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What Not To Wear–Wrestling Edition

Was watching some old school Sting and it got me thinking about my favorite tight designs/colors from the colorful guys out there. My favorites: Sting: Always liked the neon green/black combo. Randy Savage: The blue/white combo from his retirement match with Warrior. Jake Roberts: The flames/cobra combo from Tuesday in Texas. Rick Rude: Cheryl Roberts. Kurt Angle: Black tights from WM 18. Shawn Michaels: The blacks tights with the DX logo from the Shamrock match at In Your House. That's off the top of my head at the moment. Any others?I’ve always been a fan of Savage’s red tights and yellow kneepads/boots myself.  Loved Ricky Steamboat’s white tights with green dragon design as well, so obviously WM3 was like the perfect storm of awesome tights.  That’s definitely one thing I’ve noticed about the modern era – a whole lot of guys wearing boring black tights.  RVD was really the last guy to use any imagination with his designs.  And yeah, Kurt Angle’s mirror universe tights were the…

What Not To Wear–Wrestling Edition

Was watching some old school Sting and it got me thinking about my favorite tight designs/colors from the colorful guys out there. My favorites: Sting: Always liked the neon green/black combo. Randy Savage: The blue/white combo from his retirement match with Warrior. Jake Roberts: The flames/cobra combo from Tuesday in Texas. Rick Rude: Cheryl Roberts. Kurt Angle: Black tights from WM 18. Shawn Michaels: The blacks tights with the DX logo from the Shamrock match at In Your House. That's off the top of my head at the moment. Any others?I’ve always been a fan of Savage’s red tights and yellow kneepads/boots myself.  Loved Ricky Steamboat’s white tights with green dragon design as well, so obviously WM3 was like the perfect storm of awesome tights.  That’s definitely one thing I’ve noticed about the modern era – a whole lot of guys wearing boring black tights.  RVD was really the last guy to use any imagination with his designs.  And yeah, Kurt Angle’s mirror universe tights were the…

What Not To Wear–Wrestling Edition

Was watching some old school Sting and it got me thinking about my favorite tight designs/colors from the colorful guys out there. My favorites: Sting: Always liked the neon green/black combo. Randy Savage: The blue/white combo from his retirement match with Warrior. Jake Roberts: The flames/cobra combo from Tuesday in Texas. Rick Rude: Cheryl Roberts. Kurt Angle: Black tights from WM 18. Shawn Michaels: The blacks tights with the DX logo from the Shamrock match at In Your House. That's off the top of my head at the moment. Any others?I’ve always been a fan of Savage’s red tights and yellow kneepads/boots myself.  Loved Ricky Steamboat’s white tights with green dragon design as well, so obviously WM3 was like the perfect storm of awesome tights.  That’s definitely one thing I’ve noticed about the modern era – a whole lot of guys wearing boring black tights.  RVD was really the last guy to use any imagination with his designs.  And yeah, Kurt Angle’s mirror universe tights were the…

What Not To Wear–Wrestling Edition

Was watching some old school Sting and it got me thinking about my favorite tight designs/colors from the colorful guys out there. My favorites: Sting: Always liked the neon green/black combo. Randy Savage: The blue/white combo from his retirement match with Warrior. Jake Roberts: The flames/cobra combo from Tuesday in Texas. Rick Rude: Cheryl Roberts. Kurt Angle: Black tights from WM 18. Shawn Michaels: The blacks tights with the DX logo from the Shamrock match at In Your House. That's off the top of my head at the moment. Any others?I’ve always been a fan of Savage’s red tights and yellow kneepads/boots myself.  Loved Ricky Steamboat’s white tights with green dragon design as well, so obviously WM3 was like the perfect storm of awesome tights.  That’s definitely one thing I’ve noticed about the modern era – a whole lot of guys wearing boring black tights.  RVD was really the last guy to use any imagination with his designs.  And yeah, Kurt Angle’s mirror universe tights were the…

Scott Reviews The New 52 (And Other Stuff Too!)–12.28.11

Scott Reviews The New 52 (And Other Stuff Too!) – 12.28.11I just wanted to start with a point that I’ve been meaning to make for a while now: I really appreciate the new dedication from both DC and Marvel to actually shipping their titles ON TIME now that the digital era is here. Especially DC, who had been getting especially sloppy and treating release dates as suggestions in the past few years. It’s good to know that certain titles are going to be available at the same time every month, even if it means changing up the art team to get it done. Deadlines are a fact of life in just about every other profession, and comics should be no exception. Anyway, this week is pretty packed, as Marvel has some interesting offerings yet again and I add another new title to the New 52 pull list after some good recommendations. I did read Secret Avengers #20 but time travel stories give me a headache, so it wasn’t really my thing.

Scott Reviews The New 52 (And Other Stuff Too!)–12.28.11

Scott Reviews The New 52 (And Other Stuff Too!) – 12.28.11I just wanted to start with a point that I’ve been meaning to make for a while now: I really appreciate the new dedication from both DC and Marvel to actually shipping their titles ON TIME now that the digital era is here. Especially DC, who had been getting especially sloppy and treating release dates as suggestions in the past few years. It’s good to know that certain titles are going to be available at the same time every month, even if it means changing up the art team to get it done. Deadlines are a fact of life in just about every other profession, and comics should be no exception. Anyway, this week is pretty packed, as Marvel has some interesting offerings yet again and I add another new title to the New 52 pull list after some good recommendations. I did read Secret Avengers #20 but time travel stories give me a headache, so it wasn’t really my thing.

Scott Reviews The New 52 (And Other Stuff Too!)–12.28.11

Scott Reviews The New 52 (And Other Stuff Too!) – 12.28.11I just wanted to start with a point that I’ve been meaning to make for a while now: I really appreciate the new dedication from both DC and Marvel to actually shipping their titles ON TIME now that the digital era is here. Especially DC, who had been getting especially sloppy and treating release dates as suggestions in the past few years. It’s good to know that certain titles are going to be available at the same time every month, even if it means changing up the art team to get it done. Deadlines are a fact of life in just about every other profession, and comics should be no exception. Anyway, this week is pretty packed, as Marvel has some interesting offerings yet again and I add another new title to the New 52 pull list after some good recommendations. I did read Secret Avengers #20 but time travel stories give me a headache, so it wasn’t really my thing.

Scott Reviews The New 52 (And Other Stuff Too!)–12.28.11

Scott Reviews The New 52 (And Other Stuff Too!) – 12.28.11I just wanted to start with a point that I’ve been meaning to make for a while now: I really appreciate the new dedication from both DC and Marvel to actually shipping their titles ON TIME now that the digital era is here. Especially DC, who had been getting especially sloppy and treating release dates as suggestions in the past few years. It’s good to know that certain titles are going to be available at the same time every month, even if it means changing up the art team to get it done. Deadlines are a fact of life in just about every other profession, and comics should be no exception. Anyway, this week is pretty packed, as Marvel has some interesting offerings yet again and I add another new title to the New 52 pull list after some good recommendations. I did read Secret Avengers #20 but time travel stories give me a headache, so it wasn’t really my thing.

Theater Plug

Mr. Keith, Longtime fan.  A while ago I asked you to plug a youth theater production of my plays and you were generous enough to comply even though it was rather irrelevant.  You couldn't come to it because it was in a different country and you were busy getting married, but I don't hold it against you.   So here I am, again, with a vlog that's actually relevant, featuring a portrayal of the new World Heavyweight Champion.  If you could plug this as well, it would be greatly appreciated.   http://blip.tv/beardosblog/beardo-unboxes-episode-2-robot-chicken-candy-bear-5832949Thank you for your time and I hope all is well with you.All is indeed well.  Sorry for the delay in posting your plug.

