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Starrcade Countdown: 1986

I know you’re thinking “What the fuck are you counting down to?” but don’t confuse me with details.  I kind of felt like doing the 2011 Scott Sez treatment for Starrcade through December, so it’s a countdown, OK?  Better that than a month of crappy WWE December PPVs.The SmarK Retro Rant for Starrcade ’86: Night of the Skywalkers

Starrcade Countdown: 1986

I know you’re thinking “What the fuck are you counting down to?” but don’t confuse me with details.  I kind of felt like doing the 2011 Scott Sez treatment for Starrcade through December, so it’s a countdown, OK?  Better that than a month of crappy WWE December PPVs.The SmarK Retro Rant for Starrcade ’86: Night of the Skywalkers

Starrcade Countdown: 1986

I know you’re thinking “What the fuck are you counting down to?” but don’t confuse me with details.  I kind of felt like doing the 2011 Scott Sez treatment for Starrcade through December, so it’s a countdown, OK?  Better that than a month of crappy WWE December PPVs.The SmarK Retro Rant for Starrcade ’86: Night of the Skywalkers

MGK Pays Tribute To The 70s

Mightygodking.com » Post Topic » It’s the scholasticism of the seventies





By the time we got to the kids cleaning up the paratroopers’ chutes, I was losing it.  It’s truly quality humor that can take innocuous school posters from 30 years ago and go evil places with them.



MGK Pays Tribute To The 70s

Mightygodking.com » Post Topic » It’s the scholasticism of the seventies





By the time we got to the kids cleaning up the paratroopers’ chutes, I was losing it.  It’s truly quality humor that can take innocuous school posters from 30 years ago and go evil places with them.



MGK Pays Tribute To The 70s

Mightygodking.com » Post Topic » It’s the scholasticism of the seventies





By the time we got to the kids cleaning up the paratroopers’ chutes, I was losing it.  It’s truly quality humor that can take innocuous school posters from 30 years ago and go evil places with them.



WWE Best PPV Matches 2011 DVD

http://bluray.ign.com/articles/121/1213541p1.htmlI didn’t even know this was coming out, but I guess it makes sense.  Was there one last year?  I have the 2009 one but I don’t recall a best of 2010.  Punk v. Cena is a no-brainer, as is HHH v. Undertaker.  What else was really good this year?  Orton v. Christian (pick one), maybe an Elimination Chamber match, I dunno.

WWE Best PPV Matches 2011 DVD

http://bluray.ign.com/articles/121/1213541p1.htmlI didn’t even know this was coming out, but I guess it makes sense.  Was there one last year?  I have the 2009 one but I don’t recall a best of 2010.  Punk v. Cena is a no-brainer, as is HHH v. Undertaker.  What else was really good this year?  Orton v. Christian (pick one), maybe an Elimination Chamber match, I dunno.

WWE Best PPV Matches 2011 DVD

http://bluray.ign.com/articles/121/1213541p1.htmlI didn’t even know this was coming out, but I guess it makes sense.  Was there one last year?  I have the 2009 one but I don’t recall a best of 2010.  Punk v. Cena is a no-brainer, as is HHH v. Undertaker.  What else was really good this year?  Orton v. Christian (pick one), maybe an Elimination Chamber match, I dunno.

The Live Smackdown Thread

Dunno if anyone’s watching this show, but if you are and want a place to discuss it, have at it.  Last minute prediction from yours truly:  Mark Henry retains the title over Daniel Bryan, but Bryan hurts the leg so badly that Henry is unable to get up after the win.  Bryan cashes in the briefcase for an immediate rematch, but Michael Cole slams the cage door in his face to cost him the title and make him the first person to lose his MITB cash-in match.

The Live Smackdown Thread

Dunno if anyone’s watching this show, but if you are and want a place to discuss it, have at it.  Last minute prediction from yours truly:  Mark Henry retains the title over Daniel Bryan, but Bryan hurts the leg so badly that Henry is unable to get up after the win.  Bryan cashes in the briefcase for an immediate rematch, but Michael Cole slams the cage door in his face to cost him the title and make him the first person to lose his MITB cash-in match.

The Live Smackdown Thread

Dunno if anyone’s watching this show, but if you are and want a place to discuss it, have at it.  Last minute prediction from yours truly:  Mark Henry retains the title over Daniel Bryan, but Bryan hurts the leg so badly that Henry is unable to get up after the win.  Bryan cashes in the briefcase for an immediate rematch, but Michael Cole slams the cage door in his face to cost him the title and make him the first person to lose his MITB cash-in match.

WWE Network

Do you think the WWE Network has a chance to succeed? Because I really don't, unless they move SmackDown and PPVs to the channel -- and even then I'm not sure. We've seen sports leagues & college conferences eventually make networks profits (Big Ten, NFL, MLB, etc.) but it took a lot of time & most lost money the first year or two, as well as not being a publicly-traded companies that would have investors ticked off at early losses. They even had the advantage of having a surplus of live games to show. WWE can't move Raw. It could move SmackDown, but do they risk effectively killing that audience off? I know they suggested moving the big PPVs to the WWE Network, but there's no way the Royal Rumble or SummerSlam is going to be as profitable on a network as it is on PPV. The lesser PPVs, like Money in the Bank or Night of Champions, maybe. It just seems to me that the WWE is rushing into creating a network because it thinks it could solve their problems. But …

WWE Network

Do you think the WWE Network has a chance to succeed? Because I really don't, unless they move SmackDown and PPVs to the channel -- and even then I'm not sure. We've seen sports leagues & college conferences eventually make networks profits (Big Ten, NFL, MLB, etc.) but it took a lot of time & most lost money the first year or two, as well as not being a publicly-traded companies that would have investors ticked off at early losses. They even had the advantage of having a surplus of live games to show. WWE can't move Raw. It could move SmackDown, but do they risk effectively killing that audience off? I know they suggested moving the big PPVs to the WWE Network, but there's no way the Royal Rumble or SummerSlam is going to be as profitable on a network as it is on PPV. The lesser PPVs, like Money in the Bank or Night of Champions, maybe. It just seems to me that the WWE is rushing into creating a network because it thinks it could solve their problems. But …

