James The Animator Posted July 4, 2018 Share Posted July 4, 2018 SWF: Going Prime Time Friday, Week 4, December 2015 I parked my BMW outside of the SWF Headquarters in New Haven and stepped out of the car. I checked my right pocket to see if my wallet was there. It was. Once I make my way onto the sidewalk, I take a moment to look at myself in the passenger’s mirror of my car. I’m wearing one of my favorite suits: a dark gray suit jacket over a white button-up and a pair of slacks, with a tie striped in different shades of gray. I knew that this ensemble would impress my boss, because he gave it to me for Christmas three years ago. I know very well that if you want my boss to take you seriously at all, you have to dress to impress. - Jerry Eisen I sit at my desk and look at myself in the mirror to see if there are any obvious flaws I can fix. I am wearing my usual suit: a black suit jacket, with a blue and white striped button up and a yellow tie. After looking closer at my face, I notice that I missed a spot near the corner of my mouth when I was shaving this morning. No big deal. It’s my son. I already have his respect. I agreed to this meeting against my better judgment, as my son wanted to discuss his “creative vision” for the SWF in 2016 with me. I’m missing my usual bacon-egg-and-cheese bagel at my favorite deli for this. Damn it, Jerry, this better be good. - Richard Eisen The Conversation Jerry walked into his father’s office. “Hi, Dad.” “Hello, son. Sit down here.” Richard said, gesturing to the chair in front of him. Jerry courteously obliged. “So, Jerry,” Richard began, “you told me that SWF has been declining and you have some ideas to help us beat our competition.” “Well, Dad, that is the truth. I mean, let’s face it, USPW has changed the landscape of professional wrestling worldwide. They are reaching a previously unimaginable number of viewers on Reverie. And perhaps most importantly,” Jerry added, “they are making a lot of money. And that money has lured some of our top stars away.” Richard’s previously blank facial expression turned into one of anger, as he remembered the Black Wednesday Betrayal of 2014. Jerry knew that his father might stop paying attention to him in this state, so he quickly moved forward. “But don’t worry! SWF has a good enough roster to take over American wrestling again, and we can do it without Rich or Steve! All I’m asking for is the leeway necessary to make a few changes.” After sitting at his desk silently and listening to his son for the past minute or so, Richard became alert once he heard the word “changes”. “Changes?”, Richard gruffly asked. “What exactly did you have in mind?” Jerry took a deep breath and paused for a few seconds. This was going to be a hard sell. “Well, Dad, I have to be honest. I don’t think that our ‘crash TV’ format is helping us anymore. We were able to tap into the 18-to-34 year-old male demographic in the past with that, but nowadays, society is more… sensitive. I mean, why would you let your children watch a product as edgy as SWF can be when you can sit with them and watch a product as wholesome as USPW?” Richard began to get that angry look on his face again. Jerry continued on. “You know, shock factor television may have provided us with some short-term rating boosts, but we’ve always made our money from the long-running storylines. I personally think that if we put more thought into story progression and character development, the SWF would make more money than it ever has before, because character development is something USPW and TCW simply aren’t giving American wrestling fans.” After listening to his son, Richard began to speak. “Why does any of that matter? The SWF Empire was built upon its cutting-edge storylines and characters! We dominated in the 1980’s because we had our fingers on the pulse of popular culture at all times!”, Richard passionately argued. “From the beginning, my belief has always been - and will always be - that SWF is entertainment for the working man, and everyone else can go to hell! Or one of our competitors. I know trying to watch the last episode USPW put out was hellish.” “Dad, this really isn’t the time for making jokes about your competitors!”, Jerry stated, trying to get the meeting back on topic. “Also, I think that the company would benefit if you spent a bit more money on contract negotiations with big names--” “Absolutely not! Are you out of your damn mind?!”, Richard shouted. He might have been angry before, but he was furious now. “Look at the contract I gave Jack Bruce! I have no idea how we’re going to pay that off with our current financial direction! With a contract like that, I’m not going to break the bank for Tyson Baine!” “You know what, Dad?” Jerry angrily responded. He had his father’s temper at times, and Richard’s uproar set it alight. “It kills me to say it, but the money that USPW offered Rich and Steve was not the only reason they left us!” Richard’s facial expression suddenly changed from rage to wide-eyed shock. Upon seeing this change, Jerry’s expression changed in a similar manner. The room was silent for about 10 seconds. Then, Richard inhaled deeply. Jerry’s cheeks tingled with shame. “Do you have any idea why I fired Peter?”, Richard calmly began. Jerry opened his mouth to respond, but before he had a chance, Richard cut him off. “Because USPW was killing our ratings in the last few months he had the book!”, Richard yelled, louder than ever. “And not only that, but once he saw the writing was on the wall, he started making stupid suggestions like you are right now! Damn it, Jerry, I love you, but if you’re going to turn out like Peter, I have no moral objection to firing your ass!” Richard was seething after his outburst, and Jerry was now incensed as well. “I’m not going to turn out like Peter, Dad! You just need to trust my capabilities! For once, you’ve got to have some faith in me!” Both men became quiet after Jerry said this. Once again, Richard was the one to break the silence. “Okay, Jerry, look.” Richard growled, with anger still obvious in his voice. “This argument is draining me physically. So listen up. You are going to help SWF beat USPW in the ratings, under my rules, and under my jurisdiction. Do you understand?” “I understand, Dad.” Jerry reluctantly responded. After some more tense silence between father and son, Jerry stood up, and looked at his father. “Good.” Richard said. “Nice, productive meeting we had today.” Jerry nodded at his father, and walked out of the office. Saturday, Week 4, December 2015 I woke up at 8:00 AM this morning to see a notification on my phone. Apparently, my dad sent me an email. I looked to see what he had written. Jerry, I thought for a while about what you said during our meeting. After looking at our ratings and what our fans and stockholders have been saying, I came to a realization. There is simply no way to move forward as a company without taking risks. I see now that I blew up at you because I was afraid of taking a risk. So, I’ve decided I will let you take the Supreme Wrestling Federation in a more story-oriented, less edgy direction like you described during a meeting. However, one thing I will not compromise on is the money. The only reason why the SWF has survived as long as it has is because I have kept a fairly tight pocketbook. If I spent a lot of money to keep around stars like Rip Chord, we would have collapsed long ago. I look forward to continuing our working relationship, and I am hoping for a prosperous 2016. Your father, Richard Eisen I am ecstatic. This is just the kind of shot in the arm the SWF has needed for the past few years. America, get ready, because the Supreme Wrestling Federation is going prime time. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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