. They portrayed over the top street thugs that were constantly stealing from the WWE set – the crime sprees were passed off as “training” exercises designed to help the men with agility, speed, and endurance. With signature moves like the Boxcutter, the Mug Shot, and Thugnificent, Cryme Tyme was certainly one of the less subtle gimmicks in pro wrestling. Unlike most stereotype based gimmicks though, WWE did attempt to acknowledge how over the top their antics were by posting this statement to their website on the night of their television debut:

“Tonight a new tag team, Cryme Tyme, will be introduced to the RAW audience. In an effort to humor and entertain our fans the tag team known as Cryme Tyme will be parodying racial stereotypes.  Shad Gaspard and JTG do outlandish, outrageous “stunts” to ready themselves for tag team action on RAW. This attempt at Saturday Night Live like humor is bound to entertain audiences of all ethnic derivations.”

Godfather

The Godfather character was, in short, a pimp. Formerly known as Papa Shango, a mystical character that practiced voodoo and cast spells on his opponents, The Godfather was created in the late 1990s during the “gang war” angle created by the WWF. In this storyline, the Godfather led the black stable Nation of Domination, who feuded with the Latino stable Los Boricuas and white stable Disciples of Apocalypse. When the Nation of Domination broke up in 1998, The Godfather started making all his appearances with a “ho train” in tow. The ho’s were usually girls from local strip clubs, and The Godfather would trade them to other wrestlers to use “for any purpose” in exchange for a forfeited match. Naturally, this gimmick created a bit of controversy, and the Parents Television Council petitioned the WWF to tone down The Godfather’s character. The WWF complied, but The Godfather’s popularity suffered and he retired shortly afterwards.

Kamala

Kamala, a character played by James Harris, was one of the first wrestlers to use the “wild savage” gimmick. Kamala was a Ugandan cannibal and appeared barefoot, in a loin cloth, and with “savage” face and body paint, an idea found in the pages of National Geographic. Harris lacked mic skills and strong technical abilities, but Kamala was successful because of his size and intimidating persona.

Other examples to check out: Booker T, Farooq, Saba Simba, Abdullah the Butcher, Koko B Ware

Friday Finisher: Go To Sleep Edition

CM Punk’s Go To Sleep is this week’s Friday Finisher for three reasons: 1) This is the move he used this week on Raw 1000 to take down The Rock and retain his WWE Championship, 2) Punk’s Raw 1000 match successfully turned him into a heel, and 3) It’s tech week for the Chad Deity team and anything related to sleep sounds pretty good right about now.

Happy Friday!

Heels of Pro Wrestling

Heels are the bad guys in professional wrestling. They are the characters audiences love to hate, and their gimmicks are designed to get “heat” from the crowd.

To be a truly great heel, a wrestler has to master the audience. They know just the right way to provoke a response and turn a crowd against them in order to serve a storyline. Wrestling has always depended on heels to move angles forward – here are a few of the best:

 

Ric Flair

Ric Flair has been emulated by loads of wrestlers ever since his Nature Boy character ruled the ring in the 1980s. With his flashy jewelry and designer robes, his flamboyant gimmick earned the disgust of audiences and opponents alike. No one had more attitude than Ric Flair and he established himself as one of pro wrestling’s biggest stars with his excellent promo skills. With a career spanning almost 40 years, he’s certainly one of the most successful heels of all time.

Jake “The Snake” Roberts

Jake Roberts liked inflicting pain on others, perhaps a little too much. His creepy, sociopath gimmick was so good, that some have questioned if it was really a gimmick at all and rather just a part of his real personality. The most menacing part of his gimmick, and what gave him his nickname, was the bag he carried around that contained a real snake. He would bring out the snake during matches, resulting in some particularly frightening moments of television.

The Undertaker

The Undertaker has a 20-0 record at WrestleMania, but that’s only one reason he is such a successful heel. He hails from Death Valley and has a signature move called The Tombstone, and his scary gimmick doesn’t end there. He has two separate personas: The Deadman, an undead figure that uses mystical, occult imagery, and the All-American Badass, a rough biker type character. The Undertaker has also frequently been associated with specially matches like Hell in a Cell and Buried Alive, which feature more extreme style of wrestling. His demonic, cold-hearted character makes a great heel – who wants to root for the guy that sides with the Devil?

 

Chris Jericho

Jericho is a master at getting people to hate him, mostly because he’s also a master at insulting everyone around him. “Would you please…Shut…The Hell…UP!!!” is his catchphrase and he calls his opponents “Junior,” which gives you a pretty good idea of how he interacts with others. He doesn’t just show contempt for his opponents; he treats the audience with disdain as well. Jericho has no regard for the thoughts or opinions of the fans and routinely tosses insults their way, which is a surefire way to get heat from a crowd. His narcissistic, ostentatious character is easy to hate, and that’s why he’s such a good heel.

WWE Raw 1000 Recap

Last night’s awesome 1000th episode of Monday Night Raw pulled out all the stops — emotional montages, two championship matches,  an in-ring dance party, an almost wedding, and loads of guest appearances from familiar faces of the past.

Degeneration X Reunites at Raw 1000

You can catch up with all our Twitter fun in our Storify Recap, but if you’re looking for a bit more breakdown and analysis of the night’s action, there are write ups in the LA Times, Bleacher Report, and on WWE’s blog to name a few.

And if you couldn’t join us this time around, we’ll be live tweeting WWE Raw every Monday night throughout the run of Chad Deity — follow @DturgsC1 and join the conversation!

RAW 1000 Live Tweet!

The 100th episode of Monday Night Raw is tonight, and it’s going to be insane. The folks at WWE have been hyping this like a pay-per-view event and the line-up is stacked with one big thing after another — naturally, I’ll be live tweeting the whole thing.

Here are some reasons you should watch tonight:

  • Guest appearances from The Rock, Shawn Michaels, and lots of other WWE superstars from the past
  • An in-ring WEDDING between AJ and Daniel Bryan (who got engaged on last week’s show)
  • John Cena will cash in his Money in the Bank contract and attempt to win the WWE championship back from CM Punk
  • The naming of the new RAW general manager

Clearly, there is serious potential for a hilarious and epic night of sports entertainment. And as if that wasn’t enough, Chad Deity playwright Kris Diaz may even chime in.

If you weren’t able to play along last time, here’s how it works:

Tune into USA network at 8pm, then follow me at @DturgsC1 on Twitter to see my commentary. Then use the hashtag #C1RAW to join the conversation and see what other people are saying. (I like using TweetChat for live tweeting because it automatically adds the hashtag to your posts.) Then just tweet along!

Even if you don’t have a Twitter account, you can still follow the conversation. And if you’re new to the whole Twitter thing, check out this Beginner’s Guide.

It’s going to be an awesome night — I hope you’ll be able to join us!

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