WWE Network

Do you think the WWE Network has a chance to succeed? Because I really don't, unless they move SmackDown and PPVs to the channel -- and even then I'm not sure. We've seen sports leagues & college conferences eventually make networks profits (Big Ten, NFL, MLB, etc.) but it took a lot of time & most lost money the first year or two, as well as not being a publicly-traded companies that would have investors ticked off at early losses. They even had the advantage of having a surplus of live games to show. WWE can't move Raw. It could move SmackDown, but do they risk effectively killing that audience off? I know they suggested moving the big PPVs to the WWE Network, but there's no way the Royal Rumble or SummerSlam is going to be as profitable on a network as it is on PPV. The lesser PPVs, like Money in the Bank or Night of Champions, maybe. It just seems to me that the WWE is rushing into creating a network because it thinks it could solve their problems. But …

Hogan v. Flair

Hey Scott, Long time reader way back from Wrestleline etc. Question - what was the real story behind WM VIII, ie why didn't Vince book Hogan vs Flair and build it up as the biggest match of all time? I would guess that no one wanted to do the job, but Flair clearly had no problem jobbing to Hogan 2 years later in WCW, so what gives? To my mind there were three epic Hogan Wrestlemanias, WM III vs andre, WM VI vs warrior, and WM XVIII vs Rock, (all btw in a dome which I think was necessary for all three) so why did this one (also in a dome) not happen? And if Vince was trying to save it for a later time, when was that going to be?He wasn’t trying to save anything, he just didn’t have confidence in Flair-Hogan as a main event and never actually intended to go with it.  And to be fair, the house show run in 1991 was a success the first time around, but by the second swing business was way down and Flair was pretty much just another Hogan challenger.  There was no evidence that the Hog…

Hogan v. Flair

Hey Scott, Long time reader way back from Wrestleline etc. Question - what was the real story behind WM VIII, ie why didn't Vince book Hogan vs Flair and build it up as the biggest match of all time? I would guess that no one wanted to do the job, but Flair clearly had no problem jobbing to Hogan 2 years later in WCW, so what gives? To my mind there were three epic Hogan Wrestlemanias, WM III vs andre, WM VI vs warrior, and WM XVIII vs Rock, (all btw in a dome which I think was necessary for all three) so why did this one (also in a dome) not happen? And if Vince was trying to save it for a later time, when was that going to be?He wasn’t trying to save anything, he just didn’t have confidence in Flair-Hogan as a main event and never actually intended to go with it.  And to be fair, the house show run in 1991 was a success the first time around, but by the second swing business was way down and Flair was pretty much just another Hogan challenger.  There was no evidence that the Hog…

Hogan v. Flair

Hey Scott, Long time reader way back from Wrestleline etc. Question - what was the real story behind WM VIII, ie why didn't Vince book Hogan vs Flair and build it up as the biggest match of all time? I would guess that no one wanted to do the job, but Flair clearly had no problem jobbing to Hogan 2 years later in WCW, so what gives? To my mind there were three epic Hogan Wrestlemanias, WM III vs andre, WM VI vs warrior, and WM XVIII vs Rock, (all btw in a dome which I think was necessary for all three) so why did this one (also in a dome) not happen? And if Vince was trying to save it for a later time, when was that going to be?He wasn’t trying to save anything, he just didn’t have confidence in Flair-Hogan as a main event and never actually intended to go with it.  And to be fair, the house show run in 1991 was a success the first time around, but by the second swing business was way down and Flair was pretty much just another Hogan challenger.  There was no evidence that the Hog…

Kerry In 90

"The WWF, fearing Kerry’s suicide (and a HUGE public relations nightmare) decided to take the title off him and then that way, if he killed himself, they wouldn’t look bad.  What great guys, huh?  " I'm sorry, but what else would you have wanted them to do, exactly? Keep the belt on him and risk him killing himself while still the champion in the middle of a house show/TV taping run where he'd have been second from the top of the card (or close to it)? It's not as if there wasn't anyone else to put the belt on who was just as over as he was (if not more so), so what would their incentive have been to keep the second most important title in the company on someone they knew was troubled?

Kerry In 90

"The WWF, fearing Kerry’s suicide (and a HUGE public relations nightmare) decided to take the title off him and then that way, if he killed himself, they wouldn’t look bad.  What great guys, huh?  " I'm sorry, but what else would you have wanted them to do, exactly? Keep the belt on him and risk him killing himself while still the champion in the middle of a house show/TV taping run where he'd have been second from the top of the card (or close to it)? It's not as if there wasn't anyone else to put the belt on who was just as over as he was (if not more so), so what would their incentive have been to keep the second most important title in the company on someone they knew was troubled?

Kerry In 90

"The WWF, fearing Kerry’s suicide (and a HUGE public relations nightmare) decided to take the title off him and then that way, if he killed himself, they wouldn’t look bad.  What great guys, huh?  " I'm sorry, but what else would you have wanted them to do, exactly? Keep the belt on him and risk him killing himself while still the champion in the middle of a house show/TV taping run where he'd have been second from the top of the card (or close to it)? It's not as if there wasn't anyone else to put the belt on who was just as over as he was (if not more so), so what would their incentive have been to keep the second most important title in the company on someone they knew was troubled?

