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Responses to Lefko's editorial


The following are the responses to Perry Lefko's WWF editorial that we received within a 24-hour period. We will NOT be posting any more responses after today.
You are right the WWF has ruined the family time of alot of families.  But
Vince
Mcmahon feels that his show does better as an "Adult Show" . Just aske David
"Bulldog" Smith  he was told to shut up and deal with it.  All of the wrestler
were told this would be a more adult type show.  Why do you think he has lost
so many wrestlers?  This was what started the orginal feud between Bret Hart
and Vince.
Vince has forgotten about the kids that got him were he is today, I have
watched since the age of 5 years (I'm now 26) and I had never heard of WCW
until recently.....I no longer watch WWF because my 5 year can not watch with
my husband and I.  We now, since Bret moved, watch WCW faithfully 4
days/nights of the week.  I have e-mail the WWF but they really do not care, I
think Vince better start to care or he'll lose everything.  I also constantly
E-mail WWf sponsers in hopes that if he loses them to pressure from fans he
turn his venue around.  I only feel sorry for Owen who is apprently stuck in a
contract for 3+ years.

Joanne Durann of Croydon, Pa
Mopstick@aol.com
 
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       Mr. Lefko, I read your recent article posted in SLAM with great
interest.  I am 23 years old and have been a wrestling fan for roughly 12
years.  I started out watching the WWF on "Saturday's Main Event" and have
progressed through then.  I can sympathize with your concern over your
son's exposure to the WWF's "new direction."  However, I was wondering if
you had any suggestions as to alternatives.  Vince McMahon recently said
on TSN's "Off the Record" that watching two men in their underwear
wrestling can get boring after a while.  Are we truly past the stage where
wrestling can be entertaining for just that: wrestling, do storylines need
to be more and more provocative just to keep viewer's interests?
    My friends and I were remarking the other day, while watching WCW's
latest PPV offering, "Superbrawl VIII," how angles (storylines) were so
much more entertaining in the past.  Maybe it was because we were younger,
maybe it was because they were better written.  I'm just afraid that if
the WWF sacrifices any attempt at storyline construction, we may be stuck
with their talent, which at this stage due to injury and defections is, in
my opinion, not so good.
    I do believe it is too simplistic of an option to say, "Well, if
you're worried about exposing your children, simply don't have them
watch."  Wrestling has since the time of Hulk Hogan's explosion in the
'80's been very geared to children of young ages.  However, with WCW's
seemingly strict adherance to no blood, language, etc., could it be that
maybe there is room for two different types of federations: the WCW for
families, and the WWF for those of us who are older and appreciate
different types of storylines? Let's face it, WCW is for the most part
just recycling WWF storylines from the '80's, it's no wonder their ratings
are so strong, because they're mimicking history that many of us (college
students) can identify with since it is from our youths.
    Oh well, I've rambled enough, again, I found your article very
interesting, but was just curious as to your ideas on what the WWF needs
to do instead and possibly considering the fact that they need to change
with the times, becoming an ECW-lite, if you will.

Thanks,
Brent G. Alles
 
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I am a World Wrestling Federation fan and I'd like to point out some things
you spoke about in your article that were incorrect.  The "FU" on Goldust's
face is not the obsenity that you may think it is.  It stands for "Forever
Unchained".  The course language you speak of has always been there, however,
it is now being said over a mike.  The gestering of the index fingers but
Stone Cold Steve Austin have also always been a part of professional
wrestling.  Finally, the reference to Bret Hart was nice but it is a fact that
he himself started the more adult view towards pro-wrestling.  On an edition
of Monday Night Raw in March of 1997, Bret Hart lost a steel cage match and
afterwards used several curse words that were not beeped out as it was live
television.  He also "flipped off" wrestlers in his attempt to be a
rulebreaker.  Leaving Bret Hart out of this and blaming just D-Generation X is
wrong.  I respect your opinion but I just wanted to point out some errors.
Thanks for taking the time to read this.

