If you didn't see 60 Minutes tonight, Anderson Cooper was interviewing everyone's favorite American Idol judge Simon Cowell about his career. Apparently, in the 80s, Cowell was the music genius behind wrestler-songwriters. In the 80s, when the WWF would go overseas on their Manchester and London tours, Cowell saw them sell out the stadium every single time and saw - as many others would later do - an untapped market. So he got Macho Man et al. in a recording studio. Results were lauded but lucrative. The money quote below:
AC: So you saw these American wrestlers come to London, sell out a stadium. You said why not give them a record contract?
SC: Yeah, and we sold a million, million and a half records
AC: Didn't matter that they (the wrestlers) couldn't sing?
SC: No, of course not.
AC: But why, then?
SC: Why not?
AC: Radio one called you the anti-christ of the music industry.
SC: (Laughs) Yeah. I couldn't care less. I couldn't care less. It's a business.