Sports Entertainment vs Wrestling

Hi Scott,

I was wondering when Vince first got the bug up his ass about it being
"entertaiment" instead of "wrestling"? I can't recall ever hearing the
term "Sports Entertainment" until sometime in the Attitude era and
when I go back and watch stuff from the 80s and early 90s, the word
wrestling is everywhere and no one seems to have any ideas about
calling it anything else. My own theory is that it stems from the
story he always tell's about Turner calling him up to let him know he
was in the "Rasslin" business. I was wondering what you thought
though. Thanks.

​The term was invented in the early 80s, specifically to get around things like athletic commissions or Boxing and Wrestling commissions.  You'd have to kick up a portion of the gate to them and pay doctors for ringside and such, and that's money out of Vince's pocket.  "Ah", he would say coyly, "we should not be governed by wrestling commissions, because we are not wrestling, we are Sports Entertainment".  And then later he outright went to places like New Jersey and admitted to courts that his show was predetermined and thus a unique entity.  This of course is completely nonsensical and flies in the face of wrestling being fixed since literally day one when naked Greeks were working out spots in the Acropolis dressing room, but it was more of a political deal anyway.  So there you go.  ​


So, check this out.

This is from a recent testimonial game (not sure if you guys in the US of A/Canada do these – basically just a fun tribute game to a recently retired player. In this case, a well-known Spurs defender called Ledley King), whereby everything is a little more relaxed, and a friendly game of football is played.

If ECW did football….

Check it out.

nxt entertainment factor

hey scott, since you also seem to appreciate current NXT, what do you think is the biggest factor that the hour seems to fly by, compared to RAW (or SD for that matter)?

1hr means a faster-paced, more action-filled show, compared to the draaaaagging  3hr RAW and RAW-recap city SD?
fresher, more diverse, more exotic characters? (Breeze, Enzo, Emma, Bayley…)
a way more entertaining women's division? and ppl CARE about them?
most wrestlers being over?
Regal on commentary plus Renee conducting most interviews?
returning homegrown guys getting treated like stars that "made it"? (Shield, Big E)
super babyface Sami Zayn?
super douche heel Bo Dallas?
super-hot Tyler Breeze?
super-melodic Aiden English?
you decide!


eah, the show is simply booked, with a new and fresh cast of characters who rotate out and don't get stale all the time.  It reminds me a LOT of classic World Championship Wrestling that way.