James Olds
Rutland, MA USA
 
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If u don't like the WWF, don't watch it. It's as simple as that. I happen to
like the WWF's new Look. I'm a 19 year old college student, and I fill that
the WWF is doing what I want. Years ago with the WWF's dawn of Hulkamania, the
large percent of the fans were teen agers and teeny boppers. As we grew up, we
all complained, about the Goobely Gooker and the stupid lame gimicks. I think
the New WWF is much more exciting than the WWF of old. It's about time the WWF
took off there rose colored glass and got the shit together. The world is full
of racist, homosexual, bizzare people and for the cussing. Your kid probably
already knows all the four letter words in the book..

Let the WWF travel down a new road. The WWF was dissed for swallowing up small
promotions and for every other move they made in the 1980's. It's about time
Vince McMahon gets some credit for being a Wrestling Genius.
JC90703@aol.com
 
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I, like you, have a sibling. She is now eight years old. She has
attended 3 WWF shows dating back to 1994. Although the shows were pre-DX
days, she loved it. Our family is one of telling it like it is. We are
open about what happens in the world and when she doesn't understand
something we try to explain it to her. I can understand your
feelings....BUT......

When Ben starts going to school, you can rest assured that what he saw
and heard at that wrestling card will be mild in comparison to the
things he will be exposed to. I believe that people go to any event
because they have either heard good things or have seen good things
about it prior. Didn't you know what the WWF represents these days? If
you look south at the WCW the programming is a little tamer (sexually)
but the NWO beating the hell out of someone, or fans getting nailed in
the ring isn't the right "impression" either.

Wrestling has changed. Fans have changed. The WORLD has changed. If I
don't want to watch something I change the channel. If I'm worried what
Jr. is watching I monitor it. I find that these antics are funny myself,
BUT so does my daughter because she KNOWS that its a show. I guess if
the kids are too impressionable that they are bothered by these things,
they shouldn't be taken.

drs

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I agree 100% with you regarding this issue. If you watched part one of
the interview with WWF owner Vince McMahon, Michael Landsberg
challenged  him in much the same way you have in your column. Vince
McMahon's answer was that maybe Landsberg should be taking care of his
kids better, on National TV!!!!!

For this reason, I am now going to boycott the WWF and just watch the
NWO and WCW because they seem to stick to what I want to view,
Wrestling!

Regards,

Brendan O'Reilly

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My response to your article is simple.  If you don't like it, don't go.

You spoke of your 6-year old son.  You're right, maybe it's not the kind
of show he needs to see.  So don't take him.  The WWF has made no bones
about the fact that they're trying to target a different demographic now
than before.  An older market, 18-24.  No more kiddie stuff.

One other comment.  The word "ass" is no big deal.  You can tune in to
pretty much any show these days, whether it be the Simpsons in the
middle of the day or a prime timer at night, and you'll hear the word
"ass".  It's a common word.  Give it another 5 years and that word will
be nothing compared to what you'll hear regularly on television.

JimmyVan
 
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Whatever Michaels and Helmsley wanna do, they're gonna do.  The "groin chop"
as it's called has become a regular part of their performance, just as it's
become a regular part of their nWo buddies performances in WCW.

I agree with you that a lot of wrestling fans develop their interest as
children.  The WWF started this way back, and the 80s was without question the
"cartoon decade" in terms of the age of the avg. wrestling fan being around
12.   The reason that children are attracted to the WWF now is because of what
the WWF started in the 80s.  They've developed the reputation as entertainment
for all ages.  But it shouldn't be looked at in that way.

I personally don't see a problem with the groin chops or the word "ass".  If I
had a child I wouldn't mind letting him/her see or hear those things.  But
every now and then the wrestlers have let more harsh words slip out, and we've
seen things such as "flag humping" by Shawn Michaels, and a half naked Sable.
Those obviously are things children shouldn't see.  But those things aren't as
common as the other things.  It just comes down to parental discretion.

