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mesaSteeler
09-29-2009, 11:09 PM
Madden: Steelers might care about Ben's in-ring debut
By: Mark Madden
Beaver County Times
http://www.timesonline.com/sports/sports_details/article/1424/2009/september/29/madden-steelers-might-care-about-bens-in-ring-debut.html

Times photo by KEVIN LORENZI 8/13/2009 Coach Mike Tomlin during the first half of the Steelers' pre-season game against the Arizona Cardinals at Heinz Field on Thursday, August 13, 2009.

I have zero problem with Ben Roethlisberger being guest host on WWE Monday Night Raw. Hines Ward owns a bar, Brett Keisel goes hunting and Roethlisberger is a wrestling fan. It’s a day off. Ben is just having fun.

But I bet you don’t see it that way.

I bet the Steelers don’t, either.

As an employee of now-defunct World Championship Wrestling for just shy of a decade, I know exactly how this works. WCW promoted a pay-per-view tag-team match pitting Karl Malone and Diamond Dallas Page vs. Dennis Rodman and Hollywood (Hulk) Hogan. It occurred in 1998, one month after Rodman and Malone had clashed in the NBA Finals as Chicago beat Utah.

WCW convinced Rodman and Malone to scuffle on-court during the NBA Finals by way of promoting the bout. Think about that: The NBA Finals were actually compromised, albeit in a small way, by fake wrestling.

Rodman was just an attention addict. But Malone loved wrestling and really wanted to be involved.

It was the same with ex-Steelers linebacker Kevin Greene. Greene flew from Tempe, Ariz., to Las Vegas on an off-day during Super Bowl week in 1996 to be in Hogan’s corner during WCW’s “Clash of the Champions” prime-time cable TV special.

WWE will not be looking out for the best interests of Roethlisberger, or the offensive linemen that accompany him. WWE wants to exploit them as much as possible.

If something bad happens, that’s fine by WWE. More publicity for them.

Roethlisberger and his linemen have surely been told they won’t be asked to do anything physical. But once they’re there, a WWE star like Triple H — somebody these guys are fans of — will try to convince them to clothesline somebody, or take a bump: “We do it all the time. Nobody gets hurt.”

Until, of course, somebody does.

The excitement of being part of the show will overwhelm commonsense, and a Steeler will do something he probably shouldn’t. I’d bet on it.

Chris Fuamatu-Ma’afala ran into the ring and did a series of moves during an Extreme Championship Wrestling show in Pittsburgh while he was a member of the Steelers — and on injured reserve. Not too bright, especially with a talk-show host in the audience.

What if the Steelers lose Sunday, drop to 1-3, and Ben and the boys are involved with fake wrestling on TV the next night? What will the fan backlash be? Roethlisberger will get crucified. God forbid he plays badly. People will ask where his head is at. They’re asking that already.

Not me. Roethlisberger has had a good season to date despite the Steelers’ 1-2 mark. Raw is in Wilkes-Barre. It’s an easy round trip, especially by private jet. The Steelers involved might be made to look stupid on occasion, but no stupider than in the fourth quarter at Cincinnati. Chances are no one will get hurt.

But that won’t be the perception. Steelers fans will hate this. Steelers management will hate this. Those opinions matter more than mine.

Mark Madden hosts a radio show 3-6 p.m. weekdays on WXDX-FM (105.9).

fansince'76
09-29-2009, 11:18 PM
As an employee of now-defunct World Championship Wrestling for just shy of a decade, I know exactly how this works. WCW promoted a pay-per-view tag-team match pitting Karl Malone and Diamond Dallas Page vs. Dennis Rodman and Hollywood (Hulk) Hogan. It occurred in 1998, one month after Rodman and Malone had clashed in the NBA Finals as Chicago beat Utah.

WCW convinced Rodman and Malone to scuffle on-court during the NBA Finals by way of promoting the bout. Think about that: The NBA Finals were actually compromised, albeit in a small way, by fake wrestling.

And exactly how were the NBA Finals "compromised" if it took place after they were already over? They scuffled on the court because it gets chippy under them boards, especially during the NBA Finals. The WCW didn't convince them to do shit. :rolleyes:

STFU, fatman. :coffee:

tony hipchest
09-29-2009, 11:23 PM
Those opinions matter more than mine.

true.


The Steelers involved might be made to look stupid on occasion, but no stupider than in the fourth quarter at Cincinnati. Chances are no one will get hurt.

true

:blah:*all the rest is typical m. madden with a raging hard on because he actually gets to write about wrasslin and football in the same piece*......................................:blah: .

true

SteelMember
09-30-2009, 08:15 AM
I think the only thing that may hurt Big Ben is if decides to ride a Hayabusa into the venue with McNutty on the back. :noidea: