Not sure exactly how we’re defining con here as entire point of wrestling is that it’s a con. And some of this seems like more delusion than actual con but whatever.
The Jarretts/TNA con Panda Energy:
Does this even make Jerry Jarret’s top ten cons? Top five cons?
I always loved the story of the point where Jarrett got workers to pay him for opportunity to get TV exposure as jobbers. Didn’t pay the actual talent for doing TV + got paid by the jobbers= amazing wrestling con.
Also I think he purchased World Class for less money then World Class was contractually guaranteed for I think TV advertisements. After he made his profit, he closed shop. Which again is pretty awesome.
When TNA first started up, Keller kept repeating his talking point of how Jarrettt is one of the few promoters who actually understands how to make a profit in wrestling. The toa folks mocked this by pointing to the collapse of USWA, and World Class. At time I pointed out that the point everyone was missing is that Jerry Jarrett knows how to make a profit in the wrestling biz, he may not know how to make a promotion make a profit….but he personally will walk away in the black. And really that’s what makes him a REAL wrestling promoter and not a money mark promoter.
But don’t think TNA is anywhere near his top schemes.
The nation of Japan and geek popular culture con Ring Of Honor:
I’m completely unsold on this being the con that you think it was.
Original plan was supposedly for Joe v Sasaki and Joe v Tenryu, when Joe was no longer available you still go through with show. Once logistics and groundwork are laid out, probably worse move to back out then it is to go forward with lesser show. ROH (for better or worse) is completely built around your long tail theory where future of retail is built around "selling less of more". ROH was built this way before every music/entertainment markting seminar was built around talking point that "future of retail is having lots of niche products for sale, instead of one or two really succefull across the board products" and myspace stuff. They have kind of cornered their niche market in US, it makes sense to try to grab onto the Japanese niche fans. My impression is that the 6/17 show drew a big gate. Are their any numbers on DVD sales from those shows? Getting 1000 Japanese fans hooked on buying your DVDs, means more than GregH flying to Japan.
Vince McMahon cons Vince McMahon into thinking that Ted Turner is out to get him:
Ok this interests me a lot. Because I didn’t realize Vince actually believed this? Does he? It makes sense to call out Ted Turner as rival as it elevates Vince’s stature to be at war with Turner. “Turner is out to get me” makes for a nice rallying the troops talking point for Vince’s fans and workers to get behind. While rallying them to “I’m being beaten by Verne’s old errand boy” kind of does nothing. I mean there is a reason Shane Douglas and Tazz didn’t do shoots calling out Mike Rapada. “Ted Turner is out to get me” is a good rhetorical device but I always assumed that Vince knew it was nothing but rhetoric… this is the first I’ve heard of it being an actual Vince delusion. I want to hear more.