JimmyVan
 
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        I am sure that you will receive tons of emails from die-hard World
Wrestling Federation fans who can't think for themselves, so I wanted
to show my support for you.  I am writing to inform you that I agree
with every point you made, and had written the World Wrestling
Federation regarding this matter.  Another issue I had adressed
was their "Nation of Domination" angle, a stable which makes a clear
mockery of the controversial Nation of Islam organization headed
by Reverend Louis Farrakahn.  The leader, the great Ron Simmons
(and first African-American heavyweight champion) even bears a
similar name:  Farooq (a clear waste of great talent).  This
racial tension is known to be a leading factor in the departure
of the great Bret "the Hitman" Hart to WCW.  Hart had been a
loyal WWF wrestler in the midst of WCW's success.  I personally look
forward to WCW's inevitable domination of the Canadian market with
Bret, Chris Benoit, and Chris Jericho.  The WWF still has Owen Hart,
but other than that, they only have the Quebecers (i.e. the Amazing
French-Canadians who had spent time in WCW) and Tiger Ali-Singh (who
is not even fully Canadian).  The WWF marketing director, Carl De
Marco said that the Quebecers were very popular in Canada.
Unfortunately for Mr. De Marco and the WWF, they are not the
international stars who can get over outside of Canada that Owen Hart
is known for being.  Which makes a comparison to Bret inconceivable.
        When I didn't even receive a response from the WWF, I boycotted it.
I will not watch their RAW programming (which is trailing in ratings
actually BECAUSE of their desperation tactics-- this is the 64th week
and counting that they have lost to WCW Monday Nitro, which is an
all-out cable ratings success on prime time televison).  And I will
not support them with my business by attending house shows or
purchasing merchandise.
        The WWF and their fans have attempted to justify these gimmicks by
saying that drawing heat and controversy is all that matters.  But to
me and I'm sure to other wrestling fans, this is ludicrous reasoning.
 A prime example is the downward spiral they have taken since Bret
Hart left.  Mr. Hart himself had said that he would not allow his own
children to watch WWF programming while he was employed there.  This
is indeed a sad state of affairs.
        The WWF is known for villifying former talents whom they had turned
into stars who had since left their organization.  Most often, it had
been for Ted Turner's World Championship Wrestling (WCW).  They had
publicized and tried to hang the careers of Hulk Hogan and Randy
Savage.  When that failed, and Scott Hall, Kevin Nash, and Sean
Waltman left, they did the same (WWF journalist Vic Venom referred to
them as the "two biggest prima donnas in the business", saying they
took "the easy road."  One might argue that DX are hardly role
models, and that Hall and Nash made the decision they felt was right.
 One might get over it after two and a half years!).  This speaks of
extreme issues of bitteness and insecurity.  As a result, more fans
such as myself became increasingly disgusted.  Bret Hart is
undoubtedly next.
        This despite the WWF's obvious lack of originality, clear rip-off of
WCW stars and ideas, and desperate attempts to stay in business which
employ controversy, and ultimately hurt their business.  Since the
inception of the WCW's wildly popular New World Order (NWO)
phenomenon, the WWF has created the following stables:  the Nation of
Domination (NOD), the Disciples of Apocalypse (DOA), Los Boricuas,
the Hart Foundation, the Truth Comission, the National Wrestling
Alliance (NWA) faction Degeneration X (DX).  The stable idea is not
new to wrestling, but the NWO has taken it to the next level in its
claim as an organization and attempt at a "hostile takeover."  The
WWF has always said that DX is not a rip-off the NWO because of the
fact that the prime members, Shawn Michaels and Hunter Hearst
Helmsley, are younger.  But take for example the crotch chop, which
was first seen by the NWO's ever-inventive Kevin Nash, and
subsequently barred on WCW programming.  (Michaels is also known for
mooning crowds, which he did at a house show I attended in my local
area).  They also threw toilet paper on their opponents, similar to
the NWO's use of spray paint.  At one point, they even spray painted
"WCW" across the back of Jim "the Anvil" Neidhart.  They are often
characterized by Ross as "having no respect for anything or anybody."
 Is this not exactly like the NWO?  WCW is known for being the
family-oriented organization in the 1990's, because during the 1980's
Titan Sports had dominated the ranks with such clean and harmless
gimmicks.  They have clearly run out of ideas.
        Or, if you're not convinced, take the NWA "invasion" which,
according to manager Jim Cornette, attempts to return to "wrestling
tradition."  Invasion (i.e. "hostile takeover") and clear generation
gap.... Hmm....  Hardly sounds original to me.  And the WWF must be
desperate to turn to an organization which it spent many a decade
fending off.  Cornette and WWF colleague announcer Jim Ross, have
been among the most vocal in criticizing the WCW/NWO.  These copycats
seem very skilled at knocking competition, but have little to show
that doesn't mimic it.  It is known that Ross and Cornette worked for
WCW and met with little success.  Now they are promoting WCW's
product freely on the internet, in publications, on hotlines, and on
television.  Is this really good business?  I wouldn't think so.
        In the latest two WWF RAW publications, there is an interview
segment with Helmsley, in which he was asked to compare the NWO to
