For discerning readers interested in deep analysis of the Trump wrestling spectacle, a review:
By Dave Shiflett
April 3 (Bloomberg) — Although Donald Trump won his Wrestlemania showdown against World Wrestling Entertainment honcho Vince McMahon and thus preserved his otherworldly hairdo, he may have lost what little remained of his credibility.
Trump, after all, once launched a short-lived presidential bid. His views on the Iraq war and the executive fitness of President George W. Bush are presented as serious news. So Sunday night’s spectacular may go down as Trump’s Folly.
The plot for the extravaganza, which drew a record 80,000 fans to Detroit’s Ford Field and was available on pay-per-view for about $50, seems to have provided full employment to McMahon’s finest scriptwriters.
Early action included a dwarf being slammed from atop a high ladder, flabby grandmother types in skimpy clothing, and a 420-pound, 7-foot-plus wrestler named the Great Khali. He’s supposedly from India, though many viewers may have taken one look and wondered if they didn’t mean Indiana.
A bout between two hulks named Batista and the Undertaker included a phalanx of torch-bearing monks and tons of the world- class phoniness that makes these events worth, if not 50 bucks, at least a 10th of that.
There were also pre-bout teasers for Trump versus McMahon, also known as “Hair Versus Hair,'’ “Ego Versus Ego'’ and the “Billionaire Bitch Slap.'’ One promo had Trump ordering a sandwich from a drooling devil. “Trump can cut a deal with anybody,'’ the announcers chuckled; they later observed that “he’s got a Persian rug made out of real Persians.'’
Then came the clash of titans — with the loser committed to having all his hair cut off. Actually, it was the clash of the stand-ins because Trump and McMahon were each represented in the ring by a proxy wrestler.
Anyone who thought for a micro-second that Trump was in danger of shearing his golden locks should head for rehab. While human hair has rarely been involved in this level of calamity, allowing Donald’s infamous thatch to end up on a sweat-stained canvas was unthinkable.
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