NBC has just purchased a drama set in the “golden age” of the 1980s professional wrestling boom, a strange, bygone era when America made huge celebrities out of men with funny nicknames who enjoyed putting on little shorts and acting out elaborate soap operas that involved (mostly) pretending to hit each other. Or, you know, perhaps not so bygone, as this project is being executive produced by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, whose connection to the project is as obvious as fellow executive producer Jerry Bruckheimer’s, who spent the 1980s and beyond making movies that were basically professional wrestling’s equivalents. No word yet on whether the show currently being developed by two writers from Spartacus: Gods Of The Arena will also feature the occasional dramatized versions of real wrestlers from the heyday of the WWF and WCW, or go for wholly new inventions. However, it stands to reason that the show needs some grounding in reality, as what work of fiction could get away with putting Hulk Hogan, Captain Lou Albano, Mr. T, Cyndi Lauper, Joe Piscopo, Billy Squier, and Andy Warhol in a single room without seeming totally ridiculous?
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