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Volleyball and Wrestling Are About the Same, Right?

As previously reported, Triple H hired Canyon Ceman to be the new Senior Director of Talent Relations. Ceman replaces Ty Bailey and will be heading up the developmental system. Ceman is an All American volleyball player as well as a volleyball executive. Some have questioned how he can be the right guy to scout and develop talent, but WWE officials are said to be high on him and are touting his sports management knowledge.


Source: Figure4Online




I was all for Triple H taking over for Vince McMahon, but due to this decision I am starting to second guess it. The problem people have with Johhny Ace because of his lack of knowledge, but at least Ace knows something about wrestling. I'm unsure about what a guy who played volleyball and is a volleyball excessive knows about wrestling. If he's going to have a major role in scouting the talent, I'm not saying WWE is going to go out of business, but if this guy knows nothing, they're making the same business decisions that were detrimental to WCW. What are they going to do next hire a pizza guy to run the creative department? 


The point is: people who know little to nothing about the wrestling business shouldn't be in it when it comes to handling with the talent, and there's a sizable track record that makes statement have truth and merit. Maybe I'm wrong and this will work out because this guy's been secretly a passionate wrestling fan for all his life, but most likely they hired this guy to find sex-symbols and guys who have the best looking abs and muscles. This doesn't look very promising for the revolution of the developmental system and creating new stars. If they don't want to hire people in the business, why don't they hire an ex-amateur wrestler? I mean look at how many wrestlers became success that were once amateurs and they're somewhat similar.

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  1. I guess it depends on what exactly a Senior Director of Talent Relations does.  If we compare it to pro baseball or football, is he more like a GM or a scout?  If he's a GM, I don't think it matters what his background is because he's going to listen to his "scouts" who are actually out watching these guys.  If he's a scout, then yeah it's a terrible decision.

    And for all we know, this guy is a lifelong wrestling fan.

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  2. That's a great point. People bitch about how they hire "Hollywood writers" all the time, but how do we know they aren't wrestling fans? Look at Alex Greenfield, he started out in Hollywood and applied for a WWE writer's position because he figured, "what the hell, I'm a fan."

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  3. " What are they going to do next: hire a pizza guy to run the creative department?"At least the pizza guy would....deliver.

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  4. In my mind you took off a pair of sunglasses and the Who's "Won't Get Fooled Again" blared behind you.

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  5. Complaining about hollywood writers booking wrestling shows is a vague argument. I think it be interesting for someone like the Cohen Brothers being part of a wrestling creative team. Hell, one of WWF's best bookers was Chris Kreski and he started his career writing a show called Remote Control.

    The main problem is WWE hires poor Hollywood writers who are using WWE as a launching point for their thus far unknown careers and don't no anything about wrestling.

    It's just like the argument that all PG wrestling cannot work, although WCW put out some of the best programming in the 80s.I mentioned that I was a bit opportunistic about bringing this volleyball guy into the company. Maybe he'll do a good job. Who really knows? But I'm just not holding my breath.  
    I mentioned that I was a bit opportunistic about bringing this volleyball guy into the company. Maybe he'll do a good job. Who really knows? But I'm just not holding my breath.  

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  6. Wow...it's like KyleFittaMania today.

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  7. "What are they going to do next: hire a pizza guy to run the creative department?"

    I'm a former pizza guy, and I'm available for the right price. 

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  8. Eh...maybe the H covets the ESPN Ocho audience...or whatever channel pro volleyball is on

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  9. At last, Jim Herd returns to pour salt in the wounds of Ric Flair!

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  10. No offense, Kyle Fitta, but you're making a LOT of assumptions about a guy that you know nothing about being promoted to a position that you know nothing about.

    Maybe he has a lot of contacts with universities, where he could keep abreast of college athletes that may look promising. Maybe it's to WWE's benefit to have an "outsider" looking in, as he may be able to think outside the box, come up with ideas that would reel in non-fans, as opposed to having a retired pro-wrestler handling the duties and developing talent in the same way that's always been done, for the audience that they already have. Maybe, as a "volleyball executive" (I have no idea what that means, it's pretty vague), he understands more about how to handle negotiations than guys who are simply ex-wrestlers; he may better understand how to run sports competitions, secure arenas, acquire permits, negotiate with television stations, settle contract disputes, promote and elevate employees, and implement and handle communications from the top of the food-chain to the bottom. Maybe hazing with be replaced with positive reinforcement.

    Or maybe he's just Triple H's cousin or childhood friend, that has always been there for him and happens to understand and have a passion for the business much more than it would appear.

    Saying that he can't be successful just because he worked in volleyball is awfully close-minded.

    "I mean look at how many wrestlers became success that were once amateurs."Look how many wrestlers have become successful that WEREN'T amateurs.

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  11.   "Some have questioned how he can be the right guy to scout and develop talent, but WWE officials are said to be high on him and are touting his sports management knowledge." Some meaning people in the WWE. And it says he's going to scout and develop talent.

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  12. YEAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

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  13. *Plays A G D on his guitar*

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  14. Seriously.  Can we get Scott to comment, please?