Theater Plug

Mr. Keith, Longtime fan.  A while ago I asked you to plug a youth theater production of my plays and you were generous enough to comply even though it was rather irrelevant.  You couldn't come to it because it was in a different country and you were busy getting married, but I don't hold it against you.   So here I am, again, with a vlog that's actually relevant, featuring a portrayal of the new World Heavyweight Champion.  If you could plug this as well, it would be greatly appreciated.   http://blip.tv/beardosblog/beardo-unboxes-episode-2-robot-chicken-candy-bear-5832949Thank you for your time and I hope all is well with you.All is indeed well.  Sorry for the delay in posting your plug.

Theater Plug

Mr. Keith, Longtime fan.  A while ago I asked you to plug a youth theater production of my plays and you were generous enough to comply even though it was rather irrelevant.  You couldn't come to it because it was in a different country and you were busy getting married, but I don't hold it against you.   So here I am, again, with a vlog that's actually relevant, featuring a portrayal of the new World Heavyweight Champion.  If you could plug this as well, it would be greatly appreciated.   http://blip.tv/beardosblog/beardo-unboxes-episode-2-robot-chicken-candy-bear-5832949Thank you for your time and I hope all is well with you.All is indeed well.  Sorry for the delay in posting your plug.

Theater Plug

Mr. Keith, Longtime fan.  A while ago I asked you to plug a youth theater production of my plays and you were generous enough to comply even though it was rather irrelevant.  You couldn't come to it because it was in a different country and you were busy getting married, but I don't hold it against you.   So here I am, again, with a vlog that's actually relevant, featuring a portrayal of the new World Heavyweight Champion.  If you could plug this as well, it would be greatly appreciated.   http://blip.tv/beardosblog/beardo-unboxes-episode-2-robot-chicken-candy-bear-5832949Thank you for your time and I hope all is well with you.All is indeed well.  Sorry for the delay in posting your plug.

RSPW Awards Live!

Scott, Saw your awards post on the blog, and I thought I'd use some of my connections (Eric Gargiulo, RD Reynolds, among others) to revive the awards. I'm doing a call for nominations as we speak, which I hope to collect by January 2 or 3. They're listed here: http://justinsport.webs.com/noms.txt If you post this, the e-mail to reach me is cynicjrh@gmail.com. I'm open to nominees from any promotion, just as Kunze and CRZ were, and I'm hoping for a big turnout.Sounds good.  My own awards were going to consist mainly of a joke about the CM Punk Award For Excellence In Being CM Punk.

RSPW Awards Live!

Scott, Saw your awards post on the blog, and I thought I'd use some of my connections (Eric Gargiulo, RD Reynolds, among others) to revive the awards. I'm doing a call for nominations as we speak, which I hope to collect by January 2 or 3. They're listed here: http://justinsport.webs.com/noms.txt If you post this, the e-mail to reach me is cynicjrh@gmail.com. I'm open to nominees from any promotion, just as Kunze and CRZ were, and I'm hoping for a big turnout.Sounds good.  My own awards were going to consist mainly of a joke about the CM Punk Award For Excellence In Being CM Punk.

RSPW Awards Live!

Scott, Saw your awards post on the blog, and I thought I'd use some of my connections (Eric Gargiulo, RD Reynolds, among others) to revive the awards. I'm doing a call for nominations as we speak, which I hope to collect by January 2 or 3. They're listed here: http://justinsport.webs.com/noms.txt If you post this, the e-mail to reach me is cynicjrh@gmail.com. I'm open to nominees from any promotion, just as Kunze and CRZ were, and I'm hoping for a big turnout.Sounds good.  My own awards were going to consist mainly of a joke about the CM Punk Award For Excellence In Being CM Punk.

RSPW Awards Live!

Scott, Saw your awards post on the blog, and I thought I'd use some of my connections (Eric Gargiulo, RD Reynolds, among others) to revive the awards. I'm doing a call for nominations as we speak, which I hope to collect by January 2 or 3. They're listed here: http://justinsport.webs.com/noms.txt If you post this, the e-mail to reach me is cynicjrh@gmail.com. I'm open to nominees from any promotion, just as Kunze and CRZ were, and I'm hoping for a big turnout.Sounds good.  My own awards were going to consist mainly of a joke about the CM Punk Award For Excellence In Being CM Punk.

Creative Control

Scott,
For years there has been talk of Hogan (and others') "creative control" clauses.  How exactly are these structured?  Obviously he was allowed to veto doing jobs, but have you seen the language of these contracts?  How much 'control' does the performer really have?  If Bischoff was to have said, "Hulk, you're tapping clean to Sting's Deathlock at Starrcade '97", what is it specifically that allows Hogan to veto that?  Is it in his contract or just an instance of Bischoff thinking it's more trouble than it's worth to argue about?  Is it the same idea with Vince re: Hart-Hogan in '93?
In the same vein, how did Hogan have the 'creative control' to put himself over Yokozuna at Wrestlemania 9?  Shawn Michaels refusing to drop the title?  Bret vetoing the Montreal job?Bret Hart week continues here at the blog!

Creative Control

Scott,
For years there has been talk of Hogan (and others') "creative control" clauses.  How exactly are these structured?  Obviously he was allowed to veto doing jobs, but have you seen the language of these contracts?  How much 'control' does the performer really have?  If Bischoff was to have said, "Hulk, you're tapping clean to Sting's Deathlock at Starrcade '97", what is it specifically that allows Hogan to veto that?  Is it in his contract or just an instance of Bischoff thinking it's more trouble than it's worth to argue about?  Is it the same idea with Vince re: Hart-Hogan in '93?
In the same vein, how did Hogan have the 'creative control' to put himself over Yokozuna at Wrestlemania 9?  Shawn Michaels refusing to drop the title?  Bret vetoing the Montreal job?Bret Hart week continues here at the blog!

Creative Control

Scott,
For years there has been talk of Hogan (and others') "creative control" clauses.  How exactly are these structured?  Obviously he was allowed to veto doing jobs, but have you seen the language of these contracts?  How much 'control' does the performer really have?  If Bischoff was to have said, "Hulk, you're tapping clean to Sting's Deathlock at Starrcade '97", what is it specifically that allows Hogan to veto that?  Is it in his contract or just an instance of Bischoff thinking it's more trouble than it's worth to argue about?  Is it the same idea with Vince re: Hart-Hogan in '93?
In the same vein, how did Hogan have the 'creative control' to put himself over Yokozuna at Wrestlemania 9?  Shawn Michaels refusing to drop the title?  Bret vetoing the Montreal job?Bret Hart week continues here at the blog!

Creative Control

Scott,
For years there has been talk of Hogan (and others') "creative control" clauses.  How exactly are these structured?  Obviously he was allowed to veto doing jobs, but have you seen the language of these contracts?  How much 'control' does the performer really have?  If Bischoff was to have said, "Hulk, you're tapping clean to Sting's Deathlock at Starrcade '97", what is it specifically that allows Hogan to veto that?  Is it in his contract or just an instance of Bischoff thinking it's more trouble than it's worth to argue about?  Is it the same idea with Vince re: Hart-Hogan in '93?
In the same vein, how did Hogan have the 'creative control' to put himself over Yokozuna at Wrestlemania 9?  Shawn Michaels refusing to drop the title?  Bret vetoing the Montreal job?Bret Hart week continues here at the blog!

