The Gettysburg’s Address 2 – Don Burrito

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The Gettysburg’s Address 2 – Don Burrito

Gettysburg's Address

Gettysburg’s Address

YOU’RE LISTENING TO THE GETTYSBURG’S ADDRESS PODCAST AND I’M SITTING IN THE BUSY LITTLE BEAVER STUDIOS HERE IN MARYLAND.

BEFORE I BEGIN LET ME THANK THE BAND INVOCATION ARRAY FOR THE MUSIC FOR THE GETTYSBURG’S ADDRESS PODCAST, AND YOU CAN FIND THEIR MUSIC AT WWW.INVOCATIONARRAY.COM.

MY GUEST TONIGHT IS FELLOW AFFICIANADO OF THE SQUARED CIRCLE, MY FRIEND DON BURRITO.

STORIES OF GOOD VS. EVIL, BROTHER AGAINST BROTHER OR CONFLICT ARISING IN THE QUEST FOR POWER ARE AS OLD AS THE FIRST STORIES PASSED AROUND A CAMPFIRE, AND OVER THE CENTURIES THEY HAVE BEEN TOLD IN VARIOUS FORMS: VERBAL, WRITTEN, ON THE STAGE, ON FILM AND, FOR ABOUT A CENTURY, IN THE RING, ALSO CALLED THE SQUARED CIRCLE, IN THE FORM OF ENTERTAINMENT CALLED PROFESSIONAL WRESTLING.

YES, PROFESSIONAL WRESTLING. JUST A FEW NOTES HERE: I WILL NOT CALL IT SPORTS ENTERTAINMENT, BECAUSE, WELL, I THINK THAT IS A LUDICROUS TERM, AND TWO, I WILL NOT CALL THE WOMEN DIVAS, I CALL THEM WHAT THEY ARE, WRESTLERS.

SO WHAT IS PRO WRESTLING? YES IT IS TWO OR MORE PEOPLE IN A RING, CLAD IN SOMETIMES GARISH OUTFITS, BEATING THE HELL OUT OF ONE ANOTHER. ARE THE EVENTS STAGED AND THE OUTCOME PREDETERMINED? YES. ARE THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO ARE PART OF THE BUSINESS ATHLEATES? MOST DEFINITELY. IT IS ALSO, WHEN IT IS DONE CORRECTLY, THE STORY OF TWO OR MORE PEOPLE IN CONFLICT, IT CAN BE AS SIMPLE AS TWO PEOPLE WHO JUST DON’T LIKE ONE ANOTHER, MEN FIGHTING OVER THE AFFECTION OF A WOMAN, OR A STORYLINE AS INTRICATE AS GROUPS VYING FOR CONTROL OF AN AREA.

GROWING UP AS A FAN OF PROFESSIONAL WRESTLING I WATCHED WITH RAPT ATTENTION AS THE EVIL LOU ALBANO, THE GRAND WIZARD AND OTHER EVIL MANAGERS SENT MAN AFTER MAN TO TRY AND DETHRONE BOB BACKLUND AS THE CHAMPION. I WAS TRANSFIXED IN THE EARLY 1980S AS NWA WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION HARLEY RACE PLACED A BOUNTY ON THE NUMBER ONE CONTENDER TO HIS TITLE, THE NATURE BOY RIC FLAIR, AND PEOPLE TRIED TO CRIPPLE FLAIR AND COLLECT THE MONEY.

WHEN THE STORY IS COMPELLING AND THE PERSONALITIES MAGNETIC THERE IS NOTHING THAT CAN APPROACH PROFESSIONAL WRESTLING FOR DRAMA AND SUSPENSE.

NOW WE ARE IN 2016 AND JUST DAYS FROM THE BIGGEST SHOW OF THE YEAR, WRESTLEMANIA, AN EVENT SO BIG THAT IT GARNERS MAINSTREAM PRESS ATTENTION AND, IF THE STADIUM IS FILLED FOR THE EVENT THIS YEAR, OVER 100,000 PEOPLE WILL BE IN THE STANDS. IT IS NOT AN EXAGGERATION TO CALL THIS THE SUPER BOWL OF PRO WRESTLING.

