PWTORCH.COM

Select List of Articles by Category Type

SEARCH PWTORCH



CONTACT US

 JUMP TO VIP SITE

VIP SIGN-UP INFO

JUMP TO MMATORCH

UGO AFFILIATE

A PROUD UGO AFFILIATE SINCE 1999


PWTorch is customized for your mobile phone such as your Blackberry. Just enter www.pwtorch.com on your phone's browser and choose the "Mobile" option. Samsung Omnia II users, download our free Widget. Apple iPhone users, download our free PWTorch App (search "pwtorch")



 

CALDWELL'S TAKE

CALDWELL: The real story on Eugene (Nick Dinsmore) is not questionable TV content, but Dinsmore himself

Feb 12, 2010 - 11:56:42 AM


Staff08Caldwell_120c_169.jpg
By James Caldwell, Torch assistant editor

Much has been made lately about the "Eugene" mentally-challenged character that was introduced on WWE TV in April 2004.

Videos have circulated to Connecticut media members interested in former WWE CEO Linda McMahon's Senate race showing classic, fun-for-all-ages WWE video clips such as Eugene being destroyed by Triple H in a steel cage.

Hartford Courant's Rick Green even went to McMahon's Senate campaign HQ looking for answers from McMahon herself.

"There was never any intent of WWE to make fun of anyone who is developmentally challenged in any way," McMahon said. "It was to show how you can rise above your circumstances. He always had this quality of believing he could be anything he wanted to be. It's a soap opera. It's all a matter of taste."

McMahon added: I don't want you to mischaracterize what my judgment is. Eugene was an example of the different kinds of issues that can be addressed in life. Here was a fellow who really believed who he was and there were no obstacles to him. It portrayed an element in life that gave hope and inspiration to others."

Ah, yes, the "subjective analysis" of WWE programming argument. It's a disarming argument that calms the issue and doesn't grab headlines or inspire voters to sway one or the other.

What might sway voters or at least expose a scar WWE has tried to cover is the real story about the real person who played the Eugene character.

Eugene was played by Nick Dinsmore, who was a three-strikes-and-you're-out victim of the Wellness Policy. Dinsmore dealt with prescription painkiller addiction while with WWE.

"I always rationalized it as my back hurts, my knee hurts, I can't go out there and perform in pain, so I have to do something about it," Dinsmore said in a February 2009 interview. Read the story.)

Even more troubling was WWE sending Dinsmore on an international tour in late 2005 just days after the death of his close friend, Eddie Guerrero, whose death rushed along the implementation of the current Wellness Policy.

Torch columnist Bruce Mitchell wrote in December 2005 about Dinsmore's pain pill addiction escalating at the time and WWE using him as an example weeks after Guerrero's death.

Nick Dinsmore, who considered Eddie Guerrero a close friend and mentor ever since he recommended him for a spot on the main roster, was not allowed to go to the funeral. Instead, he was forced to make the immediate, arduous trip to England, where he was expected to act out his on camera mentally impaired always happy Eugene character anytime he was seen in public. He made it less than a week, then passed out in a hotel lobby from an overdose of Soma pain pills. He was immediately suspended and sent to rehab. Because of PR considerations in the wake of Guerrero's death, Dinsmore's condition and its consequences were immediately made public in a way that had never happened before.

The real stories in Linda McMahon's Connecticut Senate race are not on the surface with TV content, characters, and storylines. Sure, they're part of the dialogue that has to be included because WWE's TV programming reaches impressionable children who still point to their crotches and yell "suck it!" on school buses (just ask my wife, who teaches Pre-K), but the real stories are below the surface.

Dinsmore's story is not the "Eugene" character, but the prescription pain pills, following "the show must go on" mentality following yet another wrestler death that is still prevalent in today's wrestling industry, and pushing his body when it never should have been pushed.

McMahon has yet to account for the real story on a former WWE star after easily talking down the surface-level story.


Send feedback on this article to pwtorch@gmail.com and we'll regularly publish reader feedback in the "Torch Feedback" category on the Main Listing.