Hogan v. The Little Guy

Hi Scott,
Looking back at Hogan's career, particularly in WWF he always seemed to refuse to work with guys significantly smaller than him. Henning, Hart, possibly Flair and god knows who else. When I've watched a few matches where he did face somebody smaller in him, you can see that people would actually start cheering for the heal. The main reason being was Hogan was so much bigger the heals became underdogs. Despite all the programming to make people love Hogan some fans would cheer the underdog, even accept them needing to cheat to win against him. Or at least some Hogan fans wouldn't be that enthusiastic to see him beat up a not all that threatening smaller guy. I suspect he learned this when doing house shows with a then heal Jake the Snake.

Hogan v. The Little Guy

Hi Scott,
Looking back at Hogan's career, particularly in WWF he always seemed to refuse to work with guys significantly smaller than him. Henning, Hart, possibly Flair and god knows who else. When I've watched a few matches where he did face somebody smaller in him, you can see that people would actually start cheering for the heal. The main reason being was Hogan was so much bigger the heals became underdogs. Despite all the programming to make people love Hogan some fans would cheer the underdog, even accept them needing to cheat to win against him. Or at least some Hogan fans wouldn't be that enthusiastic to see him beat up a not all that threatening smaller guy. I suspect he learned this when doing house shows with a then heal Jake the Snake.

Hogan v. The Little Guy

Hi Scott,
Looking back at Hogan's career, particularly in WWF he always seemed to refuse to work with guys significantly smaller than him. Henning, Hart, possibly Flair and god knows who else. When I've watched a few matches where he did face somebody smaller in him, you can see that people would actually start cheering for the heal. The main reason being was Hogan was so much bigger the heals became underdogs. Despite all the programming to make people love Hogan some fans would cheer the underdog, even accept them needing to cheat to win against him. Or at least some Hogan fans wouldn't be that enthusiastic to see him beat up a not all that threatening smaller guy. I suspect he learned this when doing house shows with a then heal Jake the Snake.

Hogan v. The Little Guy

Hi Scott,
Looking back at Hogan's career, particularly in WWF he always seemed to refuse to work with guys significantly smaller than him. Henning, Hart, possibly Flair and god knows who else. When I've watched a few matches where he did face somebody smaller in him, you can see that people would actually start cheering for the heal. The main reason being was Hogan was so much bigger the heals became underdogs. Despite all the programming to make people love Hogan some fans would cheer the underdog, even accept them needing to cheat to win against him. Or at least some Hogan fans wouldn't be that enthusiastic to see him beat up a not all that threatening smaller guy. I suspect he learned this when doing house shows with a then heal Jake the Snake.

Hogan v. Montreal

Heard something I would love to hear you respond to.  On a recent episode of the "steve czaban" radio show, Hulk Hogan appeared and was asked about the Montreal incident.  His response was "that we all have jobs, and we show up and do those jobs.  Bret showed up and said he wasn't going to do his job."
My first reaction was to laugh.  Then laugh some more.  And then.... laugh a lot more.
But then I did think about Hogan's departure from WWF(E).  He did basically let Yoko squash him.  Including getting defeated with his own move and selling it on his way back to the locker room.
So my question is this: Do I laugh at absurdity of Hogan stance of someone else doing the job?  Or accept it for the way he did the job when he left?Yeah, well, Hogan refused to do the job for Bret Hart in the first place, which is why they had to swap in Yoko, so he’s got no leg to stand on there.  Bret was more than happy to do the job for Shawn Michaels or anyone else down to Steve L…

Hogan v. Montreal

Heard something I would love to hear you respond to.  On a recent episode of the "steve czaban" radio show, Hulk Hogan appeared and was asked about the Montreal incident.  His response was "that we all have jobs, and we show up and do those jobs.  Bret showed up and said he wasn't going to do his job."
My first reaction was to laugh.  Then laugh some more.  And then.... laugh a lot more.
But then I did think about Hogan's departure from WWF(E).  He did basically let Yoko squash him.  Including getting defeated with his own move and selling it on his way back to the locker room.
So my question is this: Do I laugh at absurdity of Hogan stance of someone else doing the job?  Or accept it for the way he did the job when he left?Yeah, well, Hogan refused to do the job for Bret Hart in the first place, which is why they had to swap in Yoko, so he’s got no leg to stand on there.  Bret was more than happy to do the job for Shawn Michaels or anyone else down to Steve L…

Hogan v. Montreal

Heard something I would love to hear you respond to.  On a recent episode of the "steve czaban" radio show, Hulk Hogan appeared and was asked about the Montreal incident.  His response was "that we all have jobs, and we show up and do those jobs.  Bret showed up and said he wasn't going to do his job."
My first reaction was to laugh.  Then laugh some more.  And then.... laugh a lot more.
But then I did think about Hogan's departure from WWF(E).  He did basically let Yoko squash him.  Including getting defeated with his own move and selling it on his way back to the locker room.
So my question is this: Do I laugh at absurdity of Hogan stance of someone else doing the job?  Or accept it for the way he did the job when he left?Yeah, well, Hogan refused to do the job for Bret Hart in the first place, which is why they had to swap in Yoko, so he’s got no leg to stand on there.  Bret was more than happy to do the job for Shawn Michaels or anyone else down to Steve L…

Hogan v. Montreal

Heard something I would love to hear you respond to.  On a recent episode of the "steve czaban" radio show, Hulk Hogan appeared and was asked about the Montreal incident.  His response was "that we all have jobs, and we show up and do those jobs.  Bret showed up and said he wasn't going to do his job."
My first reaction was to laugh.  Then laugh some more.  And then.... laugh a lot more.
But then I did think about Hogan's departure from WWF(E).  He did basically let Yoko squash him.  Including getting defeated with his own move and selling it on his way back to the locker room.
So my question is this: Do I laugh at absurdity of Hogan stance of someone else doing the job?  Or accept it for the way he did the job when he left?Yeah, well, Hogan refused to do the job for Bret Hart in the first place, which is why they had to swap in Yoko, so he’s got no leg to stand on there.  Bret was more than happy to do the job for Shawn Michaels or anyone else down to Steve L…

Bloggie Awards?

Hey Scott, Since there aren't any more RSPW awards, I was wondering (and hoping) if you might publish or post your own personal list of RSPW-esque awards for 2011 (Best Wrestler, Best Worker, Feud of the Year, etc.). I know you don't follow wrestling as extensively in the past, but I'm sure I'm not the only one who'd dig reading whatever list you put together.OK, I’m game.  Do you guys want me just to pick winners, or should I do a list of nominees and let people vote all democratic-like?  And do we just go with Observer-standard categories?

Bloggie Awards?

Hey Scott, Since there aren't any more RSPW awards, I was wondering (and hoping) if you might publish or post your own personal list of RSPW-esque awards for 2011 (Best Wrestler, Best Worker, Feud of the Year, etc.). I know you don't follow wrestling as extensively in the past, but I'm sure I'm not the only one who'd dig reading whatever list you put together.OK, I’m game.  Do you guys want me just to pick winners, or should I do a list of nominees and let people vote all democratic-like?  And do we just go with Observer-standard categories?

Bloggie Awards?

