Wrestling Returns to Australia, by Greg Tingle 15th
modern day gladiators of the WWE (World Wrestling
Entertainment) are set to once again display their
craft in Australia wrestling rings.
WWE'ers will be back in Melbourne on the 31st of July,
and will perform in Sydney for the first time in 19
years, on the 2nd August.
have long had a love affair with professional wrestling,
which these days is referred to by promoters and fans
alike, as sports entertainment; a term that WWE guru,
Vince McMahon coined in the late 90's, when it became
more obvious that pro wrestling was performance art,
the wrestling business is well respected, and has
been elevated in status, with fans and non-fans appreciating
the performance art for what it is. The athletic prowess
of the performers is well acknowledged, with them
fearlessly "busting their arse" (and back),
nightly, in the interest of optimum entertainment.
the background, Vince McMahon, the master puppeteer,
is pulling the strings, writing fresh storylines and
developing new talent. On occasion, McMahon, and his
family even get in on the act, in the interest of
drawing high ratings, and maintaining total creative
control. One can draw parallels between the WWE and
"carnies" (circuses), of yesteryear.
performers combine athleticism, charisma, muscle,
ego, sex appeal, and the all important, thespian ability,
to put on a show like no other. When the mix is right,
living legends are created. These include Hulk Hogan,
The Rock, Triple H, "Stone Cold" Steve Austin,
Booker T, Kane, Y2K, and the list goes on.
the WWE is not the only game in town, they have the
biggest stars in their talent pool, and their marketing
is amongst the best on the planet. Other wrestling
promoters don't even try to seriously take them on
head-to-head, although smaller promotions exist, which
have stars in their own right, like former WWE and
WCW wrestlers, Bret "Hitman" Hart, Jeff
Jarrett, Sting, Raven, Shane Douglas and Sabu.
Chairman, Vince McMahon rightly recognized the huge
market "down under", and has just begun
to exploit the opportunity.
WWE drew huge PPV (pay-per-view) figures, when they
were previously screened on Australian subscriber
TV. Wrestling has always been a staple of television.
Foxtel couldn't come to financial terms with the WWE
last year, the WWE came to a deal with Australian
movie cinema's such as Greater Union. Now wrestling
fans can go to their local cinemas each month and
pay $25 to get their monthly WWE dose of Wrestlemania
on the big screen.
year's tour saw Melbourne's Colonial Stadium sellout,
with over 57,000 screaming fans in attendance, even
with megastar Kylie Minogue performing live "down
the road". The DVD of the event came close to
being the most popular title selling at video outlets
and retailers around Australia.
upcoming WWE tour has sent fans and WWE business partners
into a frenzy.
the 15th May, the Ticketek website "overloaded",
with many fans not being able to order tickets online.
Some phone delays were also experienced by Ticketek,
and promoter, Dainty Consolidated Entertainment.
fans are advised to keep trying to secure tickets
via the website, or to call Ticketek from Monday 19th
May 2003, from 9am.
event is predicted by industry "insiders"
to sell out quickly, so rush to secure your tickets
to the "grunt and grown" event of the
year. Sports entertainment indeed!
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