Dusty Rhodes Hard Times and American politics

Hey Scott, first time, long time (like 15 years) I’m a freelance political writer and wrestling mark for like 25 years. Not sure if your blog would be interested, but I just wrote a piece that talks about Dusty Rhodes’ Hard Times promo explaining the current state of American politics. If you would share it on your blog that would be awesome, if not, it’s no biggie. Keep up the great work and hope all is well! -Robert Sobel

The Politics of the Main Event

Hey Scott, it's your You Don't Know Jack Overlord reaching out to you.

IN THIS CORNER… a charismatic speaker from Chicago with grassroots support; a man who burst onto the scene with his amazing oratory skills that rocked the foundation of what he does to the very core; a man who promised a new era and was sent straight into the highest position based upon his promises; a man who surrounds himself with others who preach his word and openly proclaims his status as a Cult of Personality; a man who, despite being in a position of respect, cannot get it; a man who has had to answer in the past for accusations leveled at him due to who his father is.

IN THIS CORNER… an industry lifer from Massachusetts who had to re-invent himself to get where he is; a man with success at what he does over the past 10 years; a man who wishes to obtain the position held by the Chicagoite; a man who is constantly challenging his Chicago opposition; a man whose moral code is an object of both admiration and scorn; a man who has achieved the change on a smaller level that his opponent promises on a big level.

So… Punk/Cena or Obama/Romney?
You know, I more than hold my own at You Don't Know Jack.  Just because I don't play 18 games a day doesn't mean I'm not awesome at it.  
Anyway, I know nothing about politics outside what people whine about in their Facebook updates, so I'll take your word for this one.  I know Obama is the black guy and Romney is the rich guy and that's about all I can pay attention to.

HHH and backstage politics

Hey Scott –
I wanted to ask you if you could provide some specific examples of when HHH utilized his backstage power either to his own benefit or to the detriment of someone else (or both).  I've heard it said several times that HHH "used his stroke backstage to change event ABC or bury opponent XYZ", but I've never really heard anything specific on what he actually did.
I'm assuming a lot of this happened in 2002-2005, when he ran roughshod over the entire roster – but again, I'm basing that on hearsay and second-hand knowledge.  Can you shed some light on the subject?


2002:  Had the RAW World title created for himself because he felt he was above the I-C title.  Changed the finish of his match with RVD at Unforgiven so he went over cleanly.  Changed the finish of the match with Kane to unify the IC and World titles so that he went over.  Killed Bubba Dudley's singles push because he didn't want to work with him.  
2003:  Changed the finish of the match with Booker T so that he went over because he wanted to save the big win for Goldberg. Killed Booker T's push and had Kevin Nash pushed into the World title program for three months instead. Changed the date of the match with Goldberg from mid-summer to Summerslam so it would be built up more.  Changed the finish of Summerslam from Goldberg going over to Goldberg losing so that it could be built up even more.  
2004:  Squashed Eugene like a bug once it was turning into a hot act.  I mean, would anyone else in wrestling get threatened by the RETARDED BABYFACE and then book himself to beat him to within an inch of his life?  That's our HHH.  Booked himself to end Randy Orton's first World title run after only a month so that Taboo Tuesday would have a heel champion defending against three potential babyface challengers.  
Anyway, there's the first 10 or so examples off the top of my head.