For more BREAKING NEWS on WWE, TNA...
VISIT OUR AFFILIATE - PROWRESTLING.NET

For UFC & MMA NEWS & BLOGS:
VISIT OUR SISTER SITE - MMATORCH.COM

Upgrade to PWTorch VIP:

 DETAILS & SIGN-UP INFO (VIP Newsletter, Audio, Archives, No Ads on Website, VIP Email Reports, VIP Forum, more.)

More Recent CALDWELL'S TAKE Articles
[an error occurred while processing this directive]

(c) 1999-2010 TDH Communications Inc. - All rights reserved.

STAFF PICKS - TOP TEN RECENT ARTICLES
WWE NEWS: HIAC PPV Update - Pre-Show line-up & final card
CALDWELL'S WWE RAW RESULTS 10/20: Complete "virtual-time" coverage of Raw vs. NFL Week 7 - final PPV hype, Cena & Ambrose vs. The Authority, Heyman returns, military angle, more
REPORT: Wrestling legend Ox Baker dies at age 80
VIP - 10/17 AD-FREE PWTorch Livecast & VIP Aftershow w/Rob Van Dam: Fascinating insights, memories, opinions spanning his entire career in ECW, WCW, WWE, plus opinion on Punk, Undertaker, Rollins, Ambrose, PPV payoffs (106 min.)
TV REPORTS & RESULTS: Smackdown, Impact, Main Event, Caldwell's Raw Report, NXT, ROH TV, more



PWTORCH FREE AUDIO SHOWS
LIVECAST AUDIO: Tuesday PWTorch Livecast (10/21) now available - Wade Keller takes live calls
LIVECAST AUDIO: Monday PWTorch Livecast (10/20) now available - Bruce Mitchell & Travis Bryant
LIVECAST AUDIO: Friday PWTorch Livecast (10/17) now available - RVD Interview w/Wade Keller
LIVECAST AUDIO: Thursday PWTorch Livecast (10/16) now available - Jim Valley guest hosts with special guests
LIVECAST AUDIO: Wednesday PWTorch Livecast (10/15) now available - Pat McNeill's Interview Wednesday
LIVECAST AUDIO: Tuesday PWTorch Livecast (10/14) now available - Wade Keller & Jason Powell of Prowrestling.net

PWTORCH INSTANT POLL
RAW POLL 10/20: If you watched Raw, the show was...
 
pollcode.com free polls


HIAC PPV POLL 10/20: What's your view on WWE's Hell in a Cell PPV?
 
pollcode.com free polls
VOTE: How should WWE handle the craze around Randy Orton RKO Vines?
 
pollcode.com free polls
RawScoreboard_Wide_11.png


Would you watch Raw both more often and longer per show if it was 2 hours instead of 3 hours?
 