DX.  His boss, Vince McMahon had said that the comparison was similar
to "wild stallions and horse meat" or something similar to that.
Helmsley had publicized the controversial "Kliq" which consisted of
DX and the NWO's Wolfpack, Hall, Nash, and Syxx.  By this time it was
common knowledge, but HHH still felt the need to share it, and say
that the NWO was created by Hall and Nash, and was a blatant rip-off
of the Kliq.  Despite his claims, it is widely held that the NWO is
the brainchild of "Hollywood" Hulk Hogan.  And why not?  He brought
wrestling into the mainstream and would obviously have incredible
insights into what would sell and go over with the fans.  The key is
that it was a new and fresh idea, something the WWF seems to have a
shortage of.  Plus, DX members (except for bodyguard Chyna) are the
last two remaining Kliq members within the WWF.  So logically, this
would indicate that the DX is also a rip-off of the Kliq, and,
indeed, the NWO's Wolfpack as well.  Logically, that is, if you don't
let Helmsley and Vince McMahon do your thinking for you.
        Helmsley also took a cheap shot at the great Curt Hennig, who asked
his father (the legendary Larry "the Ax" Hennig) for business advice.
Jeff Jarrett did the same thing upon returning to the WWF and was
praised and heralded for it....a clear double standard.  The Michaels
tag-along also took shots at Hogan, Savage, and, even his idol Ric
Flair, because they were older.  These three paved the way for
younger stars such as Helmsley, and perhaps were his ticket into the
business.  They have far more years of experience and credibility
than the 24-year old Helmsley!
        Helmsley complained about being "held down" in WCW, but WWF boss
Vince McMahon did the same following the infamous "sending off" by
the remaining WWF Kliq members in Madison Square Garden (their last
show together).  He was supposed to receive a 1996 King of the Ring
win, but lost out to Stone Cold Steve Austin that year in what was
clearly nothing more than politics.  Helmsley blamed the men "in
Vince's ear", such as Lex Luger for his treatment of the Kliq, but
refused to tag the blame on McMahon, who had the final call.  It is
also interesting to note that Triple H never breathed a word about
McMahon never prosecuting Bret Hart following their Survivor Series
altercation.  What Hart did to McMahon was far worse, both publicly
and physically.
        The RAW publication had also compiled a list of the Top Ten World,
Intercontinental, and Tag Team Champions, and managers in their
organization some time ago.  Not a bad idea.  However, is it any
wonder that the bitter WWF ranked Hulk Hogan #10, and Randy Savage
and Ric Flair tied at #9?  On the issue of their Intercontinental
title, Hall (aka.Razor Ramon) was about #7, despite having a record
four reigns.  Their justification was that his career was often spent
wearing or chasing this title, and thus, his career was defined by
it.  However, the same held true of the #1 (popular) Michaels at that
point, who was a brand new World Champion (in my opinion, solely for
marketing purposes).  And they also complemented Tito Santana for
recognizing the I-C strap for the prize and honor it was, rather than
using it as a career catalyst.  So, what is the difference between
his approach and Hall's?  Why is his approach clearly seen as better?
Why is there a double standard here for current and former, or better
yet, loyal and not-so-loyal WWF superstars?  Bitterness, over their
departure, in my opinion.
        And WWF's assertion that all WCW talent was purchased is also
ridiculous in light of the fact that many WWF stars are also former
WCW employees.  Originality can beat money any day... it is not the
WCW's fault that the WWF has neither.  The ever popular Steve Austin,
Vader, Farooq, Marc Mero, The Artist Formerly Known As Goldust, the
late Brian Pillman, and the Patriot, just to name a few.
        And while the WCW is often criticized for not utilizing talent (a
justified criticism-- they do suffer from talent overload), the WWF
has less talent and does even less to appease it.  The WWF has the
devastating Vader, who has not held one title in over two years.
Farooq is the first black heavyweight champion, yet the former champ
has also not held one WWF title either.  WCW head Eric Bischoff
pointed out that Marc Mero is not a bigger star in the WWF either.
The only one is Steve Austin, who had more to do with it than the
WWF.  For example, the "Austin 3:16" concept was created by Austin
himself, and, as such, he profits from the T-shirts with many a
pretty penny.  The WWF insulted the fans by asking stars such as
Farooq and the Patriot to compare McMahon and Bischoff.  Naturally,
there is little doubt that they were fearful of the stubborn and
difficult McMahon, and wanted to keep their jobs.  So they
optimistically sang the company line and opted for the former.  This,
to me, reveals more WWF insecurity.
        And the WWF's claim that the WCW has mostly older talent is
inaccurate as well.  Young stars such as Chris Benoit and Chris
Jericho and the ever-popular and loveable luchadors prove this.  The
WCW cruiserweight competition is spectacular.  The WWF's
light-heavyweight division is an all-out joke, embarrassment, and
slap in the face to wrestling fans.  But this is true of the modern
WWF in almost every aspect.  I believe this "going to far" is a
last-ditch desperation and effort, reveals frustration in a losing
war, and the obvious inconsistencies reveal this.  How people take it
is up to them.  But it will be awhile before I give them the benefit
of the doubt again. I really must disagree with your claim that the
WWF has "withstood the criticism."  This doesn't seem to be the case
in light of what they are pushing.

