By Darla Shelden
Last week the WWE, World Wrestling Entertainment came to Oklahoma City for the “Monday Night RAW” event at Chesapeake Energy Arena. It was a boisterous show that is broadcast internationally in 145 countries and 30 languages. While in town, WWE wanted to produce a television commercial and contacted the Coyle Law Firm, at 125 Park Ave, in downtown Oklahoma City, to get the job done.
Billy Coyle, an attorney at the firm said, “We’re listed with the Oklahoma Film Commission as a place where production companies can shoot. They said they called the Film Commission and someone there suggested they try this place. After looking at us online, they said it looked perfect.”
Coordinating Producer at WWE Joe Molinari made the call. He and two wrestlers, World Heavyweight Champion, Sheamus and Harvard Law School graduate, David Ortunga along with a small film crew showed up to make a WWE television commercial which will air nationally.
Shaemus, a 6’4”, 267 lb., redhead from Dublin, Ireland, was dressed in his wrestling briefs, while Otunga, WWE Tag Team Champion, 6’, 240 lbs., from Hollywood, CA., arrived in a three piece business suit. Otunga is married to Grammy and Oscar-winning singer and actress Jennifer Hudson.
Billy described the scene as the crew began shooting in the firm’s common area using a table and chair as props. “Otunga sits on a desk in our office and says ‘Hi I’m David Otunga, if you’ve been hit by a table, ladder or chair, call David Otunga.’ And right when he says ‘chair’ a big old Irish guy named Sheamus hits him on the back with a chair, pretty hard….BAM! It was pretty good,” said Billy.
“It made a Monday fun,” said John Coyle, Billy’s father and senior attorney at the firm. “It was interesting with all the cameras and lights, wrestlers and all the people involved in the production. It was intriguing and a lot of fun. Part of our office rent was tickets to the performance Monday night.”
John portrayed the event by saying, “It was a spectacle. At one end there was a huge screen that showed videos and the live action that’s happening in the ring with these two big things that explode on either end. It was loud as hell. There’s a lot of acrobatics. It was sort of a Roman spectacle without real violence – gladiator style in 2012. There’s a lot of personality and theatrics involved, a lot of rivalry and a lot of trash talk. It was loud, raucous and it was fun.”
Cageside Seats Managing Editor Geno Mrosko, who was at the Peake told the City Sentinel, “The Sheamus match, against CM Punk, was good and drew a solid rating for Ion Television for the debut of WWE’s new show, “Main Event.”
Oklahoma native WWE announcer Jim Ross was honored that evening, “The Jim Ross Appreciation Night was great,” said Msroko. “After they went off the air, he was presented with a glass plaque dubbing him ‘The Voice of WWE.’ McMahon and Triple H, Jerry Lawler, Bob Stoops, and others all relayed messages of support and approval and Ross was grateful – actually getting choked up in the ring. They even brought everyone from backstage out to the top of the ramp to give him a standing ovation. It was all very cool.”
Leslie Channell, Deputy Director for the Oklahoma Film & Music Office said anyone interested in listing their business or private venue as a possible film location should visit the locations page of the OF&MO website at www.oklahomafilm.org or contact Locations Coordinator Yousef Kazemi at [email protected]