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Platinum Championship Wrestling stages a theater of the scars

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Many wrestling fans think the marketing- and product-obsessed WWE has lost sight of certain elements that originally made wrestling so entertaining. That's where Platinum comes in.

"WWE, by far, makes the best television product in wrestling history," says Platinum. He points out that WWE's intent, like most of pro wrestling, is to make money — and they do it well. "But our emphasis is on the live show and creating new wrestling fans that like my kind of pro wrestling."

By "his kind of pro wrestling," he means the kind that honors the artistic angle inside the ring — without taking itself too seriously.

Going for the win

The success of Sacred Ground — and PCW — depends not only on how its wrestlers fare against outside competition, but also on how a larger audience reacts to its envelope-pushing characters and scenarios. Outfits such as Ring of Honor and the now-defunct Extreme Championship Wrestling (also purchased by WWE) have proven that there exists a cult wrestling audience smart enough to understand the irony behind offensive characters like Power and endearingly insane characters like tough chick Pandora. After almost a decade of WWE dominance, though, there's an entire generation of fans weaned on what many consider a sterilized version of wrestling.

"I want to win over wrestling fans who watched during the Monday Night Wars and stopped," says Platinum. "I want to convert new wrestling fans, such as teenage boys and girls coming to the show with their parents, so they leave thinking wrestling is fantastic. I want old-school fans, new fans, I want them all."

He's perfectly willing to admit that such aspirations are a bit outlandish. And why shouldn't they be?

"That may not be realistic," he says, "but a lot of PCW is not realistic."

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