Mocha Mr. Clean's The Dirty Truth

October 31, 2010

Clean Off Your Slate … or Shut the ‘F’ Up!

Filed under: Pro Wrestling — mochamrclean @ 8:37 pm

“You can’t be afraid to take chances. … You can’t be afraid of the unknown.”

These wise words of advice come from perhaps soon-to-be former WWE Superstar Matt Hardy. Ol’ Matthew’s been all the buzz on all the pro wrestling chat rooms and sites recently with his compliments about TNA, comments about WWE not being the right place for him anymore and musings about the “next chapter” of his life.

Here’s the “Dirty Truth” about the Matt Hardy situation – Matt’s always been good at drawing attention to himself via social networking. He was on that bandwagon long before it had wheels. But if he wanted career advancement (ie. Become a singles World Champion), he really should have left WWE a long time ago. In fact, the argument can be made that he never should have returned after WWE fired him following that love triangle involving him, Edge and Lita.

Matt was never hotter than he was following his firing in wake of that real-life soap opera. Ring of Honor? TNA Wrestling? The marks and smarks were salivating, holding on to Matt’s every word, wondering where he would pop up and what he would say, as his online comments about his former best friend, the lady love of his life and the company that made him a star provided revolutionary, almost unheard of behind-the-scenes insight.

So what happened? Matt returned to WWE. And besides a few hot months of feuding with Edge and Lita (yes, WWE exploits any-and-everything – it’s smart business folks, even if not exactly ethical), he got absolutely nothing in the years that followed. Yes, Matthew enjoyed a few titles – the U.S., ECW and tag team titles, to be exact – but let’s face it, folks. Those titles mean nothing in the modern-day WWE. Unless you enjoy status of someone like The Undertaker, Shawn Michaels, Triple H and to an extent, John Cena – Superstars who don’t need to hold a belt – the WWE and World Heavyweight Championships are all that matter in Vince World. Everything else is an afterthought.

And that’s precisely what Matt became in WWE – an afterthought. A bitch. The fans loved him – arenas rocked whenever he made entrances – but that didn’t buy him the affection of the office. He took it lying down (literally) when Edge and Lita won the storyline/on-camera version of their feud and watched the Rated-R Superstar win world championships several times over. He watched his drug-addled, ungrateful younger brother get opportunities and waste them and get them again until he was ultimately rewarded for bad behavior with the WWE and World Championships.

 

 

Despite his comparatively well-behaved and what did he get? The bronze medal; sometimes a silver. But he was never considered “main event material” in WWE. In fact, in recent years, if you were young and needed a boost to the top, Matt was your stepping stone. Drew McIntyre and Zack Ziggler owe the older Hardy boy a lot of thanks.

So why did Matt stay with WWE? Maybe it was a sense of loyalty. But maybe he thought that TNA couldn’t make him a bigger star. TNA has never produced a star bigger than any WWE wrestler. What do I mean by this? AJ Styles is a home-grown TNA wrestler. He has held their world championship and is more talented than Matt Hardy. But he is not a bigger star.

Dear Matthew is still a young man in his mid-thirties with untapped potential. Let’s hope that he gets what he wants and is able to move on, even if it’s outside the pro wrestling ring. Sometimes it seems pro wrestlers get tunnel vision and just can’t walk away. (See Ric Flair and Mick Foley. I love those guys, but they have long-overstayed their welcome. Go A-WAY and enjoy your lives.)

It’s time for Matt to have a clean slate. But if he doesn’t take a chance and returns to his “comfort zone” in WWE, then he needs to shut the fuck up. And that’s “The Dirty Truth.”

– Mmc (Mocha Mr. Clean)

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October 26, 2010

Shame on You, NPR!

Filed under: Current Events,Media — mochamrclean @ 1:02 am

No matter what your political beliefs are – whether you go left or right, Fox News Channel or MSNBC/CNN – everyone should be outraged by National Public Radio’s firing of longtime analyst Juan Williams.

NPR fired Williams for comments he made on “The O’Reilly Factor,” where he had been a frequent contributor. Unfortunately (or fortunately) for Williams, he was a lot more honest about his feelings about Muslims in traditional garb in a post-9/11 world than most folks dare to admit. He confessed that he gets nervous whenever he sees Muslims in traditional attire on a plane.

Williams, to his credit, was open with The Dirty Truth about his feelings. Most people are too ashamed or PC to admit the fears and prejudices they have. Williams never said he was proud of it; he never demanded that anyone subscribe to his feelings. He was being honest – and giving his opinion, which is what analysts mostly do.

What happens? About 36 hours later, NPR gives Williams the axe, without so much as giving him the courtesy – the decency – of a face-to-face meeting with the corporate honcho that wanted his head.

