Friday, February 26, 2010

The Hurricane, Paul Burchill & Maria released

Though they were the focus of a big feud on ECW in 2009, both Shane "Hurricane" Helms and Paul Burchill are no longer a part of World Wrestling Entertainment.  While Burchill's release isn't exactly surprising, the guy hasn't really been on television in three months, and though he was finally starting to find his niche in ECW, he never quite clicked with the audience.  I thought taking him off Tuesday nights was a huge mistake in the first place, but considering they never put him on another brand and the fact that ECW no longer exists, I guess it doesn't really matter now.  The Ripper is a good talent and I doubt we've seen the last of him, but it is pretty disappointing, I would've loved to see him mix it up on Smackdown in the Intercontinental Title scene.

But The Hurricane's release, that's just downright infuriating. The end of ECW and his nagging injuries probably didn't help matters, but it's certainly no coincidence that his release came after TMZ and the copy & paste sites turned his minor arrest into a week-long story. Of course, Hurricane could've avoided the arrest by not getting drunk and rowdy, but if everyone's job security was based on what they do in their private, off-work hours, the unemployment rate would be a hell of a lot higher than it is right now.  Obviously wrestlers are going to be held to a different standard, they're celebrities of sorts and their actions are in the public eye, but it's not like he got busted for DUI or assault, it was a minor incident that got blown out of proportion by the media.

If ever you wonder why I'm so passionate about changing the wrestling media, or why I'm so confrontational with copy & paste sites, it's because they can and do ruin careers, and Shane Helms is likely proof of that. He's been with the company for almost a decade, one of the few WCW acquisitions that survived the Invasion storyline, had been featured prominently on Tuesday nights, even main eventing ECW on the night he was arrested, but now gets dropped after an arrest that amounted to a $125 fine. WWE's got an image to protect, and I understand why they made this move, but it's something that probably could have been avoided if tabloid hacks didn't make a living off the misfortune of others.

UPDATE - February 26, 2010 2:40 pm
WWE.com has just announced that Smackdown Diva, Maria, has also been released.  That was one I certainly did not see coming, especially with her upcoming appearance on NBC's Celebrity Apprentice and the fact that she was the 2009 Diva of the Year.  I've never really had anything against Maria, but she wasn't a strong wrestler or actress, so I can see WWE's reasoning for the decision. The WWE Diva Playboy Curse continues...

3 comments:

  1. I don't think Hurricane should've lost his job. He's a good interviewer and wrestler.

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  2. If our assumptions are correct and one of the main factors in Helms' release was that incident then how come Jericho still has a job? I know Jericho has a bigger role in the company but that doesn't justify it. If Helms was fired for that incident then so should his partner in crime.

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  3. According to reports, it seemed like Helms was the one who got rowdy and Jericho got caught in the middle of it. Plus, he was the one accused of "hitting a woman." Even though it was a complete accident, that was the line that TMZ kept beating into the ground.

    And really, that's just the nature of the beast. Much like when Triple H took the fall for the Curtain Call, they couldn't pin it on HBK, and they're certainly not going to pin this on Jericho.

    And like I mentioned in the article, I don't think the arrest was the sole reason for Hurricane's release. Injuries were piling up and ECW getting axed both probably contributed to the decision as well.

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