Mocha Mr. Clean's The Dirty Truth

June 29, 2008

How ‘The Dirty Truth’ Got Banned and Censored

Filed under: Pro Wrestling — mochamrclean @ 7:00 pm

Greetings, true believers! Some of you may be wondering if I was just blowing smoke when I said “The Dirty Truth” was banned on one Web site. Here is what got Mocha Mr. Clean in trouble a few months ago on the Web site for WWE.com:

The Dirty Truth About ‘WWE.com Headquarters’

Okay, okay … you may be wondering this at this very minute: “What kind of person calls himself ‘Mocha Mr. Clean’?” What will this mark blog about?

Well, basically, my purpose is not unlike many of you. I’m a longtime (24 years strong and counting) wrestling fan, pretty much seen all of the major modern day stars and should-have-been stars come and go. I’m not from the age of Bruno, but I do remember seeing Terra Ryzing make his debut in WCW way back when WCW aired a show around midnight on CBS in the New York City market in front of Disney World tourists.

I’m here to weed out ass-kickers from the ass-kissers, the true fan from the flash-in-the-pan, and most of all, have fun, invite discussion … and get down to the dirty truth. No one will be safe – not WWE, not TNA, not McCain, Hillary or Obama. Not even yours truly. I promise to be fair, but can’t promise to hide my outrage when it’s warranted, especially when there are outright lies being told, intelligence insulted and history ignored.

And that brings me to the first matter at hand – an outright lie that was told on WWE.com. By the way, this lie was NOT the fault of the good people who work for this Web site – they had to do what they were told. What was the lie? It was seen on the video featuring now-former ECW announcer Joey Styles as he addressed the fans about his new role at WWE.com.

By the way, I love Joey Styles. Before WWE watered him down, I couldn’t get enough of his unbridled “Oh my God!!!” passion behind the mic. Perhaps no one else could be both the play-by-play and color commentator the way he could. His “shoot” promo on Raw remains the best thing he’s done during his time at WWE, but most true fans may agree that his best work – his legacy – was etched in the true ECW, the one in that “bingo hall” in Philadelphia built of blood, sweat, tears and those hardcore fans.

Anyway, on this video, Styles said he was coming to us from “WWE.com headquarters.” Now, some of you may thing WWE.com headquarters is in that building (the corporate headquarters) with the WWE scratch logo flag you see off I-95 while driving through Stamford, Conn. Not true, ladies and gents … not true.

You see, the real WWE.com headquarters is located nearby on slightly more suburban Hamilton Avenue in a gravel pit, behind the TV studios, where lots of construction and drilling are the norm. Behold, the true home of WWE.com:

Yes, it’s a trailer.

Hmmmm. For company that makes money hand over fist and does an awful lot of community work, it sure has a peculiar way of appreciating its employees – or at least its dotcom personnel. I hear you need to flush the toilets twice in that trailer just the make them work properly. In addition, the vending machine has been known to be filled with expired, dust-covered soda cans.

And that, my friends, is the dirty truth. The truth isn’t always pretty, but sometimes, you just gotta come clean.

~mmc

Yup, the hierarchy in World Wrestling Entertainment got in a big ol’ huff when one blogger from their WWE Fan Nation dared to tell the truth about how they treat some of their employees. WWE is not the biggest fish to fry in the world – far from it. But it is a microcosm of the corporate world and what it’s like. Oh well, the truth hurts sometimes … and most people just can’t handle it.

~mmc

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Requiem for a Killer

Filed under: Pro Wrestling — mochamrclean @ 6:14 pm

Just a little more than a year ago, thousands of wrestling fans were left speechless at the news that Chris Benoit was dead, that he had killed his wife Nancy and young son Daniel before taking his own life.

Many were disgusted, angry with themselves for initially grieving Benoit, because at first they, like WWE, didn’t realize the circumstances of Benoit and his family’s demise. “F$%k Benoit!” was a cry heard often.

WWE, as a public company, tried to distance itself as much as it could from the “Rabid Wolverine” and the steroid tremors his murder-suicide triggered. Meanwhile, family and friends of the Benoits were at a loss. Despite all the analysis from the talking heads who didn’t know Benoit or the industry, and wrestling “insiders” with axes to grind, they had to accept that no one would ever know why Benoit snapped one night. He didn’t leave a note and even his closest friends said they never saw it coming.

