• On This Day In Pro Wrestling History (June 7, 2013) – Old School Wrestling Jobber Passed Away
On this day in 2013, we lost Old School WWF/WCW Jobber Mark Starr (Real name: Mark Ashford-Smith) at the age of 50 due to a heart attack.
Mark Starr did many televised jobs during the 90s for both the World Wrestling Federation as well as Ted Turner’s World Championship Wrestling.
The highlights of his professional wrestling career were being an entrant in the 1995 and 1996 WCW World War III Battle Royals.
† REST IN PEACE MARK STARR
December 26, 1962 – June 7, 2013
• Eric Bischoff Names The Next Meaningful Heel In Pro-Wrestling
While speaking on the 83 Weeks podcast, former WCW President Eric Bischoff gave his views on who he thinks is the next big heel in the pro wrestling world.
Below is what he said:
“This MJF dude, come on, I would’ve loved to work with that guy. He’s so good. What he delivers on camera is magical as a heel, very few people are capable of pulling it off. He loves heat.
We don’t really have any heels [in today’s wrestling]. People play the part of a heel, play the part of a babyface, but there’s nobody out there that people really, genuinely hate and want to see get their a$$ kicked.
If you don’t have a real viable meaningful heel then you’re never going to have a real viable meaningful babyface. You are going to have a neutral effect. One of the reasons I think is that people don’t want to be hated. It goes against every instinct you have as a human being since the time you drew your first breath, to find ways to make people hate you and react negatively to you. WWE is even worse, WWE their entire revenue model for talent is on merchandise and as a heel you don’t sell a lot of merchandise. Nobody fully invests in being a heel.
Go back and watch Triple H’s matches and compare to when he was a babyface to a heel, there aren’t any differences, he was the same character as a heel and a babyface. If you’re going to be a heel, be a f*cking heel. Invest in it, enjoy it, live it. Learn to suck the life out of every moment so that the babyface you’re in the ring with gets the benefit of it. That’s why I am putting MJF over because he embraces his character.
There’s only one guy that I could pick out of a crowd that could be the next really, really meaningful heel and that’s MJF. Everyone else has this thing where I can turn at any minute, you can’t tell if I’m a babyface or a heel. It’s so grey. Good guys, bad guys, babyfaces, heels, it’s all just one big fog and not enough of anybody else standing out from the fog.”
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