WWE Has Killed This Industry

September 23, 2013

This article is by Mark Madden. Areas in parenthesis are the opinions of (RICK LOVE)

Judging by the word-drool that fills the comments section below this column, most of you appear to like WWE’s booking. A lot.

I understand. For many of you, WWE is the only wrestling you’ve ever known. You think there’s only one way of doing things, because you’ve only seen one way of doing things. You believe the McMahons are infallible. If they do it, it’s right. (Nothing could be further from the truth. There is a whole world of professional wrestling waiting to be discovered by most “wrestling fans” This world includes online magazines, radio and television shows.)

I understand why you think that way. But you’re wrong.

Even though WWE is making lots of money – mostly because they’ve figured out and maximized every ancillary revenue stream – it’s not a very popular product. In fact, the wrestling industry has never been less popular. The proliferation of the IWC and WWE’s big-time feel obscure that fact, but it is a fact.

I know most of you don’t like to pay attention to facts, but here goes:

*During the height of the WWE-WCW Monday Night War, the combined viewership of Raw and Nitro often topped a 10 rating. These days, the Raw rating occasionally  tops 3.0 and mostly hovers around 2.8-2.9.

Question: Where did all those people go? Answer: They don’t watch wrestling anymore. Conclusion: Wrestling is A LOT LESS POPULAR. (The sad part is that the kind of pro wrestling that these fans would like to watch is still available on the Indy scene being held at local Night Clubs, VFW halls and National Guard Armories around the country. But, most of these promotions lack the thousands of dollars that it takes to market a local television and radio show successfully).

Some people were just WCW fans. That’s something Vince McMahon would have done well to figure out when he bought WCW and staged that sham “invasion.” The smart move for business would have been to absorb all of WCW’s contracts, maintain WCW as a separate promotion, maintain Nitro as a separate TV show, and gradually have a competitive invasion, not one that served an agenda.

But the McMahons have done nothing but serve agendas since they day they bought WCW. Hence the declining popularity.

*Before WWE started going national in 1984 and wiped out all the territories, there were far more wrestling fans than there are now. Far more wrestling fans than there were during the peak of the Monday Night Wars. There were 30-40 shows every weeknight, more than that on weekends, many of them well-attended. Every territory had its own TV show, and most were well-watched. (Pro Wrestling Fit USA is the only company in the USA in a position to bring back the territories and those popular shows. But they need the support of real wrestling fans. Not the folks who think that video games style of stuff done at WWE is wrestling.)

Wrestling was a much more highly-regarded staple of TV back then. The shows weren’t as well-produced as WWE, but had a certain regional touch that WWE lacks. They could be tailored to their audience. A national promotion must be generic. Regional promotions were booked and produced to appeal to that region. (This gives local wrestlers a chance to compete on a regional level in front of their home-town crowds instead of selling their soul for a contract full of loopholes that WWE can use at any time to drop them.)

McMahon-style wrestling is not the be-all and end-all. It’s merely an option. It was better when there was more than one option.

So, no matter what your inexperienced eye’s affinity may be for WWE’s current product – who I am to tell you what to like? – the end result of WWE’s takeover of the wrestling business is the industry being far less popular. It seems bigger because of the presentation and because the monopoly puts WWE in the mainstream on far more references. But wrestling is far less popular.

When 68-year-old Vince McMahon leads the charge back against his own corporation, it will be the wrong move. When McMahon “saves” Daniel Bryan, making him his stooge in the process, it will be the wrong move. When the main event of WrestleMania revolves around “the family,” it will be the wrong move.

But you will embrace it like a long-lost lover. Not your fault. It’s all you know.

There is only one way to judge the success of wrestling. The Raw rating is stagnant. The SummerSlam buyrate was way down. So, you tell me.

Follow Mark Madden on Twitter: @MarkMaddenX

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A Letter from Leroy Jenkins

August 8, 2013

There is something that Professional Wrestling Manager Leroy Jenkins would like for you to know. Actually, I remember it like it was yesterday. During my childhood I didn’t have many friends but I had my grandfather. And we used to spend Saturday mornings eating cereal together and watching cartoons. When noon came around we always turned on channel 12 and for 2 hrs we would escape into the world of professional wrestling. We had our favorites of course—Dominick Denucci, Bobo Brazil and of course Bruno Sammartino—and we had the ones we villified—Superstar Billy Graham, Baron Scicluna, George Steele—–but no matter who was on I was always enthralled. I remember telling grandpa Joe “That’s gonna be me someday. I’m gonna be in that ring.” He always encouraged me but deep in his heart I knew he thought it was a moot point and i would always be just a fan.