Vince McMahon Plug

Hey Scott,
I know Vince McMahon is discussed at length on this blog roll, usually with incredulity, but I was wondering if you wouldn't mind sharing my look at where he's headed as a promoter (though he'd sure hate to be called that today), and my examination of just how his mojo ran out. There's been a lot of talk of Vince losing his mind over the past several years, but I think this puts it in perspective.
http://www.wrestlingnewssource.com/news/21968/Column-THE-DEATH-OF-VINCE-MCMAHON/
Thanks in advance for giving it a look-see.
I'd totally watch a show where Vince gets dropped into a jungle and has to survive off the land.  Frankly I'm shocked Vince hasn't done any celebrity reality shows over the years, he'd be PERFECT for almost any of them.  He'd create drama, blow up at other contestants at a moment's notice and constantly think he's better than everyone else while trying to win their favor.  It would be breathtakingly great TV.
Anyway, th…

Vince McMahon Plug

Hey Scott,
I know Vince McMahon is discussed at length on this blog roll, usually with incredulity, but I was wondering if you wouldn't mind sharing my look at where he's headed as a promoter (though he'd sure hate to be called that today), and my examination of just how his mojo ran out. There's been a lot of talk of Vince losing his mind over the past several years, but I think this puts it in perspective.
http://www.wrestlingnewssource.com/news/21968/Column-THE-DEATH-OF-VINCE-MCMAHON/
Thanks in advance for giving it a look-see.
I'd totally watch a show where Vince gets dropped into a jungle and has to survive off the land.  Frankly I'm shocked Vince hasn't done any celebrity reality shows over the years, he'd be PERFECT for almost any of them.  He'd create drama, blow up at other contestants at a moment's notice and constantly think he's better than everyone else while trying to win their favor.  It would be breathtakingly great TV.
Anyway, th…

Vince McMahon Plug

Hey Scott,
I know Vince McMahon is discussed at length on this blog roll, usually with incredulity, but I was wondering if you wouldn't mind sharing my look at where he's headed as a promoter (though he'd sure hate to be called that today), and my examination of just how his mojo ran out. There's been a lot of talk of Vince losing his mind over the past several years, but I think this puts it in perspective.
http://www.wrestlingnewssource.com/news/21968/Column-THE-DEATH-OF-VINCE-MCMAHON/
Thanks in advance for giving it a look-see.
I'd totally watch a show where Vince gets dropped into a jungle and has to survive off the land.  Frankly I'm shocked Vince hasn't done any celebrity reality shows over the years, he'd be PERFECT for almost any of them.  He'd create drama, blow up at other contestants at a moment's notice and constantly think he's better than everyone else while trying to win their favor.  It would be breathtakingly great TV.
Anyway, th…

Sin Cara: Turning Japanese?

If you want a scoop to blog about, they are still available on WWE Japan Shop:
http://wwejapanshop.jp/t-shirt/TSS207Q.html

I ordered three XLs.  If I get them, can I trade you one in return for
access to the password for your Rant archive, and a signed picture of
you wearing the shirt?


Not that anyone actually prints photos anymore, but sure, deal.

Are we sure those aren't Hunico's genitals?  Either way, it does certainly confirm the stories I've heard about Sin Cara being a big dick backstage and overly cocky for his position.

Sin Cara: Turning Japanese?

If you want a scoop to blog about, they are still available on WWE Japan Shop:
http://wwejapanshop.jp/t-shirt/TSS207Q.html

I ordered three XLs.  If I get them, can I trade you one in return for
access to the password for your Rant archive, and a signed picture of
you wearing the shirt?


Not that anyone actually prints photos anymore, but sure, deal.

Are we sure those aren't Hunico's genitals?  Either way, it does certainly confirm the stories I've heard about Sin Cara being a big dick backstage and overly cocky for his position.

Sin Cara: Turning Japanese?

If you want a scoop to blog about, they are still available on WWE Japan Shop:
http://wwejapanshop.jp/t-shirt/TSS207Q.html

I ordered three XLs.  If I get them, can I trade you one in return for
access to the password for your Rant archive, and a signed picture of
you wearing the shirt?


Not that anyone actually prints photos anymore, but sure, deal.

Are we sure those aren't Hunico's genitals?  Either way, it does certainly confirm the stories I've heard about Sin Cara being a big dick backstage and overly cocky for his position.

WWE: The TV Show

Hi ScottLong time reader.I recently saw on AV Club that another drama series about wrestling is apparently being developed, this one by Jerry Bruckheimer set in the 80's. That may or may not happen, however, and you may well have touched on this at some point but bear with me (or not...up to you!), I'd be interested to hear your thoughts in more detail as to precisely what a hypothetical series on wrestling would ideally look like.

WWE: The TV Show

Hi ScottLong time reader.I recently saw on AV Club that another drama series about wrestling is apparently being developed, this one by Jerry Bruckheimer set in the 80's. That may or may not happen, however, and you may well have touched on this at some point but bear with me (or not...up to you!), I'd be interested to hear your thoughts in more detail as to precisely what a hypothetical series on wrestling would ideally look like.

WWE: The TV Show

Hi ScottLong time reader.I recently saw on AV Club that another drama series about wrestling is apparently being developed, this one by Jerry Bruckheimer set in the 80's. That may or may not happen, however, and you may well have touched on this at some point but bear with me (or not...up to you!), I'd be interested to hear your thoughts in more detail as to precisely what a hypothetical series on wrestling would ideally look like.

WM 23 Clarified

Justin Shapiro writes…Scottholomew,
Was checking out the ol' blog (thanks for the kind words a few weeks back) and I can help answer the WM23 question.
HHH/Cena was the planned main event all year and was to be promoted as "Cena/Triple H 2" like a boxing or UFC fight, positioned as the historic rematch between the two greatest men.

WM 23 Clarified

Justin Shapiro writes…Scottholomew,
Was checking out the ol' blog (thanks for the kind words a few weeks back) and I can help answer the WM23 question.
HHH/Cena was the planned main event all year and was to be promoted as "Cena/Triple H 2" like a boxing or UFC fight, positioned as the historic rematch between the two greatest men.

WM 23 Clarified

Justin Shapiro writes…Scottholomew,
Was checking out the ol' blog (thanks for the kind words a few weeks back) and I can help answer the WM23 question.
HHH/Cena was the planned main event all year and was to be promoted as "Cena/Triple H 2" like a boxing or UFC fight, positioned as the historic rematch between the two greatest men.

