• Congress Gets to Bottom of Professional Wrestling Controversy… Finally!

    Body Slams and Camel Clutches and Figure-Four Leglocks are not exactly words that usually pop to mind when considering life on Capitol Hill–

    On second thought, I take that back.

    Regardless, while reading through my regular coterie of politically-minded blogs this afternoon, I wasn't expecting to come across a discussion of the technical skills of Hulk Hogan and what it takes to make it in the WWE on Swampland…

    With no real fanfare, Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., has finished up his investigation of steroids in professional wrestling. (Yep, it's a problem.)… But the steroid stuff is not really the most interesting part. In his effort to rid the nation of steroid abuse, Waxman has incidentally created a great historical treasure trove, one of the most comprehensive pictures ever produced of the fascinating, exhilarating, often-nasty and always-elusive professional wrestling business…

    Then there is this, my favorite nugget from what I have read so far–from an interview with Stephanie McMahon, the daughter of Vince and the person in charge of talent relations and creative writing…

    "If you walk out on stage and nobody cares and you don't have any presence, you are never going to be a main-event guy. But if you walk out and you make the people notice you, you can be a main-event guy. You really don't even have to be a good wrestler. Hulk Hogan was a terrible wrestler, and he still is… I am sure he would disagree with that. I forget this is all public. But, you know, he was. He was a terrible wrestler. But what an incredible psychologist and what an incredible charismatic person. There is no denying Hulk Hogan is one of the biggest stars in the history of our business and will always be perceived as such. But he was not a great wrestler, not a great technician."

    Ya know, I guess you can kinda say the same thing about Harry Reid.

    Except without the "charismatic" or "biggest stars" parts.

    Tags: Henry Waxman, House of Representatives


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