Josh Leidy
 
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In response to Perry Lefko's article in the Toronto newspaper. Perry
wake up . What type of father would take a child to an R rated show.
Thats right . I would consiter WWF shows at least 14+. Without getting
into a parenting debate I think people should take more responsibility
for their own actions. Perry should have done his homework.
 P.S there is a guy out there calling himself a rock artist his
name..Marilyn Manson, Perry steer clear.   
HAMMER  reporter to the MAJORS WRESTLING PAGE

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I just read an editorial by Perry Lefko. Although I do agree with a
couple of his points I think it should be noted that WCW was doing
crotch chops long before DX
and plot lines in WCW are at an all time ego high where no one will
lose to anyone else without a screw-job ending. e.g. Hogan v. Sting
part IV and Bret is getting 3 million a year to stand there because
they cant figure out a good story for him yet. It seems most of the
articles you guys print are totally anti WWF.

One last point I would like to make in regards to the language and
other bad things the WWF is doing.
An entertainer is just that, as Charles Barley said "Parents should be
role models!"
and just when exactly are adults allowed to have their time nowadays.
The vocal minority would like us to have G rated TV until midnight and
no R rated movies. Although its fine to takes your kids to these
movies and events and yes they do gear them towards kids of all ages.
You had better make sure they know its a show and let us have our time
too, or before you know it our only choice of entertainment will be
Barney or the PTL ( Jim and Tammy weren't they upstanding citizens?!)

Thank You,
Aaron Landsberger

 
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Thank you for your article.
I too have found the that the WWF has crossed over a line that is hard
to explain to the young ones.

Bob Childs

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 In regards to your recent article on SLAM! Sports... Wrestling is not
 for kids.  It's never been for kids.  Little kids don't understand it.
 To them, it's like watching a cartoon or something.  Regardless of what
 Vince McMahon used to say in the 80's, wrestling is NOT and never has
 been 'family entertainment suitable for all audiences'.
 