Sledgehammer of Plot

Am I the only one that hates the sledgehammer as a weapon?  I mean, we all know that it's not real, but if you really are going to hit someone with a sledgehammer, and you going to cover one end with your hand?  It just reeks of fake.  At least they could make a rubber sledgehammer or something.

Sledgehammer of Plot

Am I the only one that hates the sledgehammer as a weapon?  I mean, we all know that it's not real, but if you really are going to hit someone with a sledgehammer, and you going to cover one end with your hand?  It just reeks of fake.  At least they could make a rubber sledgehammer or something.

Sledgehammer of Plot

Am I the only one that hates the sledgehammer as a weapon?  I mean, we all know that it's not real, but if you really are going to hit someone with a sledgehammer, and you going to cover one end with your hand?  It just reeks of fake.  At least they could make a rubber sledgehammer or something.

Scott Reviews The New 52–11.23.11

Scott Reviews The New 52 (And Other Stuff Too!)Only one Marvel title on my pull list this week, so the “Other Stuff” portion is only one review long this time.  Dropped from the new 52 this week:  Batman The Dark Knight and Firestorm, and Flash is kind of on the bubble for me as well.  Let’s get ‘er done.

Scott Reviews The New 52–11.23.11

Scott Reviews The New 52 (And Other Stuff Too!)Only one Marvel title on my pull list this week, so the “Other Stuff” portion is only one review long this time.  Dropped from the new 52 this week:  Batman The Dark Knight and Firestorm, and Flash is kind of on the bubble for me as well.  Let’s get ‘er done.

Scott Reviews The New 52–11.23.11

Scott Reviews The New 52 (And Other Stuff Too!)Only one Marvel title on my pull list this week, so the “Other Stuff” portion is only one review long this time.  Dropped from the new 52 this week:  Batman The Dark Knight and Firestorm, and Flash is kind of on the bubble for me as well.  Let’s get ‘er done.

The Worst Times To Be On The Internet

http://www.cracked.com/blog/the-4-worst-times-to-be-internet/Dan O’Brien speaks so much truth here.  World Cup mania and people obsessed with Occupy Wall Street make no sense to me, and I’m also generally against April Fools Day stuff as well.  Although true story, a friend, who actually spends a lot of time on the internet, recently (as in two weeks or so ago) saw the Rebecca Black video for the first time and was like “Have you seen this Rebecca Black chick? She’s TERRIBLE”.  Which means that we’ll probably get a “Friday” parody on RAW next month.

The Worst Times To Be On The Internet

http://www.cracked.com/blog/the-4-worst-times-to-be-internet/Dan O’Brien speaks so much truth here.  World Cup mania and people obsessed with Occupy Wall Street make no sense to me, and I’m also generally against April Fools Day stuff as well.  Although true story, a friend, who actually spends a lot of time on the internet, recently (as in two weeks or so ago) saw the Rebecca Black video for the first time and was like “Have you seen this Rebecca Black chick? She’s TERRIBLE”.  Which means that we’ll probably get a “Friday” parody on RAW next month.

The Worst Times To Be On The Internet

http://www.cracked.com/blog/the-4-worst-times-to-be-internet/Dan O’Brien speaks so much truth here.  World Cup mania and people obsessed with Occupy Wall Street make no sense to me, and I’m also generally against April Fools Day stuff as well.  Although true story, a friend, who actually spends a lot of time on the internet, recently (as in two weeks or so ago) saw the Rebecca Black video for the first time and was like “Have you seen this Rebecca Black chick? She’s TERRIBLE”.  Which means that we’ll probably get a “Friday” parody on RAW next month.

Zig Zagged

Scott,

A friend and I firmly disagree on how we see Dolph Ziggler's future turning out. He says that Ziggler drops the U.S. Title to Zack Ryder and moves on to bigger and better things, namely a main event push. I think he drops the title to Mason Ryan, gets lost in the tag team shuffle with Swagger, and winds up being quietly traded to Smackdown in the next draft.

Which do you find more likely?
I know they’re stupid about it and will probably shoot themselves in the foot a million times before it happens, but I really think they want to push Ziggler to the moon and he’s been able to overcome all the ridiculous handicaps against him thus far, so I wouldn’t bet against it.  Much like his contemporary Zack Ryder, fans have started seeing and actively accepting him as a person at a certain level, and once you’ve made it to that plateau (someone who can believably hang with, say, Randy Orton in a random match situation)  it’s actually quite difficult to get brought down to a lower level …

Zig Zagged

Scott,

A friend and I firmly disagree on how we see Dolph Ziggler's future turning out. He says that Ziggler drops the U.S. Title to Zack Ryder and moves on to bigger and better things, namely a main event push. I think he drops the title to Mason Ryan, gets lost in the tag team shuffle with Swagger, and winds up being quietly traded to Smackdown in the next draft.

Which do you find more likely?
I know they’re stupid about it and will probably shoot themselves in the foot a million times before it happens, but I really think they want to push Ziggler to the moon and he’s been able to overcome all the ridiculous handicaps against him thus far, so I wouldn’t bet against it.  Much like his contemporary Zack Ryder, fans have started seeing and actively accepting him as a person at a certain level, and once you’ve made it to that plateau (someone who can believably hang with, say, Randy Orton in a random match situation)  it’s actually quite difficult to get brought down to a lower level …

Zig Zagged

Scott,

A friend and I firmly disagree on how we see Dolph Ziggler's future turning out. He says that Ziggler drops the U.S. Title to Zack Ryder and moves on to bigger and better things, namely a main event push. I think he drops the title to Mason Ryan, gets lost in the tag team shuffle with Swagger, and winds up being quietly traded to Smackdown in the next draft.

