Saturday, January 31, 2009

Rod Blagojevich the perfect villain for TNA wrestling

Rod Blagojevich TNA villain Eric Bischoff Lex Luthor
Villains: Lex Luthor, Rod Blagojevich and Eric Bischoff
I just wanted to supplement Pete Vere's news that former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich has been offered a role in TNA Wrestling. This blog was prescient in likening Blagojevich to a wrestling heel - Rod Blagojevich: Wrestling-style political villain.

Wrestling has been mining many of the players in Politics in recent years. WWE programming incorporated Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama wrestlers in a mock fight last year to capitalise on the tension and attention of the drawn-out Democratic Primary. Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain would later appear in Video campaign spots directly addressing the WWE audience, giving the sport and it's supporters credibility as a target demographic.

With TNA's overtures to Rod Blagojevich, it would make it their second time in recent months to draw publicity by attaching themselves to a prominent political figure. The first was TNA's attempt to lure popular but polarising Republican VP nominee Sarah Palin. They got mileage out of the publicity but they ultimately never snagged Sarah Palin, an impersonator was brought in to portray her instead.

If Rod were to make his way into Wrestling, expect an Eric Bischoff-style personality. The same hair, smarminess, and smug delusion.

VIDEO: Eric Bischoff on WWE television

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