Atlee Greene over at the cool Midnight Logic blog wrote a post recently that brought back memories, as Greene often does: He talked about the Event Centers with Sean Mooney.
Mooney was a WWF interviewer who played a straight man to the crazy, cartoonish personalities of the late 1980s. The Event Center was a rendition of the house show promos, during which Mooney ran down the card for the local arena — in my case, the old Boston Garden.
The house show promos we used to get during Saturday morning wrestling on Channel 56 in Boston were fun, and there were some great moments. In today’s WWE atmosphere, it would be hard to replicate them because by their nature, house show promos rely on the idea that a card is going to be known in advance. We all know how that works in 2012 for house shows.
Mooney, who has a legitimate background in broadcasting, eventually took a more professional route and left the WWF for TV news. I’ll never forget when he showed up in the late ’90s as an anchor on WBZ Channel 4 in Boston, which is one of the big network affiliates. “Hey, wait a minute, that’s Sean Mooney!”
These days, Mooney is an anchor in Tucson, AZ (where my wife’s uncle lives, and during his eulogy of his late father, mentioned how his dad sold programs to wrestling shows in Rochester, NY). Mooney looks good and clearly survived his time in the WWE.