Hey Scott, Since there aren't any more RSPW awards, I was wondering (and hoping) if you might publish or post your own personal list of RSPW-esque awards for 2011 (Best Wrestler, Best Worker, Feud of the Year, etc.). I know you don't follow wrestling as extensively in the past, but I'm sure I'm not the only one who'd dig reading whatever list you put together.OK, I’m game.  Do you guys want me just to pick winners, or should I do a list of nominees and let people vote all democratic-like?  And do we just go with Observer-standard categories?

Bloggie Awards?

Hey Scott, Since there aren't any more RSPW awards, I was wondering (and hoping) if you might publish or post your own personal list of RSPW-esque awards for 2011 (Best Wrestler, Best Worker, Feud of the Year, etc.). I know you don't follow wrestling as extensively in the past, but I'm sure I'm not the only one who'd dig reading whatever list you put together.OK, I’m game.  Do you guys want me just to pick winners, or should I do a list of nominees and let people vote all democratic-like?  And do we just go with Observer-standard categories?

Rock/Cena

From this point on, how would you book Rock/Cena feud going into Wrestlemania?  How would you change the booking starting with February last year (keeping in mind the Rock's limited availability)? Also, would you ever make the Rock a weekly on air performer (if for some reason he wanted to)? I feel even if he wanted to show up every week, it would take away alot more than it would gain. I would have kept him off TV completely except to come on one show and lay out Cena leading up to Survivor Series. I would have had Cena’s team v. Rock’s team and eliminated everyone until it was down to Rock v. Cena.  Then before they can touch, someone (Ziggler, wanting to show up the big stars?) comes out and lays out Cena, Rock pins him, end of show.  So that occupies Cena for a few shows while Rock is back in Hollywood again.  Cena would finally go over at Wrestlemania, when it actually matters.  I wouldn’t trust the monkeys writing RAW to handle Rock from week to week and would keep him off T…

Rock/Cena

From this point on, how would you book Rock/Cena feud going into Wrestlemania?  How would you change the booking starting with February last year (keeping in mind the Rock's limited availability)? Also, would you ever make the Rock a weekly on air performer (if for some reason he wanted to)? I feel even if he wanted to show up every week, it would take away alot more than it would gain. I would have kept him off TV completely except to come on one show and lay out Cena leading up to Survivor Series. I would have had Cena’s team v. Rock’s team and eliminated everyone until it was down to Rock v. Cena.  Then before they can touch, someone (Ziggler, wanting to show up the big stars?) comes out and lays out Cena, Rock pins him, end of show.  So that occupies Cena for a few shows while Rock is back in Hollywood again.  Cena would finally go over at Wrestlemania, when it actually matters.  I wouldn’t trust the monkeys writing RAW to handle Rock from week to week and would keep him off T…

Rock/Cena

From this point on, how would you book Rock/Cena feud going into Wrestlemania?  How would you change the booking starting with February last year (keeping in mind the Rock's limited availability)? Also, would you ever make the Rock a weekly on air performer (if for some reason he wanted to)? I feel even if he wanted to show up every week, it would take away alot more than it would gain. I would have kept him off TV completely except to come on one show and lay out Cena leading up to Survivor Series. I would have had Cena’s team v. Rock’s team and eliminated everyone until it was down to Rock v. Cena.  Then before they can touch, someone (Ziggler, wanting to show up the big stars?) comes out and lays out Cena, Rock pins him, end of show.  So that occupies Cena for a few shows while Rock is back in Hollywood again.  Cena would finally go over at Wrestlemania, when it actually matters.  I wouldn’t trust the monkeys writing RAW to handle Rock from week to week and would keep him off T…

Rock/Cena

From this point on, how would you book Rock/Cena feud going into Wrestlemania?  How would you change the booking starting with February last year (keeping in mind the Rock's limited availability)? Also, would you ever make the Rock a weekly on air performer (if for some reason he wanted to)? I feel even if he wanted to show up every week, it would take away alot more than it would gain. I would have kept him off TV completely except to come on one show and lay out Cena leading up to Survivor Series. I would have had Cena’s team v. Rock’s team and eliminated everyone until it was down to Rock v. Cena.  Then before they can touch, someone (Ziggler, wanting to show up the big stars?) comes out and lays out Cena, Rock pins him, end of show.  So that occupies Cena for a few shows while Rock is back in Hollywood again.  Cena would finally go over at Wrestlemania, when it actually matters.  I wouldn’t trust the monkeys writing RAW to handle Rock from week to week and would keep him off T…

Underrated

Scott,I was just watching some of Halloween Havoc 1990 on YouTube, and had forgotten how good that show was.  You had great matches in Steiners-Nasty Boys, Horsemen-Doom, Hansen-Luger, and even Sting-Sid and Midnight Express-Morton/Rich has the crowd on their feet.  It seems like this is one of the forgotten great PPVs.  Any more that come to mind?Merry Christmas, all!  I really wouldn’t call Havoc 90 underrated.  Steiners-Nasties was a good brawl but the rest was pretty forgettable.  I think the 89 show was more underrated, with an awesome Flair/Sting v. Funk/Muta main event and Luger/Pillman underneath. I think WM 19 doesn’t get the love it probably deserves, either.  You got Shawn-Jericho, Angle-Lesnar, Austin-Rock…hell of a show.

Underrated

Scott,I was just watching some of Halloween Havoc 1990 on YouTube, and had forgotten how good that show was.  You had great matches in Steiners-Nasty Boys, Horsemen-Doom, Hansen-Luger, and even Sting-Sid and Midnight Express-Morton/Rich has the crowd on their feet.  It seems like this is one of the forgotten great PPVs.  Any more that come to mind?Merry Christmas, all!  I really wouldn’t call Havoc 90 underrated.  Steiners-Nasties was a good brawl but the rest was pretty forgettable.  I think the 89 show was more underrated, with an awesome Flair/Sting v. Funk/Muta main event and Luger/Pillman underneath. I think WM 19 doesn’t get the love it probably deserves, either.  You got Shawn-Jericho, Angle-Lesnar, Austin-Rock…hell of a show.

Underrated

Scott,I was just watching some of Halloween Havoc 1990 on YouTube, and had forgotten how good that show was.  You had great matches in Steiners-Nasty Boys, Horsemen-Doom, Hansen-Luger, and even Sting-Sid and Midnight Express-Morton/Rich has the crowd on their feet.  It seems like this is one of the forgotten great PPVs.  Any more that come to mind?Merry Christmas, all!  I really wouldn’t call Havoc 90 underrated.  Steiners-Nasties was a good brawl but the rest was pretty forgettable.  I think the 89 show was more underrated, with an awesome Flair/Sting v. Funk/Muta main event and Luger/Pillman underneath. I think WM 19 doesn’t get the love it probably deserves, either.  You got Shawn-Jericho, Angle-Lesnar, Austin-Rock…hell of a show.

Underrated

Scott,I was just watching some of Halloween Havoc 1990 on YouTube, and had forgotten how good that show was.  You had great matches in Steiners-Nasty Boys, Horsemen-Doom, Hansen-Luger, and even Sting-Sid and Midnight Express-Morton/Rich has the crowd on their feet.  It seems like this is one of the forgotten great PPVs.  Any more that come to mind?Merry Christmas, all!  I really wouldn’t call Havoc 90 underrated.  Steiners-Nasties was a good brawl but the rest was pretty forgettable.  I think the 89 show was more underrated, with an awesome Flair/Sting v. Funk/Muta main event and Luger/Pillman underneath. I think WM 19 doesn’t get the love it probably deserves, either.  You got Shawn-Jericho, Angle-Lesnar, Austin-Rock…hell of a show.

