Despite Semaphore’s experience in the pay per view business, the live model really wasn’t going according to the original vision. But the editing the production team could do with a polished release presented the package more professionally. An essential asset to success was going to be in laying down a lasting legacy, and not to say that the purchase of the franchise wasn’t the high point, but the shockwave of influence in the golden year was their VHS distribution deal with Don Gold at Vidmark Home Entertainment. Under the assumption that most of my audience is old enough not to warrant an explanation of this ancient technology and the distribution methods that it relied upon, like direct mail was a thing, but the important part of the VHS deal was that now, you could find no holds barred, in the Human Cockfighting Section of your local Blockbuster video store, in a back corner, by the faces of death – a collection of fatal dismemberment type footage – back when that kind of thing was still salacious. And as a testament that there really were mushrooms growing in this bullshit, both VHS and Blockbuster have faded into extinction; gore vids, now passé, are just a few mouse clicks away; but real people, in real time, still hang on the edge of their seats, balance forward like a rikishi wrestler, waiting for the moment they’ll explode off of the sectional, showering the living room with beer over the latest of this UFC shit.