SYDMAN’s FANTASY versus REALITY 1


Welcome to the first installment of FvR. I’ll do a short take on the make-believe world of Sports Entertainment but I’ll mix this up with an actual news story.

Game starts now.

FANTASY: ECW v2 to close?

This version is not like the days where the “Land of the Extreme” was REALLY extreme. I guess WWE planned this to be their nationwide version of WWE Developmental. ECW served as a stepping stone for CM Punk, Even Bourne, Jack Swagger, and Sheamus and its title gave unlikely champions like Rob Van Dam, The Big Show, Punk, Swagger, Christian, Matt Hardy, John Morrison, Chavo Guerrero, and Tommy Dreamer a shot at the top (although it seems like the ECW title is pretty much in the level of the Intercontinental and US titles).

The deal with this concept died when Paul Heyman was booted out of his creation by Vince McMahon. In the first ECW One Night Stand, guys like JBL and Kurt Angle criticized the PPV especially the true-blue ECW warfare displayed by Masato Tanaka and the late Mike Awesome. Heyman tried to re-vision his creation but could he really? Extremeness is way past its expiry (the horrible December to Dismember PPV comes to mind).

So what happens now? Sure, this is an internet rumor but they are thinking of using their airtime for another WWE Superstars-like show (this is like the new Sunday Night Heat). Amongst the names in ECW land, Christian is poised to do something cool in Smackdown, William Regal could get Vladimir Kozlov and Ezekiel Jackson (who recently turned on Regal and Kozlov) to work for him when he moves to Raw, and newbies like Zack Ryder (seen in photo), Yoshi Tatsu, Abraham Washington, and newly signed indy circuit wonder Bryan Danielson will be sent to the two brands where they’ll either show promise or become the next guys released by the company. Shelton Benjamin could become a “spot” monkey on either brands while Goldust could sadly be waived or join Funaki, Jamie Noble and Dreamer in the sidelines… before getting waived (or a road agent role).

With Hulk Hogan getting a management role in Total Nonstop Action (TNA), I guess he could continue the trend where the TNA execs “fish” WWE’s residue.


REALITY: Tiger’s WOOD gets a BOGEY!

More like a whammy actually. One by one, endorsements are fleeing the grasp of this Asian-American superstar that once upstaged Michael Jordan as the highest-earning sportsman. Why? Golfing superstar Tiger Woods figured in a car accident recently when his SUV collided with a tree and a fire hydrant somewhere near his house at around 2:30am. This accident was nothing serious (minor lacerations) but this pulled him out of all golfing-related events until his injury has healed. He had to pull out of his own charity event because of the matter at hand.

No, he is fit to drive when this happened but when reporters asked him for more info, he went mum and asked for privacy. This spawned rumors of infidelity. Married to Erin Nordegren, a 29-year-old former Swedish model that had her own bouts against negative press (she was mistakenly tagged as a girl posing nude in a couple of mags), Woods is being linked to a Rachel Uchitel, a big-time nightclub owner based in New York City. Of course she denies this and people have yet to produce real facts against this rumor but it was said that this was one of the reasons behind the “incident”.

The car crash happened last November 29.

On December 1, he was charged with one count of reckless driving by the Florida Highway Patrol. The following day, he expressed regret for the transgressions and offered an apology in his website.

Moments after, some cocktail waitress from San Diego named Jaimee Grubbs (the spelling of her name is basically our Jhenifer, Bhernadette, and Rhizzahhhh) stated that she met Tiger Woods on April 13, 2007 in Las Vegas and a few days later they had sex. They kept the communication lines until October 2009. Quoting the US Weekly writeup, Grubbs received these lines from Tiger…

“I will wear you out… when was the last time you got laid?”

“Send me something naughty… go to the bathroom and take (a picture).”

Whoa Tiger.

Actually…

Poor Tiger.

If true, Woods just got bamboozled by some lass whose dream to become famous would poise her to launch this “Tiger hunt”. Grubbs appeared briefly on the VH1 reality show Tool Academy.

VH1… reality show… hmmm… UGH!

Tiger needs to fix these kinks stat… unless he wants to be an endorser solely for condoms.

Maybe alcohol?


Anyway, so did world of make-believe made enough stride to defeat the realms of reality?

You decide.

Game over.

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