Which do you find more likely?
I know they’re stupid about it and will probably shoot themselves in the foot a million times before it happens, but I really think they want to push Ziggler to the moon and he’s been able to overcome all the ridiculous handicaps against him thus far, so I wouldn’t bet against it.  Much like his contemporary Zack Ryder, fans have started seeing and actively accepting him as a person at a certain level, and once you’ve made it to that plateau (someone who can believably hang with, say, Randy Orton in a random match situation)  it’s actually quite difficult to get brought down to a lower level …

WM23

Hi Scott,Just wanted to get yours and your readers thoughts on what would have happened at WM 23 if HHH hadn't gone down injured. On Shawn's DVD, HHH says that it was supposed to be him and Cena but Shawn subbed in after he got injured. Despite hearing it from the horses mouth so to speak, I can't help but feel this is wrong for several reasons....1) Why would the WWE run a repeat main event from the year before? It was hardly Rock/Austin, Hogan/Andre, Bret/Shawn - so I can't see why it would have been considered? It wasn't an epic main event.2) What would they have done with Shawn? Would he have just dropped into the midcard?3) Wouldn't the above have been totally out of character (Kayfabe) for the "spotlight" hugging Michaels to let his friend go for the title while he fights KIng Booker (as I heard mentioned) or something?I enjoyed what we got - the Shawn/Cena feud produced two superb matches and an excellent four way at Backlash - but surely the l…

WM23

Hi Scott,Just wanted to get yours and your readers thoughts on what would have happened at WM 23 if HHH hadn't gone down injured. On Shawn's DVD, HHH says that it was supposed to be him and Cena but Shawn subbed in after he got injured. Despite hearing it from the horses mouth so to speak, I can't help but feel this is wrong for several reasons....1) Why would the WWE run a repeat main event from the year before? It was hardly Rock/Austin, Hogan/Andre, Bret/Shawn - so I can't see why it would have been considered? It wasn't an epic main event.2) What would they have done with Shawn? Would he have just dropped into the midcard?3) Wouldn't the above have been totally out of character (Kayfabe) for the "spotlight" hugging Michaels to let his friend go for the title while he fights KIng Booker (as I heard mentioned) or something?I enjoyed what we got - the Shawn/Cena feud produced two superb matches and an excellent four way at Backlash - but surely the l…

WM23

Hi Scott,Just wanted to get yours and your readers thoughts on what would have happened at WM 23 if HHH hadn't gone down injured. On Shawn's DVD, HHH says that it was supposed to be him and Cena but Shawn subbed in after he got injured. Despite hearing it from the horses mouth so to speak, I can't help but feel this is wrong for several reasons....1) Why would the WWE run a repeat main event from the year before? It was hardly Rock/Austin, Hogan/Andre, Bret/Shawn - so I can't see why it would have been considered? It wasn't an epic main event.2) What would they have done with Shawn? Would he have just dropped into the midcard?3) Wouldn't the above have been totally out of character (Kayfabe) for the "spotlight" hugging Michaels to let his friend go for the title while he fights KIng Booker (as I heard mentioned) or something?I enjoyed what we got - the Shawn/Cena feud produced two superb matches and an excellent four way at Backlash - but surely the l…

Rock Responds

http://nodq.com/wwe/323905442.shtml - comments from WWE Magazine.  He's talking about Punk, obviously, and of course Randy Orton. As a fan, I'm loving ALL of this.Rock knows the deal.  He’s not gonna throw away a potential money angle just because Cena’s the only thing on the radar right now.  I wish more guys had his attitude and ability to pick up the thread of the feud when presented to him.

Rock Responds

http://nodq.com/wwe/323905442.shtml - comments from WWE Magazine.  He's talking about Punk, obviously, and of course Randy Orton. As a fan, I'm loving ALL of this.Rock knows the deal.  He’s not gonna throw away a potential money angle just because Cena’s the only thing on the radar right now.  I wish more guys had his attitude and ability to pick up the thread of the feud when presented to him.

Rock Responds

http://nodq.com/wwe/323905442.shtml - comments from WWE Magazine.  He's talking about Punk, obviously, and of course Randy Orton. As a fan, I'm loving ALL of this.Rock knows the deal.  He’s not gonna throw away a potential money angle just because Cena’s the only thing on the radar right now.  I wish more guys had his attitude and ability to pick up the thread of the feud when presented to him.

Luger Finds Jesus

I came across this story regarding Lex Luger. Regardless of ones stance on religon I'm glad to see Luger may be turning his life around. The sport didn't need another death, and a few years ago it sure seemed Lex was head that way.http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=36636I think we can all agree that the finish of Bash 88…oh, sorry, wrong Luger thread.  I’m really glad Lex seems to have made peace with his demons, because for a while there it looked like he was going to be another statistic.  Perhaps someone needs to persuade Matt Hardy to look into this religion thing.

Luger Finds Jesus

I came across this story regarding Lex Luger. Regardless of ones stance on religon I'm glad to see Luger may be turning his life around. The sport didn't need another death, and a few years ago it sure seemed Lex was head that way.http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=36636I think we can all agree that the finish of Bash 88…oh, sorry, wrong Luger thread.  I’m really glad Lex seems to have made peace with his demons, because for a while there it looked like he was going to be another statistic.  Perhaps someone needs to persuade Matt Hardy to look into this religion thing.

Luger Finds Jesus

I came across this story regarding Lex Luger. Regardless of ones stance on religon I'm glad to see Luger may be turning his life around. The sport didn't need another death, and a few years ago it sure seemed Lex was head that way.http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=36636I think we can all agree that the finish of Bash 88…oh, sorry, wrong Luger thread.  I’m really glad Lex seems to have made peace with his demons, because for a while there it looked like he was going to be another statistic.  Perhaps someone needs to persuade Matt Hardy to look into this religion thing.

CM Punk Also Dislikes The Rock

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/more-sports/rock-a-diva-dwayne-johnson-acts-hollywood-wwe-wrestling-ring-cm-punk-article-1.980806Obviously CM Punk would also like to get in on some of that sweet cheddar that the Cena-Rock feud is going to make, although it’s also obvious that Rock really IS better than everyone in the locker room and richer by far and therefore doesn’t need to be respectful. I kid. I think.  Anyway, these two superstars need to put this feud behind them and form the most awesome tag team in history:  PUNK ROCK.  Sign that shit, Vince.