You might not know this from watching me on the Pro Wrestling Fit International TV Show but,I have Aspergers Syndrome—a disorder that doesnt allow me to mature at the same rate as most “normal” people. I’ve been different since I was a kid and I will remain different til the day I die. Thats why I am forever grateful to Rick Love and Kevin Rhodes of CWFL who saw the passion in the silly 44 yr old “12 yr old” And gave me the chance to fulfill my childhood dreams.

Fast forward to the present. Whenever Leroy Jenkins comes to the ringside for Pro Wrestling Fit I always am reminded of Grandpa’s dying statement to me—“When we forget childhood memories and dreams we are an angry adult—but when we give up on those same dreams we are nothing but an immature brat.” The little kid inside of me comes out in every instance that Ed Couture keeps his life in the backstage area and Leroy Jenkins puts on a show.

Championship Wrestling from Florida is an incredible opportunity for wrestlers, managers, and fans alike to experience what “real wrestling” is all about. We have wrestlers of all shapes, sizes, an styles. We have legends of the past like Randy Starr, Tony Mulkey, and Redd Alert. We have up and coming superstars like Justin Cage, Moco Loco, and Lucas Taylor. We have super heavy weights, we have lightweights. Whatever your cup of tea you are sure to find it at EVERY CWFL show and in the ring at the PWF pro wrestling training center here in Florida.

But what we mostly have is a group of passionate individuals who’s main objective is to give every wrestling fan in Florida an experience they will always remember —and every kid out there a chance to live the dream the way I have.

For all you who are interested in fulfillling your dream of being a professional wrestler, manager, or referree—they have a training facility on site and you can be trained by experts who have many years in the business.

In closing I want to say that PWF has given this silly big kid a chance and taken him under their wing and making him feel like a true man and a professional performer. For that I am forever grateful. That is why I am very proud to be a part of this company. I hope that you will take the time to say hello to me in person at one of the live events, listen to me on the PWF Radio Show or even come hang out with me at the After Party at Gator’s Dockside in Ocoee where me and the rest of the guys from the TV Show like to hang out at night.  Look me up on facebook and don’t forget to Like our page at http://www.facebook.com/PWFInternational


Professional Wrestler Curse

March 30, 2013

Click here to listen to the latest episode —>>> PWF Radio Show is CURSE’D!

This week Bobbi Maracai interviews Curse of the Midnight Mafia and discusses his plans for Championship Gold. Hear the caos as Latin Fury attacks Leroy Jenkins in the studio. Rick Love talks about the growth of PWF USA and some of the exciting things coming for Pro Wrestling Fit fans.

Curse

Height-6’8

Weight-281lbs

From-Badlands, South Dakota, now making his home in Orlando, Florida

This mystery man known as the 6’8 walking disaster area the dark tower of power Curse has arrived in Pro Wrestling Fit for two reasons, to finally become the heavyweight champion of the world, and to settle a score with an old enemy that he refuses to name or talk about at this time. Having no alliances, friendships, or managers, Curse stands alone and always takes the most sadistic route to victory within the squared circle. A dark shadow has fallen over PWF, and its name is Curse!

From the badlands of South Dakota, far beyond the confines of civilization comes a new threat to the roster of Pro Wrestling Fit USA. Standing at six feet eight inches tall and 281lbs of destruction, comes the dark tower of power, the walking disaster area known only as Curse. This living monolith has cut his teeth all over the globe since dominating the world of Professional Wrestling and has now set his sights on championship gold here in Pro Wrestling Fit.

Little is known about his life away from the ring although he has made it very clear that he has a deep rooted hatred for a current Champion in the PWF family and is waiting to exact his revenge. Although he has been vague about this quest for vengeance what is obvious is this level of hatred can only be of a personal nature. Recently, recruiting manager Leroy Jenkins to help him secure his shot at the title and with it his burning desire for revenge. While he has not stated who this person is the rumors in the locker room is that Curse feels betrayed by this individual. Some believe they broke into the business together and while this person went on to become a Champion, Curse was left to rot in the concrete jungles and barbwire nightmares of other organizations of the far northeast, miles away from the Professional Wrestling territories in Florida. Having newly aligned himself with the Palace of Pain the sky truly is the limit for both Curse and Mr. Jenkins, a deadly combination of ruthless aggression and unstoppable power. Curse no doubt will find himself right at home with the pain, fear, and intimidation the Palace has become infamous for dishing out.

