By Ryan Clark | August 03, 2008
I also forgot to add that the HUGE RATS outside the arena, crawling in the garbage bags that someone left on the street, was AWFUL. Is this normal in New York City?
Regarding tonight's Saturday Night's Main Event telecast, practically all of the promotion for the show was based around Jennifer McCarthy raising awareness for Autism. They hardly promoted the show around wrestling, and no matches were announced until Friday's SmackDown. WWE's reputation and public perception were damaged in the aftermath of the Chris Benoit double murder-suicide. In an effort to better their reputation, Vince McMahon decided to make the company front-and-center when it comes to publicly promoting certain charitable causes. He wants to make sure to publicize the company's involvement in such causes. That pretty much explains why you've been seeing a bunch of Make-A-Wish and Circle of Champions stuff on television and the company website. Not to say that they didn't get involved with a bunch of charitable causes before the Benoit incident, but the company hardly ever promoted them, or at least not as much as they do now. For example, in the past, certain wrestlers such as John Cena didn't want their work with Make-A-Wish publicized, but since the Benoit incident, WWE has worked on getting these type of stories out to boost the public image of the company. From a business standpoint, basing a show such as tonight's Saturday Night's Main Event telecast around a charitable cause eases the pressure on the rating from network executives. The ratings for Saturday Night's Main Event on NBC have been a constant disappointment to say the least. For instance, the heavily-hyped July 15, 2006 telecast promoting an appearance by Hulk Hogan was beat out in the ratings by reruns of COPS on that night. Also, wrestling is a hard sell on sponsors. In past editions of Saturday Night's Main Event, you'd see a bunch of low-rent commercials for stuff such as vacuum cleaners and other cleaning aids that would never air during other shows on NBC at the same time slot. By basing the show around a charitable cause, whether the ratings are good or bad, sponsors will feel a lot more comfortable supporting WWE. It's a win-win situation for the company, as the likely low rating probably won't have any negative ramifications, and WWE comes out looking good to the public. McCarthy's appearance on tonight's show was actually her second wrestling-related appearance. She appeared at Wrestlemania XI in 1995 as the guest valet for Shawn Michaels when he wrestled Diesel a.k.a. Kevin Nash.
Backstage at Monday's Raw in Washington D.C., Mae Young was begging and pleading to be taken on the annual "Tribute to the Troops" show this December, reports the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. She was flown to Raw, believed to be involved in an angle with Ted DiBiase and Cody Rhodes, but the plan was apparently nixed. They later had her do to the "Kiss Cam" segment.
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