VIP Exclusive Features MAJOR NEW TORCH TALK - FASCINATING INSIGHT INTO WWE BEHIND THE SCENES CREATIVE OPERATIONS (LIMITED-TIME OFFER)
Jan 22, 2011 - 9:23:28 PM
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The "Torch Talk" interview has been a major staple of what Pro Wrestling Torch has been known for ever since the late 1980s when I began securing newsmaking, big-interviews with active wrestlers and promoters. It was the first insider interview series on the pro wrestling industry, spawning the Shoot Tape craze years later.
I am excited to announce a new blockbuster insider "Torch Talk" with a name you might not have heard of, but an interview you'll never forget. John Piermarini worked behind the scenes in the creative trenches face-to-face with Vince McMahon, John Cena, and the entire creative team, production team, and wrestlers for nearly two years starting in 2009 and ending last October.
In his first and only interview to date, he speaks out about the frustrations that caused him to leave WWE and not give two week's notice. He talks about the person he'd least like to work again behind the scenes. He also covers the following subjects:
-He delves into many of pushes wrestlers have received the last two years and what was planned and how things went either differently than originally planned or why they derailed.
-He talks about the vast majority of active wrestlers on the roster and provides insight into what Vince McMahon and other powerplayers in WWE think of them and their potential to rise on the card.
-He talks about the week to week process of being on the creative team, what Vince McMahon is like to work for, stories from his weekly creative team meetings with Vince McMahon.
-He goes behind the scenes to the first time TNA Impact aired on Monday night last January up against Raw and what the atmosphere was like behind the scenes at Raw that night.
-He explains what it takes to become a writer for WWE on the creative team including the path he took to get his dream job.
-He talks about what wrestlers can do in WWE now and in the future to get the attention of Vince McMahon.
-He addresses whether he's entertain an offer to work for WWE again or work for TNA, and what his vision would be for both promotions if he had more power.
-He lists the five most powerful people in WWE in order, and then some runners up, including where Triple H, Stephanie McMahon, and John Cena fall on that list.
-He talks about his view of the Undertaker-Brock Lesnar confrontation at the UFC PPV in October, and a surprising twist on how he thinks Vince McMahon would want to utilize Lesnar if he were able to sign him for WrestleMania.
-He details how much of what wrestlers say on TV is scripted and ad-libbed, and under what circumstances that changes.
-He talks in specifics about what went wrong with the big pushes of Jack Swagger, Kofi Kingston, Ted DiBiase, Sheamus, and many others.
-He talks about what went right with The Miz rising to the top and what he did in particular to get there, and how it almost never happened.
-He talks about the grind of the travel schedule for everyone on the road.
-He gives insight into the Anonymous G.M. storyline and whether anything has strayed from the original plans.
-He explains why tag teams aren't pushed in WWE.
-He talks about the pros and cons of every Diva on the roster and why some of them get slotted in the positions they do.
-He explains whether storylines are meticulously plotted out and have an certain end point and how often they stray from whatever original plans exist.
-He talks about why certain storylines go "poof" and disappear without resolution with mid-carders.
-He talks about Vince McMahon's mood changing from week to week and things that affect his demeanor.
-He talks about the reaction internally to Shane McMahon's email announcing his departure from the company.
-He says who he thinks would run WWE If Vince McMahon were to step down from day-to-day operations and how that person would do things differently, with a couple other candidates to possibly fill the gap.
-He talks about how the writing did and didn't feel handcuffed by the PG rating and how things would be different if that PG rating didn't exist.
-Who in WWE follows UFC and who doesn't, including a ridiculous story of obliviousness among two key top names.
-He talks about Bret Hart's return behidn the scenes.
-He talks about the challenges of the themed PPVs.
-He talks about what he foresees for Tough Enough and how NXT was executed.
-What John Cena is like behind the scenes compared to his on-air persona.
-Why he started a blog reviewing current WWE TV shows from the perspective of a former WWE writer at www.wrestlingrecall.com and what his aspirations are for it and his future in or out of pro wrestling.
And much, much more in the four-hour interview spanning a wide variety of topics. It's about as close as you'll get to shadowing a creative team member for two years on the road as he interacts with Vince McMahon, the rest of the writing team, the producers/agents, and all of the wrestlers from the opening match guys to the main eventers.
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