February 22, 2013

Jamie Jones: Spoiling the party?

— Here are the notes and news items from the week in the world of pro wrestling: WWE is taking heat for its controversial new angle featuring Jack Swagger and Zeb Colter.

The Hollywood Reporter published a WWE statement in response to criticism the company is casting the tea party movement in a bad light.

“WWE is creating drama centered on a topical subject that has varying points of view to develop a rivalry between two characters,” WWE spokesman Brian Flinn said. “This storyline in no way represents WWE’s political point of view. One should not confuse WWE’s storytelling with what WWE stands for, similar to other entertainment companies such as Warner Bros., Universal Studios or Viacom.”

• WWE and Paramount Pictures have partnered to pump up The Rock’s upcoming movies, “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” (to be released March 29) and “Pain & Gain” (April 26).

• The new WWE title belt cost more than $50,000.

The Local Corner: Action continues at TWA.

TWA Friday Night Brawl runs at 8 p.m. at the TWA Arena off Reed Road in north Whitfield County, about three miles north of the bypass. The TWA Action Zone runs at 8 p.m. on Saturdays. Tickets for all shows are $5 for adults and $3 for ages 6 to 12; senior citizens 60 years and older with proof of age will be admitted for $3. Kids younger than 6 are admitted free. Any military member with proper identification will be admitted free. If it’s your birthday, you will be admitted free.

Trivia Teaser: What was the first televised match at WCW’s “Bash at the Beach” pay-per-view special in 1994?

Check back next week for the answer.

Last week’s question: What was Dutch Mantell’s stable known as in WCW?

“The Desperados,” a bumbling group of cowboys who searched high and low for Stan Hansen.

Jamie Jones still does not own a replica of the Million Dollar Belt. You can contact him at jamiejones@daltoncitizen.com or (706) 272-7723.