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I was a fan the very day that I saw my first match.  But it wasn't a match, per se.  It was a form of entertainment available on radio and television and the potential intrigued me right away. 

Andre The Giant was a seasonal character who would be brought in "to make life interesting" like an Elephant giving the Circus Clown a wedgie.  But, it was Andre.  And very few fucked around with him.  He was respected and rightfully so.  He was also well-booked, especially in the early days.

Andre was a spectacle of testicles and rare was it that any bookers wanted to highlight his influence too much, as it held the potential of taking away the bottom line... Andre's significance at the gate.  Sell the seats as he is the attraction, but never over-state the bounds.  In this case, variety eclipses volume.  Seeing Andre The Giant wrestle every night wouldn't work ... people would get bored with it rather quickly.  However, seeing Andre wrestle here and there was a staunch recipe that would equate to people paying big bucks to see the Lochness Monster kill a few minions along his merry way.

Before I get to the crux of the point, anyone who doesn't watch the "pathetic multi-billion dollar embarassment" that is Professional Wrestling needs to understand something.  The majority of the guys and gals who are involved in that particular business work pretty excessive schedules.  We're talking 250 to 300 days of the year.  What seems like a rudimentary catch as catch physical altercation that you bypass as the channels switch via your remote control, is something they do night in and night out.  It wears on the body pretty hard.  Now, they signed up for the gig so I won't totally go insane on how unfair it is to them ... but what I will do is try to solve a crisis that's been going on for way too long.

Andre died naturally.   The fact that he was a Giant literally killed him.  Doctors said that he would die much earlier than he did, yet he went beyond expectations to put Hulk Hogan over at one of largest gates known to mankind, Wrestlemania 3.  Andre could barely move at that point, yet the fans ate it up and its success in every respect was econmically huge under any business study.  Andre never (to my knowledge) needed steroids.  I'm not sure about pain pills (which kills most wrestlers) but have heard through the proverbial grapevine that Andre was a bit of a drinker.  I don't blame him. 

Way too many Professional Wrestlers have died so young.  First, you must understand why.  Working matches 250 to 300 times a year does a body bad.  On top of that, you have to maintain a peak level of physical condition to look "ripped" and "larger than life".  The body needs rest and in that profession, you don't get enough of it.  And if you take time off, somebody just may steal your spot.  Well, I think I may have a cure for that profession's disease.

While Vince McMahon is and probably always will be the very best promoter of all-time, I believe there is a better and safer way to do business.  I'm not going to sit here and pontificate how people should lead their lives, but I will advocate ideas to make the quality of work more efficient ... for economics and the overall quality of life.  Here goes:

  • Mandated two months off a year.  In that time, I don't care if you train, visit family, shave your twinkie to Paris Hilton, or whatever, you get two months off no matter what.  Storylines will injure you if necessary and you won't lose your spot.  As always, the fans decide.  If both entities (booker and wrestler) are doing their jobs right, the fans have a pretty good memory.  And the "liberal" in me wants people to have a very good life.  As long as one is passionate about the "job", there's little to discuss.  YOU can be a bonafide ticket-drawer/gate-enhancer without being in the limelight every day of the week.  As much as death is an interesting news story, do it on your own time.
  • Training.  Oh, I like this one.  EVERY guy and gal needs to learn how to wrestle and protect themself.  While looking like a Greek God is fashionable, it's not so much when you end up in a wheelchair ten years down the road.  Learn to fight; learn to protect; take Ballet Classes and incorporate flexibility and stretching as legitamate exercises.  Always remember, a work-out is not only something that makes you look good ... but is something that makes your body harder to hurt.
  • Health Insurance for Professional Wrestlers must be a nightmare.  My guess is that most look at it like "it's fake shit" and don't think a thing of it until they're courted with a man who just had his teeth knocked out by a forearm that wasn't too forgiving.  I have an age old saying about such things, "We keep you in business and we pay you for that.  Take care of us when our money needs to be earned." 
  • With every Professional Wrestling School, should come a brochure (cheaper to produce and you don't necessarily want to rely on Samoans for Retirement advice) to ensure that life in and after wrestling is afforded with smart economic decisions.  Like any trade, there is life before and after Pro-Wrestling... for some.
  • Mental Health should be just as important and treated as physical health.  If you have to bring in Dr. Phil, so be it.  Happy & Healthy workers are good workers.  A Rock 'N' Roll lifestyle may create a Rock 'N' Roll education on how to live it and not only survive, but thrive.  I want folks not to end up like Mickey Rourke in his portrayal in "The Wrestler" ... but like Dwayne Johnson in his portrayal of "The Rock."  As long as Dwayne doesn't go Tiger Woods on our ass, we should be morally fine.

On a final note, I have to piss.  While this has little, if anything, to do with Real Estate ... I don't much care.  It's about time that I use SEO for what I really want to use SEO for...