BUT SOMETHING IS OFF THIS YEAR…THERE ARE SO FEW STORYLINES THAT ARE CAPTURING MY ATTENTION, NOTHING ON THE CARD THAT IS, IN MY MIND, A “I HAVE TO SEE THAT!” MATCH. THERE HAS BEEN IN RECENT YEARS A DECIDED LACK OF TRULY COMPELLING STORYLINES THAT HAVE PEOPLE TALKING, PEOPLE TRULY EXCITED.

NOW I HAVE HEARD SOME SAY THAT THE AUIDENCE IS DIFFERENT NOW AND THEY NEED SHADES OF GRAY AND COMPLEX STORIES, BUT I CANNOT HELP BUT BELIEVE THIS IS NOT ONLY A SIMPLISTIC VIEW OF THE AUDIENCE, IT IS A FUNDEMENTAL MISUNDERSTANDING OF HOW PEOPLE WANT TO BE ENTERTAINED.

GOOD VERSES EVIL CAN ALWAYS SELL, OR, AS THEY SAY, PUT ASSES IN THE SEATS. SOMEONE FIGHTING FOR A CLEAR GOAL THE CROWD CAN GET BEHIND IS SIMPLE. WHERE THE PROBLEM ARISES TODAY IS THE WRITERS LEAVE CONFUSION WITH THE CROWD, IS THIS GUY A GOOD GUY THIS WEEK BECAUSE HE WAS A BAD GUY LAST WEEK. OR YES, I AM LAUGHING AT THE PROMO THE GUY IS CUTTING THIS WEEK, BUT SHOULDN’T HE BE SAYING THINGS TO MAKE ME HATE HIM? HE’S THE BAD GUY. I SHOULD NOT BE USING HIS CATCH PHRASES AND GIVING THE ELBOW TO THE RIBS OF THE PERSON IN THE SEATS NEXT TO ME BECAUSE THIS GUY IS SO FUNNY. DO DOCTOR DOOM OR THE JOKER TRY TO WIN OVER THE PEOPLE BY HOW COOL THEY ARE? NO. THEY SET THEIR EYES ON SOME DASTARDLY PLOT AND GET TO WORK.

THERE IS ALSO A PROBLEM IN THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS OF THE WRITERS TRYING TO TELL US WHO TO CHEER FOR, FORCING THAT PERSON DOWN THE AUDIENCES’ THROAT, WHETHER THE AUIDENCE LIKES THE PERSON OR NOT. YOU CANNOT FORCE THE MASSES TO LIKE SOMEONE. THE FASTEST WAY TO MAKE SOMEONE THE OBJECT OF CROWD JEERS IS TO TELL US THAT THIS IS THE PERSON WE WILL LOVE. THE CHEERS AND AFFECTION NEED TO BE ORGANIC, NEED TO BE BECAUSE THE CROWD FEELS A CONNECTION TO THE PERSON THATIS TRUE, NOT FORCED.

THIS SEEMS SO SIMPLE YET IT APPEARS THE WRITERS OVERTHINK THIS WEEK AFTER WEEK.  JIM ROSS, PRETTY UNIVERSALLY REGARDED AS THE GREATEST PROFESSIONAL WRESTLING ANNOUNCER OF ALL TIME, AND ALSO A MAN WHO HAS WORKED ON WRITING STORYLINES AND HIRING TALENT, HAS SAID:

“WRESTLING IS BEST WHEN IT COMES FROM A LOGICALLY, REALISTIC PLACE AND IS EXECUTED INSIDE THE RING AS AN ATHLETIC CONTEST BUILT ON COMMON SENSE AND NOT AN ACROBATIC SHOW THAT EXPOSES THE BUSINESS AS A SHAM WITH NO SELLING AND THE COMPLETE LACK OF SOME TALENT’S ABILITY TO PROPERLY APPLY AN ACTUAL WRESTLING HOLD.”

THIS IS SO DEAD ON THAT NOTHING I SAY CAN ADD TO IT.

SO WHAT IS THE CAUSE OF THE MALAISE OF THE CURRENT STATE OF PROFESSIONAL WRESTLING AND IS THERE A SHIFT ANYTIME IN THE NEAR FUTURE BACK TO THE BASICS OF COMPELLING STORIES AND PURE CROWD CONNECTION?

WE ADDRESS THAT THIS EPISODE WITH DON BURRITO.

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