CM Punk Also Dislikes The Rock

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/more-sports/rock-a-diva-dwayne-johnson-acts-hollywood-wwe-wrestling-ring-cm-punk-article-1.980806Obviously CM Punk would also like to get in on some of that sweet cheddar that the Cena-Rock feud is going to make, although it’s also obvious that Rock really IS better than everyone in the locker room and richer by far and therefore doesn’t need to be respectful. I kid. I think.  Anyway, these two superstars need to put this feud behind them and form the most awesome tag team in history:  PUNK ROCK.  Sign that shit, Vince.

CM Punk Also Dislikes The Rock

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/more-sports/rock-a-diva-dwayne-johnson-acts-hollywood-wwe-wrestling-ring-cm-punk-article-1.980806Obviously CM Punk would also like to get in on some of that sweet cheddar that the Cena-Rock feud is going to make, although it’s also obvious that Rock really IS better than everyone in the locker room and richer by far and therefore doesn’t need to be respectful. I kid. I think.  Anyway, these two superstars need to put this feud behind them and form the most awesome tag team in history:  PUNK ROCK.  Sign that shit, Vince.

Sort of a Smackdown spoiler…

Oh, that Vince, how he loves to tease us….

Sort of a Smackdown spoiler…

Oh, that Vince, how he loves to tease us….

Sort of a Smackdown spoiler…

Oh, that Vince, how he loves to tease us….

Jumping The Shark

Scott,Was interested in your thoughts about when the various WWF/WWE titles “jumped the shark” in your mind. I’ve listed my thoughts below. I’ve limited the list to “traditional” WWF titles (pre-WCW merger and pre-WWE), since I’m a nostalgic son of a gun and pine for the return of long term title reigns and the odd Intercontinental or Tag Team title match headlining a major card or house show.

Jumping The Shark

Scott,Was interested in your thoughts about when the various WWF/WWE titles “jumped the shark” in your mind. I’ve listed my thoughts below. I’ve limited the list to “traditional” WWF titles (pre-WCW merger and pre-WWE), since I’m a nostalgic son of a gun and pine for the return of long term title reigns and the odd Intercontinental or Tag Team title match headlining a major card or house show.

Jumping The Shark

Scott,Was interested in your thoughts about when the various WWF/WWE titles “jumped the shark” in your mind. I’ve listed my thoughts below. I’ve limited the list to “traditional” WWF titles (pre-WCW merger and pre-WWE), since I’m a nostalgic son of a gun and pine for the return of long term title reigns and the odd Intercontinental or Tag Team title match headlining a major card or house show.

Booster Gold: The Series?

http://insidepulse.com/2011/11/22/syfy-orders-pilot-script-for-booster-gold/I know a lot of shows get ordered as pilots and go nowhere, but this could be awesome if it actually gets to the screen.  With a bigger budget it could be Quantum Leap for 2012, but even if they stick to the standard “glory seeking jackass superhero from the future” gimmick that would feel like a fresh idea anyway.

Booster Gold: The Series?

http://insidepulse.com/2011/11/22/syfy-orders-pilot-script-for-booster-gold/I know a lot of shows get ordered as pilots and go nowhere, but this could be awesome if it actually gets to the screen.  With a bigger budget it could be Quantum Leap for 2012, but even if they stick to the standard “glory seeking jackass superhero from the future” gimmick that would feel like a fresh idea anyway.

Booster Gold: The Series?

http://insidepulse.com/2011/11/22/syfy-orders-pilot-script-for-booster-gold/I know a lot of shows get ordered as pilots and go nowhere, but this could be awesome if it actually gets to the screen.  With a bigger budget it could be Quantum Leap for 2012, but even if they stick to the standard “glory seeking jackass superhero from the future” gimmick that would feel like a fresh idea anyway.

Survivor Series Countdown, DVD Edition: The Rock (The Most Electrifying Man…)

The SmarK DVD Rant for The Rock - The Most Electrifying Man in Sports Entertainment- Well you knew I was going to hit THIS one sooner or later…Disc OneAnother day, another definitive three disc collection. This is part of the "new format" WWE releases, where they talk about a match and then show it, rather than the more traditional documentary followed by extra matches, except in this case the "talk and show" format is even more tacked-on than usual and it's basically just a collection of matches.

Survivor Series Countdown, DVD Edition: The Rock (The Most Electrifying Man…)

The SmarK DVD Rant for The Rock - The Most Electrifying Man in Sports Entertainment- Well you knew I was going to hit THIS one sooner or later…Disc OneAnother day, another definitive three disc collection. This is part of the "new format" WWE releases, where they talk about a match and then show it, rather than the more traditional documentary followed by extra matches, except in this case the "talk and show" format is even more tacked-on than usual and it's basically just a collection of matches.

Survivor Series Countdown, DVD Edition: The Rock (The Most Electrifying Man…)

The SmarK DVD Rant for The Rock - The Most Electrifying Man in Sports Entertainment- Well you knew I was going to hit THIS one sooner or later…Disc OneAnother day, another definitive three disc collection. This is part of the "new format" WWE releases, where they talk about a match and then show it, rather than the more traditional documentary followed by extra matches, except in this case the "talk and show" format is even more tacked-on than usual and it's basically just a collection of matches.

Survivor Series Countdown, DVD Edition: The Rock (Just Bring It)

The SmarK DVD Rant for The Rock: Just Bring It!Comment by brian_solo2008-03-29 11:34:30 "Finished with the People’s Fellatio, Scott?"What, are you new here?- So this is the sequel to "The People's Champ" DVD, which covered 1999, and this one covers 2000-2001, because you can never have enough Rock.- Hosted by the Rock, again.

Survivor Series Countdown, DVD Edition: The Rock (Just Bring It)

The SmarK DVD Rant for The Rock: Just Bring It!Comment by brian_solo2008-03-29 11:34:30 "Finished with the People’s Fellatio, Scott?"What, are you new here?- So this is the sequel to "The People's Champ" DVD, which covered 1999, and this one covers 2000-2001, because you can never have enough Rock.- Hosted by the Rock, again.

