I'm a big fan of DDT Digest, but I'm afraid I strongly disagree with the conclusion you drew about JR in your midweek report. I have a spastic physical disability myself -- cerebral palsy -- so I can understand something of JR's position. It's important to realize that, if JR was going to impaired by his palsy, he might have felt that he had to do something to make fans comfortable with it. He could do this by bringing the matter up himself in an angle. I do something similar if I have to give a large presentation to a group of fellow students. I'll make a joke about my handicap, sometimes even calling myself "crippled" in order to break the ice, and prove I'm not obsessed with being "PC."
But, by making fun of myself, I don't intend to give license to others to mock me. I believe I have a free right to discuss myself without reservation. Others, if they intend to be respectful, do not have an equal right to mock me just because I "opened the door," so to speak. I felt I HAD to open the door, or broach the subject, just to make everybody comfortable.
If JR did something similar a couple years ago, he shouldn't be blamed for introducing the topic of his problem.... he had to, to make everyone comfortable. And WCW's ridicule of him certainly shouldn't be justified on this basis. He can talk about himself in a way they can't, within the bounds of respect.
Thanks for listening to me vent. I really do love the site!
Just a thought on the angle with Perry Saturn in the Revolution. I think he must be reading his shirt backwards. Instead of going for the "FTW" angle, he's doing the "WTF?" angle.
I was sick and consequently bedridden for most of today (Friday) and ended up watching a lot of TV. I caught the last ten minutes of a gameshow called Figure It Out which I remember being mentioned on DDT Digest for a guest appearance by The Giant. Anyway, a guest on this episode was "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan. Jim was unusually subdued but otherwise his usual ridiculous-looking self (he was wearing a bunny mask for the entire portion that I saw).
The only wrestling-related thing that happened was they were going to dump slime on the head of anyone who knew what a suplex was. Much to my surprise, they ended up sliming Duggan later in the show. Hacksaw couldn't explain what it was, but he did threaten to suplex the host of the show.
TBS shifts Thunder wrestling to Wednesdays November 18, 1999 1:34 AM EST By Chris Pursell HOLLYWOOD (Variety) - As the World Wrestling Federation's leglock on the Thursday night grappling wars gets stronger with this season's rookie hit "WWF Smackdown!,'' TBS will shift its own Thursday night wrestling program "WCW Thunder'' to Wednesdays. Beginning Jan. 12, TBS will air the World Championship Wrestling program a day earlier to team up with the superstation's new reality series "Ripley's Believe It or Not,'' which will air at 8 p.m. The two-hour "Thunder'' will also get pushed back an hour to 9 p.m. "Ripley's'' will then have a second run after "Thunder'' goes off the air. The channel's Thursday programming lineup will then headline Atlanta Braves games and movies in the old "Thunder'' slot. Meanwhile, Wednesday night NBA programming will now move back to Monday nights. Reuters/Variety © Reuters Ltd. All rights reserved.
Of course, Wade's ability to prognosticate might have something to do with the fact that he reports on more hours of WCW television every month than any of the other writers. Hmmm, according to that theory, Aldo should have wound up in second pl....oh, never mind.