         Regardless of that, how can anyone honestly believe that pointing to
 one's crotch or using the word 'ass' is uncalled for and worse than
 'pretend' bashing someone's skull in?  To me, that's VERY illogical.
 I'd rather have my son hear the word ass or faggot, than have him see
 and believe that a 'good' man is being mugged and beaten in the ring by
 15 other men.  (for example, the standard nWo practice).  If you're
 willing to take your children to an event where men 'pretend' to try and
 beat each other into submission, but not willing to have them 'hear
 dirty words', then that baffles my mind.
 
         Anyways.. that's my 2 cents. :RockX
 
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 I understand where you are coming from but I think perhaps you should
 realize that the wwf has changing demographics. I would like to point
 out that maybe the wwf live shows are no place for a six year old.
 
 Jay
 
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 I AGREE TOTALLY WITH THIS ARTICLE.  I AM 29 YEARS OLD AND NOT
 AFRAID TO ADMIT THAT I STILL ENJOY WATCHING WRESTLING.  BOTH THE
 WWF & WCW ON MONDAYS & THURSDAY THUNDER.
 
 I HAVE BEEN FOLLOWING THE WWF SINCE 1978 WHEN I WAS 9 YEARS OLD
 AND BOB BACKLUND DEFEATED SUPERSTAR BILLY GRAHAM FOR THE THEN
 WWWF TITLE.
 
 I HAVE SINCE SEEN MANY WRESTLERS JUMP BACK AND FORTH WITH
 FEDERATIONS SIMILAR TO FREE AGENTS IN THE OTHER MAJOR SPORTS.
 
 I KNOW AS WEEL AS YOU DO THAT THESE WRESTLERS ARE GREAT
 PERFORMERS AS WEEL AS ATHLETES, BUT WHEN YOU DO HAVE KIDS AGING
 FROM 4 TO 10 OR 12 THEN YOU DO HAVE TO CONTROL WHAT IS BEING
 SAID OR DONE.  I FIND SOME OF THE THINGS ENTERTAINING BUT THIS
 INDUSTRY STARTS WITH THE YOUNG ONES AND THE WWF CAN'T ALLOW THIS
 TO HAPPEN.  PEOPLE WONDER WHY KIDS SAY AND DO THE THINGS THEY
 DO, WELL LOOK AT THE WWF AND THERE IS YOUR INFLUENCE.
 
 PAUL
 
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 You see it seems that the WWF will do anything to compete with the WCW.
Absolutely anything and these guys running around swearing and cussing
up a storm seems to be their answer to the New World Order. Degeneration
X is nothing more than the New World Order run by Michaels. The Goldust
and Luna thing is the most retarded I've ever seen. What type of angle
is that? Would anybody in their right mind dump Marlena for Luna? Not in
my universe they wouldn't. You see McMahon is trying to come up with
something to fight back but it is not working.

Brandon Eversoll
Idaho Falls, ID
everbran@isu.edu

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You couldn't be more correct.  I saw Vince on OTR last night saying that
parents should raise their kids to know that this stuff is wrong.  I didn't
even know until I was 11 years old that this stuff was fake, and I loved
believing that it wasn't.  Vince has totally the wrong attitude.  He thinks
that he should show kids every thing wrong with the world, yet I have not
seen him once show one good thing about the world since Bret Hart has left.
 I am 17 years old, and have seen many disgusting and degrading things but
Monday Night RAW takes the cake.  I have stopped watching, and have
switched over to WCW.  I think that TSN should make the same decision.  The
WWF is a sinking ship.
					Mike Gallant
					Charlottetown, PEI
					
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I totally agree.  I feel the WWF has changed for the worse.  I now only
wathc WCW.  The WCW shows a lot of class and you definitely see a lot
more good wrestling matches then the trash the WWF puts on TV.  I'm
happy for Bret Hart, who I'm a big fan of.  the night that Shawn
Michaels stuck the Canadian flag up his nose I became disgusted with the
WWF.  Although I'm American, I felt that nobody should disgrace another
countries flag. The WWF will be done in a few years.  Just wish it will
come sooner.
Kevin Fricke

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WWF wrestling is a sport that can't be enjoyed by children any more.It has
become an adut only
entertainment. It is to bad because it was something a family could do
together.
boblozier