Comments (25)

William J. Archambault, Jr.
The Real Estate Investment Institute - Houston, TX


They say that the best cure for your new years hang over is the hair of the dog that bit you. But, you're not supposed to blog until your head clears.

 PT Barnum said  "fool is born every minute!"  "Professional Wrestling" proves it! So what? The only problem I have is with the name, but attendance would drop if they called it fisticuffs ballet.


Jan 01, 2010 07:42 PM
Jason Sardi
Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina - Charlotte, NC
Your Agent for Life

Bill - My head hasn't been clearer.  And I await the next bite of the dog. 

Amateur baseball has professional baseball.  Amateur football has professional football.  Amateur basketball has professional basketball.  What does amateur wrestling have... the Olympics?  Sorry, that only comes about every four years and doesn't pay much.  I do believe that other than the news, Pro-Wrestling is the oldest television program around.  I cite Lou Thesz, Verne Gagne, and that boring Italian guy named Bruno Sammartino.  Billy Ray Robinson was much better than any of them, in my opinon.  Folks can scoff at it all they want, yet you are quoting a guy (PT Barnumw) who supposedly ran a circus.  And it is a circus, it's also a business.  And it's a passion...

My Jennifer - Sometimes I don't like beating up on people but you called out ignorance.  You don't have to like the form... all I would ever ask is to understand it.  And what's this about Santa Clause?

Jan 01, 2010 10:07 PM
The Somers Team
The Somers Team at KW Philadelphia - Philadelphia, PA
Delivering Real Estate Happiness

Jason - You crack me up !  I really think you should write a novel !  You have some great material.  Something like "Tropic of Sardi"... You could be another Henry Miller ! 

Jan 01, 2010 10:54 PM
Tim Maitski
Atlanta Communities Real Estate Brokerage - Atlanta, GA
Truth, Excellence and a Good Deal

I always liked Andre the Giant and Jesse the Body Ventura.

I enjoy watching it once in  a while.  It always looks real to me and I always feel a little bit better knowing that most of the stuff hopfully isn't hurting as much as it looks like it should.

The real professional stuff is the cage match, kick, box, anything goes stuff.  I think it's call extreme fighting or something.  Now that stuff I can't watch.  They're just real animals pounding aways and kicking and clawing at each other.  I guess it's the professional version of the after school fights. 

It sounds like the professional wrestlers need a union or something. 

Jan 01, 2010 11:31 PM
Tanya Nouwens
RE/MAX ROYAL (JORDAN) INC. / Tanya Nouwens Inc. www.readysetsold.ca - Montreal West Island, QC
Montreal Real Estate Broker & Stager

I grew up watching Atlantic Grand Prix Wrestling with my father, and if he was still alive he'd help me remember the name of our favourite wrestler who went on from pipsqueak (sp?) New Brunswick, Canada, to the WWF....but alas, the mad cow has got me and I can't remember the name myself.

On another note, oy vey! I write a post about your blog (among others), Lenn Harley reblogs it, and many of her readers say they're going to come over and check you out. So I check out your latest blog and WHAMMO! You've said f*** and testicles in the first two paragraphs. You keep us on our toes...and the edge of our seats, Sardi. -- Tanya in Montreal

Jan 02, 2010 12:58 AM
William J. Archambault, Jr.
The Real Estate Investment Institute - Houston, TX


Like I said: "So what?"I don't go to the ballet ether. Now if the wrestlers wore tu-tus and toe slippers and the other dancers tore up their costumes I might find it more interesting.

Enjoy yourself! Now if you're going to paint yourself like Alice Cooper while wearing speedo's allot of us will watch.  >:)

I meant no offense!


Jan 02, 2010 01:25 AM
Israel Barden
RE/MAX Big Bear Village - Big Bear Lake, CA

Marisa Tomei looked really hot in that movie with Mickey Rourke. The one about wrestling.....

Jan 02, 2010 02:46 AM
Bonnie Vaughan
Scranton, PA
CNE SFR - Buyers/Sellers - Lackawanna & Surroundin

Jason,  I remember Andre.  I saw his biography recently.  I'm not one for professional wrestling.  Never was attracted to the sport.  I do find it a little too theatrical for me.  Change the channel whenever I see it.

A good knock down drag out boxing match is more my speed.

Jan 02, 2010 03:35 AM
Jason Sardi
Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina - Charlotte, NC
Your Agent for Life

Israel - Yes she did.  Rourke looked pretty suave as well;)

Bill - None taken, my man.  In fact, you might enjoy this guy;)

Tanya - Yeah, sorry about the explicatives ... I didn't plan on all of it.  Sometimes that's just the way I talk/write.  Lenn Harley reblogged ya on that one?  Interesting.  Mucho respect for that lady.