Listen folks, NPR was long aware that Williams was a frequent face on Fox News Channel. It’s not like he could hide it. Besides, wouldn’t they have to give their blessing to that type of thing? It’s also well-known within news industry circles that NPR didn’t really like what Williams had to say on FNC. He didn’t say the things they thought he should say.

But to fire a man for giving his honest opinion – which is what he was supposed to do as an analyst – that is an absolute disgrace. When Bill O’Reilly, Whoopi Goldberg and MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough all fall under the same tent of agreement and defend the same person, you know someone’s been done wrong. And Williams, often an eloquent voice of careful thought and reason and honesty on Fox, was done wrong. That’s The Dirty Truth.

~mmc

October 15, 2010

A Different View on the O’Reilly-Joy-Whoopi Spin Machine

Filed under: Current Events,Media — mochamrclean @ 10:23 pm

Mocha Mr. Clean knows a lot about things that are brown and quite frankly, stink. And this hullabaloo involving Bill “No-Spin (Wink-wink)” O’Reilly and the wenches from The View stinks.

If you missed seeing the clip, watch the video below. O’Reilly got into it with View co-hosts Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg over the Ground Zero mosque controversy, prompting them both to storm off when he said, “Muslims killed us on 9/11.”

Watch the O’Reilly Skirmish on “The View”

Ok folks, it is a fact that the folks responsible for 9/11 are Muslim. But it is important – vital – to point out that they were extremists, the worst of the very worst. We cannot condemn an entire religion for the acts of a few.

But here’s The Dirty Truth about the O’Reilly-View dustup. It had nothing to do with 9/11, mosques, Muslims or extremists. It had nothing to do with perceived hate speech.

You see, Billy Boy has a new book to sell, Pinheads and Patriots: Where You Stand in the Age of Obama. That’s why he was on The View to begin with. And does it surprise you that the Fox News Channel machine wasted absolutely no time capitalizing on the fracas, cranking out those promo commercials faster than Lindsay Lohan crack binge.

O’Reilly could hardly hide his shit-eating grin as Whoopi and Joy waddled off the stage. He knew he had just mapped out half his show for that night and would milk that brouhaha with a week’s worth of segments. (How soon will that B.S. body language expert show up on The Factor, “analyzing” the encounter?) He also could probably hear the cash registers ringing as his book flew off the shelves.

Hell, even Joy got a little joy from the spectacle, as Bill paid a visit to her own show on CNN’s Headline News. And The View reminded people early in the new season why it’s must-see TV for so many.

So, you see, everybody got a little something out of The View fracas – except those who thought the players involved were fighting any kind of “good fight.” Don’t be a pinhead, folks. Bill, Joy, Whoopi, Barbara – phonies, all of them, playing their roles to perfection. And that’s The Dirty Truth.

~MMC

Mocha Mr. Clean knows a lot about things that are brown and quite frankly, stink. And this hullabaloo involving Bill “No-Spin (Wink-wink)” O’Reilly and the wenches from The View stinks.

If you missed seeing the clip, watch the video below. O’Reilly got into it with View co-hosts Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg over the Ground Zero mosque controversy, prompting them both to storm off when he said, “Muslims killed us on 9/11.”

Ok folks, it is a fact that the folks responsible for 9/11 are Muslim. But it is important – vital – to point out that they were extremists, the worst of the very worst. We cannot condemn an entire religion for the acts of a few.

But here’s The Dirty Truth about the O’Reilly-View dustup. It had nothing to do with 9/11, mosques, Muslims or extremists. It had nothing to do with perceived hate speech.

You see, Billy Boy has a new book to sell, Pinheads and Patriots: Where You Stand in the Age of Obama. That’s why he was on The View to begin with. And does it surprise you that the Fox News Channel machine wasted absolutely no time capitalizing on the fracas, cranking out those promo commercials faster than Lindsay Lohan crack binge.

O’Reilly could hardly hide his shit-eating grin as Whoopi and Joy waddled off the stage. He knew he had just mapped out half his show for that night and would milk that brouhaha with a week’s worth of segments. (How soon will that B.S. body language expert show up on The Factor, “analyzing” the encounter?) He also could probably hear the cash registers ringing as his book flew off the shelves.

Hell, even Joy got a little joy from the spectacle, as Bill paid a visit to her own show on CNN’s Headline News. And The View reminded people early in the new season why it’s must-see TV for so many.

So, you see, everybody got a little something out of The View fracas – except those who thought the players involved were fighting any kind of “good fight.” Don’t be a pinhead, folks. Bill, Joy, Whoopi, Barbara – phonies, all of them, playing their roles to perfection. And that’s The Dirty Truth.

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