What is the opposite of an oxymoron? Pleonasm seems to be the closest contradiction. The reason is "sports entertainment."
When you think of "sports entertainment" what is the first entity that populates your brain? The likely answer is some form of rasslin'. It is entirely possible the WWE (WWF at the time) coined the phrase in the '80s.
But is the phrase redundant? Aren't all sports really just a form of entertainment? College and pro football rule Saturday and Sunday, and happen to be very entertaining.
Take a poll of the local minor league franchises. They will tell you their competition is not only with each other for your entertainment dollar, but also movies, dining experiences, and nudey bars.
This leads us to the logical conclusion that "sports entertainment" in 2013 is a pleonastic phrase.
TNA Wrestling will never be confused with World Wrestling Entertainment. This is not necessarily a bad thing. They are the top-two sports entertainment (rasslin') promotions going today.
TNA's Impact Wrestling Live visits the Tulsa Convention Center on Thursday, October 10. The traveling show will broadcast live from Tulsa on Spike TV.
TNA garnered headlines recently in the fight world. Mixed martial arts competitors Rampage Jackson, Tito Ortiz, and King Mo signed contracts with Bellator MMA which allowed them to moonlight on TNA. The blurred lines are tough to swallow for some fans. Both entities air on Spike TV.
The impact of these stars has not been realized for either Bellator or TNA to date. Time will tell if signing these athletes to shared contracts was a stroke of genius or a Ric Flair uppercut to the sack.
So what should Tulsa expect when TNA goes live from the Convention Center?
Your guess is as good as theirs. So far the impactwrestling.com
website mentions three recognizable names.
Their current champion Bully Ray is scheduled to compete. The longtime World Championship Wrestling superstar, Sting, is also on the docket. Jeff Hardy's name appears on the site, but judging from the past, he seems most likely to fall off the card or show up out of sorts.
Could we also catch a glimpse of Hulk Hogan? Absolutely. Is it possible Bellator runs out PPV headliners Rampage Jackson and Tito Ortiz to drum up some Internet buzz? Sure, why not?
Maybe Jim Ross will take the leap (or dive) into TNA? Visit coxcentertulsa.com for tickets.
The veteran voice and behind-the-scenes mastermind of the WWE, Jim Ross, retired from the flagship organization recently. He is 61, but according to his popular blog at jrsbarbq.com, he has no intention of "purchasing a rocking chair."
He recently captured MMA headlines by proclaiming his interests in working with the UFC. Who wouldn't want to work with the UFC? But perhaps Ross is more qualified than most.
"The most challenging part to me would be to engage in talent development, recruiting the right kind of people for the organization," said Ross, while speaking with Ariel Helwani on the MMA Hour. "Any entity like the UFC, the NFL, WWE, it starts with its talent. It starts and ends there. Talent is the reason the people pay to engage in the product."
It is an interesting prospect. He had a hand in signing Kurt Angle, Brock Lesnar, Dwayne Johnson, and Steve Austin. The man can spot talent.
But how much of that converts over to the world of fighting, where as they like to say, shit gets real?
Perhaps a modified job would be perfect. He undoubtedly understands a good "shoot-style" promo. He could coach-up some UFC stars and allow their personalities to shine through like Chael Sonnen, rather than get swallowed up by the spotlight like newcomers to the sport.
He probably has zero chance of cracking one of the UFC broadcast as the play-by-play announcer. Those positions seem solidified.
Matt Grice was a legendary high school wrestler at Harrah High School just outside of Oklahoma City. He took the path many elite Oklahoma wrestlers take and found success at the highest level in the UFC.
He postponed his fight career in order to join the Oklahoma City Police Department. This provided more stability for his wife and two children.
Today he fights to walk again.
On Sept. 8, while off duty, his motionless vehicle was struck from behind. Doctors performed brain surgery, and he was in critical condition.
He is now showing promising signs. He squeezed his wife's hand and started responding to verbal cues. There is movement in his arms and legs.
A donation fund has been set up at hopemob.org to assist his family with medical expenses and what promises to be a long rehabilitation process.
BattleGrounds MMA holds another show on October 26. The Kenny Monday promotion plans to donate $2.00 on every ticket sold to the fund. There will be a silent auction and you can purchase a Matt Grice official walk-out t-shirt with proceeds going directly to his wife, Caroline.
Grice was one of the special guests at the first BattleGrounds MMA show. Now as he fights to walk again, the promotion is returning the favor and trying to assist his recovery.
The tragic story for Matt Grice and his family also illustrates the willingness of the fight community to pull together to support one of their own.
The tenacity Grice has shown throughout his life leads you to believe there is nothing that will stop him from walking again.
Godspeed, Matt Grice. Godspeed.
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