Biggest Matches

Not sure which superlative I should be using, but it dawned on me while watching Survivor Series that R-Truth had the most important/biggest match of his career.  Hell, Miz too, moreso than the WM main event.  And while we're at it, Cena will have his in next March.  But what about Rock? What about Austin? What about Triple H? What about Flair? Taker? Bret? Shawn? Nash?  Hall?  Angle? Funk?   Some I think are no brainers: Foley, HIAC.  Hogan's, I'd assume, was III against Andre, and in reverse.  Goldberg, versus Hogan on Nitro. Big Show, against Mayweather; the same breath, Bam Bam, against LT.  CM Punk, I'd say Money In The Bank.
Your logical thoughts on this?Interesting topic. I don’t think Miz has had his yet.  They’ll find something bigger for him, I’m pretty sure.  Rock:  I’m gonna go outside the box and say HHH at Backlash 2000.  It was really the culmination of his entire babyface turn in 1999 and provided the logical payoff for the entire year.  He never had an…

Biggest Matches

Not sure which superlative I should be using, but it dawned on me while watching Survivor Series that R-Truth had the most important/biggest match of his career.  Hell, Miz too, moreso than the WM main event.  And while we're at it, Cena will have his in next March.  But what about Rock? What about Austin? What about Triple H? What about Flair? Taker? Bret? Shawn? Nash?  Hall?  Angle? Funk?   Some I think are no brainers: Foley, HIAC.  Hogan's, I'd assume, was III against Andre, and in reverse.  Goldberg, versus Hogan on Nitro. Big Show, against Mayweather; the same breath, Bam Bam, against LT.  CM Punk, I'd say Money In The Bank.
Your logical thoughts on this?Interesting topic. I don’t think Miz has had his yet.  They’ll find something bigger for him, I’m pretty sure.  Rock:  I’m gonna go outside the box and say HHH at Backlash 2000.  It was really the culmination of his entire babyface turn in 1999 and provided the logical payoff for the entire year.  He never had an…

Biggest Matches

Not sure which superlative I should be using, but it dawned on me while watching Survivor Series that R-Truth had the most important/biggest match of his career.  Hell, Miz too, moreso than the WM main event.  And while we're at it, Cena will have his in next March.  But what about Rock? What about Austin? What about Triple H? What about Flair? Taker? Bret? Shawn? Nash?  Hall?  Angle? Funk?   Some I think are no brainers: Foley, HIAC.  Hogan's, I'd assume, was III against Andre, and in reverse.  Goldberg, versus Hogan on Nitro. Big Show, against Mayweather; the same breath, Bam Bam, against LT.  CM Punk, I'd say Money In The Bank.
Your logical thoughts on this?Interesting topic. I don’t think Miz has had his yet.  They’ll find something bigger for him, I’m pretty sure.  Rock:  I’m gonna go outside the box and say HHH at Backlash 2000.  It was really the culmination of his entire babyface turn in 1999 and provided the logical payoff for the entire year.  He never had an…

Biggest Matches

Not sure which superlative I should be using, but it dawned on me while watching Survivor Series that R-Truth had the most important/biggest match of his career.  Hell, Miz too, moreso than the WM main event.  And while we're at it, Cena will have his in next March.  But what about Rock? What about Austin? What about Triple H? What about Flair? Taker? Bret? Shawn? Nash?  Hall?  Angle? Funk?   Some I think are no brainers: Foley, HIAC.  Hogan's, I'd assume, was III against Andre, and in reverse.  Goldberg, versus Hogan on Nitro. Big Show, against Mayweather; the same breath, Bam Bam, against LT.  CM Punk, I'd say Money In The Bank.
Your logical thoughts on this?Interesting topic. I don’t think Miz has had his yet.  They’ll find something bigger for him, I’m pretty sure.  Rock:  I’m gonna go outside the box and say HHH at Backlash 2000.  It was really the culmination of his entire babyface turn in 1999 and provided the logical payoff for the entire year.  He never had an…

Scott Reviews The New 52 (And Other Stuff Too!)–12.21.11

Scott Reviews The New 52 (And Other Stuff, Too!) – 12.21.11I decided to ditch the cover photos in order to speed things up.  In case people are wondering.  Longtime reader Mike Campbell asks… We're four months into the New 52 now, what do you think the best series has been so far? For me, it's Aquaman. They took a character who has long been a running joke (lest we forget that The Rock told The Hurricane that even Aquaman could whip his candy ass), and created totally compelling character with a great storyline going on right now.I’m a big fan of Aquaman as it stands right now, but it’s more of a “surprisingly good” deal than an outright comic where you’d consider it to be one of the best. For me, Scott Snyder’s Batman has been a stone cold killer each and every issue, with Batwoman not far behind. Aquaman falls into the same category as OMAC for me thus far, where it’s very entertaining and I look forward to reading it each week, but it doesn’t stick with me in the same way t…

Scott Reviews The New 52 (And Other Stuff Too!)–12.21.11

Scott Reviews The New 52 (And Other Stuff, Too!) – 12.21.11I decided to ditch the cover photos in order to speed things up.  In case people are wondering.  Longtime reader Mike Campbell asks… We're four months into the New 52 now, what do you think the best series has been so far? For me, it's Aquaman. They took a character who has long been a running joke (lest we forget that The Rock told The Hurricane that even Aquaman could whip his candy ass), and created totally compelling character with a great storyline going on right now.I’m a big fan of Aquaman as it stands right now, but it’s more of a “surprisingly good” deal than an outright comic where you’d consider it to be one of the best. For me, Scott Snyder’s Batman has been a stone cold killer each and every issue, with Batwoman not far behind. Aquaman falls into the same category as OMAC for me thus far, where it’s very entertaining and I look forward to reading it each week, but it doesn’t stick with me in the same way t…

Scott Reviews The New 52 (And Other Stuff Too!)–12.21.11

Scott Reviews The New 52 (And Other Stuff, Too!) – 12.21.11I decided to ditch the cover photos in order to speed things up.  In case people are wondering.  Longtime reader Mike Campbell asks… We're four months into the New 52 now, what do you think the best series has been so far? For me, it's Aquaman. They took a character who has long been a running joke (lest we forget that The Rock told The Hurricane that even Aquaman could whip his candy ass), and created totally compelling character with a great storyline going on right now.I’m a big fan of Aquaman as it stands right now, but it’s more of a “surprisingly good” deal than an outright comic where you’d consider it to be one of the best. For me, Scott Snyder’s Batman has been a stone cold killer each and every issue, with Batwoman not far behind. Aquaman falls into the same category as OMAC for me thus far, where it’s very entertaining and I look forward to reading it each week, but it doesn’t stick with me in the same way t…

Scott Reviews The New 52 (And Other Stuff Too!)–12.21.11

Scott Reviews The New 52 (And Other Stuff, Too!) – 12.21.11I decided to ditch the cover photos in order to speed things up.  In case people are wondering.  Longtime reader Mike Campbell asks… We're four months into the New 52 now, what do you think the best series has been so far? For me, it's Aquaman. They took a character who has long been a running joke (lest we forget that The Rock told The Hurricane that even Aquaman could whip his candy ass), and created totally compelling character with a great storyline going on right now.I’m a big fan of Aquaman as it stands right now, but it’s more of a “surprisingly good” deal than an outright comic where you’d consider it to be one of the best. For me, Scott Snyder’s Batman has been a stone cold killer each and every issue, with Batwoman not far behind. Aquaman falls into the same category as OMAC for me thus far, where it’s very entertaining and I look forward to reading it each week, but it doesn’t stick with me in the same way t…