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Curse in Action against the Nightstalker

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Pro Wrestling Fit star Curse


Rick Love shoot interview

March 15, 2013

Listen to our latest Pro Wrestling Fit Radio Show below with the now infamous Rick Love shoot interview! http://www.blogtalkradio.com/pwfradio/2013/03/08/all-you-need-is-love-1

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Richard “Rick” Love: C.E.O. and Championship Committee Chairman

Episode 5 features the introduction of Leroy Jenkins as the co-host of the show and International Pro Wrestling Heart-throb, Rick Love who explains his position as PWF International C.E.O. and how PWF is changing the face of pro wrestling today.

He also discusses in details why Gerardo De Jesus and Uprising were thrown out of the PWF. Listen to his opinions about indy workers today and why they will never make it to the big time, his time in Japan and Korea as a pro wrestler, a military linguist, full contact fighter martial arts hall of famer and more.

Hear Pro Wrestling Talent Manager Leroy Jenkins calls Rick Love out for a lack of title shots for the Midnight Mafia and trys to claim ownership and host status of the PWF Radio Show.

Hear about the latest creation from The Million Dollar Bakery and more!

This episode is sponsored by the Pro Wrestling School in Orlando, Florida. Do you want to become a Professional Wrestler? Call Ph: 321-239-5439 today to get started.

This show is sponsored by: Legacy Championship Belts www.LegacyBelts.com and www.americandragononline.com .


PWF USA C.E.O. Kevin Rhodes

March 8, 2013

Episode 4 with our very own PWF CWFL C.E.O. Kevin Rhodes:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/pwfradio/2013/03/01/a-monster-announcement

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Pro Wrestler Kevin Rhodes, PWF USA C.E.O.

This week on the PWF Radio Show Bobbi Marcacai will be joined by Leroy jenkins as the co-host of the show. She will be interviewing PWF CWFL C.E.O. Kevin Rhodes about his past and the future of PWF Florida.

There will be a “Monster” of an announcement about an addition to the Roster. This episode is sponsored by: The Million Dollar Bakery, get your goods at a live PWF show near you!

The of course we will get to hear from PWF International C.E.O. Rick Love who shares with us some news from the international events in Korea, Australia and Japan. This episode is sponsored by Legacy Title Belts and Awards. Order your Pro Wrestling Title Belts here!

This episode is sponsored by the Pro Wrestling School in Orlando, Florida. Do you want to become a Professional Wrestler? Call Ph: 321-239-5439 today to get started.

This show is sponsored by: Legacy Championship Belts www.LegacyBelts.com


NightStalker on the PWF Radio Show

March 8, 2013

Episode 3 is now live! Listen to it here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/pwfradio/2013/02/22/nightstalked

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See Pro Wrestling Fit’s Hardcore Star, NightStalker at a show near you!

This week we speak with PWF Hardcore Icon Nightstalker, managed by Leroy Jenkins. Plus well give you the results of this weeks PWF show and we talk about the controversy surrounding Moco Loco and the Midnight Mafia.

Rick Love calls in with his usually annoying questions and comments and tries to get more information out of Bobbi Maracai about the talent that she plans to bring to the PWF roster.

This episode is sponsored by the Pro Wrestling School in Orlando, Florida. Do you want to become a Professional Wrestler? Call Ph: 321-239-5439 today to get started.

This show is sponsored by: Legacy Championship Belts www.LegacyBelts.com

Pro Wrestling Fit Presents: NightStalker!

He is 5’10”, 230 pounds of pure insanity and mayhem in the Pro Wrestling ring. He has lived a tortured life full of hurt and pain that most people could not begin to understand.

Now he releases his anger into the world of pro wrestling. He carefully stalks his opponents, watching and waiting before he rips his opponent’s souls from their bodies and leaves them broken and empty.

He lives in darkness and seclusion. He has no friends and no desire to make any. Most individuals look at him in bewilderment trying to figure him out, but, as they all eventually find out, there is no answer to his madness and insanity.