Survivor Series Countdown, DVD Edition: The Rock (Just Bring It)

The SmarK DVD Rant for The Rock: Just Bring It!Comment by brian_solo2008-03-29 11:34:30 "Finished with the People’s Fellatio, Scott?"What, are you new here?- So this is the sequel to "The People's Champ" DVD, which covered 1999, and this one covers 2000-2001, because you can never have enough Rock.- Hosted by the Rock, again.

Survivor Series Countdown, DVD Edition: The Rock (The People’s Champ)

Yeah, it’s my shameless attempt to further milk the Rock’s return, so sue me.  Today it’s the three previous Rock DVD releases, as originally done by me in 2008.

The SmarK DVD Rant for The Rock: The People's Champ

- So this, like many of the early WWF DVDs, is an expanded and remastered version of a video tape release from a few months before.

Survivor Series Countdown, DVD Edition: The Rock (The People’s Champ)

Yeah, it’s my shameless attempt to further milk the Rock’s return, so sue me.  Today it’s the three previous Rock DVD releases, as originally done by me in 2008.

The SmarK DVD Rant for The Rock: The People's Champ

- So this, like many of the early WWF DVDs, is an expanded and remastered version of a video tape release from a few months before.

Survivor Series Countdown, DVD Edition: The Rock (The People’s Champ)

Yeah, it’s my shameless attempt to further milk the Rock’s return, so sue me.  Today it’s the three previous Rock DVD releases, as originally done by me in 2008.

The SmarK DVD Rant for The Rock: The People's Champ

- So this, like many of the early WWF DVDs, is an expanded and remastered version of a video tape release from a few months before.

Matt Goes To Jail Now

http://www.f4wonline.com/more/more-top-stories/96-wwe/23054-matt-hardy-jailed-after-accusation-of-breaking-terms-of-probationDid you ever think we’d get to the point where Jeff was looking like the stable and sensible one in comparison?  On the bright side, Matt once made a big show of revealing his million dollar savings account on Youtube, so now he can put it to good use until he’s tried and given an even longer sentence.  I don’t foresee any 10 day slap on the wrist for Matt, and I don’t foresee any happy ending to the story, either.  Can we trace this all back to Edge stealing his girlfriend, do you think?

Matt Goes To Jail Now

http://www.f4wonline.com/more/more-top-stories/96-wwe/23054-matt-hardy-jailed-after-accusation-of-breaking-terms-of-probationDid you ever think we’d get to the point where Jeff was looking like the stable and sensible one in comparison?  On the bright side, Matt once made a big show of revealing his million dollar savings account on Youtube, so now he can put it to good use until he’s tried and given an even longer sentence.  I don’t foresee any 10 day slap on the wrist for Matt, and I don’t foresee any happy ending to the story, either.  Can we trace this all back to Edge stealing his girlfriend, do you think?

Matt Goes To Jail Now

http://www.f4wonline.com/more/more-top-stories/96-wwe/23054-matt-hardy-jailed-after-accusation-of-breaking-terms-of-probationDid you ever think we’d get to the point where Jeff was looking like the stable and sensible one in comparison?  On the bright side, Matt once made a big show of revealing his million dollar savings account on Youtube, so now he can put it to good use until he’s tried and given an even longer sentence.  I don’t foresee any 10 day slap on the wrist for Matt, and I don’t foresee any happy ending to the story, either.  Can we trace this all back to Edge stealing his girlfriend, do you think?

Survivor Series Countdown: 2006

(2011 Scott sez:  There is no 2005 rant.  I think it was Cena v. Angle or something like that, I honestly forget.)The SmarK Rant for WWE Survivor Series 2006- Weekly turnover on 24/7 is coming soon, so I figure I should get this one wrapped up while I could.- Live from Philly- Your hosts are Michael Cole, JBL, Jim Ross, and Jerry Lawler. They should just promote JBL to RAW and let him do all the PPVs with Jim Ross.  (2011 Scott sez:  Or they could have him come out of retirement and do a crappy run with Cena before retiring again.  Whatever.)

Survivor Series Countdown: 2006

(2011 Scott sez:  There is no 2005 rant.  I think it was Cena v. Angle or something like that, I honestly forget.)The SmarK Rant for WWE Survivor Series 2006- Weekly turnover on 24/7 is coming soon, so I figure I should get this one wrapped up while I could.- Live from Philly- Your hosts are Michael Cole, JBL, Jim Ross, and Jerry Lawler. They should just promote JBL to RAW and let him do all the PPVs with Jim Ross.  (2011 Scott sez:  Or they could have him come out of retirement and do a crappy run with Cena before retiring again.  Whatever.)

Survivor Series Countdown: 2006

(2011 Scott sez:  There is no 2005 rant.  I think it was Cena v. Angle or something like that, I honestly forget.)The SmarK Rant for WWE Survivor Series 2006- Weekly turnover on 24/7 is coming soon, so I figure I should get this one wrapped up while I could.- Live from Philly- Your hosts are Michael Cole, JBL, Jim Ross, and Jerry Lawler. They should just promote JBL to RAW and let him do all the PPVs with Jim Ross.  (2011 Scott sez:  Or they could have him come out of retirement and do a crappy run with Cena before retiring again.  Whatever.)

UFC Preview

Here is my preview of UFC 139: Shogun vs. Henderson.
http://www.ultimatesportstalk.com/theultimatefightshow/?p=130
Also, make sure you check out The Ultimate Fight Show, this Saturday at Noon ET!
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/theultimatefightshow/2011/11/19/the-ultimate-fight-show
Thanks for the support!Should be a good show, but UFC runs way, WAY too many shows at this point.  Henderson v. Shogun should be a semi-main or a main event on free TV, not a PPV main.  I’m hoping that Hendo wins because he’d make for a more interesting challenger to Jon Jones than Rua would.

