All posts tagged: vince mcmahon

No Holds Barred: The Match The Movie

It is the epitome of 80s pop culture, it’s Hulk Hogan in his first starring film role. No Holds Barred was an 80s masterpiece of terrible dialogue, cheesy acting, fight scenes, beefcake and awesomeness! The film centers around RIP (Hulk Hogan), who is the heavyweight wrestling champion (just like in real life at the time). Ratings for his matches are beating every other television program so bad that the evil head of the World Television Network wants RIP for his own network. When he can’t get RIP, he tries to replace him with ZEUS. What happens next is a fight to the death! To promote the release of the film, WWE brought ZEUS (played by Tiny Lister) into its program to feud with the Hulk. The storyline was that ZEUS got jealous during the making of No Holds Barred and is now exacting revenge. The original plan was for Hulk Hogan to defend his heavyweight title against ZEUS at WrestleMania VI in Toronto’s Skydome. However, the film was bust and Zeus couldn’t wrestle to save …

Where’s My Football…bring back the XFL

Okay, I know what you’re thinking… “the XFL was one of the biggest flops is sports history.” That might be true in some aspects, but lets roll it back just a little bit. What was the XFL? The XFL was intended to be a major professional sports league complement to the offseason of the NFL. Started by Vince McMahon (World Wrestling Entertainment CEO), it was a joint venture with the then WWF and NBC. It seemed like a smart idea at the time. Using WWF’s production standards to broadcast football when no other football was on TV seemed like a sure-fire win. And with NBC and UPN broadcasting those games during primetime, what could go wrong? The opening game on February 3rd, 2001 drew very high ratings for NBC, a 9.5 Neilson rating which was double what was expected. The XFL was also going to try and be very different from the NFL. They wanted to be known as “Smash Mouth Football”. They had less rules, more hits, encouraged taunting, a race/scramble instead of a …