Long Island Plug

Hey Scott, Merry Christmas, first off. I know you're a fan of Zack Ryder's and you appreciate his unorthodox "get myself over" approach to his persona, and I thought you might like this look at just how far he's come. It's amazing to me, because he could have been just another "C" show casualty that jobbed out and got cut like Vance Archer, Jimmy Wang Yang or Luke Gallows, but what he did to avoid that fate in terms of connecting with the fans shouldn't go unnoticed. I hope that you'll share this with your readership, because I do enjoy their (mostly) intuitive perspective on various topics. http://bit.ly/vRX2Y2Thanks! JustinI thought for sure that the Edgeheads was a go-nowhere gimmick and both guys would be cannon fodder by the next round of cuts.  I guess Hawkins and Tyler Reks are trying a similar tactic on their own, and why not?  If WWE can’t get anyone over, someone else might as well try.

Long Island Plug

Hey Scott, Merry Christmas, first off. I know you're a fan of Zack Ryder's and you appreciate his unorthodox "get myself over" approach to his persona, and I thought you might like this look at just how far he's come. It's amazing to me, because he could have been just another "C" show casualty that jobbed out and got cut like Vance Archer, Jimmy Wang Yang or Luke Gallows, but what he did to avoid that fate in terms of connecting with the fans shouldn't go unnoticed. I hope that you'll share this with your readership, because I do enjoy their (mostly) intuitive perspective on various topics. http://bit.ly/vRX2Y2Thanks! JustinI thought for sure that the Edgeheads was a go-nowhere gimmick and both guys would be cannon fodder by the next round of cuts.  I guess Hawkins and Tyler Reks are trying a similar tactic on their own, and why not?  If WWE can’t get anyone over, someone else might as well try.

Long Island Plug

Hey Scott, Merry Christmas, first off. I know you're a fan of Zack Ryder's and you appreciate his unorthodox "get myself over" approach to his persona, and I thought you might like this look at just how far he's come. It's amazing to me, because he could have been just another "C" show casualty that jobbed out and got cut like Vance Archer, Jimmy Wang Yang or Luke Gallows, but what he did to avoid that fate in terms of connecting with the fans shouldn't go unnoticed. I hope that you'll share this with your readership, because I do enjoy their (mostly) intuitive perspective on various topics. http://bit.ly/vRX2Y2Thanks! JustinI thought for sure that the Edgeheads was a go-nowhere gimmick and both guys would be cannon fodder by the next round of cuts.  I guess Hawkins and Tyler Reks are trying a similar tactic on their own, and why not?  If WWE can’t get anyone over, someone else might as well try.

Long Island Plug

Hey Scott, Merry Christmas, first off. I know you're a fan of Zack Ryder's and you appreciate his unorthodox "get myself over" approach to his persona, and I thought you might like this look at just how far he's come. It's amazing to me, because he could have been just another "C" show casualty that jobbed out and got cut like Vance Archer, Jimmy Wang Yang or Luke Gallows, but what he did to avoid that fate in terms of connecting with the fans shouldn't go unnoticed. I hope that you'll share this with your readership, because I do enjoy their (mostly) intuitive perspective on various topics. http://bit.ly/vRX2Y2Thanks! JustinI thought for sure that the Edgeheads was a go-nowhere gimmick and both guys would be cannon fodder by the next round of cuts.  I guess Hawkins and Tyler Reks are trying a similar tactic on their own, and why not?  If WWE can’t get anyone over, someone else might as well try.

Deal Fulfilled!

There you go, Joe.



Deal Fulfilled!

There you go, Joe.



Deal Fulfilled!

There you go, Joe.



Deal Fulfilled!

There you go, Joe.



Ratingz

I saw this on the Death Valley Driver board and was wondering what your take was. I don't get The Observer but I've seen these ratings eb and flow blurbs posted from there on the DVD board quite a few times and they're pretty interesting. Also, feel free to post for blog fodder. Do you think this will be used as any sort of indictment on CM Punk and the new "geek revolution" and if so, is it justified or just jumping the gun? Also, it looks to me like every segment lost viewers except Cena's so it's hard to pinpoint one thing wrong with the show. Reminds of a line from Disco Inferno's shoot where he said he got bitched out by Nash for going two minutes too long and his segment losing to the WWF in a quarter and Disco reminded him, “Kevin, we’re losing ALL the quarter hours.”.

Ratingz

I saw this on the Death Valley Driver board and was wondering what your take was. I don't get The Observer but I've seen these ratings eb and flow blurbs posted from there on the DVD board quite a few times and they're pretty interesting. Also, feel free to post for blog fodder. Do you think this will be used as any sort of indictment on CM Punk and the new "geek revolution" and if so, is it justified or just jumping the gun? Also, it looks to me like every segment lost viewers except Cena's so it's hard to pinpoint one thing wrong with the show. Reminds of a line from Disco Inferno's shoot where he said he got bitched out by Nash for going two minutes too long and his segment losing to the WWF in a quarter and Disco reminded him, “Kevin, we’re losing ALL the quarter hours.”.

Ratingz

I saw this on the Death Valley Driver board and was wondering what your take was. I don't get The Observer but I've seen these ratings eb and flow blurbs posted from there on the DVD board quite a few times and they're pretty interesting. Also, feel free to post for blog fodder. Do you think this will be used as any sort of indictment on CM Punk and the new "geek revolution" and if so, is it justified or just jumping the gun? Also, it looks to me like every segment lost viewers except Cena's so it's hard to pinpoint one thing wrong with the show. Reminds of a line from Disco Inferno's shoot where he said he got bitched out by Nash for going two minutes too long and his segment losing to the WWF in a quarter and Disco reminded him, “Kevin, we’re losing ALL the quarter hours.”.

Ratingz

I saw this on the Death Valley Driver board and was wondering what your take was. I don't get The Observer but I've seen these ratings eb and flow blurbs posted from there on the DVD board quite a few times and they're pretty interesting. Also, feel free to post for blog fodder. Do you think this will be used as any sort of indictment on CM Punk and the new "geek revolution" and if so, is it justified or just jumping the gun? Also, it looks to me like every segment lost viewers except Cena's so it's hard to pinpoint one thing wrong with the show. Reminds of a line from Disco Inferno's shoot where he said he got bitched out by Nash for going two minutes too long and his segment losing to the WWF in a quarter and Disco reminded him, “Kevin, we’re losing ALL the quarter hours.”.

Survivor Series Buyrate Is In…

280,000 buys, according to various sources.  That’s up a not-so-whopping 35,000 from last year.  So Rock’s big return is worth 35,000 buys worldwide.  That’s kind of sad, but speaks volumes for how shitty the booking around the show was.  Now I’m not 100% sure that Wrestlemania will break the buyrate record for WWE after all.

Survivor Series Buyrate Is In…

280,000 buys, according to various sources.  That’s up a not-so-whopping 35,000 from last year.  So Rock’s big return is worth 35,000 buys worldwide.  That’s kind of sad, but speaks volumes for how shitty the booking around the show was.  Now I’m not 100% sure that Wrestlemania will break the buyrate record for WWE after all.

