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Dr. Darin Davis

Minnesota independent pro wrestler discusses past experiences and the current state of pro wrestling


Tag: Matt Morgan

Below are the my best articles for the year 2008, listed in chronological order. If you didn’t get a chance to see them when they were first posted, you may want to check these out.

Previous articles are always available through the Archives box on the right, the Category selection, or the Search box.

  • A Killer Bee and Me (Dec ’07): My experiences with former AWA and WWF Superstar “Jumpin” Jim Brunzell.
    [Ok, technically this was posted in Dec 2007 but I’m including it in the year-end list because I didn’t have enough content to do this in 2007]
  • One Degree of Separation? (Jan): A follow-up to the previous Brunzell article, where I talk about my potential as a celebrity look-alike.

"The Blueprint" Matt MorganI’m not talking about “The Franchise” Shane Douglas.

Shortly after Matt Morgan entered into a co-promotion with game producer/publisher NCSoft where his “DNA was going to be shot into space“, the company has announced they are shutting down the massively-multiplayer online game that he was promoting: Tabula Rasa. Not only that, but NCSoft CEO and Tabula Rasa producer, famous game creator Richard “Lord British” Garriott, has announced that he is leaving the company. Garriott was the one to take Morgan’s DNA to the international space station (eeww!).

Just a coincidence, or does Morgan suck the talent and lifeforce out of everything he touches?

I switched over to Google Docs to keep track of the wrestling TV viewing habits that I’ve been publishing here for a few months. One of the advantages is that the Google spreadsheet makes it easy to publish the charts using the same links every week. That means after watching a program I can put in the new numbers, update the chart, and it will immediately appear on this blog without me having to do anything else. No more offline spreadsheet. No more uploading of image files, etc. No more modifying links to point to the new images.

The only downside so far is that the Google office app is pretty weak in the charting area. In fact to get them all using the same scale I had to artificially put in a trend line of 100% to force it to come out the same. Hopefully they’ll improve this over time.

Since it’s pretty easy to update them, I’ll be doing it several times a week rather than waiting until the end (or the end of the month like I used to do). Most likely I won’t post anything here when I do an update. You can just go to the TV Viewership page whenever you want to see the latest data.

If I add any new metrics, like the number of annoying poses Matt Morgan does per match, I’ll let you know.

"The Blueprint" Matt MorganI wrote before about how I get annoyed when a wrestling promotion tries to push someone on me that hasn’t yet earned any respect. With Kofi in ECW, he had the talent but just didn’t have a track record yet. But after a month or so, I ended up really liking him. I don’t think I’m going to feel the same way about who TNA is pushing.

On TNA wrestling, they keep pushing “The Blueprint” Matt Morgan as the greatest thing since… (think of an analogy to sliced bread- I can’t come up with it right now). Yes, the guy is big (if you believe the stats, he’s 7’0″ and 320 lbs), but his ringwork is terrible, or at least below average.

I do like the TNA Rough Cut idea of giving a more personal behind-the-scenes look at the wrestlers. I think that has been one of the best parts of their televised programming. Their look at Morgan was actually pretty good. Problem was that once he was in the ring and in-character, I went from being mildly interested, to uninterested, to annoyed.

If you haven’t seen any of his matches, stare at the picture at the top of this article and slowly open and close your eyes about 5 times. After every offensive move, he does that pose. Every offensive move… no matter how basic… he does that pose. If you opened and closed your eyes like that during one of his matches, you would always see him in that pose. If it wasn’t for TNA constantly pushing him and having more talented wrestlers put him over, he would be a footnote on the program.

Their latest attempt to promote him is through press releases with NCsoft, who develops and publishes online games like Lineage, Guild Wars, and City of Heroes.

When I first heard the announcement that Matt Morgan shot his DNA into space, I thought, “Wow, he actually achieved escape velocity? That is something to brag about!”.

Then I figured out it was probably just a blood sample they put in a rocket. At that point it sounded less impressive.

Then I actually read the article and found out that what they were doing was “digitizing” his DNA sequence and dumping it on a hard drive that gaming legend “Lord British” Richard Garriot is going to take with him to the International Space Station. Uh… okay. Why Morgan? I wonder how much TNA had to pay for that? I can’t imagine someone from NCsoft specifically asking for Morgan. If they weren’t familiar with the program, they wouldn’t know to ask for him, and if they had seen him wrestle they would know not to ask.

I guess if the human population gets wiped out, they want to create clones of Matt Morgan. The problem is, if they don’t clone anyone talented to put them over, they’re all going to look like crap.