Crikey readers boycott Miranda Devine as a matter of principal. This is silly.
They may miss gems like this from yesterday:
World Wrestling Entertainment superstars flew to Sydney for a sell-out show at the
SuperDome last month, Peter Costello was regaling a Business Council of Australia
dinner with tales of Scotty 2 Hotty and Hulk Hogan.
federal Treasurer reminisced about an APEC meeting in Brunei in 2000 when he struck up a
rapport with 26-year-old Crown Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, a fellow wrestling fan.
said, “Your Royal Highness, you’ll never believe what Steve Austin did last
night at Melbourne Park. He did a flying hammerthrow from the
turnbuckle and brought down Scotty 2 Hotty in one shot … Mr Wonderful did the jackknife and the crab
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him do that at Madison Square Garden,’ said the prince.
on and on like this and the next day the Brunei Post had the photo on the front
page: ‘Crown Prince and Australian Treasurer, discussing oil prices,’ which Costello still finds most amusing.
on the phone on Friday the Treasurer, 48, admitted to a lifelong wrestling
obsession. As a boy he loved Mario Milano and Big Chief Little Wolf.
son Sebastian, now 18, became a fan: ‘Being the good father I thought I should
be, I had to take him to all these bouts.’ A bookcase at home is full of Royal
Rumble and King Of The Ring videos.
does remind me of Parliament a little – it is a little stage-managed.’
Costello’s favourite wrestler is Steve ‘Stone Cold’ Austin, whose
nickname is Texas
Rattlesnake. My 10-year-old wrestling consultant says Austin is a
redneck and ‘complete bad ass’. Costello guffawed when asked which
wrestler could be John Howard’s favourite, but agreed Scotty 2
Hotty might fit the bill. ‘Yes, he’s quite little and well mannered’.
all there is, folks, there isn’t any more – but it should be more than enough
for some more impressive entertainment in Question Time than Wrestlemania. Over
the ropes – or over the top? We look forward to an answer with keen