Feature: Steve Anderson on Wrestling and Smallville Transitions


The past week has seen significant transitions of all types for a few wrestlers. Letâ<80><99>s recap.

Gregory Helms

After a year recovering from a neck injury, Gregory Helms is ready to come back to WWE. Methinks that the Hurricane should make a return as well. Letâ<80><99>s face it; it was a cartoony and gimmicky cartoon gimmick. But when Helms lost the mask and put on the sunglasses, he lost the heat. Sure, he reigned as Cruiserweight champion, but that belt is held in as high esteem as the tag team straps. The teaming with Rosie did not conjure up memories of Jack and Jerry Brisco or even Batman and Robin.

Maybe the Hurricane can become a comic book villain. Hurricanes have been in the news as of late, causing destruction in their wake. Why not an evil Hurricane heel who wields his power to the detriment of WWE babyfaces?

Kevin Nash

So, let me get this straight. After pissing and moaning over his status in TNA and how the company needs to raise their profile, â<80><9c>The Big Sexyâ<80> takes time out from dinner with eBay bidders and a slow read of the New Yorker Magazine to sign a new deal with the promotion. The whining was classic. Getting recognized in the airport, but not being remembered for recent matches? Thatâ<80><99>s not necessarily a bad thing, Kev.

Look, he still draws ratings and is a name in this industry. But he remains a holdover from the old days of WCW paying out hundreds of thousands of dollars. Those days are over. The business is different. You are older and not as famous as you once were. Deal with it. Take the one-year deal and â<80><9c>enhanceâ<80> the careers of the younger guys. The veteran should help put the new guys over. Then and only then will TNA raise its profile.

Besides, youâ<80><99>ll have time for more â<80><9c>dinners.â<80>

Kurt Angle

As someone who has experienced it as well, Kurt and Karen Angleâ<80><99>s divorce is nothing to snicker at. Why is it that these husband-wife storylines always seems to end in marital disaster? Anyone remember Kevin and Nancy â<80><9c>Womanâ<80> Sullivan. Okay, dumb question, but the list goes on and on. Heck, even the Undertaker needed to remove that neck (ouch!) tattoo featuring the name of his wife (and cohort in an angle with DDP a few years back) Sarah.

The divorce rate in wrestling is sky high enough. The travel schedules and various indiscretions have ended many wedded unions. Now this. My best to the Angles in this horrendously difficult time.

Michael Rosenbaum and Kristin Kreuk

Okay, out of the realm of this site, but I have to chime in here on one of my favorite shows making its season premiere tonight. Lex Luthor and Lana Lang are gone from Smallville. Works for me. After seven years, the show needs a shake-up beyond the slow and continuous removal of the older characters (Jonathan and Martha Kent and Lionel Luther). Tess Mercer and Doomsday are good replacements and should freshen up sometimes stale storylines.

Be careful though, kids. Remember McLean Stevenson? Google him and youâ<80><99>ll find out what leaving a hit show can do to a career.

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