Counterfeit Pennies 12.05.03: Mick Foley’s Return, Raw Commentary, More

After a brief unintentional hiatus, Chris Biscuiti returns with commentary about Mick Foley’s return to Raw, as well as the BIGGEST problem with WWE stipulations. Also inside this edition of Counterfeit Pennies: a sneak preview of Chris’ 411 Black flagship column, The Weekly Media Monitor, as well as some passing holiday thoughts.

Counterfeit Pennies 12.05.03: Mick Foley’s Return, Raw commentary, holiday thoughts and a 411 Black flagship preview

“Yes, perhaps this inferno of the senses is everywhere.”
-Camara Laye, The Radiance of the King

Sorry, guys and gals, for not posting lately. In all honesty, I forgot how November can sometimes sneak up and bite you in the ass, especially when it comes to graduate school course loads.

Now that everything has simmered down, however, I absolutely had to come roaring back with a whole slew of freshly roasted opinions about a wide variety of topics.

Before I get into all that, I just wanted to let everyone know that part of the reason I was not able to muster up a wrestling column for the past few weeks was that I have been hard at work formulating my new flagship column for 411 Black. Starting this coming week, I will be authoring an article every Thursday that analyzes media coverage and critiques the hottest issues in the realms of sports/wrestling, entertainment, and news. In addition, every column will contain Chris’ Wild Card Commentary, a subsection where I will provide my own personal take on a miscellaneous story in the media that has peeked my interest to the point where I will want to share some strong sentiments on the issue.

So look for my flagship this Thursday, December 11, 2003 – The Weekly Media Monitor: Tuning in so you don’t have to How about those pineapples?

As far as Mick Foley’s return to Raw is concerned, I must say I thoroughly enjoyed the episode because of Mick’s warped wit and sensibility. By laying into and pseudo-firing several of Eric Bischoff’s henchmen, WWE Creative used Mick’s unmatched credibility with fans wisely. That is, they used Mick’s reputation as a truthful spokesperson to reverse some of Bischoff’s latest maniacal maneuverings. I hope Mick sticks around for a little while, not because what he’s doing is anything particularly new – see Commissioner Foley; see also Mick as Linda Ex Machina – but because the way he does it is usually funny and/or from the heart.

With all of that said, I must say that I am becoming increasingly annoyed with the downright pointlessness of WWE stipulations. We all know that putting “careers” on the line is a way for WWE to cheaply drum up interest in feuds that do not include championship belts, as is fighting over someone’s “services.” But these firings and position shifts are getting out of hand to the point that I lose all interest in these types of matches at the mere mention of a firing, forced resignation or forced managerial shift in an unfolding wrestling angle. If WWE creative – which actually has done a pretty solid job this past year (at least compared to 2001 and 2002) – does not find new ways to arch a storyline, chances are that any new interest in either Raw or Smackdown! will be inversely affected to a severe degree.

Before I sign off for this week, I just wanted to say to everyone out there that this past year has been nothing short of fun and invigorating for me.

I truly feel that you – the readers – drive me to keep doing this wrestling gig, because of your unwavering passion for the industry. It really doesn’t matter to me if you agree or disagree with what I have to say, because I look at every email and every comment that you give me as constructive dialogue. Whether we have debated issues over email, argued over Instant Messenger or you have simply read my columns in passing, I just want to thank you for your time and courtesy as it pertains to your reading or our correspondences.

As you may or may not know, I really took an unexpectedly hard hit when Doris from Rego Park – a caller to WFAN radio who I never met but influenced my life immeasurably – passed away just over one month ago. Doris was one of those rare people who was able to connect with thousands of people by being a passionate, diehard baseball fan who had the courage to call up the radio station night in and night out despite personal health problems. From what I understand, Doris didn’t have much money, but what she lacked in finances she made up for in leaving behind an invaluable legacy for those who had the privilege to hear her angelic if not perfectly articulate voice.

I came to realize that losing Doris was the equivalent of losing a surrogate family member, because in all honesty, even the most distant acquaintances can teach you lifelong lessons that will get passed down, someway, somehow, to friends, loved ones, and relatives.

This holiday season, I want to make it a point to thank those people in my life that may not even realize they have had a positive impact on me.

And, ultimately, I wanted to thank all of you who are a part of this community first and foremost.

That’s all for now PEACE, and happy holidays.

In his spare time, Chris Biscuiti enjoys reading ancient scriptures and translating them from Runes to Ebonics.