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I feel the wwf if very tasteless. I always enjoyed Bret Hart's point about how
Shawn, HHH, and Vince were tasteless in the way they conducted there program.
Bret is gone to biger and better things now, but the wwf continues with the
foul language and the pointing to the groin. I have now turned to WCW were
Eric and WCW have a good grasp on what is to far. I have watched this sport
for years and the WWF are sinking fast with there tastless program, and I for
one look forward to to the end of the WWF.
Mikesfrie@aol.com

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I could not agree more with your article, I feel that the WWF has got to
clean up their act.  I've been to a few WCW events and there were fans
yelling foul words, fights breaking out right in front of me.  I don't know
if I would feel safe  at a WWF event, it seems that they almost encourge
that kind of stuff.

Adam Korrick, 17 years old
Flint, MI.

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I must say that I really am not surprised by Perry's comments. Over the
last few months, the WWF has changed it's attitude, and is definately a
more adult-oriented organization now, than it ever has been. The problem
with Perry's comments is that, he feels it is a negative influence on
his son. The World Wrestling Federation openly and freely will tell
anyone that their product is not always appropriate for their younger
viewers. Many of the thing he heard at the Skydome show, which I
personally attended as well, are also usually heard on the WWF's program
Monday Night Raw. This program airs In the USA at 9pm on Monday nights,
as is usually rated TV14. On the contrary, the Weekend shows by the WWF,
namely Shotgun Challenge and LiveWire, are usually rated a lot lower, as
they are heavily censored for younger viewers. We get all 3 shows in
Canada, and usually Raw, which is rarely shown live, is also censored
somewhat. The fact is, that the WWF is only one of many places where bad
language and vulgarity can be heard by this child. He can, and most
likely is exposed to this type of stuff in the schoolyard, at home, and
through other forms of television.

As for some of Perry's other comments, the "F U" he saw on Goldust's
face, stands for Finally Unchained, which is part of a recent storyline
involving him seperating from his wife. He aslo stated that he does not
believe Shawn Michaels, or any other wrestler, to be a role model. These
men, day in and day out, work extremely hard to entertain the crowd.
They put on a show to provide entertainment. Children see wrestler's as
hero's because they do things that they see as remarkable, and things
that shouldn't be allowed. And while Perry is scared that his child
mimicks these things, is it not his responsibility to tell his son that
some of these things are not appropriate for his age, and should not be
mimicked. He should also explain to his son about the industry, and
perhaps learn a little himself. It is truely unfortunate that Perry is
still living in an older time, but his son is not. If he has too much of
a problem with it, he can easily do something about it, but not complain
to everyone else, simply because he is a member of the "media."

Ryan McDoom

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I totally agree but maybe you should have taken notice of McMahon's
words.  WWF has now turned towards adult entertainment.  To this
extent, it might be your fault as much as theirs if your son heard
that language.  On  the other hand, I am ready to bet that there are
adults in those arenas who aren't smarter than your kids.  I think
that the WWF has a serious ethical problem and unfortunately, people
don't seem to care.  WWF is still the most watched TV show on TSN,
although there might only be 30 minutes of wrestling out of 2 hours.
WCW is more traditional, with  more focus on wrestling matches, but
people seem to think that matches are boring... Go figure?

Pascal Bolduc

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     What's the difference between a Jim Carey, Chris farley, Eddie
Murphy movie and the WWF?  Absolutey nothing.  They both make you laugh,
cheer and, in most cases, jeer.  However, I ask you what is more
entertaining than this?  The WWF goes beyond comedy.  They adress issues
that are relevant with the society we live in such as racism, violence,
profanity, sex and etc.  All these issues are not at all new to
wrestling.  Back in the old days, Randy Savage used to push his wife
around,  Ric Flair treated women as objects rather than a person, .

     I agree with the fact that Shawn is not a good role model.  In
fact, I consider no wrestler a good role model.  For example, look at
Hulk Hogan who preached his three admendments of vitamis, work out, and
prayer.  Now, in the WCW he is the epitome of lying, cheating, and
vandalizing.    Who in the right mind will let his son idolize a person
who promotes violence?  Every child needs a good role model and,
certainly, Jim Carey, hopefully, is not your son's.
Wrestling is fake, take it for what it's worth.  Nothing more.

