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A lot of you know that Goldberg was on Dennis Miller Live last night on HBO. If you didn't, he was. The topic of the show was... well, I guess it was the pros and cons of pro-wrestling as entertainment. Damn... I usually remember the topics... Oh well, that's close enough.
I wasn't going to post about the show because I didn't think I had enough to say, but I got a letter from a reader, DumLunatic, and realized I just might. So if this post sucks, complain to him. I really don't care either way.
First of all, his appearance reminded me of something I've said before. Outside of wrestling, Goldy seems like a pretty cool guy. So, it's not the man I don't like, it's the wrestler. I think it's important to separate the two.
As a guest he was a lot more at ease than the time I saw him on the Tonight show. He was able to joke around, and seemed to have some fun out there. He did a pretty good job discussing wrestling, considering that he never really paid his dues like so many others. I still think that almost anyone would have been a better guest on the show. Goldy doesn't know what it's like to wrestle in front of 100 fans in a bar for a few years before getting your break. He got a condensed view of what real professional wrestlers have to deal with. Instead of spending years perfecting his ring presence and skills, he spent a couple months at the Power Plant. That's hardly an even trade-off.
But, I digress. Miller was more than fair towards wrestling as entertainment. He apparently got tickets to a WCW event somewhere down the line, and took his son. He said they had a great time. I won't go into details, I despise those lame-ass posts that re-tell everything that happened. If you want one of those, you'll see them all over the damn place, I'm sure. Suffice to say, it's worth watching.
Dennis Miller's monologue alone is worth the time. Very funny stuff.
There's one big reason Goldy was the guest, and it wasn't covered on the show. HBO is owned by Time-Warner. Of course, Time-Warner owns WCW. Miller's monologue was peppered with references to wrestlers, almost all of them WCW. He did mention "Mr. Ass" a few times, though.
Miller made a good point, one that's echoed by WU time and time again, that wrestling is just entertainment. The recent backlash in the media is pointless. As he said, parents should watch the shows with their kids. That way hey can answer questions, and explain shit as it's happening. The kid will equate wrestling as a social event, rather than letting his or her imagination run away with it.
Television has become America's babysitter. It replaces parents all too often in our society. People try to blame all of the ills in America on the improper morals portrayed on television, when all it is, is entertainment. People are looking for scapegoats to relieve themselves of the responsibility of fucking up their kids emotionally and mentally. Entertainment, be it music, movies, TV, video games, comic books, whatever, is all too easy to blame. It's a parent's responsibility to monitor what their children do. It's not TV's job to prepare your kids for the real world.
...but that's an entirely different post.
All in all, it was a good show. Watch it, it's worth it. Of course, I think Dennis Miller is fucking hilarious anyway.