Shane Douglas: The Forgotten Franchise.
by, 11-08-2011 at 11:06 PM (4082 Views)
Hey Splashers! I just finally updated my twitter page. Anyone interested in me find me at Twitter.com/@RickStarr. Ok enough with the cheap plugs, letâ€™s get to it.
I read Shane â€œThe Franchiseâ€ Douglasâ€™ recent interview on Busted Open that was posted here on ewrestlingnews.com, and I have to say it sounded to me like Douglas had a real bad case of sour grapes! TNA offered him a deal during their ECW reunion however it was below his standards. Douglas eventually told the company to â€œshove it up their backsideâ€. He referred to both Hulk Hogan and Ric Flairâ€™s salary, and stated that he is â€œbiggerâ€ than both of them. Hmm thatâ€™s a bold statement for someone whose only accolade to any world title was the ECW Title almost a decade ago! Has he ever been in any movies? NO! Has he been in any TV Shows? NO! Has Douglas ever headlined WrestleMania? NO!
Sure Hulk Hogan may not be the best technical wrestler in the business, but over the years he has been an entertainer, and that is what wrestling is REALLY about. I know Douglas was something special back in the ECW days, but the man needs to get off his high horse and take a good look in the mirror. The last time I saw him in the ring, he didnâ€™t impress me. He still got one of the best mic skills, but if he thinks heâ€™s up to Hogan or Flairâ€™s level (as far as legendary status) heâ€™s sadly mistaken in my book. The truth is I totally forgot about â€œThe Franchiseâ€ until I read the interview.
Now donâ€™t get me wrong, thereâ€™s nothing wrong working in the â€œindiesâ€. I know a few people down in GCW Wrestling,(a wrestling company down in the southern states) and they put just as much heart and soul into wrestling than any WWE or TNA wrestler. They work for cheap money, and have to keep real jobs on the side to provide for their families. I donâ€™t know how much money Douglas is making in the NWA, but it canâ€™t be too much more than TNA was offering.
But the interview didnâ€™t stop there. Then Douglas went on to attack Dixie Carter. He berated her because she was brought up in a â€œbillion dollar householdâ€ and offered TNA staff â€œA poultry sum of moneyâ€. Then in the same breath he said he was very selective as to where he would allow the â€œECW Legacyâ€ to be used and taken advantage of. Why didnâ€™t he just come right out and say pimp it out? He was looking for the bigger paycheck, and now heâ€™s still sticking to TNA years later? That sounds like sour grapes to me Splashers.
And then he slammed Ric Flair for his inappropriate behavior both in and out of the ring. At first he did admit that he idolized Flair, saying he was the very reason he got into wrestling. To be honest I canâ€™t say much about Flair. Flairâ€™sâ€¦wellâ€¦.Flair. On one hand you have a man who spent his life demoralizing women, whose ego got way too big for its own good, and spent more money than he ever made. Then on the other hand you have the most decorated wrestler the professional wrestling world has ever known, and where just about every other professional wrestler has at one time claimed they were inspired or highly respected the name: â€œRic Flairâ€.
This was nothing but a smear interview by Douglas in my opinion, nothing more. You can read the interview here and judge for yourself. As for me Iâ€™m going to wrap it up for this edition. Until next timeâ€¦See You When I See You. â€“Rick Starr