Survivor Series Buyrate Is In…

280,000 buys, according to various sources.  That’s up a not-so-whopping 35,000 from last year.  So Rock’s big return is worth 35,000 buys worldwide.  That’s kind of sad, but speaks volumes for how shitty the booking around the show was.  Now I’m not 100% sure that Wrestlemania will break the buyrate record for WWE after all.

Survivor Series Buyrate Is In…

280,000 buys, according to various sources.  That’s up a not-so-whopping 35,000 from last year.  So Rock’s big return is worth 35,000 buys worldwide.  That’s kind of sad, but speaks volumes for how shitty the booking around the show was.  Now I’m not 100% sure that Wrestlemania will break the buyrate record for WWE after all.

Smackdown v. RAW 2011

Dammit, I missed the free UFC 141 beta on Xbox Live.  Not that 25,000 people is a heck of a lot, so it was probably sold out by the morning.  Anyway, being the cheap bastard that I am, I waited until I could get Smackdown v. RAW 2011 for cheap, and that ideal price point for me ended up being $9.99 for a used copy from the dying Rogers Video.  Best part was that the (inherently stupid) “Online Axxess” codes were still good, meaning I also got Bret Hart and Chris Masters for free.  At any rate, I am having a lot of fun playing around in Universe mode right now, although I haven’t tried the Road To Wrestlemania mode.  I actually don’t mind the control scheme, as the right analog grapple system is fairly intuitive, even though it feels like guys have the same four moves over and over.  I’m not a big fan of the stipulation matches, as ladder matches are nigh impossible to win against the computer and I found tables matches to be a pain as well.  The thing I like about Universe mode, thoug…

Smackdown v. RAW 2011

Dammit, I missed the free UFC 141 beta on Xbox Live.  Not that 25,000 people is a heck of a lot, so it was probably sold out by the morning.  Anyway, being the cheap bastard that I am, I waited until I could get Smackdown v. RAW 2011 for cheap, and that ideal price point for me ended up being $9.99 for a used copy from the dying Rogers Video.  Best part was that the (inherently stupid) “Online Axxess” codes were still good, meaning I also got Bret Hart and Chris Masters for free.  At any rate, I am having a lot of fun playing around in Universe mode right now, although I haven’t tried the Road To Wrestlemania mode.  I actually don’t mind the control scheme, as the right analog grapple system is fairly intuitive, even though it feels like guys have the same four moves over and over.  I’m not a big fan of the stipulation matches, as ladder matches are nigh impossible to win against the computer and I found tables matches to be a pain as well.  The thing I like about Universe mode, thoug…

Smackdown v. RAW 2011

Dammit, I missed the free UFC 141 beta on Xbox Live.  Not that 25,000 people is a heck of a lot, so it was probably sold out by the morning.  Anyway, being the cheap bastard that I am, I waited until I could get Smackdown v. RAW 2011 for cheap, and that ideal price point for me ended up being $9.99 for a used copy from the dying Rogers Video.  Best part was that the (inherently stupid) “Online Axxess” codes were still good, meaning I also got Bret Hart and Chris Masters for free.  At any rate, I am having a lot of fun playing around in Universe mode right now, although I haven’t tried the Road To Wrestlemania mode.  I actually don’t mind the control scheme, as the right analog grapple system is fairly intuitive, even though it feels like guys have the same four moves over and over.  I’m not a big fan of the stipulation matches, as ladder matches are nigh impossible to win against the computer and I found tables matches to be a pain as well.  The thing I like about Universe mode, thoug…

Smackdown v. RAW 2011

Dammit, I missed the free UFC 141 beta on Xbox Live.  Not that 25,000 people is a heck of a lot, so it was probably sold out by the morning.  Anyway, being the cheap bastard that I am, I waited until I could get Smackdown v. RAW 2011 for cheap, and that ideal price point for me ended up being $9.99 for a used copy from the dying Rogers Video.  Best part was that the (inherently stupid) “Online Axxess” codes were still good, meaning I also got Bret Hart and Chris Masters for free.  At any rate, I am having a lot of fun playing around in Universe mode right now, although I haven’t tried the Road To Wrestlemania mode.  I actually don’t mind the control scheme, as the right analog grapple system is fairly intuitive, even though it feels like guys have the same four moves over and over.  I’m not a big fan of the stipulation matches, as ladder matches are nigh impossible to win against the computer and I found tables matches to be a pain as well.  The thing I like about Universe mode, thoug…

Test

Scott,
There has been plenty of commentary on Survivor Series 1999, where Big Show subbed for the injured Steve Austin, and many thought Test would be the surprise replacement.  Do you think it would have been worth a Test WWF Title win in that scenario?  Even if it was to just set up the rematch and Stephanie turn the next month at Armageddon?Given that they obviously wanted to continue pushing him in 2001, I’d say yeah, it was worth hotshotting the belt onto him instead of Big Show there.  That way you pay off his wedding betrayal, and it makes HHH & Steph look all the worse when he gets screwed over and loses the title back.  Plus hey, you never know if you’re gonna make a new star.  Obviously time went on and he didn’t really get any better, but we didn’t know that at the time.

Test

Scott,
There has been plenty of commentary on Survivor Series 1999, where Big Show subbed for the injured Steve Austin, and many thought Test would be the surprise replacement.  Do you think it would have been worth a Test WWF Title win in that scenario?  Even if it was to just set up the rematch and Stephanie turn the next month at Armageddon?Given that they obviously wanted to continue pushing him in 2001, I’d say yeah, it was worth hotshotting the belt onto him instead of Big Show there.  That way you pay off his wedding betrayal, and it makes HHH & Steph look all the worse when he gets screwed over and loses the title back.  Plus hey, you never know if you’re gonna make a new star.  Obviously time went on and he didn’t really get any better, but we didn’t know that at the time.

Test

Scott,
There has been plenty of commentary on Survivor Series 1999, where Big Show subbed for the injured Steve Austin, and many thought Test would be the surprise replacement.  Do you think it would have been worth a Test WWF Title win in that scenario?  Even if it was to just set up the rematch and Stephanie turn the next month at Armageddon?Given that they obviously wanted to continue pushing him in 2001, I’d say yeah, it was worth hotshotting the belt onto him instead of Big Show there.  That way you pay off his wedding betrayal, and it makes HHH & Steph look all the worse when he gets screwed over and loses the title back.  Plus hey, you never know if you’re gonna make a new star.  Obviously time went on and he didn’t really get any better, but we didn’t know that at the time.

Test

Scott,
There has been plenty of commentary on Survivor Series 1999, where Big Show subbed for the injured Steve Austin, and many thought Test would be the surprise replacement.  Do you think it would have been worth a Test WWF Title win in that scenario?  Even if it was to just set up the rematch and Stephanie turn the next month at Armageddon?Given that they obviously wanted to continue pushing him in 2001, I’d say yeah, it was worth hotshotting the belt onto him instead of Big Show there.  That way you pay off his wedding betrayal, and it makes HHH & Steph look all the worse when he gets screwed over and loses the title back.  Plus hey, you never know if you’re gonna make a new star.  Obviously time went on and he didn’t really get any better, but we didn’t know that at the time.

