Nancy Disgrace At It Again
Friday, August 24th, 2007
Nancy Disgrace had another hour program dedicated to her thoughts and opinions on the world of professional wrestling with an interesting selection of guests. The featured guest was Chyna, former WWE Womens Champion. A woman that's completely self destructed over the years with numerous trips to rehab, dozens of mortifying appearances on TV and radio, along with starring in a porn movie. I was interested to see what the 9th Wonder of the World had to say. . .here are random notes I took as the program went along. . .
Chyna said that her and Chris Benoit had similar styles and worked together for years. . .?? I was hoping for her to elaborate on what their similar styles were. And her claims that she worked with Benoit for "years" was a little exaggerated. Benoit debuted in WWF in January 2000. . .Chyna left the company in May 2001, and she also had a long leave of absence in late 2000 / early 2001 to sell an injury from Right To Censor and to push her book.
Nancy Grace is always very emotional and upset. Perhaps a hint of anger. She speaks like a fan of Paul Heyman's ECW that now watches WWE's version of Sci-Fi. For some reason, I could see her hanging at Good Times popping a couple of valium at the bar. . .
Perhaps my thoughts on Nancy's pill popping is true, as she called Chyna a beautiful woman. Are you kidding me??
Nancy asks Chyna if she ever used steroids. Chyna says no. No follow up question, just accepted as the truth. Just out of curiosity, how many women naturally look like Chyna did during her WWF run? Even if you're a gym rat, how many females do you see at the gym looking like Chyna?? Add in her work and travel schedule with WWF, and you're telling me anyone in their right mind is going to believe that?? If she still looked that way today, I might bite. . .she'd have no reason to chemically enhance her body not being on national television every week. Maybe if Nancy wasn't so worried about having her crew run her list of dead wrestlers, she'd realize that the "beautiful woman" sitting next to her looked sixty pounds lighter than she did in the TV footage she was running. . .
When asked how Chyna got involved in the business, she said she made friends and got to WWF. . .that there were no wrestling schools. Maybe I'm having a brain freeze, but I could have sworn that she went to Killer Kowalski's wrestling school, something she even wrote about in her book. I guess when you're putting that much stuff up your nose, you're bound to forget. Perhaps Nancy's producers could have done a little more homework on what Chyna has been up to over the past six or so years since she left WWF. . .
Nancy brings on Dave Meltzer and Brian Alvarez. . .finally, someone with a brain. . .
Grace continues to mention that WWE has been subpoenaed by Congress, but does not mention that (or attempt to bury) TNA and NWA have also had the same requests made of them. Can you imagine a representative of the NWA going before Congress?? "Sir, we'd like to help but we really can't even name 95% of our wrestlers."
Nancy asks Chyna if she was ever tested while working for WWF. She says no. HELLO. . .as WWE itself has stated many, many times, it began testing under it's Wellness Policy in February 2006. . .before that, they had testing for cocaine that began in 1987, with steroid testing taking place from 1991 to 1996. Again, do your homework.
Marc Mero returns. . .he has been a good voice for the business since the Benoit tragedy. I'm worried he's on WWE's payroll now, as it looks like he stole one of Vince McMahon's sport jackets that he wore on Superstars of Wrestling in 1986. . .
Another mark named Mike Lano tries to get his fifteen seconds of fame by having his email address included next to the photos Grace is using on air of dead wrestlers. What does he want, emails that say "hey, nice picture"?
It appears that there is going to be a battle between the Benoit and Toffolini families over Chris' estate, with the point of argument being who died first, Nancy or Daniel. Please, let's just end this. . .is the money really worth going through all this??
A caller asks Chyna about the change in her appearance. It's easy, she got off the sauce and became a junky.
If the program is supposed to be about steroids and young deaths, why is the Benoit tragedy being exploited with an endless reel of Chris wrestling?
Chyna says that she spoke to Owen Hart right before he fell out of the rafters in 1999. Why is it that EVERYONE that does an interview that was with WWF in 1999 claims they spoke to Owen "just before" he fell?? Please. . .
Chyna claims that female wrestlers don't use steroids. . .I guess she still believes in kayfabe. . .it's good that she has such a solid set of wrestling values, especially where she claims there weren't any local wrestling schools for her to learn at. . .
Chris Cruise makes the point of the night. . .why aren't wrestlers covered under SAG (Screen Actors Guild)?? Forget about wrestling promotions being responsible for protecting the boys, what about SAG?? Another topic that could be talked about for an hour if they really did their homework. WWE is "entertainment," they have "writers" and "scripts" and all of these other things that have ruined the experience for a generation, so SAG should be representing and unionizing every independent contractor used as a talent on WWE programs.
Here's something I emailed to the Grace program itself. Since it's on CNN, it should be very easy for Nancy's production team to access all of the records from Ted Turner's World Championship Wrestling from 1988-2001 before they sold to WWE. A lot of the folks on her never ending list worked for Ted. There were also many drug tests issued. . .many failures. . .no suspensions. . .many deaths. That would be awfully interesting hour, don't you think?? Don't hold your breath waiting on that one, or you might join Nancy's list. . .
As a side note, after watching how bad of a job most of these cable news programs have done covering the Benoit story, the wrestling business, etc., it really makes me wonder how much they drop the ball on stories from other walks of life. . .something to think about. . .