His name is feared by many in the professional wrestling business. He is known as NightStalker!

He entered into the business in 1999 with South Eastern Championship Wrestling where he began his training and later debuted on their TV show. It was in May 2000 with South Eastern Championship Wrestling on channel 98, a product of Time Warner Communications.

Night Stalker easily annihilated and massacred his competition; destroying the entire South Eastern Championship Wrestling roster.

He began stalking new competition, wanting more he journeyed into Mid-Florida Wrestling in February 2002 where he quickly made his name known. NightStalker became the Mid-Florida Wrestling Hardcore Champion 4-times and the Mid-Florida Wrestling Champion 2-times.

Other wrestling promotions include Championship Florida Wrestling, Southern Championship Wrestling, Future Stars of Professional Wrestling, Atlantic Championship Wrestling, Future of Wrestling, South Lake Pro Wrestling, Pro Wrestling Xtreme just to name a few.

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NightStalker attempts to break the back of Nick Foley

His newest promotion where everyone is finding out just how hardcore he is ……Pro Wrestling Fit Championship Wrestling From Florida. You can see him in live action and judge for yourself exactly why he is the Florida Hardcore Extremist.

Night Stalker is no one to be taken lightly and certainly not to be underestimated. He has been destroying Hardcore Champions and winning their titles since 2000 and has no plans of stopping any time soon. To step into the ring with this Hardcore professional wrestler could be your biggest and last mistakes ever. He is currently aiming for the PWF International World Hardcore Title and doesn’t plan to let anyone stand in his way.

You can keep up with his tour schedule and show appearances by Liking his page at http://www.facebook.com/ProWrestlerNightStalker


PWF Radio Leroy Jenkins Interview

March 8, 2013

Check out episode 2 with Leroy Snowball Jenkins. February 14th 2013

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/pwfradio/2013/02/15/dirty-snowball

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Leroy SnowJenkins, Professional Wrestling Manager

This week Bobbi interviews Leroy Snowball Jenkins. The war of words between the two greatest managers in Florida cannot be missed! Plus we will be taking your calls.

Hear Rick Love’s comments and criticisms about the state of Pro Wrestling today.

This show is sponsored by: Legacy Championship Belts www.LegacyBelts.com

The Midnight Mafia and Leroy Jenkins are on a quest to dominate the Professional Wrestling industry.

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Leroy Jenkins and Curse at Pro Wrestling Fit Florida.

Boston-born Leroy “Snowball” Jenkins comes from a long line of self-professed gangsters. His family legacy was built on their fifty years in the business of pro wrestling. Just four short years ago Leroy decided to carry on his family’s gangster legacy by entering an industry his family made famous. Trained by his daddy and granddaddy before him, Leroy got his start working some of the independent federations in Florida where he moved the daily operations of the Midnight Mafia, his stable of wrestlers, to permanently.

Leroy’s plan is to be the future of the business and a dominating force in Pro Wrestling Fit and any other federation that he chooses. For Leroy Jenkins professional wrestling is about family economics. He knows that everyone he manages will go to the top because he only manages the finest talent and when his guys win, he makes more money. Leroy’s favorite quote is “Win if you can. Lose if you must. But ALWAYS cheat!”

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The Hardcore Icon NightStalker with Leroy Jenkins.

He is gracious to wrestlers like Justin Cage who trained him, and promoters like Rick Love and Kevin Rhodes, among others who have given him exposure. But now the game is all about him, and this gangster is shooting straight to the top of Pro Wrestling Fit CWFL. Leroy’s pride and joy, Curse, is the number one contender for the vacant PWF CWFL Heavyweight Title. His latest acquisition NightStalker is blazing his way into PWF like a star. This is why Leroy Jenkins is quickly becoming one of the most sought after talent Managers in all of Florida independent wrestling.

His current talent war with Bobbi Maracai started when she somehow managed to get Justin Cage, a long-time friend of Leroy’s, to join her stable of wrestlers. Bobbi Maracai’s legal team has requested that PWF look into Leroy’s use of a walking cane. They claim that a search of his medical files shows no legitimate injury that would require it and that he only uses it as a weapon that creates a public danger to the wrestlers and the fans. No-one can say how this fued got started for sure but we are sure that this battle of managers will not end peacefully.