UFC Preview

Here is my preview of UFC 139: Shogun vs. Henderson.
http://www.ultimatesportstalk.com/theultimatefightshow/?p=130
Also, make sure you check out The Ultimate Fight Show, this Saturday at Noon ET!
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/theultimatefightshow/2011/11/19/the-ultimate-fight-show
Thanks for the support!Should be a good show, but UFC runs way, WAY too many shows at this point.  Henderson v. Shogun should be a semi-main or a main event on free TV, not a PPV main.  I’m hoping that Hendo wins because he’d make for a more interesting challenger to Jon Jones than Rua would.

UFC Preview

Here is my preview of UFC 139: Shogun vs. Henderson.
http://www.ultimatesportstalk.com/theultimatefightshow/?p=130
Also, make sure you check out The Ultimate Fight Show, this Saturday at Noon ET!
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/theultimatefightshow/2011/11/19/the-ultimate-fight-show
Thanks for the support!Should be a good show, but UFC runs way, WAY too many shows at this point.  Henderson v. Shogun should be a semi-main or a main event on free TV, not a PPV main.  I’m hoping that Hendo wins because he’d make for a more interesting challenger to Jon Jones than Rua would.

Savage v. Piper

Was there ever a WWF mini-program between Savage and Piper?  Seems like those two would have had a feud for the ages during their prime.  Two of the all-time great heels, but even a face vs. face match in '91-'92 timeframe would have been classic.  Obviously the later WCW matches were embarassing but both guys were done by then.I am 99.9999% sure that they had at least one match in late 1986/early 1987 during a house show run, which would be after Piper’s return and face turn and before Savage’s face turn, but I don’t recall anything about it or if it’s on any video releases.  Otherwise, no, I don’t think they ever met outside of WCW, and more’s the shame because the promos would have been EPIC.  Can you imagine Piper blocking the double axehandle by giving Savage the Stooge Eyepoke?  My god, that would be worth **** right there.

Savage v. Piper

Was there ever a WWF mini-program between Savage and Piper?  Seems like those two would have had a feud for the ages during their prime.  Two of the all-time great heels, but even a face vs. face match in '91-'92 timeframe would have been classic.  Obviously the later WCW matches were embarassing but both guys were done by then.I am 99.9999% sure that they had at least one match in late 1986/early 1987 during a house show run, which would be after Piper’s return and face turn and before Savage’s face turn, but I don’t recall anything about it or if it’s on any video releases.  Otherwise, no, I don’t think they ever met outside of WCW, and more’s the shame because the promos would have been EPIC.  Can you imagine Piper blocking the double axehandle by giving Savage the Stooge Eyepoke?  My god, that would be worth **** right there.

Savage v. Piper

Was there ever a WWF mini-program between Savage and Piper?  Seems like those two would have had a feud for the ages during their prime.  Two of the all-time great heels, but even a face vs. face match in '91-'92 timeframe would have been classic.  Obviously the later WCW matches were embarassing but both guys were done by then.I am 99.9999% sure that they had at least one match in late 1986/early 1987 during a house show run, which would be after Piper’s return and face turn and before Savage’s face turn, but I don’t recall anything about it or if it’s on any video releases.  Otherwise, no, I don’t think they ever met outside of WCW, and more’s the shame because the promos would have been EPIC.  Can you imagine Piper blocking the double axehandle by giving Savage the Stooge Eyepoke?  My god, that would be worth **** right there.

Plans For Austin?

Scott --
I was reading something from one of your books about Steve Austin and it got me thinking. Were there any plans for Austin after WrestleMania XIX? He put the Rock over to set up Rock/Goldberg, then he was written out of the storyline the following night on Raw due to his messed up neck and apparent panic attack the night before the show. Or whatever it was. If he had been healthy enough to keep going, was there a plan for Austin? A move to Smackdown or a feud with HHH or Flair or Michaels on Raw or something? I seem to recall from your review of Raw the night after WrestleMania where Bischoff "fired" him you wrote something like, "See you on Smackdown!"At the time I thought that the injury thing was a work, but in hindsight it’s pretty clear they were phasing him out in favor of Brock and Angle.  Plus given that Austin’s neck had been known to be shot since the Owen injury in 1997, he had been living on borrowed time anyway.  So unless Austin really dro…

Plans For Austin?

Scott --
I was reading something from one of your books about Steve Austin and it got me thinking. Were there any plans for Austin after WrestleMania XIX? He put the Rock over to set up Rock/Goldberg, then he was written out of the storyline the following night on Raw due to his messed up neck and apparent panic attack the night before the show. Or whatever it was. If he had been healthy enough to keep going, was there a plan for Austin? A move to Smackdown or a feud with HHH or Flair or Michaels on Raw or something? I seem to recall from your review of Raw the night after WrestleMania where Bischoff "fired" him you wrote something like, "See you on Smackdown!"At the time I thought that the injury thing was a work, but in hindsight it’s pretty clear they were phasing him out in favor of Brock and Angle.  Plus given that Austin’s neck had been known to be shot since the Owen injury in 1997, he had been living on borrowed time anyway.  So unless Austin really dro…

Plans For Austin?

Scott --
I was reading something from one of your books about Steve Austin and it got me thinking. Were there any plans for Austin after WrestleMania XIX? He put the Rock over to set up Rock/Goldberg, then he was written out of the storyline the following night on Raw due to his messed up neck and apparent panic attack the night before the show. Or whatever it was. If he had been healthy enough to keep going, was there a plan for Austin? A move to Smackdown or a feud with HHH or Flair or Michaels on Raw or something? I seem to recall from your review of Raw the night after WrestleMania where Bischoff "fired" him you wrote something like, "See you on Smackdown!"At the time I thought that the injury thing was a work, but in hindsight it’s pretty clear they were phasing him out in favor of Brock and Angle.  Plus given that Austin’s neck had been known to be shot since the Owen injury in 1997, he had been living on borrowed time anyway.  So unless Austin really dro…