Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Good Humor Comments On WWE Ice Cream


Good Humor, the former makers of WWE Ice cream, wrote the following to anyone who requested the return of the product:

Thank you for writing us regarding Good Humor .

The product you have contacted us about has been discontinued. Our company's goal is to provide consumers with a variety of products to meet their needs and preferences. As you may know, marketing is a complex function, and many business factors are taken into consideration before discontinuing a product.

Before a product becomes available at the retail level, much time and expense is involved in perfecting the recipe, consumer focus testing, and marketing support. It truly saddens us when we must discontinue a product. However, consumer demand is a major factor. When the level of demand is insufficient to ensure that consumers receive high quality products at an affordable price, the product may be discontinued.

We apologize that this product is no longer available and hope you will continue to enjoy the other products we offer. We will forward your comments to our brand staff.

If you would like to voice your demand for their return, you can do so by clicking THIS LINK.
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COLUMN: Spoon-Fed Wrestling #1 by Huhn Jo

Welcome to the very first, and hopefully not the last, installment of Spoon-Fed Wrestling.

First, I’d like to thank Ty Brayton for the opportunity to write a column from my perspective as a long-time fan of pro wrestling. I would also like to extend my appreciation to the SNS Radio Network and Headlocks 2 Headlines for providing a welcome harbor in the IWC free of flame wars.

Before I get into the topic of this installment of Spoon-Fed Wrestling, let me take a few moments to introduce myself.

On the social media platforms, I go by the moniker of Huhnjo (pronounced hewn-joe). Some of you may know me from my random emails to Wrestling News Live. For the majority of you who have no Earthly idea who I am, let me take a moment to give a bit of my back-story.

I've been a fan of pro wrestling for as long as I can remember. Just how long I won't say but my introduction to wrestling fandom was long before Hulk Hogan donned the yellow and red tights. I was exposed to the art form as a youngster by none other than my Grandmother -- that's right, I said my grandmother. Even back in those days, Grandma Spoon would have been called an old school fan. She would often talk about the "Good Ol Days" of wrestling when performers like the original Nature Boy Buddy Rogers, Lou Thesz, Verne Gagne, and Bruno Sammartino, were around. I distinctly remember her reaction to hearing about Ivan Koloff beating Bruno in 1971 at Madison Square Garden. She was so incensed she said she'd slap the taste out of the referee's mouth for cheating Bruno out of the belt. She came from the last generation that believed wrestling was real and would go ballistic if I even mentioned something seemed fake. Sadly, she passed before the attitude era and the rise of WCW and never got to see Sting, NWO, Stone Cold, Early Undertaker, Mankind, and Shawn Michaels. As much as I miss those early days of watching Saturday morning wrestling with her, in some ways I'm glad she didn't see the death of kayfabe and more importantly how the internet has given us spoilers and made the suspension of disbelief a near impossibility.

My perspective on pro wrestling is born of an era before the rise of WWF/WWE and WCW, when most of the business was regional in nature and the majority of the "news" was kayfabe and written to further story-lines. There was no cable/satellite TV. There was no internet. There was no IWC. All we had were the limited insight offered by the "Apter Mags". Even then the information was still entrenched in maintaining the big secret that everything revolved around a worked storyline.

Don't get me wrong, I don’t think the internet has been all bad. Without the web connecting with like-minded fans of wrestling through the variety of social media platforms available, finding comradeship with other wrestling fans would be difficult at best. We wouldn’t have viral videos of the indys and house shows. We wouldn’t have the SNS Radio Network and the wide variety of radio shows to inform and entertain us. Hell, I am writing a column that is published on the internet after all. To be clear, I think there are many great things that have come from the internet and the birth of the IWC. I proudly consider myself a part of the community and enjoy the camaraderie of talking with wrestling fans from around the world.

That said, my perspective is often much different than many IWC members. Because of the way I was spoon-fed on the art-form, I still prefer to be surprised. I’ve found that I hate having a show spoiled with the results days before it airs. For that reason, I typically avoid spoilers at all costs. I watch wrestling to be entertained and for that to be possible, I need to be as unaware of the outcomes as possible.

To be totally honest, I have read spoilers. In fact, I recently went through a phase where I had lost interest in TNA/Impact Wrestling. For a period of time, I read spoilers to determine if the results were intriguing enough to peak my curiosity enough to watch Impact. What I discovered was that the spoilers didn’t just spoil the outcomes, they often were little more than match results with no explanation of the high-points or any building of the story-lines. In the few cases where more than match results were given, the bias against TNA/Impact Wrestling was a subtle as a two-by-four to the forehead. It didn’t take me long to decide that instead of reading spoilers, I would be best served to watch with my thumb poised above the fast forward button on my DVR remote. If I found something not up to par, and that does happen with all wrestling shows from time to time, all I had to do was skip ahead to the next segment.

This episode did more than open my eyes to how spoilers didn’t work for me. It’s akin to going to the movies and having someone tell you the ending after you bought your ticket and was still in the lobby. I would venture a guess that most people would be pissed.

Since the likelihood of all the shows going live is a forgon