pollcode.com free polls
VOTE IN OR SEE RESULTS OF PREVIOUS POLLS

UPCOMING MAJOR EVENTS

SELECT LIST OF ARTICLES BY CATEGORY

ARTICLES GROUPED BY CATEGORY
NEWS REPORTS
WWE NEWS: John Cena branching out into new TV venture
WWE NEWS: Raw TV ratings are in for Monday's show - how did the HIAC lead-in episode fare?
WWE NEWS: Why was WWE stock hammered on Tuesday?
WWE NEWS: Smackdown TV update - IC Title match added
RAW NEWS: Twitter TV rating normalizes post-RKO craze
WWE NEWS: Total Divas continues Sunday night slide
INTERVIEW HIGHLIGHTS: Stephanie McMahon to Yahoo Sports - "having fun" as dastardly TV heel, what does WWE view as their competition?, Total Divas rumor, bad celebrity segments, more
WWE NEWS: WWE establishes policy on domestic violence
NEWSWIRE: WWE TV show to air on Nick, new WWE movie released, Ross on Raw, ROH releases DVD of controversial show, classic Gorgeous George photos published
WWE NEWS: Potential HIAC PPV SPOILERS - first set of betting odds released for Sunday's PPV
WWE NETWORK: Tuesday, October 21 Schedule
WWE NEWS: HIAC PPV Update - Pre-Show line-up & final card
PPV REPORTS
PPV RESULTS - 10/13 New Japan in Tokyo, Japan: Styles drops IWGP World Hvt. Title to Tanahashi, more title changes, former WWE star returns to New Japan, more
KYGHT'S PPV EVALUATION - Night of Champions: Best/Worst Match, Surprise/Letdown, Updated 2014 PPV Rankings, and a message to WWE on making PPV buyers feel like morons
ROH "ALL-STAR EXTRAVAGANZA" ROUNDTABLE: Radican, Metzger, Leahy rate & review ROH's most-recent show
MCNEILL'S PPV BLOG 9/21: Live Blog for Night of Champions - ongoing thoughts & observations
CALDWELL'S WWE NOC PPV REPORT 9/21: Complete "virtual-time" coverage of live PPV - Lesnar vs. Cena
CALDWELL'S WWE NOC PPV REPORT 9/21 (Pre-Show): Christian's Peep Show with Jericho, Roman Reigns injury update
CALDWELL'S NEW JAPAN PPV RESULTS 9/21: Complete live coverage of "Destruction in Kobe" - Nakamura regains IC Title, Tanahashi vs. Shibata, A.J. Styles, new Jr. Hvt. champion, more
RADICAN'S EVOLVE 35 iPPV REPORT: Complete coverage of outstanding Show of the Year candidate
RADICAN'S IPPV REPORT - EVOLVE 34 in New York: Drew Galloway defends Evolve Title, DGUSA Tag Title match, more
KYGHT'S PPV EVALUATION - WWE Summerslam: Best/Worst Match, Direction Since SSlam, Updated 2014 PPV Rankings
METZGER'S ROH IPPV REPORT 9/6: Elgin vs. Briscoe ROH Title match, Tag Title main event, changes, more
PPV RESULTS - 9/5 "Maskedmania" from Philadelphia, Pa.: Sabu, Homicide, Cross, Lucha stars featured
TV REPORTS
WWE RAW POST-GAME SHOW REPORT 10/20: Hulk Hogan's post-Raw interview, plus Hogan & Cena Posedown
CALDWELL'S WWE RAW RESULTS 10/20: Complete "virtual-time" coverage of Raw vs. NFL Week 7 - final PPV hype, Cena & Ambrose vs. The Authority, Heyman returns, military angle, more
METZGER'S ROH TV REPORT 10/19: Former ROH champ Adam Cole main event, Decade drama, more
PARKS'S WWE SMACKDOWN REPORT 10/17: Ongoing "virtual time" coverage of Friday show, including The Usos & Sheamus vs. The Rhodes Brothers & The Miz
JAMES'S WWE SUPERSTARS REPORT 10/16: Bo Dallas vs. Zack Ryder, Kofi steps up vs. Cesaro, Justin Roberts, more
JAMES'S WWE NXT REPORT 10/16 - Week 122: Sami Zayn vs. Tyson Kidd main event, Women's champ Charlotte; Overall Reax
TNA IMPACT RESULTS 10/15: New #1 contender to the TNA Title, post-BFG developments, Brodus Clay debuts, heels & faces shown sitting together in a banquet room, more