And though many will not admit this, a lot of fans still don’t know how to mourn Benoit. Some don’t know if they should even acknowledge his memory. They want to mourn the performer and miss what he brought to the ring, but can’t separate the murderer from the Superstar. Benoit’s name has practically become taboo. It’s easy to understand WWE’s attempts to erase him from history from a business standpoint, even if you don’t quite agree with it.

Still, it’s difficult from a longtime fan’s point of view to just “erase” Benoit. The image of Eddie Guerrero and “The Crippler” sobbing in the ring at WrestleMania XX after Benoit won the World Heavyweight Championship is unbelievably sad today. Here were two best friends who had struggled together against all odds to get to the top of their profession and both were now champions. The emotion in Madison Square Garden that day was electric and genuine because the fans knew their story. Today, just four years later, both are dead and some fans can’t even look at that picture. It’s too heartbreaking.

But here is what can be done: Hug your loved ones. Cherish your opportunities. Don’t become so obsessed with reaching your goals that you lose yourself. And say a prayer for the family and friends of Nancy, Daniel and Chris Benoit, who will never have answers and will always have a hole in their hearts. Show them the compassion WWE failed to give them last week when, on the anniversary of a one horrible day, they chose make attempted murder entertainment.

~mmc

R.I.P. – It’s All Bulls%&t …

Filed under: Pop Culture — mochamrclean @ 6:08 pm

After watching the string of George Carlin specials HBO ran in tribute to the late comedy icon, it’s still hard to believe he is gone.

One week ago, the world became a much less funny (and truthful) place when Carlin succumbed to heart failure. My first reaction when I heard the news that Monday was, “WTF!?!”

Many tributes came Carlin’s way, but perhaps Dennis Miller put it best to Bill O’Reilly when he said, “The guy was funny, plain and simple. He killed them in the aisles.”

It’s more than a bit ironic that perhaps the best, most succinct, tribute to Carlin came on FOX News Channel. Anyone who watched Carlin’s last HBO special, “It’s Bad for Ya” knows that he didn’t exactly fit FNC’s definition of an American patriot.

But know this about George Carlin: He loved and appreciated language. You could tell by just listening to his routines. Love and appreciation of language is a dying art form these days, and that’s just one reason Carlin’s death last week was so sad.

Carlin questioned things that most people didn’t even think about. In short, he wasn’t afraid to tell The Dirty Truth.

~mmc

Tasteless: WWE Mocks a Real-Life Death

Filed under: Media,Pro Wrestling — mochamrclean @ 5:36 pm

Is there no decency, even in pro wrestling and WWE, anymore?

When I saw Mr. McMahon’s “accident” following the last of his million-dollar giveaway on Raw last Monday night, my fears and suspicions of the past three weeks were unfortunately confirmed. Almost a month ago, my stomach churned when I saw Mr. McManiac rear his ugly mug back on TV and announce that he was going to give away millions of “his own” money to the public. McMahon had mostly stayed away from TV for a little, especially before WrestleMania XXIV, and I had hoped he would stay away.

But when he re-emerged and announced “McMahon’s Millions”, I smelled a stunt. For some reason in recent years, VKM has seemed hell-bent on pulling off stunts that he really believes will give WWE a mainstream jolt in a good way. Last year was the limo explosion and “death” of Mr. McMahon – and we all know where that went. That angle just had bad karma from the very beginning and had to be shelved when the murder-suicide involving Chris Benoit and his family shook the entire industry to its core. I had hoped that McMahon would never stoop to another life-death-murder angle again. Right now, WWE is portraying the story as an “accident that befell Mr. McMahon.” But anyone who has watched wrestling closely and for a long time can tell you this angle won’t stop at that. It will turn into a “Who tried to kill Mr. McMahon” storyline.

Last week, as the stage set fell on Mr. McMahon in an amateurish-looking stunt (on live TV, you could tell that he wasn’t actually hit by anything), I was reminded yet again to never say never about the wrestling business, especially where WWE is concerned. Hell, incredibly, KHOU-TV in Houston actually reported the incident as a legit, straight-up news story. (Dumbasses. Note to KHOU-TV: Professional wrestling is choreographed. It consists of storylines where the outcomes are predetermined. Read the memo next time.)