As far as Atlantic Gran Prix Wrestling, I'm remotely familiar.  While I don't know exactly who your Father's and yours favorite wrestler was ... this little quip would probably turn Springer's ass cheeks red.  He's got nothing on an aspect that they started.

Tim - Ventura is one of the best talkers of all-time in that business and has shown (before and after) he can succeed in other ventures.  Andre was Andre.  When you look up "Legends" in Wikipedia or any accurate dictionary, I think that man fits the bill.

Chris - Another Henry Miller?  I don't even know who that is, yet I'll look him up right about now... Happy New Year to you both!

Jan 02, 2010 03:55 AM
Mike Saunders
Lanier Partners - Athens, GA

Sardi - first, a very happy and prosperous New Year to ya! While I don't watch wrestling, I certainly did enjoy Andre the Giant's role as Fezzick in one of my favorite movies, The Princess Bride.

Jan 02, 2010 06:59 AM
Jennifer Monroe
Savvy + Company Real Estate - Charlotte, NC
Real Estate REALTOR®/Broker in Beautiful Charlotte

I was a fool to defend you. After all, you went to wrestling school...

Jan 02, 2010 10:31 AM
Broker Nick
South Florida Real Estate & Development, Inc. - Coconut Creek, FL
Broker Nick Relocation Broker Service

Happy New Year, Sardi - You are still one pissing in the wind - you know it comes back to you everytime, yet you keep on doing it!

Jan 02, 2010 11:14 AM
JL Boney, III
Coldwell Banker - Columbia, SC
Columbia, SC Real Estate

So you're headed back to the squared circle are you? I think that in some way or another wrestling could be in your future Sardi, you certainly seem to be passionate enough about it.

Jan 03, 2010 02:13 AM
Neal Bloom
Brokered by eXp Realty LLC - Weston, FL
Realtor CRS-Weston FL Real Estate

Unless there is a cure for constant pain then unfortunately these guys will continue to drink or pain pill themselves to death. I would think by cutting the schedule in half for some would be a better way to repair and recoup...there is plenty for all the big names.

Jan 03, 2010 03:32 AM
Jason Sardi
Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina - Charlotte, NC
Your Agent for Life

Neal - Good call.  Cutting the schedule is key.  The only immediate concern in doing that is an economical (read >>>>> business) decision in doing such.  But I think there is a way.

JL - No chance.  Well, not physically, anyway... then again, the only thing for sure is nothing is for sure.

Nicholas - Happy 2010, Nick.  I'm pissing in the wind and you are shitting farting in the breeze.  Someday we will both evolve.

MJ - I love when you defend me:) 

Saunders - Back at ya.  I never watched the film but have heard nothing but good things about Andre's role in it.

Bonnie - Fair enough.  I really haven't followed boxing since the Tyson era.  I would have loved to see Marciano & Ali in the day.  I actually enjoy the UFC.  That's some physical combat, reality-style.  And their current Heavyweight Champ happens to be a former pro-wrestler... :)


Jan 03, 2010 09:33 AM

WOW! I don't know where to start with this other then to say. How could you possibly leave out JIMMY SUPERFLY SNUKA or CHIEF JAY STRONGBOW? What was better then a Saturday afternoon watching these guys perform. Excellent post!!!


Jan 06, 2010 01:29 PM
Jason Sardi
Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina - Charlotte, NC
Your Agent for Life

Steve - Thanks!  I didn't mean to leave out Snuka or Strongbow, though including any or all of the "Greats" of this particular industry is damn near impossible while trying to hold the attention span of even the most avid pro-wrestling fan.  Hell, my personal favorites are many of the Japanese Wrestlers whom many of the American Fans are unaware of.   Here's a few:

Great Muta


Tiger Mask


And a few of these guys:) 


Jan 08, 2010 11:16 AM
Tanya Nouwens
RE/MAX ROYAL (JORDAN) INC. / Tanya Nouwens Inc. www.readysetsold.ca - Montreal West Island, QC
Montreal Real Estate Broker & Stager

Leaping Lenny!  That was his name in Atlantic Grand Prix wrestling. His brother was Randy Macho Man Savage. -- Tanya in Montreal

Jan 09, 2010 01:50 AM
Jason Sardi
Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina - Charlotte, NC
Your Agent for Life

Ahhh, "Leaping" Lanny Poffo.  I'm familiar.  Their father, Angelo Poffo, once held the world record for the most number of sit-ups done.  Yup, I can be a vast fountain of useless knowledge;)

Jan 09, 2010 06:22 AM
John Occhi
Mason Real Estate - Temecula, CA
SRES,CPRES.ePRO - Temecula-Murrieta CA Real Estate

So, are we to find you in the tube somestime soon - in the center ring?  Either the Circus or the Wresteling, guess in one way or another it is relatively the same, isn't it?

Glad you have your passions...


Jan 09, 2010 03:08 PM