|Brother Love (from WWE)|
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Reportedly, there's a new sheriff in town. Well, in Impact Wrestling. And he's not so much a sheriff as he is a writer. The head writer. Bruce Prichard has taken over for Vince Russo. At least that's what's being reported by several wrestling websites. I doubt Impact Wrestling will directly acknowledge this, as many times bookers and writers aren't talked about much.
For those who don't know Prichard was once in the WWE. He worked both on air as Brother Love and behind the scenes as a part of creative. In the late 1980's, Brother Love was one of my favorite characters in wrestling. He was an obnoxious, televangelist who conducted interviews during Superstars each week. The character I think was created at the time when Jim Bakker and Jimmy Swaggart were falling from grace. Prichard played the role beautiful, as he became what I saw as the best replacement for Piper's Pit. (I never really liked the Body Shop or the Snake Pit.)
|This pic is more than 20 years old. Wow|
Prichard and the WWE parted ways again in 2008. In 2010, he was hired by TNA. He was a producer and helped backstage initially. Then he became the company's Vice President of Talent Relations. I'm guessing he's the John Laurinaitis of Impact Wrestling. Now of course he's seemingly taken over as the head writer for the company too.
in a blog about the former WWE and WCW writer's book. I echo Chad's thoughts. In Russo's own words he calls wrestling fake. That rubs me the wrong way. He also questions the fans' passion for the business. It has amazed me that he was in the position with TNA as long as he was.
So with Russo out, and Prichard seemingly in, what does that mean for Impact Wrestling and its fans? Will things get better? I know that Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff have apparently re-signed with the company. How much influence will they have on Prichard?
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