DEHNEL'S WWE MAIN EVENT REPORT 10/14: Rusev vs. Big E., Miz TV with Sheamus, Cesaro vs. Justin Gabriel, Truth vs. Tyson Kidd
METZGER'S ROH TV REPORT 10/12: Honor Rumble determines next ROH Title challenger, plus The Streak continues
CALDWELL'S WWE RAW RESULTS 10/13: Complete "virtual-time" coverage of Raw vs. NFL Week 6 - Cena vs. Ambrose PPV give-away, Big Show vs. Rusev, long matches
PARKS'S WWE SMACKDOWN REPORT 10/10: Ongoing "virtual time" coverage of Friday show, including the 15th Anniversary of Smackdown celebration
JAMES'S WWE SUPERSTARS REPORT 10/9: Ryder gets back in the Win column, Divas main event, more
OPINION & ANALYSIS
ASK THE SPECIALISTS ROUNDTABLE: How does WWE fix the problem of heels cheered & faces booed?
RAW POLLS 10/20: Vote on Monday's Raw & HIAC PPV
ASK PWTORCH STAFF for 10/20: Could Steve Austin have been a huge star in another year? Should WWE try to recreate a Monday Night War by secretly building up a competitor first? Atomic drop selling? Low Ki-LayCool?
ASK PWTORCH ALL-STARS 10/20: Does McMahon care more about fans or stockholders? Is The Rock more comfortable on the mic now than in his Cena feud? Would Joe have been better without Angle joining TNA? Best pro wrestling country?
VOTE: How should WWE handle Randy Orton RKO Vines?
MCNEILL'S TAKE: An Inexpensive Way To Make Raw More Exciting a/k/a Let's See What WCW Did in the 1990s
ASK PWTORCH ALL-STARS 10/19: Who's biggest name out there who has never signed with WWE? Why sign KENTA if he can't do his signature moves? Who did you predict would win Monday Night War? Why no Bruno Sammartino DVD yet?
ASK PWTORCH STAFF for 10/19: Was Lesnar's beatdown of Cena at Summerslam really worth it? Does WWE's Wellness Policy cost them kids as fans? Was the real invasion angle in 1996 and not 2001?
ASK PWTORCH STAFF for 10/18: Why are there no credits at end of WWE shows? Does WWE sabotage some wrestlers' mercy? Why did announcing pairs change mid-show on Nitro? Should Rollins beat Lesnar so there's a champ on TV?
ASK PWTORCH ALL-STARS 10/18: Is Brock Lesnar a top 20 wrestler of all-time? Would Steve Austin have been a top star in another era? Is adding commercials a mistake for WWE Network? What are some Best Years Ever for wrestlers?
RADICAN'S NJPW "G1 Climax 23: Day 1" report 8/1/13 - Suzuki-Nagata, Tanahashi-Kojima, Okada-Devitt main event
ASK PWTORCH ALL-STARS 10/17: Is Lesnar’s UFC resume worth bragging about? How does end of Streak affect future WrestleManias? Does WWE get a bad rap for diverse body types? Orton vs. Cena yet again?
THE SPECIALISTS
TUCKER'S RAW INSTANT REACTION: "This Hell in a Cell sure is dangerous ... now time for a joke"
VALLEY'S TAKE: Who are these guys? Fans aren't given enough information to be fully emotionally invested in today's WWE stars, plus Random Thoughts
CHIVERTON'S NXT SCOUTING REPORT: Latest NXT Rankings & Evaluation of WWE's top prospects
COLLECTIBLES COLUMN: 20 Years Later - Sabu's Loyal Following of Trading Card Collectors
HITS & MISSES - 10/13 WWE Raw: Orton vs. Ziggler, Rollins vs. Swagger, Less Crap, Cena vs. Ambrose
CHIVERTON'S NXT SCOUTING REPORT: Latest Rankings & Weekly Evaluation of the NXT TV show
RAW HITS & MISSES 10/6: Ambrose and Cena, Roman Reigns, The Rock, Lots of Crap
COLLECTIBLES COLUMN: Collectors Paying Big Bucks For New Topps WrestleMania Product
VALENTINO'S MAGIC, MEMORIES & MANIA: How WWE Ruined The Streak and Brock in Six Short Months