Andy  bpak@ucla.edu

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 I recently read Mr. Lefko's article on
the World Wrestling Federation and though I can respect what he says, I can't
agree. I'm not going to resort to using excessive language to "fight back" at
his comments and I'm not going to write on about how I speak for the wrestling
fans. I'm just going to say that I don't know how things work up north in your
wonderful country of Canada, but in The United States of America we have
choices that we as citizens are allowed to make, Our countrys leaders trust
not only the wrestling fans but they also trust the parents to make the right
decisions so that thier children grow up to be Responsible Adults and Parents
to their kids in return. I wasn't born yesterday so I do know that Canada does
also have their freedoms. I'm not questioning that, but what I am questioning
is reasoning of all the people who complain about things like wrestling.
People we do not live in a communist societies so therefore take advantage of
your rights and make the choices that you should make if you think your child
should not be viewing something. Flip the channel if it bothers you! Leave the
arena, Take it to the extreme and start your own wrestling organization.
Because when you complain you just hurt the 90% of the other fans that enjoy
and prefer the entertainment values of it. I've attended many wrestling shows
with my father and I turned out fine. Sir I also understand you have your
oppinion but when your oppinion urges TV staions to stop carrying a show that
I watch and like or when it urges an arena to stop booking wrestling because a
few people watch it and decide that maybe it is not there type of
entertainment. Sir I do not question your preferences nor do I try and put an
end to them so please understand my reasoning and pay more attention to making
what you think are the right choices for your child and not misrepresenting or
trying to turn people off of what you think are the wrong ones. Thats just my
opinion I could be wrong..........

Proud to say a
Wrestling Fan,
Paul Babinsack


     In your column about the Skydome show you said  that the FU on
Goldust's face was a bad thing, but I guess you haven't watched  the show
lately because it stands for  Forever Unchanged. Also don't  blame the WWF
for the language that people use today, if you don't want your son  to hear
those words than don't send him to school or outside at all because he
will hear them.

Doug Fanning

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I have just read Perry's "WWF should clean up it's act" and I just wanted to
let you know I agree with every word.  I live in England and was a fan of WWF
from April 93 to Nov 97, I have not watched since Bret left.   I saw the
direction Degeneration X and others were taking the WWF and did not like it,
particularly as I watch it with children aged 10 and 8.   I did actually think
at one point, if Bret ever does anything like that then I'm through but I knew
he would never stoop so low (I know racist storylines is stooping low, but he
was only reading a script)
As I said I don't watch WWF anymore but I keep up to date via hotlines,
magazines and internet and what I find disturbing is that the Raw ratings have
increased slightly, so the fans do seem to like it, or maybe they hate the
trashy storylines but other things, like Steve Austin and Undertaker, make
them watch.

BMCUMBRIA@aol.com

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 I just read an editorial by Perry Lefko. Although I do agree with a
 couple of his points I think it should be noted that WCW was doing
 crotch chops long before DX
 and plot lines in WCW are at an all time ego high where no one will
 lose to anyone else without a screw-job ending. e.g. Hogan v. Sting
 part IV and Bret is getting 3 million a year to stand there because
 they cant figure out a good story for him yet. It seems most of the
 articles you guys print are totally anti WWF.

 One last point I would like to make in regards to the language and
 other bad things the WWF is doing.
 An entertainer is just that, as Charles Barley said "Parents should be
 role models!"
 and just when exactly are adults allowed to have their time nowadays.
 The vocal minority would like us to have G rated TV until midnight and
 no R rated movies. Although its fine to takes your kids to these
 movies and events and yes they do gear them towards kids of all ages.
 You had better make sure they know its a show and let us have our time
 too, or before you know it our only choice of entertainment will be
 Barney or the PTL ( Jim and Tammy weren't they upstanding citizens?!)

 Thank You,
 Aaron Landsberger
 aaronla@sprintmail.com