Athens, GA (Feb 17, 2009) - Unlike many other sports properties, and acknowledging that professional wrestling is entertainment and not sport, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) is a 52 week a year job, which is not bad from a freelancer's perspective. A typical WWE work week consists of RAW live on the USA network on Monday night, then an overnight bus ride to another city where they produce ECW live for the Sci FI Channel, and tape Smackdown, which airs on Friday night on the MY Network. There are also have fourteen Sunday Pay Per Views spread out through the year.
The team also travels to the war zones in the middle east each year to entertain the troops. In part two of "Iraq IV - Back to Baghdad", audio engineer Marc Lanciaux us behind the scenes of their arrival in Iraq and setting up for the show. The original posting of this story can also be found on Marc's blog.
Thanks again to Marc "Frenchy" Lanciaux for allowing us to republish this excellent series.
Iraq IV - Back to Baghdad - Part TwoIt's Wednesday, 1 AM Baghdad time, and we're on the ground. Finally. The big group splits off into five smaller groups - four will travel to Forward Operating Bases and entertain the troops, while my group, The Redheaded Stepchildren, get to stay behind to set up the arena and TV production facilities for Friday's show. The other four groups vanish into the darkness, while we start unloading pallets of luggage. Poor Team Cinderella...
by Marc Lanciaux
Setup continues, and the vacant lot begins to resemble an arena. Soldiers and referees build the ring.
Then have an impromptu match, as any good soldiers and referees would.
Meanwhile, in a tent completely lacking electricity now known as Supershooter Green, serious work continues.
We may not have electricity to test our possibly damaged gear, but we've done all we can do for the day. Tomorrow is another set day, then, as it always does, the show will go on, one way or another.
Guest Article: Iraq IV - Back to Baghdad - Part One