TUCKER'S RAW INSTANT REACTION 10/6: Is it time to break up with WWE after their latest Raw offering?
COLLECTIBLES COLUMN: How Has Sting’s Involvement with WWE Affected the Value of His Cards?
CHIVERTON'S NXT SCOUTING REPORT: Latest Rankings & Evaluation of WWE's Developmental Roster
PWTORCH EXCLUSIVES
10 YRS AGO: Ring of Honor event in Chicago features Punk vs. Samoa Joe one hour draw, plus Delirious, Sydal, Nigel, Jacobs, Shelley, Homicide
WWE RAW 5 YEARS AGO: WWE forces Raw vs. Smackdown feud leading to Bragging Rights, plus Snoop Dogg, Triple H vs. John Cena, Marty Jannetty, more
10 YRS AGO - WWE Live Event - 10/19/2004 in Minneapolis: Undertaker vs. JBL in main event among worst main events ever, Big Show vs. Angle, Carlito vs. Eddie, Taker vs. Heidenreich
RADICAN'S NJPW "G1 Climax 23: Day 1" report 8/1/13 - Suzuki-Nagata, Tanahashi-Kojima, Okada-Devitt main event
RADICAN'S "The Kevin Steen Show with Gabe Sapolsky" review - fatherhood, lessons learned after being fired from ROH, launching EVOLVE, Heyman, inside the Steen-Generico-Briscoes feud
RADICAN'S CHIKARA King of Trios 2014: Night 2 report 9/20 - Rey De Voladores mini-tournament begins, Spud, Sanda, Tatsu in action, Flood-Colony main event
20 YRS AGO: Report on WWE house show at Bourne High School headlined by Bulldog vs. Owen, Razor Ramon vs. Backlund, plus Adam Bomb, Volkoff, bundy, Doink, Gunns
10 YRS AGO: Reader Reax to Oct. 14, 2004 edition of Raw with Ric Flair, RVD, Austin, Steiner, RVD, Shawn Michaels, Goldberg, Bishoff
20 YRS AGO: Cactus vs. Sabu headlines NWA event - pioneering hardcore style match with moonsault onto table, plus Al Snow
10 YRS AGO MITCHELL: Mojo Raw Commentary Stream on Hurricane, Jericho, Coach, Bischoff, Molly, Nowinski, RVD
10 YRS AGO THIS WEEKEND: WWE house show results including Stacy Keibler, Batista vs. Benoit headlines, Orton vs. Shelton, plus Jericho, Eugene, Hardy
10 YRS AGO TODAY: WWE house show results from Cardiff, Wales: Maven, Palumbo, Trish, Molly, Benoit, Eugene, Snitsky, Flair, HBK, Jericho, Nidia
REFERENCE
WWE NEWS: Raw TV ratings are in for Monday's show - how did the HIAC lead-in episode fare?
WWE NEWS: Total Divas continues Sunday night slide
WWE NEWS: Smackdown TV ratings are in for Friday's show
TITLES & CHAMPS: Ongoing list of 2014 Titleholders
TNA NEWS: Impact TV quarter-hour ratings - details on this week's show sliding to near-low on Wednesday nights
WWE NEWS: Raw TV ratings are in - Monday's show rebounds from year-low, but there is a concerning demo & viewership pattern
WWE NEWS: Smackdown TV ratings are in - how did the 15th Anniversary episode fare?
TNA NEWS: Impact TV ratings are in - how did the latest Wednesday night episode fare?
WWE NEWS: Raw TV quarter-hour ratings - Rock saves Raw from historical low point, plus which promoted segments did not draw?
WWE NEWS: Full Raw TV Ratings Report - Raw hits Rock Bottom
WWE NEWS: Smackdown TV ratings are in - Friday's show makes big leap to end September Swoon
TNA NEWS: Impact quarter-hour TV ratings - inside the numbers on Impact's downward trend
PWTorch Free Podcast
LIVECAST AUDIO: Tuesday PWTorch Livecast (10/21) now available - Wade Keller takes live calls
LIVECAST AUDIO: Monday PWTorch Livecast (10/20) now available - Bruce Mitchell & Travis Bryant
LIVECAST AUDIO: Friday PWTorch Livecast (10/17) now available - RVD Interview w/Wade Keller