Back To Benoit

Scott,
Before real-life events changed everything, what was the first point you realistically thought Chris Benoit could have become World Champion in a promotion?  He was of course an internet darling for years before he got any kind of legitimate push, but before his Wrestlemania XX win, do you think there was an earlier time he could have won the big one?  The 2000 feud with The Rock seemed like a candidate to me.  His return from injury in 2002 could have led to a HHH-Benoit World Title match at WM19 (in lieu of the HHH-Booker mess).He should have won the title from Steve Austin in 2001, although subsequent injuries would have made that a disastrous choice on WWE’s part.  But still, they did the RAW and Smackdown tapings in Calgary/Edmonton with Benoit v. Austin on top both times, and he was at the point where he could have carried the belt for at least a couple of months.  By 2004, they were clearly moving onto the next wave of guys (Cena, Orton, etc) and there wasn’t going to be …

Back To Benoit

Scott,
Before real-life events changed everything, what was the first point you realistically thought Chris Benoit could have become World Champion in a promotion?  He was of course an internet darling for years before he got any kind of legitimate push, but before his Wrestlemania XX win, do you think there was an earlier time he could have won the big one?  The 2000 feud with The Rock seemed like a candidate to me.  His return from injury in 2002 could have led to a HHH-Benoit World Title match at WM19 (in lieu of the HHH-Booker mess).He should have won the title from Steve Austin in 2001, although subsequent injuries would have made that a disastrous choice on WWE’s part.  But still, they did the RAW and Smackdown tapings in Calgary/Edmonton with Benoit v. Austin on top both times, and he was at the point where he could have carried the belt for at least a couple of months.  By 2004, they were clearly moving onto the next wave of guys (Cena, Orton, etc) and there wasn’t going to be …

Back To Benoit

Scott,
Before real-life events changed everything, what was the first point you realistically thought Chris Benoit could have become World Champion in a promotion?  He was of course an internet darling for years before he got any kind of legitimate push, but before his Wrestlemania XX win, do you think there was an earlier time he could have won the big one?  The 2000 feud with The Rock seemed like a candidate to me.  His return from injury in 2002 could have led to a HHH-Benoit World Title match at WM19 (in lieu of the HHH-Booker mess).He should have won the title from Steve Austin in 2001, although subsequent injuries would have made that a disastrous choice on WWE’s part.  But still, they did the RAW and Smackdown tapings in Calgary/Edmonton with Benoit v. Austin on top both times, and he was at the point where he could have carried the belt for at least a couple of months.  By 2004, they were clearly moving onto the next wave of guys (Cena, Orton, etc) and there wasn’t going to be …

Back To Benoit

Scott,
Before real-life events changed everything, what was the first point you realistically thought Chris Benoit could have become World Champion in a promotion?  He was of course an internet darling for years before he got any kind of legitimate push, but before his Wrestlemania XX win, do you think there was an earlier time he could have won the big one?  The 2000 feud with The Rock seemed like a candidate to me.  His return from injury in 2002 could have led to a HHH-Benoit World Title match at WM19 (in lieu of the HHH-Booker mess).He should have won the title from Steve Austin in 2001, although subsequent injuries would have made that a disastrous choice on WWE’s part.  But still, they did the RAW and Smackdown tapings in Calgary/Edmonton with Benoit v. Austin on top both times, and he was at the point where he could have carried the belt for at least a couple of months.  By 2004, they were clearly moving onto the next wave of guys (Cena, Orton, etc) and there wasn’t going to be …

In The Era Tonight…

Hey Scott, was thinking about this the other day and maybe it's something you can post on your blog for discussion(considering many of your readers are in their early 20's) I notice that a lot of today's wrestling fans who are in their early to mid-twenties are the main group who boo John Cena.  They don't like how he is shoved down our throats, they also don't like how the PG era is shoved down their throats as well.  This got me thinking, that this particular group never really had a 'wrestling era' of their own. I am in my early thirties so I was lucky to have 2 era's, the cartoonish Rock N' Wrestling/Hulkamania era when I was 8, then the business grew with me and I got the Attitude Era when I was in my late teens and early 20's.  You are older than me(not taking a shot at you) and you had the great territorial wrestling of Jim Crockett Promotions, AWA, World Class, Mid-South, early WCW and you also got to enjoy the Attitude era.  The New Gen…

In The Era Tonight…

Hey Scott, was thinking about this the other day and maybe it's something you can post on your blog for discussion(considering many of your readers are in their early 20's) I notice that a lot of today's wrestling fans who are in their early to mid-twenties are the main group who boo John Cena.  They don't like how he is shoved down our throats, they also don't like how the PG era is shoved down their throats as well.  This got me thinking, that this particular group never really had a 'wrestling era' of their own. I am in my early thirties so I was lucky to have 2 era's, the cartoonish Rock N' Wrestling/Hulkamania era when I was 8, then the business grew with me and I got the Attitude Era when I was in my late teens and early 20's.  You are older than me(not taking a shot at you) and you had the great territorial wrestling of Jim Crockett Promotions, AWA, World Class, Mid-South, early WCW and you also got to enjoy the Attitude era.  The New Gen…

In The Era Tonight…

Hey Scott, was thinking about this the other day and maybe it's something you can post on your blog for discussion(considering many of your readers are in their early 20's) I notice that a lot of today's wrestling fans who are in their early to mid-twenties are the main group who boo John Cena.  They don't like how he is shoved down our throats, they also don't like how the PG era is shoved down their throats as well.  This got me thinking, that this particular group never really had a 'wrestling era' of their own. I am in my early thirties so I was lucky to have 2 era's, the cartoonish Rock N' Wrestling/Hulkamania era when I was 8, then the business grew with me and I got the Attitude Era when I was in my late teens and early 20's.  You are older than me(not taking a shot at you) and you had the great territorial wrestling of Jim Crockett Promotions, AWA, World Class, Mid-South, early WCW and you also got to enjoy the Attitude era.  The New Gen…

In The Era Tonight…

Hey Scott, was thinking about this the other day and maybe it's something you can post on your blog for discussion(considering many of your readers are in their early 20's) I notice that a lot of today's wrestling fans who are in their early to mid-twenties are the main group who boo John Cena.  They don't like how he is shoved down our throats, they also don't like how the PG era is shoved down their throats as well.  This got me thinking, that this particular group never really had a 'wrestling era' of their own. I am in my early thirties so I was lucky to have 2 era's, the cartoonish Rock N' Wrestling/Hulkamania era when I was 8, then the business grew with me and I got the Attitude Era when I was in my late teens and early 20's.  You are older than me(not taking a shot at you) and you had the great territorial wrestling of Jim Crockett Promotions, AWA, World Class, Mid-South, early WCW and you also got to enjoy the Attitude era.  The New Gen…

TLC Predictions

I’m sure this blog is gonna be dead as fuck for the next couple of weeks anyway, but just for fun here’s the TLC Prediction thread if you’re one of the 60-70K people who will be ordering this show.  I’m working, shucks.WWE title:  Punk climbs the ladder or pins Del Rio or whatever has to be done to win the match and retain the title.  I have no idea where they’re going with Punk into Royal Rumble unless it’s REMATCH TIME with The Miz.  World title:  Mark Henry FINALLY puts Big Show away for good, and you’d think this is where Sheamus finally gets a program again as a result.US title:  Zack Ryder pays off the chase and wins the belt from Ziggler, which hopefully means that Zig is getting put into a three-way with Miz and Punk at the Rumble to try and elevate him.  Dark horse prediction:  He wins the Rumble itself.  Either way, it’s time to move him up, he’s outgrown this role.IC title:  Cody Rhodes beats Booker T to retain.  Why does Ryder have to jump through hoops for months and Book…