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  15. Personally, I come to this blog to read Scott.  I appreciate the supplementary content, but I think that they should be limited to one post per person per day.

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  16. No, no...usually I'm just joking around, posting "funny" comments on here. But this kind of mentality has always really rubbed me the wrong way and you have the opportunity to answer some questions I've always had.

    Why the fuck do you care WHO posts here, as long as you get your fix of Scott? They are merely adding more flavors, not taking any away...so why are you upset? How does having more variety somehow piss in your Wheaties? I don't get it. I mean, no I get that you don't like Fitta...that's cool and that's your prerogative. But some people DO. Why would you want to deny them that? Particularly when it DOESN'T TAKE ANYTHING AWAY FROM YOU???

    Could you please answer me that? Because I've seen some good writers come and go on this blog, just because some cranky vocal yahoos didn't get their style. So yeah, answer me that, will you? Cheers.

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  17. TNA hired Jim Herd?

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  18. Thanks for offending me Joe, but there's no need to get upset. It's just wrestling lol.

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  19. Because I get updated on the posts from Scott's twitter feed, which doesn't list the name of the poster. So I don't know who's post I'm reading until I get here...and today, it's a lot of unwanted Kyle Fitta posts that I get directed to.

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  20. No, that's true. But it's not what makes me irate. I HATE this mentality of "Eh, I don't really like this...so it shouldn't exist!" No offense Kyle, not really a big fan...but fuck man, by all means, post away! I'm sure you have fans who ENJOY reading you. So let them, why not? Just because I don't like it? I mean, it doesn't actively offend me...so let it be. WE CAN CO-EXIST!!!

    (Except me, who is about to be banned.)

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  21. Uh...sounds like you need a better system, man.

    Just because it inconveniences you for about...13 seconds...you would want to deny this writer his outlet, and his fans? Kinda lame.

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  22. If you have another system that pushes me notice whenever a new post to the blog comes up, I'm all ears!

    And where did I say that I want to, uh "deny this writer his outlet"?  I said to limit to one post per day.  If he and his fans need more than that, maybe he should start his own blog?

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  23. Kyle's doing fine.  I wanted some short newsbites to drive wrestling-related traffic back to the blog on the new domain, and it's working like gangbusters already, so I'm perfectly happy with what he's doing so far.  I've suggested to him that he maybe cut down on the editorial aspect and/or put his name in the header so people can skip it if they want, but other than that I'm totally happy with the results.  

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  24. I like the move. They needed someone with a sports background -- not a Hollywood background.

    It's the Hollywood types that are drawn to abs & looks. A volleyball guy is more apt to identify athletic talent and ability.

    I have no idea if the guy will work but I like it a lot better than the endless stream of Hollywood rejects they had been hiring for the past 5 years.

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  25. WHY??? Why should he have to do that? One post per day? Why would you limit his output just because it's not convenient for you to just "change the channel?"

    What is the greater inconvenience here? You getting a ping and finding out it wasn't what you were looking for? Or Kyle and any other writer who would dare produce more than one piece a day to sign up for a new blog, plug it, and have BoD fans follow them there?

    Better system? Do what I do. I don't get any pings through out the the day. I check in on the blog in the morning. Around 8:45. Read what I want. Check in again around 1:00. Read what I want. And then again in the evening. And you know what? Never, not once, ever, been disappointed. Try it.

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  26. Christopher HirschMarch 30, 2012 at 9:31 AM

    What's a Kyle Fitta?

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  27. I'm going to assume, because I like to be optimistic, that this means they are looking for "athletes".

    From that brief description, it sounds like this person has been on both sides of the fence and might just be there to take a look at people their interested in.

    For instance, I'm pretty sure someone with an athletic background would look at, for example, Austin Aries and say "This guy is dedicated and developed.  I'd call that a hire."

    On the other hand, they may look at somebody like Chris Hero and say "He's dedicated and talented, but he needs polish for what we are doing. Hang on to him because he'll get there."

    If that's what's going on (Being there to help judge who's pinging all the right metrics/who needs work/) it might be a good move.

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  28. OK, fine.  Scott shouldn't change anything.  He's better off disappointing a person like me than a fanatic like you, and worrying that they might go all Yolanda Saldívar on him.

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  29. I kinda feel bad for showing Kyle this newsbite to begin with, it seems to have backfired on him.

    I think on balance this idea sounds stupid, but there's an outside chance that someone less familiar with wrestling might think "Well, obviously we should be looking at who's successful outside of WWE and attempt to recruit them" and we'd get some more polished and talented guys into developmental, because they wouldn't have preconceived notions of who seems like a "WWE Guy" and who doesn't. And on the other hand, he might have that typical small-minded non-fan perspective and just think "well this guy isn't as big as this guy, so not him."

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  30. No jokes about the name "Canyon Ceman (semen)"?  Are we all that mature all of a sudden or is it just too easy?

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  31. In a ways maybe. But they are totally different sports. www.volleyballtoolbox.com

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