Jersey Shore’s reality trash is actually a match made in TV heaven for the Big Two. In TNA it essentially is the only reason Robbie E. is even employed. In WWE it was a one-shot deal that fulfilled the 15 seconds of attention any Jersey Shore related cross-promotion should.
TNA opened the floodgates. It was a smart trendy thing to do. Pop Culture and Pro Wrestling go hand in hand, and reality TV is the King to internet meme’s Prince in these Post-Millenium Pop Culture world. Man I hope you understood that.
Creating a JS based character was/is smart. Just like reality TV in the Emmy nomination world, he will forever be relegated to midcard status.
It all started with the vignettes:
Robbie E. and .. Cookie (get it?) went on to actually win the X Division title and have a decent mid card run in 2010. The only real highlights though have all been Jersey Shore cross- promotions.
That all started when Cookie called out … J-Woww… and the internet exploded (as well as a few 13yr old boys… ahem).
So naturally WWE had to combat this. Who else .. and who bigger (popularity-wise) could they get?
Yes.. Snooki had her own TitanTron and theme song… and kicked some ass. She actually did .. a move? Somehow she ended up .. with a spot on WRESTLEFRICKINMANIA! Not just in the corner .. but she makes her wrestling DEBUT at the grandest stage of them all.
Bonus LayCool Snooki disses
It was a one-shot deal of course (as it should have been) and no more mention of Jersey Shore on WWE TV ever again.
TNA however, was not done yet.
My favorite Shore acquisition was … Angelina!! A real villain/heel to actually work WITH the heels of Jersey. It actually made more sense to boo Jersey Shore related personas, so this was perfect.
Footage is backwards, but is the full segment.
Shorter, but not backwards.
Truthfully, Angelina was and still is the hottest one of them all. And she actually likes (and knows) about pro wrestling. This possibly is my favorite Knockout feud of all-time. ahaha.
Bonus Vel Vel clip… what it’s somewhat relevant.
Eventually all the cat fighting had to stop, and Cookie was sent away (they “broke up”). Robbie E. Got himself a a big bad
bodyguardbouncer. Aka Rob Terry repackaged as Robbie T. (Genius).
E.’s motivation was so he could finally get his hands on his long coveted TV title (makes sense, since he’s a reality TV based persona) now held by crazy ass Eric Young (fresh from his odd feud with .. Scott Baio). Yep. So naturally Eric needed backup, and FINALLY Jersey Shore actually had an angle involving actual wrestlers … wrestling. How? Enter big bad angsty Ronnie (FROM MTV’S HIT SHOW THE JERSEY SHORE!! … say it in Mike Tenay’s annoying phony wrestling announcer-style voice).
… as if you didn’t think he was a wrestling mark before.
Yes he actually wrestled!
As of right now, I think the Ronnie/TNA partnership has run it’s course. He has 4 appearances on his contract. So he’s due to pop in 2 more times. He wants to pursue acting, but he still respects the business. You can tell he’s a fan.
“It as really a great experience [working for TNA]. I grew up watching it and now I get to see it firsthand and experience it. You get too see that they really work hard.”
I’d love to see Ronnie and Angelina as a duo actually. .. Heels of course. They both have mic skills, they just need to train to be credible between the ropes and they are real fans.
BTW… I hate that damn show Jersey Shore, but I love making big ass archive posts. … and um GIGGEDY GIGGEDY!