You see, I might be taking this form of “entertainment” a little too seriously, but I don’t find death/murder/attempted entertaining in wrestling. I can’t believe McMahon decided to launch a “Who Tried to Kill Mr. McMahon” storyline practically a year to the day that Chris Benoit killed his wife Nancy and son Daniel before he hung himself in their Atlanta suburban home.

Honestly, is there no shame? Is there no consideration for the family and friends of Nancy, Daniel and yes, Chris? Is there no compassion for these poor people who will never find true closure in their loss and will never really know why Chris Benoit killed his wife, child and then himself? Where’s the humanity in any of this? No, instead these poor people, whose hearts are particularly heavy around this time, will probably have to endure having someone asking them whether they are aware McMahon’s outrageous little storyline.

Death is not a game. Life is too random, too fragile and must be cherished. We shouldn’t play games with bad karma. Vince McMahon must really want to die a tragic death – that’s really the only reason he must have for his penchant for putting himself in “wrestling death/attempted murder” storylines. Either that or he’s a true egomaniac. VKM has repeatedly said in recent years that he doesn’t want to be in front of the camera. However, time and again, we find him soaking up the airtime, like a some kind of parasite or crack fiend. Imagine the Superstars who could have been elevated if VKM had stayed behind the scenes for any real length of time? He must REALLY think he’s a ratings magnet, the star of the show.

One of the real problems with the assassination attempt angle is that VKM just legitimizes the criticism lobbed by people like Phil Mushnick, Brent Bozell and anybody in the media (and that includes CNN, MSNBC and FOX) – people who don’t know the industry. He erases any good will WWE generates with all the charity work it does for places like Make-A-Wish and the support it gives our troops.
Instead, WWE comes off as a heartless, money-grubbing, lowlife company.

No one is saying that Chris Benoit himself should be mourned and held in high regard. After all, he did the unforgivable. But the memories of Nancy and Daniel should be respected, and WWE spat on their graves last Monday night.

Just remember this: WWE did everything it could to separate itself from the Benoit murder-suicide last year, including attempting to hitch itself onto a one-source, largely unsubstantiated claim that Daniel suffered from Fragile X syndrome. WWE suggested that that may have fueled friction between Chris and Nancy. If anything, WWE owes a bit of gratitude to Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens and their late summer/early fall steroid dramas last year. It’s a good thing the mainstream media and government in general care more about the national pastime than professional wrestling because VKM would not have come off very well testifying in a Congressional hearing.

Last Monday night was a sad say – not just because of the Benoit tragedy, but for the WWE I once found fun, free of stunts. A WWE that didn’t take itself too seriously and didn’t feel like it had to rip off a “Who Shot J.R.” storyline. I miss the WWE that had heart and compassion – which the families of Nancy, Daniel and Chris Benoit all need at this time.
And that, my friends, is The Dirty Truth. Thanks for reading.
~mmc

Introducing ‘The Dirty Truth’

Filed under: Uncategorized — mochamrclean @ 2:21 pm

Mr. Clean Bottle

Hello, ladies and gentlemen and welcome to the first edition of Mocha Mr. Clean’s “The Dirty Truth.” As you read this, you may be wondering, “What the hell is this? Who would go by the name ‘Mocha Mr. Clean” and what is this blog about?”

Well, first of all, let me tell you what I am NOT: I am not some aspiring rap artist. I’m not selling anything. Like anybody else, I’m just sounding off, looking to ask the questions some people are afraid to ask and sound off on issues that interest me, bother me, move me or just generally piss me the hell off. And maybe, just maybe, somebody feels the same way and wishes to spout off, too.

“The Dirty Truth” is not relegated to one subject matter: You’ll see that it will focus on politics one minute, sports-entertainment and the mixed-martial arts world the next or maybe on the media. “The Dirty Truth” has already been banned and censored on one Web site because it dared to be honest and tell “the dirty truth.” Later, you will see why it got banned.

Anyway, welcome and please come back to read and enjoy.

~mmc

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