LIVECAST AUDIO: Thursday PWTorch Livecast (10/16) now available - Jim Valley guest hosts with special guests
LIVECAST AUDIO: Wednesday PWTorch Livecast (10/15) now available - Pat McNeill's Interview Wednesday
LIVECAST AUDIO: Tuesday PWTorch Livecast (10/14) now available - Wade Keller & Jason Powell of Prowrestling.net
LIVECAST AUDIO: Monday PWTorch Livecast (10/13) now available - Bruce Mitchell & Travis Bryant
LIVECAST AUDIO: Friday PWTorch Livecast (10/10) now available - Wade Keller interviews Matt McCarthy
LIVECAST AUDIO: Thursday PWTorch Livecast (10/9) now available - Jim Valley & Greg Parks
LIVECAST AUDIO: Wednesday PWTorch Livecast (10/8) now available - Pat McNeill interviews Alex Shelley
LIVECAST AUDIO: Tuesday PWTorch Livecast (10/7) now available - Wade Keller & Jason Powell of Prowrestling.net
LIVECAST AUDIO: Monday PWTorch Livecast (10/6) now available - Bruce Mitchell & Travis Bryant
VIP Exclusive Features
VIP - 10/20 Wade Keller Hotline - WWE Raw: Rundown and analysis of final hype for Hell in a Cell including big angle at end, Mick Foley's unannounced special appearance, tongs to testicles, and much more (38 min.)
VIP - 10/20 Audio Flashback - Guttman Audio Show (09-21-2004): Heidenreich-Cole implied rape angle on Smackdown, Snitsky causes end to Lita's pregnancy, Orton springs to ring with Tommy Dreamer comeback, Gangrel/Viscera return (28 min.)
VIP - 10/19 McNeill & Valley's "Wayback Playback" Audio Show (ep. #4): Into the WCW Time Machine for the Chamber of Horrors at Halloween Havoc! (56 min.)
VIP - 10/19 Wade Keller Hotline - Ask the Editor: How about Cena wins IC Title and elevates it during Lesnar's absence? Are Devitt and Kenta really "indy guys"? Is Bryan even eager to return to action? Blood in HIAC? (22 min.)
VIP - 10/19 Vintage 1990s Wrestling Radio - Pro Wrestling Spotlight #109 from May 12, 1991 on Ultimate Warrior tabloid scandal, Andre's deterioration, Bob Backlund's return, UWF, ICW, and more current events talk with callers (89 min.)
VIP - 10/19 Bruce Mitchell Audio Show w/Wade Keller, pt. 2: Batista's movie fame affecting WWE future, absence of comedy on Raw, should RKO Mania turn Orton face, ridiculous disappearance of Lesnar, Network sub prediction (67 min.)
VIP - 10/19 Moonlighting with Greg Parks: Discussing and analyzing the latest episodes of WWE Smackdown, TNA Impact, and TNA Bound for Glory (41 min.)
VIP - 10/18 Radican's Wrestling Community Audio (w/Leahy) - NJPW news & notes, WWN to China, in-depth recap of CHIKARA "KOT 2014: Night 2," much more! (80 min.)
VIP - 10/18 Wade Keller Hotline - The News: HBK and Hogan news, RKO Mania, Sami Zayn's music plays at end of WWE house show, Rhonda Rousey attends PWG, O'Reilly retains belt, Ross reacts to Impact and Lucha Underground (14 min.)
VIP - 10/18 Bruce Mitchell Audio Show w/Wade Keller, pt. 1: What's the real story on the Ric Flair-Triple H relationship over the years? What are the strengths and weaknesses of NXT? Is Larry Zbyszko a Hall of Famer? (70 min.)
VIP - 10/17 AD-FREE PWTorch Livecast & VIP Aftershow w/Rob Van Dam: Fascinating insights, memories, opinions spanning his entire career in ECW, WCW, WWE, plus opinion on Punk, Undertaker, Rollins, Ambrose, PPV payoffs (106 min.)
VIP - 10/17 Wade Keller Hotline - Ask the Editor: Could RKO Vine video lubricate Orton's potential babyface turn? Why aren't Wrestler Commentary on matches part of Network package? Why isn't WWE using jobbers? (26 min.)