NBC declines classic pro wrestling drama, picks up comedic wrestling series instead

When I think pro wrestling, this is definitely who comes to mind.

Professional wrestling on during a weekday prime time slot? It could happen... sort of.

The word coming from PW Insider is that NBC has picked up on one professional wrestling themed comedy. The show will be focused on the life of being in the business. To add a bit of shine to it, Jimmy Fallon is slated to be executive producer.

Here's the scoop from PWI:

NBC has purchased an option on "Slammed", a single camera comedy about working within the world of professional wrestling. Jimmy Fallon is attached as Executive Producer. Jon Rineman, who wrote for Fallon's Late Night, is attached as a writer, as well as Executive Producer. The series is very early in the development process.

Unfortunately, in picking up the comedy, the channel balked on a dramatic series involving wrestling. The show was to focus on the days of territorial promotions and was slated to have Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson on board as executive producer.

Details:

Over the course of confirming the story on "Slammed", PWInsider.com learned that the planned NBC dramatic pilot set in the territory days of professional wrestling will not go forward. Dwayne Johnson was involved as an Executive Producer and Jerry Bruckheimer's Production company was on board, but the option for the series was not renewed. Since NBC purchased the project as a "put pilot" and guaranteed it would air, the network likely paid some sort of penalty over the course of dropping the project.

Personally, I would have much rather seen the latter picked up. The drama and politics of the territory days are well-documented and fascinating to read about. The depiction of those days seems more interesting compared to what could end up being a cookie-cutter network sitcom.

Regardless, it will be interesting to see what will be done with both shows in the future.

What do you Cagesiders make of all this?

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